Philip Stadelmaier: A psychopathic bank robber (Jake Gyllenhaal) takes a paramedic (Eiza Gonzalez) hostage after a bank robbery in downtown Los Angeles and escapes in an ambulance, pursued by the police. Although the pacing is kept to a monotonously high level of excitement and stress, the car chase movie is for the specialist in explosions and riots. michael bay but comparatively focused, almost even exciting.
Susana Vahabzadeh: Joaquin Phoenix’s first appearance since winning the Oscar for “Joker”: He’s looking for a challenge in an alternative. Johnny is a quiet guy who treats his peers openly and with goodwill. His sister asks him to take care of his young son, which turns out to be much more difficult than the childless New York journalist imagined. The great cinematic people watcher. mike mills he stages it in black and white, wonderfully unspectacular. As if to show how moving soft sounds can be.
Cicero – Two lives, one stage
Annet Scheffel: Two highly talented musicians, father and son, both with checkered careers, died prematurely of strokes: Eugen and Roger Cicero. One fused classical and jazz music as a pianist in the 1960s, played with Ella Fitzgerald and Shirley Bassey, the other became known in the 2000s as a swing-pop singer and represented Germany at the Berlin Song Festival. Eurovision. director kai wessel In his double portrait, he contrasts two artist biographies that went in opposite directions and yet have a surprising number of points in common. You experience a close but complicated father-son relationship and learn a lot about the relationship between jazz and the German entertainment industry.
JGA: Jasmine. Gina Ana.
Josef Gruebl: “Maybe we should have done something with Spa after all.” This realization comes too late for Jasmin, Gina and Anna, in their thirties: they celebrate their bachelorette party in Ibiza, with no girlfriend, but with ex-boyfriends, fake ecstasy pills and eccentric stripper artists. What sounds like a holiday and party German movie disaster is directed (and scripted) by Alireza Golafshan in a comedy of angry girlfriends that takes its characters seriously and still delivers one joke after another. And the stripper scene is one of the funniest things you’ve seen in German cinema in a long time.
Peter Munch: the documentarian Silvina Landsmann shows the work of the Israeli NGO “Breaking the Silence”. It is difficult and painful work, because the activists of the organization, which was founded in 2004, focus their spotlights on the dark corners of their country. They collect testimonies from former soldiers who break their silence and, as whistleblowers, provide information about army violence in the occupied Palestinian territories. They want to show how the 55-year occupation is poisoning the young recruits, the army and society as a whole.
Nicholas’s friend: Tove Jansson, aspiring artist and author of the “Moomin” children’s books, can’t make up her mind: between the somewhat shady left-wing politician Atos Wirtanen and the self-confident theater director Vivica Bandler, as well: between the man and woman , between middle-class marriage and wild adventure. director Zaida Bergroth portrays an artist at a crossroads. She spiced up sleepy post-war Helsinki with a very emotional love story with lots of sex and parties. She made it big in the cinematic biography about an unconventional young woman on her way to find herself, even if the cute Moomins only appear marginally. But some of her crazy adventures will be better understood later.
This rain will never stop
Juliana Liberty: Andriy Suleyman is the son of a Ukrainian mother and a Kurdish father. His family fled the violence in Syria to eastern Ukraine, where the war is catching up with them again. Andriy decides to work as a volunteer for the Red Cross. the ukrainian director Alina Gorlova he shot a meditation on war and life, in an impressive black and white, not aestheticizing, but close to the people. Anyone who can’t stand front-page news on the live ticker anymore, but shuns escapism, should watch “This Rain Will Never Stop.”
Rubble Girl – The Charlotte Schumann Story
Anne Steinbauer: Germany after 1945. A country in ruins and women are rebuilding it. At least that’s the narrative, the director. Oliver Kracht Cheerfully eroded in her first feature: In this remarkable film, which is roleplay, drama, and therapy session all at once, female self-image and power are restored or even awakened in the first place. In actress Gloria’s so-called “Miss Course,” five war-torn young women learn about emancipation, in a painfully entertaining and visually intoxicating way.