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  • Last Passenger 2013

    ★★½ Watched 07 Dec, 2014

    It's an interesting choice to completely remove the villain from a suspense-thriller-action movie. Unfortunately it doesn't work. The Last Passenger centers on a widowed father and his son taking a commuter train from London out to his work, and it being taken over by a madman apparently attempt at derailing it.

    There are all the trappings of one of these movies, essentially a light version of "Die Hard on a train," however we never see the villain, witness them do…

  • The Purge 2013

    ★★★½ Watched 01 Dec, 2014

    The premise, that one day per year all crime is legal, elevates the standard home-invasion flick "The Purge." I've heard complaints that the premise simply kicks-off the movie but is quickly forgotten, but I don't agree. There are a few interesting subplots all tied in with the concept, and characters consistently question and debate the morality and benefits of the annual event.

    The four main characters of the central family, Ethan Hawke, Lena Headey, and their two children I found…

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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…

  • 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…