Movie – Ender’s Game: A

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It’s hard for me to reconcile that I liked this movie. The book was a major catalyst for my love of reading science fiction and I was certain it couldn’t be properly adapted to the screen. But all the themes were there. All the scenes were there. The casting was spot-on. The things that were dropped weren’t glaring enough to be missed. And, of course, it was absolutely gorgeous. Space battles have never been rendered so artistically outside a pure animated film. I would’ve liked to have seen more of the battle room though. Now I just plead with the studio that they don’t film the universally-unloved sequel books.

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Movie – Iron Man 3: B+

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Not as good a start as I was hoping Marvel’s Phase 2 would get, but it knew its strengths and played off them. The Iron Man series, particularly Robert Downey Jr., knows how to inject just the right amount of humor and quips, and this one was no exception. I wasn’t as impressed with the tech this time around though. Tony was stuck either without a suit, or with a malfunctioning prototype for much of the movie, and though the final action sequence was glorious, it felt like too much cool stuff was shoved into it for me to properly absorb it all. They took The Mandarin in a direction I did not expect, but I think I’m pleased with the results. Unfortunately, the rest of villains were extremely bland. I have a feeling I wanted too much, and this film will be one those that I enjoy much more the second time around.

Movie – Hugo: A


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Wonderfully crafted and perfectly paced. It’s adventerous and fun. Everything turns out the way you’d expect, but the world is so expertly crafted that it’s impossible not to enjoy the journey. Themes are unique and persistent, and the characters have just the proper quirks and nuances to remain intriguing.