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  • Ender's Game

    Ender's Game 2013

    ★★★½ Watched 13 Nov, 2014

    Surprisingly solid. Acting was good all the way around (said with a sigh of relief, as Harrison Ford showed he can still try and deliver a strong screen presence). Biggest complaint was things felt too rushed: Ender would move up in rank, get a new team, and two minutes later they were in a final battle which you learned was at the end of months of training. Otherwise though, an engaging story arc, solid effects, and a good turn by both the kid playing Ender and by Ford made this an enjoyable watch.

  • The Berlin File

    The Berlin File 2013

    ★★★★ Watched 18 Nov, 2014

    Great Korean spy flick, much better than "The Suspect" with which it shares many similarities. Like The Suspect, this centers around a North Korean spy as the hero / anti-hero, working against(?) the South. Also like that movie, The Berlin File starts off right at the delicious edge of complicated-but-not-too-complicated, however it's able to maintain that satisfying balance right through to conclusion. If you like a good spy thriller, or Korean action cinema, you'll find a ton to enjoy here.

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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…