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This first adaptation of best selling author Lawrence Block’s series signals a possible franchise for star Liam Neeson as off-the-books private eye Matt Scudder.

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Based on the Dennis Lehane short story, “Rescue Animal,” this might as well be a companion piece to other Lehane adaptations such as “Mystic River” and “Gone Baby Gone.” Lehane’s world isn’t pretty, and neither are his characters.

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Another disappointing weekend at the movies only added modest gains to a summer season that has been one of the most dismal in many years. “The November Man,” a James Bond wannabe with Pierce Brosnan, was a yawner, as was the supernatural thriller “As Above, So Below” set in the catacombs of Paris.

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Coming off one of the worst summer movie seasons in recent history, there is a lot riding on what’s in the pipeline for this fall. With a few exceptions like “Guardians of the Galaxy” and “Transformers: Age of Extinction,” nothing seemed to please audiences enough to send any movie over the elusive $300 million mark — a first in over 10 years.

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‘The Giver’Starring: Jeff Bridges, Brendan ThwaitesDirected by: Phillip NoyceRated: PG-13

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