Let's be real: the winter season has never exactly been cinematic heaven. The early months of the year don't get the sheer volume of blockbusters that tend to come out of the summer time; and while the fall is the place for studios to place their prestige pictures, January through March has a long history as a dumping ground. That being said, the cinematic release calendar has evolved greatly in recent years, and as a result there are actually some pretty big and fascinating projects that are set to hit theaters in just a few short weeks.

Which films are these? Lucky for you, below and across the next few pages we've highlighted some of the biggest titles that are set to come out between now and the end of March -- noting not only what it's about, but our expectations as well. With that, let's dive in, shall we?

Split

Split -- January 20

After a string of disappointing features, M. Night Shyamalan came back in a big way in 2015 with The Visit -- the filmmaker finding great opportunity for big scares while utilizing a smaller budget. He's back and ready to do the same thing again with Split, a film that centers on a group of young girls who find themselves held captive by a strange man with dissociative identity disorder. Having premiered at multiple festivals in late 2016, this one already has a good amount of buzz going for it, and it could wind up being a surprise hit.

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