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'Brooklyn' review: Saoirse Ronan glimmers as a reluctant immigrant

'Brooklyn' review: Saoirse Ronan glimmers as a reluctant immigrant

Twenty-one-year-old Saoirse Ronan is about as Irish as they come, but she was born in the Bronx, New York City. That sealed the deal, I suspect, for the magically right casting of Ronan as the reluctant County Wexford immigrant to 1952 America, in the lovely new film "Brooklyn."

Regardless of age, ethnicity or anything, really, some performers have a way of holding the screen while holding back, prodding the audience to think not only: "What is that character thinking?" But also: "What does that character truly want and need in her life, at this precise moment?" Early on Ronan, who received an Oscar nomination at the age of 13 for "Atonement,"...

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