Lite’s Reveiw Room: Weekend Movies – “The Grey” “Man On A Ledge” “One For The Money”

We’re not sure about you, but with the Oscars fast approaching we really are in a movie mood.  Well this week there are 3 new releases that you could be heading to the theater to see.

Can we say we love Liam Neeson? Thanks! WE LOVE LIAM NEESON! We’ll let Julie Fisk, member of the DFW Film Critics Association and our Queen of the Silver Screen, tell you about his newest flick.

The Grey

“The Grey” stars Liam Neeson as a man whose plane crashes into the Alaskan wilderness, leaving him to battle the elements and a pack of very hungry wolves. Man versus nature movies are by no means a new concept. In fact, The Gray reminds me of one of my favorite films, “The Edge” from 1997 where Anthony Hopkins battles a man-eating Kodiak. It’s fitting then, that the characters in “The Grey” start referencing films like “Alive” and “Grizzly Man” as soon as their plane crashes. If you were stranded in the wild, wouldn’t you be thinking about those movies? It’s that type of realism that makes “The Grey” more than just an adventure movie. [photogallerylink id=70380 align=right]

These men who’ve found themselves stranded, are just guys. Liam Neeson’s character is an expert on wolves, but other than that they are no more prepared to deal with the wilderness than we would be, so you start to really like them, which makes it worse as they start dying horrible deaths. I felt guilty watching Liam Neeson and his crew be continuously tortured by the WORST luck possible. Speaking of which, THIS is how I like to see Liam Neeson; grim and grizzled but with a poetic Jack London Slant. He even makes the mukluks look good.

“The Grey” takes way too long to get where it’s going and no, this isn’t ground-breaking territory, but I really enjoyed this movie so I’m giving it a B. Here’s a little tip: If you go to see “The Grey,” bundle up. I don’t care what the temperature is outside, watching these guys battle blizzards and slug through knee deep snow will have you freezing. I was longing for my Snuggie.

Man On A Ledge

Man On A Ledge is a new film form Summit Entertainment, directed by Asger Leth (Ghosts of Cite Soleil)  and it stars Sam Worthington (Avatar), Elizabeth Banks (Zack And Miri Make A Porno) and Ed Harris (The Abyss).

The film is about a wanted fugitive who stands on the ledge of a high-rise in New York to try to clear his name.

Nick Cassidy (Sam Worthington) was an honest cop. Now he’s in prison for a crime he didn’t commit. Desperate, he seizes the first chance to escape.  [photogallerylink id=70392 align=left]

Hours later, he is freshly shaven in an expensive suit, standing on a window ledge high above New York City. As a crowd gathers below, police cordon off the area and agree to Nick’s request to speak with pretty police negotiator Lydia Anderson (Elizabeth Banks). But Lydia doesn’t know that she is part of his grand plan, a plan that could give them both a second chance.

Speaking quietly into a lapel microphone, Nick coordinates the high-tech theft of a $30 million diamond—the same diamond he was convicted of stealing. It’s the only way he can prove his innocence, but he needs Lydia’s help—and he’s running out of time.

When his identity is exposed, a SWAT team positions itself on the roof, read to take him out. Lydia isn’t sure he’s telling the truth, but if he really was set up for the diamond heist, it had to be an inside job, which means at least one of the cops on the scene wants Nick dead.

With SWAT about to move, cops destroying the evidence that could save him and nowhere to go but down, Nick’s chances of survival are getting slimmer by the minute.

One For The Money

One For The Money, is a new movie from Lionsgate directed by Julie Anne Robinson (The Last Song) and it stars Katherine Heigl (Knocked Up), Jason O’Mara (Terra Nova, Life On Mars), and Sherri Shepherd (30 Rock).

It’s about an unemployed and newly-divored woman who lands a job a her cousin’s bail-bond business.

A proud, born-and-bred Jersey girl, Stephanie Plum’s got plenty of attitude, even if she’s been out of work for the last six months and just lost her car to a debt collector. Desperate for some fast cash, Stephanie (Katherine Heigl) turns to her last resort: convincing her sleazy cousin to give her a job at his bail bonding company… as a recovery agent.

True, she doesn’t even own a pair of handcuffs and her weapon of choice is pepper spray, but that doesn’t stop Stephanie from taking on Vinny’s (Patrick Fischler) biggest bail-jumper: former vice cop and murder suspect Joe Morelli (Jason O’Mara) – yup, the same sexy, irresistible Joe Morelli who seduced and dumped her back in high school.

Nabbing Morelli would be satisfying payback – and a hefty payday – but as Stephanie learns the ins and outs of becoming a recovery agent from Ranger (Daniel Sunjata), a hunky colleague who’s the best in the business, she also realizes the case against Morelli isn’t airtight.

Add to the mix her meddling family, a potentially homicidal boxer, witnesses who keep dying and the problem of all those flying sparks when she finds Morelli himself… well, suddenly Stephanie’s new job isn’t nearly as easy as she thought.

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