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Taken 2: Unintentional Parody of Original

But Liam Neeson still shines, say critics

(Newser) - Taken 2 doesn't hold up to its predecessor: While Liam Neeson is as impressive as usual in this kidnapping thriller, the plot is totally absurd. What critics are saying:
  • "There’s no need to wait for the MAD magazine parody of Taken 2. It’s already hilariously up
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Witch Mountain Wins Weekend

Watchmen drops to second, Last House comes third

(Newser) - Race to Witch Mountain sped to the box office summit this weekend by banking $25 million, Entertainment Weekly reports. Last week’s big earner, Watchmen, dropped to second with $18.1 million, while upstart The Last House on the Left scared up $14.7 million in third. Taken ($6.7... More »

Watchmen Sees Tepid Weekend Win

Blockbuster doesn't live up to opening-weekend projections

(Newser) - Who watches the Watchmen? Too few moviegoers to live up to box-office projections, says the Hollywood Reporter. The much-hyped flick earned only $55.7 million this weekend as Madea Goes to Jail locked in $8.8 million, Taken took $7.5 million, and Slumdog Millionaire kept riding its Oscar wave... More »

Jonas Bros Lose Beat at Box Office

Oscars help Slumdog to third

(Newser) - Madea Goes to Jail kept the Jonas Brothers at bay this weekend, Entertainment Weekly reports. Madea banked $16.5 million to the highly anticipated Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience's mere $12.7 million. Slumdog Millionaire enjoyed an Oscar boost, earning $12.2 million, while Taken continued its hot streak... More »

Audiences Just That Into You

Romantic comedy attracts female movie-goers

(Newser) - He's Just Not That Into You got plenty of attention from the ladies this weekend, earning $27.5 million to top the box office, Entertainment Weekly reports. The romantic comedy, which stars Jennifer Aniston, Drew Barrymore, Ben Affleck, and Scarlett Johansson, attracted a crowd that was—not surprisingly—80% female.... More »

Taken Snatches Box Office

Thriller bumps Mall Cop from top spot

(Newser) - The CIA thriller Taken nabbed the box office title from Paul Blart: Mall Cop, simultaneously pushing Hollywood to its first billion-dollar January, reports AP. Taken, starring Liam Neeson as a former CIA operative pursuing kidnappers, pulled in $24.6 million on Super Bowl weekend—in which thrillers typically underperform because... More »

Critics Not So Taken With Taken

Plot, lead character 'preposterous'

(Newser) - Critics disagree over whether Bourne-style action flick Taken is a quality picture, but they concur on one thing: Its plot is “preposterous,” as Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times puts it. It’s “a completely unbelievable action picture” in which Liam Neeson’s “sharpshooting, pursuit-driving, pocket-picking,... More »

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