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  • Song to Song

    Song to Song

    ★★★★★

    I'm not a great Malick fan by any means. I've liked everything of his I've seen, and I think The Tree of Life is an all-timer, but even that movie, like, the first time I saw it I rolled my eyes so hard I pulled a muscle in my head. I couldn't get past the dinosaurs. I felt like the dude had crawled up his own ass. Later I gave it another shot and realized that even if he had…

  • Personal Shopper

    Personal Shopper

    ★★★★

    Challenge: March Around The World 2017
    #6: France

    Forgive me friends: I have miserably failed the March Around The World challenge. I'm not just behind, I've barely started—there's a two-week gap between my #5 and #6! Sometimes stuff happens and my brain switches tracks from films to other things, and I just gotta go where the rails take me. An object lesson for next time.

    Personal Shopper is great, though, and in my mind Kristen Stewart has become our James…

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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…