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'Call Me by Your Name' review: At long last, first love

Set in the summer of 1983, in a land of leisurely alfresco lunches and spontaneous all-day bike rides under the northern Italian sun, the romantic idyll "Call Me by Your Name" is enough to make you move to the town of Crema, even if your rational self realizes the director Luca Guadagnino trades in a heightened, miragelike state of mythic yearning.

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Capsule reviews of feature films

COCO. 3 stars. In Mexico a fatherless boy crosses into the colorful land of the dead to learn more about his family, and to pursue his forbidden dream of being a musician. Steeped in the customs and rituals of the Day of the Dead celebration, which provide Pixar animators an opportunity to work with a new range of colors and visual ideas. The music is first-rate as well, even if the story sometimes sputters. Not in a class with Pixar's best animation, but way better than Cars 3. Featuring the voice of Benjamin Bratt. 1 hr. 40 PG – Gary Thompson

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'The Shape of Water': Guillermo del Toro's creature feature is magical

Sally Hawkins' face is a movie screen in Guillermo del Toro's gorgeous "The Shape of Water"; a place on which stories play out hauntingly, caught in magic light. She plays Elisa, a lonely, dreamy woman in early-1960s Baltimore who works the night shift as a janitor in a mysterious high-security government lab. Mute since childhood – she is, we learn, an orphan with no family – she lives a quiet but not unhappy life, listening patiently to a stream of chatter from her neighbor Giles (Richard Jenkins) at home and her friend Zelda (Octavia Spencer) at work. But she dreams of water, of floating in a shadowy green deep, and one night she falls in love – with a swamp thing.

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