These Are Going to Be the Biggest Movies of Winter 2017

Winter is coming (literally so sorry, couldn’t help myself), and with it, a bunch of new movies for you to see in theaters. Or, you know, for you to tell yourself you’re going to see in theaters, only to catch them on a flight like 10 months later. Either way.

This season’s new films are pretty solidly divided into Oscar-bait in the last few months of 2017, and action/adventure in the first few months of 2018—which means there’s something for everyone. Bless up.

Proud Mary

Release date: January 12, 2018.

Starring: Taraji P. Henson, Margaret Avery, Danny Glover, Billy Brown, Neal McDonough, and Xander Berkeley.

What you need to know: Um, what you need to know is that Taraji P. Henson is headlining one of the most killer-looking movie of 2018, and she’s playing a hit woman for an organized crime family. Like….what more could you possibly want?

The Commuter

Release date: January 12, 2018.

Starring: Liam Neeson, Vera Farmiga, Elizabeth McGovern, Patrick Wilson, Jonathan Banks, and Sam Neill.

What you need to know: Welcome to your yearly Liam Neeson action film! This one is about a—you guessed it—commuter whose commute becomes even more miserable than yours when he gets caught up in some kind of conspiratorial/criminal ~train drama~. File under: IDK anymore.


Release date: December 22, 2017.

Starring: Will Smith, Joel Edgerton, Noomi Rapace, Margaret Cho, Lucy Fry, Edgar Ramirez, Happy Anderson, Kenneth Choi, and Ike Barinholtz.

What you need to know: Netflix is officially making original movies, and Bright is their attempt at a Will Smith cop drama….with Orcs. Yes, Orcs. As in, the goblin-like creatures you came to know and love in Lord of the Rings. Basically, if you’re not arranging your entire life around this film, you’re not truly living.

The Greatest Showman

Release date: December 25, 2017.

Starring: Zendaya, Hugh Jackman, Michelle Williams, Zac Efron, and Rebecca Ferguson.

What you need to know: All you really need to know is that this movie stars Zendaya as a trapeze artist who falls in love with Zac Efron. Other stuff happens too, of course (it takes place at a circus!), but that’s the main reason we’ll be watching.

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

Release date: December 20, 2017.

Starring: Bobby Cannavale, Kevin Hart, Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, Karen Gillan, and Nick Jonas.

What you need to know: For reasons that will forever remain a mystery (JK, the reason is money), Hollywood keeps remaking your favorite childhood movies to mixed results. The casting choices in Jumanji seem pretty solid, but can anyone do it better than Robin Williams? Guess we’ll see.

Phantom Thread

Release date: December 25, 2017.

Starring: Daniel Day-Lewis, Lesley Manville, and Vicky Krieps.

What you need to know: This is allegedly the last movie Daniel Day Lewis will ever star in, so—even if films about couture fashion aren’t your jam (Lewis plays a dressmaker who has a tumultuous relationship with his muse)—please respect the legend by catching it in a theater. Also, the music was written Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood. YES, PLEASE.


Release date: December 8, 2017.

Starring: Margot Robbie, Caitlin Carver, Sebastian Stan, Allison Janney, Julianne Nicholson, Bojana Novakovic, Paul Walter Hauser, and Bobby Cannavale.

What you need to know: The real life story of Olympic skater Tonya Harding, who famously had a shoelace-related meltdown on live TV, and whose feud with Nancy Kerrigan is the stuff of legend. This movie is meant to be extremely extra, so get pumped.

The Disaster Artist

Release date: December 8, 2017.

Starring: James Franco, Dave Franco, Alison Brie, Josh Hutcherson, Seth Rogen, Ari Graynor, and Jacki Weaver.

What you need to know: Everyone should be incredibly excited about The Disaster Artist—which is about the making of Tommy Wiseau’s ICONIC cult classic The Room, a film so bad that another film is being made about it. Also, James Franco directed so expect strange things.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Release date: December 15, 2017.

Starring: Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Kelly Marie Tran, Laura Dern, Benicio del Toro, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, and Gwendoline Christie.

What you need to know: The Last Jedi will continue telling Rey’s story—and is the last movie Carrie Fisher acted in before her death. If you want to know more about the very hush-hush plot, Adam Driver just accidentally revealed a huge spoiler, so head over here.