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These Are Our Top Picks for Movies to See This Winter

These Are Our Top Picks for Movies to See This Winter

With the bustle of the holidays behind us, it’s a great time to head to the movie theater and catch a new release. Winter is a slower time for new releases, but there are still several excellent films to look forward to. And now that the writer strikes are over, more anticipated movies are back in production.

Whether you’re in the mood for a musical, a thriller, or a superhero action flick, you’ll find something on this list. So, let’s take a look at our top movies to see in winter 2023-2024.

December

Poor Things

December 8

Poor Things

What’s It About? Brought back to life by an unorthodox scientist, a young woman runs off with a lawyer on a whirlwind adventure across the continents. Free from the prejudices of her times, she grows steadfast in her purpose to stand for equality and liberation.

Poor Things looks to be a delightfully bizarre film. Emma Roberts brings her charm and excellent acting skills to the main character, Bella, a sort of female Frankenstein’s monster. Initial reviews already say it’s well worth the watch.

The Boy and the Heron

 December 8

The Boy and the Heron

What’s It About? Mahito, a young 12-year-old boy, struggles to settle in a new town after his mother’s death. However, when a talking heron informs Mahito that his mother is still alive, he enters an abandoned tower in search of her, which takes him to another world.

Miyazaki returns with another beautifully animated tale filled with the magic and hardship of life. It’s supposed to be his final film, but reports say he’s already working on another one. The English voice cast includes stars like Christian Bale, Robert Pattison, and Florence Pugh.

Wonka

December 15

Wonka

What’s It About? Armed with nothing but a hatful of dreams, young chocolatier Willy Wonka manages to change the world, one delectable bite at a time.

Have you ever wondered how Willy Wonka became the king of chocolate? No? Well, you’re going to find out anyway in this colorful musical starring Timothée Chalamet as the titular candymaker.

The Iron Claw

December 22

The Iron Claw

What’s It About? The true story of the inseparable Von Erich brothers, who make history in the intensely competitive world of professional wrestling in the early 1980s. Through tragedy and triumph, under the shadow of their domineering father and coach, the brothers seek larger-than-life immortality on the biggest stage in sports.

You’ve never seen Zac Efron like this. The former Disney Channel star got ripped for his role as a wrestling champion in this movie that’s part biopic, part family drama movie.

The Color Purple

December 25

The Color Purple

What’s It About? Torn apart from her sister and her children, Celie faces many hardships in life, including an abusive husband. With support from a sultry singer named Shug Avery, as well as her stand-her-ground stepdaughter, Celie ultimately finds extraordinary strength in the unbreakable bonds of a new kind of sisterhood.

This film is partially a remake of the 1985 movie and partially an adaptation of the Broadway musical. It features a lot of great singers, including Halle Bailey and H.E.R., so expect the soundtrack to be excellent.

January

Mean Girls

January 12

Mean Girls

What’s It About? New student Cady Heron gets welcomed into the top of the social food chain by an elite group of popular girls called the Plastics, ruled by the conniving queen bee Regina George. However, when Cady makes the major misstep of falling for Regina’s ex-boyfriend, she soon finds herself caught in their crosshairs.

Don’t worry; this isn’t a remake of the original. It’s actually a movie version of the Broadway musical based on the original movie. Initial trailers have been divisive, but many people are eager to see the return of the Plastics.

I.S.S.

January 19

I.S.S.

What’s It About? Tensions flare in the near future aboard the International Space Station when a worldwide conflict breaks out on Earth. Soon, the U.S. and Russian astronauts each receive orders from the ground: take control of the station by any means necessary.

The trailers already make this movie look like an edge-of-your-seat watch. It’s a creative premise and exciting setting for a space movie, which we’re eager to see on screen.

Which Brings Me To You

January 19

What’s It About? Two romantic burnouts, Jane and Will, are immediately drawn to each other at a mutual friend’s wedding. After a disastrous hook-up in the coatroom, they spend the next 24 hours trading candid confessions of messy histories and heartbreaks on the off chance that this fling could be the real thing.

This movie features a 24-hour format and a creative filming style showcased in the trailer. It brings originality to what could be a run-of-the-mill romance movie. If you can’t wait to see it, try the book it’s adapted from.

February

Argylle

February 2

Argylle

What’s It About? Reclusive author Elly Conway writes best-selling espionage novels about a secret agent named Argylle who’s on a mission to unravel a global spy syndicate. However, when the plots of her books start to mirror the covert actions of a real-life spy organization, the line between fiction and reality begins to blur.

Are you ready for a meta spy thriller? Because this movie is here to deliver on that front from the same director who brought you Kingsman. We’re especially eager to see Henry Cavill playing a secret operative again.

The Tiger’s Apprentice

February 2

The Tiger's Apprentice

What’s It About? A young boy in San Francisco meets a talking tiger named Mr. Hu and discovers he’s the latest in a long line of guardians who protect an ancient phoenix from evildoers.

It may be an animated kid’s movie, but it has a star-studded cast, including Henry Golding and Michelle Yeoh. It’s also nice to see another Chinese-inspired animated film like Kung Fu Panda or The Wish Dragon.

Lisa Frankenstein

February 9

Lisa Frankenstein

What’s It About? A misunderstood teenager and a reanimated corpse embark on a murderous journey to find love, happiness, and a few missing body parts.

If you’re looking for a fun movie with vibes of Warm Bodies or Beetlejuice, this is the movie for you. It seems like a delightfully quirky and slightly gory romance coming out in time for Valentine’s Day.

Madame Web

February 14

Madame Web

What’s It About? Cassandra Webb is a New York City paramedic who starts to show signs of clairvoyance. Forced to confront revelations about her past, she must protect three young women from a mysterious adversary who wants them dead.

The live-action Spider-verse isn’t over yet. The latest installment introduces many famous characters from the Spider-Man comics, including two Spider-Womans and Madame Web herself.

The winter movie season isn’t packed with hits, but there are still several great movies to check out. Which are you most excited about?

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