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  • Moran of the Lady Letty

    Moran of the Lady Letty

    ★★★½

    Rudolph Valentino takes off on the high seas in this glossy 1922 melodrama that casts the silent-era heartthrob as a wealthy heir who gets shanghaied by a band of smugglers, where he meets a beautiful sailor's daughter who has lost her ship. Some leaps in logic and time can be accounted for by missing pieces of the film, but MORAN OF THE LADY LETTY is a handsome production, beautifully restored for the new Flicker Alley Blu-Ray edition. Valentino shines in…

  • Shirkers

    Shirkers

    ★★★★½

    In 1992, a group of teenage cinephiles in Singapore set out to make a film of their own. That film, SHIRKERS, was written by aspiring filmmaker and critic, Sandi Tan, whose friendship with a mysterious, married, middle aged American ex-pat named Georges would have a profound and lasting impact on her life. A film professor full of tall-tales and dubious motives, Georges absconds with the completed footage, leaving SHIRKERS as one of Singapore's great cinematic mysteries, a film that wasn't…

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  • The Way He Looks

    The Way He Looks

    ★★★★½

    Blind teenager Leo and Giovana are the best of friends and constant companions. But when handsome stranger Gabriel moves to town, his presence threatens to come between them, as Leo finds himself more and more romantically drawn to Gabriel in ways he never thought possible. A tender and beautiful coming of age tale that perfectly captures teenage romantic angst and sexual awakening in a very real and honest way. Sensual without feeling exploitative, THE WAY HE LOOKS is a wonderful film, a truly touching love story that captures growing up in all of its messy, awkward, sometimes painful beauty.

  • A Star Is Born

    A Star Is Born

    ★★★★

    Near the end of Bradley Cooper's A STAR IS BORN, the fourth version of the oft-told tale, Sam Elliot's Bobby Maine, brother of Bradley Cooper's Jackson Maine, looks at Lady Gaga's newly anointed pop star and tells her that all the songs that have ever been written are comprised of the same 12 notes in different octaves; what makes them unique is how the artist plays them. It's a direct defense why this story, which has been filmed in 1937…