GIVEAWAY: advanced screening for ‘RUN ALL NIGHT’ Wednesday, March 4 (Philly, PA area)

Run All Night (photo: Warner Bros. Pictures)

Happy Thursday MMT Family!

Well Liam Neeson is back at it with another action thrill-ride that has him attempting to save a son this go round – similar to his quest to save a daughter in the first Taken movie! Warner Bros.’ Run All Night hits theaters on Friday, March 13 but several lucky MMT readers can see it a week in advance on Wednesday, March 4 at the United Artists King of Prussia theater – but you have to be quick!

To get an admit-two pass, click this link  and follow the “get my passes” prompt.  Passes, like theater seating, are not guaranteed and on a first-come, first-served basis.

Run All Night also stars Joel Kinnaman, Ed Harris – and recent Academy award-winner Common. You can read a synopsis and watch the trailer below, and get additional information about the film at the official website here.

Good luck family! Until next thought, Thomasena

RUN ALL NIGHT synopsis

Brooklyn mobster and prolific hit man Jimmy Conlon (Neeson), once known as The Gravedigger, has seen better days.  Longtime best friend of mob boss Shawn Maguire (Harris), Jimmy, now 55, is haunted by the sins of his past—as well as a dogged police detective (D’Onofrio) who’s been one step behind Jimmy for 30 years.  Lately, it seems Jimmy’s only solace can be found at the bottom of a whiskey glass.  But when Jimmy’s estranged son, Mike (Kinnaman), becomes a target, Jimmy must make a choice between the crime family he chose and the real family he abandoned long ago.  With Mike on the run, Jimmy’s only penance for his past mistakes may be to keep his son from the same fate Jimmy is certain he’ll face himself…at the wrong end of a gun.  Now, with nowhere safe to turn, Jimmy just has one night to figure out exactly where his loyalties lie and to see if he can finally make things right.


GIVEAWAY: ‘NON-STOP’ prize packs and tickets!

NON-STOP poster

What’s new MMT Family?  I hope you are enjoying the MS Awareness Week pieces I’ve shared, and lookout for the Eric Roberson article this Friday! Now who’s ready for a giveaway? We’ve partnered with Allied-THA to giveaway 3 prize packs, including Run of Engagement passes, for Universal’s NON-STOP featuring Liam Neeson!

To put your name in the hat, send an email with your full name and “NON-STOP” in the subject line to Winners will be notified by Friday.

Check out a synopsis and the trailer below for “NON-STOP” in theaters now, and get additional info from the official website here.

Good luck family!

Until next thought, Thomasena

NON-STOP synopsis

Global action star Liam Neeson stars in the Non-Stop movie, a suspense thriller played out at 40,000 feet in the air. During a transatlantic flight from New York City to London, U.S. Air Marshal Bill Marks (Neeson) receives a series of cryptic text messages demanding that he instruct the airline to transfer $150 million into an off-shore account. Until he secures the money, a passenger on his flight will be killed every 20 minutes.

The Non-Stop film reunites Neeson with Unknown director Jaume Collet-Serra and producer Joel Silver, and co-stars Golden Globe Award winner Julianne Moore.


A Quick Review of TAKEN 2

Hello Music Movie Lovers!  How’s everyone Fall season going so far?  The weather here in Philly, PA has been beautiful and I look forward to this time of year, where the TV, movie, and music awards shows begin to take over primetime TV.  I’d mentioned in the last post that I’ve been working on several projects, one being a book by a new author that I am editing, but took a well needed break last Tuesday to screen the sequel to one of my favorite action films, Taken.  Yes, Liam Neeson has returned as retired CIA agent Bryan Mills in this new 20th Century Fox vehicle, which opens nationwide today.

As to not give spoilers, I will keep this short, sweet and straight to the point.  If I had to grade Taken 2, I would give it 7 out of 10 stars (and I am probably being a point too gracious still). Those who’ve seen the first movie will remember that Neeson’s character has a daughter who has been kidnapped, while visiting Europe, and is sold on the black market.  Mills then goes “park ape” to find her and kills anyone and everyone that stands in his way.  Fast forward… not sure of length of time because it wasn’t clearly indicated so I’ll say… X amount of time to this sequel and Bryan Mills is now the one in trouble, along with his ex-wife, and in need of his daughter’s help (somewhat).

What I most enjoyed about the film were the action scenes, although some of them weren’t as sharp as in the first and were predictable.  I read a review where the critic implied the movie was a parody of the first; and if that is true then I am a little less hesitant to give this another point :).  In contrast, the audience, with whom I screened film, and I seemed to be on the same page; as we came expecting action and laughed (hard) several times at some of the unbelievable things we were seeing.  And it really didn’t feel like the movie was going for comedy at those times we laughed!

In short, Taken 2 has some great moments but they are terribly offset by the predictable (and unbelievable) ones.  It was great seeing Liam Neeson return to this role, but I could’ve done without the daughter-assisted addition to the film and would have appreciated more of the ex-CIA operative gone rogue solo style from the first movie.  I think this would be the perfect date night movie for teens and I’m sure it will still have a pretty successful opening weekend (since many are waiting to see it).

Stop back by and share your thoughts if you check out! 🙂

Until next thought family, Thomasena

Will Battleship Sink or Float at the Box Office?

I’ll first start by admitting that I was more of a Connect Four, Trivial Pursuit, Clue, Boggle kind of Hasbro/Milton Bradley kid, oh and I can’t forget that everyone in my house wanted to “be a winner in the game of Life!” 🙂  I played Battleship maybe once or twice, learned I was not a strategic master at it, and threw up the white flag to that board game forever.  Yet, I must admit I became quite nostalgic when attending last Tuesday night’s screening for Battleship, especially when the Hasbro logo appeared in opening credits :P.  The theater was packed with what seemed like one big family night demographic, with young and old sitting in anticipation to see what was in store.

Directed by Peter Berg (Hancock, The Kingdom, Friday Night Lights), with stars that include Taylor Kitsch (John Carter, X-Men Origins: Wolverine), Alexander Skarsgard (HBO’s True Blood, Straw Dogs), Grammy award-winning singer Rihanna, Liam Neeson (Taken, The Grey) and a wonderfully assembled international cast, and shot mostly on location in beautiful Hawaii, Battleship has all the makings of a traditional Hollywood blockbuster.  As far as hero movies go, it follows a typical format: bad guy working to go good/get life together, gets girlfriend, then goes into epic navy battle against aliens.  Won’t go into further detail, or give any spoilers, but you get the idea.

Now I enjoy action/sci-fi films, and with respect to action Battleship does not disappoint.  What was disappointing for me was where I felt the story fell short, I mean I’m still not sure why the aliens decided to invade our planet.  It’s explained early on in the film that the US communicated with their planet (assuming it was uninhabited) via NASA satellites and yada yada yada, but never exactly details why we were under attack.  Did the aliens need resources for a dying planet like the V series, or was it for sport like the Predator series?  Not sure.  But since the movie offered plenty of well scripted jokes/punch lines, and major heroic moments that gave the audience a lot to cheer, I left the theater feeling mostly satisfied.

What was the biggest highlight for me?  What?  You said Rihanna because the blog is called music movies thoughts?  Well you’d be wrong if you did!  I thought Rihanna’s début performance was fair, and enjoyed that she portrayed a rugged and smart good girl character, versus the good girl gone bad image her songstress persona has adopted.  But I would give four thumbs, if I had that many, for the début performance of Army Colonel Gregory D. Gadson,  a real life veteran and armed services hero who plays the role of Mick.  I also enjoyed watching the real life WWII navy veterans, or “Old Salts” as they are affectionately called, who were cast in a pivotal scene on the Battleship Missouri in the movie.

To sum up, Battleship is a great action film that is family friendly and would make a fitting Memorial Day outing.  It’s not a savvy sci-fi story, so those more in tune with a Stars Wars or Fifth Element might be disappointed.  But if you enjoyed Hancock, consider Battleship to be Independence Day, minus Will Smith and on speed (with regard to special effects).  And if you’re old enough to remember the board game, and actually were good at it, you probably will appreciate a few more of the battle scenes than most.  The movie opens in theaters today.  If you go check it out, leave me a comment.  I would love to hear your thoughts, especially if you figure out why the aliens attacked! 😛

Until next thought family, Thomasena