Michael K. Williams and Vera Farmiga join Ava DuVernay's Central Park Five series

Last year, we reported that Ava DuVernay was developing a Netflix miniseries about the “Central Park Five,” a group of five teenagers who were wrongfully accused—and even more wrongfully convicted—of raping a woman in New York’s Central Park in the late-’80s. As it turned out, people were more eager to be racist than…

Boundaries drags Vera Farmiga on a road trip through quirky-indie-family clichés

Toward the beginning of Boundaries, beleaguered single mom Laura (Vera Farmiga), her shiftless father Jack (Christopher Plummer), and her oddball teenage son, Henry (Lewis MacDougall), set off on a multi-state West Coast road trip in Jack’s old Rolls-Royce. An hour into the journey, they carelessly run out of gas.…

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…

With a moving series finale, Bates Motel chooses the heart over the head

“I’m so sorry—for everything that’s happened. I know how much you loved her.” That’s Norma/n, expressing genuine sorrow for Alex Romero, but she might as well have been saying the same thing to Norman Bates. (Or the vast majority of the audience, for that matter.) Nearly every season of Bates Motel has concluded with…

The final season is a great time for newcomers to check in to Bates Motel

“A boy’s best friend is his mother.” For Norman Bates, that statement took on a little more weight than maybe it should have. One of the most iconic characters in American cinema is Alfred Hitchcock’s murderous man with mommy issues, as brought to life by Anthony Perkins in Psycho. (And again, to diminishing returns,…

Rihanna takes a shower in this teaser for Bates Motel’s final season

With only one season left, Bates Motel is just going for it in its latest teasers: Norma Bates’ taxidermied corpse, Norman Bates more unhinged than ever, and Rihanna—playing future murder victim Marion Crane—checking in for a very famous shower. And yet, it’s a testament to Vera Farmiga’s wonderfully deranged…

Bates Motel reminds everyone there’s no escaping the past

Life can change on a dime, but family rarely does. Think of all the times you’ve expressed frustration with a parent, or a sibling, or a loved one, only to have whoever you’re venting to ask (oh so reasonably), “Well, can’t you just explain it to them?” Think of your mindset at that moment. We all know our families:…