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The new and upcoming movie releases that will get you through #BlueMonday

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So today is the most depressing day of the year – yes, it's Blue Monday. We've got the ideal solution to brighten your mood: it's our rundown of Cineworld's new and upcoming releases, movies that promise to make you jump for joy.

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Released Out now

Frances McDormand burns up the screen in Martin McDonagh's scabrously funny comedy-drama, a story of vengeance, rage and the small-town justice. As the mother antagonising the local police force over their failure to capture her daughter's killer, McDormand delivers a career-best performance. She's backed by an excellent supporting cast including Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell, Peter Dinklage and John Hawkes, all of whom work wonders with McDonagh's characteristically salty and rich language. BAFTA and Oscar success surely beckons.

Click here to book your tickets for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.


Darkest Hour

Released Out now

One of the major contenders in this year's awards season, this riveting Winston Churchill biopic could be the movie that gets acting legend Gary Oldman his long-overdue Oscar. The veteran star disappears into the role of the revered British leader, fully embodying his principles and doubts as Britain faces imminent invasion from Nazi Germany. The Golden Globe winning Oldman compels and the supporting cast is rounded out by Kristin Scott Thomas, Lily James, Ben Mendelsohn and Stephen Dillane.

Click here to book your tickets for Darkest Hour.


The Post

Released 19th January

Another major awards contender, Steven Spielberg's latest dramatises the Washington Post's battle to publish the Pentagon Papers, incriminating documents that exposed the US government's lies over the Vietnam War. A topical story from a director who excels in bringing history to a mass audience (Schindler's List, Saving Private Ryan, Munich), this Golden Globe nominated drama hinges on the heavyweight central duo of Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep. Do you need any more reasons to pencil this into your diary?

Click here to book your tickets for The Post.


The Commuter

Released 19th January

Liam Neeson once more rails against those who've wronged him in this relentless thriller from Non-Stop director Jaume Collet-Serra. Neeson plays former policeman turned insurance agent Michael, who has been let go from his job and is on his regular train commute home. But then mystery woman Joanna (Vera Farmiga) arrives and offers him the chance to win millions of dollars, in the process ensnaring Michael in a deadly game... One thing's for sure: he will find them, and he will kill them (again).

Click here to book your tickets for The Commuter. Unlimited members: don't forget about tonight's screening. Click here to book.


Coco

Released 19th January

Just when we thought Pixar's movies couldn't get any more beautiful, along comes Coco to prove us all wrong. This visually arresting story envelops us in Mexico's traditional Day of the Dead festival, as young Miguel (Anthony Gonzalez) defies his music-hating family's orders. Travelling into the land of the dead he seeks out the spirit of his great-great-grandfather, a legendary folk musician. Both gorgeous to look at with a lilting soundtrack and a sweetly uplifting message, it's a January family treat.

Click here to book your tickets for Coco.


Downsizing

Released 24th January

We've come to expect greatness from writer-director Alexander Payne, Oscar winning maker of modern classics Sideways, The Descendants and Nebraska. His latest, Downsizing, offers a typically brain-scrambling and provocative conceit, focusing on Matt Damon's everyman who decides to take advantage of a new shrinking initiative, in the process re-starting his life. Kristen Wiig, Jason Sudeikis and Christoph Waltz co-star.

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Early Man

Released 26th January

The animated delights keep on coming this month with the release of Aardman's latest. The genius claymation modellers behind Wallace and Gromit and Chicken Run now introduce us to another batch of loveable heroes, in a story of the hilarious prehistoric transition between Stone Age and Bronze Age. Oh, and the story also involves the creation of a little game called football... Eddie Redmayne, Tom Hiddleston, Maisie Williams, Timothy Spall and Richard Ayoade make up the terrific voice cast.

Click here to book your tickets for Early Man.


Phantom Thread

Released 2nd February

The release of a new Daniel Day-Lewis movie is an event in and of itself. But when one considers this is potentially his last movie, it becomes history in the making. The esteemed actor reunites with his There Will Be Blood director Paul Thomas Anderson for a cryptic and engrossing story of an English dressmaker and his troubled relationship with his muse (breakout newcomer Vicky Krieps). Will this mark another dynamite collaboration between Day-Lewis and Anderson? The reviews and awards attention certainly indicate this is the case.

Click here to book your tickets for Phantom Thread.


The Shape of Water

Released 16th February

Is this the year that Pan's Labyrinth director Guillermo del Toro finally gets his due? Judging by the warm reception to his new movie The Shape of Water, we could well be seeing him holding the Oscar aloft in March. Recipient of two Golden Globes (including one for del Toro himself) and 12 BAFTA nominations, this captivating fairy tale is the story of a mute woman's relationship with an imprisoned aquatic creature, steeped in a love of classic monster movies and silent cinema. With outstanding performances from Sally Hawkins, Michael Shannon, Octavia Spencer and Richard Jenkins, it's a feast for the eyes and the emotions.



What movies are you most looking forward to this month? Let us know @Cineworld.