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  • A Ghost Story

    A Ghost Story

    ★★★

    This is an aching and beautiful film on the theme of loneliness. In fact, it may be one of cinema's purest expressions of loneliness.

    This deserves a second viewing. Sometimes it played like a mainstreamer's idea of what an "art film" should be.

  • Two Weeks in Another Town

    Two Weeks in Another Town

    ★★★★

    "Wherever there is a list of most beloved films, there will be one or two Vincente Minnelli MGM musicals from the '40s or '50s, especially MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS and THE BAND WAGON. Yet Minnelli could also make Metrocolor melodramas like TWO WEEKS IN ANOTHER TOWN, a scabrous, affected, rollicking CinemaScope classic."

    To read the rest of my review, under the "Crucial Viewing" section, please head to Cine-File, at:

    www.cinefile.info/cine-list/2018/2/16/22218

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  • The Beaches of Agnès

    The Beaches of Agnès

    ★★★★★

    I am bursting with love for this film. It's everything I love; everything life and cinema should be: Paris, the left, music, love, creativity. This is a formally inventive look back on Agnes Varda's great, long life and career (and she is still going strong). My love for it overflows, gushes into this box, this container to fill with words. I felt tears of joy sting my face when, towards the end, I beheld the "house of cinema."

  • Last Train Home

    Last Train Home

    ★★★★

    This documentary puts us in the shoes of the human beings behind "made in China." It's a universal story, the generation gap, this one set against a backdrop of the world's largest human migration: 130 million migrant workers, who have moved from the countryside to seek work in the city in factories, go home once a year for Chinese New Year. Most of us in the west will never get as deep into China as this film takes us, even…