**** (out of four)
Both Lars Von Trier's spectacular "Melancholia" and Terrence Malick's "The Tree of Life" confront the relative insignificance of humanity compared to the scope of the world around us. However, "Melancholia" is wildly better than Malick's ridiculously overrated, overlong thumb-twiddler. "Melancholia" features actual, fleshed-out characters and a style that honors nature without fetishizing it. Kirsten Dunst stars as a woman who's not nearly as happy as she should be on her wedding day, maybe because, well, a planet is about to crash into Earth. "Melancholia" is long, beautiful and even surprisingly funny. It freaked me out, and I can't wait to see it again.
See it: 8:30 p.m. Oct. 7