Berlinale

3 Tage in Quiberon (3 Days in Quiberon) ★★★☆☆ "tantalising" / "Marie Bäumer is masterful"

7 Days in Entebbe ★★★★☆ "a concise and intelligent thriller" / "thought-provoking"

Ága ★★★★☆ "an elegant cinematic experience", "heart-wrenching and head-scratching.'"

Apatride (Stateless) ★★☆☆☆

Aufbruch (Departure) ★★★☆☆ "bursting with beautiful imagery" / "Compelling physical performances"

Becoming Astrid (Unga Astrid) ★★★☆☆ "a warm, beautifully composed portrait of a writer finding her voice."/"August delivers an absolutely captivating performance"

Bixa Travesty (Tranny Fag) ★★☆☆☆

Black 47 ★★★★☆ "intelligent and highly entertaining"

Damsel ★★★★☆ "a gorgeous, technicolour homage to the epic, panoramic cinematography of John Huston and Sergio Leone"

Das schweigende Klassenzimmer (The Silent Revolution) ★★★☆☆ “richly interesting and enlightening”

Die Tomorrow ★★★★☆ "bold and original" / "audacious"

Dolmetscher (The Interpreter) ★★★☆☆ “Menzel and Simonischek are brilliant”

Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot ★★★★☆ "a touching portrait of a beautiful soul attempting to rise above his devastating mistakes" / "incredible performances from Phoenix and Hill"

Dovlatov ★★★★☆ "unfurls like a post-modernist Russian novel" / "fascinating"

Draußen (Outside) ★★★☆☆ "Sunder-Plassmann and Tobias-Macht clearly have a sense of the cinematic"/ "undeniably interesting"

Dvro (The Tree)  ★☆☆☆☆

Eldorado ★★★★★ "painful and beautiful" / "an expansive, necessary documentary"

Eva ★★★☆☆ "a complex character piece" / "shows Huppert working at the height of her powers"

Figlia mia (Daughter of Mine) ★★★★☆ "visceral journey to womanhood and motherhood" / "breathtaking"

Game Girls ★★★★☆ "immensely engaging and moving" / "a fascinating watch"

Garbage ★★☆☆☆

Genezis (Genesis) ★★★★☆ "raw and unwavering" / "sensitive and thought-provoking"

Grass ★★★★☆ “Authentic and unapologetic”/ “Deserves to be seen!”/ “Kim Min-hee is undeniably appealing”

In den Gängen (In the Aisles) ★★★☆☆ "cute and undemanding"

Inkan, gongkan, sikan grigo inkan (Human, Space, Time and Human) ★★★☆☆ "enthralling"

Interchange ★★☆☆☆ "Wandering like a fly, jumping from street corner to window pane, Interchange is a bemusing meditation on the victims of urban sprawl."

Isle of Dogs ★★★★★ ‘Anderson masterfully strums the heartstrings in this dream-like adventure', ‘The intricately crafted Isle of Dogs sits triumphantly next to the director’s finest work’, ‘Each frame is charged with dynamic movement and character that hurtles the plot forward without a dull moment.’

Khook (Pig) ★★★★☆ "an impressively deft juggling act"/ "joyously silly"/ "Hassan Majooni is perplexingly adorable"

L' Animale ★★★☆☆ "complicated yet warm characters and tender moments of catharsis"

La Cama (The Bed) ★★☆☆☆

La Enfermedad del Domingo (Sunday’s Illness) ★★★★★ "spectacular" / "haunting and devastating"

La prière (The Prayer) ★★★★☆ "genuinely affecting" / “Anthony Bajon is outstanding”

Land ★★★☆☆ "a brutally honest picture of a perpetual injustice"

Las Herederas (The Heiresses) ★★★★☆ "astonishing"

Last Child ★★★☆☆ "a subtle voyage through heart-wrenching grief" / "nuanced performances"

Los Débiles (The Weak Ones) ★★★☆☆ "refreshing and thematically aspirational"/ "moves beyond fetishised portrayals of Mexico"

Madeline's Madeline ★★★★★ "a superb character study" / "Helen Howard is an absolute revelation" / "psychological kaleidoscope" / "a palpable window into sickness"

Maki'la ★★★★☆ "a violent, tragic tale of survival"/ "an important story to tell"/ "complex, strong and capable characters"

Malambo, el hombre bueno (Malambo, The Good Man) ★★☆☆☆

Mariphasa ★★★☆☆ "an enticing, cinematic experiment that boldly explores new ways of storytelling"

Mein Bruder heißt Robert und ist ein Idiot (My Brother's Name Is Robert and He Is an Idiot) ★★★☆☆ “wonderfully alluring” “the performances from Mattes and Zange are stellar”

Mes Provinciales (A Paris Education) ★★★☆☆ "a significant voyage" / "superb acting"

Minatomachi (Inland Sea) ★★★☆☆ "catches one off-guard with its heart-warming authenticity"

Museo (Museum) ★★★★☆ "highly engaging and stylistically inventive" / "brilliantly peculiar"

Old Love ★★☆☆☆

Ondes de Choc – Journal de ma tête (Shock Waves – Diary of My Mind) ★★★★☆ "captivating and surprising"

Rückenwind von vorn (Away You Go) ★★★☆☆ "a film with a personality"

Songwriter ★★☆☆☆

SPK Komplex ★★★★☆ "A well-directed, informative, thought-provoking documentary"/ “An intriguing, enlightening and fascinating account of a controversial organisation”

Styx ★★★★☆ "remarkable, a powerful piece of filmmaking" / "Susanne Wolff is superb"

Teatro de guerra (Theatre of War) ★★★★☆ "audacious" / "a compelling performance piece that re-contextualises the war"

The Bookshop ★★☆☆☆ “Emily Mortimer is radiant”/ “visually elegant”

The Happy Prince ★★★★☆ "highly enjoyable and sublimely moving" / "Rupert Everett is beguiling”

The Real Estate (Toppen av ingenting) ★★☆☆☆ “Léonore Ekstrand is tremendous fun”

Touch Me Not ★★★☆☆ "a brave examination of the limits of intimacy"

Transit ★★★☆☆ "This polarising, post-modern exercise will no doubt provoke a lot of discussion."/ "an innovative gamble that births some brilliant ideas"

Tuzdan kaide (The Pillar of Salt) ★★☆☆☆

Twarz (Mug) ★★★★★ "provocative, a film with bite" / "a gem"

Unicórnio (Unicorn) ★☆☆☆☆

Unsane ★★★★☆ "chilling" / "a gut-punching story"

Utøya 22. Juli ★★★★★ "this singular masterpiece demonstrates the power cinema can have to articulate the ineffable"

Waldheims Walzer (The Waldheim Waltz) ★★★★☆ "valuable and shocking"

Wieża. Jasny dzień (Tower. A Bright Day) ★★★☆☆ “intriguing” / brilliantly, complicatedly unsettling”

Wild Relatives ★★★★☆ "a humbling, meditative exploration of the inherent goodwill of man as well as the dark violence he is capable of"

Yardie ★★★★☆ "bursting with energy and highly enjoyable" / "visually spectacular"

Yocho (Foreboding) ★★★☆☆ "surprising and refreshingly humorous"

Zhuo yao ji 2 (Monster Hunt 2) ★★★☆☆ "a wild ride"