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  • The Big Combo

    The Big Combo

    ★★★

    Fairly forgettable noir, centering on a police detective’s obsession with taking down the criminal “Mr. Brown”, and his obsession with Brown’s girlfriend. Nothing particularly memorable save for Richard Conte’s turn as Brown; he’s smart, supremely confident, cultured, yet has a menacing air. The rest of the cast nor the story fair as well though. Decent if you’re in the mood for a classic detective drama, otherwise unless you’ve already scene all the greats there are better out there.

  • Secret Agent

    Secret Agent

    ★★★½

    Early Hitchcock, that like The 39 Steps is ahead of its time in film structure and beats, but still not quite in the normal Hitchcock template he would come to be known for.

    Here, pre-Sir John Gielgud and Madeleine Carroll (a striking blonde actress that aligns with Hitch's later casting choices perfectly) are British spies in WWI who are trying to identify and stop an enemy agent. They know only that he is in a certain hotel in Switzerland and…

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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…