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American Friends Review


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A quaint true story, American Friends tells the dated fable of an Oxford scholar (Palin) in the mid 1800s who wrestles with abandoning his teaching post at the no-girls-allowed institution in order to run off to the mountains with an American girl (Alvarado). Not quite your Merchant-Ivory bodice-ripper, this tame little number likely wouldn't have even been made if it wasn't about Palin's great grandfather... Hmm...

Brassed Off Review


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Way over-sentimental British nostalgia piece, Brassed Off tells the charming yet unabsorbing plight of late 1980s/early 1990s coal miners who find their mine being closed down. The refuge they take is in their music, a brass band that goes from wretched to fabulous after the arrival of Fitzgerald, who's (surprise) on the team responsible for shutting down their mine. The triumph-over-adversity fable has been done to death, decade after decade, and Brassed Off has little to add to the genre.

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