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MADE IN ITALY (2020): The Thing ILiked…

Made In Italy (2020), Liam Neeson, Micheál Richardson, IFC Films
Made In Italy (2020), Liam Neeson, Micheál Richardson, IFC Films

As expected, the beautiful views of the Tuscan landscape is my favourite thing about Liam Neeson’s latest comedy Made in Italy It’s just unfortunate that I didn’t find much else to love in writer/director James D’Arcy’s story besides the views.

I should have been prepared for Made in Italyto be less funny and more focused on grief. Especially since the plot has Neeson playing a father, accompanied by his estranged son (Micheál Richardson) while on a trip to Italy to sell a house he inherited from his late wife.

I had certain hopes and expectations about how charming Made in Italy was going to be. Not only did I find the movie inadequately charming, I didn’t find it as funny as its comedy categorisation would suggest. Furthermore, Richardson’s character Jack’s emotional journey development felt oddly inauthentic and ill-timed in parts.

Things did get a bit better when Neeson’s character became emotional at around the one hour, ten-minute mark. However, by that point I’d largely given up on any hopes of D’Arcy’s film redeeming itself and suddenly becoming less annoyingly predictable, and charming enough for me to forgive it’s earlier shortcomings.

Watch Made in Italy only if you’re extremely curious.

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HONEST THIEF (2020): New Trailer From Liam Neeson, Kate Walsh, Jai Courtney, Anthony Ramos…

Honest Thief (2020), Liam Neeson
Honest Thief (2020), Liam Neeson

In new action/crime/drama, Honest Thief, Liam Neeson is Tom, a notorious bank robber inspired to lead an honest life, starting with turning himself in. The problem is that doing just that leads to him being double-crossed by two FBI agents.

Directed by Mark Williams; additional key cast includes Anthony Ramos, Kate Walsh and Jai Courtney.

This is highly reminiscent of Taken (2008). Yet, I don’t know that I care as long as it’s a good movie. Plus I just like Neeson.

Jeffrey Donovan, Robert Patrick, Jasmine Cephas Jones, Jose Guns Alves, Osmani Rodriguez and Janelle Feigley also star.

Honest Thief Release Dates: October 9th, 2020 (US)…

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MADE IN ITALY (2020): New Trailer From Liam Neeson, Valeria Bilello, Micheál Richardson…

Made In Italy (2020), Liam Neeson, Micheál Richardson, IFC Films
Made In Italy (2020), Liam Neeson, Micheál Richardson, IFC Films

Read my spoiler-free movie review of Made in Italy (2020)


Liam Neeson’s latest movie is Made In Italy, a comedy about a bohemian artist who travels from London to Italy with his estranged son. They’re there for the purpose of selling the house they inherited from his late wife.

Written/ directed by James D’Arcy; additional key cast includes Valeria Bilello and Micheal Richardson.

It may or may not be true that one of the main reasons I’m interested in this movie is to ‘spend some time in Italy‘. I mean, I like Neeson too and I’m hoping for some laughs but, you know.

Lindsay Duncan, Marco Quaglia, Gian Marco Tavani and Helena Antonio also star.

Made in Italy Release Dates: August 7th, 2020 (US)…

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ORDINARY LOVE (2019): New Trailer From Liam Neeson, Lesley Manville, David Wilmot…

Ordinary Love (2019), Liam Neeson, Lesley Manville
Ordinary Love (2019), Liam Neeson, Lesley Manville

Liam Neeson, Lesley Manville and David Wilmot are the stars of Ordinary Love, the new  Lisa Barros D’Sa and Glenn Leyburn directed drama / romance about an everyday couple with a remarkable love.

A couple whose endearing devotion is clearly seen after a breast cancer diagnosis. One that sets them on a path to find the humour and grace to survive a year of adversity…

I’m ready to see this beautiful version of love and can’t wait to see Neeson in this non-action movie role.

Is this movie likely to make all single people feel more single than ever before? Absolutely! So let’s get ready to ‘suffer’ for this very promising piece of art.

one more thing… unsurprisingly perhaps, but I simply can’t see the the words ‘ordinary love’ and not instantly think of Sade’s beautiful classic, No Ordinary Love. You’re welcome.

Fo Cullen, Chloë Ní Dhúada, Matthew Sharpe, Vivien Monory, Stella McCusker, Desmond Edwards, Maggie Cronin, Melanie Clark Pullen, Geraldine McAlinden, Lalor Roddy, Esh Alladi and Amit Shah also star.

Ordinary Love Release Dates: December 6th, 2019 (UK); …2019 (US)…

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WIDOWS (2018): The Things I Liked…

Widows (2018), Liam Neeson, Viola Davis, 20th Century Fox
Widows (2018), Liam Neeson, Viola Davis, 20th Century Fox

Directed by Steve McQueen (Shame 2011); starring Viola Davis, Colin Farrell, Daniel Kaluuya, Liam Neeson and Robert Duvall, Widows is without a doubt very well acted and devoid of any dull moments. There are one or two unexpected turns I enjoyed and everyone performs very well in McQueen’s crime / thriller, a story about four women in need of a way to survive after their husbands’ criminal activities leave them in massive debt.

I’ll start by say that I generally appreciate the quality in movies where everything isn’t overly explained. I like moments where the audience is trusted to connect the dots and make sense of things. Widows is a movie that has a handful of such moments which are well executed. Yet, I’d also say that the ending aside, McQueen’s film feels oddly incomplete somehow.

The feeling of incompleteness comes first from not knowing enough of the back story of some of the characters. We get to know a fair amount  about a few key players but I was certainly left wanting when it came to Cynthia Erivo’s very intriguing Belle, for example.

Widows (2018), Cynthia Erivo, Michelle Rodriguez, 20th Century Fox
Widows (2018), Cynthia Erivo, Michelle Rodriguez, 20th Century Fox

There are also questions I had pertaining to one or two of the dead bodies and how they were disposed of. You may be reading this and be thinking: The brown notebook, silly! And you wouldn’t be wrong by saying that. Nevertheless, I still wanted to be fully convinced by how the story played out especially when it came to the widows’ turn to criminality. Unfortunately, even though I came close to being convinced, I just wasn’t – not completely.

It may may well be that I’ve seen far too many television crime dramas / thrillers that show just the right amount in order for me to buy a story wholeheartedly. Either way I’m now of the mind that Widows may have been better suited to a miniseries format. That way it wouldn’t feel quite so heavily edited and somehow incomplete. There’d certainly be more time for me to get to know a greater number of the characters in a more satisfying way.

Every one performs well but my favourite performance in Widows is delivered by Farrell. I really enjoyed watching his super entitled politician’s son character and listening to what sounded like a very convincing accent. Elizabeth Debicki also delivered some fun turns I wanted more of. 

Overall, Widows may not be my favourite McQueen movie but it definitely isn’t bad either. Perhaps you’ll find that it couldn’t possibly be more complete.

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MEN IN BLACK INTERNATIONAL (2019): New Trailer From Chris Hemsworth, Tessa Thompson, Liam Neeson, Rebecca Ferguson…

Read my spoiler-free movie review of Men In Black – International (2019).


Protectors of Earth from the scum of the universe, the Men In Black are back with new F. Gary Gray directed sci-fi/action/comedy, Men In Black – International. 

Starring Tessa Thompson, Chris Hemsworth, Liam Neeson and Rebecca Ferguson; the focus this time is to deal with a new big threat, a mole in the Men in Black organisation.

The chemistry between Thompson and Hemsworth is just great. I can’t wait to see this new ‘international’ angle. It helps that it’s partly set in my beloved London town, but really, this trailer is pretty well done.

I’ve been a fan of Rebecca Ferguson as an action star since Mission – Impossible Rogue Nation (2015), and now based on this trailer, Tessa Thomson is definitely another new favourite.

Fingers crossed that Hemsworth’s seemingly British accent turns out great.

Emma Thompson, Rafe Spall, Kumail Nanjiani and Davina Sitaram also star.

Men In Black International Release Dates: June 14th, 2019 (US & UK)…

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COLD PURSUIT (2019): New Trailer From Liam Neeson, Emmy Rossum, Tom Bateman…

Cold Pursuit (2019), Liam Neeson
Cold Pursuit (2019), Liam Neeson

Based on 2014’s Norwegian movie In Order of Disappearance, new action / thriller Cold Pursuit stars Liam Neeson as a snowplow driver seeking revenge against the drug dealers he thinks killed his son.

Directed by Hans Petter Moland; additional key cast includes Emmy Rossum, Tom Bateman…

There’s the obvious Taken (2018) vibes which make up part of the appeal of this movie. The story does intrigue me but I just want to see Liam Neeson kiss ass in his special Neeson style.

William Forsythe, Laura Dern, Julia Jones, Elysia Rotaru, Domenick Lombardozzi and Raoul Max Trujillo also star.

Cold Pursuit Release Dates: February 8th, 2019 (US); February 22nd, 2019 (UK)…

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THE BALLAD OF BUSTER SCRUGG (2018): New Trailer For Coen Brothers Movie Starring James Franco, Liam Neeson…

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018), James Franco.png

The Coen Brothers’s latest movie The Ballad Of Buster Scruggs features six different storylines about the American frontier that all centre on a man named Buster Scruggs.

James Franco, Liam Neeson, David Krumholtz, Brendan Gleeson and Zoe Kazan are among the stars…

I can’t say that this trailer has me especially excited since very little happens in it. Nevertheless, it was great seeing Liam Neeson pop up. Overall though, it’s really my love for Ethan and Joel Coen’s previous movies, namely True Grit (2010) and No Country For Old Men (2007) that are the real reasons I’m open to watching this.

Matthew Willig, Tim Blake Nelson, Saul Rubinek and Tom Waits also star.

The Ballad Of Buster Scruggs Release Dates: November 16th, 2018 (US)…

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