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  • A Star Is Born

    A Star Is Born

    ★★★★

    This film has SO much going for it. I absolutely loved the first 2/3 of the film and somehow the last 1/3 got lost...almost like Cooper ran out of creative juice. The songs are rock solid, especially Shallow (slays me every time I hear it) and Maybe it’s Time. And Cooper’s musicianship knocked me out with Black Eyes and Alibi. He was after 70’s rock sound and he sure made it happen. Lady Gaga blew my mind in both her music and acting...who knew she had that in her?!

  • Private Life

    Private Life

    ★★★★

    Smart. Real. Agonizing and beautiful. This portrayal is thoroughly authentic both in its medical/biological detail of infertility and its personal  emotional roller coaster. I was caught off guard by the very raw and honest marriage conveyed here, a rarity in cinema. And I don’t think I’ve ever seen either of these actors better. What a brave artistic endeavor.