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  • Life

    Life

    ★★½

    Dimly lit misadventures aboard the International Co-Production Space Station. Both the setting and the monster itself never quite shake the veneer of the digital, shackling this creature feature with a fakeness that feels inept instead of endearing. Comparisons to Alien can't be escaped, yet do the film no favors.

    42/100

  • Song to Song

    Song to Song

    ★★★★½

    Hmmm... I guess I'd better rewatch Knight of Cups...

    The swooniest, Rooneyist movie since Carol.

    85/100

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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