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Street Reviews: Local buzz enthusiastic for 'Non-Stop,' 'Son of God'

New movies "Non-Stop" and "Son of God" couldn't be more different, yet both earned the same adjective from local moviegoers: "Awesome!"

"Non-Stop" stars Liam Neeson, Julianne Moore and Michelle Dockery, and was helmed by Jaume Collet-Serra, who also directed Neeson in 2011's "Unknown." "Non-Stop" is about an international flight that is hijacked via text message, and the only person who knows it - well, at first - is a federal air marshal.

"It was awesome! Scary, exciting - an edge-of-your-seat kind of movie," said Kathy Huth, who saw the early show of "Non-Stop" Friday morning in Prescott Valley. "Liam Neeson did a great job. He is my favorite anyway, but he really did a great job as the air marshal."

"Son of God" tells the story of Jesus Christ, as portrayed by Diogo Morgado, who's best known from the History Channel's Emmy-nominated TV series "The Bible." "Son of God" follows Christ's life and his teachings, from birth to death to his miraculous resurrection.

"It is an awesome movie - everybody should go see it," said Paul White of Cottonwood. "My favorite part of the movie was when Jesus first meets Peter and they go fishing. The acting, cinematography, and the sets were great and well-put-together."

"The Lego Movie" is sitting near the top spot in the box office, followed by "3 Days to Kill" and "Pompeii." This past weekend's new offerings could shake those numbers up.

"The Lego Movie" opened in theatres Feb. 7 and has been a dominating force at the box office ever since. Warner Bros. recently announced a sequel will be coming to theatres in May 2017.

"My favorite part of the movie was when they saved the day," exclaimed Libby Jacobson, 4.

"I liked how the female characters were not princesses - they were strong and athletic," said Jennie Jacobson, Libby's mom. "The animation and sound was amazing - they looked and sounded like Legos, especially when the Legos click together. It was a great movie; it did a good job of appealing to many different audiences. If you like Legos, come see this film."

"3 Days to Kill" opened in theatres on Feb. 21 and stars Kevin Costner as CIA agent Ethan Renner, who is trying to reconnect with his family, but is handed one last assignment. "I really enjoyed it - there was some humor in it," said Peggy Turney. "(Costner) plays a father who has been away for five years and is having trouble being a father again and asks the wrong people for advice," Turney recapped. "There is enough humor in the film to make it really interesting and take away from the violence. Kevin Costner is always an excellent actor."

Opening in theatres on March 7 are a few big films. "300: Rise of an Empire" the prequel/sequel to Zack Snyder's 2006 epic "300," directed by Noam Murro. The animated film "Mr. Peabody & Sherman" is based on the "Peabody's Improbable History" segments featured in the 1950s and 1960s animated TV series "Rocky and His Friends" and "The Bullwinkle Show." Ty Burrell and Steven Colbert top the voice cast.

"The Grand Budapest Hotel," a comedy directed by Wes Anderson ("The Life Aquatic"), follows the adventures of concierge Monsieur Gustave and lobby boy Zero, who become close and trusted friends. The all-star cast includes Ralph Fiennes, Bill Murray, Tilda Swinton, Edward Norton, Jude Law, F. Murray Abraham, Willem Dafoe, Jason Schwartzman, Harvey Keitel and Adrien Brody.

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