Little Women (*****) paddle their own canoe

There are so many moments that inspire tears in Little Women. These tears are happy as well as sad. They are a reminder that life is short and it's the quality of life that matters. In controlling their reactions to challenges, Jo and their sisters begin to own their stories. It's our luck that they allowed us to share in the glory of their lives. This is one of the year's best.

Forgotten Gems – Lone Star(*****): John Sayles is still the king

"This is just the tip of the iceberg that goes down into the depths of a deep sea of the human condition. If there is one film that shows a completely honest viewpoint of life on the border of so many things."

Kevin Spacey: Separating the artist from the art

Don't let this man's life outside of his art diminish the work others created in his presence.

The Rules of August: Osage County

August: Osage County - 2013 Director John Wells Starring Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Ewan McGregor, Chris Cooper, Abigail Breslin, Benedict Cumberbatch, Juliette Lewis, Margo Martindale, Dermot Mulroney, Julianne Nicholson, Sam Shepard, Misty Upham Written by Tracy Letts Rule #12: Meryl Streep will be nominated for an Oscar for 1 film per year at least Rule #154: Old folks quoting people with tears running down their cheek  usually aren't happy and won't … Continue reading The Rules of August: Osage County

The Town: You know I’m from Boston, right?

The Town - 2010 Director Ben Affleck Starring Ben Affleck, Jeremy Renner, Jon Hamm, Rebecca Hall, Pete Postlethwaite, Chris Cooper, Blake Lively, Titus Welliver, Slaine, Owen Burke Screenplay Affleck, Peter Craig and Aaron Stockard There's a moment in The Town where the 4 bank robbers, all Charlestown natives, are leaving the "switch car" dressed as Nuns with masks … Continue reading The Town: You know I’m from Boston, right?