The Predator (***1/2) gets chopped up

The Predator is enjoyable, but it sure is fast, hard and choppy. Many of the scenes that might help build pull the story along for the slow and dimwitted are excised in favor of seeing people get sliced in half and repeatedly skewered by those massive retractable claws. Whether it's a fair trade or not depends on how many times you need to see the same time of exposition that Black seems to abhor.

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Logan (*****): Take a moment. Feel it.

If you've skipped all of the X Men films after the 2nd, this might be a good place to pick up again. Heck if you skipped all of the films, but want to see an incredibly well played drama, partake in this feature. Much care went into this film, and it feels like everything is balanced on the edge of a knife. And then the knife slips and goes right through.

Jane Got A Gun (***1/2): Hell’s coming with me

O'Connor has not done nearly as much as a director of his caliber since his incredible last effort, Warrior, mentioned earlier. If nothing else, Jane Got A Gun shows that he can take other people's material and make something that we can feel. It's a good, memorable western that allows us to know we come from a stark reality. It is a film that college students of today should watch before they make another demand for safe space. People can survive a lot tougher battles than words.

A Walk Among The Tombstones (***1/2): Deliberate, with a few surprises

A Walk Among The Tombstones - 2014 Writer and Director Scott Frank Starring Liam Neeson, Dan Stevens, Boyd Holbrook, Sebastian Roché, Brian "Astro" Bradley, David Harbour, Adam David Thompson Based upon the book by Lawrence Block There is something very lived in about Liam Neeson's Matthew Scudder, the protagonist from A Walk Among The Tombstones. Given the this story takes place … Continue reading A Walk Among The Tombstones (***1/2): Deliberate, with a few surprises