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  • An Education

    An Education

    ★★★★

    You're sixteen and the hero of your story. At sixteen, you haven't quite figured out that each and everyone of us is the hero of our own story.

    Here's sixteen-year-old, Jenny (Carey Mulligan) and she's an intelligent, bright, university-bound student who also loves French films and jazz and art and classical music. One rainy day, an older man named David (Peter Sarsgaard) pulls his car up alongside her and offers to give her cello a lift because of course, she…

  • Cléo from 5 to 7

    Cléo from 5 to 7

    ★★★★★

    How have I not seen this film before? How?

    Cléo (Corinne Marchand) is waiting on cancer biopsy test results. For two consecutive hours, she waits.

    I have been in this position, albeit not for cancer. I have been stuck waiting for the scary test results where your options are probably at best, something that is going to put you through hell and turn your life upside down for an indefinite period of time or at worst, will kill you. And…

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  • The Bishop's Wife

    The Bishop's Wife

    ★★½

    I get why people love this. It's got three very likeable movie stars. It's got the Christmas. It's got the whole "slow down and smell the roses" theme. It's charming.

    But it's also paint by the numbers in the way that a lot of holiday films are. I have a hard time believing in any of these characters very much. If David Niven and Loretta Young are likeable, they also aren't working to terribly hard at the acting part.

    It might become a holiday standard for you, in which case, you'll love it or it'll be a forgettable but pleasant experience. It's the latter for me.

  • The Muppets Take Manhattan

    The Muppets Take Manhattan

    ★★½

    This was a misfire for me. It felt off somehow. Not nearly wacky enough and not particularly funny. Although, I confess I loved the sequence where Miss Piggy recovered her purse from a mugger. Generally though, nothing here that I loved.

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  • A New Leaf

    A New Leaf

    ★★★★★

    Apparently this had a troubled production history. You can't tell. It's just that good.

    Henry (Walter Matthau) is the epitome of the idle rich. He is a man without ambition or character who simply wants to live a life of luxury. When he learns that he is facing penury (well, what he considers penury), he does the only thing he can think of which is to pursue the extremely gauche and wealthy Henrietta (Elaine May). His plan: to murder her…

  • The Hustler

    The Hustler

    ★★★★★

    When I told a coworker about this movie, she told me she only knew who Paul Newman was from his salad dressing.

    I have been sending her gifs of peak Paul Newman all morning.

    This movie was so damn good. It's part of The Criterion Channel's The Gamblers collection, which I highly recommend checking out.

    Robert Rossen and Eugen Schüfftan do a fabulous job creating Fast Eddie Felson's (Paul Newman) world. A world of bus stations, pool halls, bars, coffee…