A Walk Among the Tombstones

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As I said in the intro for our list of the year’s best films, 2014 has been a fantastic year at the movies.There was a lot to love, and that means there were a lot of films that simply didn’t make the cut on our other “Best of 2014″ lists. The fourteen movies below didn’t get much love during the year and failed to make much of a dent at the box-office, but they’re very much worth seeking out on Blu-ray, DVD, Netflix, iTunes or anywhere else unloved movies go to rest.

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Universal Pictures

Liam Neeson‘s recent career resurgence as a mature action star has been moving along at a fast clip these past few years, and one constant through films like Taken, Taken 2 and Non-Stop (aside from the fisticuffs, respectable budgets and boffo box-office) has been his characters’ penchant for talking tough on a cell phone. The talk mostly consists of warnings, threats and promises for the evil-doers on the other end of the line, but it has quickly become part of his invincible hard-ass repertoire. A Walk Among the Tombstones challenges that persona in many ways. Well, in a few ways. Okay fine, Neeson gives the villain grief while talking on a land line. The point is he’s still a tough-talking S.O.B. when his back is against the wall, and while his latest is a far more somber affair than the “fun” action pictures mentioned above his new legion of fans will find much to love here. Matt Scudder (Neeson) was a cop once, but ever since a shootout left a bystander dead by his bullet Scudder has transformed himself into a sober, unlicensed private investigator. He helps people, and they give him gifts (of the cash variety). His latest case involves a kidnapping where the ransom was paid but the victim was murdered anyway, and now the dead woman’s husband (Dan Stevens) wants Scudder’s help in finding the villains responsible.

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The Boxtrolls

Summer 2014 has come to a thudding close. These past four months have had their ups and downs, but overall this summer wasn’t as bad as the headlines are making it out to be. Despite a significant dip in attendance, there were all kinds of good movies. If you were disappointed by a film this summer, odds are that whatever film you saw next likely left you satisfied. Plus, even though there wasn’t a ton of originality this summer, at least there was variety. This fall is packed with both variety and originality. The remainder of the year should get any film fan excited since we’ll be seeing films from Paul Thomas Anderson, David Fincher, Christopher Nolan, Ridley Scott, Bennet Miller and other beloved storytellers. We’ll have reviews for some of those films as festival season rolls along, so keep an eye out. All of that kicks off this month. So let’s get started with the 10 must see movies this September.

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Universal Pictures

Liam Neeson‘s been on a bit of an action-star tear since striking gold with 2008’s Taken, but who can blame him? The guy turns 62 years old in a few days, and if he wants to kick ass and take names a few more times before starring in a Grumpy Old Men remake (with Harrison Ford, obviously) more power to him. Of course, he could stand to be a bit pickier with his choices — for every Taken and Non-Stop we also get a Taken 2 and an Unknown — and it’s on that note that we get our first look at the trailer for his latest film. A Walk Among the Tombstones just might be the best entry in Neeson’s late career renaissance. It certainly looks the best anyway, and it’s also based on a source material of genuinely higher quality than the usual script from Luc Besson’s Goofy Action Factory. The film is based on Lawrence Block‘s novel, one of thirteen with the recurring character of Matt Scudder. Neeson plays the ex-cop turned alcoholic private investigator in director Scott Frank‘s film, and the result looks pretty damn fantastic. Check out the first trailer for A Walk Among the Tombstones below.

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There is absolutely no place for kidnappers in the world as long as Liam Neeson is still around. After jump-starting his new career as movie badass for hire with Taken (soon to be followed by Taken 2: More Takener), Neeson has a found a nice little niche for his work when he’s not busy being nominated for Oscars and stuff. That niche? Ass-kicking bad dudes (and, on occasion, bad wolves). And, in Neeson’s cinematic world, there is no one as bad as kidnappers. Coming out of Cannes is the news that will star in A Walk Among the Tombstones, a film about a guy who (guess what!) goes after some nasty kidnappers. Seriously, kidnappers, put away your duct tape and tiny little magazine letters, it’s over for you. Scott Frank (who wrote Out of Sight, Get Shorty, and Minority Report, and made his directing debut with The Lookout) will write and direct the film, which is based on Lawrence Block‘s “Matt Scudder” book series. There are currently seventeen Scudder books, so if the film is a success, it could swiftly turn into a new franchise. The film is described as such: “Formerly a cop with the NYPD, now an unlicensed private eye and a recovering alcoholic haunted by past mistakes, Matt Scudder is hired to find the kidnapped wife of a drug dealer.  He operates just outside the law where the police don’t go to track down the kidnappers, who he discovers have been involved in multiple kidnappings and brutal […]

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