This mesmerising Cold War-era fantasy, featuring a stellar performance by Sally Hawkins, won ‘Best Director’ for Guillermo del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth) at the recent Golden Globes. Mute, isolated Elisa (Hawkins) is a cleaning lady in a government laboratory; whose life changes forever when she and Zelda (Octavia Spencer) discover its classified secret: a mysterious, scaly creature (Doug Jones) held captive in a water tank.
The triumphant, Golden Globe-winning directorial debut by actress Greta Gerwig (Frances Ha) is a real must-see. Set in 2002 California it stars Saoirse Ronan (who also won a Globe for the role) as confused, precocious teenager Christine or ‘Lady Bird’ (her preferred name) whose lofty aspirations put her at odds with her more practical mother, Marion (Laurie Metcalf). An immensely funny, authentic and moving coming-of-age story.