previews... - January 23, 2018

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

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


Black Panther

(In Cinemas February 13th)


After making his debut in Captain America: Civil War and before he takes a key role in Avengers: Infinity War, Chadwick Boseman’s Black Panther gets a movie all to himself.

Set after the events of Civil War, we follow Boseman’s T’Challa as he heads back to his homeland of Wakanda following the death of his father, the King of Wakanda.

Once home, he soon discovers that he faces a challenge for the throne from factions within his own country, and, when two new enemies conspire to destroy Wakanda, he is forced to team up with C.I.A. agent Everett K. Ross and members of Wakanadan special forces, to prevent Wakanda from being dragged into a world war.

Ryan Coogler, who won many admirers for his work on Creed and Fruitvale Station, directs, with his Creed mainman Michael B. Jordan in a key role as villain Eric ‘Kilmonger’ Stevens.

Lupita Nyong'o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke, Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker and Andy Serkis are in supporting roles.



Fifty Shades Freed

(In Cinemas February 9th)


The raunchy trilogy comes to an end next month with the release of Fifty Shades Freed.

In the new movie, we pick up after the events of Fifty Shades Darker with Christian and Ana now married and expecting a baby. However, Ana's life is threatened when her former boss, Jack Hyde, swears revenge for being fired, while Elena, Christian's former lover, is also back to cause more trouble.

Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson return to star with Kim Basinger, Eric Johnson, Max Martini, Brant Daugherty, Arielle Kebbel, Fay Masterson, Luke Grimes, Rita Ora and Marcia Gay Harden co-starring.

James Foley, best known for his work on House Of Cards and Glengarry Glen Ross, directs once again, with author E.L. James' husband Niall Leonard supplying the script.


Phantom Thread

(In Cinemas February 2nd)


Daniel Day-Lewis announced that he would be retiring in 2017, but before he goes he will leave us with one final performance, Phantom Thread, a second collaboration with Paul Thomas Anderson.

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.



The Shape Of Water

(In Cinemas February 14th)


Guillermo Del Toro’s latest effort is tipped for serious awards action, with Sally Hawkins the clear favourite to take home the Oscar for Best Actress.

The movie is set against the backdrop of Cold War-era America in 1963 and follows Hawkins' Elisa, a mute middle-aged woman who works in a hidden high-security government laboratory is trapped in a life of silence and isolation.

Bored and lonely, Elisa's life is changed forever when she and co-worker Zelda discover a secret classified experiment.

Starring alongside Hawkins are Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins, Doug Jones, Lauren Lee Smith, Michael Stuhlbarg and Octavia Spencer.



I, Tonya

(In Cinemas February 20th)


Hawkins’ nearest competition for the Best Actress gong is expected to come from Margot Robbie and the towering performance she delivers in I, Tonya, the biopic of skater Tonya Harding.

The movie tells the story of Harding's rise up the ranks of the U.S. Figure Skating Championships, a rise that came to an abrupt end when it was discovered that husband had tried to physically eliminate her nearest rival...

Starring alongside Robbie are Sebastian Stan, Allison Janney, Paul Walter Hauser, Julianne Nicholson, Caitlin Carver, Bojana Novakovic and Bobby Cannavale.

Lars And The Real Girl's Craig Gillespie directs, working from a script from Steven Rogers.




(In Cinemas February 2nd)


In this seriously spooky new effort, we find Helen Mirren's Sarah Winchester on an isolated stretch of land 50 miles outside of San Francisco sits the most haunted house in the world.

Constructed in an incessant twenty-four hour a day, seven days a week mania for decades, it stands seven stories tall and contains hundreds of rooms.

To the outsider, it looks like a monstrous monument to a disturbed woman’s madness, but it is actually an asylum for hundreds of vengeful ghosts, and the most terrifying among them have a score to settle with the Winchesters.

Sarah Snook and Jason Clarke co-star with direction coming from Predestination/Jigsaw pair The Spierig Brothers.



Lady Bird

(In Cinemas February 16th)


Greta Gerwig’s tender coming of age drama has already drawn huge amounts of critical praise across the pond and we finally get to see it next month.

Saoirse Ronan stars as Christine 'Lady Bird' McPherson, a high-school senior who longs for adventure, sophistication, and opportunity, but finds none of that in her Sacramento Catholic high school. The movie charts her first romance, her friendships and her troubled relationship with her mother, played by Laurie Metcalf.

Ronan and Metcalf are supported here by Lucas Hedges, Timothée Chalamet, Tracy Letts, Beanie Feldstein, Stephen McKinley Henderson, and Lois Smith.


Journey’s End

(In Cinemas February 2nd)


Sam Claflin leads the way in this charged WWII drama.

Starring alongside Claflin are Asa Butterfield, Toby Jones, Tom Sturridge, Stephen Graham and Paul Bettany.

Set in March 1918, we follow C-Company, led by a war-weary Claflin's Captain Stanhope, which arrives in northern France to take its turn in the front-line trenches. Told that a German offensive is imminent Stanhope drowns his fears in whisky whilst the officers and their cook attempt to distract themselves in their dugout with talk of food and life before the war.

They are joined by Butterfield's Raleigh, a young new officer fresh out of training excited about his first real posting, and a chance to serve under Stanhope. Raleigh’s naivety serves as a stark contrast to the other men’s impending fear as the tension rises and the attack draws ever closer.

The film has been directed by Saul Dibb, best known for work on Suite Francaise, it is adapted from R. C. Sheriff's play of the same name.



Den Of Thieves

(In Cinemas February 2nd)


Gerard Butler leads this action-packed crime saga in which we follow an elite unit of the LA County Sheriff's Dept. and the state's most successful bank robbery crew as the outlaws plan a seemingly impossible heist on the Federal Reserve Bank and the police plan how to stop it.

50 Cent, Pablo Schreiber, O'Shea Jackson Jr., Evan Jones and Dawn Olivieri are among the supporting cast.


Dark River

(In Cinemas February 23rd)


Clio Barnard, writer and director of the much-acclaimed drama The Selfish Giant, follows up with this dark effort.

Ruth Wilson, Mark Stanley, Sean Bean and Joe Dempsie all star. Wilson leads the way as Alice, who returns to her home village for the first time in 15 years, to claim the tenancy to the family farm she believes is rightfully hers.

It’s a claim that’s not universally accepted...


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