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  • Step

    Step

    ★★★½

    Smarter than I expected… I must admit that I am a sucker for a good competition documentary, but this tale of three Baltimore seniors on the precipice of adulthood has more in common with Hoop Dreams than Spellbound. For almost an hour or so, director Amanda Lipitz seems disinterested in the girls’ dance routines except insofar as they express the conditions of their lives, and the film is much better off for it. Grounding the film in a specific time…

  • Hotel

    Hotel

    ★★½

    Dire whenever it tries to be comic. Vikander ensures that her character’s suffering is palpable, however.

    46/100

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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