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  • Grandma

    Grandma 2015

    ★★★½ Added

    A little slip of a movie, only 75 minutes long, with a simple, but interesting plot.

    My husband and I very much enjoyed the nuanced performance by Lily Tomlin—and actually everyone in the film. Much of what happens in this movie happens in the eyes of the characters—subtle changes, a glimpse of watery eyes, fear, love, remorse, anger, embarrassment, humor, longing, mourning, done so subtly that you must pay close attention, just as you must in real life if you…

  • The Big Short

    The Big Short 2015

    ★★★★½ Added

    Okay, believe it or not, this is a movie about subprime mortgage loans and the people who "shorted" them. In fact, shorting housing loans didn't even exist until one of the characters invented it in 2005. The big bank and stock houses he approached laughed at him incredulously, took him as a sucker, and—if we hadn't bailed them out later—destroyed themselves, our entire economy, and the lives of so many people in the process.

    This should be required watching in…

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  • Begin Again

    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…

  • New Waterford Girl

    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.…