'Silence': A test of faith — and of patience

Film / Reviews Jan 18, 2017

'Silence': A test of faith — and of patience

by James Hadfield

After spending nearly 30 years shepherding his adaptation of Shusaku Endo's "Silence" to the screen, Martin Scorsese may be starting to feel as forsaken as the book's Jesuit protagonist, abandoned by an uncommunicative and apparently uncaring God. The movie has been roundly ignored by ...

Taken 3

Film / Reviews Jan 15, 2015

Taken 3

by Kaori Shoji

Luc Besson and his protege, Olivier Megaton, have probably burned more fossil fuel and blown up more vehicles between them than a post-bankruptcy Detroit. In an age when many filmmakers are trying to go green, you'd think there would be a quota on car ...

Neeson is taken on another adventure

Film Jan 15, 2015

Neeson is taken on another adventure

by James Luxford

It's hard to believe that, a decade ago, Liam Neeson was better known for prestige Oscar dramas than high-octane action blockbusters. The Academy Award nominee spent the first 30 years of his career making his name in films such as "Kinsey" (2004), "Rob Roy" ...

Non-Stop (Flight Game)

Film / Reviews Sep 3, 2014

Non-Stop (Flight Game)

by Giovanni Fazio

Add "Non-Stop" to that short list of films that you will never see as in-flight entertainment. Liam Neeson (making 60-something seem like the new 40) plays Federal Air Marshal Bill Marks, who is on a flight from New York to London when he receives ...

Paul Haggis: Spinning reality into a web of fiction

Film Jun 19, 2014

Paul Haggis: Spinning reality into a web of fiction

by Giovanni Fazio

"Today, too often, we've gotten used to telling the audience things in bold, in all-caps or underlined, and solving everything for everybody." So says Paul Haggis, the screenwriter and director who won Oscars back-to-back with "Million Dollar Baby" in 2004 and "Crash" in 2005. ...