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  • Raiders of the Lost Ark

    Raiders of the Lost Ark

    ★★★★★

    Watched with the kid for the first time. She loved it. Thought she would be freaked out by the melting heads at the end, and although she said it was kind of scary, noted "its fake and someone made that right?" I said yep, and we talked about practical special effects for five minutes. Awesome movie and an awesome watch with my daughter.

  • Sky on Fire

    Sky on Fire

    ★★★½

    Really enjoyed the free-form flow to the plot the first 3/4 of the movie. There truly were moments when I wasn't sure what was going to happen next- not that it was twisty or gimmicky, things just naturally took some unexpected turns. I actually waffled between 3.5 and 4 stars.

    The last quarter, and in particular the last 10 minutes, has you going "wtf?!" as things go off the rails, in particular compared to the relative restraint of the preceding story. Almost knocked down to 3 stars but I give it the benefit of the doubt and just keep it at 3.5.

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  • The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

    The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

    ★★½

    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

    Man of Steel

    ★★★½

    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…