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  • Love After Love

    Love After Love

    ★★★½

    A surprising independent film that almost feels at times like an American riff on a Pialat family drama. Time and again it turns caustic when it might be expected to skew toward sentiment. Its jagged editorial rhythms and behavioral outbursts require constant reorienting from viewers, placing them in roughly the same transitional space as the mourning cast of characters. Many scenes veer close to greatness, and there’s a sturdy construction underpinning the entire thing (scenes, scenarios, and images form unexpected,…

  • Ghost Stories

    Ghost Stories

    ★★½

    This anthology tale reveals its limited intentions by the time it concludes, yet I enjoyed its funhouse logic as it unfurled. Setup led to shock time and again with little regard to resolution, which is a reasonable loop for a horror film to have.

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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