Movies

Moviepicks: NON-STOP (PG13)

Airplanes make a great setting for thrillers.

Just off the top of my head, there was Red Eye with Cillian Murphy and Flightplan with Jodie Foster.

Non-Stop is not quite as good as the former and a bit better than the latter.

Liam Neeson, Hollywood's Big Dog, stars as Bill Marks, a drunken air marshall.

A hijacker takes over a flight he's on and starts killing passengers.

What's worse, he's framing Bill for the crime!

Can Bill pull himself together and stop the hijacker from blowing the plane from the sky?

Neeson is currently one of the best action stars, and if you liked him in Taken or The Grey, you'll like him here as well.

The flick will also keep you guessing until the end as to the identity of the baddie.

- Jason Johnson

Moviepicks: ANCHORMAN 2 (NC16)

The first Anchorman in 2004 was a satire of tacky 70s machismo that seemed to have little point beyond silly fun.

This sequel is more ambitious.

It follows the career of newsman Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell) as he joins a 24-hour cable news station - GNN - as the format was just getting off the ground in the 80s.

Burgundy starts off at the bottom but his idiocy proves to be an asset, and he ends up pioneering the sort of cheap, pandering news that has become the norm today.

Car chases. Jingoism. Puppies. Sex. Sports.

Politics? Not so much.

It's rare to see such a goofy show successfully make such a serious point, but Anchorman 2 really pulls it off.

The toss-off gags are also hilarious.

- Jason Johnson