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  • Wind River

    Wind River

    ★★★

    This procedural most fully satisfies when it’s sticking firmly to its genre’s procedures. Part of this is because crime thrillers have largely moved onto television and seeing one (especially one set mostly outdoors) on the big screen is a treat, but part of it is because Sheridan’s strengths as a screenwriter are in quickly and memorably conveying character and in stressing regionality. Here there are a number of overwritten small parts that give an array of character actors an opportunity…

  • 4

    4

    ★★★★

    “May everyone live in accord with his place on earth,” goes an early toast that retrospectively sounds more like a warning in the gloriously irrational 4. Social realism that condemns the hopeless corruption of the state usually leaves me nonplussed, but I typically find films like this, Tarkovsky’s science fiction, or Hard to Be a God, which immerse viewers into a phantasmagoric reflection of the state, to be intoxicating. Resisting interpretation even as motifs such as the dogs or the…

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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

    ★★★★

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    75/100