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  • Casablanca
  • The Godfather
  • Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
  • The Rocky Horror Picture Show

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  • Don't Worry Darling

    ★★½

  • The Railway Children Return

    ★★½

  • Blonde

    ★★

  • Samaritan

    ★½

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  • Summering

    Summering

    ★★½

    The pre-teen drama “Summering” aims to capture a particular moment — the last gasps of childhood, before the horrors of middle school force kids to grow up in a hurry — and is so earnest in its pursuit that it’s rather sad that the movie self-sabotages its own best intentions with an unfortunate plot choice.

    It’s the last weekend in August before four 11-year-old girls, who live on the same street and are friends largely because of that geography, are…

  • Secret Headquarters

    Secret Headquarters

    ★★

    The kid-targeted action movie “Secret Headquarters” is a bland and uninteresting attempt to meld two oddball ideas — “Spy Kids” and “The Greatest American Hero” — and missing the boat entirely.

    The prologue shows a typical family — Jack (Owen Wilson) and Lily (Jessie Mueller) and their 4-year-old son, Charlie (Louie Chaplin Moss) — on a camping trip. Then they witness a military plane collide with a UAP, an “unidentified aerial phenomenon,” or a UFO. Jack drives the family’s VW…

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  • Spider-Man: No Way Home

    Spider-Man: No Way Home

    ★★★★½

    With the third installment of their collaboration putting Peter Parker onscreen, actor Tom Holland and director Jon Watts work a good amount of magic in “Spider-Man: No Way Home” — thanks to the borrowed cache of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and past iterations of the famous wall-crawler.

    To get everyone up to speed without spoiling anything that isn’t in the marketing campaign or in the previous films, a recap: Peter Parker has been outed as Spider-Man, thanks to the vengeful…

  • Miss Americana

    Miss Americana

    ★★★★

    There’s a scene early on in “Taylor Swift: Miss Americana” that shows this won’t be another movie-length home video of a pampered pop star.

    It happens on the day in 2018 when the Grammy nominations are announced. Swift is on a couch, on the phone to someone — presumably an agent or a publicist — who delivers the bad news that Swift’s album “Reputation” did not get nominated in the major categories. (Ultimately, it received just one nomination, for pop vocal album but lost to Ariana Grande’s “Sweetener.”)

    Read the full review at sltrib.com: www.sltrib.com/artsliving/2020/01/24/sundance-review-miss/