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  • The Apartment

    The Apartment

    ★★★½

    I'm left torn, as always, by The Apartment. I love Shirley MacLaine, Hope Holiday, Jack Lemmon's late-found misery, its widescreen black and white cinematography, and its wonderful sets. I hate its loathsome premise, Lemmon's pandering acquiescence early in the film, and, as always, Fred McMurray. Wilder's black comedies always leave me colder than his dramas, and I'm left appreciating The Apartment greatly without exactly enjoying it.

  • Phantom Thread

    Phantom Thread

    ★★★★½

    A delicate genius, the challenge of becoming a muse, and Rebecca all converge in Phantom Thread, PTA's latest and greatest. Its stunning precision, its moments of blunt demand and confrontation, its exceptional score, and its wild resolution make it arguably 2017's most artfully overwhelming film. Maybe its best?

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  • Psycho

    Psycho

    ★★★★

    Gus Van Sant is certainly capable of making some unsuccessful films, but he is too talented and intelligent a director to have simply believed that a (mostly) shot-for-shot remake of Psycho would have been an unproblematic exercise. Criticizing Van Sant for doing so seems like the same type of laziness that the film's detractors assume of Van Sant. The remake deserves a significant reappraisal that considers the relationship between the two films rather than a zero-sum competition that prizes the…

  • Over the Garden Wall

    Over the Garden Wall

    ★★★★★

    Perfect. A wonderful mash-up of Washington Irving, The Wind in the Willows, Van Buren animation, Miyazaki, and the teen drama. A fantastic voice cast and an elegiac, autumnal score make Over the Garden Wall a singular fantasy of colonial Americana.