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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X-Men Apocalypse (**): Where do we go from here?

Question 26. Is this the movie where acting goes to die?

Deliver Us From Evil (***) survives

Deliver Us From Evil - 2014 Director Scott Derrickson Starring Eric Bana, Édgar Ramírez, Olivia Munn, Sean Harris, Joel McHale Screenplay by Derrickson and Paul Harris Boardman  Scott Derrickson has a way of making things seem really bad. Not just movie bad, but real, we're not gonna make it bad. Sinister was replete with all sorts of things we'd all seen before, but … Continue reading Deliver Us From Evil (***) survives

Magic Mike: Typical story made special by Soderbergh and Horn

Magic Mike - 2012 Director Steven Soderbergh Starring Channing Tatum, Cody Horn, Alex Pettyfer, Matthew McConaughey, Joe Manganiello, Matt Bomer, Olivia Munn, Kevin Nash Screenplay Reid Carolin Almost 1/3 of the way through Magic Mike, there is a point where Brooke (Horn) has just discovered where her brother Alex (Pettyfer) has been working.  She does her best to … Continue reading Magic Mike: Typical story made special by Soderbergh and Horn

I Don’t Know How She Does It: Watch if you like your family and your job

I Don't Know How She Does It - 2011 Directed by Douglas McGrath Starring Sarah Jessica Parker, Greg Kinnear, Pierce Brosnan, Olivia Munn, Christina Hendricks, Busy Phillips, Kelsey Grammer, Seth Meyers Written by Aline Brosh McKenna, based on the book by Allison Pearson There is a smooth and safe sheen to I Don't Know How … Continue reading I Don’t Know How She Does It: Watch if you like your family and your job