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  • Begin Again 2013

    ★★★★ Added

    A little movie, full of love for independent art, one's own voice, relationships with family and friends, and much more. Small and rich.

    I'm always ready for a movie with Mark Ruffalo. He has such presence and intuition. The director, John Carney, who also directed Once, takes his talent to New York City, and does an excellent job. He also manages to avoid the clichés you'd expect in this category of movies. Catherine Keener is perfect, as always, and Keira…

  • Stand Up Guys 2012

    ★★★½ Added

    If you're in the mood for a light comedy, this is an excellent pick. I believe Ebert gave it 3.5 stars, and I can see why.

    The plot is thin, the direction ordinary, the style is meh, the writing is generally pretty awful. If that had been better, I would have given it a 4, but please don't be put off by my 3.5.

    Rising high, high, high above all of that you'll find the performances by three seasoned pros…

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  • New Waterford Girl 1999

    ★★★ Added

    You must be into little films to enjoy this. Even if you're into little films, you must be in the right mood. It takes time to let your mind slow down and match the rhythm of life in a barely-there Nova Scotia village that clings to a cliff that looks over the cold and violent North Atlantic.

    The heroine is an alienated, smart, sarcastic person who feels like an outsider in her own home and hometown. She dreams of leaving.…

  • Enough Said 2013

    ★★★★ Added 1

    You must be ready for one of those somewhat quiet, carefully paced, little slice of life movies. In that genre, this is a little gem. Performances by Gandolfini and Julia Louis-Dreyfuss were pitch perfect, playing beautifully nuanced characters. These are real people with real pasts, real insecurities, and real hopes and fantasies. They are so natural, so comfortable in their acting. What pros they are.

    Enough said…words are at the center of the film. I don't mean that it's wordy.…