This is one of the most important movies you will see this year. Paranoid Park's importance lies not in its story (a murder mystery) or its location (Portland), but in its commitment to the beautiful. As Plato tells us, the beautiful, only found in the most unexpected places, gives us a glimpse of the eternal. There is more eternity in the sudden wrinkle of a dress or pair of jeans than in all the Renaissance paintings of the saints. Gus Van Sant has returned to the peak. (See Movie Times for details.)

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