Career highs from Frances McDormand and Kate Winslet, a new Spike Lee joint, Regina King’s feature directorial debut and gems from Greece, Iran, Japan and Ivory Coast are among favorites.
Filmed at four hospitals in Wuhan, China, during the first months of the COVID-19 lockdown, this documentary from U.S.-based director Hao Wu and two reporters he’s never met in person, Weixi Chen and a journalist-filmmaker who has chosen to go unnamed, puts viewers in the eye of the medical storm. An emotional-wringer group portrait, it doesn’t have time for talking heads or long-view commentary; 76 Days is a work of true direct cinema, and its specifics make it — to use an overused word — unprecedented. — SHERI LINDEN
Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan play emotionally isolated mid-19th century British women of different classes opening themselves up to passion in Francis Lee’s (God’s Own Country) exquisite, transfixingly quiet drama. This is the work of a filmmaker in full command of his voice, yielding remarkable performances — especially Winslet’s complex study of stoicism and desire, possibly the best turn of her career. — DAVID ROONEY