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  • Dear Heart

    Dear Heart

    ★★★★

    This was a delightful romantic comedy from the 1960s about two lonely and mismatched people who meet at a convention. The marvelous Geraldine Page is in a role that seems tailored for her - a quirky but optimistic middle-aged woman from small town Ohio. She's never married and her yearly high point is the annual Postmasters' Convention, this one held in New York City. Glenn Ford is a ladies man, also in New York for a job promotion, whose finally…

  • The Mauritanian

    The Mauritanian

    ★★★★

    I am surprised at the mixed reviews this has received on Letterboxd. But I really liked it. I tend to be drawn to political films and from its creation.  I've also been outraged by the US government's operation of Guantanamo Bay as a way to avoid the rule of law and scrutiny. Nonetheless as a film, I thought this had outstanding performances and I found myself quite emotional at the end. Yes, it was a bit formulaic and moralistic at…

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  • The Devil All the Time

    The Devil All the Time

    ★★★

    In spite of all the hype and promotion by Netflix and the star-packed cast, this Southern Gothic story is a mess - an interesting mess but a mess nonetheless. A tale of backwoods religiosity, duplicity and revenge, it's set in 1950s/1960s West Virginia and Ohio, it has multiple storylines that gradually converge as it jumps back and forth between generations.

    What held my interest throughout was the talented cast and especially Tom Holland who plays a young teenager Arvin Russel,…

  • Judas and the Black Messiah

    Judas and the Black Messiah

    ★★★★½

    My first film seen on HBO Max and damn, this was a great start! Still relevant today, this is about the charismatic chairman of the Chicago Black Panthers Fred Hampton who was shot in his sleep by the police and also the story of the black FBI informant Bill O'Neal who partially facilitated this.

    With excellent period details, an intense jazz score and excellent direction by Shaka King (a director I didn't know at all), it really sends the viewer…