The First Purge ** (Out of 4)

Consensus: I have enjoyed most of the “Purge” series so far. By the third film The premise was starting to wear a little thin. “The First Purge” is a prequel and if starts out strong by drawing parallels to today’s politics. The last half lost me when ideas were completely abandoned for mindless, shapeless violence and incomprehensible action.

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The Predator ** (Out of 4)

Consensus: “The Predator” is just a train wreck. I was never bored by the movie. It is. Shane Black film so it comes with lots of black humor and violent action. I just found the plot and the characters were all over the map. There is too much going on here for a single 2 hour film. Characters come and go, plot threads make no sense, some parts of the story just go no where. Some where along the production this flick just got out of control. This has been a bizarre franchise in general. One that has been basically defined by disappointing sequels.