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3 movies open June 24 at Seattle-area theaters; here’s what to see

★★★ (out of four) “Elvis” (PG-13; 159 minutes): “Elvis” is a gorgeous tragedy, a movie mixtape with a sonorous performance at its core, maybe Baz Luhrmann’s best since “Romeo + Juliet” (1996) and perhaps his most postcard-perfect movie ever. But it has a rubberized script, a turgid length and a key issue that affects many musical biopics: It’s not really sure what it thinks or wants to say about Elvis Presley. It wants to show where the King’s music came from — Black musicians — but doesn’t want to offend the King’s fans. “Elvis” is like watching a good Elvis impersonator, not really like watching the King himself. Full review here. Multiple theaters. — Scott Greenstone, Seattle Times features staff writer

★★★ “The Black Phone” (R; 103…


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