The best movies to watch this winter (and what they’re about)

Considering that we may not see snowfall this winter for several months, it is still early in the Holidays movie lineup, but a few are already being heralded as “must-see” classics. Of course, there are also many movies currently in theaters but, if you are looking for something new to see, here are a few to keep you warm, cuddly and happy this winter:

“The Christmas Chronicles”

“Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip”

“Paddington 2”

“Home Alone: Lost in New York”


“The Nightmare Before Christmas”

“Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas”

“Home Alone”


The short has already made quite a splash online, despite several members of the cast saying it should not be rated G. This highly entertaining first trailer suggests that the dark and eerie tone of the original story will be carried forward with added glee for younger viewers.

“The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part”

“Mary Poppins Returns”

The Disney classic is returning to the big screen for a second run, the sequel playing the same weekend as its sibling. Even if you’re not in love with the parts that are surrounded by “Will it fly?”-style visuals and, in particular, the overdone Disneyland “Big Top Circus,” the characters are enough to keep your heart and mind warm and riveted. And if you are a fan of the music (“Let’s Go Fly a Kite,” “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious”), get ready to belt out the tunes from Jan Berry and Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman’s “A Spoonful of Sugar” songs as the spoonful hits the cooker. If you saw the 1971 film when it was released, chances are the musical theater mind-set was introduced to you.

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“The Lego Ninjago Movie”

“Daddy’s Home 2”

“The Boss Baby”

Catch the animated sequel to “Shrek,” along with “The Lego Movie,” in theaters now. Or, there’s also a non-stop collection of movies coming in the coming months.

In addition to the 10 movies listed above, there are many on the horizon.

Both “The Lego Ninjago Movie” and “The Lego Movie 2” are coming in November. Warner Bros. will release “Aquaman” on December 21. In December, there are the horror hits “Hereditary” and “The Distinguished Gentleman,” as well as the live-action science fiction extravaganza “Mary Poppins Returns.” Jan. 12 will bring you the animated family adventure “Ferdinand.” On Feb. 16 comes “Black Panther,” which has already become a huge hit with fans. There’s also the tale of a boy with powers he can’t control, the Florida Keys-set “The Rescuers Down Under” (Feb. 23), with Charlize Theron, “Operation Finale” (March 23), about the manhunt for Adolf Eichmann, and “Mary Poppins Returns” in two weeks.

One last film coming in the very near future is the James Cameron-produced and Robert Rodriguez-directed 3D version of the 1980s slasher “Friday the 13th.”

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