The January Canon: 16 good movies released during Hollywood’s worst dump month

Historically and annually speaking, January is a bad month for Hollywood movies. It’s a “dump month,” that time of year when the major studios offload the projects in which they have no faith. Sandwiched between the holidays and the Super Bowl, these four weeks are generally treated like a write-off season, as bad…

Liam Neeson is all for fixing the pay gap, just as long as he still gets his money

Speaking with the Associated Press (via Entertainment Weekly), Liam Neeson recently made it clear that fixing the pay gap between men and women in Hollywood is very important to him. “There’s a lot of discussion about it,” he told the Associated Press, “and a lot of healthy and necessary discussion about it because…

If only every January thriller were as smart-dumb as Liam Neeson's The Commuter

“On behalf of the American middle class, fuck you,” growls Michael MacCauley (Liam Neeson, obviously) not more than a third of the way into The Commuter, tipping the dizzying whodunit’s hand. Yes, it’s basically Non-Stop (also starring Neeson, also directed by the Spanish-born genre whiz Jaume Collet-Serra) on a…

After a promising episode, The Orville slips back into mediocrity

It’s really difficult to avoid viewing every episode of The Orville against Star Trek: The Next Generation (as an aside, why not celebrate the show’s 30th anniversary premiere by checking out Zack Handlen’s excellent series reviews). They’re not identical, of course, but it’s obvious how much The Orville cherishes TNG…

Mark Felt pulls Deep Throat from the shadows, but not even Liam Neeson can make him interesting

When Hal Halbrook played “Deep Throat” in All The President’s Men, he embodied an abstraction—someone whose identity almost nobody knew. It would be another three decades before Mark Felt, the FBI’s associate director during much of the Watergate scandal, confessed that he had been Woodward and Bernstein’s infamous…

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Hugh Grant has trouble dancing in the new Love Actually reunion trailer

After plenty of teases, we’re finally getting a trailer for the Love Actually reunion/mini-sequel that features actual footage of the Red Nose Day special. So what’s changed for our heartsick Brits (plus Laura Linney)? Well, it’s a little harder for Hugh Grant’s prime minister to groove, Bill Nighy’s Billy Mack is now…

Love Actually’s famous cast shows up in new Red Nose Day reunion trailer

The first trailer for the Love Actually reunion orchestrated for Red Nose Day simply featured Andrew Lincoln recreating his iconic confession of love. The latest brings back a whole host of famous cast members—also wielding poster board—to advertise the charity event and insult Colin Firth. Set to the movie’s theme…