Smart new movies still exist, beyond the special-effects blur

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Alana Haim and Cooper Hoffman in “Licorice Pizza.” Are movies getting stupider? Or are we? I still believe there are films out there for smart audiences. Finding them may be getting tougher, sure, but I had a terrific time last year at “Licorice Pizza.” I thought “The Card Counter,” “The Power of the Dog” and “Passing” were all great adult fare. (For the rest of my Top 10 list, click here.) But the days when smart movies were easy to find, and hugely profitable, seem long gone. Need proof? Here is what the Top 10 box office list looked like in 1971: “Fiddler on the Roof,” “Billy Jack,” “The Fr…

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