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  • Moon

    Moon

    ★★★½

    We went into this movie expecting a lot. A LOT. All the people that I follow on Letterboxd, which, granted, don't come to many, gave it at least four stars and usually four and a half or five, except for one person. The person I trust the most gave it five stars. It had Sam Rockwell in it. Enough said.

    And the sort of “poster” for it looked fun. A cute little Sam Rockwell in a cute little astronaut suit,…

  • Chef

    Chef

    ★★★

    There are a lot of reasons to give this movie four stars, but then there are a few reasons to give it two stars.

    What makes it a four star movie? Wonderful actors who are massively overqualified for their jobs. John Leguizamo and Bobby Cannavale are in the early scenes and you think, okay, this is going to be awesome. Robert Downey, Jr., as a silly and pretentious manager? How could this not be a great movie? The waitress is…

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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.…