Six films to watch in February

Lady Bird, Black Panther and The Shape of Water are among the films to catch this month

Phantom Thread


Acclaim is already vociferous for Daniel Day-Lewis’s star turn as a revered dressmaker in 1950s London, with Bafta and Oscar nominations for best actor in the bag. Phantom Thread is, according to Day-Lewis, his final film before he retires from acting and sees him team up once again with There Will Be Blood’s writer-director, Paul Thomas Anderson. Released on February 2

Loveless


Russian filmmaker Andrey Zvyagintsev won plenty of admirers on the art house circuit for his previous film, Leviathan. This new one, that tells the story of an estranged couple whose young son goes missing, is another impressive piece of work; discomfiting and slyly political. Released on February 9

Black Panther


The latest mega-budget superhero offering from Marvel has had rave reviews after opening in the States, and is sure to be a big hit over here this month. Chadwick Boseman, Michael B Jordan and Lupita Nyong’o all star, plus look out for Britain’s very own Martin Freeman. Released on February 13

The Shape of Water


Guillermo del Toro, the genius behind Pan’s Labyrinth, is one of the most dynamic and creative filmmakers working today and this latest film is leading the charge at the Oscars with 13 nominations in total. The Shape of Water is another fantastical story from the Mexican master about a mute woman, played by Sally Hawkins, who falls in love with a half-man, half-fish who is being held captive at a government laboratory. Released on February 14

Lady Bird


This coming of age comedy, about a high school student desperate to escape her stultifying small town existence, is another Oscar contender, with Saoirse Ronan nominated for best actor, Greta Gerwig up for best director and the film itself in the running for best picture. Released on February 16

I, Tonya


Real life sporting drama on the big screen with this mockumentary-style film about controversial US ice skater Tonya Harding and the attack on her rival Nancy Kerrigan in the build up to 1994 Winter Olympics. The Wolf of Wall Street’s Margot Robbie gets her skates on in the lead role. Released on February 23


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