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RUN ALL NIGHT | Review

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Starring Liam Neeson as Liam Neeson, and a hot of other not-so-important characters, with the exception of Common, who gets away with being in this movie because his acting has improved significantly (UGH, Smoking Aces. Take it away), he’s a cutie pie and marginally convincing – and every time he comes on screen, we see the…wait for it…GLORY 😀

I mean there are a lot of things that you could say go right in a movie, but isn’t it so much more fun to say what went wrong?

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So in this movie, Liam Neeson plays Liam Neeson (I think his name was Jimmy Conlon in the movie. It was Irish and slightly complicated and unnecessary to remember, because let’s be honest, unless it’s Star Wars, Liam Neeson plays Liam Neeson), a constantly drunk ex-assassin who is haunted by the ghosts of the people he’s killed. The plot thickens when he hurts someone close to him and then becomes a mob target, hunted by everyone – including the cops for what he did 20 years ago.

Wake up. Wipe the drool off.

I know. It is a pretty cliché story. But you know what they say – either do it first or do it different. Mob stories are always fun to watch, even though you pretty much always know what is going to happen – think Gangster Squad, Sin City…but you still watch those movies to see if maybe, just this one time, they’ve switched up the formula.

They didn’t really. But it is still an entertaining watch. Ed Harris is a beast. And Liam Neeson is Liam Neeson.

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I know I say this all the time, but seriously, he is always him in movies. I would be surprised if he can’t actually do all the stuff he does in real life, just like I would be surprised if King Joffrey is actually a sweet fellow who adores taking in lost kittens. When an actor is so good, it becomes hard to separate them from who they actually are. (come on…no one wants to be locked up in a room with Anthony Hopkins. Except me. I’m down.) Must be fun to keep getting paid for being you.

Maybe that’s the secret to acting: just be you (yes, we see you waving, Adam Brody). Maybe that’s the problem with the other actors in the movie. They were trying too hard to be something far from themselves. I took issue with Common’s acting – as I always do, guys, he’s…well…dare I say it? You know what I want to say, don’t you? So I don’t need to say it?…

In his defence, he is getting better. Meanwhile, the rest of the supporting cast other than Mr Harris pretty much annoyed me. Neeson’s son, played by Joel Kinnaman, was an idiot. Which may not be his fault, really. Don’t know if I liked him as Robocop, either. (the only thing I remember liking about that movie was Michael Keaton)

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So back to Common…they’re trying to really make Common a gun toting badass, but I’m not convinced. Is conscious hip hop not paying, or is this one of those situations where you’ve been told your dreams are valid for so long you’re trying to will them into reality? Am I just a hater? To each his own, I suppose.

At the end of the day, though, Run All Night is better thought out and a lot more intense than Taken 3. There was a lot of grit, and a lot of feeling (yes, I know this is beginning to – or rather, continuing to – sound like A Walk Among Tombstones/Non Stop, but hear me out), and it is better than a lot of the movies that have come out this year (Furious 7Jupiter Ascending…). So yes, Liam Neeson plays Liam Neeson, again, but if you’ve been in Star Wars, you can do whatever the hell you want.

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Black Panther Advance Screening | Win Tickets!

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Long live the king. Black Panther opens next week and here’s your chance to win tickets to the ultimate fan experience and watch Black Panther in advance courtesy of Britania.

Competition Rules
1. Pose as your favorite Wakandan character while holding any four packets of Britania biscuits.
2. Upload that picture on any of the social media platforms with the hashtag #BlackPantherChallengeKE 
That’s all!

Prize Package
Each winner gets a ticket for two to attend the screening on Wednesday February 14th, at Century IMAX at Garden City Mall, Thika Road Highway.  Exit 7. And courtesy of Taxify Kenya, each winner will get picked up, dropped off at the screening and given a ride back home after the event, all at no cost.  Talk about royal treatment!

So what are you waiting for?  Take up the challenge and step into the spotlight.

Black Panther opens in cinemas and IMAX format here in Kenya on Friday February 16th.

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MJX 2017 VOLUME 2 | Sign Up for the Cosplay Showcase!

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CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP
Registration closes Saturday Nov 11th

ABOUT THE COSPLAY SHOWCASE! AT MJX NOVEMBER

NOTE: It’s going to be fun! Whether you want to make a new costume, use a previous one, (or borrow) you are encouraged to do what’s best for you, and most importantly, have fun and meet fellow cosplayers.

Why Sign Up? This will help us properly plan the segment not only for you, but for the other cosplayers.  Our first  Cosplay Showcase! was during our first Cosplay Community Kenya #CosComKE Workshop in February 4th, 2017.

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What will happen:
You will get to strut your stuff, show off your costume and props.  Each registered participant will have a few moments to tell the audience something brief about their costume and why they picked the character they did… and do a lil’ something-something for the crowd, that’s reminiscent of their character. Easy-peezy, right?


CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP
Registration closes Saturday Nov 11th

Rewards:
Discounted event ticket price for all registered cosplayers.  Secondly, on-location professional photography for all registered Cosplayers.   Later, a select number of cosplayers (5 from each day) will be picked for an exclusive special professional cosplay photography shoot in studio the following week. The images from this studio shoot will be edited into composites, looking really cool and ‘wow!’.  These images will look like they’ve been taken from the world of movies, anime, comic books that the you got your inspiration from!  Visual examples below:

[Click Here to Register!]
Registration closes Saturday Nov 11th

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