previews... - January 7, 2019 previews... 2019's Best Movies - Comedy
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by Tom hmv London, Bio Editor. Peanut butter, punk rock and pillows. previews... 2019's Best Movies - Comedy

Over the next two weeks, we're going to be previewing 100 of 2019's best movies. Today, it's the comedies...


Where'd You Go, Bernadette?

Starring: Cate Blanchett, Billy Crudup, Emma Nelson, Kristen Wiig, Judy Greer, Laurence Fishburne, Troian Bellisario

Director: Richard Linklater

Release Date: Spring


Originally due in 2018, Richard Linklater's adaptation of Maria Semple's best-selling novel finally arrives in the spring of 2019. 

Blanchett plays Bernadette Branch, an agoraphobic architect who goes missing prior to a family trip to Antarctica, leaving her daughter to try and track her down, a mission that turns into a great adventure...



Last Christmas

Starring: Emilia Clarke, Henry Golding, Emma Thompson, Michelle Yeoh

Director: Paul Feig

Release Date: November 15th


After branching out into drama with chic effort A Simple Favour, director Paul Feig returns to comedy and teams with British acting royalty. 

Emma Thompson and theatre writer Bryony Kimmings provide the screenplay for this festive romp, which will be led by Game Of Thrones' Emilia Clarke and Crazy Rich Asians leading man Henry Golding. 

Plot details are currently thin on the ground, but given the title, and release date, you can expect things to get pretty festive...


Danny Boyle and Richard Curtis' As Yet Untitled Beatles Comedy

Starring: Himesh Patel, Lily James, Kate McKinnon, Ed Sheeran, Ana de Armas, Lamorne Morris

Director: Danny Boyle

Release Date: June 28th


Regrettably, this isn't the title for Boyle and Curtis' comedy, but it'll do until we get the formal one. 

The movie will tell the story of a man who wakes up one day to find he is the only person who can remember the songs of The Beatles. 

To pull this off, Boyle has recruited Ed Sheeran for his first movie role proper, and the X singer will be on singing duty too. 

From on-set reports, the production has deployed thousands of extras, so expect some big concert scenes...


The Beach Bum

Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Zac Efron, Isla Fisher, Snoop Dogg, Jonah Hill, Martin Lawrence, Jimmy Buffett

Director: Harmony Korine

Release Date: Spring


Seven years after he got everybody talking with Spring Breakers, Harmony Korine returns with an equally provocative adventure. 

The film follows McConaughey's Moondog, a rebellious type and committed stoner with a cult following. Judging by the trailer, it's going to be an absolute riot. 



Toff Guys

Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Michelle Dockery, Henry Golding, Hugh Grant, Jeremy Strong, Colin Farrell, Charlie Hunnam

Director: Guy Ritchie

Release Date: May 24th


After dabbling with literary icons Sherlock Holmes, King Arthur and Aladdin, Guy Ritchie returns to more familiar turf for his next trick. A good old-fashioned crime caper. 

The film, which is billed as a return to Ritchie's Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and Snatch days, will follow a British drug lord attempting to cash out on his highly profitable empire by selling it off to a dynasty of Oklahoma billionaires. 

Sounds tasty...


The Hustle

Starring: Rebel Wilson, Anne Hathaway, Alex Sharp, Ingrid Oliver

Director: Chris Addison

Release Date: May 10th


The hit comic caper Dirty Rotten Scoundrels gets a new take for 2019, with Rebel Wilson and Anne Hathaway leading the way.

Wilson and Hathaway play two broke con artists, who agree to try and take down a naive tech billionaire, with the loser forced to leave town. 

Chris Addison, stand-up comedian and star of The Thick Of It, makes his feature film debut behind the camera on this one. 


Instant Family  

Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Rose Byrne, Isabela Moner, Tig Notaro, Margo Martindale, Octavia Spencer 

Director: Sean Anders

Release Date: February 15th


Mark Wahlberg and Rose Byrne get a lot more than they bargained for in this family comedy. 

Wahlberg and Byrne lead the way as Ellie and Pete, a couple who decide to become foster parents, but quickly find themselves in over their heads when they agree to take care of three unruly children...




Starring: Seth Rogen, Charlize Theron, O'Shea Jackson Jr., Alexander Skarsgård, Randall Park, Bob Odenkirk, Andy Serkis

Director: Jonathan Levine

Release Date: June 7th


Seth Rogen takes centre stage here as Fred Flarsky, an unemployed journalist, who decides to resurrect his career by attempting to court his childhood crush and babysitter Charlotte Field, played by Charlize Theron. 

Dan Sterling, writer on The Interview, reunites with Rogan for this new one. 


Horrible Histories: The Movie - Rotten Romans

Starring: Nick Frost, Sebastian Croft, Kim Cattrall, Craig Roberts. Kate Nash, Derek Jacobi, Alexander Armstrong, Lee Mack, Warwick Davis, Lucy Montgomery, Kevin Bishop, Chris Addison

Director: Dominic Brigstocke

Release Date: July 26th


The hugely successful series of books, which puts a comic spin on historical events for children, is now heading for cinemas, with Rotten Romans up first. 

The story will follow Sebastian Croft's Ati, a Roman teenager with brains but very little brawn who is always coming up with clever schemes.

When one of those schemes falls foul of Emperor Nero, he is forced to join the army and is sent to a miserable, cold, wet Britain...



The Kitchen

Starring: Melissa McCarthy, Tiffany Haddish, Elisabeth Moss, Common, Domnhall Gleeson

Director: Andrea Berloff

Release Date: Autumn


Andrea Berloff, writer on Sleepless and Straight Outta Compton, makes her directing debut with this comedy-drama. 

Set in 1970s New York, it follows McCarthy, Moss and Haddish, who play the wives of Irish mobsters who are forced to take over operations after the FBI arrests their husbands. 

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