previews... - January 2, 2019 previews... 2019's Best Movies - Drama
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by Tom hmv London, Bio Editor. Peanut butter, punk rock and pillows. previews... 2019's Best Movies - Drama

Over the next two weeks, we're going to be previewing 100 of 2019's best movies. We continue today with the dramas...


Green Book

Starring: Viggo Mortensen, Mahershala Ali, P.J. Byrne, Linda Cardellini

Director: Peter Farrelly

Release Date: February 9th


This tense, but heartwarming drama is tipped for serious Oscar contention.

The film follows Viggo Mortensen's Tony Lip, a seasoned bouncer at a New York nightclub who takes a job as the bodyguard and chauffeur for Mahershala Ali's pianist Don Shirley.

Shirley hires him as he is about to undertake a large tour in the Deep South in the heart of the Civil Rights movement. 

Peter Farrelly, best known for his work alongside brother Bobby on movies like Dumb & Dumber and Stuck On You, is in solo charge this time. 



The Goldfinch

Starring: Ansel Elgort, Aneurin Barnard, Ashleigh Cummings, Jeffrey Wright, Luke Wilson, Sarah Paulson, Nicole Kidman

Director: John Crowley

Release Date: October 11th


Donna Tartt's bestselling novel comes to the big screen after years in development, stewarded by Brooklyn's John Crowley. 

The film tells the story of Theodore Decker survives a terrorist bombing at an art museum — an attack that kills his mother.

Resigned to life with a deadbeat Dad, he quickly forges his own path, one that ends involving big-time art forgeries...


If Beale Street Could Talk

Starring: Kiki Layne, Ed Skrein, Stephan James, Pedro Pascal, Bryan Tyrie Henry, Teyonah Parris, Finn Whitrock, Regina King and Colman Domingo

Director: Barry Jenkins

Release Date: February 8th


After wowing with Moonlight, Barry Jenkins returns with a new, but equally heartbreaking drama. 

The movie is an adaptation of James Baldwin's novel and follows a 19-year-old girl named Tish, whose real name is Clementine, and a 22-year-old sculptor named Fonny, whose real name is Alonzo. They become engaged, and she subsequently becomes pregnant.

Sadly, Fonny is then imprisoned for a crime he denies, leaving Tish in a race against the clock to prove her lover's innocence while carrying their first born child.



Red Joan

Starring: Judi Dench, Sophie Cookson, Tom Hughes

Director: Trevor Nunn

Release Date: April 19th


The story of Melita Norwood (known here as Joan Stanley) comes to life in this drama. 

A Soviet and communist party sympathize, Stanley becomes employed as a British government civil servant before being subsequently recruited by the KGB in the mid 1930s.

She then successfully transfers nuclear bomb secrets to the Soviet Union...

Kingsman star Sophie Cookson plays the young Joan Stanley, with Dench as the older version. 




Starring: Nicole Kidman, Toby Kebbell, Tatiana Maslany, Scoot McNairy, Bradley Whitford, and Sebastian Stan 

Director: Karyn Kusama

Release Date: January 25th


Nicole Kidman leads the way in this dark drama. 

She plays Erin Bell, who as a young detective, was placed undercover with a gang in the California desert with tragic results.

When the leader of that gang re-emerges many years later, Bell is forced to work her way back through the remaining members and into her own history with them to finally reckon with the demons that destroyed her past. 



Boy Erased

Starring: Lucas Hedges, Russell Crowe, Nicole Kidman, Troye Sivan and Joel Edgerton.

Director: Joel Edgerton

Release Date: February 8th


Garrard Conley's 2016 memoir, which recounted his childhood in a fundamentalist Arkansas family who enrolled him in gay conversion therapy, becomes a movie in 2018.

Joel Edgerton writes, directs and takes a key role, while Hedges plays Conley himself as he comes out to his family and is then sent to therapy.



Wild Rose

Starring: Julie Walters, Sophie Okonedo, Jessie Buckley, Jamie Sives

Director: Tom Harper

Release Date: April 19th


Beast star Jessie Buckley takes centre stage in this gritty musical drama. 

Buckley plays Rose-Lynn Harlan, a young Glaswegian who dreams of running away to Nashville to become a country star, a dream that isn't the least appealing to her mother...



The Woman In The Window

Starring: Amy Adams, Julianne Moore, Wyatt Russell, Gary Oldman, Brian Tyree Henry, Anthony Mackie

Director: Joe Wright

Release Date: September 27th


A.J.Finn's bestselling novels gets a big screen adaptation from Atonement/Darkest Hour director Joe Wright. 

Amy Adams leads the way as Dr Anna Fox, an agoraphobic child psychologist witnesses a crime while spying on her neighbours.

Now it's up to her to determine whether to alert the police...



Starring: Keira Knightley, Alexander Skarsgård, Jason Clarke

Director: James Kent

Release Date: March 1st


Set in postwar Germany in 1946, Knightley plays Rachael Morgan, who arrives in the ruins of Hamburg in the bitter winter, to be reunited with her husband Lewis, a British colonel charged with rebuilding the shattered city.

Rachel is then stunned to discover that they will be sharing their home with its previous owners, a German widower and his daughter. 

It's an arrangement that brings unexpected consequences...



Fighting With My Family

Starring: Florence Pugh, Lena Headey, Nick Frost, Jack Lowden, Dwayne Johnson and Vince Vaughn

Director: Stephen Merchant

Release Date: March 1st


Florence Pugh, who wowed in tense drama Lady Macbeth, stars in this new drama.

Based on the 2012 documentary The Wrestlers: Fighting With My Family, the story follows the Bevis family, who all are professional wrestlers, who are forced to try to work through the issues that arise when daughter Saraya receives a contract to work with WWE.

The Office co-creator Stephen Merchant is in the director’s chair while Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson is both a co-star and key producer.


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