Saturday, January 31, 2009

FILM: New in Theaters - 1/30/09

If you like suspense thrillers with proactive victims, then you'll get a kick out of Taken. Liam Neeson plays a former spy who has to save his daughter (Maggie Grace from Live Free or Die Hard), who's been kidnapped by slave traders in Paris. Ironically, this isn't the first time Grace has played the damsel in distress, desperate for her father to save her from enterprising men. But I have a feeling Neeson won't have a problem topping Bruce Willis's psycho quotient, since he's not playing by anyone's rules but his own.

If you are a fan of haunted houses and/or are tired of Elizabeth Banks making you laugh, you should go see The Uninvited. The horror flick is about a girl (Emily Browning from Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events) who has to stop her mother's murderous ex-nurse (Banks from Zack and Miri Make a Porno) from marrying her father. Naturally, she and her sister (Arielle Kebbel from Grudge 2 and John Tucker Must Die) will have trouble convincing anyone that the bubbly blonde could harm a soul, but unless they do, she'll kill them all.

If you're desperate for a romantic comedy with heart, then I'd suggest snuggling up for New in Town. My soft spot for Harry Connick Jr. (P.S. I Love You) resulted in me sneaking in to see this after watching the endearingly funny Paul Blart: Mall Cop. It had a slow start, but the story of a city girl having to transport her life to Minnesota in order to evaluate, and ultimately terminate, several factory empoloyees definitely had its moments. If you're from the city, you'll feel just as agitated by the hometown vibe as she is, and if you are bogged down by the current job climate, you'll get depressed mighty quick. But Connick's charm and Renee Zellweger's (Bridget Jones Diary) knack for comic timing will lift your spirits right back up.

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