hmv.com previews... - January 5, 2017

hmv.com previews... 2017's Best Movies - Dramas
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hmv.com previews... 2017's Best Movies - Dramas

Over the next 10 days we're going to be previewing 100 of 2017's best movies. We continue today with the dramas...

 

The Founder

 

What Is It?

The infamous story of how the world’s most successful fast food restaurant got started.

 

Who’s In It?

Michael Keaton stars with support from Nick Offerman, Laura Dern, Patrick Wilson and B.J. Novak.

 

And Who’s Behind The Camera?

John Lee Hancock, director of The Blind Side and Saving Mr Banks, is in control. He works from a script from Robert Siegel, writer of The Wrestler and Turbo.

 

Any Plot Details?

Keaton stars as Ray Kroc, the travelling salesman who acquired McDonald's and turned into a global giant, at the expense of original founders Richard and Maurice McDonald.

 

When Can I See It?

It’s out on February 17th.

 

Can I See A Trailer?

You can indeed, it’s here for you:




Lion

 

What Is It?

In this movie we track Patel’s Saroo Brierley, who decides he wants to be reunited with his birth parents and searches for his long-lost family using Google Earth.

 

Who’s In It?

Dev Patel, Rooney Mara, David Wenham, Nicole Kidman, Abhishek Bharate, Divian Ladwa, Priyanka Bose and Deepti Naval star in this tense drama.

 

And Who’s Behind The Camera?

Garth Davis, who made his name as the director of hugely acclaimed drama Top Of The Lake, directs. The script comes from Luke Davies, writer of troubling drama Candy.

 

Any Plot Details?

In this movie we track Patel’s Saroo Brierley, who decides he wants to be reunited with his birth parents and searches for his long-lost family using Google Earth.

 

When Can I See It?

January 20th.

 

Can I See A Trailer?

It’s here for you:



 

Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk

 

What Is It?

Ang Lee takes on this adaptation of Ben Fountain bestselling novel.

 

Who’s In It?

Kristen Stewart, Garrett Hedlund, Vin Diesel, Steve Martin, Chris Tucker and newcomer Joe Alwyn star in this one.

 

And Who’s Behind The Camera?

Ang Lee, double Oscar winning director, has taken charge of this one.

 

Any Plot Details?

This is the story of 19-year-old soldier Billy Lynn, who, along with his fellow soldiers in Bravo Squad, becomes a hero after a harrowing Iraq battle and is brought home temporarily for a victory tour. Through flashbacks, culminating at the spectacular halftime show of the Thanksgiving Day football game, the film reveals what really happened to the squad.

 

When Can I See It?

It’s due in cinemas on February 10th.

 

Can I See A Trailer?

You can, it’s here:



 

Loving

 

What Is It?

A hotly tipped drama about a mixed race couple facing down the law.

 

Who’s In It?

Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga are the stars, but there are also appearances from Martin Czokas, Nick Kroll and Michael Shannon.

 

And Who’s Behind The Camera?

Jeff Nichols, director of Mud and Midnight Special.

 

Any Plot Details?

This is the story of Richard Loving, a white construction worker in Caroline County, Virginia, falls in love with a local black woman and family friend, Mildred Jeter. Upon Mildred discovering that she is pregnant, they decide to marry, but unfortunately  it is 1958, and knowing that interracial marriage violates Virginia's anti-miscegenation laws, they drive to Washington, D.C. to get married, a decision that does not go down well when they return to Virginia.

 

When Can I See It?

It’ll be with us on February 3rd.

 

Can I See A Trailer?

You can see it here:



 

The Zookeeper’s Wife

 

What Is It?

A touching real-life story is brought to life in this lavish new drama.

 

Who’s In It?

Jessica Chastain and Daniel Brühl lead it with supporting turns from Johan Heldenbergh, Michael McElhatton, Iddo Goldberg and Anna Rust.  

 

And Who’s Behind The Camera?

The movie has been directed by Whale Rider and McFarland, USA director Niki Caro with a script from Angela Workman.

 

Any Plot Details?

The movie is based on the book of the same name by Diane Ackerman and tells the true story about the Warsaw Zoo keepers couple Jan and Antonina Żabiński, who saved many human and animal lives during World War II by hiding them in animal cages.

 

When Can I See It?

It’s due out May 5th.

 

Can I See A Trailer?

Yes indeed, it’s below for you:




 

Manchester By Sea

 

What Is It?

A gritty family drama which is tipped for many an Oscar.

 

Who’s In It?

Casey Affleck, Michelle Williams, Kyle Chandler, Gretchen Mol and Lucas Hedges star in this tough drama

 

And Who’s Behind The Camera?

Kenneth Lonergan, best known for his movie Margaret, writes and directs.

 

Any Plot Details?

The movie follows Affleck’s Lee, who is forced to return to his sleepy hometown when his older brother dies and leaves him as the sole guardian of his nephew.

 

When Can I See It?

January 13th is when it comes out, not long now...

 

Can I See A Trailer?

It’s here for you:






My Cousin Rachel

 

What Is It?

Daphne du Maurier’s 1951 novel gets dusted off for a new adaptation.

 

Who’s In It?

Rachel Weisz, Sam Claflin, Iain Glen, Holliday Grainger and Simon Russell Beale are in this one.

 

And Who’s Behind The Camera?

Notting Hill director Roger Michell writes and directs now.

 

Any Plot Details?

This story follows Claflin's Philip, a young Englishman who plots revenge against his cousin Rachel, believing that she murdered his guardian.

 

When Can I See It?

It’s due out on June 9th.

 

Can I See A Trailer?

Not yet.



Darkest Hour

 

What Is It?

We return to the troubled days of World War II for a new historical drama.

 

Who’s In It?

Gary Oldman, Ben Mendelsohn, John Hurt, Kristin Scott Thomas, Lily James and Stephen Dillane all star.

 

And Who’s Behind The Camera?

Joe Wright, director of Atonement and most recently Pan, takes charge.

 

Any Plot Details?

Winston Churchill leads a charge against Adolf Hitler's army in the early days of World War II as we follow the backroom deals and shenanigans.

 

When Can I See It?

It’s due out at the end of this year.

 

Can I See A Trailer?

Not yet, but soon.



The Glass Castle

 

What Is It?

A dark adaptation of Jeanette Walls’ hit bestselling memoir.

 

Who’s In It?

Brie Larson, Naomi Watts, Woody Harrelson, Max Greenfield and Sarah Snook will all star in this one.

 

And Who’s Behind The Camera?

Destin Daniel Cretton writes and directs here, reuniting him with Brie Larson, with whom he made Short Term 12.

 

Any Plot Details?

Larson plays Walls herself and tells of her life as a young girl, growing up in a family on the run from the FBI. Living in poverty, she comes of age guided by her drunkard, ingenious father who distracts her with magical stories to keep her mind off the family's dire state.

 

When Can I See It?

Expect it at the end of the year.

 

Can I See A Trailer?

Not yet no.



Personal Shopper

 

What Is It?

Kristen Stewart leads this tense French drama which won its director the top prize at Cannes.

 

Who’s In It?

Stewart stars with support from Lars Eidinger, Anders Danielsen Lie and Pascal Rambert are all in supporting roles.

 

And Who’s Behind The Camera?

Olivier Assayas, who previously made Clouds Of Sils Maria with Stewart, writes and directs this movie.

 

Any Plot Details?

Kristen Stewart’s Maureen moves to Paris to start a new life in the fashion world, but also continue her work as a spiritual medium. Grieving the recent death of her twin brother, she haunts his Parisian home, determined to make contact with him.

 

When Can I See It?

It’s out on March 17th.

 

Can I See A Trailer?

You can, it’s below for you:

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