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  • My Friend Flicka

    My Friend Flicka

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  • Passengers

    Passengers

    ★★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    It really is a killer premise but the problem is the film is told from Jim’s POV and accordingly takes a largely sympathetic stance on behavior that's, at best, unforgivably selfish and at worst akin to murder. Spending the first 40 minutes with Pratt doing his affable, Tom Hanks with abs routine, stacking the deck far too much, dulling down all the potentially fascinating harsh edges. We not only see how profoundly lonely he is—even contemplating suicide by stepping outside…

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  • The Amazing Spider-Man 2

    The Amazing Spider-Man 2

    ★★

    When I was a little kid, growing up solidly middle class, I had a lot of toys. But my parents, mindful of the expanding clutter that comes from the accumulation of “stuff,” presented me with an ultimatum: if I went long enough without playing with my toys then I’d have to get rid of them before I could get any new ones. They didn’t care what I did with them: throw them out, sell them at a yard sale, give…

  • Guardians of the Galaxy

    Guardians of the Galaxy

    ★★½

    Oh good: I was worried this wouldn't have a scene where a large air ship crashes into a major, metropolitan city.