2023’s most anticipated films head to theaters


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Marcus Ludes, Staff Writer

Coming off of 2022’s somewhat underwhelming catalog of movies, many people are looking towards the new year to bring in a much better and more exciting range of films. With new movies coming out what seems like almost every week, there’s something for everyone being released this year.

Feb. 17 kicks it off with a very interesting movie, Winnie the Pooh: Blood and Honey, but don’t let A. A. Milne’s characters fool you. This won’t be a movie to bring your kids to. With the rights to Winnie the Pooh entering public domain, debuting director Rhys Frake-Waterfield’s film will see a much more sinister version of Winnie the Pooh and Piglet hunting Christopher Robin and his group of friends in the Hundred Acre Woods. Releasing the same day is Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, the third installment in the MCU’s Ant-Man series. 

One week later sees the release of Cocaine Bear, a film inspired by the time an American black bear overdosed on cocaine in a Georgia forest. The only difference between the movie and real life is, in real life, the bear died after about five minutes instead of going on a rampage.

On March 3, Creed III releases. One week later is Scream VI, and on March 24 is John Wick: Chapter 4, but if you plan to watch any of these you may want to think about catching up on all of their prequels. 

March 17 features 65, starring Adam Driver as an astronaut who lands on a mysterious planet. Directed by A Quiet Place writers Scott Beck and Bryan Woods, there should be no doubt that this will be a well-directed thriller.

 On April 7, one of the most anticipated movies of the year releases, The Super Mario Bros. Movie. Childhood nostalgia from multiple generations and the fact that it features an extensive cast with the likes of Chris Pratt, Jack Black, Anya Taylor-Joy, Charlie Day and more, will make it no surprise if this film surpasses $1 billion in the box office.

May 5 and June 2 see two of the most-desired sequels of the year, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 and Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse. Both highly-successful series with beloved Marvel characters, they are both expected to do very well. This new Spider-Man is continuing the story from one of the most beloved animated films of all time, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.

 Kicking off summer movies on the last day of June, Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny has a currently-unknown plot, but it can be expected that this fifth addition in the long-running franchise won’t fall short of being a summer blockbuster.

 Movie fans are hotly debating which July release will be the one to watch: Barbie or Oppenheimer. Two drastically different movies, both have high expectations for doing their own things. Barbie brings in Margot Robbie as Barbie and Ryan Gosling as Ken, two actors who should be interesting to see together, although it’s likely to spark a successful combination. Oppenheimer, directed by the esteemed Christopher Nolan, is a movie about J. Robert Oppenheimer, the developer of the atomic bomb.

The last few months of 2023 will see the release of movies like Blue Beetle, The Exorcist, and Dune: Part Two.

With so many promising movies releasing this year, it may be best to either save for the ever-increasing movie ticket prices or wait for them to release on streaming platforms.