Run All Night (2015)

Also known as “Taken 17”. Yes, Liam Neeson is back as the guy with a particular set of skills and despite the actor’s hatred toward firearms he sure seemed to enjoy using them throughout the film. The movie is good, it has a lot of good action scenes in it, but honestly I think Neeson has poisoned the well with me. He’s too political and his movies are all the same (even though the formula works and probably makes money). Ed Harris was an awesome villain and honestly at times, I wanted him to succeed in his efforts. I’ll probably confuse this one for a Taken film in the future, so at least I’ll have this review as a reference to remind myself that it was a little different.

70/100

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Taken 3 (2015)

I think they have taken this franchise too far. Taken 3 seems like it really didn’t need to be made. Yes, it has all the same actors in the other Taken movies, but it had a totally different feel. It’s about two hours of cops chasing poor Bryan Mills (Liam Neeson) around. Framed for something he didn’t do, he evades police while trying to do some investigating of his own. The final scene between Neeson and Forest Whitaker made me roll my eyes because it was just so unbelievable. I will admit the action was really good and it kept my interest, which is really what I look for in a movie, so I will say this movie is good, just at the very bottom cusp of being good. If the movie would have dragged even a little bit more, it would have fallen off the cliff of being a good film. I hope this series stops after this one, otherwise it will forever damage this series paltry legacy.

70/100

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A Walk Among the Tombstones (2014)

It’s easy to say that this story was very grave. Liam Neeson was great in this murder mystery detective story. I like that for once the Private Eye was working with some bad guys to solve crimes that were done to their families. It changed the dynamic of their relationship quite a bit. I thought the killers were really excellent too as they had a maniacal glee to the work that they were doing. I also really enjoyed Neeson’s sidekick T.J. The movie had me hooked right up to the end, but I didn’t really like the final moments of the movie, I guess it just seemed out of place. Still, a good detective story that had me engrossed and grossed out at the same time. Take a walk with Scott Frank’s film and try not to step on anyone’s grave.

84/100

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The Lego Movie (2014)

Almost everything is awesome in this mold-breaking animated adventure! I happened to play the video game based on this game before I saw the movie, so I had some knowledge of some of the plot before I saw this film. It didn’t hurt it though, they had a lot of additional scenes that the game didn’t show. Still, the game and movie had one thing in common. A LOT of laughs. The humor was spot on, the voice acting was great and that animation using all legos was awe-inspiring. It has a catching soundtrack and unforgettable characters that you’ll love. You don’t have to be a lego-maniac to love this, but I’ve been a lego fan for a while, so I enjoyed this probably more than the average person. My own personal bias I guess! Still, check this film out, it’s fun for kids and adults alike!

92/100

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Non-Stop (2014)

By the end you’ll want it to stop. This movie gave me mixed feelings. First, it surprised me that it was pretty tense. I had heard a lot of negative stuff about this film and went into it looking through a negative lens. I did like most of the film, until the end. I thought it was pretty inappropriate who the villains were. I don’t know if it’s just too soon to have that kind of villain or if it’s taboo to have that happen at all. It also just has a very deflating ending compared to the tense awesomeness of the rest of the film. I couldn’t think of a good score so I’m giving it a solid average 75.

75/100

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Schindler’s List (1993)

A perfectly touching, gritty and beautiful masterpiece. I don’t love everything Steven Spielberg does, but he did a great job with this film. My biggest problem is that it is a very lengthy movie (I watched it in three parts) but I understand the journey he had to take the audience through. I loved the black and white filming with a pop of color at certain segments of the plot. The characters were all lovable even Ralph Fiennes, the man you love to hate. Liam Neeson gives a stellar performance and breaks your heart at the end of the film. The final scene of the film with the survivors is enough to make anyone cry their eyes out. I also have to give some great credit to Ben Kingsley in his great role, he isn’t a man of great emotion but he performed it beautifully. This will truly be a classic for ages.

100/100

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The Nut Job (2014)

I feel a little bit like there was a heist and my time was stolen. This movie wasn’t absolutely terrible, but I do think that I won’t remember that I saw this a year from now… maybe even six months from now. The voice work was decent. I always love Will Arnett’s voice and Liam Neeson’s voice is amazing. About the only character I loved in this was Precious the Pug voiced by Maya Rudolph, but that’s probably because I love Pugs a whole lot! This movie was aimed toward much younger audiences, so as an adult I would say skip this one, unless you’re nuts…

57/100

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