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  • Alien



    When you finally see the alien's entire body, scrabbling to hang on to the airlock, it's the only moment there is clearly a dude in that suit. Maybe the only aged note in the whole bloody affair.

    I watched all of the Alien films recently — here's a ranking — and the original just drives home that this series is Ridley Scott's baby. He created it and, in returning to it decades later, gave it a compelling mythological foundation.

  • Wonder Woman

    Wonder Woman


    Who is the modern superhero? By all accounts, someone whose powers let them shrug off bullets and punch like a bomb ― whose body is immune to, but also able to dish out, the forms of destruction we've come to associate with catastrophe and its reprisals. The 21st century was born from towers collapsing in fire, metal and glass, and every superhero stable now wears those textures as its livery ― discoloring to grey (DCU), emitting a sterile blue glow…

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  • Guardians of the Galaxy

    Guardians of the Galaxy


    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…