previews... - November 23, 2016 previews... 10 of December’s Best Movies
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by Tom hmv London, Bio Editor. Peanut butter, punk rock and pillows. previews... 10 of December’s Best Movies previews 10 of the most exciting movies that will be coming to your cinemas screens in December...


Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

(In Cinemas December 15th)

The hugely anticipated Star Wars spin-off hits cinemas next month. The movie stars The Theory Of Everything's Felicity Jones, The Last King Of Scotland's Forest Whitaker, Milk's Diego Luna, Casino Royale star Mads Mikkelsen, Dragon's Donnie Yen, The Sun Also Rises' Jiang Wen, Firefly's Alan Tudyk and Exodus: Gods And Kings' Ben Mendelsohn and has been directed by Godzilla director Gareth Edwards.

The story is set in between the events of Episode III: Revenge of the Sith and Episode IV: A New Hope and follows a band of rebel fighters who come together to steal the Death Star before it can be used to enforce the Emperor's rule. There’s also an appearance from a certain Darth Vader...




(In Cinemas December 21st)

Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt star in this epic sci-fi adventure which is set on board the Starship Avalon, a spacecraft on a 120-year voyage to a distant colony planet known as Homestead II where its 5,259 people will make a new life for themselves.

Unfortunately when there’s a malfunction on the craft two of the passengers - Pratt’s Jim Preston and Lawrence’s Aurora Dunn - wake up early, still 90 years from their destination, leaving them with a huge dilemma about what to do next.

The Imitation Game’s Morten Tyldum directs from a script from Doctor Strange writer Jon Spaihts, with Michael Sheen, Laurence Fishburne and Andy Garcia also in the cast.




(In Cinemas December 2nd)

Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson lends his voices to Disney’s new animated adventure which follows Moana Waialiki, a Polynesian sea-voyager, navigator and chief's daughter, who is forced to embark on a journey across the sea to find a fabled island.

To help her on her way she teams up with Maui, a demi-god, who helps her battle a series of deadly challenges, including enormous sea monsters, on her long journey.

Johnson voices Maui, with newcomer Auli'i Cravalho as Moana. John Musker and Ron Clements, who have directed the likes of Aladdin, The Princess And The Frog and The Little Mermaid.

Taika Waititi, director of What We Do In The Shadows and currently in pre-production on Thor: Ragnarok, wrote the script, while Lin-Manuel Miranda, creator of Hamilton and future star of Mary Poppins, has contributed tracks to the soundtrack.



(In Cinemas December 2nd)

Tom Hanks sports an outstanding moustache to play Chelsey 'Sully' Sullenberger, who became a hero after gliding his plane along the water in the Hudson River, saving all of his 155 passengers, but was then forced to face a gruelling inquiry into the landing, which threatened to destroy his career and reputation.

Hanks stars alongside Aaron Eckhart and Laura Linney in a movie directed by Clint Eastwood.  Eastwood is working from a screenplay by Todd Komarnicki, based on the book Sully: My Search For What Really Matters by Sullenberger and Jeffrey Zaslow.



Bleed For This

(In Cinemas December 2nd)

Miles Teller plays boxer Vinny Pazienza in this gritty biopic from Boiler Room director Ben Younger. The movie follows Pazienza as he battles back from a near fatal car accident that almost left him paralysed and back into the ring.

The movie also stars  Aaron Eckhart, Katey Sagal, Ciarán Hinds and Ted Levine.




(In Cinemas December 9th)

Oliver Stone directs Joseph Gordon-Levitt in this gritty biopic of Edward Snowden, a former soldier who became an intelligence officer with the National Security Agency and made the decision to leak thousands of classified documents to The Guardian in June 2013.

Starring alongside Gordon-Levitt are Shailene Woodley, Nicholas Cage, Zachary Quinto, Timothy Olyphant and Rhys Ifans.


Birth Of A Nation

(In Cinemas December 9th)

Beyond The Lights star Nate Parker writes, produces, directs and leads this dark portrait of Nat Turner, the enslaved man who led a slave rebellion in Southampton County, Virginia, in 1831. Starring alongside Parker are Armie Hammer, Aja Naomi King, Jackie Earle Haley, Penelope Ann Miller and Gabrielle Union.



Office Christmas Party

(In Cinemas December 7th)

Jennifer Aniston, Jason Bateman, T.J. Miller and Kate McKinnon lead this bawdy comedy about a group of office staffers who decide to hold an epic office Christmas party in an effort to impress a potential client and close a sale that will save their jobs.

The movie also stars Olivia Munn, Abbey Lee, Jillian Bell, Courtney B. Vance and Adrian Martinez. It has been directed by Josh Gordon and Will Speck, best known for their work on Blades Of Glory.


The Ardennes

(On limited release on Decemeber 9th and December 16th)

This Belgian crime drama tells the story of brothers David and Kenneth as they plan and bungle a lucrative robbery. David escapes, but leaves Kenneth behind and, after his brother is sent to prison, takes up with his girlfriend Sylvie. Now, with Kenneth about to be released, the new couple are terrified of what he might do when he finds out the truth...


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