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Sirens

‘Sirens’: Thessaloniki Review

The Middle-East’s only all-female thrash metal rock band balance friendship, romance and radicalsim in conservative Lebanon

A House Made of Splinters

‘A House Made Of Splinters’: Thessaloniki Review

In pre-war Ukraine, an orphanage for temporary placements tries to deal with the psychological wounds of conflict

Descendent

‘Descendant’: Sundance Review

The search for the last slave ship brings emotion ashore in this sobering documentary set in Mobile, Alabama

The Cow Who Sang Into The Future

‘The Cow Who Sang A Song Into The Future’: Sundance Review

Ambitious magical-realist tale from Chile about motherhood and the natural world

Brian and Charles

‘Brian And Charles’: Sundance Review

British director Jim Archer extends his award-winning short into a warm-hearted comedy

Cha Cha Real Smooth

‘Cha Cha Real Smooth’: Sundance Review

Dakota Johnson joins Cooper Raiff for his touching follow-up to SxSW winner ‘Shithouse’

Nanny

‘Nanny’: Sundance Review

Actress Anna Diop gives standout performance as an undocumented migrant in New York

Navalny

‘Navalny’: Sundance Review

Alexei Navalny goes behind the plot to murder Alexei Navalny: Daniel Roher follows with his camera in Sundance’s secret title

Watcher

‘Watcher’: Sundance Review

Maika Monroe leads this tense thriller about female vulnerability

All That Breathes

‘All That Breathes’: Sundance Review

In New Delhi, two brothers devote their lives to rescuing black kites in Shaunak Sen’s mesmerising documentary

The Territory

‘The Territory’: Sundance Review

A rousing fight for the future of endangered people and land in the Brazilian Amazon

Emily The Criminal

‘Emily The Criminal’: Sundance Review

Aubrey Plaza shines in John Patton Ford’s debut crime thriller

The Janes

‘The Janes’: Sundance Review

Members of Chicago’s The Jane Collective look back on the abortion service they ran in the late 1960s and early 70s

Piggy

‘Piggy’: Sundance Review

Spanish filmmaker expands her short film into a bold, bloody and insightful feature

Last Flight Home

‘Last Flight Home’: Sundance Review

Two-time Sundance winner Ondi Timoner takes an unflinching look at her father’s decision to end his life

Girl Picture

‘Girl Picture’: Sundance Review

A trio of Finnish women search for satisfaction in Alli Haapasalo’s second solo film

The Mission

‘The Mission’: Sundance Review

Intriguing, respectful documentary follows American Mormons on their mission to Finland

Am I OK?

​‘Am I OK?’: Sundance Review

Dakota Johnson is appealing in this gentle 30-something coming-of-age comedy

Dos Estaciones

‘Dos Estaciones’: Sundance Review

The machinations of a Mexican tequila factory make for compelling dramatic intrigue

Midwives

‘Midwives’: Sundance Review

Debut filmmaker Snow Hnin El Hlaing throws open the doors of a Myanmar medical centre