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  • Dawn of the Planet of the Apes 2014

    ★★★½ Watched 25 Jul, 2014

    I loved "Rise of the Planet of the Apes," so imagine my disappointment when my biggest problem with "Dawn" is that I simply didn't find it that entertaining. That wasn't the only problem, but for a movie I'm ultimately giving 3.5 stars it's a big one.

    Let's start with some positives. The effects are absolutely amazing, and we're finally reaching a point where in 10 years they won't start to look dated. The visual design is also fantastic. The overgrown…

  • Homefront 2013

    ★★★ Watched 24 Jul, 2014

    Passable Jason Statham actioner, he plays an undercover cop who moves to a small town with his daughter to 'start over'. Run-ins with local low-lifes and criminals (led by James Franco) trigger his past to catch up with him.

    Franco slightly elevates the role of the leader of the small-town criminal empire as Gator, who seems to have ties to everyone in town, and perhaps brings Homefront up from a 2.5 star to a 3. Statham is Statham, and although…

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  • 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…

  • How to Train Your Dragon 2010

    ★★★★ Rewatched 20 Jul, 2014

    Perhaps my favorite non-Pixar CG animated movie, How to Train Your Dragon bursts with colorful characters and ideas, a likeable protagonist, and a typical although thoroughly entertaining storyline.

    Jay Baruchel voices Hiccup, a typical kid-centric animated lead who's still not sure of the relationship with his parents (here, living in the shadow of his father). I liked his self-deprecating and open comments about both himself and that relationship, and that he knows that he has something 'special' in him and…