THE COMMUTER: Still Going Strong

“The Commuter” is preposterous -- but don’t let that stop you from enjoying it. It certainly didn’t stop me. I’ll admit I can be a stickler for accuracy in movies about trains. But if Liam Neeson is on board, I’ll take the ride -- even if it’s bumpy. Yes, it’s another entry in the ongoing series of thrillers that followed Neeson’s rebirth as an action star in 2008’s “Taken” -- at the unlikely age of 56. Here he plays Michael MacCauley, a Manhattan insurance worker who is mysteriously offered $100,000 to find and identify a fellow-passenger on the train he’s taking home from the city. Unusually vulnerable due to having lost his job that day, MacCauley accepts a down payment and quickly finds

THREE BILLBOARDS: Violent but Hopeful

It’s a rare film that mixes gripping suspense and laugh-out-loud comedy with violent death and a relevant, hopeful message. In keeping with its unusual title, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbings, Missouri” is a rare film indeed. In a role that will surely net her another Best Actress Oscar nomination, Frances McDormand plays Mildred Hayes, a grieving mother whose teenage daughter was burned alive and raped (yes, in that disgusting order). Since police have made zero progress on the case, Mildred rents a trio of roadside billboards reminding everyone what happened, naming the local sheriff and asking why there’s been no justice. That sounds like a simple premise, but writer-director Martin McDo


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