Oliver Jones
October 22, 2012 12:00 PM

>TAKEN 2

Liam Neeson learns that you can’t kill half an Albanian village (see: Taken) without ticking off their relatives, in this dunderheaded sequel. By the time he has his teen daughter (Maggie Grace) throwing live grenades in the middle of Istanbul to use as a kind of sonar, you’ll be laughing for the wrong reasons. []

SMASHED

Mary Elizabeth Winstead is keenly empathetic as Kate, a first-grade teacher sick of her alcoholic blackouts. The intimate portrait gives Winstead room to explore the inevitable bumps of recovery, but fellow addicts Octavia Spencer and Nick Offerman get short shrift. []

SEVEN PSYCHOPATHS

Meta, funny and wildly gory, Psychopaths skates by on pure style. A screenwriter (Colin Farrell) and two dog-nappers (Sam Rockwell and the divine Christopher Walken) tangle with a gangster missing his shih tzu (Woody Harrelson) in a pretzel plot that’s heavy on crass jokes. It’s a pleasure, heavy on the guilt. []

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