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  • Raising Cain

    Raising Cain

    ★★★½

    The director approved cut is a great improvement. More balanced, purposeful and effective than the theatrical version.

  • Nick of Time

    Nick of Time

    ★★

    Not good enough.

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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…