DUBAI: From a period western to a German romantic comedy, there are the best films of the year.
“The power of the dog”
Director: Jane campion
With : Benedict Cumberbatch, Jesse Plemons, Kirsten Dunst
Here’s a controversial advice: Riches aside, the Marvel’s Doctor Strange character is a waste of time for the great Benedict Cumberbatch. While “Spider-Man: No Way Home” finds a seemingly bored Cumberbatch calling him, his turn in “The Power of the Dog” is a performance for the ages – a breeder named Phil Burbank in 1925 Montana who is also poisonous that a personality as it is magnetic; a man who knows that emotional abuse is most effective when combined with moments of kindness and charm. The film’s quiet uneasiness, punctuated by otherworldly New Zealand landscapes, is unlike any other film before it, with plenty to chew on long after it ends.
“The French dispatch”
Director: Wes anderson
With : Benicio del Toro, Frances McDormand, Timothée Chamalet
Wes Anderson has an easy-to-emulate style – ornate, pastel, symmetrical, and evident in his artifice – but no one else on earth could make a film with the special luster of “The French Dispatch,” the love letter of ‘Anderson in the years under the direction of Harold Ross of the New Yorker. Its anthology is packed with great actors through its three main stories, Anderson operates at the peak of his powers, without losing an image and a wacky energy that feels like munching on a can of real old-fashioned cane sugar. ‘candy. With Anderson, “pretentious” never seems like a bad word – and neither should he.
“The Green Knight”
Director: David Lowery
With : Dev Patel, Alicia Vikander, Barry Keoghan
There have been countless films in the world of King Arthur, but none have done more to eliminate everything that seems mystical and mythical about the Knights of the Round Table than David Lowery’s latest, who trains his star Dev. Patel through the literal mud to bring a classic hero story reimagined as a search for meaning in a grimy, mundane world to life. Sir Gauvain is an unlucky fellow with no story to tell, who is heading towards certain death in order to become a mythical figure himself like his many friends at Camelot – a less fulfilling goal than he initially believed.
Director: James wan
With : Annabelle Wallis, Mckenna Grace, George Young
James Wan has long shown the potential to be one of the best filmmakers of his generation – a successor to past film-loving authors such as Brian De Palma and Martin Scorsese – but his work has yet to prove it. With “Malignant” he finally has a film that realizes his manic genius, a love letter to the VHS era of horror films with a style and energy that surpasses them all. While it might start out as a seemingly predictable monster movie, the longer the movie lasts the wilder it gets, but that’s when Wan has the most control. For horror fans, this was the most fun to have at the movies this year.
“The lost girl”
Director: Maggie Gyllenhaal
With : Olivia Colman, Dakota Johnson, Ed Harris
Put Olivia Colman in anything and she will shine, but give the Oscar winner a character like Leda in “The Lost Daughter” and she will stir your soul. Leda is a college professor on a solo vacation to Greece for the summer, whose peaceful days by the beach are interrupted by a boisterous and aggressive American family, including a young mother (Dakota Johnson) that Leda sees herself in 15 years earlier. Each of the characters, and especially Colman’s, are horribly flawed, often cruel for no reason, selfish and stubborn, but the tremendous empathy shown to each keeps the film from becoming boring or alienating, instead allowing you to sit with broken people and root so that they will find forgiveness – for themselves and for one another.
“I am your man”
Director: Mara schrader
With : Maren Eggert, Dan Stevens, Sandra Hüller
Don’t be surprised if you see this gem of a German romance turned back into a top romantic comedy in a few years, but it would be wise not to wait. Maren Eggert plays a woman taking part in a science trial for a new company that makes robots designed to be the perfect partner. Simple, warm and generous, the brilliance of the film lies in the generous and gentle performance of English actor Dan Stevens (German speaking) as a robot who just wants to love, trying to woo a woman who has no interest in to be loved.
Director: Florian Zeller
With : Anthony Hopkins, Olivia Colman, Rufus Sewell
It won two Oscars earlier this year – for its writer Florian Zeller and lead actor Anthony Hopkins – and yet “The Father” still feels underrated. It’s not the Oscar bait family drama it appears to be – it’s actually one of the most devastating psychological thrillers in years; a horror movie in the sense that it manifests onscreen something its characters fear most – in this case, experiencing dementia. The film follows the perspective of Hopkins’ character so closely that the viewer becomes as confused as he does as his apartment changes around him, as once-familiar faces now appear to belong to strangers. A searing, insightful and impeccably executed masterpiece, and the best of Hopkins’ long career.
Director: David Osit
With : Moussa Hadid
There are many, many Palestinian stories that are more immediately compelling, more painful and full of heroism than that of Musa Hadid, the mayor of Ramallah in the Palestinian West Bank. For director David Osit, that was the goal. In Hadid, Osit found a complex and sympathetic politician trapped in a bureaucratic nightmare, a man whose desire to alleviate the pain of his city’s residents is constantly at odds with the realities of the occupation. Although not directed by an Arab filmmaker, “Mayor” nonetheless captures the spirit of Palestine like no other film before it, with a sense of humor and a sharp gaze towards real change.
Directors: Jared Bush, Byron Howard, Charise Castro-Smith
With : Stéphanie Beatriz, Maria Celia Botero, John Leguizamo
In Disney’s “Encanto,” a fictional town in South America is home to the magical Madrigal family, in which every member has a unique ability except one. It is this vanity that hangs us on in this colorful and song-filled world. Although Mirabel, the film’s non-magical main character, may be our path, it’s the whole family that makes us want to stay. As the film progresses, characters who seemed one-dimensional and sidelined reveal themselves to have rich inner struggles themselves, and as the film shows love and understanding to each of them, the emotions rise to the height of the rising melodies of Lin Manuel Miranda. . One of the best animated films in years.