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  • You've Got Mail

    You've Got Mail

    ★★½

    This version takes all the pain and suffering out of the original (Shop Around the Corner), replacing it with an almost sweet enough disposition that is far too focused on superficial looks. When someone loses their family business, it's supposed to hurt and leave you down in the dumps. That pain should filter through every following frame. It's not just a business, but years and generations worth of work and heart that are coming to an end. Nora Ephron, for…

  • Howards End

    Howards End

    ★★½

    While the visuals are fantastic and the cast seemingly on their A game, I couldn't bring myself to care about the story or the characters. Minus one unfortunate chap, they are all well-bred and affluent British people that care about nothing outside their insular lives. Yes, one character crusades for her poor eventual lover, but she comes off more self-serving than anything else. She wants her conscience settled (and to help the man she loves).

    At any rate, not my cup of Earl Grey.

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  • A Silent Voice

    A Silent Voice

    ★★★★

    I remember being harsher on this than I needed to be when I saw it for the first time, but I also remember it being engaging so I decided to watch it to get "Fireworks" out of my system. I'd say it was a good choice on my part.

  • Foreign Correspondent

    Foreign Correspondent

    ★★★★

    It's movies like this, more so than his masterpieces, that make you appreciate Alfred Hitchcock. His little touches, those minute elements that turn an English call for help against the Nazis into an entertaining spy film. The biggest takeaway perhaps is the way Hitchcock uses humor, something he did better than any director of suspense and psychological thrillers. It's small and the laughs pop in when you least expect them, and what a difference it makes.