Australian release date:January 4
As the first female publisher of The Washington Post, Katharine Graham (Meryl Streep) already endures a lot of pressure in her day-to-day. It was 1971, after all. But with the help of her editor Ben Bradlee (Tom Hanks) Katharine seeks to expose decades of government cover-ups as she gains access to precious Pentagon papers. But will she and Ben risk their careers – and livelihoods – to tell the truth? This political thriller (which is based on a true story) is directed by Steven Spielberg and partially rings true to the media’s relationship with the current President. With Streep and Hanks in tow, there are huge expectations at the box office and American critics are not disappointed thus far.
All The Money In The World
Australian release date: January 11
It’s the film that has been shrouded in controversy. Director Ridley Scott had to quickly re-cast and re-shoot all of Kevin Spacey’s scenes in less than two weeks amid sexual misconduct allegations against the lead actor. Scott replaced Spacey with Christopher Plummer and together with Michelle Williams and Mark Wahlberg, they tell the real-life story of the kidnapping of 16-year-old John Paul Getty III. His mother Gail (Williams) tries desperately to convince her son’s billionaire oil tycoon grandfather (Plummer) to pay the ransom before it’s too late.
Australian release date: January 25
While Margot Robbie has proved her versatility with a number of differing roles (Suicide Squad, Goodbye Christopher Robin, The Wolf Of Wall Street), this is by far her defining work. Robbie produces and stars in this biopic which tells the scandalous tale of American figure skating champion Tonya Harding. In 1994, she and her then-boyfriend and bodyguard were accused of conspiring and carrying out an attack on rival Nancy Kerrigan. Told from two perspectives, there’s a lot of Oscars buzz around Robbie’s performance and definitely a must-see for all Australians. The film also stars Allison Janney as Tonya’s mother who pushes her so hard Demir Dokić looks tame.