Slate: Joe Carnahan’s The Grey (Open Road Films) provides everything you could reasonably want from a January release about Liam Neeson fighting wolves. That may sound like faint praise, but the truth is, I pretty much loved this movie from start to finish—risible implausibilities, insufficiently explained premise and all. An admirably spare survival thriller, The Grey (nice title!) abounds in qualities that are rare in movies of its type. It’s quiet, contemplative, and almost haiku-like in its simplicity.