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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Keanu (***): Trouble with the cute stuff

Keanu - 2016 Director Peter Atencio Screenplay by Jordan Peele and Alex Rubens Starring Jordan Peele, Keegan-Michael Key, Method Man, Tiffany Haddish, Luis Guzmán, Nia Long, Will Forte, Jason Mitchell, Rob Huebel I've tried keep up with Key and Peele. It's alright, but I haven't seen anything that kept me going back consistently. The first time I saw the commercial for Keanu, however, I knew … Continue reading Keanu (***): Trouble with the cute stuff

Let’s Be Cops (***) football against little kids

I may never watch this film again, but I will not soon forget the image of Ryan driving his police cruiser, lights blaring, onto a field where kids are playing ball just to prove to them that he had a day job. Nor will I forget Justin getting the worst end of a wacked out naked fat guy in a hardware store. These moments, cheap as they are, have the resonance to me of all the cowboys eating beans around the fire in Blazing Saddles.