previews... - December 30, 2019

Best Movies of January 2020: previews the top 10...
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Best Movies of January 2020: previews the top 10... previews 10 of the most exciting movies that will be coming to your cinema screens in January...



(In Cinemas January 10th)


Sam Mendes follows up his two adventures with 007 with an edge of your seat action-thriller set in the heart of World War I. 

1917 follows two young soldiers, Schofield and Blake, who are given a seemingly impossible mission. In a race against time, they must cross enemy territory and deliver a message that will stop a deadly attack on hundreds of soldiers—Blake’s own brother among them. 

George MacKay, Game Of Thrones man Dean-Charles Chapman, Colin Firth, Mark Strong, Benedict Cumberbatch, Richard Madden and Andrew Scott come together for the film.

Mendes directs and has co-written the script with Krysty Wilson-Cairns, who has also co-written Edgar Wright's new movie Last Night in Soho. 


Rhythm Section

(In Cinemas January 31st)


It’s been a long post-production for this thriller, which was originally due out at the start of 2019.

It stars Lively as Stephanie Patrick, a woman who suffers a devastating loss when her family are killed in a plane crash, a crash on a flight she was also due to be on.

Discovering, years later, that the crash was not an accident, she sets out to find the culprits...

007 producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson have overseen the movie, marking only their second project outside the world of James Bond.



Jojo Rabbit

(In Cinemas January 1st)


Taika Waititi returns with this madcap new comedy. 

The film stars Roman Griffin Davis, Thomasin McKenzie, Waititi, Rebel Wilson, Stephen Merchant, Alfie Allen, Sam Rockwell, and Scarlett Johansson.

It follows Jojo, a young German boy who has his world view turned upside down when he discovers that his single mother Rosie is hiding a young Jewish girl in their attic.

Aided only by an idiotic imaginary friend, Adolf Hitler (voiced and played by Waititi himself), Jojo is forced to confront his blind nationalism.


The Gentlemen

(In Cinemas January 1st)


Guy Ritchie returns to the world of gangsters and hoodlums for his new caper. 

Matthew McConaughey, Michelle Dockery and Crazy Rich Asians man Henry Golding star in the film, with Hugh Grant, Jeremy Strong, Colin Farrell and Charlie Hunnam in the supporting cast. 

The film follows American expat McConaughey's Mickey Pearson, who has built a highly profitable marijuana empire in London. When word gets out that he’s looking to cash out of the business forever it triggers plots, schemes, bribery and blackmail in an attempt to steal his domain out from under him.

The movie, which has previously been called Toff Guys and Bush, will see Ritchie directing and produce from a script he wrote with Marn Davies and Ivan Atkinson.




(In Cinemas January 17th)


Margot Robbie, Charlize Theron and Nicole Kidman come together for this powerful new drama. 

The film tackles the scandal surrounding former Fox News chairman Roger Ailes, which saw Ailes being forced to resign from his 20-year tenure as CEO and chairman of Fox News.

He stood down in the wake of a series of sexual harassment allegations against him from several of the network's female employees, including high-profile anchors such as Megyn Kelly and Gretchen Carlson.

Nicole Kidman plays Carlson, Charlize Theron portrays Kelly and Margot Robbie is Kayla Pospisil, with John Lithgow also starring as Ailes.

Allison Janney, Stephen Root and Kate McKinnon co-star, working for director Jay Roach. The Big Short screenwriter Charles Randolph provides the script.



The Lighthouse

(In Cinemas January 31st)


Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe star in this offbeat, black and white comedy. 

The pair play two lighthouse keepers who start to lose their sanity when a storm strands them on the remote island where they are stationed.

Directed by Robert Eggers from a script written with his brother Max. 



Bad Boys For Life

(In Cinemas January 17th)


17 years after they were last on screen, the Bad Boys are finally back for a new adventure. 

Bad Boys stars Will Smith and Martin Lawrence as Detective Lieutenants Mike Lowrey and Marcus Barnett, maverick police detectives on duty in the heart of Miami.

In the new movie, Barnett is now an inspector and Lowrey finds himself in the middle of a midlife crisis. Now, however, they are forced to unite again when an Albanian mercenary, whose brother they defeated, promises them an important bonus in revenge.

Starring alongside Lawrence and Smith are Vanessa Hudgens, Alexander Ludwig, Charles Melton, Joe Pantoliano and super-producer DJ Khaled.

Belgian pair Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah, who made their name with dark crime drama Black, working from a script that is credited to four writers, including Joe Carnahan and David Guggenheim.



Richard Jewell

(In Cinemas January 31st)


Clint Eastwood brings the real-life story of Richard Jewell to the big screen next month, with Paul Walter Hauser, Sam Rockwell, Kathy Bates, Olivia Wilde and Jon Hamm taking lead roles.

The film is a re-telling of the real-life story of Jewell, who discovered a suspicious backpack in the sports compound while working as a security guard at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta.

Jewell cleared the area and was initially hailed as a hero, but after it was leaked by police to a reporter that Jewell was a possible suspect in the bombing, his life was ruined.

Subsequently, the FBI cleared Jewell as a suspect three months later, but he never recovered and he died in 2007 of a heart attack at age 44.

Hauser plays Jewell, while Rockwell portrays his lawyer. Initially, Eastwood had cast Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill in the lead roles, but both have moved on, though they remain attached as producers.

Eastwood directs, working from a script from Captain Phillips/Overlord writer Billy Ray.



The Personal History Of David Copperfield

(In Cinemas January 24th)


As well as his new TV comedy Avenue 5, Armando Ianucci also delivers an irreverent take on Charles Dickens' classic in January. 

The film stars Dev Patel as Copperfield, with Peter Capaldi, Daisy May Cooper, Gwendoline Christie, Hugh Laurie, Tilda Swinton and Ben Whishaw also in key roles. 

The story follows the good-hearted David Copperfield throughout his life, from his journey as an unwanted orphan and into adulthood.

We watch on as he sets out to be a writer and follow his quest for family, friendship, romance and status. 

Iannucci directs and has adapted Dickens' novel with regular co-writer Simon Blackwell. 



Queen & Slim

(In Cinemas January 31st)

Our final movie of this round-up is a poignant drama which stars Daniel Kaluuya and newcomer Jodie Turner-Smith as the title characters. 

While out on their first date, the couple are pulled over by a police officer. After the altercation goes wrong, the pair are forced to go on the run. 

Starring alongside Kaluuya and Turner-Smith are Chloë Sevigny, Bokeem Woodbine, Sturgill Simpson and Thom Gossom Jr.

Melina Matsoukas, who has directed many of Beyonce's music videos, makes her feature film debut, working from a script from Ready Player One and Master Of None star Lena Waithe.


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