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'Bright Star'

October 01, 2009|Kenneth Turan

As the air gets cooler and each week brings newer and better movies, don't forget the wonderful ones that are already in theaters. Especially don't forget "Bright Star," an exquisitely done, emotional love story that marries heartbreaking passion to formidable filmmaking restraint, all in the service of the unapologetically romantic belief in "the holiness of the heart's affections." Those words belong to John Keats, and his romance with the girl next door, Fanny Brawne, is utterly transforming in the hands of writer-director Jane Campion and stars Abbie Cornish and Ben Whishaw. If you think they don't make them like they used to, this luminous work will change your mind.

-- Kenneth Turan

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