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  • Diary of a Country Priest

    Diary of a Country Priest

    ★★★★

    This is not a film that should be watched on a distracted Sunday Evening. Instead it should be meditated upon like a mournful sermon. As I was watching my kids came in the room and asked why I was still watching this sad French movie. Unfortunately, there were times when I might have said that myself. This is what I like to call eating your cinematic vegetables. It helps you to appreciate the junk food all the more. I'm sure the next time I watch it and give my full attention it will receive the praise that it is certainly due.

  • Brooklyn

    Brooklyn

    ★★★

    I love Saorise Ronan, but this movie has been sitting in my watchlist mocking me since 2015. It was the one Oscar nominee that I missed that year, and I've had numerous opportunities to see it but ultimately it didn't seem like anything I would really enjoy. I finally took the opportunity on a rainy Sunday afternoon laying in bed with my wife to watch this immigrant love story. It is charming but ultimately forgettable. I was frustrated at the…

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  • (500) Days of Summer

    (500) Days of Summer

    ★★★★

    Fair warning: This is not a love story.

    In the vein of Annie Hall and Eternal Sunshine for the Spotless Mind, this film is quirky, funny, and real. Well, as real as a film with a dance montage and animated bluebirds can be. It is refreshing to see a "romantic comedy" that doesn't have the traditional romcom ending of the opposite party coming to their senses and running off to regain the relationship that they lost earlier in the film…

  • Won't You Be My Neighbor?

    Won't You Be My Neighbor?

    ★★★★★

    I was so incredibly floored by this film. I grew up watching Mister Rogers every afternoon as a little kid and I even remember watching often into my teenage years. At some point, I probably kind of outgrew it and thought that he was uncool. But now looking back as an adult I see that Fred Rogers was the coolest guy in the neighborhood.

    I wish I could give everyone on the planet the ability, time, and desire to see…