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Movie review: 'The Purge: Anarchy'

Movie review: 'The Purge: Anarchy'

"The Purge: Anarchy" is a good deal bloodier, but also — gulp — a good deal better than its predecessor. Make no mistake, a good "Purge" does not equal a good movie, but the post-apocalyptic thriller is slightly more interesting because it takes itself, and its menace, more seriously.

The first "Purge," the brainchild of writer-director James DeMonaco, was a concentrated form of our gun-crazy times where any lunatic can buy a semiautomatic and turn it on strangers. A sleeper hit last year, it clearly touched a nerve.

The sequel, also directed by DeMonaco, stars a strong trio in Frank Grillo, Carmen Ejogo and Zoe Soul. The purging, or...