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  • A Quiet Place

    A Quiet Place

    ★★★½

    If you stop and think about it, the plot of this post-alien-invasion thriller has a couple of massive holes in it. The thing is, male lead and director John Krasinski does his very best not to give you time to stop and think, delivering a tremendously intense thrill ride from beginning to end as the family he depicts cope with the invasion of an unstoppable alien race who hunt by sound and are prone to popping up at the most…

  • Forget Me Not

    Forget Me Not

    ★★★

    Funny, I was just thinking about this film the other day and up it popped again on the BBC. Basically, it depends upon the chemistry between the two leads until quite close to the end, when it’s revealed why our male lead spent his first few minutes in this story preparing to commit suicide before our female lead unknowingly distracted him and set him on a detour that occupied him for most of this story until his personal situation resurfaced.…

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  • Up in the Air

    Up in the Air

    ★★★★

    George Clooney's performance as a man who is professionally committed to not getting attached to anyone is what makes this film so, so good. Amazingly enough, he's carved himself a niche where he can live his life and manage his career in ways that don't require him to let anyone get close to him, and not even his employers' adoption of modern communications technology is going to get in the way of his spending an epic proportion of his life in an airliner seat or in a hotel room.

    Excellent work by all involved.

  • Loving Leah

    Loving Leah

    ★★★½

    Undemanding but surprisingly engaging fare. Yes, the ending can be predicted some fifteen minutes in, but it's the path the characters take to get there that makes it worth a watch.

    This whole story depends hugely upon Lauren Ambrose's performance to sell it. Happily, she's more than up to the task.

    [It probably helps that I have absolutely no knowledge of whether the combination of Jewish custom and personal circumstances that resulted in the lead characters coming together counts as completely outlandish or merely ridiculous. It's easier to suspend disbelief that way.]