Our List of the Most Anticipated Movies of 2023

by | Jan 20, 2023

With theaters starting to recover from the pandemic, it is the best time to prepare yourself for what is to come. So here’s a list of movies in 2023 you should look forward to.
Cinemas have started to open up across the world, allowing theatrical releases for movies in 2023.

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by | Jan 20, 2023

2023 is already shaping up to be one of the biggest years for movie fans in recent memory, and we’re not even a month into it. As movie studios recover from the pandemic, more and more theatrical releases are set to mesmerize the fans.

From Marvel and DC flicks to horror films, and occasional raunchy comedies thrown into the mix, no one would be able to keep a watch on everything coming out. Well, that’s what this guide is here for. Check out our most anticipated movies of 2023, including where and when you can watch them.

JANUARY

M3GAN

IN THEATERS JAN. 6
GENRE: HORROR, SCI-FI
DIRECTOR: GERALD JOHNSTONE
STARRING: ALLISON WILLIAMS, VIOLET MCGRAW

M3GAN might have become one of the favorites of the year, and we’re not even a month into 2023. The movie touches on a growing fear in society: how much better do you really want AI to become? M3GAN is an extremely lifelike girl, whose love for her friend grows from cute to lethal pretty quickly. This causes the robot to go after her creator’s (Allison William) life, putting a 2023-worthy twist to horror.

KUTTEY

IN THEATERS JAN. 13
GENRE: DARK COMEDY
DIRECTOR: AASMAAN BHARDWAJ
STARRING: NASEERUDDIN SHAH, TABU, ARJUN KAPOOR

You cannot really skip past a movie bearing Vishal Bharadwaj’s name, and while he might not be directing this one, the all-star cast of the movie hooks you from the very first second of its trailer.

 As three gangs encounter each other while following a van filled with cash, a hilarious series of bullets and betrayals begins. 

SKINAMARINK

IN THEATERS JAN. 13 (COMING TO SHUDDER LATER)
GENRE: HORROR
DIRECTOR: KYLE EDWARD BALL
STARRING: LUCAS PAUL, DALI ROSE TETREAULT

Skinamarink faced unfortunate leaks resulting from its premiere at a film festival, causing the film to be pirated and uploaded on multiple platforms. The film, however, opened to critical acclaim despite the entire fiasco. Critics have described the movie as the perfect gateway into our childhood nightmares, despite its unconventional depiction.

MISSING

IN THEATERS JAN. 20
GENRE: THRILLER
DIRECTOR: NICK JOHNSON & WILL MERRICK
STARRING: STORM REID, KEN LEUNG

Searching turned out to be the sleeper-hit of 2018, with the film collecting nearly 100 times its budget at the global box office. Missing is a standalone sequel to the former, and is filmed in a manner similar to its predecessor, but with an entirely different cast. 

PATHAAN

IN THEATERS JAN. 25
GENRE: SPY ACTION-THRILLER
DIRECTOR: SIDDHARTH ANAND
STARRING: SHAH RUKH KHAN, DEEPIKA PADUKONE

Shah Rukh Khan has (mostly) been away from the big screen for over 5 years now, and the King of Bollywood plans to make the grandest return possible. Directed by Siddharth Anand (Bang Bang!, War), the spy thriller has been one of the most awaited movies of the year, and the trailer does give the movie a certain Mission: Impossible-esque vibe.

TEEN WOLF: THE MOVIE

ON PARAMOUNT+ JAN. 26
GENRE: SUPERNATURAL
DIRECTOR: RUSSELL MULCAHY
STARRING: (MOST OF) THE TEEN WOLF CAST

What would attract people that a supernatural teen-drama, you wonder? Well, a movie based on the teen drama! The title says it all; Teen Wolf: The Movie is a continuation of the MTV series, with most of the cast reprising their roles, be it human or not. 

YOU PEOPLE

ON NETFLIX JAN. 27
GENRE: COMEDY
DIRECTOR: KENYA BARRIS
STARRING: EDDIE MURPHY, JONAH HILL

A comedy with a team-up between Eddie Murphy and Jonah Hill. This statement alone would have been enough for most people on board with the movie. The teaser suggests a couple rivalry brewing, and with Hill co-writing the movie, you can expect it to be filled with some hilarious gags. 

SHOTGUN WEDDING

ON PRIME VIDEO JAN. 27
GENRE: ROM-COM
DIRECTOR: JASON MOORE
STARRING: JENNIFER LOPEZ, JOSH DUHAMEL

While a team-up between Jennifer Lopez and Ryan Reynolds would have been one to watch, we’re not complaining about Shotgun Wedding. The Wedding Planner was what launched J Lo’s acting career back in 2001, and it seems like she will be the one stuck in a ditch while planning her ultimate destination wedding this time around.

FEBRUARY

KNOCK AT THE CABIN

IN THEATERS FEB. 3
GENRE: PSYCHOLOGICAL HORROR
DIRECTOR: M. NIGHT SHYAMALAN
STARRING: DAVE BAUTISTA, RUPERT GRINT, NIKKI AMUKA-BIRD

A horror directed by M. Night means that a big twist is waiting for you at the ending of the movie, and unlike the director’s earlier movies, he will be adapting Paul G. Tremblay’s novel “The Cabin at the End of the World” this time around. The story shows a family vacation gone wrong, with the “risk” of apocalypse looming around, and some kind of sacrifice that will seemingly save the world.

With Dave Bautista recently been titled as the “Best Wrestler-Turned-Actor,” and with the director recently stating that he gives one of the best performances of the year in Knock at the Cabin, we are expecting this one to be among the biggest psychological thrillers of the year.

80 FOR BRADY

IN THEATERS FEB. 3
GENRE: SPORTS COMEDY
DIRECTOR: KYLE MARVIN
STARRING: LILY TOMLIN, JANE FONDA, TOM BRADY

I never wished to see Tom Brady play an important role in a movie, but this outing seems rather hilarious when you consider the cast. With bunch of old women traveling to Houston to watch their hero Tom Brady (yes, Brady plays himself), you can expect some hilarious antics on the way.

MAGIC MIKE’S LAST DANCE

IN THEATERS FEB. 10
GENRE: DRAMEDY
DIRECTOR: STEVEN SODERBERGH
STARRING: CHANNING TATUM, SALMA HAYEK

While the third outing of Magic Mike may have initially been announced to arrive on HBO Max, Magic Mike’s Last Dance will instead be releasing a theatrical release on February 10.

While the franchise may have initially been inspired by Tatum’s time as a stripper, it has become the breakout role for the actor.

Magic Mike’s Last Dance will not only be one-upping its predecessor in terms of dance moves but will dive deep into the relationship aspects of Tatum, according to director Steven Soderberg. With Salma Hayek serving as Tatum’s love interest, this one is set to be the most sultry love-affair of the franchise.

SHARPER

IN SELECT THEATERS FEB. 10 (ON APPLE TV+ FEB. 17)
GENRE: DRAMEDY
DIRECTOR: BENJAMIN CARON
STARRING: JULIANNE MOORE, SEBASTIAN STAN

Not much is known about Sharper as of yet, except for its all-star cast and that it will be coming to Apple TV+ a week after its limited theatrical release. Billed as a comedy thriller, the film is described as follows:

“Sharper” unfolds within the secrets of New York City, from the penthouses of Fifth Avenue to the shadowy corners of Queens. Motivations are suspect and expectations are turned upside down when nothing is as it seems.

ANT-MAN AND THE WASP: QUANTUMANIA

IN THEATERS FEB. 17
GENRE: SUPERHERO
DIRECTOR: PEYTON REED
STARRING: PAUL RUDD, EVANGELINE LILLY, JONATHAN MAJORS

As the first film of MCU’s Phase Five, Quantumania has some big expectations attached to it, especially since the movies released during the Phase Four were rather lackluster in comparison to the past.

Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) and Hope van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly) will be facing Kang the Conqueror in the film, someone who is expected to become the main villain in the universe by the time Avengers: The Kang Dynasty premieres.

The film will feature an extended look at the Quantum Realm, where Ant-Man’s party will encounter one of the versions of their future enemy.

MAIDAAN

IN THEATERS FEB. 17
GENRE: BIOPIC
DIRECTOR: AMIT SHARMA
STARRING: AJAY DEVGN, PRIYAMANI, GAJRAJ RAO

A biopic set in the “golden era of Indian football” (1952-1962), Maidaan will depict the life of Syed Abdul Rahim, the manager of the Indian national team and the man regarded as one of the pillars of modern Indian football. 

Ajay Devgn is set to play Syed Abdul Rahim, while the film’s music will be produced by ace composer A.R. Rehman.

COCAINE BEAR

IN THEATERS FEB. 24
GENRE: COMEDY
DIRECTOR: ELIZABETH BANKS
STARRING: KERI RUSSELL, RAY LIOTTA, O’SHEA JACKSON JR.

Just the idea of a fully-grown bear on cocaine gets me laughing, and the film just makes things even funnier.

Based (to a certain extent) on the true story of “Pablo Escobear”, the title basically explains it all: a bear gets its paws on a bunch of cocaine, obviously tries it, and goes on a frenzy. And as you might have guessed, it leads to hilarious events when people come across the bear. 

SELFIEE

IN THEATERS FEB. 24
GENRE: DRAMEDY
DIRECTOR: RAJ MEHTA
STARRING: AKSHAY KUMAR, DIANA PENTY

Selfiee is a remake of the 2019 Malyalam comedy film “Driving License”, and while not much has been announced about the movie besides its cast and release date, you can expect this one to be a laughing fest.

MARCH

CREED III

IN THEATERS MARCH 3
GENRE: SPORTS DRAMA
DIRECTOR: MICHAEL B. JORDAN
STARRING: MICHAEL B. JORDAN, TESSA THOMPSON, JONATHAN MAJORS
A promotional poster for the movie Kuttey.

via MGM

Michael B. Jordan is ready to walk in the shoes of Stallone, as the actor is set to make his directorial debut with Creed III (just like Sty did with Rocky II, III, and IV). With the first two films more or less wrapping up the Rocky-saga, this will be the first time that Stallone will not be appearing in the Rocky franchise (although he still serves as producer).

The film will depict the childhood friends-turned-rivals story in the gritty style you would expect from the franchise.

SCREAM VI

IN THEATERS MARCH 10
GENRE: HORROR
DIRECTOR: MATT BETTINELLI-OLPIN & TYLER GILLETT
STARRING: COURTENEY COX, JENNA ORTEGA, DERMOT MULRONEY

Serving as a direct sequel to Scream V (which was strangely titled just Scream), the story takes place a year after the previous installment, with the survivors of the last Ghostface killings reprising their roles along with some new additions.

SHAZAM! FURY OF THE GODS

IN THEATERS MARCH 17
GENRE: SUPERHERO
DIRECTOR: DAVID F. SANDBERG
STARRING: ZACHARY LEVI, LUCY LIU, HELEN MIRREN

The DCEU has already seen some major changes in the last few months, with The Rock’s Black Adam sequel being scrapped, and Cavill announcing his departure from DC a month after his return as Batman.

With what has happened over the past year, it seems like Shazam has become more important than ever, considering that this might be one of the characters that survived the culling.

65

IN THEATERS MARCH 17
GENRE: SCI-FI
DIRECTOR: SCOTT BECK & BRYAN WOODS
STARRING: ADAM DRIVER, ARIANA GREENBLATT, CHLOE COLEMAN

65 tells the story of pilot Mills (Adam Driver) accompanied by his passenger Koa (Ariana Greenblatt), a pair that survives a spaceship crash but seemingly lands on an alien planet. But wait! The duo realizes that they have ended up on Earth, just 65 million years in the past. Finding themselves surrounded by dinosaurs (and other prehistoric creatures), the movie will be pitting its cast against the land-dwellers of the post.

JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 4

IN THEATERS MARCH 24
GENRE: BRUTALITY (ACTION)
DIRECTOR: CHAD STAHELSKI
STARRING: KEANU REEVES, DONNIE YEN, LAWRENCE FISHBURNE

It’s weird to realize that the events of John Wick started just because of a car. Even more impressive is how the increasingly brutal events of the series have taken place only over the span of a few days.

Just like the previous installments, you can expect John Wick 4 to be filled with blood, bullets, and bodies.

DUNGEONS AND DRAGONS: HONOR AMONG THIEVES

IN THEATERS MARCH 31
GENRE: FANTASY
DIRECTOR: JONATHAN GOLDSTEIN & JOHN FRANCIS DALEY
STARRING: CHRIS PINE, MICHELLE RODRIGUEZ, HUGH GRANT

Honor Among Thieves is the newest attempt to create a successful D&D movie, and it has no relation to the failure that was the 2000 to 2012 trilogy. Taking place in the Forgotten Realms, Chris Pine serves as the bard in a “ragtag group of misfits” that must save the world after a job gone wrong.

MURDER MYSTERY 2

ON NETFLIX MARCH 31
GENRE: COMEDY
DIRECTOR: JEREMY GARELICK
STARRING: ADAM SANDLER, JENNIFER ANISTON

From Netflix: Now full-time detectives struggling to get their private eye agency off the ground, Nick and Audrey Spitz find themselves at the center of an international abduction when their friend the Maharaja is kidnapped at his own lavish wedding.

APRIL

THE SUPER MARIO BROS. MOVIE

IN THEATERS APRIL 7 (IN JAPAN ON APRIL 28)
GENRE: COMEDY
DIRECTOR: AARON HORVATH & MICHAEL JELENIC
STARRING: CHRIS PRATT, ANYA TAYLOR-JOY, JACK BLACK
A promotional poster for the movie Kuttey.

via Universal Pictures

While I’m not enthusiastic about Chris Pratt voicing the Italian plumber, the Super Mario Bros. Movie is a film about one of the most beloved video game characters ever. This alone makes it worthy of your time, and the stunning animation makes the case even stronger.

THE POPE’S EXORCIST

IN THEATERS APRIL 7 (EXPECTED)
GENRE: HORROR
DIRECTOR: JULIUS AVERY
STARRING: RUSSELL CROWE

Russell Crowe will be portraying the real-life figure Father Gabriele Amorth in The Pope’s Exorcist, a priest who served as the chief exorcist of the Vatican and performed over 100,000 exorcisms during his lifetime. The film will be drawing inspiration from the Italian priest’s memoirs – An Exorcist Tells His Story and An Exorcist: More Stories – detailing the experiences of the most established exorcists ever.

EVIL DEAD RISE

IN THEATERS APRIL 21
GENRE: HORROR
DIRECTOR: LEE CRONIN
STARRING: ALYSSA SUTHERLAND, LILY SULLIVAN

Evil Dead Rise leaves the woods to haunt a family stuck in a Los Angeles apartment. With two sisters (Lily Sullivan and Alyssa Sutherland) having their reunion interrupted by demonic creatures, the battle for survival begins.

MAY

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 3

IN THEATERS MAY 5
GENRE: SUPERHERO
DIRECTOR: JAMES GUNN
STARRING: CHRIS PRATT, ZOE SALDAÑA, WILL POULTER

The Guardians of the Galaxy holiday special was a bust, but Vol. 3 is perhaps one of the most anticipated movies of Phase 5, especially since the director James Gunn has officially become a top exec for team DC and is expected to bid farewell to the MCU after this outing.

FAST X

IN THEATERS MAY 19
GENRE: ACTION
DIRECTOR: LOUIS LETERRIER
STARRING: VID DIESEL, JASON STATHAM, JASON MOMOA

The Fast and Furious franchise has long deviated from the path of some thugs with a love for muscle cars and has now become an action thriller with an increasingly complicated storyline. The movie adds Jamon Momoa as the new antagonist, while John Cena and Jason Statham (previous adversaries of Toretto) have seemingly joined to the squad in the battle against Cipher (Charlize Theron). The cast might be a big reason why this is one of the most expensive films ever made.

Fast X is set to be the penultimate movie of the franchise, and while it’s sad that we won’t be seeing Dwayne Johnson reprise his role as the supercop, it will be interesting (or somewhat predictable) to see how to story finally ends.

THE LITTLE MERMAID

IN THEATERS MAY 26
GENRE: MUSICAL
DIRECTOR: ROB MARSHALL
STARRING: HALLE BAILEY, JONAH HAUER-KING, MELISSA MCCARTHY

While the audience might not have been happy with Halle Bailey portraying the mermaid princess from Disney’s 1989 classic (which is loosely based on Hans Christian Andersen’s 1837 fairy tale), the singer-turned-actor is set to bring life to the musical. With director Rob Marshall teasing that the story will deviate slightly from the original, we are excited to see how the trip under the sea fares on the big screen.

ABOUT MY FATHER

IN THEATERS MAY 26
GENRE: COMEDY
DIRECTOR: LAURA TERRUSO
STARRING: ROBERT DE NIRO, SEBASTIAN MANISCALCO

While the premise of the film might sound a lot like Adam Sandler’s That’s My Boy, we can’t wait to see Robert De Niro’s portrayal as an immigrant hairdresser, especially when a stand-up comedian (Maniscalco) is expected to write in some hilarious gags. 

JUNE

SPIDER-MAN: ACROSS THE SPIDER-VERSE

IN THEATERS JUNE 2
GENRE: SUPERHERO
DIRECTOR: JOAQUIM DOS SANTOS, KEMP POWERS, JUSTIN K. THOMPSON
STARRING: SHAMEIK MOORE, HAILEE STEINFELD, DANIEL KALUUYA
Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse brings different universes with unique art styles.

via Sony Pictures

Into the Spider-Verse was probably best Spider-Man movie ever (except Sam-Raimi’s original Spider-Man, of course), and we expect Across the Spider-Verse to out-do it in every single way. The trailer shows how the multiverse throws in different Spider-people and a bunch of animation styles into the mix, and we will also see how Morales’ relationship with Gwen progresses as the duo gets tangled in battles across multiple universes.

JAWAN

IN THEATERS JUNE 2
GENRE: ACTION
DIRECTOR: ATLEE
STARRING: SHAH RUKH KHAN, VIJAY SUTHUPATHI, NAYANTHARA

Not many details about Jawan have been revealed, expect for the facts that Shah Rukh Khan will be seen in a dual role, and that Vijay Sethupathi is set to portray the main antagonist. This will be the second of three Shah Rukh Khan releases of the year, and we expect that star to end his 5-year hiatus from the theaters with a bang.

TRANSFORMERS: RISE OF THE BEASTS

IN THEATERS JUNE 9
GENRE: ACTION
DIRECTOR: STEVEN CAPLE JR.
STARRING: PETER DINKLAGE, PETE DAVIDSON, MICHELLE YEOH

Inspired by the Beast Wars storyline of the Transformers franchise, Rise of the Beasts pits the Autobots (the good ones) against three new factions: the Maximals, the Predacons, and the Terrorcons. The film is set in 1994 and is supposed to serve as a stand-alone sequel to the 2018 film Bumblebee, which itself was a prequel to the main series.

THE FLASH

IN THEATERS JUNE 16
GENRE: SUPERHERO
DIRECTOR: ANDY MUSCHIETTI
STARRING: EZRA MILLER, MICHAEL KEATON, BEN AFFLECK
A promotional poster for the movie Kuttey.

via DC Comics/Warner Bros.

A film that has been in development for nearly 4 decades was at the list of being tossed away after the controversies around Ezra Miller (Barry Allen/The Flash) surfaced, but Warner Bros. has decided to push through, although Miller is unlikely to return post the reboot that DC has decided to undergo.

It seems like DC is also set to embrace the multiverse, with both Ben Affleck and Michael Keaton portraying different versions of Batman in the film, probably taking inspiration from the Spider-Men reunion in No Way Home.

ELEMENTAL

IN THEATERS JUNE 16
GENRE: COMEDY
DIRECTOR: PETER SOHN
STARRING: LEAH LEWIS, MAMOUDOU ATHIE
A promotional poster for the movie Kuttey.

via Disney/PIXAR

Despite having a concept similar to that of Avatar: The Last Airbender, Pixar’s Elemental is quite different from the action-packed animated show. In a city where everyone is paired composed of the classical elements of water, fire, air, or earth, a mismatched duo of air and water get entangled with each other.

The two elementals are not able to touch one another, but end up discovering how much they have in common, showing the story of a painful yet heartwarming love.

DREAM GIRL 2

IN THEATERS JUNE 23
GENRE: COMEDY
DIRECTOR: RAAJ SHAANDILYAA
STARRING: AYUSHMANN KHURRANA, ANNU KAPOOR, PARESH RAWAL, ANANYA PANDEY

A spiritual sequel to the critical and commercial success that was Dream Girl, this one is expected to be another successful outing of Ayushmann Khurrana, who has made a knack for himself by starring in comedy dramas and thrillers. While not much has been revealed of the film as of yet, the film has a number of comedic legends in its cast.

NO HARD FEELINGS

IN THEATERS JUNE 23
GENRE: COMEDY
DIRECTOR: GENE STUPNITSKY
STARRING: JENNIFER LAWRENCE, NATALIE MORALES

Gene Stupnitsky made his directorial debut with the hilarious 2019 raunchy comedy Good Boys, and according to reports, you can expect No Hard Feelings to be a similar laughing-fest. The R-rated film is about a women (Lawrence) hired by a mother (through a Craigslist ad) to date her son, a recent high-school graduate. You can expect swearing teens and horny guys to make this one a must watch.

INDIANA JONES AND THE DIAL OF DESTINY

IN THEATERS JUNE 30
GENRE: ACTION
DIRECTOR: JAMES MANGOLD
STARRING: HARRISON FORD, PHOEBE WALLER-BRIDGE, MADS MIKKELSEN

Coming 15 years after the last outing of Indiana Jones, the now 80 year old Harrison Ford is set to portray the legendary archaeologist for presumably the fifth and final time, with a possible passing of the torch to his goddaughter Helena (Phoebe Waller-Bridge). This will also be the first time that Steven Spielberg will not be directing an Indiana Jones movie, with Logan director James Mangold taking the helm.

JULY

INSIDIOUS: FEAR THE DARK

IN THEATERS JULY 7
GENRE: HORROR
DIRECTOR: PATRICK WILSON
STARRING: ROSE BYRNE, PATRICK WILSON

Scream King (in no relation to the Scream franchise) Patrick Wilson is set to make his directorial debut with Fear the Dark after starring in two previous films of the franchise. Set 10 years after Chapter 2, the movie follows Wilson and Byrne as the parents of the all-grown up Dalton Lambert, who is still experiencing hauntings by the demons of his past.

MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – DEAD RECKONING PART ONE

IN THEATERS JULY 7
GENRE: SPY ACTION
DIRECTOR: CHRISTOPHER MCQUARRIE
STARRING: TOM CRUISE, SIMON PEGG, VANESSA KIRBY

Top Gun: Maverick was the biggest movie of 2022 (until it was dethroned by Avatar: The Way of Water), and Tom Cruise wants to get the most out of this momentum with his final outing as Ethan Hunt.

Dead Reckoning will be filled with increasingly over the top stunts just like previous MI films, but this two-part film will be the final time that Cruise will be appearing as Ethan Hunt, with Part Two releasing on June 28, 2024.

OPPENHEIMER

IN THEATERS JULY 21
GENRE: BIOPIC
DIRECTOR: CHRISTOPHER NOLAN
STARRING: CILLIAN MURPHY, ROBERT DOWNEY JR., EMILY BLUNT

Fresh off the successful end to Peaky (F*****) Blinders, Cillian Murphy teams up with Nolan for the sixth time, the first as a lead. Based on the biography American Prometheus, Murphy portrays J. Robert Oppenheimer, the “Father of the Atomic Bomb” – the man behind the first nuclear weapons developed during World War II. With what might be the most star-studded ensemble cast of the year in the hands of Nolan, Oppenheimer is expected to be the most engaging drama of 2023.

BARBIE

IN THEATERS JULY 21
GENRE: ROM-COM
DIRECTOR: GRETA GERWIN
STARRING: MARGOT ROBBIE, RYAN GOSLING, WILL FERRELL
A promotional poster for the movie Kuttey.

One of the first sneak peeks from Barbie that broke the internet: Ryan Gosling as Ken Doll. | via Warner Bros.

After directing two of the most acclaimed movies of the 2010s (Lady Bird and Little Women), Greta Gerwin is set to bring Barbie to life with its first ever live action adaptation. With Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling as Barbie and Ken, this one is about a doll exploring the human world to find what happiness really is (something like a brighter, happier M3GAN).

AUGUST

MEG 2: THE TRENCH

IN THEATERS AUG. 4
GENRE: ACTION
DIRECTOR: BEN WHEATLEY
STARRING: JASON STATHAM, WU JING

Meg was unlike many other Jason Statham movies, as the action-star did not get to kick much human butt in the film, instead going against the Megalodon, a shark species presumed to be extinct. With Meg 2, you can expect more underwater action as Statham faces off gigantic aquatic beings with some help from science.

HAUNTED MANSION

IN THEATERS AUG. 11
GENRE: HORROR-COMEDY
DIRECTOR: JUSTIN SIMIEN
STARRING: OWEN WILSON, DANNY DEVITO, JARED LETO

With the success of Jungle Cruise, it’s no surprise that Disney has decided to adapt another one of its theme parks into a film. The story follows a mother (Rosario Dawson) and her young son who move into a strangely affordable mansion, only to find out that it is haunted by Jared Leto. With a priest (Owen Wilson), a historian (Danny DeVito), a psychic (Tiffany Haddish), and a paranormal expert (LaKeith Stanfield) coming to her aid, you can expect a lot of things to go wrong.

GRAN TURISMO

IN THEATERS AUG. 11
GENRE: ACTION
DIRECTOR: NEILL BLOMKAMP
STARRING: DAVID HARBOUR, ARCHIE MADEKWE, ORLANDO BLOOM

Based upon the story of a teenager who used his gaming skills acquired from Gran Turismo to become a professional race car driver, this is set to join the rapidly growing list of movies based on video games. While Sony has kept the movie mostly under wraps, some sneak peeks from the stunt crew have surely helped in increasing our expectations. 

HEART OF STONE

ON NETFLIX AUGUST 11
GENRE: SPY ACTION
DIRECTOR: TOM HARPER
STARRING: GAL GADOT, JAMIE DORNAN, ALIA BHATT

From Netflix: Rachel Stone (Gal Gadot) is an intelligence operative, the only woman who stands between her powerful, global, peacekeeping organization and the loss of its most valuable — and dangerous — asset.

ANIMAL

IN THEATERS AUG. 11
GENRE: ACTION
DIRECTOR: SANDEEP REDDY VANGA
STARRING: RANBIR KAPOOR, ANIL KAPOOR, RASHMIKA MANDANNA

Not much is known about Animal, besides the fact that it will be a crime thriller starring Ranbir Kapoor. The film will be directed by Sandeep Reddy Vanga, popularly known for directing Kabir Singh in 2019.

BLUE BEETLE

IN THEATERS AUG. 18
GENRE: SUPERHERO
DIRECTOR: ANGEL MANUEL SOTO
STARRING: XOLO MARIDUEÑA, GEORGE LOPEZ, BRUNA MARQUEZINE
A promotional poster for the movie Kuttey.

via Warner Bros.

With the broader DC reboot that is to come, we don’t expect that Blue Beetle is going to be getting much screen time beyond this film. While the movie was initially coming to HBO Max, it was later upgraded to a theatrical release, which does not mean much for the future of the character, but we’ve got our fingers crossed.

SEPTEMBER

THE EQUALIZER 3

IN THEATERS SEP. 1
GENRE: ACTION
DIRECTOR: ANTOINE FUQUA
STARRING: DENZEL WASHINGTON, DAKOTA FANNING

The Equalizer 3 marks the first time since 2004’s Man on Fire that Denzel Washington and Dakota Fanning will be reuniting on screen. Antoine Fuqua has made a name for himself by directing action thrillers, and we expect The Equalizer 3 to be as much of a bullet fest.

THE NUN 2

IN THEATERS SEP. 8
GENRE: HORROR
DIRECTOR: MICHAEL CHAVES
STARRING: TAISSA FARMIGA, STORM REID, JONAS BLOQUET

The ninth installment in the Conjuring-verse, this sequel to The Nun is all in the title. Sister Irene (Taisa Farmiga) will once again be encountering the demonic entity that is the Nun but will probably be a better wielder of “religious authority” this time around.

A HAUNTING IN VENICE

IN THEATERS SEP. 15
GENRE: MYSTERY
DIRECTOR: KENNETH BRANAGH
STARRING: JAMIE DORNAN, MICHELLE YEOH, KENNETH BRANAGH

We’re not following up on The Nun sequel with another horror movie. Instead, this one is the third of Kenneth Branagh’s Hercule Poirot series, where the now-retire detective gets tangled in a séance, and an eventual murder that he must solve.

OCTOBER

KRAVEN THE HUNTER

IN THEATERS OCT. 6
GENRE: SUPERHERO
DIRECTOR: J. C. CHANDON
STARRING: AARON TAYLOR-JOHNSON, ARIANA DEBOSE
A promotional poster for the movie Kuttey.

via Marvel

Kraven the Hunter was initially planned to appear in the fourth Sam-Raimi Spider-Man film that never happened. A lot has changed since then, and with Sony’s Venom (2018) and Morbius (2022) embracing the “Spider-Man Universe”, what better time than now to introduce another key enemy of the Friendly Neighborhood Webslinger.

While we might still be awaiting an official announcement about Aaron Taylor-Johnson as the next Bond, the actor can hopefully cement his place in the superhero universe to make up for his rather quick exit as Quicksilver.

TRUE LOVE

IN THEATERS OCT. 6
GENRE: SCI-FI
DIRECTOR: GARETH EDWARDS
STARRING: JOHN DAVID WASHINGTON, JEMMA CHAN, ALLISON JANNEY

Gareth Edwards has already directed one of the biggest (and most expensive) sci-fi movies in recent memory – Rogue One – and it seems like he has found his knack for the genre. While details about True Love remain scarce, we expect John David Washington to bring a similar performance to what we saw in Tenet (2020). Other cast members include Gemma Chan, Allison Janney, Ken Watanabe, Ralph Ineson, Marc Menchaca, and Sturgill Simpson.

UNTITLED THE EXORCIST FILM

IN THEATERS OCT. 13
GENRE: HORROR
DIRECTOR: DAVID GORDON GREEN
STARRING: LESLIE ODOM JR., ELLE BURSTYN

Serving as a direct sequel to the original The Exorcist film from 1973, David Gordon Green’s outing is intended to be the first of three new Exorcist films planned.

NOVEMBER

DUNE: PART TWO

IN THEATERS NOV. 3
GENRE: SCI-FI
DIRECTOR: DENIS VILLENEUVE
STARRING: TIMOTHÉE CHALAMET, ZENDAYA, REBECCA FERGUSON, JOSH BROLIN

Dune: Part One carried a heavy burden of being killed off, as the second film would have been green-lit only if the first turned out to be a success. With the visual (and commercial) success that Part One was, it’s no surprise that Part Two is perhaps the most awaited non-superhero film of 2023.

While much of the film’s cast from Part One has been killed off, we’re still to experience the dynamic between Chalamet and Zendaya, John Brolin still has a part left to play out, and Florence Pugh, Léa Seydoux, and Austin Butler are some of the new additions to the cast.

THE MARVELS

IN THEATERS NOVEMBER 10
GENRE: SUPERHERO
DIRECTOR: NIA DACOSTA
STARRING: BRIE LARSON, SAMUEL L. JACKSON, IMAN VELLANI

A follow-up to Captain Marvel and the 2022 Disney+ series Ms. Marvel, the Marvels is a team-up between Brie Larson and her fan (Iman Vellani) after they start jumping into each other bodies due to some mysterious phenomenon. The film will also be throwing Monica Rambeau (who may or may not be called Photon) from WandaVision into the mix, all under the watchful eye of Nick Fury.

Update: The Marvels has now been postponed to November 10.

THE HUNGER GAMES: THE BALLAD OF SONGBIRDS AND SNAKES

IN THEATERS NOV. 17
GENRE: ACTION
DIRECTOR: FRANCIS LAWRENCE
STARRING: TOM BLYTH, PETER DINKLAGE, VIOLA DAVIS

A prequel to the Jennifer Lawrence starrer The Hunger Games trilogy, the film focuses on the future President Coriolanus Snow (played by Donald Sutherland in the trilogy). Peter Dinklage notably serves as the co-creator of the Hunger Games, and is expected to bring a presence similar to that of Tyrion Lannister. 

DECEMBER

WONKA

IN THEATERS DEC. 15
GENRE: MUSICAL
DIRECTOR: PAUL KING
STARRING: TIMOTHÉE CHALAMET, ROWAN ATKINSON, KEEGAN-MICHAEL KEY

I must admit one thing, I loved Johnny Depp’s version of the eccentric chocolatier from Roald Dahal’s book, and while I cannot imagine any other actor in the role, I’m surprised at how eerily close Chalamet looks like to the version of Willy Wonka I always imagined. The action will be depicting a younger version of Willy Wonka, from a time before his factory was opened, which means we might be getting a glimpse at his encounter with the Oompa Loompas, or how he came to invent his chocolate-creation technologies.

UNTITLED SEQUEL TO GHOSTBUSTERS: AFTERLIFE

IN THEATERS DEC. 20
GENRE: COMEDY
DIRECTOR: GIL KENAN
STARRING: MCKENNA GRACE, FINN WOLFHARD, PAUL RUDD

Sony has finally found a way to revive the Ghostbusters franchise, and the sequel to Ghostbusters: Afterlife is expected lead to multiple future films if the initial settings turn out to be successful.

DUNKI

IN THEATERS DEC. 22
GENRE: COMEDY
DIRECTOR: RAJKUMAR HIRANI
STARRING: SHAH RUKH KHAN, TAAPSEE PANNU, VICKY KAUSHAL

Marking the final SRK film of 2023, the plot of Dunki remains under wraps for now. But with Rajkumar Hirani’s expertise in creating a comedic masterpiece every time he picks up a script, Dunki will probably be one of the highest-earning Hindi films of 2023.

AQUAMAN AND THE LOST KINGDOM

IN THEATERS DEC. 25
GENRE: SUPERHERO
DIRECTOR: LAMES WAN
STARRING: JASON MOMOA, AMBER HEARD, WILLEM DAFOE, NICOLE KIDMAN

Jason Momoa’s future as Aquaman may end with the sequel, with Gunn and Safran’s supposed plans to potentially end the Snyderverse with The Lost Kingdom. The star may go out with a bang in his final outing as the king of Atlantis, teaming up with his half-brother to face off against the ruthless Black Manta (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II).

NOTABLE FILMS WITH NO CONFIRMED RELEASE DATE

THE NIGHTINGALE

TBD
GENRE: DRAMA
DIRECTOR: MÉLANIE LAURENT
STARRING: DAKOTA FANNING, ELLE FANNING

KILLERS OF THE FLOWER MOON

ON APPLE TV+
GENRE: CRIME DRAMA
DIRECTOR: MARTIN SCORSESE
STARRING: ROBERT DE NIRO, LEONARDO DICAPRIO, LILY GLADSTONE