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Hulu: What's coming and going in February

One Tree Hill fans will be overjoyed to see what’s on the list of Hulu’s February 2018 releases. All nine seasons left Netflix back in October, but they’ve found a new streaming home alongside Cougar Town, Everwood, Broad City season 4, and Archer season 5.

Jeff Daniels also stars in a new Hulu original series, The Looming Tower, that’s making its debut on the platform on Feb. 28. Alec Baldwin, Peter Sarsgaard, and Michael Stuhlbarg feature in the 10-episode drama about the rise of Osama bin Laden and how an FBI-CIA rivalry might’ve inadvertently influenced the events of 9/11.

On the movie side of Hulu’s February selections are a few films you might’ve missed in 2017 that are worth a look.

There’s Beach Rats, director Eliza Hittman’s sophomore feature about a teen navigating his summer in Brooklyn and his secret online flirtations with older men. Detroit — Kathryn Bigelow’s film set against the backdrop of the infamous Detroit Riots — brings John Boyega to Hulu, while Tom of Finland brings to life one of the most influential figures of 20th century gay culture.

See the full comings and goings of Hulu in February 2018 below.

Coming to Hulu

Available Feb. 1
Cougar Town: Complete Series (ABC)
Dirt: Complete Series (ABC)
Everwood: Complete Series (WB)
Face Off: Complete Seasons 1-10 (Syfy)
Nightcap: Complete Season 2 (Pop)
One Tree Hill: Complete Series (WB)
Real Humans: Complete Seasons 1 & 2 (Endemol)
A Date for Mad Mary (2016)
A Fish Called Wanda (1988)
Agent Cody Banks (2003)
Agent Cody Banks 2: Destination London (2004)
Akeelah and the Bee (2006)
Amelie (2001)
American Idiots (2013)
The Animal (2001)
An Officer and a Gentleman (1982)
Asterix & Obelix: Mission Cleopatre (2002)
The Benchwarmers (2006)
Black Spurs (1965)
Blazing Saddles (1974)
Casi Divas (2008)
Charm School (2007)
Confessions of A Dangerous Mind (2002)
The Cutting Edge (1992)
The Cutting Edge: Going for the Gold (2006)
Daybreakers (2009)
Gang Related (1997)
The Good the Bad and the Ugly (1967)
The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard (2009)
Hannah Montana & Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds (2008)
Harsh Times (2006)
The Haunting (1999)
He Said, She Said (1991)
Hoodlum (1997)
The Hurt Locker (2008)
Intersection (1994)
Keeping Up with the Steins (2006)
Larry the Cable Guy: Health Inspector (2006)
Lulu on the Bridge (1998)
Manhattan (1979)
Manhunter (1986)
Mermaids (1990)
Michael (1996)
Mystic Pizza (1988)
Nine Queens (2000)
Perfect Stranger (2007)
Red Dawn (1984)
Redline (2009)
Rollerball (2002)
Rollerball (1975)
Frailty (2001)
Running Scared (1986)
Rustlers’ Rhapsody (1985)
Sabrina (1995)
Sin City (2005)
Slow Burn (2000)
The Spirit (2008)
The Swan Princess: Royally Undercover (2017)
The Swan Princess: A Royal Family Tale (2004)
The Swan Princess: Princess Tomorrow, Pirate Today (2016)
Swimming with Sharks (1995)
Terms of Endearment (1983)
The Thaw (2009)
The Warriors (1979)
Things You Can Tell Just By Looking At Her (1999)

Available Feb. 2
A.P. Bio: Season 1 Premiere (NBC)

Available Feb. 4
Broad City: Complete Season 4 (Comedy Central)
My Dead Boyfriend (2016)

Available Feb. 5
Archer: Dreamland: Complete Season 8 (FXX)
Beach Rats (2017)
The Challenge (2017)
Weiner (2016)

Available Feb. 6
Charged: The Eduardo Garcia Story (2017)
Danica (2017)
The 60 Yard Line (2017)

Available Feb. 7
A Taxi Driver (2017)

Available Feb. 8
Gary Unmarried: Complete Seasons 1-2 (ABC)
Perception: Complete Seasons 1-3 (ABC)
The PJ’s: Complete Seasons 1-3 (ABC)

Available Feb. 9
Brockmire: Complete Season 1 (IFC)

Available Feb. 11
Lucky (2017)
Run the Tide (2016)

Available Feb. 12
Along for the Ride (2016)
Honeymoon (2014)
It Happened in LA (2017)
The Two Faces of January (2014)
Tom of Finland (2017)

Available Feb. 13
Christmas in the Heartland (2017)
Drinksgiving (2017)

Available Feb. 14
National Lampoon Presents Cattle Call (2008)
Star Trek (2009)

Available Feb. 15
Parenthood: Complete Series (NBC)
28 Hotel Rooms (2012)
An Ideal Husband (1999)
Birthday Girl (2001)
Fresh (1994)
Gunnin’ For That #1 Spot (2008)
Monogamy (2011)
Next (2007)
Rebirth (2011)
The Exploding Girl (2010)

Available Feb. 16
Cardinal: Complete Season 2 (eOne)

Available Feb. 17
The Long Road Home: Complete Season 1 (Nat Geo) 

Available Feb. 18
Pocket Listing (2015)
Thanks for Sharing (2013)

Available Feb. 19
White Bird in a Blizzard (2014)

Available Feb. 20
Above Ground Level: Dubfire (2017)

Available Feb. 21
Once Upon A Time (2017)
The Villainess (2017)

Available Feb. 23
Detroit (2017) 

Available Feb. 26
Love is Thicker than Water (2016)

Available Feb. 27
Good Girls: Season 1 Premiere (NBC)
The Voice: Season 14 Premiere (NBC)
Alien Psychosis (2017)

Available Feb. 28
The Looming Tower: Season 1 Premiere (Hulu Original)

Leaving Hulu on Feb. 28

10 to Midnight (1983)
American Ninja (1985)
Assassination (1987)
Beyond the Sea (2004)
Black Rain (1989)
Dangerous Curves (1989)
The Fourth War (1990)
Hot Rod (2007)
Invaders from Mars (1986)
Invasion U.S.A (1985)
Ironweed (1987)
Missing in Action II: The Beginning (1985)
Murphy’s Law (1986)
Ninja III: The Domination (1984)
The Perfect Weapon (1991)
Platoon Leader (1988)
P.O.W. the Escape (1986)
Punch Drunk Love (2002)
Revenge of the Ninja (1983)
Revolutionary Road (2008)
Rudo y Cursi (2008)
Saturday Night Fever (1977)
Spaceballs (1987)
Street Smart (1987)

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What's old isn't new in Liam Neeson's familiar thriller 'The Commuter': Mwbuzz review

The Commuter

Action, Thriller
release date
Liam Neeson, Vera Farmiga
Jaume Collet-Serra

Back in 2014, Spanish director Jaume Collet-Serra put an aging Liam Neeson through his paces at 30,000 feet in the B-movie thriller Non-Stop. Following on the heels of two Taken films and Unknown, that movie was merely one entry in the actor’s late-career reinvention as an unlikely action star and dispenser of regular-guy rough justice. Still, it made $92 million at the box office on a relatively modest budget, prompting the inevitable question: Why mess with a successful formula?

In The Commuter, Collet-Serra and Neeson are reunited, this time at sea level. But the ordinary dad-in-extraordinary circumstances theme is exactly the same. Neeson plays Michael McCauley — a 60-year-old husband and father who takes the same Metro North train into Manhattan every day for his job as an insurance salesman. He’s got two mortgages, a son with a hefty college tuition bill, and following the fiscal meltdown of 2008, no savings to fall back on. In other words, he’s an everyday white-collar working stiff who sleepwalks through the same nine-to-five routine day after day while seated next to a sea of familiar faces doing likewise. Oh, he’s also an ex NYPD cop. This will be important… but I’m getting ahead of myself.

Adding a frisson of 21st-century timeliness, at the beginning of the film, Michael gets laid off from his job. And he meets up with his old partner on the beat (Patrick Wilson) for a beer to commiserate before heading home on the 6:25 to Cold Spring to break the bad news to his wife (Elizabeth McGovern). But before he can, there’s the commute to deal with. After taking his seat on the crowded train, he’s approached by a mysterious, well-dressed woman in flashy heels who we immediately know will lead to nothing good. Her name is Joanna. And she’s played by Vera Farmiga, who’s all insinuating glances and overly chatty small talk. Only what comes out of her mouth next isn’t small talk at all. It’s the inciting proposition in what will become a cross between a Hitchcockian wrong-man thriller and a Neesonian bareknuckle ballet of righteous brutality.

Joanna poses a hypothetical to Michael: What if I asked you to do one little thing, she says. That one thing boils down to finding a certain passenger on their train who’s traveling with a bag — someone who needs to be found and their bag retrieved before he reaches the end of the line. In return, he will get $100,000. He laughs at the preposterousness of the scenario. But a part of him is certainly thinking that that’s the kind of money he could certainly use considering his current circumstances. As Joanna gets off the train, he quickly realizes that this isn’t a hypothetical at all. This is real. And the clock is ticking. Suddenly, everyone on the train (many of whose faces and names he knows from his daily march of Cheever-esque drudgery) is a suspect. He’s like Kenneth Branagh in Murder on the Orient Express minus the bad mustache. And just to add to his motivation, Joanna periodically calls him to threaten his wife and son.

Of course, this is exactly the kind of bitter pickle we like to see Neeson in these days. And he delivers exactly what we want. Too bad the script can’t too. Peppered with implausibilities and foul-smelling red herrings, The Commuter downshifts from a solid cat-and-mouse joyride to a ridiculous howler, insulting its audience’s patience and intelligence at every turn. Yes, some of the close-quarters fisticuffs are enjoyably crunchy, and Neeson’s well-practiced expression of harried, put-upon heroism is as foolproof as these things come. But the plot is a dog with fleas. Adding lemon juice to the wound, the film’s ending is laughably bad. The Commuter is the kind of passable potboiler that may satisfy your junk-food sweet tooth on late-night cable a year from now. But in first run at full price, all you’ll end up feeling is taken. C+

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