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Top 10 Movies You Missed This Winter

VO: Rebecca Brayton WRITTEN BY: Nathan Sharp
Written by Nathan Sharp The winter of 2018 had some great movies come out, but not all of them reached Black Panther levels of popularity! WatchMojo presents the Top 10 Movies You Should've Seen this winter! But what will take the top spot on our list? Will it be the Phantom Thread, Annihilation, or Thoroughbreds? Watch to find out! Watch on WatchMojo: WatchMojo.com Have an idea for our next video? Submit to your suggest page here: https://www.WatchMojo.comsuggest/
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Top 10 Movies You Missed This Winter



There have been a lot of great movies released this winter, and chances are, you haven’t even seen them. Welcome to WatchMojo.com, and today we’re counting down our picks for the top ten movies you missed this winter.

For this list, we’ll be looking at the greatest movies released in late 2017, or early 2018, that have flown under the radar.



#10: “The Death of Stalin” (2017)




Anyone looking for a great political satire should definitely check out “The Death of Stalin.” The movie was originally released in the UK, before eventually receiving a very limited release in the US. Directed by comedy legend Armando Iannucci, the plot follows the events surrounding the death of Joseph Stalin, and stars a host of incredible actors, including Steve Buscemi and Jeffrey Tambor. It’s a brilliantly cast movie and is gut-bustingly hilarious, without losing sight of the horror and misery of the time. It’s a dark comedy that deserves to be checked out by anyone looking for a hilarious movie with modern-day political parallels.









#9: “Early Man” (2018)




They don’t make animated movies like this anymore. Well, since we’re highlighting one, we guess they actually do, but you know what we mean. “Early Man” is a stop motion movie from Nick Park, the director of other acclaimed stop motion films like “Wallace & Gromit” and “Chicken Run.” The movie follows a group of Stone Age cavemen who partake in a soccer-like game against Bronze Age invaders. It is littered with big names like Eddie Redmayne, Tom Hiddleston, and Maisie Williams, and contains the typical humor, warmth, and beautiful animation work you expect from a Nick Park movie. For those who are getting sick of CG animation, “Early Man” is your movie.





#8: “The Ritual” (2017)




“The Ritual” is a British horror movie based on the novel of the same name, by acclaimed novelist Adam Nevill. Four college friends reunite to go on a hiking trip in northern Sweden to commemorate the death of their mutual friend. However, they find themselves the subjects of a malevolent force once they become lost in the woods. It’s a fun little horror movie, quite reminiscent of “The Blair Witch Project”; the cast, particularly leading man Rafe Spall, is top-notch. Horror is a very tricky genre to nail, but “The Ritual” is a solid entry in the crowded genre.







#7: “Mohawk” (2017)




“Mohawk” is definitely a movie that flew under the radar. A Native American warrior sets fire to an US Army camp during the War of 1812, and he and his two lovers, one a Mohawk woman, the other a British man, are subsequently hunted by soldier survivors of the attack. It seems as if virtually no one has heard of this Ted Geoghegan film, let alone seen it. Despite its extremely limited budget, “Mohawk” is nevertheless a great combination of action-horror genre piece and searing socio-political commentary.





#6: “The Party” (2017)




Sally Potter’s “The Party” is another black comedy, with a cast of seven respected actors: Patricia Clarkson, Bruno Ganz, Emily Mortimer, Cherry Jones, Cillian Murphy, Kristin Scott Thomas and Timothy Spall. They gather together for a celebratory party that spirals into shocking revelations and violence (we’ve all been to a party like that, right?) The action is contained within a single location, like a play, allowing its terrific actors to bounce off each other to create moments of both poignancy and sharp satire. If you like hilariously intelligent stories, get ready to “Party”.







#5: “Mary and the Witch’s Flower” (2017)




Want a pedigree? “Mary and the Witch’s Flower” is the debut from Japan’s Studio Ponoc, founded by former Studio Ghibli lead film producer Yoshiaki Nishimura. A child named Mary who attains a magical flower that allows her to turn into a witch for one night. The movie was released in Japan back in July 2017 before receiving an English dub limited release in January 2018. While this anime isn’t quite as emotionally powerful or complex as Ghibli’s greatest, it’s still a cute movie with a big heart and some gorgeous imagery.









#4: “Game Night” (2018)




“Game Night” is a movie that really should have received more attention. The movie stars a host of fantastic actors, including leads Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams, and was directed by John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein, the writers of “Horrible Bosses.” And, like “Horrible Bosses,” “Game Night” is a terrific blend of dark comedy and thriller. It’s a ton of fun, and best of all, it contains a genuinely unpredictable and surprising story. In a time when Disney dominates the mainstream market, it’s refreshing to see such an original and hilarious movie for adult audiences.







#3: “Thoroughbreds” (2017)




“Thoroughbreds” is yet another dark comedy/thriller combo, which stars Olivia Cooke, Anya Taylor-Joy, and the late, lamented Anton Yelchin. It follows two friends, Lily and Amanda, who plot to murder Lily’s stepfather with the help of a drug dealer. The movie was originally screened at Sundance in 2017 but had its limited release in March 2018, and the wait was definitely worth it. The story twists and turns in hilariously unpredictable ways. For those who believe that movies don’t tell original or exciting stories any more, run with “Thoroughbreds”.









#2: “Phantom Thread” (2017)




The artsy“Phantom Thread” was nominated for a bunch of Academy Awards, so while you’ve undoubtedly heard of it, chances are that you haven’t actually seen it. The movie was directed by Paul Thomas Anderson and is set in the fashion world of 1950s London; and it is every bit as visually stunning as you might imagine. It’s reported to be Daniel Day Lewis’s final role, so really, you should see it for that reason alone. You may think it to be just another pretentious Oscar movie, but . . . okay it is, but it’s powerful. There will be clothes.







Before we unveil our top pick, here are a few honorable mentions.







#1: “Annihilation” (2018)




Original and mesmerizing science fiction is still being made . .. people just don’t always watch it. “Annihilation” is a woefully underappreciated movie, starring Natalie Portman as a scientist who travels into a mysterious alien zone known as The Shimmer. Based on Jeff VanderMeer’s Southern Reach Trilogy, it’s an imaginative, scary movie that is beautifully shot, with a thought-provoking story. It’s one of the best sci fi offerings in years, yet it underperformed at the box office. Whether you catch it on Netflix or in a theater, please do watch it, because this movie deserves far more attention than it got.
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