previews... - November 27, 2018

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

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


Mary Poppins Returns 

(Out December 21st)


The beloved Mary Poppins returns, 54 years after she first graced the big screen. 

Emily Blunt takes over from Julie Andrews in the titular role with Lin-Manuel Miranda playing Jack, an apprentice to Dick Van Dyke's Bert from the original movie, and a supporting cast that also includes Ben Whishaw, Emily Mortimer, Julie Walters, Colin Firth, Meryl Streep and Angela Lansbury. 

Chicago man Rob Marshall is in the director's chair, working from a script from Life Of Pi writer David Magee. 

Set once again in London, for the sequel, we find ourselves in the 1930s, Jane and Michael Banks are now grown-up, with Michael still living in the house on Cherry Tree Lane. He lives there with his three children, Annabel, John, and Georgie and a housekeeper named Ellen.

After Michael suffers a personal loss, Mary Poppins comes back to the Banks family and brings her magic with her…




(Out December 14th)


It's been a quiet year for the DC universe, but it returns next month with the release of big-budget splashtacular Aquaman. 

Jason Momoa, who made his debut in Justice League, takes the title role, while Amber Heard, Willem Dafoe, Patrick Wilson, Dolph Lundgren, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, and Nicole Kidman are in supporting roles.

This movie is an origin story for Momoa's Arthur Curry, absent heir to the underwater kingdom of Atlantis, who must step forward to lead his people after his half-brother Orm decides is set on invading the surface.

James Wan is in the director's chair for this CGI-heavy adventure. 



Holmes & Watson  

(Out December 26th)


Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly lead this new spoof based around the adventures of Sherlock Holmes. 

Ferrell plays Holmes with Reilly as Doctor Watson, the pair are pitted against the devious Professor Moriarty, played this time by Ralph Fiennes. 

The movie reunites Ferrell and Reilly, who have starred together in hit comedies Step Brothers and Talladega Nights. 

Lauren Lapkus, Rob Brydon, Kelly Macdonald, Rebecca Hall, Fiennes and Hugh Laurie co-star, working for Get Hardwriter/director Etan Cohen.




(Out December 26th)


The first of many planned Transformers spin-offs arrives on the big screen next month. 

Travis Knight, the director who made his name with animated hit Kubo And The Two Strings, is in charge of Bumblebee, with a script from Christina Hodson, who is currently writing Birds Of Prey, and has Lorenzo Di Bonaventura and Michael Bay acting as producers. 

Hailee Steinfeld, John Cena, Jorge Lendeborg Jr., Jason Drucker, Kenneth Choi and Rachel Crow all star, with the action shifting to before the events of the first Transformers film. 

Set in 1987, the film begins with young Transformer Bumblebee taking refuge in a small California beach town junkyard.

Quickly, a teenage girl named Charlie Watson (Steinfeld) learns that it is no ordinary Volkswagen Beetle...



Mortal Engines 

(Out December 14th)


Peter Jackson oversees this lavish new fantasy adaptation. 

The movie is set in a dystopian future where the world's great cities survive a now desolate Earth by moving around on giant wheels attacking and devouring smaller towns to replenish their resources.

Starring are Misfits' Robert Sheehan, Icelandic actress Hera Hilmar and Lord Of The Rings/The Hobbit key man Hugo Weaving. 

The movie has been directed by Christian Rivers, who worked as a visual effects supervisor on the Lord Of The Rings, and has a script by the Middle Earth trilogy's Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens and Jackson.

It is based on the novel of the same name by Philip Reeve.



White Boy Rick  

(Out December 7th)


Matthew McConaughey leads the way in this brutal new drama. 

The movie retells the true story of Rick Wershe Jr and his rise to infamy. 

Set in 1980s Detroit at the height of the crack epidemic and the War on Drugs, the movie follows Rick Wershe Jr., who became an undercover police informant and later a drug dealer, before he was abandoned by his handlers and sentenced to life in prison. 

Starring alongside McConaughey are Jennifer Jason Leigh, Bruce Dern, Bel Powley and Piper Laurie, while 71 director Yann Demange is in charge.



(Out December 14th)


Chloë Sevigny and Kristen Stewart lead this tense drama from director Craig William Macneill.

Sevigny plays the title character, who is unmarried at 32 and has become a social outcast trapped under her austere, domineering father’s control.

That all changes though, when Bridget Sullivan, a young maid desperate for work, comes to live with the family.

In Bridget, Lizzie finds a kindred spirit and an intimacy that blossoms into a wicked plan, and a dark, unsettling end.



The Old Man & The Gun 

(Out December 7th)


Robert Redford makes his final appearance in this dark new thriller. 

Redford plays Forrest Tucker,  a 70-year-old career criminal, who makes an audacious escape from San Quentin, and then goes to commit a series of ever more daring robberies. 

On his tail is Casey Affleck's detective John Hunt, who becomes obsessed with trying to catch him. 

Elisabeth Moss, Danny Glover, Tika Sumpter, Tom Waits and Sissy Spacek are in the supporting cast.

A Ghost Story and Pete's Dragon director David Lowery directs and supplies the script. 



Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse 

(Out December 14th)


It's a new, animated take on Spider-Man, this time focusing on Miles Morales as the web-slinger, voiced by newcomer Shameik Moore. 

In this movie, we follow Miles Morales, who must juggle his high school life with his status as a superhero.

In time, he is introduced to the "Spider-Verse" where there can be more than just one Spider-Man...

Hailee Steinfeld, Mahershala Ali, Jake Johnson, Liev Schreiber, Brian Tyree Henry, Luna Lauren Velez and Lily Tomlin are also among the voice cast.



Return Of The Hero 

(Out December 7th)


The Artist's Jean Dujardin and Inglorious Basterds' Mélanie Laurent star in this French historical comedy.

We find ourselves in 1809, with Dujardin leading the way as Capitaine Charles-Grégoire Neuville.

Captain Neuville is called to the front to join Napoleon, leaving his future bride heartbroken. Her sister decides to write letters on his behalf to cheer her up. But it all goes south when Neuville reappears and proves to be nothing like his written self...


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