hmv.com previews... - January 2, 2017

hmv.com previews... 2017's Best Movies - Comedies & Musicals
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hmv.com previews... 2017's Best Movies - Comedies & Musicals

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

 

La La Land

 

What Is It?

A musical and the frontrunner for this year’s Oscars. It stars Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone as two dreamers in the city of stars.

 

Who’s In It?

As well as Gosling and Stone, John Legend, J.K. Simmons, Rosemarie DeWitt, Finn Wittrock, Callie Hernandez, Sonoya Mizuno, Jessica Rothe, Tom Everett Scott and Josh Pence in the cast.

 

And Who’s Behind The Camera?

Damien Chazelle, writer and director of Whiplash, writes and directs this too. He’s aided by Justin Hurwitz, who provides the score here and , who wrote the songs for musical TV series Smash. They provide the lyrics for the songs.

 

Any Plot Details?

The movie tells the story of Gosling's Sebastian and Stone's Mia. Sebastian is a dedicated jazz musician, scrapes by playing cocktail piano gigs in dingy bars, while Mia is an aspiring actress serves lattes to movie stars in between auditions. The pair meet and fall in love, but, as they find success, things get very complicated.



When Can I See It?

You’ve really not got long to wait, it’s out on January 13th.

 

Can I See A Trailer?

You most certainly can, it’s below for you:

 

 

Baby Driver

 

What Is It?

After leaving Ant-Man weeks before production got going, in 2017 we will get a new movie from Edgar Wright, a new comedy named Baby Driver.

 

Who’s In It?

Ansel Elgort, Lily James, Jamie Foxx, Jon Hamm, Sky Ferreira, Kevin Spacey and Eiza González star this time.

 

And Who’s Behind The Camera?

Wright is both writer and director on this movie.

 

Any Plot Details?

The movie will follow Baby, a young, music-obsessed getaway driver who winds up getting in serious trouble a robbery goes wrong.



When Can I See It?

It’s been delayed to late summer so we’ll know be looking at a release date of August 18th.

 

Can I See A Trailer?

Not yet, sorry.

 

Fist Fight

 

What Is It?

Ice Cube and Charlie Day play warring teachers in this new knockabout comedy.

 

Who’s In It?

As well as Cube and Day, Jillian Bell, Christina Hendricks, Kumail Nanjiani, Dennis Haysbert and Tracy Morgan.

 

And Who’s Behind The Camera?

Richie Keen, who has directed Day many times in It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia, and written by Van Robichaux and Evan Susser, who are currently writing Wedding Crashers 2.

 

Any Plot Details?

The movie is a loose remake of 1987 teen movie Three O’Clock High and pits Day’s Andy Campbell against Cube’s Ron Strickland. When Campbell accidentally gets Strickland fired he responds by challenging him to a fist fight, in front of the whole school...



When Can I See It?

It’s out on March 3th 2017.

 

Can I See A Trailer?

Certainly, it’s just below for you:

 

 

Downsizing


What Is It?

An oddball comedy about a couple who take scaling things down rather too far...

 

Who’s In It?

It’s got a great cast. Matt Damon, Kristen Wiig, Christoph Waltz, Alec Baldwin, Neil Patrick Harris, and Jason Sudeikis all star.

 

And Who’s Behind The Camera?

Sideways and The Descendants director Alexander Payne is the man behind this project, working with his regular co-writer Jim Taylor.

 

Any Plot Details?

This movie follows a kindly occupational therapist who undergoes a new procedure to be shrunken to four inches tall so that he and his wife can help save the planet and afford a nice lifestyle at the same time. Unfortunately for him his wife has second thoughts at the last minute...



When Can I See It?

It’s presently due to be with us on December 22nd next year.

 

Can I See A Trailer?

Not yet no.

 

Rules Don’t Apply

 

What Is It?

A new screwball comedy set in 1950’s Hollywood, led by Alden Ehrenreich, Lily Collins and Warren Beatty.

 

Who’s In It?

Starring alongside Beatty, Collins and Ehrenreich are Alec Baldwin, Annette Bening, Haley Bennett, Candice Bergen, Matthew Broderick, Dabney Coleman, Steve Coogan, Taissa Farmiga, Ed Harris, Megan Hilty, Oliver Platt and Martin Sheen.

 

And Who’s Behind The Camera?

This is Warren Beatty’s baby, he stars, writes, directs and produces.

 

Any Plot Details?

This is the story of Collins' Marla Mabrey, a devout Baptist beauty queen from Virginia and an aspiring actress, who arrives in Hollywood only a few weeks after Ehrenreich's Frank Forbes, an ambitious young businessman and devout Methodist. Both of them long for success under their contracts with billionaire filmmaker Howard Hughes, but are forbidden from becoming an item themselves. Naturally, things get complicated...

 

When Can I See It?

It’s out in the US already, but it’ll be out in UK on March 10th.

 

Can I See A Trailer?

Sure thing, it’s below for you:

 

 

The Hitman’s Bodyguard

 

What Is It?

An action comedy about a bodyguard, a hitman and a dictator.

 

Who’s In It?

Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson, Gary Oldman and Salma Hayek star in this movie.

 

And Who’s Behind The Camera?

Patrick Hughes, who made the Expendables 3, directs, working from a Tom O’Connor script.

 

Any Plot Details?

Here we find Ryan Reynolds as the world's top bodyguard who is forced to protect an old enemy, a hit man who must testify at the International Court of Justice. They must put their differences aside and work together to make it to the trial on time in order to put away a dictator.



When Can I See It?

It’s due in cinemas on August 18th.

 

Can I See A Trailer?

Not yet, soon we hope.

 

Table 19

 

What Is It?

Anna Kendrick leads this table about the world’s worst table at a wedding...

 

Who’s In It?

Kendrick stars alongside Stephen Merchant, Lisa Kudrow and Silicon Valley's Amanda Crew.

 

And Who’s Behind The Camera?

The movie has been directed by Jeffrey Blitz, best known for directing 11 episodes of the US version of The Office and indie teen film Rocket Science.

 

Any Plot Details?

The movie stars stars Kendrick as Eloise, a young woman who has recently been relieved of her duties as maid of honour after being unceremoniously dumped by the best man via text.

Despite this she decides to attend the wedding anyway only to find herself seated with five random guests at the dreaded Table 19, the furthest from the action.



When Can I See It?

It’s out March 3rd.

 

Can I See A Trailer?

Most definitely, it’s below for you.

 

 

20th Century Women

 

What Is It?

A whip smart comedy drama set in Southern California during the late 1970s.

 

Who’s In It?

Annette Bening, Elle Fanning, Alia Shawkat, Greta Gerwig, Lucas Jade Zumann and Billy Crudup all star.

 

And Who’s Behind The Camera?

Thumbsucker director Mike Mills steps into the major studio system with this movie, working from his own script.

 

Any Plot Details?

This is the story of three women in the late 1970s in California, three women who decide to explore love and freedom at very different stages of their life.



When Can I See It?

It’s due in cinemas on February 10th.

 

Can I See A Trailer?

Please do, it’s below:

 

 

Going In Style

 

What Is It?

Three pensioners get screwed by their old employer and decide to take matters into their own ageing hands...

 

Who’s In It?

Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman and Alan Arkin star with support from Joey King, Matt Dillon, Kenan Thompson, Peter Serafinowicz and Ann-Margret.

 

And Who’s Behind The Camera?

Zach Braff, he of Scrubs and Garden State fame, directs from a script by St. Vincent’s Theodore Melfi.

 

Any Plot Details?

Caine, Freeman and Arkin play three retired men who discover that their pension fund is being liquidated, struggling and angry, they decide to rob a bank. They don’t move quite as quickly as they used to though, making it a tough ask...



When Can I See It?

It’s due out on April 7th.

 

Can I See A Trailer?

Yes you can...

 

 

The Greatest Showman


What Is It?

A musical about circus entrepreneur P. T. Barnum with an all-star cast.

 

Who’s In It?

Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron, Rebecca Ferguson, Michelle Williams and Zendaya all star in this musical.

 

And Who’s Behind The Camera?

Michael Gracey, who has mainly worked in special effects, directs his first feature-length movie.

 

Any Plot Details?

This is the story of P.T. Barnum, founder of the circus that became the famous traveling Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, with plenty of songs and razzle dazzle...



When Can I See It?

This is presently due to sneak out on January 5th in 2018, so practically 2017...

 

Can I See A Trailer?

Not yet, it’s due at the very end of the year, so not for a little while.

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