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  • The Tree of Life
  • Night Music
  • Blissfully Yours
  • The Emblazoned Apparitions

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  • Butterflies Have No Memories

    ★★★

  • The Mad Songs of Fernanda Hussein

    ★★★★½

  • Cry Me a River

    ★★★½

  • Little Flags

    ★★★

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  • Marcel the Shell with Shoes On

    Marcel the Shell with Shoes On

    ★★

    Self-indulgent, unendearing Facebook fodder, built on arrogant entitlements; of plotless platitudes, Fleischer-Camp's previous work exploring metafilmic states - here taken to oblivious extremes, an unquirky one trick pony; counterproductively pushing '10s mockumentary tropes within a '20s postmumble framework, tainted by tasteless dementia doc dramas - though its beats hit with a live crowd, so I guess I'm the problem. Not the worst CBS/Apple ad I've seen, but a waste of decent animated talent.

  • The Invisible Mountain

    The Invisible Mountain

    ★★★

    Russell's ritual travelogs rhythmically reshaped; by a sonic psychedelia, drawing ethnofictive states - through Trypps-led treks, embedding Let Each One Go Where He May (2009)'s wooded wandering within A Spell to Ward Off the Darkness (2013)'s musical morphings; sharing Rivers' hand as dp, the pair's previous feature collaboration never far from mind - sporting structural parallels, framing invisible introspections through explicit band followings; of a more whispered wistfulness, not treading much new ground.

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  • Soul Food

    Soul Food

    ★★½

    Soul Food is a movie about a big, humongous, black grandmother, aptly named Big Mama. Big Mama demonstrates her love by feeding herself and her offspring enormous amounts of pig lard. Then - get this - Big Mama's arteries are so clogged, they gotta amputate her leg. Then she dies of a heart attack, or another stroke, or something. And what does the family do after she dies? They get together for a Sunday dinner and eat the same food…

  • Preparations to Be Together for an Unknown Period of Time

    Preparations to Be Together for an Unknown Period of Time

    ★★½

    Like a worst case scenario sequel to Before Sunrise (1995).