Top 10 movies coming in 2023

It’s a new year and that means hundreds of new movies to see. Many of these highly-anticipated films are releasing in the next couple of months. Here are my top 10 movies for 2023. 

Honorable mentions (in order of release):

#1 Infinity Pool (R, January 27)

#2 Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania (PG-13, February 17)

#3 Flash (PG-13, June 16)

Top 10:

#1 John Wick: Chapter 4 (R, March 24)

Genre: Action

Director: Chad Stahelski

Plot: Another addition to the John Wick franchise, we follow John Wick (Keanu Reeves) as he uncovers a path to defeating The High Table. But before he can earn his freedom, Wick must face off against a new enemy with powerful alliances across the globe and forces that turn old friends into foes.

Cast: Keanu Reeves, Donnie Yen, Bill Skarsgård, Laurence Fishburne, Hiroyuki Sanada

#9 Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning, Part One (NR, July 14)

Genre: Action/Adventure

Director: Christopher McQuarrie

Plot: As the seventh film in the franchise, we follow a new adventure for IMF (Impossible Mission Force) agent Ethan Hunt.

Cast: Tom Cruise, Hayley Atwell, Ving Rhames, Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson

#8 Cocaine Bear (R, February 24)

Genre: Mystery & Thriller/Comedy

Director: Elizabeth Banks

Plot: Loosely based on the 1985 true story of a drug runner’s plane crash, missing cocaine, and the black bear that ate it, this wild thriller finds an oddball group of cops, criminals, tourists and teens converging in a Georgia forest where a 500-pound apex predator has ingested a staggering amount of cocaine and gone on a coke-fueled rampage for more blow… and blood.

Cast: Keri Russell, Margo Martindale, Ray Liotta, Alden Ehrenreich, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Jesse Tyler Ferguson

#7 Shazam! Fury of The Gods (PG-13, March 17)

Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy

Director: David F. Sandberg

Plot: Taking place in our familiar Philadelphia and featuring fight scenes in popular landmarks like Citizens Bank Park, this sequel continues to follow the teenage Billy Batson who turns into his adult alter ego “Shazam” upon saying the name.

Cast: Zachary Levi, Dame Helen Mirren, Lucy Liu, Asher Angel, Rachel Zegler, Jack Dylan Grazer

#6 Inside (NR, March 10) 

Genre: Mystery & Thriller 

Director: Vasilis Katsoupis

Plot: We follow Nemo, an art thief trapped in a New York penthouse after his heist doesn’t go as planned. Locked inside with nothing but priceless works of art, he must use all his cunning and invention to survive.

Cast: Willem Dafoe, Gene Bervoets, Eliza Stuyck, Josia Krug

#5 65 (NR, March 10)

Genre: Sci-Fi/Action

Director: Scott Beck, Bryan Woods

Plot: After a catastrophic crash on an unknown planet, pilot Mills (Adam Driver) quickly discovers he’s actually stranded on Earth… 65 million years ago. Now, with only one chance at rescue, Mills and the only other survivor, Koa (Ariana Greenblatt), must make their way across an unknown terrain riddled with dangerous prehistoric creatures in an epic fight to survive.

Cast: Adam Driver, Ariana Greenblatt, Chloe Coleman

#4 Winnie the Pooh: Blood and Honey (R, February 15)

Genre: Horror

Director: Rhys Frake-Waterfield

Plot: Now feral and bloodthirsty, Winnie-the-Pooh and Piglet terrorize Christopher Robin and a group of young women at a remote house. Note- You may be wondering how this type of production is allowed by law, and it’s due to the Winnie the Pooh copyright being up and the characters now being public domain resulting in movies as such to be produced.

Cast: Craig David Dowsett, Chris Cordell, Amber Doig-Thorne, Natasha Tosini, Richard D Myers

#3 Scream 6 (R, March 10)

Genre: Horror/Mystery/Thriller

Director: Matt Bettinelli-Olpin, Tyler Gillett

Plot: Following the latest Ghostface killings, the four survivors leave Woodsboro behind and start a fresh chapter in New York City.

Cast: Jenna Ortega, Melissa Barrera, Jasmin Savoy Brown, Mason Gooding, Hayden Panettiere, Courteney Cox

#2 Oppenheimer (NR, July 23)

Genre: History/Drama/Biography

Director: Christopher Nolan

Plot: Physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer works with a team of scientists to develop the atomic bomb.

Cast: Cillian Murphy, Emily Blunt, Matt Damon, Robert Downey Jr., Kenneth Branagh, Florence Pugh, Gary Oldman, Rami Malek, Josh Peck

#1 Creed III (PG-13, March 3)

Genre: Drama

Director: Michael B. Jordan

Plot: As another addition to the Rocky spinoff franchise- After dominating the boxing world, Adonis Creed (Michael B. Jordan) has been thriving in both his career and family life. When a childhood friend and former boxing prodigy, Damian (Jonathan Majors), resurfaces after serving a long sentence in prison, he is eager to prove that he deserves his shot in the ring. The face-off between former friends is more than just a fight. To settle the score, Adonis must put his future on the line to battle Damian — a fighter who has nothing to lose.

Cast: Michael B. Jordan, Tessa Thompson, Jonathan Major, Wood Harris, Miles Davis Kent