The Most Anticipated Movies of 2023

The 2023 film slate has a number of big movies on the horizon. These are the most anticipated movies of 2023, with sequels for Scream, Ant-Man, and Creed.

Most Anticipated Movies 2023
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Most Anticipated Movies 2023

We have completed another full year of cinematic greatness and now we’re entering a new one. 2023 is already looking promising in the film world, with movies like Barbie, The Little Mermaid, Wonka, and more on the horizon. Franchises and sequels kept the box office afloat in 2022, and by the looks of it, the same might be true this year. But we’re not complaining. This year’s offerings include the return of some of our favorites, like Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, Creed III, and Fast X, and the best part? It’s all happening and unfolding quickly.

Some of the year’s most anticipated films are arriving in the first half of the year, while we have to wait a little bit longer for others. But regardless of when they’re dropping, it looks like the movie studios were intent of keep moviegoers well-fed and content throughout the course of the year. We will be seeing the return of some of our favorite actors and movie stars to the big screen like Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert De Niro in Killers of the Flower Moon, while Keanu Reeves is back with the fourth installment of his action-packed John Wick films. There is so much in store for us in the next 12 months, and we will be watching and staying on top of each release so that you know what is and isn’t worth watching this year. Check out our list of the most anticipated films of 2023 below. 


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Director(s): Nicholas D. Johnson, Will Merrick

Starring: Nia Long, Storm Reid, Amy Landecker

Distributor: Sony Pictures

Release date: Jan. 20 

Grace (Nia Long) is seemingly gone without a trace after vacationing with her boyfriend, and it’s up to her daughter (Storm Reid) to trace her digital footprint. But from a directing perspective, Missing isn’t a typical mystery thriller. The trailer shows that it’s going to be directed in the same style as the 2017 film Searching by Aneesh Chaganty—entirely online. Admittedly, this style might not be for everyone, but with stars like Nia Long and Storm Reid, their energy is bound to bring something different. —Alana Yzola

'Knock at the Cabin'

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Director(s): M. Night Shyamalan

Starring: Dave Bautista, Jonathan Groff, Ben Aldridge, Nikki Amuka-Bird, Kristen Cui, Abby Quinn, and Rupert Grint

Distributor: Universal Pictures

Release date: Feb. 3

M. Night Shyamalan is fully back. Coming off The Visit, Split, Glass, and Old, the premise of the filmmaker’s latest project, Knock at the Cabin, is squarely in his wheelhouse. A couple, played by Jonathan Groff and Ben Aldridge, is vacationing in the woods with their daughter when four strangers appear and hold the family hostage under the demand that they sacrifice one of three to prevent an impending apocalypse. It’s a killer hook that likely relies on Shyamalan’s ability to execute fully on its premise. But based on the film’s gripping first trailer, it looks like we’re starting on a great foot. —William Goodman

'Magic Mike’s Last Dance'

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Director(s): Steven Soderbergh

Starring: Channing Tatum, Salma Hayek, Gavin Spokes, Caitlin Gerard, Christopher Bencomo, Ayub Khan-Din, and Juliette Motamed

Distributor: Warner Bros.

Release date: Feb. 10

Steven Soderbergh’s first theatrical release since 2018’s Unsane (crazy to think about one of our best directors doing streaming fare for the last five years) is a reunion with star Channing Tatum to close out the Magic Mike franchise with one last bang (sorry). Based on Tatum’s development of the Magic Mike Live show, Last Dance features the titular Magical Michael working with Salma Hayek’s character to bring a stripper stage show to life. The first trailer looked to scale down the scope of the film to focus back on Mike after the ensemble nature of the sequel while still maintaining its effortless charm. —William Goodman

'Cocaine Bear'

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Director(s): Elizabeth Banks

Starring: Ray Liotta, Keri Russell, Margo Martindale 

Distributor: Universal Pictures

Release date: Feb. 24

This movie is exactly what you think it is, and I love it for that. Cocaine Bear is loosely based on the true story of a 1980s bear who accidentally snorted a ton of cocaine in a Georgia forest. Thankfully, the real bear didn’t actually kill anyone, but that would of course make a boring-ass movie. The Cocaine Bear film reimagines what could have happened if that animal decided to go on a murder spree. It sounds like a sick fever dream, and I’m here for it. —Alana Yzola

'Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania'

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Director(s): Peyton Reed

Starring: Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Douglas, Michelle Pfeiffer, Kathryn Newton

Distributor: Walt Disney Studios

Release date​​​​​​​: Feb. 17

The Ant-Man franchise is one of the most understated, underrated parts of the MCU. The first Ant-Man movie had the misfortune of being sandwiched in between Avengers: Age of Ultron and Captain America: Civil War. It wasn’t until the sequel Ant-Man and the Wasp that the character really came into his own, and Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) was crucial to the defeat of Thanos in Avengers: Endgame. The new Quantumania will introduce another big bad: Kang the Conqueror (Jonathan Majors), a multiverse variant of He Who Remains. If you want to understand what’s coming for the next three years, this is one movie you cannot miss. —Kevin Wong

'Creed III'

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Director(s): Michael B. Jordan

Starring: Michael B. Jordan, Tessa Thompson, Jonathan Majors, Wood Harris, Florian Munteanu, Phylicia Rashad

Distributor: United Artists Releasing

Release Date: March 3

It’s time to get back in the ring. Creed has been one of the most successful and warmly welcomed reboots of a classic franchise like Rocky. Now with the third installment, Jordan is not only reprising his role as Adonis Creed but he’s also stepping behind the camera for the first time as director. After he found his place in the world, both outside and inside the ring, Donnie now has to face his past and figure out all the things that happened in his childhood that made him who he is today. The film will uncover this using one of his childhood friends and former boxing prodigy, Damian “Dame” Anderson (Jonathan Majors), who returns to Donnie’s life after serving a long sentence in prison and is looking to take back everything that was taken from him. The face-off between him is deeper than boxing and Donnie will be forced to fight for what’s his. Sylvester Stallone will not be appearing in this installment and as much as he will be missed, Jordan has made it clear that he is more than capable of carrying this story on his own. —Karla Rodriguez

'Scream VI'

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Director (s): Tyler Gillett, Matt Bettinelli-Olpin

Starring: Hayden Panettiere, Jenna Ortega, Courteney Cox 

Distributor: Paramount Pictures

Release Date: March 10

For the latest installment of the Scream franchise, survivors of the latest killings are trying to put their best foot forward and start a new life in New York City. Carpenter sisters Sam and Tara, and twins Mindy and Chad Meeks-Martin soon realize they are reliving the same tragedy after another ghost-face killer makes its way around town. The identity of the latest villain is unknown, for now. However, there are a few suspects. Will it be legacy actor Courteney Cox or one of the many new faces? Only time will tell. ––Dayna Haffenden


'John Wick: Chapter 4'

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Director(s): Chad Stahelski

Starring: Keanu Reeves, Ian McShane, Lance Reddick, Clancy Brown, Laurence Fishburne, Bill Skarsgård, Hiroyuki Sanada, and Donnie Yen

Distributor: Lionsgate

Release date: March 24

After one exciting cliffhanger, Keanu Reeves’ beloved John Wick returns for a staggering fourth installment as he plans to take down the High Table, aka the regulatory body that controls all the comings and goings of assassins. John’s pursual of the Table may find him facing off against old friends like Ian McShane’s Winston. If that weren’t enough, joining the cast this time is martial arts master Donnie Yen, whom you may remember from Rogue One or his extensive work in Hong Kong action cinema classics like Once Upon a Time in China II. —William Goodman

'Shazam! Fury of the Gods'

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Director(s): David F. Sandberg

Starring: Zachary Levi, Asher Angel

Distributor: Warner Bros. Pictures

Release date​​​​​​​: March 17

The first Shazam! movie, about a delinquent teenager named Billy Batson who turns himself into an adult superhero by saying “Shazam!” added levity to the DCEU—a levity that was sorely needed after miserable, darkly lit slogs like Man of Steel and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. In the new movie, Billy and his superpowered foster siblings join forces again to fight the daughters of Atlas, which include characters played by Helen Mirren, Rachel Zegler, and Lucy Liu. James Gunn is currently in the process of rebooting the DCEU. But this new movie, with its irreverent tone and over-the-top silliness, will fit right in. —Kevin Wong

'The Super Mario Bros. Movie'

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Director(s): Aaron Horvath, Michael Jelenic

Starring: Chris Pratt, Anya Taylor-Joy, Jack Black

Distributor: ​​​​​​​Universal Pictures

Release date​​​​​​​: April 7

The long-awaited Super Mario Bros. Movie has a near-impossible bar to clear. How do the filmmakers do justice to nearly four decades of interactive storytelling? But the early buzz has been encouraging, and despite the grumbling complaints about Chris Pratt’s Mario voice, it would have been grating to hear Charles Martinet’s signature voiceover for an entire film’s length. As for the initial trailers, we can already spot scores of Easter eggs (check out the Mario Kart tribute at the end). That massive Koopa army is appropriately awe-inspiring. And Jack Black’s Bowser voice is shaping up to be special. —Kevin Wong

'Fast X'

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'The Little Mermaid'

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Director(s): Rob Marshall

Starring: Halle Bailey, Jonah Hauer-King, Melissa McCarthy, Javier Bardem, Jude Akuwudike, Noma Dumezweni, Kajsa Mohammar, Lorena Andrea, Daveed Diggs, Jacob Tremblay, Awkwafina, Lin-Manuel Miranda

Distributor: Walt Disney Pictures

Release date: May 26 

In the latest live-action rendition of the Disney classic, Halle Bailey stars as Ariel, a mermaid who trades her voice for a chance to explore the world above. Bailey has dodged tons of racist backlash for taking on the role, but it hasn’t lessened the hype for the film. Given the new characters added to the credits, it seems the film may stray away from the original story. But given the very few clips released so far, the music has me READY for the release. —Alana Yzola

'Transformers: Rise of the Beasts'

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Director(s): Steven Caple Jr. 

Starring: Anthony Ramos, Dominique Fishback, Luna Lauren Vélez, Tobe Nwigwe

Distributor: Paramount Pictures

Release date​​​​​​​: June 9

Transformers: Rise of the Beasts is the seventh installment in the Transformers film series. Director Steven Caple Jr. will be at the helm this time around, with Anthony Ramos and Dominique Fishback as leads as well Peter Cullen, Pete Davidson, Michelle Yeoh, Ron Perlman, and Peter Dinklage as voice talent. The film will be set in the year 1994, and bounce from New York City to Peru as the Maximals, Predacons and Terrorcons join the existing battle on Earth between Autobots and Decepticons. Based on the trailer alone, this is one to look out for this year. —Karla Rodriguez

'Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse'

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Director(s): Joaquim Dos Santos, Kemp Powers, Justin K. Thompson

Starring: Shameik Moore, Hailee Steinfeld, Oscar Isaac, Jake Johnson, Issa Rae, Brian Tyree Henry, Luna Lauren Velez, Rachel Dratch

Distributor: Marvel

Release date: June 2 

Gwen Stacy (Hailee Steinfeld) is back to team up with Miles Morales (Shameik Moore) to save every other Spider in the multiverse. Both Miles Morales’ depiction and the overall art directing made me a huge stan of the Oscar-winning Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse, so the sequel is sure to not disappoint. —Alana Yzola

'Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny'

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Director(s): James Mangold

Starring: Harrison Ford, Phoebe Waller-Bridge

Distributor: ​​​​​​​Walt Disney Studios

Release date​​​​​​​: June 30

The best thing about the new Indiana Jones film? It’s that The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull will no longer be the last Indy film. Between the nuclear refrigerator, the confusing alien plotline, and the damn UFO rising out of the ground, it felt as far removed from the franchise’s adventure serial roots as possible. In the newest movie, the Nazis are back as the main villains, and the plot, rumored to be about time travel, will hopefully include more of the ancient mysticism that the franchise is famous for. Also, Mutt isn’t returning, which is also a positive, because no one wants Harrison Ford to hand off the reins, no matter how old he gets. —Kevin Wong

'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3'

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Director(s): James Gunn

Starring: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldaña, Dave Bautista, Karen Gillan, Pom Klementieff, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper

Distributor: Walt Disney Studios

Release date​​​​​​​: May 5

Before writer and director James Gunn leaves the MCU to run the DCEU, he’ll release one more Guardians of the Galaxy movie—the final part of a cohesive trilogy. David Bautista, who plays Drax, has said this will be his final MCU film, so there’s speculation that Drax might die in this one. We’ll grieve for any of them. But if it’s Rocket, our hearts might not be able to take it. And speaking of adorable characters, Baby Groot is now Beefcake Groot. We’re going to miss this oddball crew when they’re gone. Check out the Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special on Disney+ to prepare yourself now. —Kevin Wong

'The Marvels'

Captain Marvel


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Director(s): Christopher Nolan

Starring: Cillian Murphy, Emily Blunt, Matt Damon, Robert Downey Jr., Florence Pugh

Distributor: Universal Pictures

Release date​​​​​​​: July 21

An all-star, A-List cast; a legendary director; and a rich, biographical subject. What more could a prestigious Hollywood film want? Oppenheimer is a biographical film about Robert Oppenheimer, widely considered the “father” of the atomic bomb for his work on the World War II–era Manhattan Project. Oppenheimer was infamously conflicted about his invention, and later in his life was a vocal opponent to the proliferation of nuclear weapons. All of this should make for a fascinating examination of a brilliant, complex man. It’s filmed in IMAX, which means that the Trinity nuclear test should be especially brilliant—or, as Oppenheimer himself put it, “the radiance of a thousand suns.” —Kevin Wong


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Director(s): Greta Gerwig 

Starring: Margot Robbie, Ryan Gosling, Will Ferrell, Simu Liu, America Ferrera, Alexandra Shipp, Michael Cera, Issa Rae, Kingsley Ben-Adir, Rhea Perlman, and Kate McKinnon

Distributor: Warner Bros. Pictures

Release Date: July 21 

Barbie might be one of the films I’m personally looking forward to the most. The film will center on a doll living in Barbieland, who’s forced to leave due to her being less than perfect. Her departure from Barbieland sends her off on an adventure in the real world to help her discover along the way that perfection can only truly be found within. Director Greta Gerwig will be the one bringing the story to life and she has put together a stellar cast fill with some of Hollywood’s biggest names. The film stars Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling as Barbie and Ken, and the supporting cast also includes Will Ferrell, Simu Liu, America Ferrera, Michael Cera, Issa Rae, Helen Mirren, Rhea Perlman, and Kate McKinnon. —Karla Rodriguez

'Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part 1'

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Director(s): Christopher McQuarrie

Starring: Tom Cruise, Ving Rhames, Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson, Vanessa Kirby, Hayley Atwell, Shea Whigham, Pom Klementieff, Esai Morales, Rob Delaney, Henry Czerny, and Cary Elwes

Distributor: Paramount

Release date: July 14

Under the guidance of Christopher McQuarrie, the Tom Cruise–fronted Mission: Impossible franchise is easily the best spy franchise (the recent histories of both Bond and Bourne are simply too spotty to claim the mantle), and the supersized—both in title and in scope—Dead Reckoning Part 1 looks to keep the momentum going. Even with a trailer, we know little about the film’s plot, but we do know a considerable amount about the stunts featured in the film, including a moment when McQuarrie crashes a real train and a death-defying stunt that sees Cruise launch himself on a motorcycle into a ravine and perform a base jump. Just watch the behind-the-scenes video and tell me you’re not excited off the strength of that, let alone the fact McQuarrie’s previous M:I film Fallout is up there with Fury Road as one of the best action movies of the last decade. The pedigree is here for Paramount to have another Top Gun: Maverick–level success as we watch Cruise bring it for audiences once more. —William Goodman


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'The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes'

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Director(s): Francis Lawrence

Starring: Hunter Schafer, Viola Davis, Peter Dinklage, Burn Gorman, Rachel Zegler, Jason Schwartzman, Tom Blyth

Distributor: Lionsgate

Release date: Nov. 17

While the beginning of the 2020s felt a little apocalyptic, The Hunger Games series has laid out how dim a dystopian societal collapse could really be. But how did we get there? The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes rewinds back to the 10th annual Hunger Games, 64 years before the first movie (or book, if you’re about that life). I’m a huge fan of prequels that center around a villain’s origin story, so I can’t wait to see President Snow’s early beginnings. —Alana Yzola



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