With the altering of the calendar, a brand new 12 months awaits, ripe with prospects.
And popcorn — tons and many popcorn.
Granted, Hollywood is just a little distracted in the meanwhile, wanting again on the 12 months that was as award season builds towards its Oscar night time climax on March 12.
For the remainder of us, although, it is also at all times enjoyable this time of 12 months to stay up for what the following 12 months maintain for film followers.
And make no mistake: Studios are already jockeying for place on the 2023 launch calendar, with some tantalizing initiatives on faucet. (Did anyone say “Indiana Jones?”)
That being the case, here is an inventory of 10 motion pictures scheduled for launch within the coming 12 months which have caught this film nerd’s eye, all organized based on launch date.
Completely satisfied new 12 months. Now, roll ’em. …
Launch date: Feb. 24.
Typically—and notably now, with weighty Oscar hopefuls filling theaters—a moviegoer simply needs to observe one thing uncomplicated, unpretentious and unapologetically bonkers.
That description actually suits this action-comedy, directed by Elizabeth Banks and impressed by the true story of a black bear in Georgia who discovered and tied a duffel bag full of 75 kilos of cocaine. Those that cannot wait can whet their appetites a few weeks early with the arrival of “Winnie the Pooh: Blood and Honey,” a slasher movie of questionable style wherein AA Milne’s beloved Pooh Bear and Piglet characters — the copyrights on whom expired in 2022 — go on a killing spree.
Launch date: In theaters April 14
Look out, Lestat. Common is rebooting its “Dracula” franchise with this New Orleans-shot, New Orleans-set horror-comedy starring Nicolas Cage because the titular bloodsucker and Nicholas Hoult as his mesmerized servant Renfield, who begins to query whether or not their relationship is a wholesome one. As a longtime fan of Common’s Basic Monsters franchise, I am going to confess some apprehension about enjoying Drac for laughs, though if it falls flat, Common can be releasing “The Final Voyage of the Demeter” — a suitably darkish drama based mostly on the “Captain’s Log” chapter from Bram Stoker’s 1897 “Dracula” novel — on Aug. 11.
Launch date: In theaters June 16.
Pixar Animation’s huge 2023 launch, directed by “The Good Dinosaur” helmer Pete Sohn, introduces viewers to Aspect Metropolis, wherein elemental beings — every of whom boast traits of both fireplace, water, land or air — reside facet by facet, in a mirrored image of Sohn’s upbringing in multicultural New York. Visually, it feels paying homage to “Inside Out” and “Soul,” which is fairly good firm. If it will probably seize these movies’ emotion, and perhaps weave in an ”Earth, Wind and Hearth” observe or three, we may be on to one thing.
Launch date: Restricted theatrical launch on June 16 earlier than going large June 23.
Longtime readers of The Instances-Picayune in all probability know I am a sucker for the Wes Anderson aesthetic, and I’ve no motive to suspect this one, a romance set in 1955 at a Junior Stargazer conference, will disappoint. Along with his peerless visible model, it stars a ridiculously deep solid that features Tilda Swinton, Adrien Brody, Tom Hanks, Margot Robbie, Scarlett Johansson, Bryan Cranston, Jeff Goldblum, Matt Dillon, Jeffrey Wright, Steve Carell, Liev Schreiber and a bunch of others whose names merely will not match on this column.
“Indiana Jones and the Dial of Future”
Launch: In theaters June 30.
I strive to not get too terribly enthusiastic about sequels, which is why you do not see a bunch of Marvel motion pictures on this checklist. The “Indiana Jones” franchise, nonetheless, is an exception. On this one, co-written and directed by the dependable James Mangold (“Logan,” “Ford vs. Ferrari”), Harrison Ford dons the fedora for a fifth time to search out ex-Nazis amid the Area Race in 1969. Rely me in. Additionally: Now that “Temple of Doom” actor Ke Huy Quan is again within the sport and successful Golden Globes (see: “All the things In every single place All At As soon as”), perhaps it is time to begin desirous about a sixth outing — and maybe a passing of the whip to Indy’s now-grown former sidekick?
“Mission: Not possible—Lifeless Reckoning Half One”
Launch date: In theaters July 14.
I do know, I do know. I simply stated I am not an enormous fan of sequels. However motion franchises do not get far more reliable than “Mission: Not possible.” This time, writer-director Christopher McQuarrie — who directed the earlier two installations — reteams with Tom Cruise and the gang (Ving Rhames, Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson, and so forth.) for one more globe-trotting, stunt-heavy action-adventure. The studio is being mum on plot particulars, however we all know this a lot: The story will proceed in summer time 2024 with the discharge of “Mission: Not possible — Lifeless Reckoning Half Two,” which reportedly simply wrapped filming final month.
Launch: In theaters July 21.
Christopher Nolan directs — and people three phrases alone are sufficient to get my consideration — a drama based mostly on the lifetime of J. Robert Oppenheimer, the so-called “father of the atomic bomb.” Cillian Murphy holds down the title position, with a supporting solid that features Emily Blunt, Matt Damon, Robert Down Jr., Florence Pugh, Rami Malek, Kevin Branagh and others. As is Nolan’s means, the manufacturing is draped in secrecy, however there’s greater than sufficient materials there to make sure it will not be a bomb.
Launch: In theaters July 21.
Margot Robbie is Barbie and Ryan Gosling is her Ken, on this long-gestating comedy impressed by the basic toy line. Do not anticipate halfhearted, from-the-toybox pablum, although. This one is written by indie darlings Noah Baumbach and Greta Gerwig, with Gerwig additionally directing, so anticipate a certain quantity of social commentary to raise issues between the laughs.
Launch date: In theaters Aug. 11.
Twenty years after the discharge of 2003’s “Haunted Mansion,” Disney reawakens its “99 blissful haunts” for one more film based mostly on the favored theme park attraction. Do not look forward to Eddie Murphy to indicate up, although. Director Justin Simien’s movie, shot partly in New Orleans, is a full-on reboot, a couple of single mother and her 9-year-old son who get greater than they bargained for after they purchase an previous Crescent Metropolis mansion. Rosario Dawson leads a powerful ensemble solid that features LaKeith Stanfield, Owen Wilson, Tiffany Haddish, Winona Ryder, Danny DeVito, Jared Leto and Jamie Lee Curtis.
Launch: TBD 2023 on Netflix.
David Fincher directs Michael Fassbender and Tilda Swinton in a noir thriller based mostly on the French graphic novel “Le Tueur,” a couple of extremely expert murderer’s slow-motion descent into insanity. Elements of the movie have been reportedly shot in New Orleans, the place Fincher beforehand shot “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” in addition to Paris, Chicago and the Dominican Republic.