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Catch ‘Pulp Fiction’ on Tuesday at the Garland


This week's big movie is, of course, Quentin Tarantino's "Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood."

(You'll see variations of that title elsewhere, some without the ellipsis, some placing the ellipsis after "in." But this is how the title is spelled in the actual movie.)

Critical comments about the film, though mostly good (Rotten Tomatoes gives it an 84 percent positive rating), are all over the place. One of my friends in Portland assessed it fairly harshly, calling it — among other things — "disrespectful."

In fact, Tarantino's films in recent years have earned a fair amount of negative criticism. That was especially true for "Django Unchained" and "The Hateful Eight." Anthony Lane called the former "a tribute to the spaghetti Western, cooked al dente, then cooked a while more, and finally sauced to death." David Sims called the latter "too extreme, too ghoulishly violent, too besieged by its ensemble's overriding villainy, to feel like anything but a dark chamber piece."

One Tarantino film that most critics rate as Tarantino's best, though, is his 1994 film — his second full feature — "Pulp Fiction." And justifiably so. The film has long been available for home viewing, but it enjoys the occasional re-release on the big screen — as it will at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday at the Garland Theater.

The screening is part of the Garland's Summer Camp 2019 series. All tickets are $2.50.

And remember: In France, they call a Quarter Pounder with cheese a "Royale with cheese." Or at least they did. Once upon a time …

…in Paris.

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