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hmv previews... 2018's Best Movies - Comedies
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hmv previews... 2018's Best Movies - Comedies

Over the next two weeks, we're going to be previewing 100 of 2018's best movies. We continue with the comedies...


Game Night

Starring: Jason Bateman, Rachel McAdams, Kyle Chandler, Sharon Horgan, Billy Magnussen, Jesse Plemons and Jeffrey Wright.

Director: John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein

Release Date: May 4th


Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams lead this action-filled comedy, which follows a group of friends who meet regularly for their game night, and one night find themselves investigating an actual murder mystery, though it takes them a while to figure out just how real it is…


Isle Of Dogs

Starring: Bryan Cranston, Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Jeff Goldblum, Kunichi Nomura, Greta Gerwig, Frances McDormand, Courtney B. Vance, Fisher Stevens, Mari Natsuki, Harvey Keitel, Koyu Rankin, Liev Schreiber, Bob Balaban, Scarlett Johansson and Tilda Swinton.

Director: Wes Anderson

Release Date: March 30th


Wes Anderson follows up the hugely acclaimed and highly decorated Grand Budapest Hotel with a trip to Japan.

In his new one, which returns to the stop-motion animation of Fantastic Mr Fox, we find ourselves in a dystopian future Japan in which dogs have been quarantined on the remote eponymous island due to a "canine flu".

We follow five local dogs named Chief, Rex, Boss, Duke, and King. They are fed up with their isolated existence until a boy named Atari Kobayashi ventures to the island to search for his dog, Spots. Together they set out to find him...



Where’d You Go, Bernadette

Starring: Cate Blanchett, Billy Crudup, Kristen Wiig, Judy Greer, Laurence Fishburne, Troian Bellisario and James Urbaniak.

Director: Richard Linklater

Release Date: May 11th


Maria Semple’s bestselling novel is taken to the big screen by director Richard Linklater in 2018.

Cate Blanchett stars as Bernadette Branch, the eccentric anxiety-ridden mother, who mysteriously disappears. Heartbroken, her 15-year-old daughter Bee does everything she can to track her down, discovering her troubled past in the process.

I Feel Pretty


Starring: Michelle Williams, Emily Ratajkowski and Amy Schumer

Director: Abby Kohn and Marc Silverstein

Release Date: June 29th


Never Been Kissed/How To Be Single pair Abby Kohn and Marc Silverstein take charge of this new romantic comedy.

In it, a head injury causes a woman to develop an extraordinary amount of confidence and believes she's drop-dead gorgeous.



Holmes and Watson

Starring: Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly, Lauren Lapkus, Rob Brydon, Kelly Macdonald, Rebecca Hall, Ralph Fiennes and Hugh Laurie.

Director: Etan Cohen

Release Date: November 9th


Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly team up once again for this new and not altogether serious take on Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson.


The Spy Who Dumped Me

Starring: Mila Kunis, Kate McKinnon, Gillian Anderson, Sam Heughan and Justin Theroux

Director: Susanna Fogel

Release Date: July 6th


Mila Kunis and Kate McKinnon star in this knockabout comedy as best friends Audrey and Morgan, who somehow get involved in an undercover mission after Audrey’s unassuming ex-boyfriend shows up at their apartment with a team of deadly assassins on his trail...


The Happytime Murders

Starring: Melissa McCarthy, Bill Barretta, Maya Rudolph, Joel McHale and Elizabeth Banks

Director: Brian Henson

Release Date: August 17th


Brian Henson, son of Muppets creators Jim and Jane Henson, takes charge of this strange mystery comedy.

Set in a world where puppets co-exist with humans as second class citizens, puppet private eye and disgraced ex-cop Phil Phillips is sent to track down the serial killer who murdered his brother and is now targeting the cast members of 80s television series The Happytime Gang.

He must work fast, the next target is his ex-wife...


Life Of The Party

Starring: Melissa McCarthy, Molly Gordon, Maya Rudolph, Debby Ryan, Julie Bowen and Gillian Jacobs

Director: Ben Falcone

Release Date: May 11th


Melissa McCarthy and husband Ben Falcone unite once again for this new comedy.

McCarthy plays Deanna, who finds herself bereft when her husband suddenly dumps her, decides to turn her life around by going back to college...landing in the same class and school as her daughter, who’s not entirely sold on the idea...



Starring: Charlize Theron, Mackenzie Davis, Mark Duplass and Ron Livingston

Director: Jason Reitman

Release Date: April 20th


Juno writer Diablo Cody and director Jason Reitman reunite for this tender new comedy.

Charlize Theron stars as Marlo, a mother of three including a newborn, who is gifted a night nanny by her brother, a night nanny she comes to form a strange bond with…


Night School

Starring: Kevin Hart, Tiffany Haddish, Taran Killam, Rob Riggle, Ben Schwartz and Yvonne Orji

Director: Malcolm D. Lee

Release Date: September 28th


Kevin Hart helped pen the screenplay and stars in this bawdy new effort.

We watch as a group of troublemakers who are forced to attend night school in hopes that they'll pass their exams and finish high school cause all sorts of mischief.


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