If Beale Street Could Talk is an opportunity missed by writer/director Barry Jenkins, whose main agenda seems to be to stamp the film with his directorial mark. He might have been better served directing more energy towards creating characters of some complexity and fleshing out the narrative.
While not without its flaws, Capernaum is an important film in its disturbing depiction of the lot of migrants and refugees – especially children – battling to survive in unsupportive countries. Worth seeing for the startling performance of the child lead alone.
Burning is a slow-sputtering chiller of a psychological thriller from acclaimed South Korean auteur Lee Chang-dong. Mesmerising and unique.