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  • Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation

    Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation

    ★★½

    Not the brutally efficient espionage thriller that I wanted and half-expected with McQuarrie's involvement. I found the friendship theme pretty hokey and it made the characters behave with all the professionalism and experience of Teen Agent.

    Let's wrap this up now. I would like Brian De Palma to return to end the series and have the entire supporting IMF team killed in the first half hour. At the end of the film, Ethan Hunt talks about retiring and becoming a…

  • Ant-Man

    Ant-Man

    ★★½

    There is a lightness of touch here, signalling, as comedies often do, that deep engagement in the story is not required. Unfortunately the comedy doesn't land most of the time and the story isn't strong enough nor the thrills thrilling enough for this to succeed in any genre. This version of Ant-Man could probably only have been directed by Edgar Wright, and the studio, obviously, should have given him more control as his directorial sensibility could have elevated this project.…

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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…