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  • My Left Foot: The Story of Christy Brown

    My Left Foot: The Story of Christy Brown

    ★★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Great performance, good portrayal of where he grew up. But, wow, the happy ending when he gets together with the nurse? They omit the fact that he'd already been involved with someone and left her, and then he got together with this one and she may very well have physically abused him, and may even have killed him—at least all of this is what I read on Wikipedia. So, I guess you'd say it WASN'T based on a true story.…

  • The Hours

    The Hours

    ★★½

    Of course it had great actors. Of course it was beautifully filmed and the production design, etc. was impeccable. But this not only left me cold, it also irritated me so much that I kept fast forwarding it ten seconds at a time to slow down and watch occasionally if there was something that interested me. I was driven to that by David Hare's writing, which screams, “This is profound,” and "I am being intentionally mysterious and vague.” Yes, there…

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  • Begin Again

    Begin Again

    ★★★★

    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

    ★★★

    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.…