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Recs from the Vault: ‘Tommy,’ ‘The Verdict,’ ‘Canoa,’ ‘The Bride Wore Black,’ ‘Pretty Poison’

This week’s “Recs from the Vault” — capsule reviews of films I’ve loved during my time here at Stanford — we take a look at two little-known thrillers from 1968, a true-crime story that shocked the nation of Mexico, and a delirious rock musical from the Who and Ken Russell. For last week’s “Recs from…

From wolves to dogs to Wes: the strange cuteness of ‘Isle of Dogs’

Wes Anderson’s “Isle of Dogs” is cute, but not cutesy. This clean and cold-blooded animated feature, Wes’s second after “Fantastic Mr. Fox” (2009), does not drive dog lovers to the edge of cheap tears à la “Marley and Me.” Anderson avoids the common trap, partly, by frontloading his work with endless groan-worthy puns. From its title (isle of dogs…