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10 films we can't wait to see this winter

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Nov 20, 2018

Winter is coming. But no need to fret! With the chilly air, falling snow, and the holiday season come a slew of exciting movies that are sure to drive genre fans wild. Whether you're wishing for studly superheroes, family-friendly fantasy, thrilling sci-fi, or haunting horror, we've got you covered.

SYFY FANGRRLS has surveyed what's hitting theaters in the coming months to highlight the movies most likely to get you geeking out. We've got a mind-bending detective tale, web-slinging shenanigans, high-flying dragons, and a singing and dancing band of zombie killers. There's a little something special for everyone.

Ralph Breaks The Internet

"The bunny gets the pancake!"

Real talk: Wreck-It Ralph doesn't get enough credit for being not only an under-sung Disney gem, but also one of the best video games movies of all time. So when it comes to this world wide web trekking sequel that has Ralph (John C. Reilly) and Vanellope (Sarah Silverman) mixing it up with memes, Disney princesses, and new friends voiced by Taraji P. Henson and Gal Gadot, we've got two words: Game ON!

Ralph Breaks The Internet opens November 21.

Anna And The Apocalypse

"What a time to be alive!"

Christmas comes early with this bonkers genre mash-up that's part teen-comedy, part holiday musical, and part zombie horror. Ella Hunt stars as Anna, a high schooler who is bored to tears in her quiet little town, that is until the undead crash her school's holiday festivities. I've been singing the praises of this totally outrageous adventure since its Fantastic Fest world premiere last year. So trust us: you don't want to miss this gory and goofy gift.

Anna and the Apocalypse opens November 30. 

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

"What makes you different is what makes you Spider-Man."

Remember rolling your eyes when you heard there'd be another Spider-Man franchise? Well, Sony's doing some truly amazing things with their webiverse, like making this gorgeous and imaginative animated-adventure that gives us all the Spider-Men we can handle and then some! When dimensions collide, Peter Parker, Miles Morales, Peni Parker, Spider-Gwen, Spider-Man Noir, and Spider-Ham all cross paths for a cinema event that's full of high-swinging action, super-sized spectacle, and plenty of witty one-liners.

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse opens December 14. 

Mortal Engines

"The man who controls this, controls the world."

Based on Philip Reeve's sci-fi novel, this post-apocalyptic adventure follows outlaw Hester Shaw as she leads a fearless rebellion against a nightmarish London, which has been jacked up on monstrous wheels that roars through the wastelands as a ravenous predator city. Think metropolises as vicious pirate ships, plus scads of steampunk style. And this bold adaptation is scripted by Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens and Peter Jackson, the trio behind The Lord of the Rings and Hobbit trilogies. What more could a FANGRRL ask for?

Mortal Engines opens December 14.

Mary Poppins Returns

"Off we go!"

Craving a little magic, wonder, and a spoon full of sugar? Emily Blunt's got you covered with this whimsical sequel to Julie Andrews' 1964 classic. With the Banks children all grown up but in need of a surreal shake-up, their beloved nanny swans down from the sky for a new adventure. And aside from the fantasy, fun, and song, this kid-friendly flick also offers plenty of personality with appearances from Meryl Streep, Julie Walters, Colin Firth, Ben Wishaw, Emily Mortimer, Angela Lansbury, Dick Van Dyke, and Lin-Manuel Miranda! 

Mary Poppins Returns opens December 19.

Aquaman

"A son of the land and a son of the seas."

Forget the silly orange and green leotards and that boyscout vibe. Jason Mamoa has brought a plenty of brawn, heaps of hair, and stunning sex appeal to this Justice League member. The trailers have teased rooftop chase scenes, sprawling battles, and armies squaring off astride giant seahorses and friggin sharks! All this and more will be unleashed in this star-studded spinoff, which features Amber Heard, Dolph Lundgren, Willem Dafoe, and Nicole Kidman. In short, this Aquaman has gotten us feeling all kinds of thirst.

Aquaman opens December 21. 

Escape Room

"Try doing one thing that scares you."

You think you're clever? Maybe you think you can conquer any puzzle any escape room could throw your way. That’s certainly how the motley crew invited to compete in this big prize challenge felt. Until the heat was turned up. We've always thought escape rooms could make a twisted horror movie premise, and this thriller's first trailer proves our point with aplomb (and explosions).

Escape Room opens January 4. 

Glass

"This is not a cartoon. This is the real world."

First came Unbreakable, then Split, now Glass, the third installment in M. Night Shyamalan's unconventional superhero trilogy. Bruce Willis, Samuel Jackson, and James McAvoy join forces in a twisted thriller that finds their super-powered figures in the same asylum. Turn out to see the next chapter of this harrowing homage to comic book narratives. Or come because Sarah Paulson's real-life superpower is stealing scenes right out from under her more famous co-stars. Whichever. 

Glass opens January 18. 

The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part

"Good morning sewer babies!" 

The whimsical and wild world of Master Builders gets a dose of Mad Max: Fury Road dystopia in this much-anticipated sequel. But nothing will get our plucky hero Emmet Brickowski down! Not even when an out-of-this-world threat targets him and his friends, Wyldstyle, Unikitty, Metal Beard, Benny the astronaut, and Batman. Bonus fun times: joining a killer cool voice cast that includes Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks, Alison Brie, Nick Offerman, Charlie Day, and Will Arnett are Tiffany Haddish and Brooklyn Nine-Nine's Stephanie Beatriz.

The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part opens February 8.

How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

"We have to fight for their freedom!"

The final chapter of this high-flying fantasy franchise offers an enthralling adventure centered around the discovery of the rarest dragon of them all, the mysterious Light Fury. This family-friendly film presents a whole new world to explore and a new threat to Hiccup's best bud Toothless. (And no, we don't mean trying to figure out the tricky steps to dragon mating dances.) We're not ready to say goodbye, yet we can't wait to see our favorite Vikings and dragons take to the skies again!

How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World opens February 22. 

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