2023 will be a year to be savoured to the hilt at the cinema. It starts off great with Martin Scorsese's Killers of the Flowers Moon and Babylon, the new work by Damien Chazelle. We continue with the quantum adventure of Ant-Man and the Wasp and the extreme action John Wick 4, while waiting to enjoy the fifth and final chapter of the Indiana Jones saga and the seventh Mission Impossible with Tom Cruise/Ethan Hunt. Also around mid-year, Christopher Nolan's long-awaited new film Oppenheimer awaits us. And to close 2023 at its best will come the second part of the sci-fi Dune.
Babylon (in January)
Oscar-winning Damien Chazelle, director of La La Land is about to return to theatres with a memorable tale set in 1920s Los Angeles. Babylon, starring Brad Pitt and Margot Robbie, is a story of boundless ambition and outrageous excess that traces the rise and fall of several characters in an era of unbridled decadence and depravity in glittering Hollywood. Between magic, dreams, music, drama and irony.
Killers of the Flowers Moon (from 23 January)
It was supposed to be released in 2022 but instead Martin Scorsese's Killers of the Flowers Moon will open in the New Year. Finally. The director of Taxi Driver is calling on his fetish actor Leonardo DiCaprio (it is their sixth title together). The film, an adaptation of David Graan's novel, is set in 1920s Oklahoma where Osage ethnic groups were massacred for being guilty of living on oil-rich land. Let's hope 2023 is the charm.
Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania (from 15 February)
A Marvel adventure could not be missing from the 2023 films. Fun superheroes Scott Lang (Paul Rudd), Ant-Man, and Hope Van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly), The Wasp, return to continue their adventures. Together, with Hope's parents Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) and Janet Van Dyne (Michelle Pfeiffer), the family finds themselves exploring the Quantum Realm, interacting with strange creatures and mysterious new characters (Bill Murray is also there). To return to Earth, they must accept a mission. Phase 5 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe begins.
John Wick 4 (from 23 March)
John Wick (Keanu Reeves) in the fourth chapter of the saga faces increasingly lethal adversaries. With an ever-increasing bounty on his head, Wick begins his fight against the Grand Table on a global scale, going after the most powerful figures in the underworld, from New York to Paris, from Osaka to Berlin. No one can kill everyone; Wick will try to do the opposite. How will it end?
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 (from 3 May)
What goes around comes around. Director James Gunn returns to direct Guardians of the Galaxy for the third time. Peter Quill (Chris Pratt), still reeling from the loss of Gamora, must gather his team around him to defend the universe, as well as protect one of their own. A mission that, if not successfully completed, could lead to the end of the Guardians as we know them.
Indiana Jones 5 (from 30 June)
One of the most anticipated films of 2023, if not the most anticipated. Harrison Ford will don the Indiana Jones hat for the last time. Steven Spielberg has given up directing, leaving it in the hands of James Mangold, director of Le Mans '66 – The Great Challenge, with which he won an Oscar nomination. Will cinema's most famous archaeologist succeed in reproposing, as in the old days, mysteries, history, adventure and irony? Mads Mikkelsen and Antonio Banderas have joined the cast. The stainless John Williams will take care of the soundtrack as always.
Mission: Impossible Dead Reckoning – Part 1 (from 14 July)
It is the seventh chapter in the saga for Tom Cruise, still playing the beloved Ethan Hunt, obsessed with impossible missions. Vanessa Kirby, Rebecca Ferguson and Simon Pegg are still in the cast, while newcomer Nicholas Hoult is noteworthy as the big bad guy who has to deal with the stainless Hunt. After several postponements due to the Covid emergency, the first part of this new Mission Impossible will blow up the box office, as it did for Top Gun: Maverik.
Oppenheimer (from 20 July)
Oppenheimer is Christopher Nolan's new film. Set in the 1940s, it focuses on American scientist J. Robert Oppenheimer (Cillian Murphy), one of the fathers of the atomic bomb. The director of Inception also recounts how the device came to be developed during World War II, when the United States and its entourage of scientists initiated the Manhattan Project, headed by Oppenheimer himself. Alongside Cillian Murphy we find Florence Pugh (Jean Tatlock), Rami Malek, Emily Blunt (Kitty Oppenheimer), Matt Damon (Lieutenant Gerenale Leslie Groves), Robert Downey Jr (Lewis Strauss) and many other names.
Barbie (from 21 July)
Just for the curiosity of seeing Ryan Gosling as Ken and Margot Robbie as Barbie. But this title is even more intriguing when Noah Baumbach is writing it and Greta Gerwig is directing it. Where does the film want to go from here? It certainly won't be a sugary comedy about the rosy, perfect world of the Mattel doll. Beyond this title there is more. We shall see. Will Ferrell, CEO of the toy company at the centre of Barbie, also appears in the cast.
Dune – Part 2 (in November 2023)
Denis Villeneuve had left us baffled by the finale of the first part of his sci-fi. The adventure of Paul Atreides (Timothéè Chalamet) and how his relationship with the Fremen Chani (Zendaya) will develop is yet to be discovered. For sure, Paul will start a war, together with the Fremen, against the conspirators who destroyed his family. We can't wait.
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