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Right now, at the top of the new year and start of awards season, many of us are probably still playing catch-up with 2022’s best films. But don’t let that stop you from looking ahead to what 2023 has to offer. The coming months will welcome a fresh lineup of titles, from international films and festival darlings that are finally reaching theaters in 2023 to sure-fire blockbusters that will pile on the childhood nostalgia (we’re looking at you, Little Mermaid and Barbie). Horror lovers can anticipate new projects from Ari Aster and M. Night Shyamalan, while rom-com fans can expect new flicks from Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Lopez. Directing heavyweights like Martin Scorsese and Wes Anderson also have new releases coming.
There’s so much heading to screens big and small this year. And—like Timothée Chalamet in Little Women—we’ll watch.
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After 2022’s salacious Pam & Tommy, this documentary from director Ryan White promises to be an “intimate and humanizing portrait” of Pamela Anderson. (And it arrives the same day as her new memoir, Love, Pamela.) Her son, Brandon Thomas Lee, is one of its producers.
On Netflix January 31.
Reese Witherspoon and Ashton Kutcher in a rom-com? Yes, please. The duo play Debbie and Peter, two friends and polar opposites who swap homes and lives for a week. We wonder where things go from there…
On Netflix February 10.
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Previously called Disappointment Blvd, this marks the latest from Midsommar and Hereditary director Ari Aster. The surrealist A24 film stars Joaquin Phoenix and is said to center on a successful entrepreneur over multiple decades of his life. Other specifics are mostly unknown, but Aster previously joked that he’s making a “nightmare comedy” that would be “four hours long.” So, expect the unexpected.
In theaters April 2023.
Next up from Wes Anderson: Asteroid City is set in a fictional desert town in the ’50s as stargazing convention gets derailed by major events. The cast includes Jason Schwartzman, Scarlett Johansson, Tom Hanks, Jeffrey Wright, Tilda Swinton, Bryan Cranston, Ed Norton, Adrien Brody, Liev Schreiber, Hope Davis, Stephen Park, Rupert Friend, Maya Hawke, Steve Carell, Matt Dillon, Hong Chau, Willem Dafoe, Margot Robbie, Jeff Goldblum, and Rita Wilson.
In select theaters June 16 with a wider release June 23.
While this is technically a Captain Marvel sequel, Brie Larson’s Carol Danvers will share the screen with Kamala Khan/Ms. Marvel (Iman Vellani) and Monica Rambeau (Teyonah Parris) for a “cosmic adventure.” Candyman and Little Woods‘ Nia DaCosta directs.
In theaters July 28.
The Hunger Games: Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes
This prequel takes place long before Katniss Everdeen’s time. Instead, this adaptation of Suzanne Collins 2020 book follows a young Coriolanus Snow (played by Donald Sutherland in earlier movies and Benediction’s Tom Blyth here) and tribute Lucy Gray Baird (Rachel Zegler) for the 10th Hunger Games. The cast also includes Hunter Schafer, Peter Dinklage, and Viola Davis.
In theaters November 17.
Timothée Chalamet stars as a young Willy Wonka in this origin story from Paddington director Paul King. Prepare for Timmy’s singing and dancing skills in this sweet musical also starring Sally Hawkins, Rowan Atkinson, and Jim Carter.
In theaters December 15.
Fantasia Taylor, Halle Bailey, Colman Domingo, Taraji P. Henson, Danielle Brooks, Corey Hawkins, H.E.R., and more star in this screen adaptation of Tony-winning musical, which of course is based on Alice Walker’s 1982 novel. Blitz Bazawule, the filmmaker behind Beyoncé’s Black Is King, is directing, while Oprah Winfrey, Steven Spielberg, and Quincy Jones are producers.
In theaters December 20.
Regina King is Shirley Chisholm, the first Black Congresswoman and the first Black woman to run for president in the U.S. Written and helmed by John Ridley (Jimi: All Is by My Side director and 12 Years a Slave screenwriter), Shirley will be an “intimate portrayal” of the trailblazer, based on accounts from the real Chisholm’s family and friends.
On Netflix in 2023.
Killers of the Flower Moon
Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio team up once again in this adaptation of David Grann’s nonfiction book, which revolves around a string of murders of Osage Nation members in 1920s Oklahoma. Killers of the Flower Moon also features Robert De Niro, Jesse Plemons, and Lily Gladstone in the cast.
In theaters and Apple TV+ in 2023.
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