There are a lot of movies coming out this year, so this quick guide will give you an idea of what to look out for.
1. “Winnie the Pooh: Blood and Honey” (February 15)
Yes, you read that title right. In January 2022, the character Winnie the Pooh, the beloved yellow bear, became public domain. So of course the first movie about the character since then will be this slasher-horror parody film. Despite a lot of people being upset about this, I’m definitely looking forward to it.
2. “Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania” (February 17)
The first Marvel project of the year will be the third installment of the “Antman” franchise. Starring Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly and Jonathan Majors, the film is set to feature the villain Kang who will become a major player in the Marvel Cinematic Universe moving forward.
3. “Scream VI” (March 10)
The Ghostface story continues in this sixth installment, which will take the iconic slasher to New York City. Though Neve Campbell, who played heroine Sidney Prescott in every other film in the series, will not be returning, other actors like Courteney Cox, Roger Jackson and Jenna Ortega will be reprising their roles from previous films.
4. “The Super Mario Bros. Movie” (April 7)
At long last, after nearly two full years of jokes and anticipation, the Illumination-produced Mario movie will finally be released this spring. With an all-star, (though questionable) cast including Chris Pratt, Anya Taylor-Joy, Charlie Day and Jack Black, this adaptation of the classic characters has been the subject of much discussion and ridicule.
5. “Renfield” (April 14)
This one just makes me laugh. In this modern version of Dracula, Nicolas Cage (my favorite actor) will portray the famous vampire, with Nicholas Hoult as the title role, Dracula’s long-suffering assistant who has become fed up with the bloodsucker’s demands.
6. “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3” (May 5)
It’s been a long wait, but we are finally getting a third “Guardians” film, featuring nearly all of the original cast, with Will Poulter appearing as Adam Warlock. One of the main questions regarding the film is how Zoe Saldana’s Gamora reunites with the group after the events of “Infinity War” and “Endgame.”
7. “Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse” (June 2)
Speaking of long-awaited Marvel sequels, this follow-up of the Academy Award-winning film “Into the Spider-Verse” is easily one of the most buzz-worthy films of the year. The movie is expected to expand the universe of the original film, with Oscar Isaac appearing as a new iteration of Spider-Man and Jason Schwartzman as a new villain called the Spot.
8. “Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny” (June 30)
Legacy sequels are all the rage, but one I am certainly looking forward to is the fifth “Indy” movie. Featuring original cast members Harrison Ford and John Rhys-Davies, as well as newcomers Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Mads Mikkelsen and Antonio Banderas, the film has been subjected to various alleged plot leaks, which have been denied by director James Mangold.
9. “Barbie” (July 21)
“Lady Bird” and “Little Women” director Greta Gerwig’s newest outing will be a live-action film featuring Margot Robbie in the title role. Also, be on the lookout for Ryan Gosling as Ken. This will either be amazing or terrible, but regardless, it will definitely be exciting and fun.
10. “Oppenheimer” (July 21)
On the same day we get the plastic and bright “Barbie,” we get Christopher Nolan’s biopic about the creation of the atomic bomb. Starring Cillian Murphy as J. Robert Oppenheimer, with a supporting cast including Emily Blunt, Robert Downey, Jr. and Matt Damon amongst others, the film is definitely one to check out.
11. “Wonka” (December 15)
Wrapping up this year is probably the biggest wildcard of the year: the Willy Wonka prequel with Timothee Chalamet inheriting the role. An interesting idea; we’ll see how it pans out.
I hope you can check out some of these films, as 2023 is shaping up to be a fun year full of movie releases.