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  • First They Killed My Father

    First They Killed My Father

    ★½

    There's much that's admirable here—the decision to cast locals, to speak Khmer. (The father is perfectly cast, and reminds me of a kind man we met in Siem Reap.) Somehow, the filmmaking is too lush, though. The project never quite feels specific enough.

  • Loving Vincent

    Loving Vincent

    ★★★★

    "A breakthrough work, Dorota Kobiela and Hugh Welchman’s LOVING VINCENT is comprised of 65,000 gorgeous oil paintings, on canvas, executed by a team of over 125 classically trained painters, working from live-action reference footage and Van Gogh's own paintings. A pulsing, exhilarating experience, I imagine it will only continue to find new audiences: I'm one of them."

    To see the rest of what I had to say about it, please journey to CINE-FILE at www.cinefile.info/cine-list/2018/6/8/61418

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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…