previews... - November 22, 2017

Best Movies of December 2017: previews the top 10...
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by Tom hmv London, Bio Editor. Peanut butter, punk rock and pillows.

Best Movies of December 2017: previews the top 10... previews 10 of the most exciting movies that will be coming to your cinema screens in December...


Star Wars: The Last Jedi

(In Cinemas December 14th)


The long-awaited follow-up to 2015’s all-conquering Star Wars: The Force Awakens finally arrives next month.

The Last Jedi sees Mark Hamill, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong'o, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Gwendoline Christie, Andy Serkis and the late Carrie Fisher return for the new movie, while Laura Dern, Benicio del Toro and Kelly Marie Tran join the cast.

Looper director Rian Johnson writes and directs this new movie.

The film is the follow-up to the hugely successful Star Wars: The Force Awakens and picks up directly after that movie with Rey having finally completed the search for Luke Skywalker and continuing her adventures with Finn and Poe.

As you can tell from the film’s final trailer, it’s going to get dark...



The Greatest Showman 

(In Cinemas December 26th)


Hugh Jackman leads this musical extravaganza.

The movie tells the story of P.T. Barnum, founder of the circus that became the famous travelling Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, with plenty of songs and razzle dazzle as we discover the birth of showbusiness...

The film stars Jackman, Michelle Williams, Efron, Rebecca Ferguson, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Natasha Liu Bordizzo and Zendaya. Australian director Michael Gracey behind the camera. 



Pitch Perfect 3

(In Cinemas December 20th)


The Barden Bellas are back for a third and final time!

Pitch Perfect and its 2015 sequel have grossed over $400 million at the box office. The movies follow the travails of a women's a cappella group, The Barden Bellas, in the first film they competed against another a cappella group from their college to win Nationals and in the second they took on other groups from around the world.

This time around the Bellas are struggling to revive their careers, but an opportunity arrives in the form of a slot on the USO show, performing for American troops in Europe.

However, this time they've some new competition in the form of an all-girl rock band led by Ruby Rose, and the girls face a battle to save their reputations.

This time around Trish Sia, perhaps best-known for being behind some of OK Go's spectacularly clever music videos, is the person in the director's chair, while the cast includes returning appearances from Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Brittany Snow, Hailee Steinfeld, Alexis Knapp, Anna Camp, Hanna Mae Lee and Ester Dean, with new additions including John Lithgow and Andy Allo.



Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle

(In Cinemas December 20th)


22 years after the release of the Robin Williams’ classic, the movie gets a reboot and a sequel with this new blockbuster.

The reboot stars Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson, Jack Black, Karen Gillan, Kevin Hart and Nick Jonas, has been directed by Jake Kasdan with a script written by Scott Rosenberg and Jeff Pinkner.

The reboot follows four high school students in detention who are told to clean out the basement of the school and they find an old video game console, which features the game

While down there they find an old video game console featuring the game Jumanji, which asks that you pick a character and you are then transported to a jungle, where your body takes on the form of the player.

As you can see from the trailer, the jungle brings plenty of unpleasant company for the not-so-intrepid travellers...



The Disaster Artist

(In Cinemas December 1st)


Movies about the making of other movies are becoming more and more commonplace in Hollywood, but they tend to be about good ones, not a film that’s described by many as one of the worst ever made.

The movie has been directed by James Franco, who also stars along with his brother Dave Franco, Seth Rogen, Josh Hutcherson, Zac Efron, Hannibal Buress, Melanie Griffith, Sharon Stone, and Jacki Weaver.

The film tells the story of the making of The Room, the 2003 drama which was a critical and box office flop of epic proportions, but has since gone on to gain a cult fanbase and draw large crowds for screenings across the world.

Based on the memoirs of the film's co-star Greg Sestero, it follows the meeting and early friendship of Sestero and Tommy Wiseau, the mysterious writer, star and director of The Room.

The film has a large group of big-name stars in small roles, including Bryan Cranston, Kristen Bell, Adam Scott, Zach Braff and Kate Upton.  




(In Cinemas December 8th)


Jake Gyllenhaal stars in this heartbreaking drama about the real-life story of John Bauman, a victim of the bombing of the Boston marathon in 2013.

Gyllenhaal plays Bauman, who loses both his legs in the blast and must adjust to his new life, work through his rehabilitation and rebuild his relationship with on/off girlfriend Erin.

Orphan Black’s Tatiana Maslany, Miranda Richardson and Clancy Brown also take key roles, while Pineapple Express and Our Brand Is Crisis director David Gordon Green is in charge.



Shot Caller

(In Cinemas December 15th)


Game Of Thrones key man Nikolai Coster-Waldau takes centre stage in this brutal action drama.

Coster-Waldau plays Jacob Harlon, a successful businessman who is sent to prison after he causes a fatal traffic accident. While inside, he is faced with criminals convicted for far worse crimes than his, so he has no choice but to join a prison gang and pray that he can survive until the end of his sentence.

Omari Hardwick, Lake Bell, Jon Bernthal, Emory Cohen, Jeffrey Donovan, Evan Jones, Benjamin Bratt, and Holt McCallany all co-star. Ric Roman Waugh, director of Snitch, is the man behind this one.




(In Cinemas December 1st)


The Perks Of Being A Wallflower’s Stephen Chbosky unveils his second full-length feature film next month.

Starring Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson and Room’s Jacob Tremblay, the film follows August Pullman, a young boy with facial differences that, up until now, have prevented him from going to a mainstream school, who decides to take his chances in mainstream education.



Happy End

(In Cinemas December 1st)


Isabelle Huppert follows up her Oscar-nominated turn in Elle with a starring role in Funny Games director Michael Haneke’s new work.

The movie sees Huppert and Jean-Louis Trintignant reprising their roles from the 2012 hugely acclaimed film Amour in a new story about a bourgeois family in northern France, oblivious to the human misery unfolding in migrant camps around the port town of Calais, a few miles from their home.

Mathieu Kassovitz, Franz Rogowski and Toby Jones also feature.



Brigsby Bear

(In Cinemas December 8th)


Saturday Night Live key men Dave McCary and Kyle Mooney team up for this acclaimed comedy, which sees McCary directing Mooney’s script.

The story follows James Pope, a man obsessed with a bizarre children's TV show titled Brigsby Bear Adventures. When the series abruptly ends, Pope's life changes forever as he sets out to finish the storyline himself.

Mooney also stars alongside Claire Danes, Mark Hamill, Greg Kinnear, Andy Samberg and Matt Walsh.


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