New on DVD: 'Taken 2,' 'To Rome With Love'
Posted January 17, 2013
2012, Fox, PG-13, $30; DVD+Blu-ray, $40
Liam Neeson returns as retired CIA agent Brian Mills, whose family is once again imperiled by Albanian kidnappers. This time, the revenge-seeking relatives of the crew that he wiped out in the original take Mills and his wife (Famke Janssen) hostage while they're on vacation in Istanbul. Their daughter (Maggie Grace), who was the victim in the first film, comes to her parents' aid.
USA TODAY's Scott Bowles says **1/2: "From title to catchphrases, Taken 2 makes no bones about being a follow-up to the 2008 French thriller that made Liam Neeson our favorite middle-aged action hero."
Also new on DVD:
To Rome With Love
2012, Sony, R, $31; Blu-ray, $36
Director Woody Allen tells four tales of romance and adventure in this ensemble film - a man whose dull life is transformed by instant celebrity, an American architect who visits the apartment building of his youth, newlyweds who find themselves in awkward entanglements, and a retired opera director's attempts to make a star of a shower-singing mortician. USA TODAY's Claudia Puig says ** 1/2 out of four.
Won't Back Down
2012, Fox, PG, $23; Blu-ray, $30
Maggie Gyllenhaal portrays the desperate mother of a dyslexic girl and Viola Davis a weary teacher who join forces to improve their failing inner city school. But they find an entrenched bureaucracy stands in the way of ever changing the status quo. Puig: ** 1/2 out of four.
2012, Lionsgate, PG-13, $30; Blu-ray, $40
A young girl (Natasha Calis) buys an ancient box at a yard sale and becomes possessed by an evil spirit that had been trapped inside. Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Kyra Sedgwick play her newly divorced parents who must reunite to save their daughter from the malevolent demon that is tormenting her. Puig: ** out of four.
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