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  • Land

    Land

    ★★★★★

    Joyful creation. (Vimeo)

  • Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent

    Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent

    ★★½

    An interesting first third exploring Tower's childhood traumas pays no dividends later, when the film muddles into docudrama cliché. I would have liked more food imagery in this latest chef-as-artist piece.

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  • Guardians of the Galaxy

    Guardians of the Galaxy

    ★★½

    This Mass Effect reskin of The Avengers has moments of genuine humor and poignancy, and a few characters who show a spark of personality. At one point the angry raccoon starts crying and it would have taken a harder heart than mine not to well up a little.

    In the early part of the film there's also a lot of really stunning outer-space imagery, like an orbiting mining station built out of the colossal skull of some elder god. But…

  • When Marnie Was There

    When Marnie Was There

    ★★★★★

    I saw When Marnie Was There this morning. By evening I was on my way to the theater to see it again. That's a first for me.

    It wasn't just that my local cinema provided both dubbed and subtitled screenings. Sure, I wanted to see both versions. But more than that, I wanted to return to the world of this movie because it stirred some deep nerve cluster that connected my childhood to my adulthood. That's a quality that I've…