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  • The Counselor

    The Counselor

    ★★★★½

    The extended cut is a cautionary diamond.

  • The Predator

    The Predator

    ★★

    I'm confused by any endeavor to remove simplicity from the Predator premise, which has always been the strongest asset of the franchise. This story requires more exposition than the first three combined, and make no mistake: A movie, like a person, gets very winded when it has to sprint and explain at the same time. The plot doesn't make sense, but what's more offensive is how it keeps insisting that it does.

    Also confusing is the need to use a…

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  • Evil Under the Sun

    Evil Under the Sun

    ★★★★

    You can't trust a sun tan.

  • Doctor Sleep

    Doctor Sleep

    ★★★★

    This review is for the three-hour director's cut, which is markedly better than the theatrical. Issues with pacing and focus in the original release dissolve in a more confident meditation on death, trauma, and coping. I still think it works better as a spinoff dark fantasy in the Shining universe than in the moments when it's trying to be Shining 2, but even the retread setpieces are made beautiful with Mike Flanagan's camera and packed with earned pathos by his…