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  • Casablanca
  • The Godfather
  • Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
  • The Rocky Horror Picture Show

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  • Antlers

  • Eternals

  • A Mouthful of Air

  • The Harder They Fall

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  • The Velvet Underground

    The Velvet Underground

    ★★★½

    The director Todd Haynes has made, in “The Velvet Underground,” the most appropriate documentary possible for the influential avant-garde rock band: An eclectic, challenging and artful movie that a lot of people may not get.

    There are moments that Haynes, the director of such narrative gems as “Carol” and “Velvet Goldmine,” absolutely floors us with his visual daring. There’s a moment, early in the film, where several people try to describe the Velvet Underground’s front man, Lou Reed — while,…

  • Bergman Island

    Bergman Island

    ★★★★★

    Suffering, of the romantic and artistic varieties, plays out beautifully in Mia Hansen-Løve’s delicately droll “Bergman Island,” set in the perfect place for such painful introspection: Fårö Island.

    Fårö is the place that the great Swedish filmmaker Ingmar Bergman called home, and where he shot some his most famous films. It’s also, as Hansen-Løve depicts it, a tourist haven for introspective cinemaphiles who want to overdose on Bergman’s brand of Scandinavian melancholy. There’s even a “Bergman Week” there every June, where film lovers attend panels and tour the sites where Bergman worked.

    Read the full review at The Movie Cricket: moviecricket.net/blog/2021/10/13/review-bergman-island-captures-with-heartbreaking-detail-the-ups-and-downs-of-creativity-and-inspiration

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  • Miss Americana

    Miss Americana

    ★★★★

    There’s a scene early on in “Taylor Swift: Miss Americana” that shows this won’t be another movie-length home video of a pampered pop star.

    It happens on the day in 2018 when the Grammy nominations are announced. Swift is on a couch, on the phone to someone — presumably an agent or a publicist — who delivers the bad news that Swift’s album “Reputation” did not get nominated in the major categories. (Ultimately, it received just one nomination, for pop vocal album but lost to Ariana Grande’s “Sweetener.”)

    Read the full review at sltrib.com: www.sltrib.com/artsliving/2020/01/24/sundance-review-miss/

  • Hamilton

    Hamilton

    ★★★★★

    Like a Fourth of July firework, the movie version of “Hamilton” bursts forth with color and spectacle, bottling the emotional fire that made Lin-Manuel Miranda’s hip-hop history lesson a Tony- and Pulitzer-winning masterpiece and a cross-cultural hit.

    Miranda’s collaborator Thomas Kail, who directed both the stage version and this movie, makes the smart move of rendering “Hamilton” in its purest, original form, from the stage of the Richard Rodgers Theatre on Broadway. Shot with multiple cameras during two performances in…