Barbie’s big competition on opening weekend? Nothing less than the atomic bomb. Christopher Nolan’s follow-up to tenets stars Cillian Murphy as J. Robert Oppenheimer, the driving force behind the Manhattan Project that ushered in the atomic age. Nolan shot it using a combination of IMAX and 65mm film, because what other approach could be big enough for this film (and this filmmaker)?
The Marvels (July 28)
Marvel’s Phase Five continues with a film that serves as both a sequel to captain marvel and a follow-up to the Disney+ series Ms. Marveland also features Monica Rambeau (Teyonah Parris), a character featured in WandaVision, Iman Vellani plays Kamala Khan, and Brie Larson returns as Carol Danvers, characters who find themselves changing identities for reasons they can’t explain.
The Meg 2: The Trench (Aug 4)
Jason Statham versus giant sharks: This is the type of movie the AMC A-list pass was made for.
Haunted Mansion (August 11)
Disney already adapted its popular theme park ride as an Eddie Murphy movie in 2003, but that was twenty years ago and nobody really cared for it. So why not try for a do-over? Rosario Dawson stars as a single mom who moves into an old mansion in New Orleans and starts a quiet new life. Just kidding: There are ghosts, including one played by Jared Leto. LaKeith Stanfield, Owen Wilson, Tiffany Haddish, Danny DeVito, Dan Levy, Winona Ryder and Jamie Lee Curtis co-star: As ghosts? Neighbors? Who knows! What’s more intriguing is that it’s directed by Dear White People‘s Justin Simien.
Gran Turismo (August 11)
The Mario Bros. aren’t the only ones moving from the video game to the big screen in 2023. The classic racing series Gran Turismo is also making the move via director Neil Blomkamp (District 9, The film is based on the true story of Jann Mardenborough (played by Archie Madekwe), a British racer who came to the sport as a teen through his love of the game. David Harbour, Orlando Bloom, and Djimon Hounsou co-star.
Blue Beetle (August 18)
Another leftover from the previous DC administration, this origin story of a teen named Jaime Reyes (Xolo Maridueña) who develops superpowers after picking up an alien artifact began as a project for HBO Max before getting bumped up to a theatrical release. Maridueña turned into well-liked work on Cobra Kai and parenthood and director Angel Manuel Soto is following up his acclaimed Charm City Kings,
The Equalizer 3 (September 1)
This is presumably Denzel’s “one for them” after The Tragedy of MacbethIt’s “one for me.”
The Nun 2 (September 8)
The Conjuring universe shows no signs of slowing down with the ninth(!) film in the franchise.
The Expendables 4 (September 22)
Sly may be done with Creedbut he’s back for another go-round of the AARP action expo that adds 50 Cent and Megan Fox to the cast.
kraven the hunter (October 6)
The last time Sony released a movie built around a Spider-Man antagonist without a Spider-Man in sight, the result was morbius, Will Aaron Taylor-Johnson fare better as Kraven, traditionally a big-game hunter who lives to bag Spider-Man? We’ll have to wait until October to see.
Saw X (October 27)
The serial-killer franchise that ironically refuses to die returns again, with Tobin Bell back as Jigsaw.
Dune: Part Two (Oct. 3)
It wasn’t a given that Dune: Part Two would follow Dune, Denis Villeneuve’s striking adaptation of the first half of Frank Herbert’s classic novel. Fortunately, the film did well enough to allow the director to complete the story with what should be an action-packed sequel, given how the novel ends. Or it could just be the second of many films: Herbert wrote a bunch of sequels and others picked up the Dune torch after his death.
Wonka (December 15)
fresh off Dune: Part TwoTimothée Chalamet visits a different kind of strange world in a Willy Wonka origin story. That may sound like a dubious premise, but it gets the benefit of the doubt as Paddington and paddington 2 director Paul King is behind it.
Aquaman: The Lost Kingdom (December 25)
In the new DC regime, will Jason Momoa’s king of the ocean go the way of Zack Snyder’s other DC heroes, Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman, Henry Cavill’s Superman, and Ben Affleck’s Batman? Probably. But let’s hope his swan song is an adventure just as delightfully goofy and unabashedly fun as his first outing was.
The killer (TBD)
After indulging himself with mankDavid Fincher is back to give the people what they want: artfully composed scenes of death and action. (The film is an adaptation of a French graphic novel about an assassin.) It’ll be a great vehicle for the return of Michael Fassbender, who we haven’t seen on-screen since 2019, when he fulfilled his X-Men obligations. in the instantly forgettable dark phoenix,
They Cloned Tyrone (TBD)
The highly talented Jamie Foxx has been content to mail it in and cash the checks for the last few years. This trippy, government conspiracy misadventure—which seems like a tonal spiritual cousin to something like Sorry to Bother You—that also co-stars John Boyega, Teyonah Parris, and Kiefer Sutherland looks like it might be a fine return to form for Jamie the Artiste.
Rebel Moon (TBD)
Zack Snyder’s Rebel Moon has been described as an “epic space opera.” And here’s the thing about Zack Snyder: When he’s not futzing with beloved DC characters, his action movies can be pretty distinct and enjoyable, like 2021’s. army of the dead (or they can be like sucker punchso it’s a toss-u).
Bradley Cooper, auteur, is once again directing himself in another sweeping love story set against the backdrop of show business a biopic about the life of the legendary Leonard Bernstein—particularly through the lens of his relationship with singer, actress and peace activist Felicia Monteleagre ( Carey Mulligan).