previews... - January 3, 2018

hmv previews... 2018's Best Movies - Dramas
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hmv previews... 2018's Best Movies - Dramas

Over the next two weeks, we're going to be previewing 100 of 2018's best movies. We continue with the dramas...


All The Money In The World

Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Michelle Williams and Christopher Plummer

Director: Ridley Scott

Release Date: January 5th


Ridley Scott’s new drama tells the story of 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.

The premise was dramatic enough before real-life events intervened, but after Kevin Spacey, who had played Getty, was accused of harassing then 14-year-old actor Anthony Rapp in 1986 as well as series of other allegations of harassment, a change had to be made.

Spacey was cut and replaced by Christopher Plummer, with the entire cast returning for reshoots, with the film’s original release date of January 5th somehow kept in place.



Mary Queen Of Scots

Starring: Saoirse Ronan, Margot Robbie, David Tennant, Jack Lowden, Martin Compston and Joe Alwyn

Director: Josie Rourke

Release Date: September 14th


The story of Mary Queen Of Scots is given the big-screen treatment for this lavish new drama. Saoirse Ronan plays Mary with Margot Robbie portraying Queen Elizabeth I

We watch as Mary becomes the anchor of an attempt to overthrow her cousin Elizabeth I, Queen of England, a plot which finds her condemned to years of imprisonment before facing execution.

Newcomer Josie Rourke is in the director’s chair, while House Of Cards creator Beau Willimon provides the script.


First Man

Starring: Claire Foy, Ryan Gosling, Jon Bernthal, Kyle Chandler

Director: Damien Chazelle

Release Date: November 2nd


Fresh from his huge success with La La Land, this time writer/director Damien Chazelle is looking skywards for his new drama.

His new movie is a warts and all biopic of astronaut Neil Armstrong, and the legendary space mission that led him to become the first man to walk on the Moon on July 20, 1969.

Gosling plays Armstrong with Claire Foy as his wife Janet.


Boy Erased

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

Director: Joel Edgerton

Release Date: TBC


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.


Fighting With My Family

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

Director: Stephen Merchant

Release Date: TBC


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.




Starring: Olivia Cooke, Anya Taylor-Joy, Anton Yelchin, Paul Sparks and Francie Swift

Director: Cory Finley

Release Date: March 9th

Breakout stars Anya Taylor-Joy and Olivia Cooke play Amanda and Lily, two upper-class teenage girls in suburban Connecticut rekindle their unlikely friendship after years of growing apart, a rekindling that draws them into a strange little heist...


Mary Magdalene

Starring: Rooney Mara, Joaquin Phoenix, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Tahar Rahim

Director: Garth Davis

Release Date: March 16th


Garth Davis moves on from a story born from searching on Google Earth to the most iconic story of them all.

Rooney Mara plays Mary Magdalene with Phoenix portraying Jesus as the relationship between the pair and his other disciples are explored.



On Chesil Beach

Starring: Saoirse Ronan, Billy Howle, Emily Watson and Anne-Marie Duff

Director: Dominic Cooke

Release Date: June 15th


Saoirse Ronan scored an Oscar nomination aged just 13 when she starred in the hit adaptation of Ian McEwan’s Atonement and now she reunites with McEwan for the second time for this new drama.

Ronan plays Florence, while Howle stars as Edward, who have just been married and are spending their honeymoon in a small hotel on the Dorset seashore, it’s a honeymoon that starts off happily but quickly goes wrong.




Starring: Lily James, Michiel Huisman, Matthew Goode, Jessica Brown Findlay, Glen Powell and Katherine Parkinson

Director: Mike Newell

Release Date: April 20th


This tender drama stars Lily James as Juliet Ashton, a writer who forms an unexpected bond with the residents of Guernsey Island in the aftermath of World War II when she decides to write a book about their experiences during the war.



Phantom Thread

Starring: Daniel Day-Lewis, Lesley Manville

Director: Paul Thomas Anderson

Release Date: February 2nd


Daniel Day-Lewis takes his final bow as he reunites with Paul Thomas Anderson for this tense new drama. 

The movie stars Lesley Manville, Richard Graham and Vicky Krieps alongside Day-Lewis, it tells the story of renowned dressmaker Reynolds Woodcock, who has struggled to find love throughout his adult life.

One day, he meets Alma, who soon becomes a fixture in his life as his muse and lover. Once controlled and planned, he finds his carefully tailored life disrupted by love and the ups and downs of a relationship.

Anderson, who worked with Day-Lewis on the Oscar-winning There Will Be Blood, writes and directs this movie, which also features a score from Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood.


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