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  • Star Wars
  • Bonnie and Clyde
  • Chinatown
  • 8½

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  • The Many Saints of Newark

    ★★

  • Quantum of Solace

    ★★★

  • No Time to Die

    ★★★½

  • The Invisible Man

    ★★★½

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  • Joe Versus the Volcano

    Joe Versus the Volcano

    ★★★★

    If this had been made in 1938 with Jimmy Stewart and in B&W it would be an American classic, but instead it’s been rescued off the flop heap by a cadre of devoted cultists and cinema is better for it.

  • Malignant

    Malignant

    ★★★

    This is James Wan’s zig to A24’s zag. The SHOWGIRLS of horror films.

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  • The Iron Giant

    The Iron Giant

    ★★★★★

    Watched it with my 6-year old. Movie ends. Total silence. He whispers, "That was awesome."

  • The Hidden Fortress

    The Hidden Fortress

    ★★★★★

    This unexpectedly became "family movie night" when my older boy -- he's 8 -- walked into my office and said, "So Star Wars is really about the two droids?" and I said, sort of. I explained that George Lucas had seen Hidden Fortress and liked telling a larger story through the supporting characters. So I showed him the first ten minutes of the movie, reading the subtitles aloud so he could keep up. He loved it. I was worried about…