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  • Sleepless in Seattle

    Sleepless in Seattle

    ★★★

    Writers Nora Ephron, David S. Ward, and Jeff Arch were Oscar-nominated for this original screenplay. Ephron—also directing here—had been nominated twice before in this category, for cowriting Silkwood and for When Harry Met Sally. Ward had previously won the Oscar for writing The Sting. Sleepless in Seattle was also nominated for Best Original Song, but did not win either category.

    I probably fell under the spell of this movie like everyone else in 1993. Rewatching it today I was surprised…

  • Another Son of Sam

    Another Son of Sam

    ★½

    In a movie as inept and confusing as its characters, the audience identifies with the villain—the only thoughtful and effectual person on display. It would be brilliant if this had been in any way intentional.

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  • A Touch of Class

    A Touch of Class

    ★★★

    This romantic comedy received 5 Oscar nominations; its only win went to Glenda Jackson for Best Actress.

    This is a by-the-book affair. It's well written, funny, with solid performances. It is perfectly predictable and entirely enjoyable.

    Points awarded for an early Paul Sorvino role, an uncredited appearance from Benedict Cumberbatch's dad, and what I'll just refer to as "the homosexual acknowledgment."

    Also, the colors have remained surprisingly vibrant for a movie of this age. Your eyes will thank you!

  • Resurrection

    Resurrection

    ★★★

    At 82 years old, Eva Le Gallienne received her only Oscar nomination. She was a legendary career actress, though almost entirely on the stage. She was only in three feature films—two in the 1950s and this one in 1980. She plays the grandmother of Ellen Burstyn’s character here. Burstyn was nominated for the Lead Actress Oscar, giving the movie two nominations total. Neither woman won their Award.

    A curious story about a woman who discovers she has healing powers after…