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  • Redeemer

    Redeemer

    ★★★

    OK Chilean martial arts actioner. There's some good, brutal fights: both with guns and martial arts. Lots of CG-blood. I actually enjoyed the first half more where the 'Redeemer' is like Scott Adkins meets Jason Vorhees: he shows up and has some absolutely gory kills on bad henchman. However, as it moves to introduce more character moments in the second half (although there is still some decent action), you realize there's not much else here. Without the over-the-top Friday the…

  • John Wick: Chapter 2

    John Wick: Chapter 2

    ★★★★½

    This is how you make a sequel. Better than the original, while still retaining the core of what makes the original great.

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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…