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Films of beauty, goodness and truth

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Babette's Feast [DVD] [1987]
Babette's Feast [DVD] [1987]
"A thoroughly eucharistic film; I used to watch it every thanksgiving."
The Green Mile [DVD] [1999]
The Green Mile [DVD] [1999]
"Superb storytelling; Edgecombe's goodness, no less than Coffey's giftedness, shines transcendence into a dark space."
As Good As It Gets [DVD] [1998]
As Good As It Gets [DVD] [1998]
"The essential Nicholson, and a dazzling performance from Helen Hunt.  When it comes to romantic comedy this is truly as good as it gets."
Yentl [VHS]
Yentl [VHS]
"This film changed my life; show it to your daughters.  If you thought musicals had to be corny, think again."
Oscar And Lucinda [VHS] [1998]
Oscar And Lucinda [VHS] [1998]
"The characters are as fragile as glass, and as luminous."
The Mission [VHS] [1986]
The Mission [VHS] [1986]
"A profound confrontation between the Christian ethics of non-violence (Irons) and solidarity with the oppressed (de Niro) -- not to mention the best-ever sound track."
The Elephant Man [1980] [VHS]
The Elephant Man [1980] [VHS]
"A truly original film.  Hopkins' tenderness and gravitas are exquisite."
Margaret's Museum [VHS] [1997]
Margaret's Museum [VHS] [1997]
"As a native of Nova Scotia I was touched by Bonham Carter and Russell's authentic portrayal of a young couple bartering for their summer of happiness against the inexorable price of coal."
Fried Green Tomatoes At The Whistle Stop Cafe [VHS]
Fried Green Tomatoes At The Whistle Stop Cafe [VHS]
"It's a comedy.  It's a mystery.  It's a life-affirming, tear-jerking story, beautifully told."
The Remains of the Day [VHS] [1993]
The Remains of the Day [VHS] [1993]
"A sumptuous (a la Merchant Ivory) tale of unrequited love that enrages and fortifies.  Amid all the nude panting of modern cinema I defy anyone to find a sexier scene than the one with the book."
The Cider House Rules [VHS] [2000]
The Cider House Rules [VHS] [2000]
"A film, from one of the best American story-tellers (Irving was screenwriter), about growing to maturity through pro-active decision making.  Crisp, juicy and slightly sweet -- like the apples."
Life is Beautiful [VHS] [1997] [1999]
Life is Beautiful [VHS] [1997] [1999]
"Gets you laughing then kicks you in the gut.  So much more devious and desolating than holocaust films which just chronicle the horrors."
A River Runs Through It [VHS] [1993]
A River Runs Through It [VHS] [1993]
"An exploration of the virile force of self-destruction played out in the theatre of God's glory.  Calvinism adapted for the silver screen."
Strictly Ballroom [VHS]
Strictly Ballroom [VHS]
"A very fresh voice.  Don't let the dancing put you off; this is a film with universal appeal."
Midnight In The Garden Of Good And Evil [VHS] [1998]
Midnight In The Garden Of Good And Evil [VHS] [1998]
"A case of truth being stranger than fiction -- a little voodoo, a little transsexuality, a little murder -- all demurely observed, as from the verandah with a mint julep.  Spacey's superb."
About A Boy [VHS] [2002]
About A Boy [VHS] [2002]
"Very likeable story that offers serious reflection on post-modern isolationism and consumerist ennuie.  Grant (with better hair) is just one member of a fine acting team."
The Fisher King [VHS] [1991]
The Fisher King [VHS] [1991]
"Weird and wonderful.  A penetrating parable of atonement with what I see as William's career-best performance."
Jane Eyre [VHS] [1983]
Jane Eyre [VHS] [1983]
"Forget Austen.  Spurn that Gainsborough/Hurt abomination.  For fans of period drama and of this beloved novel in particular, this is the _only_ worthy adaptation.  Clarke is great; where'd she go?"
The Shipping News [2002] [VHS]
The Shipping News [2002] [VHS]
"Perhaps my East Coast Canadian bias is what made me love this film (critics generally didn't), but what more could you ask for than this story of sordid surprises, deep healing and seal flipper pie?"
Pleasantville [VHS] [1999]
Pleasantville [VHS] [1999]
"Quirky and exceedingly clever.  Like the _The Trueman Show_ but better."
The Shawshank Redemption [VHS] [1995]
The Shawshank Redemption [VHS] [1995]
"A masterful treatise on hope and patience, male friendship and a justice which transcends the law."
Amelie [VHS] [2001]
Amelie [VHS] [2001]
"Totally eccentric and winsome.  Amelie's powers of observation enlarge and envigorate the real world after arising from the screen."
Tootsie [VHS]
Tootsie [VHS]
"Vies with _Rain Man_ for best Hoffman movie, but is a great deal more fun.  Looking back now at 80s relationships/feminism adds to the pleasure of watching the enduring story-line untangle itself."
Kolya [VHS] [1997]
Kolya [VHS] [1997]
"A Czech film which blends all the political particularity of life in communist Czechoslovakia with the universal narrative touchstone of a man who is humanised by an unwanted child."
Like Water For Chocolate [VHS]
Like Water For Chocolate [VHS]
"Salsa picante!  Sensuous and savoury."