The Coens head West (and to Netflix) in the grimly comic anthology The Ballad Of Buster Scruggs

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The Old West is Coen country. Senselessly brutal and rich with rapscallions, it’s a backlot backdrop perfectly suited to the preoccupations of these sibling movie brats. Yet for all the ways the genre has crept into their catalog—a sagely cowboy narrator, an oater-within-the-film, sprawling frontiers of the…

Liam Neeson to play "bohemian London artist" in new comedy from actor James D'Arcy

Liam Neeson is slated to star in an honest-to-goodness comedy with Made In Italy, the directorial debut of actor James D’Arcy (Dunkirk, Marvel’s Agent Carter). The Hollywood Reporter says the gruff centerpiece of this century’s grimmest action flicks will perform alongside Vox Lux actor Micheál Richardson as “a…

Watch Liam Neeson play (checks notes) "Nels Coxman" in snowplow thriller Cold Pursuit

Liam Neeson’s wintry new action film has been on our radars for a while now. The prospect of seeing his “honest snowplow driver” take on a Tesla-driving vegan drug dealer named Viking sounded too good to be true. Well, it turns out it gets even better. Not only is Neeson’s character named “Nels Coxman,” but the film’s…

Liam Neeson to be taken on a non-stop commute through the Congo for his next thriller

There aren’t many groups of people left that Liam Neeson hasn’t kicked the shit out of onscreen. Human traffickers, terrorists, rogue intelligence operatives, mobsters, wolves, serial killers, Batman, uh...commuters...you get the idea. And now, Neeson is primed to beat the hell out of his most daunting foe yet: The…

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 says the #MeToo campaign is "healthy" but also "a bit of a witch hunt"

Apparently, Liam Neeson’s favorite new thing that doesn’t involve starring in largely interchangeable action movies is making public statements that somehow walk the line between being supportive of women in the entertainment industry while also being dismissive of the issues that he seems to support. On Thursday,…

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…

Forget Taken—the movies of Jaume Collet-Serra are where Liam Neeson really kicks ass

When Taken turned Liam Neeson into an action star circa 2009, he was both surprisingly believable as a badass and surprisingly old for being so believable. Though the 6-foot, 4-inch Neeson certainly cuts an imposing figure, there are plenty of reasons he shouldn’t come off as such a remarkable action hero: He’s not a…

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

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“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…

We have Liam Neeson to thank for one of Phantom Menace's best moments

There are plenty of reasons to hate the entire Star Wars prequel trilogy, but one of the few things that everyone pretty much immediately liked (and still likes!) is the climactic fight scene in The Phantom Menace. Maybe it’s because of its blissful lack of Jar Jar or Hayden Christensen or dialog; maybe it’s because,…

After a promising episode, The Orville slips back into mediocrity

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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

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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…

Liam Neeson's new thriller looks totally ridiculous and fun as hell

We’ve all been deeply satisfied with the overall results of Liam Neeson, unexpected action star, even when the individual films have been occasionally less than stellar. And while the actor himself may have decided this whole “kicking ass and toughing tough” thing may have finally run its course, he’s got at least one…

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…

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