Films to Watch for in 2023

Ah, the movies. As you’ve heard Nicole Kidman say, like, a hundred times, “heartbreak feels good in a place like this.” There are many things to be certain of in 2023: death, taxes, and that same AMC ad over and over. Plenty of great films are set to grace the screen, too, with big-named directors from Martin Scorsese to Christopher Nolan bringing their A-game. These 25 films are some of the most anticipated upcoming releases of 2023, so get ready to reserve your tickets and grab your popcorn.

Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania

Peyton Reed refuses to let Ant-Man fall into the background as a Marvel supporting character. The third film in the series, Quantumania, looks to be the biggest and best yet.

Asteroid City

Asteroid City is described as “larger than most other Anderson films,” and that’s saying a lot for Wes Anderson’s famed ensembles. Take a look at the cast and tell me you’re not excited.

Barbie

Joke all you want about seeing a Barbie film in 2023. But with Greta Gerwig establishing herself as the next in a line of modern auteurs, this won’t be your average movie about dolls.

Beau Is Afraid

Ari Aster put out two of the most terrifying horror films of the 21st century, and the hype is real for the follow-up, a horror-comedy starring Joaquin Phoenix called Beau Is Afraid.

Cocaine Bear

Just listen to the synopsis of Cocaine Bear and tell me you’re not excited: A 500-pound bear gets into a bag of cocaine, then goes on a murderous rampage while high out of its mind.

Dune: Part Two

Denis Villeneuve’s Dune was one of the most technically impressive science-fiction films in years, and we’re eager to see the next step on Paul Atreides’ journey through the galaxy.

Elemental

Pixar’s next film, Elemental, appears to have much more in common with Inside Out and Soul than director Peter Sohn’s debut feature, The Good Dinosaur, and that’s a good thing.

Ferrari

Michael Mann hasn’t exactly been on a roll lately, with Collateral his last cinematic triumph. But a story about Enzo Ferrari coming to the big screen could just be his return to form.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3

The third edition of Guardians of the Galaxy hasn’t come without drama, with James Gunn removed from the director’s chair before being reinstated. With him back, we’re pumped.

How Do You Live?

The Wind Rises appeared to be Hayao Miyazaki’s final film as the king of Studio Ghibli. But he returned to work on How Do You Live?, which may finally be hitting theaters this year.

Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny

Indiana Jones had an excellent track record until 2008’s Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. For his next adventure, though, director James Mangold promises much more fulfilling thrills.

Infinity Pool

Like father, like son: Brandon Cronenberg’s breakthrough film, Possessor, was a captivating body horror ride, and he’ll be back this year with another unsettling feature in Infinity Pool.

John Wick: Chapter 4

When the first John Wick came out in 2014, I never imaged it would turn into a four-part series, with a fifth film to come. Keanu Reeves has a new enemy to fight first in Chapter 4.

The Killer

David Fincher making a serial killer film starring Michael Fassbender? Count me in. Following mixed reviews for Mank, The Killer will hopefully be Fincher back at his best.

Killers of the Flower Moon

Martin Scorsese can’t be stopped. Killers of the Flower Moon, the next addition to his dense filmography, is a Western crime film starring Leonardo DiCaprio. Need I say more?

Maestro

Wait, is that really Bradley Cooper? It sure is, and he’s back at it again. In his second directorial effort, set for release on Netflix, Cooper transforms into Leonard Bernstein.

Mission Impossible – Dead Reckoning: Part I

If Tom Cruise filming commercials while skydiving isn’t enough, he’s returning for another Mission Impossible movie in 2023 — part one of two and the penultimate film in the series.

Napoleon

Joaquin Phoenix has been killing it lately, from Joker to C’mon C’mon (including an Oscar to his name). His next venture? Playing the famed Napoleon in Ridley Scott’s new film.

Next Goal Wins

Is 2023 finally the year we get Taika Waititi’s Next Goal Wins? He was busy with his second Thor film last year, but his film about the American Samoa soccer team could drop soon.

Oppenheimer

Beyond his Batman trilogy, Christopher Nolan has dabbled in space, war, and science fiction, and now he’s preparing his historical biopic, Oppenheimer, for release this year.

Poor Things

Yorgos Lanthimos’ next film, Poor Things, is based on a 1992 novel, and that’s all we know about it so far. But between Emma Stone, Willem Dafoe, and Mark Ruffalo, the cast rules.

Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse

We’ve been inundated with film adaptations of Spider-Man, but Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse was a fresh spin on the superhero. Miles Morales returns for the sequel in 2023.

Suzume

Makoto Shinkai’s new film, Suzume, hit theaters in Japan last fall, and it makes its American debut this spring. Here’s to hoping the filmmaker can recapture the magic of Your Name.

The Way of the Wind

Terrence Malick has been known for spiritual themes in his works. His upcoming release, The Way of the Wind, is all biblical: a highly anticipated epic about the life of Jesus Christ.

Wonka

While we’re not dying for another Willy Wonka movie, the fact the 2023 adaptation is directed by Paddington‘s Paul King and stars Timothée Chalamet is a great initial sign.

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