Of the 75 films that the Guardian is most excited to see in 2016; Protagonist starts the year with 3 titles in this eagerly anticipated list.
4) American Honey
Andrea Arnold is another heavy-hitting British director heading to the US in 2016. Her new movie, American Honey, stars Sasha Lane as a teenager who travels across the US midwest with one of the now notorious magazine sales crews. These groups of young people peddle magazine subscriptions door to door, sleeping three or four to a room in cheap motels with the lowest seller getting the floor. Arnold was reportedly inspired by the scandalised press coverage of these groups and their drug abuse. The cast also includes Shia LaBeouf.
10) Free Fire
Ben Wheatley’s new film, co-written with Amy Jump, is a move to something like a straight-ahead Hollywood thriller. Could he be heading into the Christopher Nolan league? Free Fire is set in Boston in 1978. A big meet between criminals in a deserted warehouse turns sour: Cillian Murphy and Michael Smiley play Irishmen who have arranged to buy guns from mobsters played by Armie Hammer and Sharlto Copley. But things go badly wrong, and a shootout begins.
24) Love and Friendship
Eighteen years after Last Days of Disco, director Whit Stillman reunites with Chloë Sevigny and Kate Beckinsale for a loose version of Jane Austen’s 1790s-set novella Lady Susan. Beckinsale is the lead, a beautiful widow intent on both securing her inheritance and snagging a new husband for herself and a fresh one for her deb daughter. Stephen Fry, James Fleet and Jemma Redgrave are on call.
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