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  • The Croods 2013

    ★★★★ Watched 17 Oct, 2014

    I wasn't sure what to expect of this movie. The premise didn't excite me, but I've learned to be surprised by Dreamworks' recent films.

    While this film didn't completely blow my mind, it did exceed my expectations on several levels. In particular, the humor was excellently delivered, and the end had a substantial "awww" factor to it. Very endearing in it's own right. So while it's not quite the masterpiece that Kung Fu Panda 2 or How to Train Your…

  • Spirited Away 2001

    ★★★★★ Watched 14 Oct, 2014

    If you don't think it's possible to fall in love with a river spirit, you haven't seen this movie.

    I've liked all the Studio Ghibli films I've seen so far, but this one was particularly endearing. An excellent plot with a well-imagined spiritual fantasy world, excellent character development with growth and several surprising twists, and buckletloads of adorableness. A very sweet message with a touch of love. Highly recommended, especially for anyone who likes anime/Eastern film.

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  • Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith 2005

    ★★★★ Watched 20 May, 2012 7

    I already knew this was my favorite Star Wars episode... even though I didn't get around to seeing it in its entirety until today. ;) I really like Anakin's storyline as a whole; he's the redeeming factor of the prequels... if not the entire series... and the end of Ep. III is the pinnacle. Great finale. Like all SW films, there it has the usual problems of slow pacing and corny dialog, but overall this one isn't too bad. The romance or immodesty isn't unbearable either. Fun stuff, if you like "emo dude" (as a family member calls Anakin).

  • The Dark Knight Rises 2012

    ★★★★ Watched 24 Jan, 2013 3

    I wasn't sure what I thought of this movie until I got to the ending. Then I started crying. The ending is thrilling, tragic, and touching all at once.

    As for the rest of the movie, it was interesting, both in an entertainment sense and in an intellectual sense. Like "The Dark Knight," the themes are complex and thought-provoking; it's a movie I'll have to watch multiple times before I fully grasp all the nuances. Unlike "The Dark Knight," however,…