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11 Movies We'll Absolutely See Before the End of the Year

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Each year, hundreds of new movies come out in theaters, on Netflix, and on other platforms, but the release cycle really whips into a frenzy in the final third of the year, when Oscar season begins and studios jockey for maximum buzz by putting out a ridiculous number of gems, duds, and everything in between. But which ones actually seem like they'll be worth seeing this fall and winter? Here are the remaining movies that we believe have the best chance of entertaining, intriguing, or frightening the hell out of us as 2018 comes to a close. And if you just want something to watch right this second, try our always updated list of the best movies of the year.

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Release date: November 16
Cast: Viola Davis, Michelle Rodriguez, Elizabeth Debicki, Colin Farrell
Directed by: Steve McQueen (12 Years a Slave)
Why we're excited: When a group of criminals get killed in a heist gone wrong, it's up to their widows to clean up the mess and finish the job. It's such a deliciously simple hook, swiped from a 1983 crime TV series that aired in Britain, but what will likely set Widows apart is the high caliber of the cast -- a murder's row of award winners like Davis, Liam Neeson, and Robert Duvall, along with relative newcomers like Daniel Kaluuya and Cynthia Erivo -- and the behind the scenes talent, which includes Gone Girl scribe Gillian Flynn and Oscar-winning director McQueen. This looks like high-octane pulp made by deadly serious professionals.
(Watch the trailer)


Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

Release date: November 16
Cast: Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Jude Law, Johnny Depp
Directed by: David Yates (Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them)
Why we're excited: More wizards! At this point, you probably know whether or not you're part of the target audience for the latest entry in author J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter prequel series, which follows Ministry of Magic creature expert Newt Scamander (Redmayne) and a dashing young professor named Albus Dumbledore (Law) in the early 20th century. Their latest adventure finds the two tracking down an evil wizard Gellert Grindelwald (Depp) and you can expect Rowling, who penned the script, will have planted all sorts of references to Potter-lore throughout the film.
(Watch the trailer)

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The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

Release date: November 16
Cast: Tim Blake Nelson, James Franco, Liam Neeson, Zoe Kazan
Directed by: The Coen Brothers (No Country for Old Men)
Why we're excited: In a long career that's veered between absurd comedies and violent crime dramas, the Coen Brothers have rarely steered us wrong. This anthology film set in the Old West, which was initially announced as a Netflix miniseries but will now be released as a film, will give the brothers a chance to return to familiar terrain they covered in their True Grit remake but the format should give them a chance to experiment. At the same time, the pair appear to be in their comfort zone, which inevitably includes some dead bodies and bags of money. Why mess with what works?

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