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The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013) Review

This is one of those rare instances where I can say I really enjoyed the movie a lot more than I did the book, and I think the actors had a lot to do with it.  I was surprised to find myself invested in aspects of the story that didn’t really grab me when I read the book.  I read the book a second time before watching the movie, and I still wasn’t blown away by it, so needless to say I walked into this movie with low expectations.

The Hunger Games - Catching Fire (2013) movie poster

After leaving the theater, however, I felt compelled to read the second book again.  Of course, I haven’t done so because I have a long list of other books to read, in addition to not having a whole lot of time to read them all at the moment.

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Frozen (2013) Review **WITH SPOILERS**

WARNING: This post contains spoilers for the movie Frozen (2013).

I only marked this entry as having spoilers because while I did enjoy it on the whole, there are a few parts of the plot that I took issue with that may be considered major spoilers (even if they aren’t meant to be), so I just thought I’d give a heads-up now just in case.

Frozen (2013) movie poster

I’ll start off by saying I honestly had no idea what to expect prior to watching this movie.  I knew it was an animated movie that was most likely targeted towards kids, but all of the trailers I had seen for it seemed incredibly vague.  After watching it, I guess I kind of understand why that was.

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Thor: The Dark World (2013) Review

Before I begin, I’d like to start off by saying that if you haven’t seen this yet, just know that there’s definitely a few extra scenes at the ending—one short scene a few minutes into the credits, and another one at the very end.  The first, in particular, is worth sticking around for.  I won’t say more than that, though I’m tempted to.

Thor: The Dark World (2013) movie poster

I actually don’t think the above is an official poster—in fact, I think it might have been made by a fan, but I chose it because I feel like it most accurately reflects how I felt about this movie.  The title might have “Thor” plastered all over it, but really, I felt like this was more of a Loki movie, because Tom Hiddleston really did steal the show here.

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Ender’s Game (2013) Review

This is one of those movies where I think I would have liked it a lot more if I was still in elementary or middle school.  As I am now, and given the fact that I’ve read this book pretty much to death since middle school, I thought the movie felt pretty flat.  At the same time, I didn’t walk in with very high expectations.  I think the best way to explain it would be “the movie in my head is just too strong to break.”

Ender's Game (2013) movie poster

If you’re looking for an exact translation from book to silver screen, prepare to be disappointed.  They cut out and alter a lot of the story, and to be honest, I thought it dragged a lot in the first half.

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Free Birds (2013) Review

I can’t remember which entry it was on, but I think Scotty from 3 Guys 1 Movie made a quick comment where he wondered—I’m assuming for the briefest of moments—why this was not on the “kid radar.”  So naturally, I decided to do some research, just out of curiosity.

Free Birds (2013) movie posterThe answer is that Scotty has some very smart kids.  (Not that he didn’t know that.)

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About Time (2013) Review

I had the choice between watching an advance screening between Last Vegas and About Time, since they were both showing last night.  Since Last Vegas is opening this weekend, I ended up deciding to go see About Time.  I was pretty glad I did.

About Time (2013) movie poster

Rachel McAdams is no stranger to acting characters dating time travelers.  Just a few years ago, in 2009, she played Eric Bana’s wife in The Time Traveler’s Wife.  Between the two, I preferred About Time.

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Gravity (2013) Review

So…I could have sworn I wrote a review about this already, but upon searching through the last few posts of my site…nope…!  I totally imagined it.  Haha.

Gravity (2013) movie poster

For all the hype it received, I wasn’t too impressed with this movie.  Now don’t get me wrong, I love Sandra Bullock and George Clooney’s acting in general, and to be honest I think they did great with what little they had.  The core of my frustration was with the story, and there was only so much of it to tell because ironically, for all the space (“space”) they had, it was a pretty limited set.  Vaguely reminded me of that Ryan Reynolds movie, Buried (2010).

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