The winter months used to be a wasteland—not just outside with the latest snowpocalypse but within multiplexes as well. After the holidays, everybody’s broke and no one wants to leave home. But things have changed in recent years: The end of December always brings a clutch of prestige releases sneaking in before the Oscars deadline; this year it’s Steven Spielberg and Paul Thomas Anderson. And then we have an unusually robust three-month span, including several high-profile horror movies, snazzy-sounding thrillers from Clint Eastwood and Ex Machina’s Alex Garland, and even a new Heathers in the form of the hilariously mean Thoroughbreds. If we didn’t know better, we’d say we were about to see the best movies of the year, early for a change. We’re not complaining.
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