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by Tom hmv London, Bio Editor. Peanut butter, punk rock and pillows. previews... 10 of December's Best Movies previews 10 of the most exciting movies that will be coming to your screens in December...


West Side Story

(Out December 10th)

Steven Spielberg puts his own spin on the beloved musical next month. 

West Side Story is a re-telling of Romeo & Juliet, set against the backdrop of a changing and simmering New York City as two gangs, a white gang called the Jets and a Puerto Rican gang called the Sharks, fight for their place in the streets. 

In amongst all that, two lovers, white Tony and Latina Maria, the sister of the Sharks’ leader, dream of running away and getting married.

It was originally made into a movie in 1961, with Natalie Wood, George Chakris and Rita Moreno starring. 

In Spielberg's new take, Ansel Elgort plays Tony, with newcomer Rachel Zegler playing Maria.

Moreno is returning to the cast, with Corey Stoll, Ariana deBose and Brian d'Arcy James also in key roles. 

Spielberg works from a script from Angels In America writer Tony Kushner, who has adapted Stephen Sondheim and Leonard Bernstein's original. 

You can check out the 1961 movie here in hmv's online store. 


Spider-Man: No Way Home

(Out December 15th)

Tom Holland's web-slinger gets a third solo outing at the end of 2021. 

The film picks up after the events of Spider-Man: Far From Home and Peter Parker's life and his reputation is turned upside down following his identity being exposed at the hands of Mysterio.

Seeking help from Doctor Strange to try and fix his problems with a spell to make the world forget they discovered who Spider-Man really was, things soon become much more dangerous...

Tom Holland leads the way as Spider-Man with Benedict Cumberbatch playing Doctor Strange. 

Zendaya, Jon Favreau, Jacob Batalon and Marisa Tomei are back to star, with J. B. Smoove and Benedict Wong also on board.

As is hinted in the trailer, Willem Dafoe, Alfred Molina and Jamie Foxx, who all previously portrayed Spider-Man villains, are back to take part in this movie.

Jon Watts directs, as he did on Spider-Man: Homecoming and Spider-Man: Far From Home, he works from a script from Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers.


The Matrix Resurrections

(Out December 22nd)

After 18 years in the deep freeze, the beloved cyberpunk trilogy is re-born. 

The Matrix followed Neo, a computer hacker Neo who is invited to a forbidding underworld. Once there, he discovers the shocking truth, that the life he knows is the elaborate deception of an evil cyber-intelligence.

Two sequels followed, but this is first movie in the franchise since The Matrix Revolutions. 

Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss return to star, with Jonathon Groff, Neil Patrick Harris, Jessica Henwick and Yahya Abdul-Mateen among the new additions to the cast.

Set 20 years after the events of The Matrix Revolutions, we meet Neo again, trying to live an ordinary life as Thomas A. Anderson in San Francisco, with seemingly no memory of what happened.

However, finding himself plagued by strange memories, his life takes an unexpected turn when he finds himself back inside the Matrix...

Aleksander Hemon and Cloud Atlas writer David Mitchell have provided work on the script alongside director Lana Wachowski, though her sister Lilly, who co-directed the originals, has not worked on the new movie. 


The King's Man

(Out December 22nd)

At long last, over two years after its original release date, Matthew Vaughn's original story of his dapper action franchise finally arrives. 

The film stars  Ralph Fiennes and newcomer Harris Dickinson and is set during World War I.

It will blend the fictional universe of the Kingsman with the real-life Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment, which has had a rank known as Kingsman for more than a century.

In this adventure, a collection of history's worst tyrants and criminal masterminds gather to plot a war to wipe out millions, Fiennes' Orlando, Duke of Oxford and his protégé must race against time to stop them in their tracks...

The movie finds Matthew Vaughn directing once again, working from a script written by Karl Gajdusek. 

Daniel Brühl, Charles Dance, Rhys Ifans, Matthew Goode, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Gemma Arterton, Tom Hollander, Djimon Hounsou and Stanley Tucci co-star alongside Fiennes and Dickinson. 

To check out both previous instalments of Kingsman in hmv's online store, click here. 


Boxing Day

(Out December 3rd)

A British romantic comedy arrives at the start of next month, perfectly timed for the festive season. 

Inspired by the life of writer, director, and star Aml Ameen's the film follows Melvin, a British author living in America, who returns home to London for Christmas to introduce his American fiancée, Lisa, to his eccentric British-Caribbean family.

Their relationship is put to the test as she discovers the world her fiancée has left behind...

Starring alongside Ameen are Aja Naomi King, Claire Skinner, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Tamara Lawrence, Yasmin Monet Prince and Little Mix's Leigh-Anne Pinnock.


Blue Bayou

(Out December 3rd)

Alicia Vikander and Justin Chon star in this tense new drama. 

Chon plays Antonio LeBlanc, a Korean-American man raised in the Louisiana bayou who is forced to confront the ghosts of his past as he discovers that he could be deported from the only country he has ever called home...

Starring alongside Vikander and Chon are Mark O'Brien, Linh Dan Pham, Sydney Kowalske, Vondie Curtis-Hall, Altonio Jackson and Emory Cohen. 

As well as starring, Chon, best known for his roles in The Twilight Saga and Revenge of the Green Dragons, has directed, written and produced this film. 


C'mon C'mon

(Out December 3rd)

Joaquin Phoenix leads this heartwarming new drama. 

Phoenix plays Johnny, a documentary filmmaker whose latest project has him interviewing children across America about the state of affairs in the world. #

As part of the project, he forges a tenuous but transformational relationship with his eight-year-old nephew Jesse, who he ends up taking on his travels from Los Angeles to New York to New Orleans. 

Woody Norman plays Jesse, with Gabby Hoffman and Scott McNairy also in the film. 

Mike Mills, director of Beginners and 20th Century Women, is on writing and directing duty here. 


Nine Days

(Out December 17th)

Winston Duke and Zazie Beetz lead this oddball supernatural drama. 

Duke plays Will, an arbiter who judges souls before they inhabit bodies in the living.

When a vacancy for a new life on earth becomes available, Will meets with several candidates - unborn souls - and puts them through tests determining their fitness, facing oblivion when they are deemed unsuitable.

Soon though, Will faces his own existential challenge in the form of Beetz' free-spirited Emma, a candidate who is not like the others, forcing him to turn within and reckon with his own tumultuous past.

Co-starring are Benedict Wong, Tony Hale, Bill Skarsgård, David Rysdahl and Arianna Ortiz.

Hotly-tipped Edson Oda writes and directs, with Spike Jonze among the film's executive producers.


Boiling Point

(Out December 29th)

Stephen Graham stars in this intense drama, which is filmed in a single take. 

Graham plays Andy Jones, an emotionally scarred London chef who is struggling to wrangle his team on the busiest day of the year...

Philip Barentini, who previously directed a short film based on the same premise, writes and directs.

Starring alongside Graham are Jason Fleyming, Ray Panthaki and Izuka Hoyle. 


Resident Evil: Welcome To Raccoon City

(Out December 3rd)

The hugely successful action franchise is rebooted with a new cast and a new take on the video game. 

Kaya Scodelario leads the way as we journey through Raccoon City, once the booming home of pharmaceutical giant Umbrella Corporation, now a dying Midwestern town.

The company’s exodus left the city a wasteland…with great evil brewing below the surface. When that evil is unleashed, a group of survivors must work together to uncover the truth behind Umbrella and make it through the night...

Hannah John-Kamen, Robbie Amell, Tom Hopper, Avan Jogia, Donal Logue and Neal McDonough fill out the rest of the cast.

Johannes Roberts, the man behind 47 Meters Down and its sequel, directs and provides the script.

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