REVIEW: A Million Ways to Die in the West
Western comedies have a spotty track record. It’s always tricky blending two movie genres, but Westerns and comedies in particular generally don’t work well together. Blazing Saddles, City Slickers, and Back to the Future, Part III may have pulled it off, but more often than not, the end result is more Wagons East! than Three Amigos!. A Million Ways to Die in the West unleashes a barrage of shots at its tricky target; the ones that hit the mark are brilliant in their comedy, but the ones that miss fall painfully flat.
Liam Neeson was once considered anything but an action hero. Oh, sure, he did the occasional Star Wars or Batman movie, but he still was no Jason Bourne or anything. Then came Taken in early 2009. The A-Team followed in early 2010. Then Unknown the year after. Then The Grey. Then Taken 2. As the opening months of 2014 wind to a close, Neeson once again returns to the big screen, gun in hand, in Non-Stop.
REVIEW: The LEGO Movie
Remember when you played with toys as a kid and one fantasy scenario would lead right into the next? Wolverine, Donatello, and Scrooge McDuck could race the Batmobile across the deck of the Titanic, before suddenly warping to the moon and playing a game of darts with Bart Simpson, and it all made a twisted kind of sense. It’s that childlike sense of genius randomness that makes The LEGO Movie the first great movie of 2014.