2018 Winter Movie Guide

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Hotly anticipated sequels like 'Paddington 2' and 'Maze Runner: The Death Cure' as well as family fare including 'Peter Rabbit' await you in IMDb's Winter Movie Guide.

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Liam Neeson and Vera Farmiga in The Passenger (2018)

The Commuter | U.S. Release Date: January 12

The Plot: As he's contacted by a mysterious stranger, an insurance salesman's routine commute home takes a threatening turn as he's drawn into a conspiracy where he's forced to uncover the identity of a hidden passenger on the train before the last stop.

One Thing to Know: This is Liam Neeson's fourth collaboration with director Jaume Collet-Serra. Their previous movies are: Unknown, Non-Stop, and Run All Night.

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Paddington 2 (2017)

Paddington 2 | U.S. Release Date: January 12

The Plot: Paddington, now happily settled with the Brown family and a popular member of the local community, picks up a series of odd jobs to buy the perfect present for his Aunt Lucy's 100th birthday, only for the gift to be stolen.

One Thing to Know: Warner Bros. bought U.S. distribution rights to the movie from The Weinstein Company in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal.

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Proud Mary (2018)

Proud Mary | U.S. Release Date: January 12

The Plot: An assassin working for a Boston-based organized crime family begins to rethink her career objectives after she crosses paths with a young boy during a hit that has gone awry.

One Thing to Know: The movie serves as director Babak Najaf's follow up to London Has Fallen.

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Chris Hemsworth in Horse Soldiers (2018)

12 Strong | U.S. Release Date: January 19

The Plot: The story of the first Special Forces team deployed to Afghanistan after 9/11; under the leadership of a new captain, the team must work with an Afghani warlord to take down the Taliban.

Ten Things to Know: Read our set-visit report on 12 Strong.

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Gerard Butler, Maurice Compte, and Kaiwi Lyman in Den of Thieves (2018)

Den of Thieves | U.S. Release Date: January 19

The Plot: An elite unit of the LA County Sheriff's Dept. goes up against the state's most successful bank robbery crew as the outlaws set into motion a planned heist on the Federal Reserve Bank in downtown LA.

One Thing to Know: The movie serves as screenwriter Christian Gudegast's directorial debut.

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Alex Roe and Jessica Rothe in Forever My Girl (2018)

Forever My Girl | U.S. Release Date: January 19

The Plot: A country music superstar returns to his hometown for the funeral of his best friend, where he re-encounters Josie, the woman he left at the altar, choosing fame and fortune instead.

One Thing to Know: This is Jessica Rothe's follow up to the worldwide horror hit Happy Death Day.

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Barack Obama and Samantha Power in The Final Year (2017)

The Final Year | U.S. Release Date: January 19

The Plot: A unique insiders' account of President Barack Obama's foreign policy team during their last year in office.

One Thing to Know: Samantha Power, who served as the United States Ambassador to the United Nation from 2013 to 2017, described the documentary as "a horror film in slow motion."

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Giancarlo Esposito, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Dexter Darden, Dylan O'Brien, and Rosa Salazar in Le Labyrinthe: Le remède mortel (2018)

Maze Runner: The Death Cure | U.S. Release Date: January 26

The Plot: In the finale to the Maze Runner saga, Thomas leads his group of escaped Gladers on their final and most dangerous mission yet. To save their friends, they must break into the legendary Last City, a WCKD-controlled labyrinth that may turn out to be the deadliest maze of all. Anyone who makes it out alive will get answers to the questions the Gladers have been asking since they first arrived in the maze.

One Thing to Know: Production shut down from March 2016 until March 2017 in order to give star Dylan O'Brien time to heal from injuries he suffered on set.

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Aiyaary | U.S. Release Date: January 26

The Plot: Witness the story of two Indian Army officers, a mentor and his protégé, on this Republic Day.

One Thing to Know: This is the third collaboration between director Neeraj Pandey and actor Manoj Bajpayee.

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L'insulte (2017)

The Insult | U.S. Release Date: January 26

The Plot: In today's Beirut, an insult blown out of proportion finds Toni, a Lebanese Christian, and Yasser, a Palestinian refugee, in court. From secret wounds to traumatic revelations, the media circus surrounding the case puts Lebanon through a social explosion, forcing Toni and Yasser to reconsider their lives and prejudices.

One Thing to Know: This is Lebanon's entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at this year's Academy Awards.

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Helen Mirren in Winchester (2018)

Winchester | U.S. Release Date: February 2

The Plot: Heiress Sarah Winchester methodically turns her home into a prison — an asylum for hundreds of vengeful ghosts who have a score to settle with the Winchester family.

One Thing to Know: Hear some Scary Movie Memories with Helen Mirren and Jason Clarke.

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Daniela Vega in Une femme fantastique (2017)

A Fantastic Woman | U.S. Release Date: February 2

The Plot: The story of Marina, a waitress and singer, and Orlando, an older man, who are in love and planning for the future. After Orlando suddenly falls ill and dies, Marina is forced to confront his family and society, and to fight again to show them who she is: complex, strong, forthright, fantastic.

One Thing to Know: The movie won three awards at the Berlin International Film Festival: Best Film, Best Screenplay, and a Special Prize from the Ecumenical Jury.

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Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan in Cinquante Nuances Plus Claires (2018)

Fifty Shades Freed | U.S. Release Date: February 9

The Plot: Believing they have left behind shadowy figures from their past, newlyweds Christian and Ana fully embrace an inextricable connection and shared life of luxury. But just as she steps into her role as Mrs. Grey and he relaxes into an unfamiliar stability, new threats could jeopardize their happy ending before it even begins.

One Thing to Know: The movie was filming scenes in Nice, France when the terror attacks occurred in July 2016.

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James Corden in Peter Rabbit (2018)

Peter Rabbit | U.S. Release Date: February 9

The Plot: Peter Rabbit's feud with Mr. McGregor escalates to great heights as they rival for the affections of the warm-hearted animal lover who lives next door.

One Thing to Know: This is the third collaboration between Margot Robbie and Domhnall Gleeson following About Time and Goodbye Christopher Robin.

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Le 15h17 pour Paris (2018)

The 15:17 to Paris | U.S. Release Date: February 9

The Plot: In the early evening of August 21, 2015, the world watched in stunned silence as the media reported a thwarted terrorist attack on Thalys train #9364 bound for Paris - an attempt prevented by three courageous young Americans traveling through Europe.

One Thing to Know: The movie serves as the debut for screenwriter Dorothy Blyskal .

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Chadwick Boseman in Black Panther (2018)

Black Panther | U.S. Release Date: February 16

The Plot: After the death of his father, T'Challa returns home to Wakanda, the isolated, technologically advanced African nation, to succeed to the throne and take his rightful place as king.

One Thing to Know: Wesley Snipes pitched a Black Panther script to Columbia Pictures back in the 1990s.

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Cro Man (2018)

Early Man | U.S. Release Date: February 16

The Plot: Set at the dawn of time, when prehistoric creatures and woolly mammoths roamed the earth, Dug, along with sidekick Hobnob, unite his tribe against a mighty enemy: Lord Nooth and his Bronze Age City.

One Thing to Know: This is the first solo outing as director for Aardman Animations vet Nick Park.

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Timothy Spall in The Party (2017)

The Party | U.S. Release Date: February 16

The Plot: Janet hosts a party to celebrate her new promotion, but once the guests arrive it becomes clear that not everything is going to go down as smoothly as the red wine.

One Thing to Know: The movie was shot in two weeks on a studio set in West London.

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Matvey Novikov in Faute d'amour (2017)

Loveless | U.S. Release Date: February 16

The Plot: A couple going through a divorce must team up to find their son who has disappeared during one of their bitter arguments.

One Thing to Know: Russia selected the movie as their submission for this year's Best Foreign Language Oscar.

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Taylor James in Samson (2018)

Samson | U.S. Release Date: February 16

The Plot: After losing the love of his life to a Philistine prince, a young Hebrew with supernatural strength defends his people, sacrificing everything to avenge his love, his people, and his God.

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Natalie Portman in Annihilation (2018)

Annihilation | U.S. Release Date: February 23

The Plot: A biologist signs up for a dangerous, secret expedition where the laws of nature don't apply.

One Thing to Know: This is writer/director Alex Garland's follow up to Ex Machina.

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Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams in Game Night (2018)

Game Night | U.S. Release Date: February 23

The Plot: A group of friends who meet regularly for game nights begin to realize that they've been embroiled in a real-life murder mystery.

One Thing to Know: The project had been in development at New Line Cinema since 2013.

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Charlotte Rampling and Jennifer Lawrence in Red Sparrow (2018)

Red Sparrow | U.S. Release Date: March 2

The Plot: Ballerina Dominika Egorova is recruited against her will into a Russian intelligence service where she is forced to use her body as a weapon. But her first mission, targeting a CIA agent, threatens to unravel the security of both nations.

One Thing to Know: The movie reunites Jennifer Lawrence with her Hunger Games director Francis Lawrence.

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Kodi Smit-McPhee in Alpha (2018)

Alpha | U.S. Release Date: March 2

The Plot: A story of survival set 20,000 years ago during the last Ice Age.

One Thing to Know: Marks the first feature directed by Albert Hughes without his brother, Allen.

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Death Wish (2018)

Death Wish | U.S. Release Date: March 2

The Plot: A mild-mannered father is transformed into a killing machine after his family is torn apart by a violent act.

One Thing to Know: The movie was originally set to star Sylvester Stallone.

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Foxtrot (2017)

Foxtrot | U.S. Release Date: March 2

The Plot: A man and his wife cope with grief after learning that their son died in the line of duty.

One Thing to Know: This is Israel's official submission for this year's Best Foreign Language Film Oscar.

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Reese Witherspoon, Oprah Winfrey, and Mindy Kaling in Un Raccourci dans le Temps (2018)

A Wrinkle in Time | U.S. Release Date: March 9

The Plot: After the disappearance of her scientist father, three celestial beings send Meg, her brother, and her friend to space in order to find him.

One Thing to Know: Disney has been developing this project since at least 2010.

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Bailee Madison and Emma Bellomy in The Strangers: Prey at Night (2018)

Strangers: Prey at Night | U.S. Release Date: March 9

The Plot: A family's road trip takes a dangerous turn when they arrive at a secluded mobile home park to stay with some relatives and find it mysteriously deserted. Under the cover of darkness, three masked psychopaths pay them a visit to test the family's every limit as they struggle to survive.

One Thing to Know The movie is directed by Johannes Roberts, who last helmed the breakout hit 47 Meters Down.

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Olivia Cooke and Anya Taylor-Joy in Thoroughbreds (2017)

Thoroughbreds | U.S. Release Date: March 9

The Plot: Two upper-class teenage girls in suburban Connecticut rekindle their unlikely friendship after years of growing apart. Together, they hatch a plan to solve both of their problems-no matter what the cost.

One Thing to Know: This is Anton Yelchin's final big-screen appearance. The actor passed away on June 19, 2016 at the age of 27.

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Charlize Theron, Joel Edgerton, and David Oyelowo in Gringo (2018)

Gringo | U.S. Release Date: March 9

The Plot: Businessman Harold Soyinka finds himself crossing the line from law-abiding citizen to wanted criminal.

One Thing to Know: Paris Jackson makes her big-screen debut in the movie.

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The Hurricane Heist (2018)

The Hurricane Heist | U.S. Release Date: March 9

The Plot: Thieves attempt a massive heist against the U.S. Treasury as a Category 5 hurricane approaches one of its Mint facilities.

One Thing to Know: Category Four was the movie's working title.

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Helen Mirren and Donald Sutherland in L'échappée belle (2017)

The Leisure Seeker | U.S. Release Date: March 9

The Plot: A runaway couple going on an unforgettable journey in the faithful old RV they call The Leisure Seeker, traveling from Boston to The Ernest Hemingway Home in Key West.

One Thing to Know: This is the first time Helen Mirren and Donald Sutherland worked together since Bethune: The Making of a Hero.

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Alicia Vikander in Tomb Raider (2018)

Tomb Raider | U.S. Release Date: March 16

The Plot: Lara Croft, the fiercely independent daughter of a missing adventurer, must push herself beyond her limits when she finds herself on the island where her father disappeared.

One Thing to Know: Daisy Ridley, one of many actresses who vied for the role, had to turn down the project due to her Star Wars commitments.

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Nick Robinson in Love, Simon (2018)

Love, Simon | U.S. Release Date: March 16

The Plot: Everyone deserves a great love story. But for Simon it's complicated: no-one knows he's gay and he doesn't know who the anonymous classmate is that he's fallen for online. Resolving both issues proves hilarious, scary, and life-changing.

One Thing to Know: The production has done a superb job thus far at keeping the identity of the actor who plays Blue a secret. Blue, for people who are unfamiliar with the YA source material, is the object of Simon's affection.

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Daniel Brühl and Rosamund Pike in Entebbe (2018)

7 Days in Entebbe | U.S. Release Date: March 16

The Plot: A thriller inspired by the true events of the 1976 hijacking of an Air France flight en route from Tel Aviv to Paris, the film depicts the most daring rescue mission ever attempted.

One Thing to Know: A majority of the movie was filmed at the Malta International Airport.

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I Can Only Imagine (2018)

I Can Only Imagine | U.S. Release Date: March 16

The Plot: The inspiring and unknown true story behind MercyMe's beloved, chart topping song that brings ultimate hope to so many is a gripping reminder of the power of true forgiveness.

One Thing to Know: MercyMe's chief songwriter, Bart Millard, has revealed that the song was inspired by the death of his father, and he sees it as what it would be like in Heaven and to be standing before God.

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John Boyega in Pacific Rim 2 (2018)

Pacific Rim Uprising | U.S. Release Date: March 23

The Plot: The globe-spanning conflict between otherworldly monsters of mass destruction and the human-piloted super-machines built to vanquish them was only a prelude to the all-out assault on humanity in Pacific Rim Uprising.

One Thing to Know: Aside from starring in the movie, PRU will serve as John Boyega's first project as a producer.

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Gnomeo & Juliet: Sherlock Gnomes (2018)

Sherlock Gnomes | U.S. Release Date: March 23

The Plot: When Gnomeo and Juliet first arrive in London with their friends and family, their biggest concern is getting their new garden ready for spring. However, they soon discover that someone is kidnapping garden gnomes all over London. Then, when they return home to find that everyone in their garden is missing, there's only one gnome to call: Sherlock Gnomes. The famous detective and sworn protector of London's garden gnomes arrives with his sidekick Watson to investigate the case.

One Thing to Know: This sequel to Gnomeo & Juliet, which was released by Touchstone Pictures (a Disney label), is being distributed by Paramount Pictures.

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Jeff Goldblum, Bill Murray, Bob Balaban, Edward Norton, and Bryan Cranston in L'île aux chiens (2018)

Isle of Dogs | U.S. Release Date: March 23

The Plot: In Japan, after a government decree banishes dogs to what the locals call "trash island," a young boy embarks on a mission to reunite with his beloved pet.

One Thing to Know: This is Wes Anderson's first movie for which he will earn a solo screenwriting credit.

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Patrick Schwarzenegger and Bella Thorne in Midnight Sun (2018)

Midnight Sun | U.S. Release Date: March 23

The Plot: 17-year-old Katie has lived a sheltered life since childhood as she has been confined to her house during the day by a rare disease that makes even the smallest amount of sunlight deadly. Fate intervenes when she meets Charlie and they embark on a summer romance.

One Thing to Know: The movie is a remake of the 2006 Japanese movie Taiyô no uta.

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Tye Sheridan and Olivia Cooke in Ready Player One (2018)

Ready Player One | U.S. Release Date: March 30

The Plot: When the creator of a virtual reality world called the OASIS dies, he releases a video in which he challenges all OASIS users to find his Easter Egg, which will give the finder his fortune. Wade Watts finds the first clue and starts a race for the Egg.

One Thing to Know: Before he passed away, Gene Wilder was courted to play the creator of OASIS.

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Jim Caviezel in Paul, Apostle of Christ (2018)

Paul, Apostle of Christ | U.S. Release Date: March 28

The Plot: Paul suffers alone in a Roman prison, awaiting his execution under Emperor Nero. Mauritius, the ambitious prison prefect, can hardly see what threat this broken man poses. Once he was Saul of Tarsus, the high-ranking and brutal killer of Christians. Now his faith rattles Rome. At great risk, Luke the Physician visits the aged Paul to comfort and tend to him-and to question, to transcribe and to smuggle out Paul's letters to the growing community of believers. Amid Nero's inhuman persecution, these men and women will spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ and change the world.

One Thing to Know: The production filmed entirely in Malta.

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Lyriq Bent and Taraji P. Henson in Acrimony (2018)

Acrimony | U.S. Release Date: March 30

The Plot: A faithful wife, tired of standing by her devious husband, is enraged when it becomes clear she has been betrayed.

One Thing to Know: This film marks the third collaboration between Tyler Perry and Taraji P. Henson after The Family That Preys and I Can Do Bad All by Myself.

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Rooney Mara in Mary Magdalene (2018)

Mary Magdalene | U.S. Release Date: March 30

The Plot: Mary is a young woman in search of a new way of living. Constricted by the hierarchies of the day, she defies her traditional family to join a new social movement led by the charismatic Jesus of Nazareth. She soon finds a place for herself within the movement and at the heart of a journey that will lead to Jerusalem.

One Thing to Know: Rooney Mara and Joaquin Phoenix started dating during the production of this film.

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Lean on Pete (2017)

Lean on Pete | U.S. Release Date: March 30

The Plot: A teenager gets a summer job working for a horse trainer and befriends the fading racehorse, Lean on Pete.

One Thing to Know: Charlie Plummer won the Marcello Mastroianni Award for Best Young Actor or Actress at the 2017 Venice Film Festival.

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God's Not Dead: A Light in Darkness (2018)

God's Not Dead: A Light in Darkness | U.S. Release Date: March 30

The Plot: Pastor Dave (David A.R. White) responds to the unimaginable tragedy of having his church burned down.

One Thing to Know: The first two movies in this franchise have grossed $80+ million at the U.S. box office.

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