Danielle Solzman reviews “The Commuter” and “Paddington 2” for Cultured Vultures

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THE COMMUTER

The Commuter is a wildly predictable Liam Neeson vehicle that falls short of Hitchcockian standards for action thrillers.

Teaming up for the fourth time with the action star, Jaume Collet-Serra directs from a screenplay written by Byron Willinger, Philip de Blasi and Ryan Engle. The script has the potential to be so much more, such as a Hitchcockian thriller on the train, but it only turns into a missed opportunity. It’s almost as if it’s Taken meets Strangers on the Train.  Regardless, Taken on a train isn’t the wisest idea because the franchise has been overdone.

PADDINGTON 2

The lovable bear, Paddington, has returned for a new adventure in Paddington 2 and it’s fun for the whole family.

January is a barren month for new releases with Oscar contenders beginning to expand on their way to the big day. It may not be a contender but Paddington 2 takes movie goers on a wild ride in order to free the bear from prison. That’s right, the adorable bear has managed to find himself inside the joint and despite the impossible, he’s somehow able to find the good in other prisoners.

 

 

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