previews... - January 30, 2019

Best Movies of February 2019: previews the top 10...
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by Tom hmv London, Bio Editor. Peanut butter, punk rock and pillows.

Best Movies of February 2019: previews the top 10... previews 10 of the most exciting movies that will be coming to your cinema screens in February...


Cold Pursuit

(Out February 22nd)

Liam Neeson stars in this icy new action thriller. 

Neeson plays Nelson Coxman, a snow plougher who heads out for revenge against a drug cartel in his Rocky Mountains hometown after his son is murdered by the gang.

Laura Dern, Julia Jones, Emmy Rossum, Tom Bateman and William Forsythe star alongside Neeson.

The film is a remake of the 2014 Norwegian thriller In Order of Disappearance which starred Stellan Skarsgård and Game Of Thrones man Kristofer Hivju.

Norwegian director Hans Petter Moland, who directed the original, takes charge, working from a script from screenwriting newcomer Frank Baldwin.



If Beale Street Could Talk

(Out 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.

It stars Kiki Layne, Ed Skrein, Stephan James, Pedro Pascal, Bryan Tyrie Henry, Teyonah Parris, Finn Whitrock, Regina King and Colman Domingo, with Jenkins on adapting and directing duty. 



Green Book

(Out February 9th)


Another serious awards contender, which boasts five Oscar nods, including both key acting categories. 

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. 



Alita: Battle Angel

(Out February 6th)


In among all the Oscar dramas comes this futuristic action spectacular. 

Rosa Salazar, Christoph Waltz, Jennifer Connelly, Mahershala Ali, Ed Skrein and Jackie Earle Haley star in this film, which sees Yukito Kishiro's hugely successful Battle Angel Alita manga being given the big screen treatment.

It has James Cameron overseeing as producer and Robert Rodriguez directing. 

Alita is a weapon created by Waltz’s mysterious Dr Ido while searching for cyborg parts and made into a lethal, dangerous being. She cannot remember who she is, or where she came from. But we’re about to find out...



Boy Erased

(Out February 8th)


Russell Crowe and Nicole Kidman lead this dark drama, which is based on Garrard Conley's 2016 memoir.

Conley's book recounted his childhood in a fundamentalist Arkansas family who enrolled him in gay conversion therapy, becomes a movie in this new drama.

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

Crowe and Kidman play Conley's parents, while Red Hot Chilli Peppers' Flea, Xavier Dolan, singer Troye Sivan and Joe Alwyn also co-star. 



The Kid Who Would Be King

(Out February 15th)


Joe Cornish's long-awaited fantasy adventure finally gets a release in February. 

The film stars Patrick Stewart, Louis Serkis, Tom Taylor and Rebecca Ferguson, with Cornish, writer/director of Attack The Block, on both writing and directing duty here too. 

Loosely based on the story of King Arthur and his Knights, the film follows 12-year-old Alex, who finds his everyday problems dwarfed by his discovery of the mythical sword Excalibur. 

Together with his friends, he must then embark on an epic quest to thwart a medieval villain named Morgana, who is hell-bent on destroying the world.



Can You Ever Forgive Me?

(Out February 1st)


Melissa McCarthy takes a break from comedy for a very different project with Can You Ever Forgive Me?

McCarthy plays Lee Israel, a struggling biographer who begins to forge and sell letters by deceased writers, playwrights, and actors, lacing them with intimate details. 

Initially, she plans to do this to survive, but soon discovers it's very lucrative indeed...

Richard E. Grant co-stars, working for director Marielle Heller. 



Happy Death Day 2U

(Out February 12th)


Happy Death Day was a surprise hit, grossing over $122 million on a budget of just under $5 million. Naturally, a sequel was swiftly ordered. 

It followed Tree Gelbman, a college student who is murdered on her birthday and begins reliving the day over and over again; at that point, she sets out to find the killer and stop her death.

In the sequel, we find ourselves two years after the original movie and back in the time loop. 

This time, Gelbman unexpectedly re-enters the time loop and becomes determined to escape it after finding out her friends are now involved. But first, she's got to catch a new killer...



How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

(Out February 1st)


It's been delayed a few times, but we get a long overdue catch up with Hiccup and Toothless in February. 

Jay Baruchel, Cate Blanchett, Gerard Butler, Craig Ferguson, America Ferrera, Jonah Hill, Kit Harington, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, T. J. Miller, Kristen Wiig and F. Murray Abraham offer their voices up, while Dean DeBlois returns to write and direct. 

The series is set in a mythical Viking world where a young Viking teenager named Hiccup aspires to follow his tribe's tradition of becoming a dragon slayer. After finally capturing his first dragon, he quickly realises that the dragon he has captured, Toothless, is someone he wants to befriend rather than kill. 

In the new movie, we meet Hiccup after he fulfils his dream of creating a peaceful dragon utopia and his dragon Toothless has discovered an untamed, elusive mate. When danger mounts at home and Hiccup's reign as village chief is tested, both dragon and rider must make impossible decisions to save their kind



On The Basis Of Sex

(Out February 15th)


Felicity Jones and Armie Hammer lead this powerhouse biopic. 

The movie is a biopic of lawyer Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the second woman in history to have been appointed to the US Supreme Court. 

The film follows Ginsburg as she teams with her husband Marty to bring a groundbreaking case before the U.S. Court of Appeals and overturn a century of gender discrimination.

Starring alongside Jones and Hammer are Justin Theroux, Jack Reynor, Cailee Spaeny, Sam Waterson and Kathy Bates. Pay It Forward and Deep Impact director Mimi Leder takes charge, working from a script from Daniel Stiepleman. 


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