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Spider-Man Review

Passion. That is what Spider-Man can showcase. It and director Sam Raimi wear that on their sleeves. His love for the source material and desire to bring the fashionable world of web-slinging action to life is a bold and exciting attempt that, thanks to the joys of hindsight and nostalgia, feels far stronger than it did upon its initial release. Audiences clamour for the days when Danny Elfman and Willem Dafoe could be attached to a project about a man bitten by a radioactive spider, swinging his way through the streets of New York. Woody Allen wishes his love for New York were this strong, Spike Lee yearns for such passion, and Martin Scorsese wishes he could pull off a superhero movie this fun. Hell, he probably could. 

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Definitely, Maybe Review

Apparently dependable, Ryan Reynolds stormed the rom-com genre with sudden authority. Director Adam Brooks made one style of film within his career. Absent-minded, engaged only in the slicked-back stylings of the leading man. His gormless attitude, nearly getting hit by a car and fumbling around with an MP3 player is meant to be little character flaws that make this stunning individual one of us. He gives to the poor, listens to acceptably bland music and simply enjoys the world around him, despite figuring his way through a divorce. Definitely, Maybe is a story of reflection though. Not of how Reynolds got to where he is, but to reflect on how good it was back then. 

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Love & Mercy Review

As he fires through a third rendition of Good Vibrations’ melody, there is a mixture of anguish, relief and fear on the face of Brian Wilson. It is this versatility that makes Paul Dano and, to a greater extent, Love & Mercy, work. While Pet Sounds does not do all that much for me, I have such a deeply held respect for Wilson. He put his sanity, family and marketability on the line to create something he believed in. What director Bill Pohlad wishes to do here is showcase the shockwaves this caused, both the immediate tensions and the decades-long mental deterioration of a man who, at his peak, was considered a genius of music. 

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