The movies are finally back!

At last, it seems like Hollywood is starting to move past the roadblock of COVID-19 delays. 2022 was certainly a sparse year for mainline movie releases, as studios continued to delay tentpole projects due to complications caused by the pandemic. This knock-on effect has in turn affected formerly planned 2023 blockbusters, pushing them into 2024 and beyond, but now, we once again have a decent crop of blockbusters and other major movie projects on the docket for this coming year.

The ability to return to the movies was something I very much appreciated in 2022, even with the smaller roster of releases. I’m looking forward to going even more in 2023, and with that comes the chance to kick off the year by listing which movies I’m looking forward to most. There’s a new batch of superheroes, adventure, romance, drama, monsters and magic to look forward to, much of which will be attempted by some highly experimental new cinematic properties. Sure, we’ll see returns for evergreen blockbuster franchises like Mission: Impossible, Fast & Furious and even The Hunger Games, but alongside them stand some really intriguing new properties that could go either way.

This is ideal for me as a critic, because it’s always a joy to get to the end of a new year, and see what ended up surprising me, and what ended up being exactly as bizarre and/or misconceived as anticipated. Before I get into my proper Top Ten then, I have to give several honourable mentions to 2023 movies that have my attention, simply because they’re so strange and/or risky that I have to acknowledge how much I’m looking forward to seeing them, even if they didn’t make my Most Anticipated list this year:

 

HONOURABLE MENTION #1: Cocaine Bear

Release Date: February 24th

WHY: The title alone really gets your attention, doesn’t it? Believe it or not, this horror-comedy is also based on a true story! Yes, a literal bear ate a literal bag of cocaine back in the 80’s, and went on a very literal violent rampage as a result! The fact that this really happened, albeit before I was even born, is one of the best examples I could imagine of reality sometimes being stranger than fiction, and I’m extremely curious to see if this dark horse offering can live up to its ridiculous historical inspiration. Want to know something even weirder? Cocaine Bear is directed by Elizabeth Banks. Yes, that Elizabeth Banks, of Pitch Perfect and The 40-Year-Old Virgin fame! I’ve previously said that Banks had nowhere to go but up after writing and directing 2019’s incredibly forgettable Charlie’s Angels reboot, but I think she went so far up that she has officially left Planet Earth, and I am absolutely here for it!

 

HONOURABLE MENTION #2: 65

Release Date: March 17th

WHY: While it’s pretty baffling and potentially troubling that Sony has currently positioned 65 as a direct competitor to DC superhero blockbuster, Shazam!: Fury of the Gods for this upcoming St. Patrick’s Day weekend, I still have to give props for a fully original sci-fi elevator pitch with a great hook; Adam Driver fighting dinosaurs. The premise involves time travel being confused for space travel, and then survival happens, but never mind all that, because Adam Driver is going to fight dinosaurs. Jurassic World: Dominion disappointed you? It disappointed me too, but somehow the existence of 65 makes Universal’s misfired trilogy capper feel worth slogging through. I just hope this movie finally gives us the dino survival thriller that audiences have deserved for decades now.

 

HONOURABLE MENTION #3: Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves

Release Date: March 31st

WHY: Paramount and Hasbro want to bring Dungeons & Dragons into the mainstream in a big way, and that initiative starts this year, with the long-in-development cinematic reboot, Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves. The trailer for this movie looks absolutely bonkers too, and there is admittedly plenty of potential for this reboot to suck hard. Still, something about this movie’s cheesy, yet endearing fantasy flavouring is really doing it for me, despite my having never actually played Dungeons & Dragons before, to my shame, as a longtime RPG enthusiast. Perhaps it’s also the fact that I’m ready for a palate cleanser after an absolute deluge of ultra-dark, ultra-violent adult fantasy media that’s come in the wake of Game of Thrones over the past few years too. Either way, I’m extremely intrigued to see if this reboot lives up to its zany promise, now that it’s finally journeying to the big screen.

 

HONOURABLE MENTION #4: Renfield

Release Date: April 14th

WHY: Following on from Universal’s surprisingly terrifying The Invisible Man reboot from 2020, Renfield pivots hard to instead create a romantic comedy surrounding Dracula’s assistant, Renfield, who falls in love with a traffic cop, played by Awkwafina. Did I mention that Dracula is also being played by Nicolas Cage? Yes, this is Universal’s literal, actual spiritual follow-up to The Invisible Man. Yes, this is also a real movie. As if Cocaine Bear hasn’t already shown you that the inmates are officially running the asylum at Universal. Also, Renfield is being produced by The Walking Dead creator, Robert Kirkman, and his company, Skybound. Because why not? In a year full of surprisingly insane mainstream movie releases, Renfield feels like it’s going to take some kind of crown, and I absolutely want to bear witness to it. What kind of crown remains to be seen, but hopefully it’s a good one. Either way, I’m seeing Renfield ASAP!

 

HONOURABLE MENTION #5: Elemental

Release Date: June 16th

WHY: Okay, taking a break from the ludicrous, offbeat end of 2023’s movie schedule, I have to single out Disney’s and Pixar’s upcoming animated flick, Elemental, which just barely didn’t make it onto my Top Ten Most Anticipated Movies list for 2023. Maybe I’m sentimental after a hard, heartbreaking 2022 on my end, but I have to say, Elemental looks like it’s going to be very cute. The movie takes place in a world where every person is a manifestation of one of the four foundational elements; Earth, air, fire and water. A fire woman has a meet-cute with a water man on a train one day, and while they’re seemingly incompatible and dangerous to each other, they’ll nonetheless fall in love, and the movie is meant to chronicle that journey. It’s a very charming, very creative and very heartfelt concept that I really hope lives up to Pixar’s incredible pedigree as an animation studio. Plus, at best, maybe it will give a lot of us a renewed faith in romance, myself included.

 

HONOURABLE MENTION #6: Barbie

Release Date: July 21st

WHY: Aaannndddd, pivoting right back into the garden of madness, we have Greta Gerwig’s Barbie movie, which just recently debuted its first teaser trailer, and… Wow. There are no words. Barbie is another blockbuster movie that’s been in development for many years now, even being heavily retooled from an aborted pitch at Sony, which was to be headlined by Amy Schumer. Now with Margot Robbie in the titular role, and the project set up at Warner Bros., Barbie looks like it’s going to be a sugary fever dream that nonetheless stars a more recognizable live-action take on the beloved doll, and I’m man enough to admit that I’m extremely curious about this movie. I’ll probably be surrounded by little girls when I go to see it, but at least I’ll take heart knowing that those little girls are probably just as confused as I am, and that’s the circle of… I don’t even know what. I just know that I’m glad this movie exists, and I hope someday to psychologically recover from it. Thank you, Greta Gerwig, for pledging to break whatever is left of my tortured mind.

 

HONOURABLE MENTION #7: Wonka

Release Date: December 15th

WHY: Timothee Chalamet is Willy Wonka in this origin tale that’s meant to chronicle the rise of Roald Dahl’s famous candy maker. Much like 65, I’m immediately sold off the elevator pitch here, specifically Timothee Chalamet of all people succeeding the late, great Gene Wilder as a beloved children’s’ icon. This is such a bad idea that it may actually swing all the way around and become brilliant. If nothing else, I can finally wash out the taste of Johnny Depp’s unnecessarily creepy take on this character from the mid-2000’s, something I’ve been hoping to do since I had the misfortune of watching the remake before the original. No, I don’t know what I was thinking. Pirates of the Caribbean was ruling Hollywood. We were looking forward to that Lone Ranger movie. It was a confusing time for all of us. Leave me alone!

 

 

Okay, with those honourable mentions counted down, it’s time to get to the real meat of what’s to come. Here are my Top Ten Most Anticipated Movies of 2023:

 

 

#10: The Super Mario Bros. Movie

Release Date: April 7th

WHY: Oh, what do you know; Turns out I’m not actually done listing insane, out-of-left-field blockbusters that are scheduled for 2023! This is yet another “WTF” offering from Universal this year, whose upcoming Fast X (consider this another honourable mention, I suppose) is somehow their least interesting movie release!

That said, I am genuinely crossing my fingers for The Super Mario Bros. Movie, which is set to kick off a lengthy partnership between Nintendo, Universal, and Universal’s subsidiary animation studio, Illumination, best known for the Despicable Me/Minions franchise. I’ve always wanted to see great Nintendo-themed movies since I was a kid, and the dream might finally be coming true in my mid-30’s. Better late than never, right? In any case, the dizzying amount of corporate synergy that’s also resulting in a Nintendo-themed addition to Universal theme parks starting this year (because of course it is), could threaten to derail this adaptation of Nintendo’s flagship video game mega-franchise, but I genuinely hope that it doesn’t. After all, despite a bit of a head-scratching cast (with lead star, Chris Pratt voicing Mario as the biggest head-scratcher of all), The Super Mario Bros. Movie’s first couple of trailers have actually been fairly decent, especially by Illumination standards.

Illumination’s track record is very hit-or-miss for sure, but if they can get this movie right, it could open the floodgates for more amazing Nintendo-themed movies. Maybe a Pikmin movie? A Kirby movie? A Star Fox movie? Dare I say, movies based off of The Legend of Zelda or Metroid?! Regardless, the fact that a Donkey Kong spin-off movie is already in the works (with Seth Rogen reprising his role from The Super Mario Bros. Movie as Nintendo’s OG ape anti-hero), does at least seem to indicate that Universal and Nintendo are confident in what they’ve delivered with The Super Mario Bros. Movie. It definitely looks weird, but as a lifelong Mario fan, I kind of dig that it looks weird. I’m still not altogether sure if it will work, despite that, but I’m really hoping it does, hopefully ending Nintendo’s previously fraught relationship with Hollywood that, ironically enough, started with the previous live-action Super Mario Bros. movie in 1993! This new animated movie has got to be better than that disaster… Right?

 

#9: Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom

Release Date: December 25th

WHY: Here’s a holdover from my Most Anticipated Movies List of 2022. You had to know they were coming.

Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom is currently sitting on a Christmas Day 2023 release date, after being delayed over an entire year from its originally scheduled December 2022 release window. As the DC Extended Universe’s (or is it just the DCU now?) only billion-grossing movie to date, there’s naturally a lot of overall anticipation for Warner Bros.’ and DC’s follow-up to 2018’s Aquaman. The returning cast and crew, once again overseen by director, James Wan, are promising more villains, more underwater worlds to explore, and more of Jason Momoa being a thirst trap for the world to enjoy. All the ingredients for a wet, steamy Holiday season. I assume. I’m obviously here for Ben Affleck.

In all seriousness though, as much as Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom is bound to be a fun time for DC fans like myself, as well as general moviegoers, it feels bittersweet to look forward to this sequel, because it undeniably feels too late to the party. Not only is there a staggering five-year gap between Aquaman and Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom (one exacerbated further by COVID-19), but new DC Studios co-heads, James Gunn and Peter Safran holding their fingers over the ‘reboot’ button for DC’s cinematic universe at large isn’t helping matters. In fact, Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom is currently the last scheduled DC Extended Universe movie, or ‘Snyderverse’ movie. Thus, it could very well end up being the New Mutants of DC’s current mainline movie canon, before the DCEU is potentially abruptly abandoned, in favour of the all-new DC cinematic universe that Gunn and Safran likely want to launch in the near future.

So, Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom could very well represent the end of an era as much as it could deliver an engaging superhero blockbuster in its own right. I may have to pour one out for the old Snyderverse this December, even though rumours indicate that Jason Momoa will simply be transitioned into a new role (currently believed to be that of cosmic anti-hero, Lobo) within Gunn’s and Safran’s new ‘DCU’ franchise. Regardless of what DC’s cinematic future holds under Gunn and Safran however, I’m sure that Momoa’s apparently last turn as the King of Atlantis won’t disappoint. Just try not to pay too much attention to Amber Heard.

 

#8: Untitled Ghostbusters: Afterlife Sequel [Working Title]

Release Date: December 20th

WHY: It’s evidently going to be a pretty busy December this year, but fortunately, a potential funeral for the old DC Extended Universe may not be the only thing I have to enjoy this upcoming Christmas.

While it currently lacks an official title, or any concrete details whatsoever, any kind of follow-up effort to 2021’s thoroughly superb Ghostbusters: Afterlife is going to have my attention. The cast of Ghostbusters: Afterlife are planned to return for an all-new story, one that could potentially bring back the surviving OG Ghostbusters cast once again too. Regardless of what ends up materializing though, if this sequel is half as good as Ghostbusters: Afterlife, I think we’re all in for a treat this Holiday season!

The fact that we know next to nothing about this movie means that it can only place so high on my Most Anticipated Movies list for this year however. Hopefully it doesn’t end up falling victim to Sony’s propensity for delays either, as I could easily see this untitled Ghostbusters sequel slipping into 2024, should it hit any production snags while filming early this year. Hell, even its current release date looks a little dicey, placing this new Ghostbusters movie uncomfortably close to Wonka, The Color Purple and the previously mentioned Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom, which, weirdly enough, are all Warner Bros. releases. Something is bound to move among these blockbusters, and hopefully it’s not Ghostbusters, because I’ve been looking forward to this sequel since I first saw its predecessor in 2021.

 

#7: Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania

Release Date: February 17th

WHY: Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania will be the first release kicking off ‘Phase 5’ of the Marvel Cinematic Universe early this year. This is important, both because it finally means we can put the awkward, uneven Phase 4 of the MCU behind us, and also because this threequel is set to properly introduce the MCU’s new arch-villain to succeed Thanos; Kang the Conquerer.

I could probably also file Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania as another especially eccentric blockbuster for 2023, considering that almost the entire movie appears to take place in the Quantum Realm. This seemingly places Ant-Man and co. up against microscopic alien threats that almost bring them into a world resembling a Star Wars-flavoured hallucination. Oh, and Bill Murray is there. And also MODOK, that flying Marvel cyborg with the giant head. Yeah, this is going to be one strange movie, despite it no doubt not featuring Doctor Strange.

Already though, Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania promises to not only be the most interesting and memorable Ant-Man movie released to date, but also an especially unique way to kick off Phase 5 of the MCU overall. We already got a peek at Jonathan Majors’ Kang as, “He Who Remains” during the first season finale of Disney+ series, Loki, but finally, Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania will prove just why this time-hopping warlord is so dangerous, and just what the events of Loki have unleashed by restoring the formerly confined Marvel Multiverse. Both thanks to the introduction of Kang the Conquerer to the MCU, and this being the biggest trip through the Quantum Realm yet, Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania is easily one of the MCU additions I’m looking forward to most in 2023, even if Scott Lang might have to leave his bumbling heist crew behind this time.

 

#6: The Flash

Release Date: June 16th

WHY: Yet another holdover from my Most Anticipated Movies of 2022 list, The Flash has been stuck in development hell for far longer than any surviving DC Extended Universe project. That’s before considering the well-publicized ‘troubles’ of lead star, Ezra Miller, whose illegal antics have given the DCEU’s Flash movie an unwelcome cloud of unease and bad press going into its release date this year. As if the fact that this movie has taken an eternity to finally limp into theatres, in turn being lapped for almost a decade by the long-running Flash TV show on The CW, wasn’t bad enough.

Even so, The Flash has allegedly received excellent scores from test audiences, and even if it hadn’t, this character is still one of my personal favourite DC superheroes. Thus, there was no conceivable way that I wouldn’t be looking forward to this movie with great interest, even after all of its frequent delays and false starts, and Ezra Miller’s well-known issues. Also, while it’s definitely late to the party itself, much like its upcoming DCEU cousin, Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom, The Flash promising to bring its own DC-flavoured take on the multiverse is still cause for excitement among the DC faithful. At least one major surprise has already been teased for audiences on this note, with Michael Keaton returning to the role of Batman, one he hasn’t portrayed since 1992 movie, Batman Returns, and standing alongside Ben Affleck’s DCEU Batman as two alternate Dark Knights that inadvertently end up in the path of Miller’s Flash during this movie.

With news that the DCEU’s Superman, Henry Cavill and the DCEU’s Wonder Woman, Gal Gadot have allegedly been cut from The Flash also clouding the hype however, this would-be ‘reset’ for the DC Extended Universe also feels like another confusing twist on the road to James Gunn’s and Peter Safran’s rebooted ‘DCU’ franchise. I wouldn’t even be surprised to see The Flash slip out of its release date entirely in the end, particularly since it’s currently in direct competition with Disney/Pixar’s Elemental on June 16th, something that doesn’t feel like a wise move for Warner Bros. Hopefully, we can start seeing an actual trailer soon, and have some idea of just how The Flash may or may not set the stage for Gunn’s and Safran’s ‘new’ DCU, hopefully not slipping all the way into 2024 in the process as well. I, and many others have waited far too long for a Flash movie, and the fact that it’s (allegedly) finally coming in 2023, regardless of its final product, is definitely cause to celebrate!

 

#5: Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny

Release Date: June 30th

WHY: Okay, I’ll be honest; I have been incredibly cynical about Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny since it was first announced by Disney as an untitled Indiana Jones follow-up that just won’t allow poor 80-year-old Harrison Ford to retire the role. Frankly, I even think the title is pretty silly. I do have to admit however that the first trailer for Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny looked pretty fun. Maybe this will be the belated Indiana Jones trilogy follow-up that we actually deserve.

On the other hand though, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull is not so easily forgotten. That disappointment is probably the main thing holding back Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny from easily soaring to the top of my list. If Disney is able to perfectly blend the humour, intrigue, excitement and character from, well, at least two of the previous Indiana Jones movies however (sorry, I still really don’t like Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom), we may finally have a legitimate return to form for Indiana Jones as a character… Right before he’s inevitably rebooted in some other form.

With Mads Mikkelsen as a new Nazi villain, and Phoebe Waller-Bridge as a new sidekick to Indy though, Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny could serve as the perfect swan song for one of Harrison Ford’s most iconic characters. You know, since we killed off the other one in 2015. That’s okay though, since Ford is apparently set to keep on going in the Disney blockbuster circuit, thanks to inheriting the role of the MCU’s General Ross from the late William Hurt, starting in 2024’s Thunderbolts movie. So, perhaps Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny will definitively prove that Ford’s age is a non-issue, even while Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull kept constantly drawing attention to it all the way back in 2008.

Just, please be good… Please?

 

#4: Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse

Release Date: June 2nd

WHY: I’m noticing that it’s going to be a very busy June at the movies this year.

Regardless, Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse is yet another holdover from my Most Anticipated Movies of 2022 list, in a year where big screen superheroes were practically cursed when it came to meeting their planned release dates. That’s COVID-19 for you.

Thankfully, Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse is finally set to grace theatres halfway through this year, dropping the original ‘Part One’ in its title, with its upcoming 2024 sequel now being re-branded as Spider-Man: Beyond the Spider-Verse. Considering that 2018’s original Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is easily one of my favourite Spider-Man movies of all time, and one of my favourite superhero movies of all time in general, it was inevitable that Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse would place high on my list.

The expected promises are here; More Spider-Men, more new universes, and an unexpected new villain, that being obscure Spider-Man foe, Spot, a character with the ability to create interdimensional portals. That’s obviously a match made in Heaven with these animated movies’ fundamental concept. Pair that with Oscar Isaac playing his third Marvel role (wow), as Spider-Man 2099, Miguel O’Hara, who will surprisingly serve as an antagonist to returning lead, Miles Morales, and you have all the ingredients for a bigger, bolder sequel to a Spider-Man movie that was already, ahem, amazing. This sequel may have big shoes to fill, but I’m confident that it can deliver another high point among Sony’s Spider-Man movies, hopefully setting the stage for an equally impressive threequel in 2024.

 

#3: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3

Release Date: May 5th

WHY: James Gunn may have taken charge of the newly-created DC Studios (alongside existing DC Extended Universe producer, Peter Safran, as I mentioned), but the acclaimed filmmaker does have one last bow at Marvel Studios in the pipe, that being Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. As with many MCU threequels, this movie will also seemingly serve as a conclusion to the current run of the franchise.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 is set to pick up many years after the previous two movies, and not long after this past December’s Holiday Special. In the process, the Guardians have seemingly become part of the Nova Corps., the overseeing authority of cosmic peacekeeping in the galaxy, and at some point or another, they’ll seemingly provoke the attention of the High Evolutionary, a major Marvel antagonist more commonly associated with the X-Men. While it’s probably wishful thinking to expect Marvel’s mutants to begin showing up en masse within this movie, the High Evolutionary should be more than a worthy foe for the Guardians’ last hurrah under James Gunn, especially with promises given by Gunn to explore the origin of fan-favourite character, Rocket in this upcoming movie.

It should come as no surprise that the Guardians of the Galaxy are among my all-time favourite Marvel characters. In fact, it’s hard to remember a time pre-2014, when I had no idea who any of them even were, despite being an avid Marvel fan. Since then, the Guardians have become a household name, even though this promising-looking blockbuster will inevitably be bittersweet in the best way; It not only represents the end of the line for the MCU’s current roster of Guardians, but also the end of James Gunn’s time with the MCU in general, before he switches teams to lead DC Studios in earnest. There’s inevitably going to be a lot of emotions for superhero enthusiasts like myself while we see this movie, and while it’s definitely hard to see so many farewells among beloved characters and creators, I also have faith that Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 will close out one of the MCU’s strongest trilogies on a high note.

 

#2: Dune: Part Two

Release Date: November 3rd

WHY: It feels downright strange that the original Dune failed to place on my Most Anticipated Movies of 2021 list. In hindsight, it looked like an extremely impressive sci-fi blockbuster right from its first footage, and sure enough, Dune went on to become one of my favourite movies of 2021.

So, it’s no surprise that Dune: Part Two has captured my attention much more easily. Despite the fact that we have yet to see a scrap of footage from this late 2023 blockbuster, I’ve seen enough with the first movie already. It’s clear that writer-director, Denis Villeneuve’s vision for the timeless novels of Frank Herbert is a winner, and that vision is only set to get more exciting in Dune: Part Two. After all, if the worst thing I can say about a new blockbuster offering is that it ends too soon, you know that’s a good sign for what’s to come.

Dune: Part Two will seemingly adapt the rest of Herbert’s original Dune novel, perhaps with elements of other novels thrown in, so it can achieve full feature length. It also promises some exciting new cast members, including Florence Pugh, Christopher Walken, Lea Seydoux and Austin Butler, alongside the returning main cast from the previous movie. Considering how imaginative and memorable the original Dune was, I’m already looking forward to seeing the rest of the story be told, hopefully with even more promises of what’s to come next for this rapidly flourishing Warner Bros. movie franchise.

 

#1: John Wick: Chapter 4

Release Date: March 24th

WHY: 2023 looks like it’s going to be a pretty solid year for action movies, but despite the likes of Mission: Impossible and Fast & Furious no doubt dominating theatres this year, they still can’t compare to my new favourite action movie icon; John Wick.

John Wick: Chapter 4 feels like even more of a great thing, and that’s definitely not something I can complain about. John continues to try and elude his pursuers, a bunch of people die, and I think there’s some sort of duel going on, but it doesn’t matter; I’m sold. How couldn’t I be? John Wick actively defies expectations by being a rare movie franchise that feels like it gets better with every new installment, with the previous John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum managing to somehow be a franchise high point.

Once again, that’s some big shoes to fill for John Wick: Chapter 4, but its trailer already looks incredibly impressive. It’s serving more of the finest, most tightly-choreographed action in modern cinema, with yet more remarkably impressive stunt work from lead star, Keanu Reeves, who continues to defy his age perhaps even more adeptly than Tom Cruise or Vin Diesel. Perhaps Top Gun: Maverick has gotten me craving more good old-fashioned stunt work again (not that I plan to kick superhero movies and the like, obviously), but either way, John Wick: Chapter 4 is exactly what I’m in the mood for going into 2023; Sheer, perfectly-executed thrills, layered around a simple, yet deceptively intriguing world that just seems to become more fascinating with every additional sequel. This leaves John Wick: Chapter 4 as my most anticipated movie of 2023.

 

What are your most anticipated movies of this coming year? Did I forget any promising projects? Are you, too grappling with the existence of bizarre blockbusters like Renfield or Barbie? As usual, your comments are welcome below. Here’s to another great year at the movies!

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