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THE HALF OF IT
2020, Netflix, 104 min, USA, Dir: Alice Wu

Bookish introvert Ellie Chu (Leah Lewis) is perfectly content with her life: watching old movies with her widowed father and ghostwriting papers for her high school classmates to help pay the bills. But her side gig turns personal when lovelorn jock Paul Munsky (Daniel Diemer) hires her to craft love notes to Aster Flores (Alexxis Lemire) - a smart, popular girl out of both their leagues ... and Ellie’s own secret crush. Just as the duo’s plan begins to work, a new wrinkle emerges: Ellie and Paul have fallen into a deep friendship neither could have anticipated, giving rise to a surprising love triangle. Writer-director Alice Wu's second feature is a heartfelt comedy-of-errors about searching for perfect love - and finding yourself in the process.


THE PIANO
1993, Park Circus/Miramax, 121 min, Dir: Jane Campion

In 1851, mute Scottish woman Ada McGrath (Best Actress winner Holly Hunter) arrives in colonial New Zealand for an arranged marriage, with her precocious young daughter (Best Supporting Actress Anna Paquin) and beloved piano in tow. Her practical new husband (Sam Neill) refuses to transport the piano to their home and makes a deal with his neighbor, George Baines (Harvey Keitel), to take the piano off his hands. Attracted to Ada, Baines agrees to return the piano in exchange for a series of piano lessons that become a series of increasingly charged sexual encounters. As pent-up emotions of rage and desire swirl around all three characters, the savage wilderness begins to consume the tiny European enclave. Edited by Veronika Jenet.


ROXIE HART
1942, 20th Century Fox, 75 min, Dir: William A. Wellman

Ginger Rogers is pitch-perfect in the title role as a Chicago dancer who confesses to murder for the publicity; Adolphe Menjou costars as the slick lawyer who hopes to get her acquitted. George Montgomery, Phil Silvers and William Frawley are among the fine supporting cast in this breezy romantic comedy, based on the play that became the hit Broadway musical Chicago. A favorite film of Stanley Kubrick!


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