Buckle up for “Dune: Part Two,” “Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning,” and Indiana Jones’s comeback.
Thanks to the box office success of Top Gun: Maverick, 2022 was the year of Tom Cruise. 2023 looks to be the year of… Tom Cruise again. The release of Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning, Part 1 should get movie theatre tills ringing once more. There is a second instalment to look forward to as well, Dune: Part Two, which marks Denis Villeneuve’s dramatic return to Arrakis. In addition, when phase four of the MCU goes multiversal, Ant-Man and those adorable Guardians of the Galaxy will both have a third outing.
There is also a lot to get thrilled about at the smaller, art-houser end of things. We will add previously unnoticed or unknown delicacies to our must-see lists thanks to Sundance and Cannes. Prior to it, new movies starring Cristian Mungiu (R.M.N. ), Sarah Polley (Women Talking), and Hirokazu Koreeda (Broker) will be released on the big screen. Oh, and there’s also the seemingly unimportant but bizarre matter of what the hell Elizabeth Banks’ Cocaine Bear will entail. There is little doubt that 2023 will be an exciting voyage.
The top upcoming movies in 2023
The real-life drama directed by Chinonye Chukwu of Clemency explores the story of Emmett Till, a 14-year-old who was kidnapped, lynched, and killed in Mississippi in 1955. The movie promises to burn with a righteous wrath. Danielle Deadwyler, who plays Till’s sorrowful, passionate, and campaigning mother Mamie in The Harder They Fall, is already receiving attention from the awards community for her work.
In UK cinemas Jan 13.
If you saw Mark Jenkin’s seaside gentrification drama Bait in 2019, which was shot on an old camera in black and white 16mm, you’ll know what to anticipate from his follow-up: artisanal filmmaking equipment and a filmmaking mentality steeped in the best British folk horror traditions. Set on a Cornishisland, the darkly metaphysical novel Enys Men (pronounced “enys main”) is one to note in your calendar.
In UK cinemas Jan 13
This Hollywood epic captures 1930s Tinseltown in all its drunken, drug-fueled, elephant-wrangling grandeur in a delightfully OTT way. As Diego Calva, a Mexican novice, plays the on-set gopher, Diego Calva, Margot Robbie, and Brad Pitt’s high-flying silent film director play film studio snakes and ladders, debauched parties will be organised, underground crime syndicates will be discovered, and rarely, movies will be made.
In UK cinemas Jan 20
The partially fictionalised self-biopic directed by Steven Spielberg is one of the most intimate movies ever made. Technically, it’s about the Fabelman family, who travel from coast to coast while mom (Michelle Williams) struggles and dad (Paul Dano) establishes himself as a scientist. However, as Spielberg’s on-screen alter ego, Sammy, contracts the moviemaking bug and experiences the agony of a difficult family life, it is the director’s life that we will be witnessing.
In UK cinemas Jan 27
MAGIC MIKE’S LAST DANCE
Although British tabloids recently reported that on-set security had to be increased as “horny fans” wanted to get in for a closer look at Channing Tatum’s abs, we’re not suggesting that excitement for this final strip-fest has already reached a fever pitch. This time, Tatum’s Mike is out of luck and making his way to London in an effort to pull off one last successful production. He has the support of Thandiwe Newton’s replacement on the film, Salma Hayek.
Out worldwide Feb 10
Sarah Polley, an actress and director with few equals, is back with her first movie since the riveting, unique bio-doc Stories We Tell from 2012. It is an adaption of the novel by Miriam Toews about a group of women who have endured years of drug abuse and sexual assault in a rural Mennonite community. Frances McDormand, Rooney Mara, Claire Foy, and Jessie Buckley star in this potent feminist drama as the traumatised, indignant women.
In UK cinemas Feb 10
ANT-MAN AND THE WASP: QUANTUMANIA
It’s not quite business as usual in the Marvel Universe, so keep it quiet. While the MCU pretended to mislead audiences in 2022 on the big screen, there have been rumblings about the need to concentrate on “quality not quantity.” But Kang the Conqueror, a new supervillain who makes his proper debut in Ant-Man 3, played by Jonathan Major, is here to bring everything back together. Scott Lang will require support.
Out worldwide Feb 17