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  • Spider-Man 2

    Spider-Man 2

    ★★★★

    This is a tough one for someone of my age to rate as it's all too tempting to give it nostalgia points while also comparing it unfavorably to modern MCU movies. I think what's most striking though is how it feels like a movie - a self-contained work that embraces its source material while being guided into being by a single creative vision. Compared to constant calculated sequel-bating, it feels quaint but nevertheless ambitious and satisfying.

  • A Knight's Tale

    A Knight's Tale

    ★★★

    Its formula trappings feel more strained than I recall, and there's the distinct feeling that much of its anachronistic cutesiness was added on set in a last-ditch attempt to boost weak material. That said, the cast is uncommonly good and the film as a whole is nothing if not harmless fun.

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  • The Parent Trap II

    The Parent Trap II

    ★★½

    INT. MARY’S HOUSE - DAY

    Mary and Nikki sit at the kitchen table discussing girl stuff.

    TOM SKERRIT enters wearing the most breathtaking shorts you’ve ever seen.

  • Frankenstein

    Frankenstein

    ★★★

    Francis Ford Coppola presents Kenneth Branagh's Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein is a brilliant adaptation of the original novel . . . except when it isn’t . . . which is unfortunately very often.