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  • Wonderstruck

    Wonderstruck

    Some of the more hard-hearted amongst you may cry foul at the script, but the way Haynes moves his camera or the elevation Burwell achieves with his time-hopping score are more valuable than 99% of the scripts ever given the green light in this industry.

    One of the best films of 2017.

  • The Square

    The Square

    I wish it had the relative precision of FORCE MAJEURE, but still very funny.

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  • The Night of the Hunter

    The Night of the Hunter

    Just the greatest. I never seem to give it quite enough credit. Each revisit brings more resonant moments, more unforgettable images. This time the strange simplicity of it all--particularly its ideas on the precarious place of children and the other little things of the world-- was almost unspeakably moving. The throw away moment following the local hangman back into his home almost had me in tears.

  • Hail, Caesar!

    Hail, Caesar!

    There's no percentage in trying to read minds, particularly when those minds belong to film critics. Nevertheless, I'm expecting this one to be woefully undervalued in the popular press as "minor Coen Brothers."

    My take: It's fast on its feet, endlessly surprising, and reliably hilarious. Comedies this consistent and this considered don't come around often. It's a sideways take on classic Hollywood history, to be sure, but the balance it strikes between parody and homage is one of many signs that this is something special.