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Best Movies of January 2018: previews the top 10...
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by Tom hmv London, Bio Editor. Peanut butter, punk rock and pillows.

Best Movies of January 2018: previews the top 10... previews 10 of the most exciting movies that will be coming to your cinema screens in January...


The Post

(In Cinemas January 19th)

Steven Spielberg assembles an all-star cast for this new drama, which has been heavily tipped to be a key feature of Awards season.

The film is set in June 1971 and retells the saga of the Pentagon Papers, the massive cover-up of government secrets that spanned four decades and four US Presidents.

We follow The Washington Post’s Katherine Graham, who was still finding her footing as the country’s first female newspaper publisher, and Ben Bradlee, the paper’s volatile, driven editor, who was trying to enhance the stature of the struggling paper. Meryl Streep plays Graham with Tom Hanks playing Bradlee.

Together, Graham and Bradlee formed an unlikely team, as they were forced to come together and make the bold decision to support The New York Times and fight the Nixon Administration’s unprecedented attempt to restrict the first amendment.

Starring alongside Hanks and Streep are Sarah Paulson, Bob Odenkirk, Tracy Letts, Bradley Whitford, Bruce Greenwood, Matthew Rhys and Alison Brie.

Spielberg directs, working from a script from Spotlight writer Josh Singer.


Maze Runner: The Death Cure

(In Cinemas January 26th)

The hugely successful YA action series finishes up for now with the release of the final part of the trilogy.

The film stars Dylan O'Brien, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Kaya Scodelario, Nathalie Emmanuel, Rosa Salazar, Giancarlo Esposito and Patricia Clarkson, with Wes Ball once again returning to the director's chair.

In this movie, which follows The Maze Runner and Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials, we find Dylan O'Brien's Thomas tasked with leading his group of escaped Gladers on their final and most dangerous mission yet.

To save their friends, they must break into the legendary Last City, a WCKD-controlled labyrinth that may turn out to be the deadliest maze of all. Anyone who makes it out alive will get answers to the questions the Gladers have been asking since they first arrived in the maze.

The movie was originally due for release in February of this year, but production had to be halted when star Dylan O'Brien was badly injured during a stunt and was delayed by a full year.



(In Cinemas January 19th)

Already a smash hit in the US and South America, Pixar’s latest adventure arrives in UK cinemas next month.

Coco features the voices of Gael García Bernal, Benjamin Bratt, Renée Victor and newcomer Adrian Gonzalez and has been directed by Toy Story 3 and Finding Nemo's Lee Unkrich. Unkrich works from a script from The Good Dinosaur writer Adrian Molina.

The story follows 12-year-old Miguel, who has grown up in a family that has banned music. Despite the ban, Miguel dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol Ernesto de la Cruz. Desperate to prove his talent and make a life in music, Miguel, after a series of misadventures finds himself in the Land of the Dead.

Along the way, he meets charming trickster Hector and together they set off on an extraordinary journey to unlock the real story behind Miguel's family history.



Molly’s Game

(In Cinemas January 1st)

Aaron Sorkin makes his debut behind the camera as well as providing the script for this tightly-wound new thriller.

The movie is based on a true story and stars Jessica Chastain as Molly Bloom, a former Olympic-class skier who wound up ran the world’s most exclusive high-stakes poker game for a decade before being arrested in the middle of the night by 17 FBI agents wielding automatic weapons.

The game had players that included Hollywood stars, sports stars, business titans and finally, unbeknownst to her, the Russian mob. The movie follows her prosecution as she struggles to keep her clients' secrets and herself out of jail.

Sorkin makes his directorial debut for the movie and adapts Bloom's book, Molly's Game: From Hollywood's Elite to Wall Street's Billionaire Boys Club, My High-Stakes Adventure in the World of Underground Poker.

Starring alongside Chastain are Idris Elba, Kevin Costner, Michael Cera, Brian d'Arcy James, Chris O'Dowd, Bill Camp, Graham Greene, Claire Rankin, Joe Keery, and Jeremy Strong.



(In Cinemas January 26th)

Alexander Payne, best known for his beloved offbeat comedy Sideways, takes offbeat comedy to a whole new level in this new effort.

The movie is set in a future where Norwegian scientists discover how to shrink humans to 5 inches tall and propose a 200-year global transition from big to small as a solution to overpopulation.

Damon's Paul Safranek and his wife Audrey (Wiig) decide to abandon their stressed lives in Omaha in order to get small and move to a new downsized community, especially after they're informed how much further money goes in a miniaturized world.

Payne writes and directs, with Hong Chau, James Van Der Beek, Rolf Lassgård, Neil Patrick Harris and Laura Dern co-starring.


All The Money In The World

(In Cinemas January 5th)

Ridley Scott’s new drama has been forced to undertake a radical change in the last month.

The movie is set in the early 1970s and documents the sustained refusal of oil baron J. Paul Getty to cooperate with the extortion demands of a group of kidnappers, from the organized crime group Ndrangheta, who had abducted and mutilated his grandson John Paul Getty III.

Originally the film had been shot with Kevin Spacey in the role of Getty, but after allegations of sexual misconduct against Spacey were made public, Scott took the decision to reshoot the film with Plummer taking Spacey’s role and starring alongside Michelle Williams and Mark Wahlberg.

Remarkably though, the film has kept its release date...


Darkest Hour

(In Cinemas January 12th)

Gary Oldman takes on the role of Winston Churchill in this lavish new biopic from director Joe Wright.

The movie begins with Churchill newly elected as Prime Minister of Great Britain and facing one of his most turbulent and defining trials: exploring a negotiated peace treaty with Nazi Germany, or standing firm to fight for the ideals, liberty and freedom of a nation.

As the unstoppable Nazi forces roll across Western Europe and the threat of invasion is imminent, and with an unprepared public, a sceptical King, and his own party plotting against him, Churchill must withstand his darkest hour, rally a nation, and attempt to change the course of world history.

Wright directs, working from a script from Anthony McCarten, the adaptor of the Oscar-winning The Theory Of Everything, with Ben Mendelsohn, Kristin Scott Thomas, Lily James, Stephen Dillane and Ronald Pickup also in key roles.


Early Man

(In Cinemas January 26th)

Aardman Animations take us back to the Stone Age in their new family adventure.

The movie features the voices of Tom Hiddleston, Eddie Redmayne, Game Of Thrones' star Maisie Williams, Timothy Spall, Richard Ayoade, Selina Griffiths, Johnny Vegas and Mark Williams.

It has been directed by Nick Park, writer and director of all of the Wallace and Gromit movies.

Set at the dawn of time, when prehistoric creatures roamed the earth, the movie tells the story of courageous caveman hero named Dug (Redmayne) and his best friend Hognob as they unite his tribe against a mighty enemy Lord Nooth (Hiddleston) and his Bronze Age City to save their home.



The Commuter

(In Cinemas January 19th)

Liam Neeson has a very bad journey to work in this mysterious new action thriller.

The movie stars Neeson as Michael, an insurance salesman who is on his daily commute home when it quickly becomes anything but routine.

After being contacted by a mysterious stranger, Michael is forced to uncover the identity of a hidden passenger on his train before the last stop.

As he works against the clock to solve the puzzle, he realizes a deadly plan is unfolding and is unwittingly caught up in a criminal conspiracy.

The Commuter reunites Neeson with Jaume Collet-Serra, with whom he made Non-Stop. The movie is Collet-Serra's follow-up to hit shark drama The Shallows.

He is supported by a cast that includes Vera Farmiga, Florence Pugh, Sam Neill, Elizabeth McGovern, Jonathan Banks and Patrick Wilson.


Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri

(In Cinemas January 12th)

Another film heavily tipped for Oscar season, this drama sees the long-awaited return of writer/director Martin McDonagh.

Starring Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell, John Hawkes, and Peter Dinklage, the movie follows Mildred Hayes, a mother who takes matters into her own hands after the police in her town are unable to find a suspect in her daughter's murder.

Her own personal mission sees her by purchasing three billboards to call public attention to the unsolved crime. This leads her to confrontations with the police and other residents of the town.


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