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  • Paprika

    Paprika

    ★★★★

    I feel unqualified to offer a proper review for this gorgeous, exuberant, confounding film. At a certain point it all stops making logical sense, but it is in letting go and embracing the movie's dream logic, even seeing the movie itself as a dream in some sense, that a viewer can get the most out of it. That's all I got.

  • Desert Fury

    Desert Fury

    ★★★

    Beautiful to look at, but not much more. I wish that this film were more worthy of Lizabeth Scott and Burt Lancaster's talents, but it just never really comes together as it should.

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  • The Birch

    The Birch

    ★★★½

    A stylish horror short that feels a bit disjointed in its storytelling, almost like a CliffsNotes version of the actual tale. That said, I was impressed by the amount of mythology the filmmakers were able to cram into the scant runtime and by the solid creature effects.

  • The Big Combo

    The Big Combo

    ★★★★

    The Big Combo is a stylish crime film with an appropriately twistng plot and a cast of (mostly) compelling characters. While the lead character, portrayed by Cornell Wild, can be a touch bland, we're treated to a great scenery-chewing turn from Richard Conte as the villainous Mr. Brown. A pair of (gay?) henchmen, a nightclub singer and an antique store dealer with a secret are all welcome and colorful additions

    As far as negatives (other than a dull lead), the…