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  • Sunset Boulevard
  • Casablanca
  • The Maltese Falcon
  • Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

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  • Stage Door Canteen

    ★★★

  • Hot Biskits

    ★★

  • Juke: Passages from the Films of Spencer Williams

    ★★½

  • Life Itself

    ★★★½

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  • Menu

    Menu

    ★★

    Nice cast, but that's about all it has going for it. I do wonder what the role of something like this was, pre-TV. Were people supposed to take notes in the theater? Were there recipe cards in the lobby? Though to be honest, I watch cooking TV shows with zero intention of actually cooking anything, so why not put 'em in theaters?

  • The Big Parade

    The Big Parade

    ★★★½

    Was slightly underwhelmed, probably due to it's sterling reputation (though it's length did it no favors). Well worth seeing on its own merits and due to its enormous influence on a dominant genre of film, but maybe temper your expectations just a bit.

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  • A Touch of Zen

    A Touch of Zen

    ★★

    I'm being a bit generous in my rating, primarily because the last 40 minutes or so of this film is solid (certainly the most consistently visually interesting portion of the film). But I can't recommend a three hour movie based on the final 20% alone. The rest of this film was a hard slog. Slow pacing, and somewhat disappointing action scenes. Perhaps, watching this 45+ years later, I can't appreciate how innovative this might have been in its time. But…

  • The Art of Self-Defense

    The Art of Self-Defense

    ★½

    Tim and Eric's Fight Club.