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  • Secretariat

    Secretariat

    ★★★½

    Thrilling but fairly predictable drama focusing on the Triple Crown winning horse and his collective team of trainers led by Penny Chenery, played wonderfully by the underrated Diane Lane matched up with the always great John Malkovich as Lucien Laurin, the trainer. The film's thrilling horse racing sequences work and the lead characters battle through adversity alongside the horse's battle to be a champion. What doesn't work is when the film attempts to shed light on the time itself and…

  • Roxanne

    Roxanne

    ★★★★

    Predictable but charming romantic comedy based on Cyrano De Bergerac centered on a small town fire chief with a comically large nose who falls in love with a beautiful astronomer, and a love triangle that forms involving a well meaning but unintelligent firefighter that moves into town, and the fire chief's use of him to tell her how he feels The movie engages a bit in a showcase of the great comic talent of Steve Martin including his offbeat humor,…

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  • Saving Private Ryan

    Saving Private Ryan

    ★★★★★

    Epic war drama with an all star cast led by the great Tom Hanks does not disappoint. It's known by now that the film opens with some of the most realistic war violence likely ever captured on screen and while it is tough to watch, it is necessary to show the sacrifice the brave soldiers made in WWII. Spielberg's direction also shows just what a master he is and Janusz Kaminski's cinematography in its saturated look captures the feel of the war entirely. The 3 hour running time will pass by quickly. An exceptional masterpiece and classic.