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  • Hang 'em High

    Hang 'em High

    ★★

    Given the number of great actors (and good character actors) in this movie (including the most interesting man in the world), and praise for the movie online, I expected a lot more.

    It's just a skeleton of a story, with bland, trite characters through out, plus some geniuninely awkward moments, like a rainstorm sapping the main character's strength as if it were kryptonite and he Superman.

    It seemed like an attempt at an epic story, but came across like a few Gunsmoke story rejects strung together around a premise: hanging people.

  • The Magnificent Seven

    The Magnificent Seven

    ★★

    If you are looking for a good gun fight, this movie is for you once you get through the veneer of character development at the beginning.

    The movie misses the point of the original. Strip any sense of nobility from the main character, jumble up the traits and stories of the remaining characters and turn it into a outta nowhere revenge story and that's that.

    I don't know why Peter Sarsgaard is in this movie. His character is given nothing…

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  • Zero Dark Thirty

    Zero Dark Thirty

    ★½

    Overlong, dry and just kinda boring, especially for movie depicting recent history. The acting is decent though I don't care a bit about anyone on screen. I mean I already know how it turns out. It's not even an interesting documentary.

    The climactic assault is often just a dark screen with vague hints of motion to be anything but frustrating - realistic lighting, maybe; bad storytelling, definitely.

    The best thing about the movie is the somber soundtrack by Alexandre Desplat.

  • Man of Steel

    Man of Steel

    ★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Meh. Not a big Superman fan, but this movie wasn't very good. Another Goyer script another bad spectacle of story-telling. I did like Michael Shannen as Zod, and Henry Cavill was good as Clark Kent. Not much of a story, but what is there is told poorly. Mostly an excuse to knocked down buildings.

    I think the film's sentiment is best summed up by this:

    1978: All those things I can do. All those powers. And I couldn't even save him.

    2013: All those things I can do. All those powers. And I *wouldn't* even save him.