previews... - December 22, 2016 previews... 10 of January’s Best Movies
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by Tom hmv London, Bio Editor. Peanut butter, punk rock and pillows. previews... 10 of January’s Best Movies previews 10 of the most exciting movies that will be coming to your cinemas screens in January...


Assassin’s Creed

(In Cinemas January 1st)


Michael Fassbender leads this hugely anticipated blockbuster adaptation of the computer game franchise.

Fassbender plays Callum Lynch, a descendant of the secret Assassins society who is tasked to unlock genetic memories that allow him to relive the adventures of his ancestor, Aguilar, in 15th Century Spain, memories that will prepare him to take on the oppressive Knights Templar in the present day.

He is joined in the movie by Oscar winner Marion Cotillard, Jeremy Irons, Brendan Gleeson, Michael Kenneth Williams and Ariane Labed. Justin Kurzel, who worked with Fassbender and Cotillard on Macbeth, is on directorial duties.


La La Land

(In Cinemas January 13th)


Tipped to win many an Oscar, Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone star in this musical, which has been written and directed by Whiplash's Damien Chazelle and also features John Legend, J.K. Simmons, Rosemarie DeWitt, Finn Wittrock, Callie Hernandez, Sonoya Mizuno, Jessica Rothe, Tom Everett Scott and Josh Pence in the cast.

La La Land tells the story of Gosling's Sebastian and Stone's Mia. Sebastian is a dedicated jazz musician, scrapes by playing cocktail piano gigs in dingy bars, while Mia is an aspiring actress serves lattes to movie stars in between auditions. The pair meet and fall in love, but, as they find success, things get very complicated.


xXx: The Return Of Xander Cage

(In Cinemas January 19th)


14 years after he first starred as Xander Cage Vin Diesel returns to reprise his role as the extreme sports loving action hero.

Joining Diesel in the new movie are Samuel L. Jackson,  Toni Collette, Nina Dobrev, Ruby Rose, Hermione Corfield, Bollywood star Deepika Padukone and professor fighters Donnie Yen, Tony Jaa, Michael Bisping and Conor McGregor. It has been directed by D.J. Caruso.

In the new movie, Cage comes out of self-imposed exile after being thought to be long dead and is set on a collision course with Donnie Yen's Xiang, who is looking to recover a sinister and seemingly unstoppable weapon known as Pandora’s Box.



(In Cinemas January 1st)


After embracing every type of excess in The Wolf Of Wall Street, Martin Scorsese returns in January with a rather more sober affair.

Set in the 17th century, the movie follows two young Portuguese Jesuit priests as they travel to Japan to locate their mentor and propagate Christianity, a mission which brings them a great deal of violence and persecution.

Andrew Garfield, Adam Driver, Liam Neeson, Tadanobu Asano and Ciarán Hinds star, while Scorsese works from a script he co-wrote with Jay Cocks, who he also worked with on Gangs Of New York.


Live By Night

(In Cinemas January 13th)


Ben Affleck continues his love affair with author Dennis Lehane for this gritty new drama, in which he stars and directs.

Set in the 1920s at the height of prohibition in America, the movie follows the fortunes of Joe Coughlin, the son of a Boston police captain who moves Ybor City, Tampa, Florida and winds up becomes a bootlegger, rum-runner and, later, a notorious gangster. While the work makes him rich and powerful it's a life that Coughlin clearly doesn't find easy to keep up.

Also starring in the movie are Chris Messina, Brendan Gleeson, Zoe Saldana, Chris Cooper and Elle Fanning.


Manchester By Sea

(In Cinemas January 13th)


Casey Affleck, Michelle Williams, Kyle Chandler, Gretchen Mol and Lucas Hedges star in this tough drama, which has been written and directed by Margaret's Kennenth Lonergan.

The movie follows Affleck’s Lee, who is forced to return to his sleepy hometown when his older brother dies and leaves him as the sole guardian of his nephew.



(In Cinemas January 20th)


Dev Patel, Rooney Mara, David Wenham, Nicole Kidman, Abhishek Bharate, Divian Ladwa, Priyanka Bose and Deepti Naval star in this tense drama from hotly-tipped director Garth Davis.

In this movie we track Patel’s Saroo Brierley, who decides he wants to be reunited with his birth parents and searches for his long-lost family using Google Earth.


Hacksaw Ridge

(In Cinemas January 27th)


Mel Gibson turns director and writer for this World War II epic, which stars Andrew Garfield, Sam Worthington, Luke Bracey, Teresa Palmer, Hugo Weaving, Rachel Griffiths and Vince Vaughn.

This is a biopic of Desmond Doss, a Seventh-day Adventist Christian whose religion forbade him from carrying or using a firearm of any kind, who nonetheless decided to serve his country as a medic in the war.



(In Cinemas January 20th)


Pablo Larraín, acclaimed director of The Club and Neruda, takes charge of this biopic of Jackie Kennedy and her life after the assassination of her husband President John F. Kennedy in 1963.

Natalie Portman, hotly tipped for Oscar recognition, stars as Kennedy, with Peter Sarsgaard, Greta Gerwig, Billy Crudup, and John Hurt also in key roles.



(In Cinemas January 27th)


20 years later we return to the grimy, bleak and hilarious world of Trainspotting for a sequel.

The sequel reunites the 1996 classic's original cast of Robert Carlyle, Ewan Bremner, Kelly MacDonald, Jonny Lee Miller and Ewan McGregor, along with director Danny Boyle.

In this new instalment McGregor's Mark Renton returns to Scotland to make amends with Spud and Sick Boy, whilst avoiding the psychopathic Franco Begbie, who has recently been released from prison.


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