The 10 Best Movies to Watch This Winter


Awards season has officially begun, which means it’ll be 2019 before you know it. And while you’re probably still trying to get through your pre-Oscars “To Watch” list, it’s never too early to start thinking about what to see in the new year. Traditional wisdom will tell you that January through March is a dead zone at the theater—too late for awards hopefuls, too early for summer blockbusters—but there are plenty of intriguing new releases worth marking in your calendar. Here are ten movies coming out in the winter of 2019 that should be on your radar.


Serenity (January 25)

Former Interstellar co-stars Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway are reuniting for what’s being described as a “sexy noir.” Written by Steve Knight, who’s known for the Tom Hardy–starring Locke and Peaky Blinders among others, the movie features McConaughey as a fishing boat captain whose ex-wife asks him to commit a murder. One possibly ominous sign is that the movie’s release has been delayed a couple of times, first to October and now to January 2019, but based on the talent involved, let’s give it the benefit of the doubt.


The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part (February 8)

Don’t even pretend you didn’t see—and love—the first one. There have already been a couple of spin-offs from the first Lego Movie, but this is the first direct sequel. Set five years after the original film, it finds the Lego gang facing a new threat in the form of Lego Duplo invaders from outer space (the worst!), and features a few new voice actors, including Tiffany Haddish.


What Men Want (February 8)

A gender-flipped rom-com reboot starring Tiffany Haddish? Yes, hi, sign me all the way up. Haddish stars as Ali, a sports agent who’s sick of being overlooked in favor of her male colleagues, and suddenly gains the ability to hear men’s inner thoughts. On one level, this sounds like a horror movie, but Ali apparently uses her newfound powers to outfox her colleagues and finally get herself a long-overdue promotion.


The Rhythm Section (February 22)

You may remember this movie as the one in which Blake Lively plays an assassin, or the one that had to shut down production after Lively injured her hand during a stunt. Lively’s character Stephanie is “on a path to self-destruction after the death of her family in an airplane crash—a flight that she was meant to be on.” If that’s not grabbing your attention, the movie also stars Jude Law and Sterling K. Brown, and is directed by Reed Morano (The Handmaid’s Tale).


Chaos Walking (March 1)

Just when you thought the YA adaptation craze had faded along with the aborted Divergent franchise, a new one comes along that looks legitimately interesting. Based on Patrick Ness’s bestseller The Knife of Never Letting Go, Chaos Walking stars Tom “Spider-man” Holland and Daisy “Rey in Star Wars” Ridley, and takes place in a near future on a post-apocalyptic colony planet, where a virus has decimated society and left survivors with the maddening ability to constantly hear one another’s thoughts.


Captain Marvel (March 8)

It’s happening. After more than a decade of blockbuster releases, and the creation of a cinematic universe that’s now twenty movies deep, Marvel Studios has finally made a film with a female protagonist. Better later than never? Set a decade before most of the MCU, Captain Marvel stars Brie Larson as Carol Danvers, a fighter pilot-turned-superhero who gets caught up in an intergalactic war.


Us (March 15)

Jordan Peele’s follow-up to Get Out was always going to be buzzy, and though details on Us have been kept under pretty tight wraps, it’s already destined to be one of 2019’s most intriguing new releases. Reuniting Black Panther co-stars Lupita Nyong’o and Winston Duke, Us centres on a couple who take their kids to a beach house for a weekend getaway, with a group of friends that includes Elisabeth Moss. Per the official synopsis, their relaxing evening turns into chaos after some “shocking visitors arrive uninvited.” Eep.


Where’d You Go, Bernadette (March 22)

Based on Maria Semple’s novel of the same name, which became a sensation after its 2012 release, Where’d You Go, Bernadette stars Cate Blanchett as an agoraphobic woman whose sudden disappearance throws her family into chaos. Directed by the legendary Richard Linklater, the movie co-stars newcomer Emma Nelson as Bernadette’s daughter Bee, and a bunch of supporting faves including Kristen Wiig and Judy Greer.


Dumbo (March 29)

Just try to get through the trailer for Tim Burton’s Disney remake without ugly-crying. Dumbo, a heartbreakingly cute baby elephant who can fly, is taken in by a circus owner and his family. Despite singlehandedly saving the struggling circus from closure, li’l Dumbo ends up being bullied and exploited in a variety of deeply upsetting ways. There are a lot of live-action Disney adaptations coming over the next few years, and Dumbo looks set to traumatize a whole new generation of children who might have missed the original 1941 classic.


The Perfection (Date TBD)

Though no release date has been confirmed yet for this intriguing thriller, Netflix picked it up back in October at Fantastic Fest, where it gathered a lot of critical buzz. Allison Williams (of Girls and Get Out) and Logan Browning (of TV’s Dear White People) star as rival cello prodigies—and that’s just about all we know, since the film’s “twisted and shocking” plot has been kept a mystery.


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