Reviews by rleer24
An Inspirational Film
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I saw this movie in theatres, and for anyone with an interest in issues related to immigration (or even those who simply like a good family story) this was a lovely movie.

Mother and son are separated by a political border and miles of geographical space. Rosario, wanting a better life for her son, works in the US. Carlitos, her son, finally sets out to join her though he only has a little information on how to get to her. The trials and troubles of mother and son move the viewer, making it easy to want a happy ending to a tale filled with so many moments of hope and then uncertainly, dreams and yet doubt.

This movie will touch more than just one of your emotions, and it really emphasizes the bonds of family, the need for perseverance and the belief that anything is possible if you are willing to try.
A Stirring Civil War Film
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This is one of my civil war films. First seen in a history class, I remember finding it to be very moving, the kind of film that catches you up into the moment. You become incensed at ill treatment, you cry with Denzel, you cheer on the bravery that leads to the charge in the final scenes.

This movie has a great deal to do with race relations during the Civil War, but it also has a great deal to do with people coming to understand one another, to realize that fighting for a common goal makes them all equal regardless of background. It shows that you do not have to be of one race or another to make a right decision over a wrong one or to fight for what you believe in.

This is one of those powerful movies that will stick with you. My friends and I watch it every now and again, and are always struck with the same strong emotions that this film cannot help but evoke. A definite recommendation.
Moderately Interesting Short Series
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This is a rather short series (only 5 volumes) that I kept expecting to pick up speed, but it never really did. Perhaps because it is short, the story seems squished into the space of 5 volumes, giving us little time to really connect with the characters or their emotional journeys.

Yurara is a teenage girl who can see ghosts and empathize with them. Mei and Yako can also see ghosts, and use fire and water respectively to get rid of them. Yurara is protected by a guardian spirit who takes over when Yurara is in danger. The guardian spirit is beautiful and has a distinct personality which is usually for more fiery than normal Yurara's meek self.

While it has an interesting plot-line, I would have liked to see it develop in a different, deeper direction. It's not a bad series, but not amazing. Yurara's guardian spirit is actually the most interesting character (in my opinion) but we never really learn that much about her. The normal Yurara is rather bland and nervous. Nevertheless, it is a pretty manga. Good for picking up when you don't want anything too heavy or thought-provoking.
Classic
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Well, what list of wonderful Cary Grant movies would be complete without The Philadelphia Story? And besides him, you get the lovely Katharine Hepburn and James Stewart to boot!

The movie is humorous, though less crazy than Bringing Up Baby, with Grant's character finding himself still in love with Hepburn's although she is scheduled to be married to another man within a couple of days. Add to that a couple of reporters from the a nosey celebrity magazine, and it is not surprising that many things go awry before the date of the wedding.

Grant is humorous, Stewart is hilarious and Hepburn is the heroine, and all together they make for a wonderfully classic movie.
Hilarious, But...
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I find this movie hysterical, in a good way. Especially at the beginning, where I laughed so hard I had tears in my eyes. But sadly, not everyone will appreciate the slapstick humor that makes this movie so priceless. Even the non-slapstick moments, where great lines and fabulous delivery on the part of Grant make the moment, may be lost upon viewers. Plus, black and white films are so often a turn off. Still, if one is willing to give this movie a chance and can let yourself fall into the time and the setting, I can't imagine how you wouldn't find something to laugh at.

Mortimer Brewster: Look, Aunt Martha, men don't just get into window seats and die!
Abby Brewster: We know, dear. He died first.

Body's in the window seat! Honestly, priceless.