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Admit One: Jack Bauer Sr. 1/30

Posted on January 30, 2009 by

This week we have three new movie coming into theaters but the only one you really need to concern yourself with is Liam Neeson in Taken (more on that in a bit).

The Uninvited

Starring: Emily Browning, Elizabeth Banks, Arielle Kebbel

Directed by: Guard Brothers

Plot: When her mother dies a young girl goes to live with her father.  Upon arriving she finds out her father is engaged to a woman who the girl believes is hiding some sort of evil.

RT Freshness: 43%

Critic Consensus: “The Uninvited is moody and reasonably involving, but suffers from predictable plot twists.”

New in Town

Starring: Renee Zellweger, Harry Connick Jr., J.K. Simmons

Directed by: Jonas Elmer

Plot: A Miami executive heads to a small town for a business opportunity and hi jinks apparently ensue.

RT Freshness: 13%

Critic Consensus: “Cliched and short on charm, New In Town is a pat genre exercise that fails to bring the necessary heat to its Minnesota setting.”

Kick Ass Pick of the Week: Taken

Starring: Liam Neeson, Famke Janssen, Maggie Grace

Directed by: Pierre Morel

RT Freshness: 57%

If Taken was an album it would be called “Jack Bauer’s Greatest Hits”.  Liam Neeson stars as Bryan, a former CIA preventer who lets his daughter go to Paris with a friend.  However, his daughter is kidnapped and Bryan has to wreck some Parisian heads to get her back.  After months of drama and sappiness it’s great to get a movie that is basically pure action and bad assery.  Neeson electrocutes a guy, shoots a woman in the leg, breaks necks with his legs and causes one guy to get hit by a bus.  Imagine how much more awesome 24 Season 6 would have been if Neeson was Jack’s dad instead of James Cromwell.   Oh and Xander Berkeley shows up to add to the 24ness of the movie.

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