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  • The Descendants

    The Descendants 2011

    ★★★★★ Added

    I don't know what it is about this movie. It was totally unexpected.

    The acting was so natural, the messages so deftly done, the emotions so gratifying and real. But what made it great?

    I still don't know. All I DO know is that I could watch this every single year. And usually I'm not one to return to movies I've already seen.

    Take a chance on this. Don't expect something big and glamorous. Just let it take you on its little ride, as we enter the lives of characters splendidly portrayed by this group of actors, and beautifully directed and filmed by very talented people.

  • The Imitation Game

    The Imitation Game 2014

    ★★★★ Added

    The movie was impeccably done. Set production, costumes, all of it was beautifully done. I thought Benedict Cumberbatch did a better job than Eddie Redmayne in The Theory of Everything, despite Redmayne's performance being excellent. Cumberbatch was outstanding, nuanced, absolutely beautiful. Everyone else did serviceable work, though Keira Knightley could have shown much more depth. Then again, maybe she wasn't given much to work with.

    As I said, it was impeccable, but that doesn't make it great. I was never…

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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.…