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Sense and Sensibility

Ang Lee (Brokeback Mountain) does a creditable job with Emma Thompson's adroit adaptation of Jane Austen's first and probably weakest novel, thereby giving some credence to the idea that the best movies tend to grow out of second-rate literary properties. Perhaps because of a deep-seated bias against the plush adaptations of 19th-century English literature that have been flooding the market, I can't say I remembered this 1995 feature too clearly a couple of days later; but I certainly had a good time as I watched it. The able cast includes Thompson, Kate Winslet, Hugh Grant, Alan Rickman, James Fleet, and Emilie Francois. PG, 135 min.

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