109 min. PG13
We really feel bad for poor former CIA Special Agent Bryan Mills (Liam Neeson). In the first two Taken movies (2008 and 2012), his daughter was kidnapped, then it was his and his wife’s turn to be taken hostage. Now it’s time for Bryan to be framed for killing his ex-wife (Famke Janssen), whom he has dinner and flirts with while visiting their pregnant daughter in Los Angeles. Who has what it takes to bring Bryan in peacefully? That’s if he’s willing to give himself up to start with… which he isn’t.
Why it’s hot: Liam’s a Hollywood heavyweight who delivers time and time again. He’s hard as they come in his role as seasoned CIA Agent Mills and he knows how to swing a punch, make the action look real and still add to the drama of the script. His co-stars Famke, Maggie Grace, Forest Whitaker and Dougray Scott add to the star power of the movie and it’s even better than the first two in the trilogy. And it seems the fans agreed – Taken 3 took in over $325 million at cinemas alone!
119 min. R
A former big-name actor has left his Hollywood work to find joy on Broadway, where he’s able to sink his teeth into work that means something to him. Thing is, he’s lost more than he can get back – including his family – and his ego is standing in the way of him doing something truly magical.
Why it’s hot: the stars – like Michael Keaton and Edward Norton – are great at being quirky and the script is good. The problem is that unless you’re a Woody Allen-type-ofhumour fan, you’ll probably hate this.
Season 4. 8 episodes. PG
It’s currently on telly but if you can’t wait for the episodes to air, grab the boxset that kicks off six months after Matthew’s untimely death. Lady Mary’s now a widow and single mom, the estate is under pressure and one of the show’s most controversial storylines happens in episode 3.
Why it’s hot: Downton Abbey is a TV masterpiece. From the script and cast to the costumes and set, it’s simply brilliant. But we’re not sure about some of the storylines, like poor Anna’s shocking rape…
Biographical war drama
137 min. PG13 rating
An Olympian/soldier has the worst luck in World War II. Not only does he crash his fighter plane, he’s stuck on a raft for 47 days. Then he and two fellow soldiers are found by the Japanese and sent to a POW camp.
Why it’s hot: Hollywood big cheese Angelina Jolie directed Unbroken, while Joel and Ethan Coen (1996’s Fargo, 1998’s The Big Lebowski and 2010’s True Grit) wrote the screenplay. The movie looks great, it works well with the setting and it’s a great biography, grabbing you with a true story about actual events.
DA VINCI’S DEMONS
Season 2. 10 episodes. PG
Leonardo da Vinci returns for round two of Renaissance action, starting off with saving the life of wounded Lorenzo. It’s not long before our hero’s on a ship, heading west to find new lands, technology and wonders. Plus, Leo has a vision of the Mona Lisa…
Why it’s okay: we love us an adventure, more so when it’s got loads of action. But while it’s packed full of both, the second season isn’t as good as the first was back in 2013. The cast are still pretty to look at, but that doesn’t mean you’re going to love every episode.