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  • The Most Hated Woman in America

    The Most Hated Woman in America

    ★★

    Fairly unbearable and anchored by a miserable turn from Melissa Leo, this biopic about notorious atheist Madalyn Murray O'Hair mistakes cynicism for even-handedness. Leo either has no ability or no inclination to imbue Madalyn with any sort of drive or intelligence, resulting in a hollow film that indulges in a tawdry true-crime saga without any higher calling. It’s a testament to director Tommy O'Haver’s typical ineptitude that he can’t make the film even moderately compelling, despite being blessed with such a controversial subject and saddled with a boilerplate script.

    30/100

  • Before I Fall

    Before I Fall

    ★★★½

    Slowly accumulates in power and scope until it becomes nothing less than the unselfish redemption of the contemporary teen soul. Like Yapo's underrated Premonition, it achieves cosmic significance through its attention to daily routine.

    63/100

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  • Vertigo

    Vertigo

    ★★★★★

    Hitchcock’s masterwork, better than any other, reminds us of two truisms of cinema: to look is to remember and to remember is to impose. The hypnotic spirals that haunt every facet of the visual design and even the trademark dolly zoom effect take us deeper into the image, to the point that it threatens to swallow us, much as the past threatens to engulf Scottie. Of course these geometrical chasms are metaphorically vaginal, making Vertigo the great masterpiece about sexual…

  • Interstellar

    Interstellar

    ★★★★

    2014: The Year We Remake Contact

    75/100