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February 18, 2011 | By GARY THOMPSON, thompsg@phillynews.com 215-854-5992
"Unknown" rips off a bunch of movies, but not the movie it wants you to think it's ripping off, which is "Taken. " "Unknown" stars Liam Neeson, who's shown in the trailer and TV ads making an angry face and promising to avenge his family - more or less like the guy he played in the sleeper hit "Taken. " That movie, though, was a bristling, sadistic revenge actioner, and "Unknown" is a plodding, unoriginal thriller, with Neeson stumbling around as the confused victim. And he's not a CIA man, he's a botanist - Martin Harris, in Berlin with his wife (January Jones)
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January 30, 2009 | By Steven Rea INQUIRER MOVIE CRITIC
No responsible Dad wants his 17-year-old daughter jetting off to Europe in the company of a party-hardy girlfriend, under the care of dubious - and perhaps nonexistent - chaperones. But when Dad is an ex-CIA agent and his little girl is abducted within hours of touching down in Paris, it's time for some serious parental intervention. And so, with a 96-hour window before Kim (Maggie Grace) disappears forever into a sordid underworld of Albanian sex traffickers, Bryan Mills - Liam Neeson, making a surprisingly good action hero - flies from the City of Angels to the City of Light to track his offspring.
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October 9, 2012 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Critics don't like Taken 2 , but Liam Neeson's action sequel has proved twice the hit among fans as the original movie. Taken 2 led the box office with $50 million domestically over opening weekend. That's double the haul for Neeson's Taken , which took in $24.7 million in its U.S. debut in 2009. The previous weekend's No. 1 movie at the U.S. box office, Adam Sandler's animated hit Hotel Transylvania , dropped to second place with $26.3 million. Expanding into nationwide release after a limited debut a week earlier, Universal's music tale Pitch Perfect moved up to third place with $14.7 million.
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September 8, 2010
Movies and TV shows in development: Neeson may play survivor Liam Neeson is in negotiations to reteam with director Joe Carnahan ("The A Team") for the survival drama "The Grey. " Neeson steps into the shoes of Bradley Cooper , who was slated to topline the project when it was first unveiled earlier this year at the Berlin Film Festival. Co-written by Carnahan and Ian Jeffers , the story begins after a plane goes down in Alaska. Neeson and his oil-drilling team find themselves struggling to survive in the wild.
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March 29, 2014 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Neeson, single dad   Liam Neeson opens up to GQ about his wife Natasha Richardson , who died in a skiing accident five years ago this month. He says he misses her support and sagacity when it comes to raising their two sons, Micheál and Daniel . "My boys are teenagers. They're experimenting. They're flexing muscles and sometimes dangerous avenues, and you think, ' . . . If Tasha was here, someone could share this,' " Neeson, 61, says. "But . . . we're doing all right, you know?"
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September 13, 2013 | By Molly Eichel
ACTOR LIAM NEESON will be in town tonight to introduce a 20th-anniversary screening of "Schindler's List" at the Prince Music Theater. Neeson was nominated for an Oscar for his portrayal of Oskar Schindler, who saved the lives of thousands of Jews during World War II by employing them in his factories. The 1993 film went on to win seven coveted golden bald men, including one for director Steven Spielberg , who spent some of his formative years in South Jersey. The screening benefits the USC Shoah Foundation, founded by Spielberg after he made "Schindler's List.
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July 23, 1999 | By Desmond Ryan, INQUIRER MOVIE CRITIC
It has not been the best of summers for Liam Neeson. First he was Jedi master Qui-Gon Jinn facing the sometimes insurmountable challenges of George Lucas' plodding dialogue in The Phantom Menace, and now he is Dr. David Marrow confronting menacing phantoms in The Haunting. As the initially fearless research scientist, Neeson has to negotiate such sprightly ghostwritten lines as, "The only problem with fear is that it has become largely inappropriate," and "You're participating in a study in group hysteria!"
ENTERTAINMENT
July 16, 2010
GIMME FIVE "Chloe" star Liam Neeson's new career strategy: Just don't say no. He's had five releases in the last eight months. 1. "The A-Team. " Based on the hit 1980s TV show, Neeson is the commander of a group of Iraq war vets trying to clear their name after a mission goes bad. 2. "Chloe. " He's married to Julianne Moore, who hires a hooker (Amanda Seyfried) to seduce him. 3. "After.Life. " As a funeral director, Neeson attempts to help Christina Ricci transition from one world to another.
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April 30, 1993 | by Gary Thompson, Daily News Movie Critic
The title character in "Ethan Frome" is a brooding, crippled man who lives in an isolated shack in wintry New England with a shrewish, invalid wife who thinks the most important thing in her life is a glass dish. Intrigued by the cinematic possibilities, The American Playhouse two years ago launched an on-location production with strong, silent Irish hunk Liam Neeson in the lead role. The finished product spent the intervening months on the shelf because some sensible person saw it and wondered why people would pay money to watch a crippled man drag his leg through the snow for two hours.
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March 24, 2015 | By Howard Gensler
IN TODAY'S movie universe, a teenage girl with a gun crushes Sean Penn with a gun. In fact, a teenage girl doing practically anything crushes Sean Penn with a gun. Star Shailene Woodley and the second installment in the "Divergent" series, "Insurgent," easily topped the box office with $54 million, according to Rentrak estimates yesterday. Penn's "The Gunman" stumbled with only $5 million. According to "Insurgent" distributor Lionsgate, 60 percent of its audiences were female.
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March 13, 2015 | BY GARY THOMPSON, Daily News Staff Writer thompsg@phillynews.com, 215-854-5992
"RUN ALL NIGHT" further establishes Liam Neeson as cinema's Deadliest Dad, this time ready to kill for his son. This got me thinking about an idea for a dream project: Neeson as father to a jazz drummer son who starts getting slapped around by J.K. Simmons from "Whiplash," thus leading to the greatest parent/teacher conference ever . In the meantime, there's "Run All Night," in which Neeson fights to protect his son, who's been targeted for...
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September 19, 2014 | BY GARY THOMPSON, Daily News Staff Writer thompsg@phillynews.com, 215-854-5992
IN HIS LATEST, Liam Neeson is again tracking men who kidnap and abuse women. The movie, though, is a mostly a bore. There should be a name for these misfires: "Mis-Taken. " The actual title here is "A Walk Among the Tombstones," a dull and sleazy actioner featuring Neeson as a sobered-up ex-cop named Matt Scudder who helps a drug dealer find the creeps who kidnapped and murdered his wife, and are doing the same to other dealers. Even the opening credit sequence is gross - two naked drooling weirdos lolling about with a terrified, bound, weeping woman.
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March 29, 2014 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Neeson, single dad   Liam Neeson opens up to GQ about his wife Natasha Richardson , who died in a skiing accident five years ago this month. He says he misses her support and sagacity when it comes to raising their two sons, Micheál and Daniel . "My boys are teenagers. They're experimenting. They're flexing muscles and sometimes dangerous avenues, and you think, ' . . . If Tasha was here, someone could share this,' " Neeson, 61, says. "But . . . we're doing all right, you know?"
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February 26, 2014 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Splitsville: Thicke & Patton They met in '91 at an all-ages hip-hop club in L.A. He was 14, with a Canadian for a dad, she a 16-year-old Lalaland native. Teenage dating gave way in 2005 to marriage and five years later to a son, Julian Fuego Thicke . Twenty years later . . . and it's all over. All over. "Sex Therapy" singer Robin Thicke , 36, and Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol actress Paula Patton , 38, have split up. "We will always love each other and be best friends, however, we have mutually decided to separate at this time," the couple say in a joint statement to People.
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September 13, 2013 | By Molly Eichel
ACTOR LIAM NEESON will be in town tonight to introduce a 20th-anniversary screening of "Schindler's List" at the Prince Music Theater. Neeson was nominated for an Oscar for his portrayal of Oskar Schindler, who saved the lives of thousands of Jews during World War II by employing them in his factories. The 1993 film went on to win seven coveted golden bald men, including one for director Steven Spielberg , who spent some of his formative years in South Jersey. The screening benefits the USC Shoah Foundation, founded by Spielberg after he made "Schindler's List.
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September 9, 2013 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Oskar Schindler, who saved the lives of 1,200 Polish Jews during the Holocaust, has been celebrated for decades as a national hero in Israel. In 1963, he was named Righteous Among the Nations and is buried in a Jerusalem cemetery. Yet he was barely known to the American public until 1993, when his exploits were dramatized by actor Liam Neeson in Steven Spielberg's Schindler's List . Produced for a modest $22 million, the film went on to gross $321 worldwide and made the German Catholic industrialist a household name.
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January 18, 2013 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
In 1982, the sci-fi film Tron proved filmmakers could create entirely artificial digital worlds for actors to populate. That same year, a no less dazzling, exciting, and hypnotic feature named Koyaanisqatsi: Life Out of Balance reminded us of that other - organic - world, nature. An odd sort of documentary directed by Godfrey Reggio and shot by time-lapse photography expert Ron Fricke, it dispensed with narrative structure and dialogue in favor of a sublime, haunting score by Philip Glass.
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October 9, 2012 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Critics don't like Taken 2 , but Liam Neeson's action sequel has proved twice the hit among fans as the original movie. Taken 2 led the box office with $50 million domestically over opening weekend. That's double the haul for Neeson's Taken , which took in $24.7 million in its U.S. debut in 2009. The previous weekend's No. 1 movie at the U.S. box office, Adam Sandler's animated hit Hotel Transylvania , dropped to second place with $26.3 million. Expanding into nationwide release after a limited debut a week earlier, Universal's music tale Pitch Perfect moved up to third place with $14.7 million.
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February 18, 2011 | By GARY THOMPSON, thompsg@phillynews.com 215-854-5992
"Unknown" rips off a bunch of movies, but not the movie it wants you to think it's ripping off, which is "Taken. " "Unknown" stars Liam Neeson, who's shown in the trailer and TV ads making an angry face and promising to avenge his family - more or less like the guy he played in the sleeper hit "Taken. " That movie, though, was a bristling, sadistic revenge actioner, and "Unknown" is a plodding, unoriginal thriller, with Neeson stumbling around as the confused victim. And he's not a CIA man, he's a botanist - Martin Harris, in Berlin with his wife (January Jones)
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