Tag Archives: Ellen Burstyn

Playing by Heart - * * *

Playing by Heart is a film that would like to think of itself as an intricate puzzle, whose pieces smoothly slide into place as the film progresses. However, as a puzzle, Playing By Heart is fairly simple. Luckily, observing the … Continue reading

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Deceiver - *

Deceiver is a plot twist in search of a movie. This overly constructed film succeeds in having many surprises, and, being true to its title, being deceptive. But there is little in the film that is worthy of deceit. Braxton … Continue reading

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The Spitfire Grill - * * 1/2*

The Spitfire Grill is a thoroughly sappy and manipulative drama, but it manages to be moving nonetheless. Alison Elliott stars as Percy Talbott, a young ex-con who travels to small town Gilead, Maine, to start a new life. The local … Continue reading

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How to Make an American Quilt - * * 1/2*

Mechanical drama about women and their relationships with men and each other. Winona Ryder plays a young woman on the verge of marriage who spends a summer away from her fiancee to compose her master’s thesis and reevaluate her life. … Continue reading

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