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‘New in Town,' ‘Taken’ and ‘The Uninvited’
Article published on Monday, Jan. 26, 2009
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In “Taken,” Liam Neeson stars as Bryan Mills, an ex-government operative who has less than four days to find his kidnapped daughter – who has been taken on her first day of vacation in Paris.
PINELLAS COUNTY – A number of new movie releases will hit theaters Jan. 30, including the following:

“New in Town” – Lucy Hill (Renée Zellweger) is an ambitious, up-and-coming executive living in Miami. She loves her shoes, she loves her cars and she loves climbing the corporate ladder.

When she is offered a temporary assignment – in the middle of nowhere – to restructure a manufacturing plant, she accepts the opportunity, knowing a big promotion is close at hand.

What begins as a straight forward job assignment becomes a life changing experience as Lucy discovers greater meaning in her life and, most unexpectedly, the man of her dreams (Harry Connick, Jr.).

From Lionsgate, “New in Town” is directed by Jonas Elmer. Rated PG.

“Taken” – Former government operative Bryan Mills (Liam Neeson) informs the kidnappers who have abducted his daugther Kim (Maggie Grace) in Paris that he will find them and kill them, kicking off the longest 96 hours of his life.

Mills had only recently given up his government career as what he calls, a “preventer” – “I prevented bad things from happenings,” he says – to be near Kim, who lives with Bryan’s ex-wife Lenore and her new husband. To make ends meet, Bryan joins some former colleagues for special security details (like guarding a pop diva), but most of his time and energy are spent re-connecting with Kim.

When his daughter is kidnapped, he’ll have to call upon his skills to track her down. Rated PG-13.

“The Uninvited” – In the suspense thriller “The Uninvited,” based on the 2003 Korean motion picture “Changhwa, Hongryon” written and directed by Kim Jee-woon, Anna (Emily Browning) returns home after spending time in a psychiatric facility following her mother’s tragic death. There, she discovers that her mother’s former nurse, Rachel (Elizabeth Banks), has moved into their house and become engaged to her father, Steven (David Strathairn).

Soon after she learns this shocking news, Anna is visited by her mother’s ghost, who warns her that Rachel has evil intentions. Together, Anna and her sister (Arielle Kebbel) must convince their father that his new fiancee is not who she pretends to be, and what should have been a happy family reunion becomes a lethal battle of wills between stepdaughters and stepmother. Rated PG-13.
Article published on Monday, Jan. 26, 2009
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