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  • Election

    ★★★★

  • Frankenweenie

    ★★★

  • Frankenweenie

    ★★★★

  • Conan the Barbarian

    ★★★½

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  • The Third Man

    The Third Man

    ★★★★½

    In this Cold War spy classic, Holly Martins (Joseph Cotten), a third-rate American pulp novelist, arrives in postwar Vienna, where he has been promised a job by his old friend Harry Lime (Orson Welles). Upon his arrival, Martins discovers that Lime has been killed in a traffic accident, and that his funeral is taking place immediately. At the graveside, Martins meets outwardly affable Major Calloway (Trevor Howard) and actress Anna Schmidt (Alida Valli), who is weeping copiously. When Calloway tells…

  • House of Flying Daggers

    House of Flying Daggers

    ★★★★½

    Chinese director Zhang Yimou fuses a martial arts action-drama with a tragic romance in this elegant period piece. In the year 859 A.D., as the Tang dynasty is beset by rebellion, Leo (Andy Lau) and Jin (Takeshi Kaneshiro) are a pair of lawmen who have been given the task of ferreting out the leaders of a revolutionary faction known as the Flying Daggers. Working on a tip that members of the group are working out of a brothel called the…

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  • Conan the Barbarian

    Conan the Barbarian

    ★★★½

    John Milius's jingoistic direction and pulpy screenplay fit perfectly into this film version of Robert E. Howard's fantasy story of the sword and sorcery hero, Conan the Barbarian. Complementing Mulius's heavy metal production is Arnold Schwarzenegger's leaden acting, which in any other context would be deadly, but here (as in The Terminator) corresponds nicely with the whole sonorous project. The story begins when a horde of rampaging warriors massacre the parents of young Conan and enslave the young child for…

  • Beast in Space

    Beast in Space

    ★★

    Sirpa Lane, star of the notorious art-house porno The Beast, returns to star in this unofficial sci-fi sequel produced five years after the original and featuring the triumphant return of the lusty, well-endowed man-beast. The story gets underway as Captain Larry (Vassili Karis) stops off at a local watering hole for a cool glass of Uranus Milk. After striking up a conversation with stunning blonde Sondra (Lane), Captain Larry is confronted by an angry merchant named Juan who has been…

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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…