I saw Brooklyn over the weekend, and I kept thinking of what one of you said here about it: It totally is a lovely movie that you can bring your grandma to, and Saoirse Ronan is wonderful in it. The entire film rests on long shots of subtle emotion playing across her face, and she is just exceptionally natural and great. I came away from it thinking that, truly, she could carry basically anything you threw at her as an actress. (We do need to talk about the fact that her American love interest was played by the guy who was also Carpet, Debra Messing’s son on Smash, and that Domhnall Gleason is in EVERYTHING this year; if I have any notes about the movie, it’s that I think the love triangle didn’t feel fully fleshed out, but that’s a minor note. It really is good.)

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