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American Beauty - * * * *

What is normal? What is ordinary? What is beautiful? American Beauty proposes that appearances are nearly always deceiving, and there’s always more to see if you just look closer. Lester Burnham (Kevin Spacey) is burnt out. At forty-two years old, … Continue reading

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October Sky - * * * 1/2*

October Sky is a rare oddity in cinema: a self-proclaimed “uplifting” film that is actually uplifting! Based on the autobiographical book by Homer Hickam, Rocket Boys, October Sky tells the struggle of four boys reaching for their dream. It’s 1957, … Continue reading

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Great Expectations - *

I’ll be the first to admit it. When you mention the book Great Expectations, I immediately begin experiencing flashbacks to junior high English class, where I was confronted with a torturously boring book filled with people with such nonsensical names … Continue reading

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Lone Star - * * * 1/2*

John Sayles directs this complex and finely detailed drama about a Texas border town and the people who live there. The film opens with the discovery of a skeleton in the desert, which may be the 40 year old remains … Continue reading

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