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It’s cold outside and you have have a few hours spare so why not head to a cinema near you and escape with one of the must-watch movies this winter. With something of all genres on show, you’re sure to find something to suit your mood. Here is our round-up of the top 5 movies to watch this winter.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens – Out 17th December 

No explanation is needed for the next installment of Lucas’s movies that helped shape a generation, although it may be worth re-watching the first six episodes before you go see the next addition to this epic chronology. If you haven’t already pre-booked tickets, make a note to do so as you don’t want to miss this one.

  1. In the Heart of the Sea – Out 26th December

Said to be the inspiration behind the great novel Moby Dick, this film recounts the true story of a whaling ship in New England that was left adrift in the middle of the ocean after being attacked by a whale. Starring Chris Hemsworth, Cillian Murphy and Benjamin Walker, this tale of survival will have you gripped to your seat.

  1. Daddy’s Home – Out 26th December 

Dad vs Step dad or should we say Will Ferrell vs Mark Wahlberg. Expect a battle of the egos, plenty of comedy moments (especially on the part of Will Ferrell) and lots of light-hearted, slapstick scenes. It’s not exactly a taxing film to watch so if you’re looking for something to make you smile and with guaranteed laughter, then put this one on your list.

  1. The Revenant – Out 15th January

Said to be the hardest film Leonardo DiCaprio has ever made, The Revenant is one to pencil in the diary. It tells the story of a hunter in the 1820s (Hugh Glass played by DiCaprio) left for dead by his hunting team. Driven by grief and vengence, he treks through the wilderness to track down those who abandoned him. Filmed in 12 different locations all over Canada, the United States and Argentina you’re in for a visual treat as well as an absorbing performance by DiCaprio who lived out many of the scenes sleeping in animal carcasses and stepping in and out of frozen rivers.

  1. Ride Along 2 – Out 22nd January 

If you’ve seen the first one then you know Kevin Hart and Ice Cube make a hilarious duo starring as Ben and James. This action comedy sees the crime-solving pair heading to Miami to bring down a drug dealer with plenty of events on the way. It’s just what you need to liven up a cold weekend.

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