Some must-watch movies releasing in 2023

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2023 will be filled to the brim with movies, with production finally being able to return in its normal fashion. Here some of the most anticipated movies of the year.  

Creed III (Mar 3) 

Michael B. Jordan. Must I say anything else?  

This is the third installment of the Creed series, which marks the ninth installment in the “Rocky” franchise. It’s also Jordan’s directorial debut.  

Damian (Jonathan Majors) and Donnie (Micheal B. Jordan) were childhood friends, but while the young Creed found success in the ring, Damian was serving hard time for 18 years. Now, he’s out of prison — and he’s got some issues with his former friend. A boxer himself, Damian feels robbed of his career, and he’s here to take Donnie’s life and everything he’s got. 

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 (May 5) 

Calling all Marvel lovers! One of the biggest block busters coming from Marvel Studios this year is the newest addition of Guardians of the Galaxy.  

His last Guardians movie, director James Gunn creates a final intergalactic mission that unveils Rocket Raccoon’s (Bradley Cooper) origin story and the return of Gamora (Zoe Saldaña).  

With the start studded cast of Chris Pratt, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Karen Gillan, Pom Klementieff, Sean Gunn, and Elizabeth Debicki, this movie is sure to be a hit mixed with all the Marvel we love.  

The Little Mermaid (May 26) 

This newest live action remake from Disney has already been making headlines for years . 

Halle Bailey is reimagining the character, being the first Black actress to play the character and second Black actress to be dubbed a Disney princess.  

Directed by Rob Marshall, the Disney classic is to be a hit yet again, along with new songs from Hollywood’s Music Man, Lin-Manuel Miranda. Get your songbooks ready.  

Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse (June 2) 

A perfect way to start the summer in my eyes. The second installment of one of the greatest animated movies of all time, is here to make waves again in the Spider-Verse.  

The first movie had us praising Miles Morales (Shameik Moore) for his journey as our favourite web-slinger but one that stood out among his other Spider-Man contemporaries, while still  combining itself with the other Spider-Man movies and Marvel universe.  

It’s going to be an absolute joy to watch as a Marvel fan, and certain to be a fan favourite.  

​​Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One (July 14) 

It’s hard to understand how Tom Cruise has survived all of these stunts and that fact alone warrants this movie as one of the best of the year already.  

Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) is back in the seventh installment of the spy thriller franchise as an IMF agent. In typical spy-thriller fashion, there’s going to be death defying stunts and fun twists and turns  along the way. Cruise even drives off a cliff for this one, and you know it’s not fake. 

In addition to Cruise, Ving Rhames, Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson, Henry Czerny, Vanessa Kirby and Frederick Schmidt reprise their “Mission: Impossible” roles. A very highly anticipated film for the already beloved series! 

Barbie (July 21) 

One of the biggest movies of the year.  

Directed by movie maker extraordinaire, Greta Gerwig, and filled with stars in its cast from Margot Robbie playing Barbie, Ryan Gosling (our Canadian hero) playing Ken, along with Issa Rae, Simu Liu, Ncuti Gatwa, Hari Nef and Kingsley Ben-Adir.  

Barbie and Ken are going to make waves this summer, that’s all I’m going to say. A must watch! 

Oppenheimer (July 21) 

Anything Christopher Nolan does deserves to be given an Oscar and I don’t want to hear anyone else’s opinion on it, sorry.  

The highly anticipated new Nolan film is staring Cillian Murphy as J. Robert Oppenheimer, one of the original creators of the atomic bomb. The biographical film is set in World War II and will go through Oppenheimer’s life regarding the creation of the Manhattan project.  

With Cillian Murphy, Robert Downey Jr., Matt Damon, Emily Blunt, Florence Pugh, Kenneth Branagh and Rami Malek, this is bound to be one of, if not THE, biggest movies of the year.  

Dune: Part Two (Nov 3) 

If you weren’t around in 2021 for some reason, Dune was one biggest movies of the year. Particularly because Timothée Chalamet is the lead and Zendaya was put in over half the trailer yet was in the movie for 5 minutes max, but that’s a personal gripe.  

Based on the popular book series, “Dune”, by Frank Herbert, the second installment of the series will focus on Paul Atreides (Timothée Chalamet) uniting with Chani (Zendaya) and the Fremen while seeking revenge against the conspirators who destroyed his family. Facing a choice between the love of his life and the fate of the universe, he must prevent a terrible future only he can foresee. 

I will be honest, I watched the first Dune film twice and I’m still wrapping my head around it, but if you love cinematography and love in depth films, this is a must watch. 

The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes (Nov 17) 

We are officially welcoming back the trope of teenagers fighting to death in a futuristic world. The prequel to the Hunger Games is here.  

A movie years in the making, we will follow the life of who we know as President Snow, dictator extraordinaire. We’ll see his life before his worst enemy was Katniss Everdeen and how he became the villain we despise in the original series .  

The prequel follows Tom Blyth as 18-year-old Coriolanus Snow, who is chosen to mentor District 12 tribute Lucy Gray Baird (Rachel Zegler) during the 10th annual Hunger Games. Hunter Schafer, Peter Dinklage, and Viola Davis are part of this ensemble to create the 4th installment of Hunger Games.  

We welcome back the early 2010’s with grace.  

Wonka (Dec 15) 

Once again starring Timothée Chalamet, except this time with a giant top hat and a funny coat. 

Based on the beloved character created by renowned author Roald Dahl, the musical fantasy prequel revolves around the adventures of a young Willy Wonka and will show how he met the Oompa-Loompas. 

 A fun spin on a classic movie and books we enjoyed as children. Seems like a good way to spend the holidays to me!

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