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  • National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation

    ★★½

  • Rats: Night of Terror

    ★★★

  • Night of the Zombies

    ★★½

  • Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool

    ★★★★

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  • Shin Godzilla

    Shin Godzilla

    ★★★★½

    In this retelling of the classic kaiju monster's origin story, a baby mutant lizard wades out of Tokyo Bay and quickly grows into a laser-shooting behemoth intent on destroying the city. Government officials must scramble to stop the threat. Hiroki Hasegawa and Satomi Ishihara star. Directed by Hideaki Anno and Shinji Higuchi.

  • 2001: A Space Odyssey

    2001: A Space Odyssey

    ★★★★★

    A mind-bending sci-fi symphony, Stanley Kubrick's landmark 1968 epic pushed the limits of narrative and special effects toward a meditation on technology and humanity. Based on Arthur C. Clarke's story The Sentinel, Kubrick and Clarke's screenplay is structured in four movements. At the "Dawn of Man," a group of hominids encounters a mysterious black monolith alien to their surroundings. To the strains of Strauss's 1896 Also sprach Zarathustra, a hominid invents the first weapon, using a bone to kill prey.…

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  • Rats: Night of Terror

    Rats: Night of Terror

    ★★★

    A hybrid of the post-nuke action and gross-out gore film, this passably entertaining venture from splatter-maven Bruno Mattei (directing here as "Vincent Dawn"), aided by Claudio Fragasso (as "Clyde Anderson"), features killer rats attacking bikers in an apocalyptic wasteland. A nuclear bomb made the surface world unlivable, so most of humankind lived underground for many years. This drove rats to the surface, where they became super-intelligent flesh-hungry mutants. After about a hundred years, a group calling themselves the "new primitives"…

  • Night of the Zombies

    Night of the Zombies

    ★★½

    In this woeful "zombie" film, an accident occurs in a scientific lab in Papua New Guinea, sending out a dangerous chemical in a cloud of green smoke and turning the technicians and locals into ghouls ravenous for human flesh. An Italian news reporter (Margit Evelyn Newton) and her crew land on the island in search of the story, quickly followed by a search-and-destroy mission of soldiers. From that point onward, highly unreal dialogue ("Something eating you?") would classify the movie…

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  • Licorice Pizza

    Licorice Pizza

    ★★★★½

    In California's San Fernando Valley, the early 1970s witnessed the birth of the noteworthy record store chain, Licorice Pizza. As the business continues to gain traction across the state, teen actor Gary Valentine (Cooper Hoffman) navigates the successes and pitfalls of burgeoning fame while traversing the tricky terrain of first love with the charming Alana (Alana Haim). Bradley Cooper, Christine Ebersole, Sean Penn, Maya Rudolph, and Tom Waits co-star in this nostalgic coming-of-age drama written and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson.

  • Black Christmas

    Black Christmas

    ★★★★

    Although this Canadian production saw its widest U.S. cable TV distribution in the early '80s (primarily under the title Stranger in the House) to capitalize on the phenomenal success of Halloween and its offspring, this effective suspense-thriller actually predates John Carpenter's film by four years. The story involves a dangerous psychopath hiding out in the attic of a sorority house who torments a small group of pretty young sisters (including Olivia Hussey and Margot Kidder) who are staying behind over…