10 Films You Don't Want To Miss This Winter

Including (probably) the biggest film of all time, a demon goat and Cate's latest Oscar-botherer

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As the autumn leaves fall and the winter chill nears, one key location you'll be visiting over the coming seasons is the cinema.

Good news, then; we've run through the ten films you should keep an eye out for between now and January, ranging from box office big-hitters to smaller award contenders, meaning you'll be in no danger of stumbling into that wrong cinema screen (the one showing a new Michael Bay film).

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1 | The Lobster

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Director: Yorgos Lanthimos
Starring: Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz, Ben Whishaw, Léa Seydoux
What is it? An offbeat satire set in a disturbing dystopia.
Reason to see it... To discover that True Detective's second season had no negative effect on Colin Farrell's career.

Released 16 October

2 | Spectre

Director: Sam Mendes
Starring: Daniel Craig, Christoph Waltz, Léa Seydoux, Monica Bellucci
What is it? Bond 24.
Reason to see it... So you can find out whether Waltz is playing Blofeld or not two weeks before the rest of the world.

Released 26 October

3 | Bridge of Spies

Director: Steven Spielberg
Starring: Tom Hanks, Alan Alda, Mark Rylance 
What is it? A Cold War thriller written by the Coen Brothers.
Reason to see it... Because it promises to be more Saving Private Ryan than The Terminal in the quality stakes.

Released 27 November

4 | Carol

Director: Todd Haynes
Starring: Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara, Kyle Chandler
What is it? A New York-set romantic drama.
Reason to see it... So you can partake in Oscars chat when February rolls around.

Released 27 November

5 | Krampus

Director: Michael Dougherty
Starring: Adam Scott, Toni Collette, Allison Tolman 
What is it? An old school Yuletide horror comedy. 
Reason to see it... Because who doesn't want to see a Christmas film about a family holed up in ther house being stalked by a legendary demon goat?

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Released 4 December

6 | Star Wars: Episode VI - The Force Awakens

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Director: JJ Abrams
Starring: John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Harrison Ford, Adam Driver
What is it? A sequel to George Lucas' original Star Wars trilogy, that's all.
Reason to see it... It'll be the biggest film of all time. You don't need more of a reason than that.

Released 17 December

7 | Joy

Director: David O Russell
Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper, Robert De Niro
What is it? A biographical comedy drama about the 'Miracle Mop' inventor.
Reason to see it... Because if Jennifer Lawrence is in a film you should probably stop what you're doing and go see that film. Unless it's a new Hunger Games.

Released 1 January

8 | The Hateful Eight

Director: Quentin Tarantino
Starring: Kurt Russell, Samuel L Jackson, Jennifer Jason Leigh
What is it? Another western from the Django Unchained director.
Reason to see it... It's the closest we're going to get to a Tarantino chamber piece. Oh, and this Sammy L Jackson line: "Move a little strange an' you're gonna get a bullet. Not a warning. Not a question; a bullet."

Released 8 January

9 | The Revenant

Director: Alejandro González Iñárritu
Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Will Poulter, Domhnall Gleeson
What is it? The Birdman director's thriller following vengeful 19th-century frontiersman Hugh Glass.  
Reason to see it... Because it's Leo's Oscar film. Right?

Released 15 January

10 | Room

Director: Lenny Abrahamson
Starring: Brie Larson, Jacob Tremblay, Joan Allen, William H Macy
What is it? A small indie that's generating huge talk.
Reason to see it... It has just won the coveted People's Choice award at Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) – the past winners of which include The King's Speech and 12 Years a Slave. Need we remind you they both won Best Picture at the Oscars? 

Released 29 January

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