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Dir. Terence Davies
(2012, R, 98 minutes)

There are different kinds of love, but none of them seem to suit Hester Collyer (Rachel Weisz) – at least, none she’s found. In The Deep Blue Sea, she is loved by two men: her husband William (Simon Russell Beale), and her lover Freddie (Tom Hiddleston), but William’s love is too reserved and Freddie’s is too casual. She is a woman of strong passion unable to find her match, and she is lonely.

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Dir. Joss Whedon
(2012, PG-13, 143 min)

The challenge of any superhero movie is suspending disbelief. That’s usually a fair bargain, but The Avengers requires multiple suspensions of multiple disbeliefs, and the collision of a handful of superhero worlds – each with its own system of techno-mystical logic – can draw undue attention to their absurdity. A man (Mark Ruffalo) who turns into a giant green monster because of exposure to gamma radiation is all well and good, but when he sits around chatting with the Norse god of thunder and a World War II-era super-soldier freeze-dried since the 1940s, well, don’t they all start to look a little silly?

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Dir. Steven Spielberg
(2011, PG-13, 146 min)

War Horse feels like Steven Spielberg trying on a nice-looking pair of shoes that don’t quite fit him; he walks with an awkward, uneven gait (unlike the steady confidence of his Adventures of Tintin, which was released on the same weekend in the US). I could sense him affecting a style not entirely his own, channeling an old-fashioned sentimentality. Make no mistake, Spielberg has his own brand of sentimentality, but to me this feels broader, more artificial, applied self-consciously to achieve an effect that doesn’t quite work … Read the rest of my review at Culturazzi.

Dir. Woody Allen
(2011, PG-13, 94 min)

Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris, which has earned the director his best reviews in years, premiered in May at the Cannes Film Festival, where it was the opening night selection, and what an appropriate selection it was. It’s not set in any real Paris but in a Paris of the imagination, a romantic retreat of art and culture and history, filtered through the wide-eyed nostalgia of an American writer (Owen Wilson), who is periodically transported to the City of Lights in the 1920s, when it was a bohemian mecca filled with chic parties attended by artistic icons like F. Scott Fitzgerald and Pablo PicassoRead the rest of my review at Culturazzi.org.

“Thor” – Ker-SMASH!!!

Dir. Kenneth Branagh
(2011, PG-13, 115 min)

Thor, based on the Marvel comic book series, takes itself just seriously enough to fail completely. It’s directed by Kenneth Branagh, which is sort of like asking Julia Child to prepare Ramen noodles, but it’s a nonstarter in any event because the Thor story, at its heart, doesn’t jibe with itself. On Earth, there are scientists (played by Natalie Portman and Stellan Skarsgard) and government agents studying atmospheric disturbances and wormholes with advanced equipment. But somewhere in the heavens is Asgard, where Norse gods go about the business of godliness, and the two worlds never make sense together.

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