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TV Review: Legion 2.3 “Chapter 11”
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Legion episode 2.3 review

Legion
Episode 2.3 “Chapter 11”
Directed by Sarah Adina Smith
Written by Noah Hawley & Nathaniel Halpern
Starring Dan Stevens, Rachel Keller, Aubrey Plaza, Bill Irwin, Jeremie Harris, Amber Midthunder, Katie Aselton, Jean Smart, Jemaine Clement
FX Network
Air date: April 17, 2018

Spoilers below for Legion:

Last week on FX’s Legion, David Haller (Dan Stevens) had two encounters he never expected to have. One was with the actual Shadow King, Farouk (Navid Negahban), and the other was with future Syd (Rachel Keller). The end result is that according to Syd he has to help Farouk find his body. This means finding the Monk who knows where the body is hidden. David is spending an awful lot of time inside Cary’s immersion tank bouncing back and forth through time and the Astral Plane. On this week’s Legion, the Monk finds himself inside Division 3 and poses a threat to everyone involved.

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TV Review: Legion 2.2 “Chapter 10” (Bigger Than Jesus)
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Legion
Episode 2.2 “Chapter 10” (Bigger Than Jesus)
Written by Noah Hawley & Nathaniel Halpern
Directed by Ana Lily Amirpour
Starring Dan Stevens, Rachel Keller, Aubrey Plaza, Bill Irwin, Jeremie Harris, Amber Midthunder, Katie Aselton, Jean Smart, Jemaine Clement
FX Network
Air date: April 10, 2018

Spoilers below for Legion:

Last week, Legion returned to FX to begin Season 2 and to blow the collective minds of viewers everywhere. David Haller (Dan Stevens) shows up after a near year-long disappearance and his team at Summerland have joined Division 3 attempting to track down Farouk; The Shadow King, who has escaped inside of Oliver Bird (Jemaine Clement). David reunites with Syd (Rachel Keller) and is aided by Cary and Kerry Loudermilk (Bill Irwin & Amber Midthunder) to assist in finding his former parasitic twin and arch-nemesis. Farouk aka The Shadow King aka Lenny Brusker is played with sadistic gusto by Aubrey Plaza. The mission is to find and destroy Farouk’s body… a task made more difficult after David receives a message from Future-Syd to help Farouk! What path will David go down this week?

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TV Review: Legion 2.1 “Chapter 9” (Season Premiere)
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Legion Season 2 FX

Legion
Episode 2.1 “Chapter 9”
Written by Noah Hawley & Nathaniel Halpern
Directed by Tim Mielants
Starring Dan Stevens, Rachel Keller, Aubrey Plaza, Bill Irwin, Jeremie Harris, Amber Midthunder, Katie Aselton, Jean Smart, Jemaine Clement
FX Network
Air date: April 3, 2018

“Do you have any waffles?”

Spoilers below for Legion:

Legion burst back onto TV screens on Tuesday night with the same absurd surrealist approach that made it a fan favorite back in 2017. There is simply nothing off-limits on this show and it runs from the top down. Show creator Noah Hawley has reinvented genre TV with both this and Fargo (also on FX) and his team of actors, cinematographers, special effects people and musicians all work to create the single most unique 70+ minute experience for viewers each week. In the debut for its second season, Legion was laugh out loud funny, wonderfully irreverent, featured voiceover narration from an Emmy-nominated guest star, and of course, because it’s Legion, culminated with an epic dance sequence.

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‘Legion’: Official Trailer For Season 2 Of X-Men Spinoff Series Released
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Legion Season 2 Trailer

Following the recently released teaser trailer, an official trailer for season two of the X-Men spinoff series Legion has now been released.

The FX and Marvel series follows David Haller (played by Dan Stevens), who once believed he was a schizophrenic but discovers he might actually be a powerful mutant. You can read more about Legion and watch the official season two trailer below.

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Watch The Season 2 Teaser Trailer For FX Series ‘Legion’
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Last year, my choice for best and most original new show was FX’s Legion, created by Fargo’s Noah Hawley. The Marvel property tells the story of David Haller (Dan Stevens), an immensely strong mutant with a bevy of powers not fully recognized yet, but including telekinesis, pyrokinesis, and telepathy. The show, which ran for 8 episodes in the Spring, covered David’s battles within and around his own mind, battling the Shadow King (Aubrey Plaza) and secret government agents trying to use his powers for themselves. The show featured stunning cinematography and special effects and was as visually stimulating as it was fascinating for its incredible writing and characters. While Plaza stuck out and deserved an Emmy nomination for Best Supporting Actress, the rest of the cast, including Rachel Keller, Bill Irwin, Jean Smart, Jemaine Clement, and Amber Midthunder, was excellent as well. In a world populated with superheroes, Legion stood above all. Now, a trailer has been released for Season 2, which premieres on this April.

Watch the trailer here below, along with a short promo spot.

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Movie Review: The Little Hours
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The Little Hours movie review

The Little Hours
Written & Directed by Jeff Baena
Starring Aubrey Plaza, Kate Micucci, John C. Reilly, Molly Shannon, Fred Armisen, Alison Brie, Nick Offerman, Dave Franco, Paul Reiser, Jemima Kirke, Paul Weitz
Gunpowder & Sky
Release date: June 30, 2017

When looking for inspiration for modern comedy, I know what you’re thinking… the 14th century! For The Little Hours, writer/director Jeff Baena turns to an odd source, Giovanni Boccaccio’s The Decameron. Written in the late 1300s after the Bubonic Plague ripped Europe apart, The Decameron was a collection of novellas about ten young people living in a secluded villa. The atmosphere and period setting made me instinctively think of Monty Python and the Holy Grail while the tone of the comedy — sex-based and vulgar — brought to mind There’s Something About Mary and Superbad. Somehow these two angles come together to form an oddly unique film that is intriguing throughout and laugh out loud funny at times.

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Watch: Trailer For ‘Ingrid Goes West’ Starring Aubrey Plaza, Elizabeth Olsen
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Ingrid Goes West

A new trailer has been released for the stalker dark comedy Ingrid Goes West, which stars Aubrey Plaza and Elizabeth Olsen. The movie is directed by Matt Spicer, and also stars O’Shea Jackson Jr., Wyatt Russell, Pom Klementieff, and Billy Magnussen.

Ingrid Goes West follows a girl named Ingrid (Plaza), who decides to move out west to Los Angeles in hopes of becoming friends with Taylor (Olsen), who Ingrid follows on Instagram and who she might be slightly obsessed with.

Continue below to read more about the movie and check out the trailer.

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TV Review: Legion 1.8 “Chapter 8” (Season Finale)
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Legion
Episode 1.8 “Chapter 8”
Written by Noah Hawley
Directed by Michael Uppendahl
Created by Noah Hawley & Stan Lee
Starring Dan Stevens, Rachel Keller, Aubrey Plaza, Bill Irwin, Jeremie Harris, Amber Midthunder, Katie Aselton, Jean Smart, Jemaine Clement
FX Network
Air date: March 29th, 2017

Spoilers below for Legion:

Tonight is bittersweet for fans of arguably the best new show of 2017 as FX’s Legion bids farewell to its incredible debut season. We’ve been a wild ride with David Haller (Dan Stevens), a man who we met in a mental institution with paranoid schizophrenia, who happens to be the world’s most powerful mutant. Last week, in one of the most amazing episodes of any show I’ve ever seen, David talked himself out of Lenny’s trap, while Syd (Rachel Keller) helped organize the team. It was revealed that Lenny (Aubrey Plaza) is really an evil mutant parasite called The Shadow King that latched onto David as a baby. David trapped Shadow King deep down in the recesses of his mind and right when you thought it safe to take a breath, Division 3 converged on Summerland, led by a scarred Interrogator (Hamish Linklater).

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TV Review: Legion 1.7 “Chapter 7”
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Legion
Episode 1.7 “Chapter 7”
Written by Jennifer Yale
Directed by Dennie Gordon
Created by Noah Hawley & Stan Lee
Starring Dan Stevens, Rachel Keller, Aubrey Plaza, Bill Irwin, Jeremie Harris, Amber Midthunder, Katie Aselton, Jean Smart, Jemaine Clement
FX Network
Air date: March 22th, 2017

This is the penultimate episode of Legion’s first amazing season on FX and that honestly just makes me sad. Last week, we were knee deep in Lenny’s version of hell as she had David and all the Summerland gang locked inside David’s head in a version of the Clockworks mental hospital. In there, David (Dan Stevens) seemed content to be there, but girlfriend Syd (Rachel Keller) wanted out and this drew conflict with Lenny (Aubrey Plaza). Kerry (Amber Midthunder) was having separation anxiety from brother Cary (Bill Irwin) and was being stalked by the uber creepy Eye (Mackenzie Gray). Aubrey Plaza was just unbelievable, stealing every scene she’s in, including an unreal impromptu dance number straight out of a Bond opening sequence. And Dan Stevens shows his range like crazy going from wild powerful maniac in episode to somber mental patient who just wants to be in love. Having just watched Stevens dominate the screen as the Beast in Beauty and the Beast, I’m left wondering if there is anything the man cannot do…

Spoilers below for this week’s episode of Legion:

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TV Review: Legion 1.6 “Chapter 6”
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Legion
Episode 1.6 “Chapter 6”
Written by Nathaniel Halpern
Directed by Hiro Murai
Created by Noah Hawley & Stan Lee
Starring Dan Stevens, Rachel Keller, Aubrey Plaza, Bill Irwin, Jeremie Harris, Amber Midthunder, Katie Aselton, Jean Smart
FX Network
Air date: March 15th, 2017

Fresh off the news that FX has already renewed the coolest and most original superhero property on television, Marvel’s Legion returns tonight after its most bonkers episode ever last week. And THAT is saying something. We finally got to see David (Dan Stevens) use his powers with reckless abandon and it was glorious, as he literally exploded his way through Division 3 soldiers in order to free sister Amy (Katie Aselton). It was from her he finally learned some real truth; he was adopted, he’s not crazy, and he may or may not have a mutant living inside his head… the Yellow Eyed Devil… or is it Lenny (Aubrey Plaza)? Lenny, who terrorized David and girlfriend Syd (Rachel Keller) in a wild and scary finale, which all led to the jaw dropping climax where everyone was casually sitting around a therapy circle, and LENNY was the shrink! I am not exaggerating when I say the closing moments of each of Legion’s episodes have left me floored. The show is awe inspiringly original, the visuals and sounds… so immersive. I look so forward to each week. Let’s get to it.

Spoilers below for this week’s episode of Legion:

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