Tag Archives: Liam Neeson

Ballad of Buster Scruggs: The Wild, Wild West

HOW THE WEST WAS WON (MORE OR LESS). It was going to be the Coen brothers’ first collaboration with Netflix, a project that started out as a TV series. In the end, The Ballad of Buster Scruggs turned into a feature, their first digitally shot Western. I had no idea what to expect. It had … Continue reading Ballad of Buster Scruggs: The Wild, Wild West

Widows

LEFT WITH NOTHING. CAPABLE OF ANYTHING.  In Chicago, a seasoned criminal (Liam Neeson) and his team are killed by an explosion, eventually forcing their widows to complete a heist the men were planning. This forceful remake of the 1983-1985 British series marks Steve McQueen’s more than capable entry into action-thriller territory. Tension remains high while … Continue reading Widows

The Commuter

LIVES ARE ON THE LINE. On the same day that he’s fired, insurance salesman Michael McCauley (Liam Neeson) is approached by a mysterious woman (Vera Farmiga) on his commute home; she has a strange but lucrative offer… The fourth collaboration between Neeson and the director is an appealing thriller with a Hitchcock vibe that largely … Continue reading The Commuter

A Monster Calls

STORIES ARE WILD CREATURES. Conor O’Malley (Lewis MacDougall) is dealing with his mother’s terminal illness and a bully at school when late one night he has an encounter with a ”monster”, a giant yew tree that has three stories to tell him. Patrick Ness brings his children’s book (and Jim Kay’s illustrations) vividly to life … Continue reading A Monster Calls

The Mission

In the 1750s, a South American Jesuit community led by Father Gabriel (Jeremy Irons) resist a Madrid decision to transfer the area to Portugal, which allows slavery. Two years after The Killing Fields (1984), director Roland Joffé received a lot of attention for another emotional, reality-based drama depicting colonialism and a conflict played out in … Continue reading The Mission

The Prophet

Kahlil Gibran’s popular 1923 book consists of prose poetry essays and this ambitious animated adaptation has several short, poetic segments touching on the nature of love, freedom, work etc. Each one was designed by a seasoned animator/filmmaker under Roger Allers’s supervision, and the segments are held together by a frame story starring a poet deemed … Continue reading The Prophet

The Huntsman: Winter’s War

This continuation of Snow White and the Huntsman (2012) is both a prequel and a sequel, as we get to see how Eric (Chris Hemsworth) was raised into a fighter by Queen Ravenna’s (Charlize Theron) icy sister (Emily Blunt), only to fall out of favor. Later, after Ravenna’s demise, Eric becomes involved in a search … Continue reading The Huntsman: Winter’s War

Entourage

THE RIDE AIN’T OVER. Ari Gold (Jeremy Piven), now a studio boss, agrees to let Vincent Chase (Adrian Grenier) direct his first movie, but when the project needs more money the Texas financiers start making awkward demands… This big-screen adaptation of the 2004-2011 TV series will satisfy die-hard fans, but not many others. Nothing much … Continue reading Entourage

Run All Night

NO SIN GOES UNPUNISHED.  When Mike Conlon (Joel Kinnaman) accidentally witnesses a mob hit, he’s forced to rely on his estranged father (Liam Neeson), a former killer who used to work for the man (Ed Harris) who’s now chasing them. The third collaboration between Neeson and the director is another exciting thriller, this time set … Continue reading Run All Night

The Lego Movie

THE STORY OF A NOBODY WHO SAVED EVERYBODY. In the city of Bricksburg, happy-go-lucky construction worker Emmet Brickowoski meets a woman who believes that he is “the Special”, a person who is ultimately capable of stopping a superweapon. It may have looked like a stupid idea on paper, but the Cloudy With a Chance of … Continue reading The Lego Movie