previews... - November 29, 2019

Best Movies of December 2019: previews the top 10...
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by Tom hmv London, Bio Editor. Peanut butter, punk rock and pillows.

Best Movies of December 2019: previews the top 10... previews 10 of the most exciting movies that will be coming to your cinema screens in December...


Star Wars: Episode IX - The Rise of Skywalker

(In Cinemas December 19th)


The Skywalker saga comes to an end next month with the release of Episode IX. 

The film is the final act in the trilogy that began with The Force Awakens and picks up a year after the events of The Last Jedi, we watch on as the remnants of the Resistance face the First Order once again.

As well as this, Meanwhile, the ancient conflict between the Jedi and the Sith will reach its climax.

Daisy Ridley, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong'o, Domhnall Gleeson are back to star, with Naomi Ackie, Richard E. Grant and Keri Russell joining the cast.

JJ Abrams returns to the director's chair and Argo scribe Chris Terrio providing the script. 

At 155 minutes, it is the longest Star Wars movie to date...



Jumanji: The Next Level

(In Cinemas December 11th)


Expectations for the reboot of beloved comedy Jumanji were not high, but they ended up being met and then some, with almost a billion dollars in box office receipts. 

Naturally, Sony have now ordered a sequel, which arrives next month.  

In the sequel, the gang are forced to return to the jungle when one of them finds himself sucked back into the game...

Stars Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Karen Gillan and Jack Black all return for the sequel and are shown back in action in the new image.

They will be joined by Ser'Darius Blain, Alex Wolff, Madison Iseman and Morgan Turner, who all appeared at the beginning of the movie as the real-life versions of the characters.

Joining the cast for the sequel are Danny DeVito, Danny Glover and Crazy Rich Asians star Awkwafina. Jake Kasdan directs once again.



Little Women

(In Cinemas December 26th)


Greta Gerwig unveils a new take on an American classic just after Christmas. 

The movie features an all-star cast with  Meryl Streep, Saoirse Ronan, Timothée Chalamet, Emma Watson, Florence Pugh, Eliza Scanlen, James Norton, Laura Dern, Louis Garrel, Bob Odenkirk and Chris Cooper all in key roles. 

Little Women follows the lives of the four March sisters, Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy, as they grow up in the wake of the American Civil War. 

The film is the eighth feature film adaptation of the 1868 novel of the same name by Louisa May Alcott, with Gerwig both directing and adapting the novel. 




(In Cinemas December 20th)


The West End smash is transported into cinemas this December. 

The film stars Idris Elba, Judi Dench, Taylor Swift, James Corden, Ian McKellen and Jennifer Hudson and has been directed by The King's Speech and Les Miserables man Tom Hooper. 

Lee Hall, who wrote both Billy Elliott and the upcoming Elton John biopic, has adapted Lloyd Webber’s musical, which was itself adapted from a book of children’s poems by T.S. Eliot.

Set over a single night, we follow a tribe of cats called the Jellicles and watch as they make what is known as "the Jellicle choice" and decide which cat will ascend to the Heaviside Layer and come back to a new life.

The musical, which first opened in 1981, ran for over 20 years on London's West End and 18 years on Broadway. 



Lucy In The Sky

(In Cinemas December 6th)


Natalie Portman leads this thoughtful new drama. 

The film sees Portman tackling the role of astronaut Lucy Cola, who struggles to adjust to life back on Earth following a transformative experience during her most recent space mission.

Alongside Portman is a cast which includes John Hamm, Zazie Beetz, Nick Offerman, Ellen Burstyn and Dan Stevens. The film will be Noah Hawley's feature-length debut as a director, having honed his skills in recent years as showrunner on series including Fargo and Legion. 

Brian C. Brown and Elliott DiGuiseppi provide the script. 



Black Christmas

(In Cinemas December 13th)


The bloody festive movie gets a third go next month. 

The film stars Imogen Poots, Aleyse Shannon, Brittany O'Grady, Lily Donoghue, Caleb Eberhardt, and Cary Elwes. 

Sophia Takal, director of Always Shine, is in charge, working from a script she co-wrote with April Wolfe. Jason Blum produces for his Blumhouse label. 

Black Christmas is set at Hawthorne College during the festive period, where, unfortunately, sorority girls on campus are being killed by an unknown stalker.

As the body count rises, Poots' Riley and her friends start to question whether they can trust any man on campus and vow to fight back...

The film was first released in 1974 and was then remade in 2006 with a cast that included Michelle Trachtenberg and Mary Elizabeth Winstead. 



Playing With Fire

(In Cinemas December 26th)


John Cena and Keegan-Michael Key lead this new knockabout comedy. 

Cena plays Jake Carson, a straight-laced fire superintendent Jake Carson who leads an elite team of expert firefighters.

When the team come to the rescue of three siblings in the path of an encroaching wildfire, they are forced to babysit them, a job more challenging than fighting any fire. 

Brianna Hildebrand, Judy Greer, John Leguizamo and Christian Convery co-star alongside Cena and Key.

Andy Fickman, director of She's The Man and Race To Witch Mountain, is in charge. He works from a script from Dan Ewan and Matt Liebermann. 



Honey Boy

(In Cinemas December 6th)


Shia LaBeouf stars and provides the screenplay for this quirky drama, which he rewrote while in rehab, with his character being based on his own father and the title comes from his childhood nickname. 

Maika Monroe, Lucas Hedges, Noah Jupe and FKA Twigs co-star alongside LaBeouf, while Alma Har'el directs.



Spies In Disguise

(In Cinemas December 26th)


Will Smith and Tom Holland team up for this suave new animation. 

The movie follows Smith's Lance Sterling,  the world's best super spy, who is forced to team up with gadget inventor Walter (Holland) in order to save the day.

Sadly, for Sterling, Walter's genius idea turns out to be turning him into a pigeon...

Ben Mendelsohn, Karen Gillan, Rashida Jones, DJ Khaled and Masi Oka are also in the voice cast for the film, which has been directed by Nick Bruno and Troy Quane. 



Ordinary Love

(In Cinemas December 6th)


Liam Neeson and Lesley Manville co-headline this tender drama.

The pair play Tom and Joan, a married couple dealing with the fallout from a recent cancer diagnosis. 

The movie is written by Owen McCafferty, with Good Vibrations Lisa Barros D’Sa and Glenn Leyburn directing. 


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