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  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

    Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

    ★★★★½

    Easily the best Marvel film since GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY. Self-contained. Silly. Pretty! Sticks to the theme of the first one. Most Marvel movies don't even have themes! Absolutely free of dumb MCU business. Gorgeous ending. Gunn's got the goods.

    ETA: Oh, THIS HAS A REAL DP AND BOY DOES IT SHOW

  • Get Me Roger Stone

    Get Me Roger Stone

    ★★½

    an abject work of horror (at least, the last 20 mins are)

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  • The Straight Story

    The Straight Story

    ★★★★★

    SIG: What do you need that grabber for, Alvin?

    ALVIN: Grabbin'.

    (a perfect movie)

  • Ghost in the Shell

    Ghost in the Shell

    ★½

    A philosophically incoherent, yet weirdly slavish adaptation (at least, in terms of mirroring the set-pieces) that shoots well wide of its forebear's underlying themes. It substitutes in a bunch of rote "smash the state" rebelliousness and some wildly silly material about identity. They're going for a little bit of everything and they get a cyber-bowl of crud. LEARN FROM THIS, HOLLYWOOD

    (reviewed at The Atlantic)