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  • My Fair Lady

    My Fair Lady

    ★★

    I gave this film two tries.

    I thought, come on, it's a musical. It's a classic. It's an Academy Award winner. It's Audrey Hepburn. Surely when I watched it the first time (after anticipating it for years), and I didn't fall in love with it as I watched, I must've been distracted or something, just not in the right headspace.

    Alas. I waited a few months, was in a really musical mood, and watched it over again. Still didn't like…

  • Mr. Holland's Opus

    Mr. Holland's Opus

    ★★★★½

    "We are the music of your life."

    Funny to first watch a movie a time or two as a teenager, be moved by it, come back to it years later, and feel it on an even deeper level. Sure, I think some parts could have been a little sharper, and big bursts of musical scoring and cheering toward the end of any film can run the risk of slipping into schmaltz, if not handled properly.

    But, yeah. I feel the music of his life, here.

    And how on earth did I miss the fact, the first two times, that Cole's name is really Coltrane?

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  • Old Fashioned

    Old Fashioned

    ★★★★½

    I don't think this film's description does it justice, as I've found the story to be so much more than two people trying to attempt an old fashioned courtship. The style of their courtship isn't the point, so much.

    Since I read Old Fashioned as a novel before the movie released, I was already aware that the story isn't about giving folks pointers or rules on chaste dating. That would've made for a noble but likely pretty simplistic, flat tale—and…

  • The Nativity Story

    The Nativity Story

    ★★★★½

    Albeit Jesus, naturally, is a major theme in this film, the work as a whole shouldn't be relegated down to a little Christmastime-Jesus-in-a-manger story. Keisha Castle-Hughes, Oscar Isaac, and their supporting cast bring wonderful humanness to this picture, the three wise men adding some nice and unexpected humor.

    I've heard other viewers say that the actors' dialogue is "stiff" or what have you, but I’m pretty sure the filmmakers weren’t trying to portray the characters as modern and Western, speaking…