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  • The Adventures of Baron Munchausen

    The Adventures of Baron Munchausen

    ★★★

    I try so hard to like Terry Gilliam movies, but they tend to be aggressively quirky fantasy stories based on inside jokes that only Terry Gilliam understands.

  • Johnny O'Clock

    Johnny O'Clock

    ★★★★

    I mean, this is just a good name for a movie. It's a solid little noir drama thriller thing. I like the part where a guy calls the airport and says, "Hello, airport? What about flight 4? OK," and hangs up. Not even "When is flight 4 due?" Just "What about flight 4?" I don't know if you've called an airport lately, but it's a lot more complicated than that now.

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  • Stop Making Sense

    Stop Making Sense

    ★★★★★

    I'm resistant to concert films (and to concerts, for that matter) unless it's an artist I absolutely LOVE (or who puts on a visually dynamic show) because usually after a half-hour or so I start thinking: "OK, what else ya got? Oh, just that? More of that? All right."

    But I'm glad that I, a casual Talking Heads fan at best, finally watched this, because it's really fantastic. The simple hook of starting with David Byrne alone and then adding…

  • Robin Hood

    Robin Hood

    ★★½

    The latest familiar story to be revised by a narrator who implores us to “forget what [we] think we know” about it is the tale of Robin Hood, captured in “Robin Hood” (not to be confused with the 11+ other films called “Robin Hood,” or the 70+ other films that are about Robin Hood without being titled “Robin Hood”). Directed by one Otto Bathurst, who comes to us from British TV, and written by first-timers Ben Chandler and David James…