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  • Being There

    Being There

    ★★★½

    Peter Sellers is great, but this is still one of those "just read the book" movies.

  • 22 Jump Street

    22 Jump Street

    ★★★½

    Much funnier than it needed to be, 22 Jump Street was a delightful surprise totally sober, and I definitely want to watch it again high—it's one of those films that seems cut and packaged for a stoned audience, it's plot broad enough to focus more on the many humorous allusions, references, and meta text, which seems to be what this franchise does best. The credit sequence might be the only one I've ever watched through in its entirety. Here's hoping for a move back across the street to number 23.

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  • The Bling Ring

    The Bling Ring

    ★★★★

    The Bling Ring turned out to be an ideal film to watch with a group: It elicited a strong reaction from the room and led to great discussion on consumption, pleasure, and celebrity culture. This shiny film has real depth, using the surface of pretty bling to reflect the values of the viewer, interrogating their relationship with the objects they use to create identity—a project everyone takes on, but with the most pressure to be beautiful objects put on teenage…