The 25 coolest winter movies to see this season

Make those outdoor trips count by consulting our list of the worthiest winter movies—upcoming titles from Hollywood, foreign festivals and all points in between.



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Winter movies: Django Unchained

Django Unchained

The D may be silent, but Quentin Tarantino’s pre-Emancipation Western about a gun-toting slave (Jamie Foxx) searching for his kidnapped wife is sure to make plenty of audience-riling noise. (Dec 25)

Winter movies: Les Miserables

Les Misérables

The hit 1980s musical adapted from Victor Hugo’s masses-uprising tome gets an equally gargantuan big-screen rendering. Hugh Jackman and Russell Crowe make for memorable foils, but Anne Hathaway steals the show as the tragedy-prone Fantine. (Dec 25)

Winter movies: Promised Land

Promised Land

Every seven years since 1964, interviewer and filmmaker Michael Apted has checked in with the same small group of Brits, watching them age, succeed, fail and reckon with the flow of life. A new chapter—the first after the subjects passed the big 5-0—should be eye-opening. (Jan 4)

Winter movies: Gangster Squad

Gangster Squad

This movie was quickly yanked from last summer’s release schedule after a pivotal scene—a machine-gun attack in a crowded movie theater—became too painful to watch. We still have hopes for the rejiggered components, featuring ever-likable Ryan Gosling and sultry Emma Stone. (Jan 11)

Winter movies: Quartet


Dustin Hoffman’s official directorial debut watches the graying fur fly at a retirement home for opera singers. A gaggle of geriatric thespians—Dame Maggie Smith, Billy Connolly, Michael Gambon and Tom Courtenay—grace this musical dramedy. (Jan 11)

Winter movies: The Last Stand

The Last Stand

The little boy within all movie lovers should be thrilled to see former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger back in action (in a leading role, no less), as a border-town sheriff drawn into a heavily armed conflict with a drug lord. (Jan 18)

Winter movies: John Dies at the End

John Dies at the End

Two dopey dudes (one of whom is named John) are the only people that stand between an alien invasion and the survival of humanity. Given that director Don Coscarelli was the man responsible for the mind-blowing Phantasm, we’re intrigued. (Jan 25)

Winter movies: Movie 43

Movie 43

The raunchy hilarity looks to be nonstop in this multidirector, intertwining-narrative ensemble comedy. We’re tickled by the prospects of nice Halle Berry tormenting a blind boy and Oscar winner Kate Winslet doing an extended vomit sketch. (Jan 25)

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