Ten films you must see this winter
With super scares and spectacular roles for women, the brightest place to be this season is in the dark.
1Hereditary Jun 7 Who’s in it? Toni Collette, Ann Dowd, Gabriel Byrne See this if you liked: The Babadook Collette stars as a maker of dollhouse dioramas whose mother has died and whose daughter has something terribly wrong with her. “A new generation’s The Exorcist,” Time Out New York raved.
2Sicario 2: Soldadojun 28 Who’s in it? Benicio del Toro, Josh Brolin, Catherine Keener See this if you liked: Sicario Del Toro’s badass assassin from
Sicario takes centre stage this time, joining the CIA’S Matt Graver (Brolin) on a mission to stop the Mexican drug cartels transporting terrorists across the border.
3Ocean’s 8 Jun 7 Who’s in it? Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Mindy Kaling See this if you liked:
The Ghostbusters reboot An all-star line-up of sassy women stars in this distaff take on the Ocean’s series.
4The Little Stranger Aug 30 Who’s in it? Domhnall Gleeson, Charlotte Rampling, Will Poulter See this if you liked: The Woman in Black Director Lenny Abrahamson ( Room) tackles the acclaimed novel by Sarah Waters. In the 1940s a doctor (Gleeson) is called to a crumbling country estate and becomes involved in a haunting.
5The Breaker Upperers Jul 26 Who’s in it? Jackie van Beek, Madeleine Sami, Celia Pacquola See this if you liked: Hunt for the Wilderpeople Embittered friends Jen and Mel run a lucrative business ending relationships for people who lack the cojones to do it themselves. The two stars wrote and directed the film with deadpan Kiwi brilliance.
6Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom Jun 21 Who’s in it? Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, James Cromwell See this if you liked: The Lost World When a volcanic eruption threatens Islar Nublar, Claire and Owen return to mount a reptile rescue mission that’s certain to be a metaphor both for their romance and climate change.
7The Wife Aug 2 Who’s in it? Glenn Close, Jonathan Pryce, Christian Slater See this if you liked: 45 Years Glenn Close is scoring raves for her role as the wife of a Nobel Prize-winning author (Pryce) holding past secrets close to her chest when a questing journalist (Slater) enters their orbit.
8Blackkklansman Aug 9 Who’s in it? John David Washington, Adam Driver See this if you liked: Get Out Detective Ron Stallworth was an African American who infiltrated the Ku Klux Klan in Colorado and, amazingly, became a chapter leader. His autobiography, Black
Klansman, has been adapted into this semi-comedic film directed by the legendary Spike Lee.
9Incredibles 2 Jun 14 Who’s in it? Holly Hunter, Craig T Nelson, Samuel L Jackson See this if you liked: Thor: Ragnarok The belated sequel to 2004’s Pixar hit again explores the travails of domesticity when your family all have superpowers. Mr Incredible (Nelson) becomes a stay-at-home hero when Elastigirl (Hunter) gets a big career break.
10The Spy Who Dumped Me Aug 9 Who’s in it? Mila Kunis, Kate Mckinnon, Sam Heughan See this if you liked: Spy The always-reliable Kunis plays a woman who discovers her ex-boyfriend is a CIA agent targeted by assassins. She’s teamed here with Mckinnon, the hilarious breakout star of Ghostbusters.