This long, boring winter continues. Not only has the weather been horrendous out here, but it isn’t like we can even escape to the theaters for any great entertainment. It’s been a remarkably bad run of movies of late. Nothing changes too much this week.

Just remember, I'm not reviewing these movies, but rather predicting where they'll end up on the Tomatometer. Let's take a look at what This Rotten Week has to offer.

Non-Stop movie poster
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I’ve sat on enough planes with enough pain in the ass people next to me that I would have welcomed some kind of hidden threat intent on picking off passengers until his/her demands were met. In fact, if I knew it was going down like that on the flight I recently took with the guy who kept farting, I would have buddied up with the hijacker and made a few suggestions about who to ice next. Then it would have been two seats to myself. Luxury! Unless of course a dude like Liam Neeson was around trying to put the kibash on much-improved air travel.

Liam Neeson has now been officially typecast. The only character he now plays in a leading role, and this is written firmly into all of his instructions to his agent, is the guy who is put into some kind of short-term life and death scenario in which he must use his "skills" to overcome a very odd problem he is uniquely prepared to handle. Of course, there’s Taken and Taken 2 (alternate title: Yup, They Got Taken Again), The Unknown, and The Grey. And now including Non-Stop, in each of these movies Neeson is just going about his business and then circumstances arise that necessitate him kicking ass, looking a bit confused and ultimately taking care of business. It’s perfect for him.

Here's the trailer for Liam's new movie Non-Stop, in case you haven't seen it yet...

This movie should appear very stupid, a plane is hijacked in an overly elaborate scenario in which the ends surely do not justify the means, but for some reason I have a feeling it’ll be an entertaining watch. Neeson is just your standard US Air Marshall, originally born in Ireland (go with it), who finds himself racing against the clock to stop a terrorist who’s framing him as the actual plane hijacker. Follow? No? Who cares it looks fun.

Directed by Jaume Collett-Serra (Unknown-56%, Orphan-55%), this flick looks like it’ll fall right in line with the rest of his resume. Fine enough, not overwhelmingly well-reviewed, but far from a basement dweller. I think it ends up rating high in the simple entertaining field, not promising to offer much else but visceral thrills like fighting and plane swan dives. In fact, I don’t even care who the threat is. I just want to watch Neeson use his "skills" to do whatever is necessary to stop the threat. Unless the threat is taking our annoying passengers. Then let them have at it.

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