MOVIE OF THE WEEK February 14, 2020: ORDINARY LOVE

There’s a reason why more movies are about weddings than marriages. It’s easier to tie up a story with bells ringing and happy “I do”s than to accurately depict the beautifully complicated thing that is a long-term committed relationship — especially the kind of real, relatable, warts-and-all relationship many people actually live out. But Lisa Barros D’Sa and Glenn Leyburn’s Ordinary Love accomplishes that feat with intimate grace, thanks to honest storytelling and heartbreaking performances by Liam Neeson and Leslie Manville.

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ORDINARY LOVE – Review by Sheila Roberts

An ordinary couple faces extraordinary challenges in Lisa Barros D’Sa and Glenn Leyburn’s moving drama, Ordinary Love. It’s an intimate, thoughtful portrait of a loving husband (Tom/Liam Neeson) and wife (Joan/Leslie Manville), who have been together for many years. They are confident and comfortable in their relationship, and know and understand each other very well. Their familiarity with one another is evident in the way one completes the other’s sentences.

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COLD PURSUIT – Review by Susan Granger

Adapted from In Order of Disappearance the 2014 Norwegian thriller, Cold Pursuit stars Liam Neeson as a stoic snowplow driver seeking justice for the murder of his son during a drug deal gone bad.

But when his son Kyle (Micheal Richardson), a baggage handler at the local airport, is killed by drug-smugglers, his death is blamed on a heroin overdose. (FYI: Micheal is Neeson’s real-life son with the late Natasha Richardson.)

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WIDOWS – Review by MaryAnn Johanson

“This is not your world,” someone — a man — says to Veronica Rawlings in the aftermath of the death of her husband, Harry. The man is talking about the Chicago criminal underworld in which Harry was a very successful mover — until he no longer was — but he might as well be talking about the whole big wide world.

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AWFJ Movie of the Week, Jan. 5-9: TAKEN 3

Opening Jan. 9, AWFJ’s Movie of the Week is Taken 3, the third outing for ex-spy Bryan Mills (Liam Neeson) who this time must use his particular set of skills to clear his name after he is wrongly accused of a brutal murder. Read on…

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