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  • An American Werewolf in London
  • Brazil
  • Schizopolis
  • Strawberry Mansion

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  • Licorice Pizza

    ★★★★

  • Strawberry Mansion

    ★★★★★

  • Buzzer

    ★★★★

  • Peter's Computer: Desktop Cleanup

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  • Elvis

    Elvis

    ★★★½

    "Baz Luhrmann’s new, hyperactive Elvis biopic is but the latest attempt to depict Elvis Aaron Presley on screen since his death in 1977 at age 42. Not counting documentaries, which are legion, Presley’s life and legend have been fodder for at least a dozen films and miniseries over the years. In most, though, he’s deployed purely as a figure of fantasy – in 1988’s Heartbreak Hotel, 1992’s Death Becomes Her, 1993’s True Romance, and 2002’s Bubba Ho-Tep – or granted…

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  • Licorice Pizza

    Licorice Pizza

    ★★★★

    "Stop using time as an excuse, Alana. Our roads took us here."

    Finally caught up with one of the most talked-about films of last year, so this is already well-tilled ground. Still, I avoided most of the discourse surrounding Licorice Pizza because A) I wanted to see it first, and B) most of it seemed fairly asinine.

    I knew going in that Paul Thomas Anderson's latest was a period piece, but it wasn't until the radio ad for Todd Rundgren's…

  • Strawberry Mansion

    Strawberry Mansion

    ★★★★★

    "Do you believe that your dreams are your own?"

    Halfway through 2022, my favorite film of the year still stands tall -- and strange. I don't have a lot to add to my prior review apart from a few details I noticed this time through that escaped my attention back in February.

    First, there's a painting of a ship on the wall next to the TV set Preble is watching in Bella's house the first night of his audit, neatly…

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  • Gaslight

    Gaslight

    What's that? You say there's a movie called Gaslight? Sorry, dear. Never heard of it. You must have imagined the whole thing.

  • Saving Christmas

    Saving Christmas

    This "film" has a running time of about 79 minutes. Here's how that breaks down:

    5.5% - Kirk Cameron's smug, hot chocolate-obsessed introduction
    3% - A seemingly unmotivated cutaway to what looks like a much more interesting movie but is, in fact, not (Bonus: We get to see this footage again in its entirety when it's placed in the proper context)
    2.5% - Cheaply animated opening credits set to a ska cover of "Silent Night"
    7.5% - Kirk's "brother-in-law" --…