Winter is coming

And here are the 15 movies to see you through it

Winter is coming


You don’t need to suffer from coulrophobia (that’s Latin for ‘Aargh! Clowns!’) to be genuinely creeped out by the prospect of a new version of Stephen King’s It. Like the Tim Curry nearly-classic TV miniseries from 1990, it tells the tale of a bunch of kids stumbling on a supernatural secret in their small town. One that comes in the form of terrifying clown-demon, Pennywise... Opens September 7

Victoria and Abdul
Twenty years after Mrs Brown, Judi Dench is back as Queen Victoria, and once again she’s hobnobbing with the hired help – this time around, a young Indian clerk (Ali Fazal). Expect serious cockle-warming, and possible awards. Opens September 14

The Lego Ninjago Movie

Okay, so no one over the age of 12 knows what Ninjago is (it’s ninja Lego, for your future reference). But The Lego Movie was great and The Lego Batman Movie even better. So who’d bet against them pulling off a hattrick? The plot of this one follows six young ninjas who must defend their island from invaders. Opens September 21

Kingsman: The Golden Circle

More 007-style, outrageous spy antics, following on from Matthew Vaughn’s original sleeper smash. This time, Eggsy (Taron Edgerton) and Harry (Colin Firth, somehow back after being shot in the face in the last one) must team up with their American arm, to take down Julianne Moore’s psycho-baddie. Opens September 21

Blade Runner 2049
The movie event of 2017, Blade Runner 2049 is the sequel no-one thought was a good idea until the trailer dropped – now we’re counting the days. Ryan Gosling is an ice-cool android hunter who stumbles across Harrison Ford’s lost, legendary cop, Deckard. The So Hot Right Now Denis Villeneuve directs. Opens October 5

The Snowman
Forget walking in the air; this is dying in the snow. Let the Right One In director Tomas Alfredson adapts Scandi-crime legend Jo Nesbo’s novel, in which a detective (Michael Fassbender) investigates a serial killer who leaves sinister snowmen by the bodies of his victims. Expect sequels. Opens October 12

Yes. Just yes. Jennifer Lawrence’s latest looks like it could all get a bit Rosemary’s Baby on us. A psychological horror from Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan, among others), Mother! stars J-Law and Javier Bardem as a couple whose lives are turned upside-down by two strangers (Ed Harris and Michelle Pfeiffer). The trailer is the creepiest we’ve seen in forever, and this looks frankly awesome. Opens October 19

The Death of Stalin
A film about the death of the Soviet dictator and the confusion that followed? Sounds un-hilarious, right? But, with genius comedy writer-director Armando Ianucci (The Thick of It, Veep) in charge, this’ll be a spiky, satirical treat. Opens October tbc

Thor: Ragnarok

We’ve been looking forward to this ever since we saw the gloriously goofy, action-packed, ’80s trailer. Cate Blanchett is full-on scenery chewing as the bad guy, What We Do in the Shadows’ bonkers Kiwi director Taika Waititi is in the big chair, and he’s sending Chris Hemsworth’s Thor and Mark Ruffalo’s Hulk off on a sort of superhero buddy movie/ road trip. Think Midnight Run. In capes. Opens November 2

Murder on the Orient Express
A dazzly cast of A-listers cram aboard a sleeper train for Kenneth Branagh’s adaptation (he’s also in front of the camera, playing a majestically moustachioed Hercule Poirot) of Agatha Christie’s masterpiece. Johnny Depp is the businessman murdered in his bed. Judi Dench, Penelope Cruz, Olivia Colman, Michelle Pfeiffer and Daisy Ridley co-star. Opens November 9

Justice League
If you’ve been getting Wonder Woman withdrawal symptoms, no need to wait for the sequel. Gal Gadot is back to save the day in Justice League – teaming up with Batman, Superman and supporting heroes. With Joss Whedon having finished the movie after Zack Snyder had to depart following a family tragedy, expect a mix of beautiful portent and sparkling wit. Opens November 16

A new Pixar movie is always a reason to celebrate, especially, given their recent penchant for sequels, an original one. And the early word on this is strong. Newcomer Anthony Gonzalez plays aspiring musician Miguel, who teams up with charming trickster Hector (voiced by Gael García Bernal) on an extraordinary, stunningly visualised journey through the Land of the Dead. Opens November 30

Battle of the Sexes
Based on real events, this tennis drama documents a famous 1973 grudge match: between chauvinist former champ Bobby Riggs (who boasted he could beat any woman on the court) and the world’s leading female player, Billie Jean King. Steve Carell and Emma Stone are wonderfully cast in the leads. This one is going to be a real, ahem, ace. Sorry. Opens November tbc

Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Who are Rey’s parents? What does the title mean? Has Luke turned to the Dark Side? All will be revealed this December, when Looper and Brick director Rian Johnson’s Episode VIII picks up at the very moment that The Force Awakens ended. More crucially, this will now act as the late Carrie Fisher’s final appearance as Princess (now General) Leia. The plan had always been for her to appear in Colin Trevorrow’s Episode IX too, but her sad death last December of course rendered that impossible. Here’s hoping she gets the send-off someone of such Star Wars royalty deserves. Expect no dry eyes in the house. Opens December 14

Kathryn Bigelow’s searing look at the riots that culminated in the real life police raid at Detroit’s Algiers Motel in 1967 – that resulted in the deaths of three young black men and the beatings of nine other people, including two white women – is already been talked about in the hushed tones of next year’s Best Picture favourite. Certainly Bigelow has form on that front, being the only woman ever to win the Oscar for Best Director, for her equally brilliant The Hurt Locker. This is essential. Opens December 21

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