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The 30 coolest winter movies to see this season

From indie dramas by our favorite auteurs to Hollywood at its biggest, here are the movies keeping our hopes warm

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Proud Mary
Proud Mary

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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Best winter movies in December

Movies, Fantasy

The Shape of Water

Guillermo del Toro’s latest romance should be an orgasmic flood for his fans, who want their fantasies served with a side of adultness. If you can imagine an aggressively adorable (and somewhat effortful) version of Amélie in which our hero fucks the Creature from the Black Lagoon, you'll totally be feeling this. Dec 1    

Movies

I, Tonya

The tale of notorious ice-skating flameout Tonya Harding gets a dazzlingly complex treatment—one she perhaps doesn’t deserve, but hypnotizing regardless. Anchoring the movie with spunkiness and fragility, Margot Robbie plays the disgraced athlete like a Scorsesian antihero. Dec 8

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Will Luke train Rey as a Jedi? Will Chewie get over Han's death? Will Kylo Ren succeed in his quest to have the galaxy's most luxurious hair? All of these questions—and more—will be answered as the Star Wars saga continues with Episode VIII. Dec 15

Movies, Biopic

The Post

Steven Spielberg’s prestige drama looks like an All the President’s Men for 2018. The director brings the story of the Pentagon Papers’ 1971 leak to life with a glorious cast (Tom Hanks, Meryl Streep) and plenty of newsroom atmosphere. Dec 22

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PHANTOM THREAD

Phantom Thread

When Paul Thomas Anderson makes a new movie, you go. And when PTA decides to reteam with his There Will Be Blood star, Daniel Day-Lewis (here playing a controlling London fashion designer in what’s rumored to be his final performance), the stakes couldn’t be higher. Dec 25

Best winter movies in January

Insidious: The Last Key

Insidious: The Last Key

With Get Out, Split and The Purge behind it, low-budget horror studio Blumhouse can do no wrong at the moment. Its supernatural horror franchise Insidious is back with a fourth instalment and will probably make a zillion dollars. Jan 5

The Commuter

The Commuter

Liam Neeson is retiring from tough-guy roles, which means this train-bound conspiracy thriller is your last chance to see Hollywood’s gruffest action star beating up bad guys. Cherish each precious punch and scowl. Jan 12

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Proud Mary

Proud Mary

Female African-American action heroes have been few and far between lately. Hidden Figures’ Taraji P. Henson fills the void as an assassin who meets a young boy and discovers that life isn’t just about neutralizing targets. Jan 12

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Den of Thieves

A hard-bitten group of robbers target the Federal Reserve Bank in an L.A. heist thriller that features Gerard Butler and O’Shea Jackson, Jr. 50 Cent is their co-star rather than the amount of money they get away with. Jan 19

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Forever My Girl

Forever My Girl

Happy Death Day’s Jessica Rothe swaps horror for an indie romance in which she plays the jilted bride of a country superstar. The pair reconnect when he returns to his hometown, but will forgiveness follow? Spoiler: probably. Jan 19

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Best winter movies in February

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Movies, Drama

A Fantastic Woman

Transgender actress Daniela Vega stars in a Chilean drama that’s been steadily building buzz since debuting on last year’s festival circuit. The story offers a combustible mix of love, prejudice and defiance. Feb 2

Untitled Cloverfield Sequel

Untitled Cloverfield Sequel

J.J. Abrams’ ever-mysterious franchise rolls on, with a new director, new cast and, presumably, at least one new monster. What do we know? It’s set on a space station. If you know much more than that, you probably wrote the script. Feb 2

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Winchester: The House That Ghosts Built

Winchester: The House That Ghosts Built

Australia’s Spierig brothers follow up their Saw spinoff Jigsaw with a horror movie of an eerier stripe: Based on the true story of California’s Winchester House, it stars Helen Mirren as a cursed heiress battling a legion of spectres. Feb 2

The 15:17 to Paris

The 15:17 to Paris

Terrorists attack a train as Clint Eastwood’s follows up Sully with another true story of defiance in the face of looming disaster. Here he even casts real people—the three Americans who actually faced down the wannabe killers—in his gritty re-creation. Feb 9

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Movies, Drama

Fifty Shades Freed

It’s the third and final part of the E.L. James kink-athon and you know what to expect by now: lust, love and more booty than a pirate’s treasure chest. It’s perfect for Valentine’s Day, in other words. Feb 9

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Best winter movies in March

Strangers: Prey at Night

Strangers: Prey at Night

Ten years after the first Strangers comes this unexpected sequel with a whole new cast to traumatize. Mad Men’s Christina Hendricks is among those whose home gets invaded by masked figures. Mar 9

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Movies, Drama

Thoroughbreds

Featuring Anton Yelchin’s final screen role, this viciously funny thriller set in Connecticut is tinged with melancholy. Yelchin plays a drug dealer drawn into the amoral world of two ultrawealthy suburban girls played by Olivia Cooke and The Witch’s Anya Taylor-Joy. Mar 9

A Wrinkle in Time

A Wrinkle in Time

Yes, it’s a Disney blockbuster featuring time travel, but Ava DuVernay’s sci-fi is no Tomorrowland 2. It boasts Oprah Winfrey, Chris Pine and Reese Witherspoon, and visual landscapes that may burst your eyeballs. Mar 9

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