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Her (2013) ****

Her (2013) ****

Her, a comedy-drama written, directed and produced by Spike Jonze, feels both futuristic and current. It is at the same time depressing and inspiring, original yet familiar.
Her covers topics such as examination of human relationships, and our growing affair with our computers and mobile devices. It also hints at the current state of human mental evolution, which includes our still limited capacity to fully love.
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The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013) ****

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013) ****

The second installment to Peter Jackson's J. R. R. Tolkien The Hobbit, is both engaging yet dissatisfying. The film itself is highly crafted in terms of visuals and effects; it is a pleasure to watch. The plot moves smoothly and is somewhat better paced than the first part. Yet, unlike other trilogies, such as Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, and Hunger Games, we are left with pretty much no fulfilling conclusion at the end of this chapter.
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Frozen (2013) ****

Frozen (2013) ****

Very loosely based on Hans Christian Andersen's The Snow Queen, Frozen, a Walt Disney animated musical fantasy is both familiar and original. What makes Frozen work are sympathetic characters, including a twist on the Snow Queen's persona, one which gives her human motivation and thus allows us to feel her pain. Considering that in recent years animated films have been a pain to watch and that this one is energetic and fun, it well deserves the grade.
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The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013) ****

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013) ****

The second installment to The Hunger Games series proves to be a great improvement over the first part; the plot is tighter, the direction smoother, and the overall feel is of deeper purpose, both emotionally and socio-politically. The novel itself is still deeper and much more detailed, but all things considered, this is an excellent adaptation and one well worth seeing on the silver screen.
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 Thor: The Dark World (2013) ***

Thor: The Dark World (2013) ***

As far as Comics based films go, Thor: The Dark World is of mythological proportions; it is at once both grandeur and familiar, well-paced yet lacking in coherence. The film does a good job in balancing humor with action, silliness with romance, all the while struggling to keep a half-decent plotline. Yet, it is engaging and lots of fun. Look not for logic and you will be highly entertained. 
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Pacific Rim (***) 2013

Pacific Rim (***) 2013

There is something very likable about Pacific Rim, the new sci-fi, monsters fantasy film, directed by Guillermo del Toro to a script by del Toro and Travis Beacham. The film could have been a better film if its makers didn't aim at imparting universal wisdom and, instead, spent more energy on writing a less trivial plot. Maybe the sequel, which is likely to follow, will do better.
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