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  • L'afrance

    L'afrance

    ★★★★

    The cinema of empathy is definitely present in L'AFRANCE (AS A MAN in the UK, which fits very well considering the themes present), which sees a Senegalese student in France fighting existential problems when a visa mishap results in his steady disenfranchisement and displacement from both adopted and native homes.

    Alain Gomis works simply and effectively on what must have been a very low budget, managing to bring stark, intoxicating high-contrast images from inexpensive cameras and mostly natural lighting. El…

  • Downsizing

    Downsizing

    ★★★

    A minor work.

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  • Enemy

    Enemy

    ★★★★

    Cronenbergian, wholly pessimistic and so insistent on its foggy, doomed aesthetic that it almost feels like Gyllenhaal's about to run into Tom Jane in a Maine supermarket.

  • Oldboy

    Oldboy

    Awful in the way only bad remakes can be. There's nothing inherently wrong with the technical filmmaking on show, but the vulgar superficial warping of Park Chan-Wook's original film feels forced and unnatural where the 2003 movie is graceful in its inevitability. It also doesn't help that, while Spike Lee is no slouch cinematically, his visuals come off as sloppy when compared to Park's masterful, elegant compositions.

    Other things that hurt the film include Brolin's detestable characterisation (who would want…