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  • Hot Fuzz

    Hot Fuzz

    ★★★★½

    Like a live-action Simpsons, when the show was at its peak. So fast, so smart and yet so silly, and so committed to giving life to its world, so that we may laugh later when running jokes find their way into the mystery, the gunplay, even the architecture. Every time, I'm astonished by all the information Wright packs into this thing, all to justify the stupidest plot twist of all time. That stupidity stands out against such intelligent craft and…

  • Great Light

    Great Light

    ★★★★

    Remarkable debuts, plural, in film directing (Tony Oswald) and acting (Kimberly Glass, Tony's mother). Glass's glances and gestures carry entire histories, and with them diamond-hard moral convictions. Oswald's attention to light—not only the main eclipsing event, but its trace fluctuations and flare-ups before, during, and after—signals an intuitive and canny filmmaker, able to integrate drama into texture and vice versa. The incredible zoom-ins, too, round out an interrogative and distinguished authorial voice, one intimidatingly coherent, right out of the gate.