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  • The Passion of Anna

    The Passion of Anna

    ★★★

    Who says Vietnam wasn't the subtext of the late '60s work?

  • All These Women

    All These Women

    ★★

    Bergman said he was "desperately ashamed" of this comedy "fiasco," but I kind of got a kick out of it. A dud from the master, it's a live-action cartoon, real Benny Hill-level stuff. I didn't know he could work this broad, and it's fun to see. See, he really could have worked with Jerry Lewis, à la that (very funny) parody, "Scenes From an Idiot's Marriage." I still wouldn't be surprised if the visual style and colors here influenced Fassbinder.

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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…