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The Good Shepherd
5 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Another critic put it well "historically worthless" as little more than timelines are even remotely historically based. However, the movie has value in that it conveys the life of a CIA spy from a different perspective.

Someone who is distant, secretive, narcissistic, paranoid and just plain troubled. The suffering of his family bonds and relationships is a big focus of the movie. It is suspenseful but not in a very memorable way. Overall, not a waste of time to see if you're in the mood for it. The acting and character immersion from Matt Damon is entertaining and gripping. But overall the film is a bit of a let down if you have high expectations.

The Hunger Games
5 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Great to see something original from come out of Hollywood. Seems like everything is a remake lately. I felt like someone in the 1970s might have felt after seeing Star Wars for the first time. This film is truly unique and I can't wait for the next in the series.

The film doesn't spoil anything like so many lately do. The build up is well executed. Some have said there could be more character development, but I think the film does well with the time it has. 2 hours and 22 minutes is a good length. This isn't a television series and we aren't going to get a 100% clear picture of every character. The focus is on Katniss and Jennifer Lawrence does an excellent job at character immersion.

I felt like a few times the film lacked some wow factor, surprises and shocking moments. For instance, I few times I kept waiting for Katniss to really do something amazing and shocking, which only happened once in the entire film. I realize however (I haven't read the books), that from what others have said, it's not her character in the books.

The cinematography was great! The costumes might have been a bit over done for my tastes. It was almost George Lucas-ish and sometimes not entirely believable.

Again, I haven't read the books, but was kind of disappointed in the way the ending was executed. The same ending could have been played out a lot more grandiose as I would expect the books probably are.

Overall, few will not enjoy this film at some level. I can't wait for the sequels!

The Thin Red Line
5 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

War is horrible and people die!!! The End.

There, I saved 3 hours of your time.

Avatar (2009)
5 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Combination of Fern Gully and Pocahontas. Way to ruin a film with great cinematography, plot and special effects by giving it a deafening left-wing political message. If you drop all of that crap, it's a wonderful movie, great special effects, excellent performances all around, and an enchanting sci-fi plot.

It was however, a bit predictable and thin. And of course, it's pretty easy to predict what happens to Michelle Rodriguez - same thing that happens to her character in every movie.

The Aviator
The Aviator (2004)
5 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Much of this film is about Hollywood history. I think many people in the audience are lost to that fact. If you've never seen a Katharine Hepburn or Ava Gardner movie, you have no right to critique this film. The portrayal of the Hollywood golden years is outstanding with so many great performances!

DiCaprio does a great job as Howard Hughes. I can barely watch another movie with DiCaprio without thinking about this one. Truly one of his best performances ever! The complete immersion in the history of Hughes lifestyle, struggles and accomplishments is truly inspiring and mesmerizing as well as tragic and eye-opening. I loved nearly every minute of this film!