Movies for this week

Former ex-CIA agent Bryan (Liam Neeson) is forced to use his talents and skills as an agent to recover his daughter (Maggie Grace) when she is kidnapped in Paris. But can Bryan save his daughter before she’s sold to human trafficking/sex-traffickers? Not exactly the most plausible spy-hunter shoot em up script, but perhaps worthy of a matinee if you’re looking for an action adventure film with cheap thrills. Taken is rated PG-13.

The Uninvited
After spending months in a mental hospital Anna (Emily Browning) is sent home to live with her father (David Strathairn) and his new girlfriend Rachael (Elizabeth Banks). Unfortunately, once home, a dark force begins to haunt Anna. Perhaps a warning from the other side? And who really killed Anna’s terminally ill mother? A semi clever twisting plot makes this film interesting for about the first half; unfortunately, as pieces start to come together the film starts to fall apart. A few good scares initially but probably not as good as the film’s original Asian script. The Uninvited is rated PG-13.

New In Town
Lucy Hill (Renee Zellweger) is an executive for a sports food company. In order to climb the corporate ladder Lucy takes on the job of cutting half of the jobs in a production plant located in a small Minnesota town. Enter the dreamy union leader Ted (Harry Connick Jr.). As luck would have it Lucy and Ted can’t stand each other, but somehow opposites seem to  attract as the two work together. Ultimately the plant is shut down, but can Lucy come up with a plan to save the plant and the jobs? Totally predictable, totally one dimensional, and in fact it’s almost a little painful to watch. If you’re really hard up for a throw away romantic comedy, this might be your ticket. Otherwise, wait for the DVD on this one. New In Town is rated PG.