The Manchurian Candidate ★★★★½

An extreme post-9/11, pre-2004 election time capsule and a slept-on masterpiece? Jonathan Demme changes just enough from the Frankenheimer original and, in the process, creates a movie of deep paranoia and distrust of elected officials that feels more relevant than ever. Meryl Streep is a hoot and Denzel is ripe, but shoutout to the late Bruno Ganz, who plays a shady German scientist who helps Denzel’s Bennett Marco and then disappears in a haze of misdirection.