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

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


The Favourite 

(Out January 1st)


Hotly tipped for Oscar contention, Yorgos Lanthimos's madcap drama arrives in cinemas on the first day of January. 

The film boasts an all-star cast with Olivia Colman, Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz leading the way. 

Set during the reign of Queen Anne in the early 18th century, the film follows Weisz's Sarah Churchill and Stone's Abigail Masham, who find themselves in a bitter rivalry to be the Queen's favourite.

Nicholas Hoult, Joe Alwyn, James Smith and Mark Gatiss co-star, working for Lanthimos, who has previous form as director of The Lobster and The Killing Of A Sacred Deer.




(Out January 18th)


M. Night Shyamalan unveils the third and final instalment in the Eastrail 177 trilogy, which unites 2000's Unbreakable and 2016's Split.

Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson will be reprising their Unbreakable roles, while James McAvoy and Anya Taylor-Joy will be returning as their Split characters. Sarah Paulson also joins the cast. 

We follow Willis's security guard David Dunn who uses his supernatural abilities to track McAvoy's Kevin Wendell Crumb, a disturbed man who has 24 personalities, while Jackson's Elijah Price, going by "Mr Glass", emerges as an orchestrator who holds secrets critical to both men.




(Out January 25th)


Christian Bale has undergone another total physical transformation to take the lead in this biopic about former US Vice President Dick Cheney. 

The plot follows Cheney in his political rise to become the most powerful Vice President in America's history and looks at the people who helped him get there, as well as his relationship with President George W. Bush. 

Starring alongside Bale are Amy Adams, Eddie Marsan, Steve Carell, Sam Rockwell, Bill Pullman and Alison Pill.

Adam McKay, who directed Bale and Carrell in the Oscar-nominated hit The Big Short, writes and directs here.



Mary Queen Of Scots

(Out January 18th)


Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie face off in this big-budget historical romp. 

We watch as Mary, ruling Queen of Scotland, 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. 

Jack Lowden, David Tennant, Martin Compston, Joe Alwyn, Brendan Coyle and Guy Pearce co-star. 




(Out January 25th)


Nicole Kidman takes centre stage in this bruising new drama. 

Kidman plays Erin Bell, who as a young detective, was placed undercover with a gang in the California desert with tragic results.

When the leader of that gang re-emerges many years later, Bell is forced to work her way back through the remaining members and into her own history with them to finally reckon with the demons that destroyed her past. 

Toby Kebbell, Tatiana Maslany, Scoot McNairy, Bradley Whitford, and Sebastian Stan co-star alongside Kidman, working for Jennifer's Body and Girlfight director Karyn Kusama.



The Mule

(Out January 25th)


Clint Eastwood will be 89 in May, but he seems to have no interest in slowing down and returns again with a new starring and directing gig. 

The film is based on the true story of Leo Sharp, a World War II veteran in his 80s who became a drug dealer and courier for the Sinaloa Cartel.

Eastwood plays Earl Stone, a man in his 80s who is broke, alone, and facing foreclosure of his business when he is offered a job that simply requires him to drive.  Unbeknownst to him, he’s just signed on as a drug courier for a Mexican cartel. 

Bradley Cooper stars as Colin Bates, the DEA agent who is then assigned to catch Stone and bring him to justice. 

Starring alongside Eastwood and Cooper are Laurence Fishburne, Michael Peña, Dianne Wiest, Andy Garcia, Alison Eastwood and Taissa Farmiga.

Eastwood directs from a script from Nick Schenk, who he previously worked with on Gran Torino. 



Stan and Ollie

(Out January 11th)


The iconic comedy duo gets the full biopic treatment next month.

Steve Coogan plays Stan Laurel, with John C. Reilly playing Oliver Hardy. 

Struggling to get a new movie made, the biopic follows the pair as they embark on a variety hall tour of Britain and Ireland.

Despite the pressures of a hectic schedule and increasing tensions between the pair, they were able to bring it together for what would become their triumphant farewell tour.

Shirley Henderson, Nina Arianda, Danny Huston, Rufus Jones and Susy Kane are among the supporting cast.

Filth director Jon S. Baird is in charge, working from a script from Jeff Pope, who previously worked with Coogan on Philomena.




(Out January 9th)


Keira Knightley and Dominic West star in this elegant, but charged period drama. 

Knightley plays Gabrielle Colette, a young country girl who marries Henry Gauthier-Villars, a charismatic and dominant Parisian who moves her to Paris with him. 

There, Colette begins to write and shows some of her writing to Henry, who convinces her to write novels, which he suggests should be released under his name as the purported author.

The phenomenal success of the series of novels titled "Claudine" makes Willy a well-known writer, but his wife quickly grows frustrated at her lack of recognition and things begin to spiral out of control...

Fiona Shaw, Eleanor Tomlinson, Denise Gough and Aiysha Hart co-star, working for Still Alice director Wash Westmoreland



Beautiful Boy

(Out January 18th)


Another serious awards contender arrives in the shape of Beautiful Boy, this time led by Steve Carell, Timothée Chalamet, Maura Tierney, and Amy Ryan.

The film chronicles the strained relationship between a father and his drug-addicted teenage son and is New York Times writer David Sheff's real-life experience with his son Nicholas. 

Belgian director Felix Van Groeningen makes his English language debut with the film.



The Front Runner

(Out January 11th)


Hugh Jackman takes a break from leading The Greatest Show to star in this political biopic. 

The film tells the true story of Gary Hart's run for the Democratic presidential candidacy in 1988, emerging as the clear favourite against rival Michael Dukakis until a scandal involving an extramarital affair brought his campaign crashing down, ultimately leading to the election of George H.W. Bush and altering the tone of American political coverage for years to come.

Based on Matt Bai's account of the race to secure the Democratic nomination, All the Truth Is Out: The Week Politics Went Tabloid, the film also stars J.K. Simmons, Vera Farmiga, Sara Paxton, Molly Ephraim, Kevin Pollak and Bill Burr.


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