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  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

    Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

    ★★★½

    As his fellow guardians fight off a huge, multi-tentacled monster, baby tree-like Groot basks in a dancing close up while the out of focus battle rages just inches away. James Gunn makes his attitude clear from the main titles of his second and more satisfying foray into the Marvelverse: he's here for the hell of it and one galactic battle more or less won't make a difference. The wisecracking dirty half-dozen of space adventurers will get their chance to save…

  • United States of Love

    United States of Love

    ★★★

    In 1990 Poland, four unhappy women pine over men (or women) that do not reciprocate their attention. A typical festival fare that is not likely to stir much commercial action - let alone find a place in TV programming - Wasilewski's style-conscious hymn to stifling solitude shares the bare minimum of each interlaced story, occasionally coming back in time to show the same scene from another characters' different point of view. Viewers who don't allow themselves to be scared off by the film's glacial stare and challenging structure might be compelled to watch the whole thing again once they have figured it out.

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  • Hard to Be a God

    Hard to Be a God

    ★★★★½

    Hardly fathomable adaptation of Arkady and Boris Strugatsky's philosophical Sci-Fi novel lures viewers into a watching tour de force of constant, ever-changing, chaos in motion. A 3-hours, black and white exploration of decay taking place in a muddy, rainy, alien medieval planet where characters wander aimlessly, expel body fluids, and invariably get interrupted even in the most menial tasks. An extraordinary, irritatingly challenging, film experience that requires some radical film-watching commitment in order to be enjoyed.

    Previously filmed by Peter Fleischmann in 1990: letterboxd.com/albertofarina/film/es-ist-nicht-leicht-ein-gott-zu-sein/

  • We All Loved Each Other So Much

    We All Loved Each Other So Much

    ★★★★★

    Three war-time friends, and the girl they all fall for, live through 30 years of Italian history. Originally designed as a homage to Neorealism, a film that grew into a masterful compendium of Italian Comedy. Scola and co-writers Age and Scarpelli pack more ideas into it than most filmmakers produce in a lifetime and yet the film unfolds naturally combining sheer emotion with an accurate (and, to this day, unsurpassed) map of the way the social texture of Italy evolved after WWII. Stellar cast has never been greater. A cornerstone.