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Typically, the words you would use to describe a film about a man born with cerebral palsy overcoming obstacles to become a success would be “inspiring” or “uplifting” or “powerful” or perhaps “preachy” (you know it’s true sometimes). The word I would use to describe “My Left Foot,” the 1989 story of an Irishman born with (yada, yada, see above) would be “fun.” There’s a sense of “let’s don’t take this too bloody seriously” conveyed by the story and its star, Daniel Day Lewis, that makes this film truly special. It’s a story of acceptance that also accepts the moviegoer.

White people. They screw up everything. That’s pretty much the theme of “The Mission” (1986), except the white people are actually conniving Spanish and Portuguese colonialists and some other white people (Jesuit priests Jeremy Irons and Liam Neeson) are trying to peacefully bring Jesus to the same indigenous South Americans. Then there’s Robert De Niro, who alternates between slave trader and Jesuit, always on the wrong side at the wrong time. Trust me, it’s not as confusing as it seems. Lush scenery, simple but effective storytelling and a healthy dose of Catholic guilt, if you’re into that sort of thing.