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TAKEN 3

109 min. PG13

Ac­tion

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!

Dark com­edy

BIRD­MAN

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.

Pe­riod drama

DOWN­TON ABBEY

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

UN­BRO­KEN

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.

Fan­tasy drama

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.

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