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  • X-Men: Days of Future Past

    X-Men: Days of Future Past 2014

    ★★★½ Added

    I rate action movies, especially comic-based or fantasy ones on a different scale than many other movie categories. So, it's within this genre of movies full of action (and distraction from life) that I can rate this as a pretty good one.

    It isn't in the deep, thought-provoking, make-me-a-better-person category, nor was it intended to be. It's not an art house movie or one of my beloved “small” films with subtle, yet brilliant, acting.

    Instead, it carries you away into…

  • Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit

    Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit 2014

    ★½ Added

    We were really in the mood for a good action movie. We'd set the bar pretty low. This was no better than one episode of a fairly good basic TV show. I can say that Kenneth Branaugh was good. A couple of action sequences were filmed well. That's about it.

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  • Begin Again

    Begin Again 2014

    ★★★★ 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.…