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In Theaters January 9, 2015: Once, Twice, Three Times A Taken

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In Theaters January 9, 2015 is the further adventures of one Frank Mills, a.k.a. Liam Neesons, who just can’t help getting involved in this whole Taken business — kinda like how the actor himself just can’t help accepting the massive paychecks that come with such a gig.  But is the “final” (ha, yeah, SURE) installment in the Taken series worth your time and, more importantly, money this weekend?  Let’s find out what waits this weekend In Theaters!

First up…

Taken 3

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Stars: Liam Neeson, Maggie Grace, Forrest Whittaker, Famke Janssen, and Dougray Scott

Written By: Luc Besson and Robert Mark Kamen

Directed By: Olivier Megaton

Look, I enjoy the first Taken film just fine as a crazy, balls-to-the-wall action film featuring a great performance from Liam Neeson.  But after the poor reviews for Taken 2 started to pour in, I knew I should stop my time with the franchise there — and I did.  I never saw Taken 2 and, according to most accounts, I was better off for it.  This final installment in the Taken series, which was once billed as Tak3n before Fox remembered they weren’t god damn idiots, seems like it would be return to form on paper, with a much more thrilling story this time around and a surprisingly good trailer.  Unfortunately, it seems like this is just more of the crappy same from the second film, with another horrible directing job by Olivier Megaton.  The film hasn’t been officially screened for critics so no actual scores could be had, but that alone should be strong evidence that this is a trip not worth…TAKING.  Yeah, that was awesome, me.  That was awesome.  Here’s the trailer:

It’s Expanding!

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(Yeah, a new segment!  This is the time of year in which films go from limited release to wide release so, in order to discuss those films, I figured a new segment was in order.  It’s like “Limited Talk on Limited Film,” but…bigger.  Cause expanding?  I can’t see your faces right now, but I’m assuming you’re erupting in uncontrollable laughs over that one.) 

Selma – Selma has moved from limited release to wide release, and the fact that it’s been able to hold on to its 100% Rotten Tomatoes score in that time is a strong indication that this is very much a film worth seeing.  If you want to have your Top 10 Films of 2014 be accurate, you best give this one a spin.

Inherent Vice – And yeah, Inherent Vice is good too!  I don’t know why Warner Bros. is expanding it, but I’m sure glad they are!   Yeah it might have more mixed reception than P.T. Anderson’s other films, but I’m sure I’ll still love it.  I have to…right?

Box Office Predictions:

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Taken 3 is of course going to win the weekend, with I imagine will be quite the healthy sum.  It will surely drop off next week due to the absolutely horrid word of mouth that’s guaranteed to arrive in spades but, until that time, expect it to clean up at the box office.  Here are my predictions:

1. Taken 3 – $31 million

2. Selma – $16 million

3. The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies – $11 million

Check back  Monday during the Box Office Prognosis to see if my predictions were correct!

Pick of the Week: Selma

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Selma is poised to be one of the big heavy hitters of the Oscar season and, with it opening into over two thousand theaters this weekend, it’s highly likely you’ll get the chance to see it.  And if you do, I couldn’t recommend it enough.

That does it for this week In Theaters!  Be sure to let us know what you plan on catching in the comments!

-Matthew