Taken 2

(R) ★★☆☆☆

This sequel is so much lousier than it needs to be, largely due to a director in over his head. Extending a work trip to vacation with his ex-wife (Famke Janssen) and daughter (Maggie Grace), Liam Neeson’s ex-CIA op, Brian Mills, is kidnapped and held captive in a hellhole by murderous Albanians. There is no film without Neeson shooting, stabbing, strangling, and mixed martial arts-ing dozens of Albanians who want him dead, want his ex-wife dead, and want his daughter as a sex slave. The action is a headache, and even Neeson can’t save this one.

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Entertainment legend Doc Severinsen is thanking me. The 85-year-old trumpet player, conductor and former bandleader of The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson is thanking me for not mentioning his trademark colorful and complex wardrobe choices (oops!). In anticipation of his upcoming performances with the San Miguel Five at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts, we have just enjoyed a pleasant chat about life, music and Mexico, his adopted country of retirement.

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