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  • Mudbound

    Mudbound

    ★★★★

    "MUDBOUND, a powerfully crafted historical epic from director Dee Rees, may be a period piece, but when we look into it we Americans should see a mirror of ourselves—our own troubled times, our violence, our bonds and betrayals. Rees, who co-wrote the screenplay with Virgil Williams, has created a complex and personal adaptation of Hillary Jordan's shattering 2008 novel."

    For the rest of my take, head over to CINE-FILE Chicago: www.cinefile.info/cine-list/2017/11/18/1130

  • The Square

    The Square

    ★★★½

    "In Ruben Östlund's THE SQUARE, Claes Bang gives an exceptional comic and dramatic performance as Christian, the long-suffering, hapless director of a contemporary art museum in Stockholm. The movie is a wild, suspenseful satire of the art world that's also a cringe comedy: Östlund, the audacious provocateur who most recently gave us FORCE MAJEURE, a withering comedy of manners about masculinity, cheerfully accepts a definition of his aesthetic as a cross between Larry David and Michael Haneke."

    The rest of my review is at CINE-FILE Chicago: www.cinefile.info/cine-list/2017/11/10/-friday-november-10-thursday-november-16-

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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…