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  • Pale Rider 1985

    ★★½ Watched 04 Sep, 2014

    I didn't think a modernized Shane would work, but this was a pretty solid update. I'd still pick the real thing ten times out of ten, though -- and I say that even though Sydney Penny's in this one and not the other! (Making the kid a slightly older lovestruck girl instead of a very young awestruck boy complicates things needlessly, IMO.)

  • Edge of Tomorrow 2014

    ★★★½ Watched 03 Sep, 2014

    The time-loop montages are terrific, though they get to be a bit numbing/repetitive (probably on purpose, considering the concept, but it was *juuust* a bit too much for me). On the other hand, once it gets to the climax and the story stops looping, the movie becomes just another military/sci-fi thriller. Hey, it's Cruise and Blunt and Liman, and a lot of clever moments. That's enough for me, even if the overall product could've been a little stronger.

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  • Sneakers 1992

    ★★★ Watched 03 Nov, 2013

    A little dated and uneven, but fun. There's not quite enough screenplay to keep everyone in the (incredible!) cast busy, and it feels more like a long TV episode than a movie, but I would definitely watch that show.

  • The Avengers 2012

    ★★★★ Watched 08 May, 2012

    I don't think this is the greatest superhero movie ever made or anything, but it's a lot of fun and probably as good as it could be given all the elements it had to bring together. It's a bit unbalanced, with Tony Stark/Iron Man clearly the strongest character (who gets all the best lines), followed closely by Steve Rogers/Captain America -- with the rest of the cast feeling rather thin until the climactic battle when everyone gets to shine. But…