Review: I Love America, good grief

I Love America has some very negative reviews talking about superficial characters, plot development, and unlikely romcom stories. But I think a lot of people who looked at this film as a romantic comedy missed the point. I found at least one part of the story that was beautifully done and may have been the entire point of the movie.

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Review: Operation Mincemeat, a WWII spy operation that worked

Operation Mincemeat was an elaborate deception by the British. It took place in 1943. The purpose was to convince the Nazis that Britain was going to invade Greece, when in fact, the target was Sicily.

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Review: Along for the Ride

Along for the Ride tells about Auden (Emma Pasarow) and the summer she spends in a small beach town before her first year of college. It was directed and written by Sofia Alvarez based on the novel by Sarah Dessen.

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Review: Grace, how writers write

Grace is a 2018 film hidden in the deep recesses of Prime Video. It was directed by a woman so I took a look. I enjoyed this character study of two very different writers who struggled to write.

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Julia, the Julia Child documentary

Julia the documentary is a look at Julia Child’s entire life from directors Julie Cohen and Betsy West. It uses a wealth of archival footage of her cooking and giving interviews. People who knew her and worked with her speak, and modern chefs who owe so much to her were interviewed.

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Review: Parallel Mothers with Penélope Cruz

In Parallel Mothers (Madres paralelas) director Pedro Almodóvar and star Penélope Cruz team up one more time to create another fascinating story. Two parallel stories, actually. One is about facing the truth as a modern mother, and one is about uncovering the truth about Spain’s violent past.

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Review: Only the Animals, a mysterious French drama

Only the Animals (Seules les bêtes) brings mystery from France in this tale of chance and interconnection. It’s about lonely and often isolated people who think they aren’t connected to anyone.

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Review: Better Nate than Ever, Broadway bound for sure

Better Nate than Ever takes Nate, a talented middle schooler, from his life in Pittsburgh to New York City where he auditions for a role in a Broadway musical. It’s fun and charming and bursting with talented kids.

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Review: All the Old Knives

All the Old Knives is a spy/love story. I have no idea what the title means. There was plenty of unneeded exposition in the story, but none that would explain the title. Thandiwe Newton and Chris Pine star. They were the reason I watched it.

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Review: Moonshot, even on Mars a romcom is still a romcom

Moonshot is a sci-fi romcom. It aims, not for the moon, but for Mars. I watch a lot of romcoms and the genre usually works for me, but this one came up short in several ways.

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