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  • Veronica Mars 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 31 Mar, 2014

    We completed marathoning the three seasons of the TV show right before watching the movie.

    Rewatching the show, I was reminded of the things I had loved about it the first time around: the incredibly witty dialog, the soap-opera relationships, the humor, the conflict, and the cliffhangers.

    One thing I had completely forgotten: how the third season just...ends.

    Veronica Mars, the show, needed and deserved this movie. And it gets the movie it deserves. A lot has changed and nothing…

  • The Croods 2013

    ★★★★ Watched 08 Feb, 2014

    I had the lowest possible expectations going into The Croods. The cover and title of this animation reminds me of many a direct-to-video animation abomination.

    The movie grew on me as it played out in ways that genuinely surprised me. The animation is clever and engaging. The voice acting is great. The story is serviceable. There are character arcs.

    But the thing that really blew me away were the fantastic conceptual design elements: the bizarre character styles (Eep is squat,…

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  • Thank You for Smoking 2005

    ★★★½ Watched 20 Jul, 2012

    A movie can be well-made, well-scripted, have a point, and still be pretty forgettable. Thank You for Smoking is such a movie for me. Did I enjoy it while watching it? Yes, I did. Did I think it was pretty clever and have a good plot? Again, yes. This was also a perfect role for Aaron Eckhart whose attractiveness and inoffensive charm fit his character perfectly.

    I found the humor to be pretty bland, considering the topic, but I did…

  • Babel 2006

    ★★★½ Watched 30 Apr, 2012 3

    Babel, why are you so hard to rate? There are moments of brilliance in which strong acting and scriptwriting kept me on the edge of my seat. But it's inter-cut with heavy-handed dramatic nonsense and put together like a bad patchwork scarecrow.

    With just the Moroccan and Mexican storylines, this could have been called "White Family Has a Bad Day." And that might actually have been a pretty good movie (with some serious massaging of the Mexican script and better…