January 29, 2023

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25 Most Anticipated Movies of 2023

It’s 2023 and we’re previewing all the music, movies and TV we’re looking forward to this year with a series of lists. Check out our Upcoming Artists to Watch and Most Anticipated TV Shows lists for more information.

Even in the age of reboots, remakes, sequels, franchises, and adaptations, it’s still easy to look forward to the upcoming film year as an opportunity to witness original storytelling. That’s not just a nod to the movies on this list that are completely unrelated to previous IPs, like Adam Driver Fights Dinosaurs and That Poor Bear With Substance Abuse Issues. Instead, we’re also excited about films that might take inspiration from iconic toys, comics, or games, but then use those platforms as launch pads for their own innovative narratives.

It’s also a jam-packed series of blockbusters, with some long-awaited projects finally making it to the big screen as cinemas continue to recover from the past few years. We have new movies to look forward to from directors like Greta Gerwig, M. Night Shyamalan, Steven Soderbergh, Martin Scorsese, David Fincher and more. Whether they premiere on the big screen in cinemas or the slightly smaller screen in our homes, it will be exciting to delve into another potential landmark year for the art form.

Also, Tom Cruise will ride a motorcycle off a mountain. It looks like a great year in cinemas.

– Liz Shannon Miller
Senior Entertainment Editor

infinity pool

Infinity pool (NEON)

Directed by Brandon Cronenberg
Starring: Alexander Skarsgard, Mia Goth, Cleopatra Coleman
Studio: Neon
Release date: January 27, 2023

An attractive young couple gets into trouble while on vacation in an exotic but strange place – it may be a premise you’ve heard before. But based on the trailer and the fact that this comes from the insane mind of Brandon Cronenberg, the potential for Infinity Pool to usurp M3GAN as the wildest horror movie of 2023 (so far, anyway) is real. — LSM

Knock at the hut

25 Most Anticipated Movies of 2023

Knock on the Cabin (Universal)

Directed by M Night Shyamalan
Cast: Dave Bautista, Jonathan Groff, Ben Aldridge, Nikki Amuka-Bird, Kristen Cui, Abby Quinn, Rupert Grint
Studio: Universal
Release date: February 3, 2023

It’s M. Night Shyamalan, so there’s a chance things will get a little tricky — but even at first glance, Knock at the Cabin offers an interesting premise: a young girl and her parents are being held hostage by determined visitors to prevent the apocalypse . Who to believe – Dave Bautista and Rupert Grint (!) or Jonathan Groff? We’ll find out very soon when the film hits theaters this February. — Maria Siroky

Magic Mike’s Last Dance

25 Most Anticipated Movies of 2023

Magic Mike’s Last Dance (Warner Bros.)

Directed by Steven Soderbergh
Cast: Channing Tatum, Salma Hayek Pinault
Studio: Warner Bros.
Release date: February 10, 2023

At first glance, Magic Mike was a cultural phenomenon about male strippers. But look a little closer and you’ll see that this is an in-depth character study, backed by a top-notch performance from its lead actor, Channing Tatum. Steven Soderbergh is back as director after sitting out 2015’s Magic Mike XXL, meaning Last Dance could recapture some of the magic of the first film – this time in Europe! — Spencer Dukoff

Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania

25 Most Anticipated Movies of 2023

Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania (Marvel)

Director: Peyton Reed
Cast: Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Jonathan Majors, Michelle Pfeiffer, Michael Douglas, Kathryn Newton, David Dastmalchian, William Jackson Harper, Katy O’Brian, Bill Murray
Studio: Disney
Release date: February 17, 2023

The biggest criticism of Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe was that it seemed to be going nowhere – too many stories that barely held their own and didn’t clearly work towards an endgame-level event. Phase 5 is set to finally kick off those aisles with Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, which will reveal Jonathan Majors as the fully formed Kang (or at least one of his variants).

The titles of the next two ensemble films – Avengers: The Kang Dynasty and Avengers: Secret Wars – clearly indicate that Majors is our new Josh Brolin (but keep an eye out for Doctor Doom), so Ant-Man 3 is ready is to become the MCU boost we’ve been waiting for. Hopefully it can overcome the weight of its CGI to present an immersive adventure as well. — Ben Kaye

cocaine bear

25 Most Anticipated Movies of 2023

Cocaine Bear (universal)

Director: Elizabeth Banks
Cast: Keri Russell, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Christian Convery-Jennings, Alden Ehrenreich, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Brooklynn Prince, Isiah Whitlock Jr., Kristofer Hivju, Hannah Hoekstra, Aaron Holliday, Margo Martindale, Ray Liotta
Studio: Universal
Release date: February 24, 2023

lost drugs? Check A Coked Bear? To verify. Tickets? Bought. Surprisingly inspired by a true story, Cocaine Bear is exactly what it sounds like: Bear makes cocaine, Bear wreaks havoc. Part comedy, part slasher, Cocaine Bear might live up to its absurdist premise upon its February 24 release. — Jonah Krueger