Hard-edged but beautiful, Capernaum is a harrowing film from Nadine Labaki that fizzes with anger and contemplates with care. It's a superbly directed and wonderfully acted story about robbed childhood has stayed with me since I first saw it.
For horror fans looking for something a little different, Piercing could be your new cult hit, as long as you're somewhat prepared to see some nasty imagery. Its absurd nature will certainly divide many, but by that logic, it's easy to recommend.
Somewhere inside Instant Family is a much better film and it occasionally shows it's worth. It's endearing and has heart, but you never get to feel it's full force thanks to a shifting tone that doesn't earn its happy ending and more resembles a sitcom.
Thanks to two storming performances and an empathetic camera from Marielle Heller Can You Ever Forgive Me? triumphs as this year's best dramedy. It knows when to have claws and when to retract them. Just like its central character Lee Israel, the films tough exterior eventually falls back to reveal a tender center.
Green Book is a relaxed, heartwarming story to experience during the chill this time of year brings. Any slight flaws are all but forgotten as it's earnest performances and well-handled story win you over.