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  • Little Women

    Little Women

    ★★★★★

    What is there to say?  Gerwig created a world I want to live in, and people I want to know. The score, the scenery, the sets were delightful, the Altman-esque dialog riveting. 

    This is one of best-ever American novels, and this is the best treatment (I have seen the big four, all worth watching) it has received.  This deserves many Oscars.

  • Serendipity

    Serendipity

    ★★★★

    This is a true guilt film for me, the guilt being that I always wonder if my appreciation is 100% related to Beckinsale being over-the-top beautiful every second she’s on screen.

    The flaw in most romcoms is that they hinge on two characters denying what the audience knows, sometimes in the first scene: that they are meant to be together. The plot depends on coming up with a plausible reason that they are apart for the first 95% of the…

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  • Downton Abbey

    Downton Abbey

    ★★★

    The movie rides with its characters, its music, and, most of all, its beautiful house.  All of these are as fine as ever, actually finer on the larger screen.  

    The plot? Ridiculous, but so was the TV show and I couldn’t miss an episode.

  • Eighth Grade

    Eighth Grade

    ★★★★½

    I lived 8th grade three times, once as a kid and once each as the father of a daughter and son. This movie is in turn devastating and optimistic, and the father in me just wanted to hold Kayla and not let go, even as I knew this would not work.  

    All parents of 10 year olds should be required to watch this film, and all middle school teachers/counselors/officials.