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  • The Purge: Election Year

    The Purge: Election Year 2016

    ★★★★ Watched 02 Jul, 2016

    The Purge films get better with each installment. Definitely the best so far, but like Purge: Anarchy, the third act is the weakest.

    I waffled between a 3.5 and a 4; this is really a '7.5 out of 10', but gave it the benefit of the doubt and have it just squeak in as a 4-star.

  • Tombstone

    Tombstone 1993

    ★★★★ Rewatched 20 Jun, 2016

    First rewatch in years, although I was surprised how much dialogue I remembered from this. Val Kilmer is absolutely fantastic here and without him this would likely be 3-stars from me. As it is, the movie just holds onto the 4-stars I rated this back in the day. Lots of good characters on both sides, and Kurt Russell is solid as Earp.

    Still, it's very overly melodramatic in parts (with Russell as much a culprit as anyone else). The third…

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  • The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

    The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey 2012

    ★★½ Watched 19 Dec, 2012 6

    There are so many problems with the Hobbit it's difficult to decide where to begin.

    The first though is the overblown runtime and the shocking amount of filler. Never have I watched a movie where I could so easily go through and literally remove half- and not only lose nothing, but substantially make the film better by doing so. There are scene after scene of bloat, whether they are standalone segments that could be removed entirely since they have no…

  • Man of Steel

    Man of Steel 2013

    ★★★½ Watched 13 Jun, 2013 5

    Man of Steel isn't quite what I was expecting. I had avoided the previews as I typically do with a movie I intend to see anyways, so I was pleasantly surprised that by-and-large we avoided 45 minutes of growing-up-in-Kansas and Clark being a clumsy newspaper man. Some of these typical elements are sliced-and-diced into flashbacks throughout the movie, which is a refreshing change (vs say The Amazing Spiderman), but at the same time doesn't give quite the build up of…