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Thursday, March 12, 2015

Highly Recommended by Whom You Know, Run All Night Starring Liam Neeson and Ed Harris Makes Its American Debut March 13, 2015-A Box Office Killer In More Ways Than One and the Best Way to Celebrate St. Patrick's Day! Our Coverage Sponsored by Hallak Cleaners the Couture Cleaner

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Dreams can come true!  It's almost St. Patrick's Day, our favorite holiday, and Warner Brothers pictures, our favorite studio, has come out with a new movie starring Manhattan, our favorite city, and Liam Neeson, our favorite actor.  They even show hockey games throughout the movie in the background on television.  We couldn't have planned it out better ourselves!  And Shawn Magurie, played by Ed Harris, has an office that bears a striking resemblance to a living environment we know complete with a map of Ireland and a framed New York Rangers jersey celebrating the cup that was won in 1994.  

If you are an avid reader, you know when we interviewed Henrik Lundqvist he said other than being in goal, he likes to watch movies (and Henrik Lundqvist recommends Dumb and Dumber-watch the video here).  He's in Run All Night in the background on screen; we think it may have been this game that happened during the movie.  We're pretty sure we heard, "Save by Lundqvist!"

Liam Neeson plays Jimmy Conlon, a Brooklyn mobster and prolific hit man who has a history of working for mob boss Shawn Maguire, played by Ed Harris, who points out he'd rather not drink alone, which is just what Peachy says (so you know where she goes!).  Their past ups and downs run bloody and deep, and we shudder to think of the trail they've left behind and the line they've to cross together ahead of them.  However, their magical reminiscences of bedposts gone by and overall camaraderie is ultimately touching.  We really like the Pogues song "A Fairytale of New York" in Run All Night; it was well-placed
Warner Brothers has expertly timed this coming out just in time for St. Patrick's Day, and especially if you are Irish, you should consider this a cultural holy day of obligation, the day you see Run All Night.  From crucifixes to Irish curses mentioned, the screenwriters have got all of the Irish Catholic elements right, including the final moments of life.  What regrets will you have in your final moments?  Run All Night argues you'd change what you could, if only you had more time... 
Above is Shawn and his son, Danny, played by Boyd Holbrook, and below is Jimmy with his son, Mike, played by Joel Kinnaman.  The father-son relationship is another prevalent movie theme, and the most prominent relationship in the film outside of Shawn and Jimmy's friendship and comraderie, if you believe you can actually have friends in the mob.
Mike lives a life where he's a father to his girls in a way he was never on the receiving end of, and the bad blood between Jimmy and him comes to the forefront early on.
"Just because I'm not behind bars doesn't mean I'm not paying for what I did," Jimmy tells Mike.
Gritty New York in its murkiest shades color the screen forebodingly, and from a graphic and technical standpoint, the aerial views of New York city are commendable camera shots, particularly if you yourself can picture the area in your head.  Also on the television you'll see local anchor Ernie Anastos in Run All Night, an accurate casting!
More reasons to see Run All Night: Liam Neeson makes a spectacular Santa Claus and channels his inner Earnhardt when racing that black Camaro through the city streets.  We thought we almost saw a #3 on the side.  An intimidator?  We'd say so.
On foot, he's just as effective and you see none of the years Neeson can claim in his fantastic agility physically and his wit mentally.  This is much more than just another Taken movie or any of his recent work; its a standalone story that you can't miss a minute of filmed brilliantly in New York.
Common is just as quick, and a bit more professional when it comes to the killing.  We like his eyepiece tool.
"I loved how the story is full of action while it also examines the fractured relationships between two men who are like brothers, and a father trying to make amends with his son for things that happened years ago.  It was complex and rich, with thrills and spills, and a lot of 'what-ifs,'" says Neeson.  "What would have happened if Jimmy had taken this course instead of that course?  But that's the story of all our lives, isn't it?"
Our hats off to Director Jaume Collet-Serra, who says, "Liam loves to do action and really puts time into rehearsing to get it right.  He's a trouper.  In our last film, I had him doing all sorts of things, and even swinging from a cable, and in this one I've got him doing even more, and on a cable 16 feet off the ground."
Never a dull moment.
Liam's past accolades earned on Whom You Know include Non-Stop (also with Collet-Serra-they did Unknown as well) and Third Person.
Sit up a little straighter.  Jump up in your seat a little bit more.  Find the fun in being unnerved, and sink into this phenomenal script and story with well-cast actors who deliver in a big way.
No sin goes unpunished in this life.
The greatest sin of all this weekend would be to miss Run All Night!
Run All Night is Highly Recommended by Whom You Know.

From Warner Bros. Pictures comes the action thriller “Run All Night,” starring Oscar nominee Liam Neeson (“Schindler’s List,” “Non-Stop”), Joel Kinnaman (“The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”), Vincent D’Onofrio (“The Judge”), and Oscar nominee Ed Harris (“Pollock,” “The Hours”), under the direction of Jaume Collet-Serra (“Non-Stop”).

Brooklyn mobster and prolific hit man Jimmy Conlon (Neeson), once known as The Gravedigger, has seen better days. Longtime best friend of mob boss Shawn Maguire (Harris), Jimmy, now 55, is haunted by the sins of his past—as well as a dogged police detective (D’Onofrio) who’s been one step behind Jimmy for 30 years. Lately, it seems Jimmy’s only solace can be found at the bottom of a whiskey glass. 

But when Jimmy’s estranged son, Mike (Kinnaman), becomes a target, Jimmy must make a choice between the crime family he chose and the real family he abandoned long ago. With Mike on the run, Jimmy’s only penance for his past mistakes may be to keep his son from the same fate Jimmy is certain he’ll face himself…at the wrong end of a gun. Now, with nowhere safe to turn, Jimmy just has one night to figure out exactly where his loyalties lie and to see if he can finally make things right.

“Run All Night” stars Neeson, Kinnaman, D’Onofrio, Bruce McGill (“Ride Along”), Genesis Rodriguez (“Identity Thief”), Boyd Holbrook (HBO’s “Behind the Candelabra”), Holt McCallany (“Gangster Squad”), with Common (“Now You See Me”) and Harris.

Collet-Serra directs from a screenplay by Brad Ingelsby (“Out of the Furnace”). The film is produced by Roy Lee (“The Departed”), Brooklyn Weaver (executive producer, “Out of the Furnace”), and Michael Tadross (“Gangster Squad,” “Sherlock Holmes”), with John Powers Middleton (TV’s “Bates Motel”) serving as executive producer.

The behind-the-scenes creative team includes director of photography Martin Ruhe (“The American”), production designer Sharon Seymour (“Argo”), editor Dirk Westervelt (“Journey to the Center of the Earth”), and costume designer Catherine Marie Thomas (“The Heat”). The music is by Oscar nominated composer Alan Silvestri (“The Polar Express,” “Forrest Gump”).

Warner Bros. Pictures presents a Vertigo Entertainment production, “Run All Night.” The film is set for release on March 13, 2015, and will be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

“Run All Night” has been rated R by the MPAA for strong violence, language including sexual references, and some drug use.

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