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  • Batman Returns

    Batman Returns

    ★★★

    There are plenty of interesting things about politics (too close to home?) and the duality of the characters. That Batman is both good and bad. That Catwoman is, essentially, working for a positive end.

    I don’t like, however, that Batman feels like a supporting character in his own movie. There’s too much Penguin — but what I like most is the set design and grotesque world inhabited by Penguin. (See that duality thing again.) Tim Burton’s stylized comic book aesthetic really…

  • Blood on the Moon

    Blood on the Moon

    ★★★★

    In this wonderful, tense western, Wise dives into his bag of chiaroscuro tricks with regularity. Definitely check it before it leaves the @criterionchannl at the end of September.

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  • Beach Blanket Bingo

    Beach Blanket Bingo

    ★★½

    I had fun, but at what cost to my worldview?

  • My Blue Heaven

    My Blue Heaven

    ★★★½

    This may not be a great movie. Or even a very good one. There's sloggy bits and moments of pure dramatic contrivance.

    And yet...

    There's still Steve Martin doing an intentionally hammy New York Italian accent and antagonizing everyone he knows with wit and tasteless bespoke suits. 

    And that's enough for me.