Andy Goldsworthy has formed such a bond with nature that he refers to tree trunks as phantom limbs. Using overcast days as his canvas, the environmentalist once again partners with nature for a belated follow-up to his influential, vastly regarded documentary Rivers and Tides. Whether crowd-surfing atop prickly branches or leaving an ephemeral half-snow angel, half-chalk outline on the rain-kissed pavement, Goldsworthy makes it a point to (at times) become the subject of his own art. Branching out from his Scottish homeland, the famed land artist traverses the globe with returning director Thomas Riedelsheimer who captures exterior shots that cry out for a domed-IMAX presentation. So spectacular are they, one experiences momentary lapses of withdrawal each time Riedelsheimer cuts away to informative but nonetheless static bridging sequences that reduce the artist to a talking head ruminating on his art. No matter how vivid your home setup might be, it’s best to see this in a theatre. (2018) — Scott Marks
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