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J. Hoberman

Paul Thomas Anderson, Inherent Vice, 2014, 35 mm, color, sound, 148 minutes. Shasta Fay Hempworth (Katherine Waterston) and Larry “Doc” Sportello (Joaquin Phoenix).

1 GOODBYE TO LANGUAGE (Jean-Luc Godard) J-LG’s first 3-D movie bids farewell to one language and invents another, which is pretty much what this transcendent film artist has been doing for more than half a century.

2 INHERENT VICE (Paul Thomas Anderson) If not as brilliantly unpredictable as The Master, Anderson’s mind-melding adaptation of Thomas Pynchon’s ’70s noir parody is still a remarkable follow-up. What other American writer-director’s movies are simultaneous contributions to American film culture and literature?

3 IDA (Paweł Pawlikowski) Or, “The Jewish Nun.” Returning to his native land after winning acclaim for his British films, Pawlikowski made a beautifully wrought reflection on the nature of identity that not only evokes the Poland of his ’60s childhood but looks as if it might have been made then.

4 THE AMERICANS (FX) Reagan’s America is a looking-glass world in

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