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  • Raiders of the Lost Ark
  • Dances with Wolves
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  • Frankenfish

    ★★

  • The Hollars

    ★★★½

  • Blow-Up

    ★★★★

  • Fractured

    ★★★

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  • Hugo

    Hugo

    ★★★★★

    A glorious all-ages delight about cinematic storytelling and the magicians behind those stories, Martin Scorsese's "Hugo" finds the director shelving his expected trademarks in exchange for warmth, heart, and a look at the things built to make life worth enjoying. Even without De Niro, DiCaprio, or the violence, the master weaves a meaningful and stirring filmic tapestry that stands with his best work.

    Adapting Brian Selznick's novel, "The Invention of Hugo Cabret," Scorsese's film finds Asa Butterfield's orphaned Hugo eking…

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  • Frankenfish

    Frankenfish

    ★★

    Taking too long to get to its gory point, "Frankenfish" almost shrugs off its production weaknesses to land as a watchable piece of throwaway horror. The story, revolving around a hungry mutant fish and the people in its path, produces droll energy in the style of late '90s creature features but drags for miles finding its stride. That story is supported by bargain bin production values that result in groan-worthy cinema. Pieces of the film almost work, but too many do not.

  • The Hollars

    The Hollars

    ★★★½

    Directed by John Krasinski, "The Hollars" is an amusing look at a family on the verge of implosion. Seeing the matriarch of that family falling ill, the unit comes together to support her and let loose simmering grievances. The story feels familiar, but it handles its subject with tenderness and a light wit; and Krasinski gives his fully loaded free reign to play to its strengths. The work may not offer anything groundbreaking, but it provides an appealing experience.

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  • Inception

    Inception

    ★★★★★

    "Inception," at its most basic, is two things. It is a heist film dressed in science fiction conventions; and it is a study of a man trying to free himself from a near-suffocating past. "Inception," at its more complex, is a cerebral pop-masterpiece. It is an enthralling combination of thought-provoking, layered story-telling and sumptuous aesthetics enhanced by near-flawless editing, sound design, effects, and musical score. Driven by a pitch-perfect cast and the confident directorial hand of Christopher Nolan, "Inception" is a brilliant and unrivaled piece of filmmaking.

  • A Clockwork Orange

    A Clockwork Orange

    ★★★★½

    An audacious blend of imagery and allegory, Stanley Kubrick's "A Clockwork Orange" is a film that may take multiple viewings to fully appreciate. On first viewing, however, the film bursts with colors, shapes, and a searing observation of the battle between youth culture and adult stolidity. Kubrick's film, based on the novel by Anthony Burgess, is a striking and layered piece of work.

    The plot of "A Clockwork Orange" revolves around Malcolm McDowell's Alex, the quintessential hooligan concerned with all…