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  • Pretty Woman

    Pretty Woman

    ★★

    The ending of Pretty Woman, and the references to "dreams", lets on that it has some awareness of its own ridiculousness. This seems to be a happily unapologetic fantasy for rich, immoral men. That Julia Roberts' character is so self-possessed, in control and in love, is the most fantastical part of all.

    The cast are all way better than the material here.

  • The First Purge

    The First Purge

    ★★

    I'm quite disappointed with the reviews of this film that just take the opportunity to bash the first three. I think the series as a whole is generally under appreciated. Sure, they have a b-movie roughness (I don't mind that) and the writing, acting and directing have only been just about good enough to make the central premise work. But the central premise is so good that it buoys all the films to some extent. What makes a Purge film…

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  • Birdman

    Birdman

    ★★½

    If we are to take some of the character's feelings as representing the filmmaker's view, there were some attitudes that came through this film that I couldn't go along with. Although as a satire it avoids overtly stating anything and so invokes the shield of plausible deniability.

    They are as follows:

    - Theatre is better and more worthy than film.
    I find the theatre to be a great workshop for actors but the results have never impressed me as much…

  • The Amazing Spider-Man

    The Amazing Spider-Man

    ★★★

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

    I'm not so concerned about reboots, remakes or sequels as they don't take away from other versions, but could potentially add a new spin on a good story. So with that in mind, I watched 'The Amazing Spider-Man' and had a good time. Most of the time.

    The early school scenes had a lightness of touch in the dialogue and performances that was charming, but the contrivances of the story were pretty tough to take. The Lizard and Spider-Man made…