‘Silence’ speaks volumes

Adam Driver (left) and Andrew Garfield in 'Silence'
Adam Driver (left) and Andrew Garfield in ‘Silence’

“You make a deal.  You figure out how much sin you can live with.” – Martin Scorsese

Silence is a movie that has been a project of Martin Scorsese’s for over 25 years.  Based on a novel published in 1966 that won the Tanizaki Prize (one of the most prestigious literary awards in Japan) it tells the story of two Jesuit priests who journey from Macao to Japan in search of another Jesuit priest who has disappeared.  Worse yet, the two are told by Father Alessandro Valignano (Ciarian Hinds) that Father Cristóvão Ferreira (Liam Neeson) renounced his faith while being tortured.  “Father Sebastião Rodrigues” (Andrew Garfield) and “Father Francisco Garupe” (Adam Driver) do not believe their mentor would become apostate and volunteer to go to Japan and find him.

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‘Taken 2’ is watered down for PG-13, should have been hard-R

Liam Neeson takes care of business in 'Taken 2'
Liam Neeson takes care of business in ‘Taken 2’

[rating=3]Starring: Liam Neeson, Maggie Grace, Famke Janssen, and Rade Serbedzija
Director(s): Olivier Megaton
Writer(s): Robert Mark Kamen and Luc Besson

This is a film that Liam Neeson said he wasn’t interested in making until he read what he felt was a terrific script from Robert Mark Kamen and Luc Besson. Apparently it was better in his hand than the final product that was delivered to the big screen, although it is by no means awful.

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‘Kinsey’ makes a movie about sex something more than just a movie about sex

[rating=4]Starring: Liam Neeson, Laura Linney, Chris O’Donnell, Peter Sarsgaard, Timothy Hutton, John Lithgow, Tim Curry, Oliver Platt, Dylan Baker
Director(s): Bill Condon
Writer(s): Bill Condon

Liam Neeson talks sex with Laura Linney in 'Kinsey'
Liam Neeson talks sex with Laura Linney in ‘Kinsey’

Let’s talk about sex.

Okay, that’s a pretty wide ranging subject. How about we narrow it down a few notches and talk about Kinsey, the biopic of Dr. Alfred Kinsey starring Liam Neeson. The film charts the good doctor’s relationship with his wife, Clara, and how he developed and fought to conduct his study on the sexual practices of human beings.

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‘Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace’ makes for top-notch DVD

Jedi and Sith battle in 'Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace'
Jedi and Sith battle in ‘Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace’

[rating=3]Starring: Liam Neeson, Ewan MacGregor, Natalie Portman, Jake Lloyd, Ahmed Best
Director(s): George Lucas
Writer(s): George Lucas

Like millions of others, I was excited to hear that Lucas—the supposed “leader” of the digital revolution in Hollywood—had finally relented and released one of his many great movies on DVD.

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