* The Amazing Spider-Man, the improbable relaunch that could.
* Savages, Oliver Stone's proof that the only losing proposition bigger than the War on Drugs is his movie about the War on Drugs. Contender for worst of the year.
* To Rome With Love, Woody Allen's tribute to Italy is a pleasant comedic quartet.
UPDATED TO CRITERION CONFESSIONS...
* Grand Illusion, Renoir's wartime prison-break masterpiece. Read the long version here, or the short version at the Portland Mercury. They also have a sidebar article on movies showing the Renoir touch.
* This Happy Breed rounds out my reviews of the David Lean Directs Noël Coward boxed set. I cobble them all together for DVDTalk here.
Current Soundtrack: TLC, "Ain't 2 Proud 2 Beg;" Guy, "Groove Me;" Michael Kiwanuka, "Worry Walks Beside Me/Lasan"
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