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  • Star Wars
  • Raiders of the Lost Ark
  • Dances with Wolves
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  • Love Jacked

    ★★½

  • Decaf

    ★★½

  • Lili

    ★★★

  • Sam

    ★★

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  • Eternals

    Eternals

    ★★★★★

    A contemporary epic built both on the myths of its audience and the stories of its own universe, Chloé Zhao's "Eternals" is a sumptuously crafted and thrilling piece of blockbuster filmmaking. Vastly entertaining and meaningful, Zhao's film instantly earns of place in the uppermost tier of its canon and lands as one of the year's best.

    Revolving around a band of extra-terrestrial beings living among humanity until summoned to take on a task of universe-expanding importance, the comic book-inspired tale…

  • 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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  • Love Jacked

    Love Jacked

    ★★½

    Though it rolls with an audience-friendly energy and some solid comic moments, "Love Jacked" is a romcom that never stands out. The story of a woman whose travels to Africa yield her a potential husband who may or may not be what he seems, the film deals in well-worn plot beats delivered with an upbeat cinematic disposition. Performances are steady, but the work's look offers little to inspire. This is a mid-level film, and a harmless diversion.

  • Decaf

    Decaf

    ★★½

    There isn't much to "Decaf," an animated short from South Africa about a puppy dealing with a kitten hopped up on coffee. The pets frolic through a day at home illustrated in mediocre CG animation that looks a decade older than it is. However, that kitten, with its jitters and bloodshot eyes, engenders some laugh out loud moments that make the piece surprisingly watchable.

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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…