New on DVD: Paul Thomas Anderson dishes up ’70s nostalgia with ‘Licorice Pizza’

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Writer-director Paul Thomas Anderson’s semi-autobiographical new movie tops the DVD releases for the week of May 17. “Licorice Pizza”: Drama/comedy about two teens (Alana Haim and Cooper Hoffman) growing up in California’s San Fernando Valley in the 1970s. Also starring Bradley Cooper, Benny Safdie and Sean Penn. “Like much of Anderson’s great and near-great work, notably ‘Magnolia’ and ‘Boogie Nights,’ ‘Licorice Pizza’ makes the Valley a land of everyday strangeness,” writes Chicago Tribune film critic Michael Phillips in his review. “It’s a beautiful film to soak up as a visual and musical m…

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