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Review: Widows

Meticulous veteran thief Harry (Liam Neeson) sees his life of crime finally come to an end in the aftermath of his latest heist. The majority of the film however, concerns Harry’s wife Veronica (Viola Davis) tracks down the spouses of Harry’s crew, none of the women acquainted with one another but bonded together over their respective spouses and the financial mess they have left them in as a result of their crimes. Veronica is visited by crooked wannabe Chicago alderman Jamal (Brian Tyree Henry), who threatens to sic his psycho thug brother (Daniel Kaluuya) onto her unless she pays the debt he believes she owes him for the money her husband stole from him. Harry’s loyal chauffeur (Garret Dillahunt) gives Veronica a diary belonging to Harry that outlines plans to rob the home of the Mulligans, Jamal’s political opponents. Slick but jaded Jack (Colin Farrell) is currently struggling to compete with Jamal in the political race. Jack is the son of Tom Mulligan (Robert Duvall), an old sch…

Review: Cold Pursuit

Snow plough driver Liam Neeson tracks down and takes out the drug crims who murdered his son (real-life son Micheal Richardson). Tom Bateman is the yuppie schmuck and deadshit dad behind it all, with Michael Eklund as another of the crims named Speedo, and Domenick Lombardozzi as Bateman’s dutiful driver. William Forsythe plays Neeson’s criminally-connected brother, while Emmy Rossum and John Doman are cops, David O’Hara is a crim, Laura Dern is Neeson’s wife, and Tom Jackson plays a Native American crime lord named White Bull. Nicholas Holmes does quite well as Bateman’s poor son, who spends more time with the driver than his own dad.


When I first heard that Liam Neeson was starring in a crime flick about a snow plough driver seeking revenge in a dark comedy, I was expecting a campy “Mr. Plow’s Bloody Revenge” action-thriller. What director Hans Petter Moland delivers here is an English-language remake of “Order of Disappearance”, a Norwegian film starring Stellan Skarsgaard in the N…

Review: Major League

Baseball team the Cleveland Indians haven’t won the big one in an age and a half (Fun fact, they did win in real-life a year after the release of “Major League II”). After the team’s owner dies, he is replaced by his ex-showgirl widow Rachel Phelps (Margaret Whitton). Phelps comes up with a scam to get the team (and herself) the hell out of Cleveland by picking a loser team and drawing a tiny crowd for the year. The appointed coach is a gruff minor leaguer (James Gammon) and the players chosen are a mixture of washed-up players, players who were never much good to begin with, and an assortment of weirdos, delinquents and egotists. This should be the easiest scam ever pulled. Unless the team somehow starts stringing some wins together and earning the respect of the crowd. Tom Berenger plays the old pro with dodgy knees, who wants to win back his ex (Rene Russo). Corbin Bernsen is the minor celebrity who doesn’t like to get his hands dirty and seems to be more at home on the golf course…