Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1: Harry (Daniel Radcliffe), Hermione (Emma Watson) and Ron (Rupert Grint) trudge through a winter-ravaged British landscape to destroy the talismans in which Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes) safeguarded splinters of his soul. This thrilling piece of cinema is the finest Potter film yet.
- Kimberley Jones
White Material: Claire Denis' fascinating character study portrays a woman (Isabelle Huppert) who tries to run her African coffee plantation after the French colonial government withdraws and chaos ensues. It's far from a propulsive narrative, but it captures a unique perspective on colonial collapse without resorting to speeches.
- Scott Renshaw