The Shape of Water

The ‘Irish Times’ what-to-see guide to the movies now in cinemas across Ireland

Saoirse Ronan attends the 90th Annual Academy Awards Nominee Luncheon in Beverly Hills, California, the US. Photograph: Kevin Winter/Getty Images

The three-time Oscar nominee on fame, Hollywood scandals, and the abortion referendum

James Frecheville and Hugo Weaving in ‘Black 47’

Film premieres tonight at the prestigious Berlin Film Festival

You take by breath away: Sally Hawkins in The Shape of Water

New this week: The Shape of Water is a fish-meets-female fantasy that dives deep into romance

Step back: Will Steven Spielberg’s remake of West Side Story move the action from the now-prized real estate of west Manhattan? Photograph: Ernst Haas/Hulton Archive

The news that Spielberg is remaking ‘West Side Story’ drew some fire, but some of our best-loved films are remakes or ‘fresh’ adap(...)

Baldur Einarsson as Thor and Blær Hinriksson as Kristján in ‘Heartstone’

Despite a surfeit of gay coming-of-age cliches, this Icelandic drama is surging with potential

John Connors, who received the Ifta for the best lead actor in a film for 'Cardboard Gangsters' at the Irish Film and Television Awards 2018 at the Mansion House in Dublin. Photograph: Kyran O’Brien

John Connors’ best actor acceptance speech got a noisy standing ovation at the Iftas

Saoirse Ronan, will win for ‘Lady Bird’.  Reuters/Mike Blake

Thursday’s Irish Film and Television Awards mark a strong year for Irish cinema

Sally Hawkins and Doug Jones in The Shape of Water, directed by Guillermo del Toro

Review: The favourite for best picture Oscar is a happy rom-com starring a B-movie creature

Chadwick Boseman as Black Panther. Photograph: Matt Kennedy/Marvel Studios

Latest chapter in Marvel cinematic universe more than another superhero film

New this week: Loveless offers a grimly brilliant portrayal of Russia today, Black Panther is an enjoyable Marvel of a different h(...)

John Mahoney  was just 77 at his death, and only 52 when he first appeared as the title character’s elderly father in Frasier. Photograph: AP Photo/Reed Saxon

Changing lanes in later life and following your muse isn’t easy, but it can be done

Louise Chevillotte and Esther Garrel in Lover For a Day

Review: Lecturer beds student. Characters talk a lot about love and sex. In black and white

Miserable situation: Matvey Novikov as Alyosha in Alexey Zvyagintsev’s Loveless

Alexey Zvyagintsev’s powerful movie is deservedly up for the best foreign film Oscar

Director Quentin Tarantino and actress Uma Thurman appear on stage to give the Palme d’Or award during the Closing Ceremony at the 67th Annual Cannes Film Festival in 2014. Photograph: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images

Over the last few weeks a mass of interwoven accusations have pushed the movie director into an increasingly uncomfortable place

Chadwick Boseman plays Black Panther, the Martin Luther King to Killmonger’s Malcolm X. Photograph: Matt Kennedy/Marvel Studios

Review: It features a black superhero, but the CGI is suffocating and the plot is weak

Russian director Andrey Zvyagintsev: “I am a pessimist who views the future with optimism.”

Film director Andrey Zvyagintsev is viewed as one of the greatest film-makers but in his native Russia the acclaim is not so unive(...)

Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson can do nothing with material that has become worse with each installment.

Fifty Shades of Grey, part 3 is out this week – a stinky post-Weinstein anachronism

Immersion on: ‘The viewer is becoming a player in the story.’ Photograph: istock

Virtual reality is coming to the Audi Dublin International Film Festival with a two-day conference on ‘immersive entertainment’

‘Toxic masculinity’: Daniel Day-Lewis in ‘Phantom Thread’

Daniel Day-Lewis goes out in haute style, and Gerard Butler channels his inner Blackbeard

Sean Connery and Molly Peters in 'Thunderball'. Photograph: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios

There is something unsettling about a video, compiled in the wake of the #MeToo movement, detailing Bond’s repeated, casual mistre(...)

Journey’s End succeeds mostly in the smartness of its casting

Review: Long camera takes give a sense of the claustrophobia of life in the trenches

Unfinished business: Denzel Washington in Roman J Israel, Esq

Review: This Oscar-nominated film starring Farrell and Denzel Washington just doesn’t feel ready for release.

Vicky Krieps as Alma and Daniel Day-Lewis as Reynolds Woodcock: her noisy buttering of toast  sandpapers Woodcock’s brain. Photograph: Laurie Sparham/Focus Features

Review: The actor plays a perfectionist artist who makes life a nightmare for those around him

After one violent scene in ‘I, Tonya’, someone turns to the screen and says: ‘This didn’t happen’

A film isn’t a history class. Clever audiences bring a healthy scepticism to the movies

Chris Whalley and Alex Murphy play, respectively, the lanky Jock and the compact Conor as the most amiable sorts of idiot. Photograph: Miki Barlok

The runaway success of the film has led to a BBC series and a new level of attention in Cork

Also: Star family dynasties, putting the Good in Fellas and acting to the Vronsky beat

Back to the stoned age: Early Man

New this week: Early Man is a primitive hoot, Last Flag Flying sombrely channels The Last Detail, and Downsizing proves the law of(...)

Martin McDonagh: Irish critics have been more tolerant of his deliberate dialling up of national stereotypes in his celebrated plays. Photograph:  Kris Connor/Getty Images

Film’s failure to score a Best Director Oscar nomination for Martin McDonagh is not necessarily a reaction

Bryan Cranston and Steve Carell in ‘Last Flag Flying’

Bryan Cranston had a solid career as a jobbing actor for three decades, then ‘Breaking Bad’ happened

Fantasy-sequence finale is so generic it has given up pretending to be a real movie

Matt Damon and Christoph Waltz in Downsizing (2017). Photograph: George Kraychyk Paramount Pictures. All Rights Reserved.

Intriguing concept gets lost amid naive environmental fantasy in rare disappointment

This image released by A24 Films shows Saoirse Ronan in a scene from "Lady Bird." Ronan was nominated for an Oscar for best actress on Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018. The 90th Oscars will air live on ABC on Sunday, March 4.  (Merie Wallace/A24 via AP)

Netflix has its first nod, Cinematography has its first woman, ‘Three Billboards’ could struggle

Saoirse Ronan becomes only the second woman to receive three acting nominations before the age of 24. Photograph: Christopher Polk/Getty Images Oscar nominations for Saoirse Ronan, ‘Three Billboards’, Cartoon Saloon and Daniel Day-Lewis

Martin McDonagh’s ‘Three Billboards’ is named in seven nomination categories

He called 83% of the nominations correctly in 2016 and 2017. But this year is tougher

Saoirse Ronan wins a Golden Globe for ‘Lady Bird’ at the 75th Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, California, US. Photograph: Paul Drinkwater/Courtesy of NBC/Handout via Reuters

The ‘Lady Bird’ star faces tough competition in this year’s best female actor category

Rachel Brosnahan with her Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series Musical or Comedy for ‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’. Photograph: EPA/Mike Nelson

Also: The many faces of Winston Churchill, Pixar’s latest, and the Bull Durham brand

Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep in 'The Post', directed by Steven Spielberg. Photograph: Niko Tavernise/20th Century Fox

Spielberg, Hanks and Streep’s The Post is heavy with shadows of Trumpocracy while Liam Neeson just about stays on track in The Com(...)

Liam Neeson has a tendency to say things that land him in hot water.  Photograph: Laura Hutton/PA Wire

Liam Neeson never expected to be beating up people on a train at the age of 65 – or still getting into trouble for opening his big(...)

Ken Bone gained puzzling renown after asking an ordinary question while wearing a remarkable red pullover. Photograph via Twitter

‘Milkshake duck’ captures perfectly the social media dystopia we have created for ourselves

Rodrigo Lisboa stars as Orélie-Antoine de Tounens in 'Rey'

This unconventional historical yarn is disjointed, self-important and lacks humour

 Tom Hanks (as Ben Bradlee) and Meryl Streep (as Kay Graham) star in 'The Post'. Photograph: Niko Tavernise/20th Century Fox

Tom Hanks is stubborn, Meryl Streep is vulnerable, the whole film is elegant

Christoph Waltz: “I rarely think of Ordinary Decent Criminal. I don’t think I’ve seen it. I know that I did it,” he says with a furrow. Photograph: Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty

Precise, odd and a little bit untrustworthy, the Oscar-winner is the best thing in ‘Downsizing’

Photograph: ABC Photo Archives/via Getty Images

Also: The actor who never appeared in a Potter, living with Oscar nominations, and Thunderbirds are who?

Oprah Winfrey speaks at the Golden Globes. Photograph: Paul Drinkwater/Courtesy of NBC/Handout via Reuters

Donald Clarke: Oprah is extraordinary but being elevated purely on celebrity is wrong. Is this Trump’s legacy?

Protest signs: Frances McDormand in 'Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri'

New this week: Golden Globe-winning 'Three Billboards' and what makes Eric Clapton tick

Frances McDormand: what sets her performance apart is her ability to let vulnerability and compassion seep through the cracks. Photograph: Merrick Morton/Twentieth Century Fox

Martin McDonagh’s unromantic comedy doesn’t fall apart, but its many threads fray

Saoirse Ronan, winner of  Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy at the 75th Golden Globe Awards on Sunday. Photograph: Frederic J. Brown, Getty Images

Maudie, Handsome Devil, Cardboard Gangsters, Three Billboards, The Farthest dominate

Gary Oldman in Darkest Hour

The latest film about Churchill is like something the BBC might show on a Sunday night

Saoirse Ronan  with the award for best performance by an actress in a motion picture, musical or comedy, for ‘Lady Bird’ at the 75th annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Photograph: Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP

Analysis: The Golden Globes over, thoughts turn to the most open Oscar race in decades

Saoirse Ronan wins Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture Musical or Comedy for ‘Lady Bird’. Photograph: Paul Drinkwater/Courtesy of NBC/Retuers

Martin McDonagh wins best screenplay; attendees dress in black

Saoirse Ronan: Golden Globe and Oscar contender, at the American Film Institute annual  Awards at Four Seasons Hotel in  Beverly Hills on Saturday. Photograph:  Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images

It’s shaping up to be a big night for Saoirse Ronan and the #MeToo movement

Accept this substitute: Christopher Plummer as J Paul Getty in All the Money in the World

New this week: Casting rather than cash is king in Getty kidnapping saga, while Ben Stiller wrestles with his big ego in Brad’s St(...)

Also: Jim Sheridan characters, Casablanca’s most quotable line and Stand by Me’s starting point

Jupiter’s Moon

This Hungarian art-house oddity is a technical marvel in search of a moral purpose

The three highest grossing movies in the US have women in leading roles – about time

Christopher Plummer as J Paul Getty in All the Money in the World

Among the most satisfyingly propulsive films Ridley Scott has delivered this century

Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Rihanna, Mindy Kaling, Awkwafina, Helena Bonham Carter, Anne Hathaway and Sarah Paulson in ‘Ocean’s 8’

A Famine drama, another ‘Jurassic World’ and any number of Marvel blockbusters are on the way

Also: Bypassing Ireland, animated box-office, Hollywood RIP and Brian O’Driscoll’s film debut

On dangerous ground: Christian Bale in Hostiles

Jessica Chastain lays her cards on the table. Ferdinand the bull is released

Christian Bale: almost as gruff as Batman

There is something of ‘The Searchers’ in director Scott Cooper’s elegiac tale

Chinatown

Netflix’s main rival has come on in leaps and bounds since its threadbare debut

The Pepsi ad with Kendall Jenner that sought to capitalise on Black Lives Matter set new standards for tone deafness

From ill-judged advertising to Saoirse Ronan’s accent, here are the most annoying stories of the year

Eric Clapton’s mental and physical decline in the mid-1970s is hard to watch

Lili Zanuck’s documentary doesn’t shy away from the musician’s darkest days

Jessica Chastain wears clothes like weapons as she powers her way towards the capitalist dream

Aaron Sorkin’s debut film isn’t going to get as many Oscar nominations as predicted

Light the fire, make the popcorn, and settle down for a binge-watch of some of these greats

Who narrates The Muppet Christmas Carol? Who won’t be pulling Santa’s sled?

Aye capella! The Divas are back in another entertaining sequel.

New this week: Pitch Perfect 3 hits a whole host of high notes, while Jumanji just gets by

The Pogues: no more authentic than Showadaíwadaí or Na Buachaillí Siopa Peataí. Photograph: GAB Archives/Redferns

So Pet Shop Boys kept The Pogues off the Christmas number one in 1987. Get over it

A reunion gig by rivals brings the Bellas mistakenly together. Then they end up on a tour with DJ Khaled.

Forget about plot: this is the most uncomplicated fun you will have this Christmas

Rustling through this year’s ballot papers, there is something puzzling going on...

Mark Hamill takes centre stage as Luke Skywalker in Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Also: Selina Kyle’s scratchy aka, the first billion-dollar movie, and a classic Caine job

Junior Jedis: John Boyega as Finn and Kelly Marie Tran in Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Star Wars: The Last Jedi has everyone talking but there are better movies to see

‘Mr Geldof, Mr Geldof: Was it Mr Bono, in the recording booth with the mic stand?’ Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Bob Geldof solves a murder in the midst of Band Aid in James Ward Byrkit’s proposed film

Pierce Brosnan and Michael  McElhatton in   The Foreigner. Photograph: Daniel Smith, STX Entertainment

Forget ‘Star Wars’. Stay in tonight and watch the straight-to-Netflix film, ‘The Foreigner’

Who doesn’t like a good war film?

Dunkirk blows away the competition

The Prince of Nothingwood: Salim Shaheen with his collaborator Qurban Ali

Sonia Kronlund’s documentary on the Afghan film-maker Salim Shaheen is full of vibrant personal portraits

Star Wars: The Last Jedi ranks down the list in the Star Wars roll call. Photographs: LucasFilm

Is it better than Rogue One? Or close to Return of the Jedi?

Daisy Ridley in Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Photograph: LucasFilm

The latest instalment will fill a Star Wars-shaped hole but is punishingly long

BB-8 attends the premiere of Disney Pictures and Lucasfilm’s ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. Photograph: by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images

‘Best movie since Empire.’ At least, that’s what people who went to the premiere said

Test yourself on the opening scroll, the disco thump, Bobo’s debut and Darth’s descendants

Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford in a scene from 'Star Wars'. Photograph: LucasFilm

With the release of The Last Jedi imminent, a look back at how the ‘Star Wars’ juggernaut started in a ‘galaxy far, far away’

Agnieszka Mandat in Agnieszka Holland’s 'Spoor'

This year's festival features Agnieszka Holland’s ‘Spoor’, Maria Sadowska’s ‘The Art of Loving’, and Krzysztof Krauze and Joanna K(...)

 Actor Saoirse Ronan attends IFP’s 27th Annual Gotham Independent Film Awards on November 27th, 2017 in New York City. File photograph: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for IFP

Irish star may become only third female actor to score three Oscar nominations before age 23

Also: Tarantino’s joints, a star hits the big 01, trippin’ in ’68, and a new girl with a dragon tattoo

Triumph of the spirit: Tatiana Maslany and Jake Gyllenhaal in Stronger

New this week: Jake Gyllenhaal in a survivor’s story, an ageless assassin in ancient Japan, and clever Yuletide horror

Kyle MacLachlan and Laura Dern in 'Twin Peaks: The Return'. Photograph: Suzanne Tenner/Showtime

The inclusion of 'Twin Peaks: The Return' on such lists is bizarre: it’s a TV series. Right?

Kyle Mooney and Mark Hamill in Brigsby Bear

Committed performances cannot save this bizarre story of abduction and reconciliation

Menashe  offers outsiders a chance to puzzle over the fascinating mess of influences that form the Yiddish tongue

Menashe deserves our attention for its oddness and heart alone

Jake Gyllenhaal plays Jeff Bauman, who lost both his legs in the Boston Marathon bombing.

Stronger review: The true story of a victim of the Boston Marathon bombing avoids the clichés of the genre

Saoirse Ronan on Saturday Night Live. Image: Youtube

Saoirse Ronan – national treasure and a total pro – deserves better material than this

Here are our favourite film moments of the last year. Don't forget to vote for yours

Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson wow in Wonder and James Franco hits gold in The Disaster Artist

Saoirse Ronan in Lady Bird

Nothing makes the blood surge more exhilaratingly than recreational outrage

Michael Haneke: “I don’t consider myself to be a pessimist, but a realist.” Photograph:  Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images

The film-maker abhors violence, but he can’t help putting it in his work

Pat Collin’s Irish-language feature is awkward, original and surprising throughout

Is it a comedy? Fantine Harduin, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Isabelle Huppert, Laura Verlinden, Toby Jones and Mathieu Kassovitz in Happy End. Photograph: Sony Pictures Classics

Michael Haneke’s latest movie never quite gets started

Jaha’s Promise: the anti-FGM campaigner Jaha Dukureh

This portrait of Jaha Dukureh confirms that campaigning can make a difference

Toy Story: Its director John Lasseter has taken leave after admitting “missteps” in his behaviour towards staff

Whether or not you watch work by discredited film-makers is an emotional decision

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