While 2022 graced us with some remarkable films, 2023 promises to give it a shot for its money’s worth with an enticing lineup of new movie releases across various genres. From comedy movies ranging from “Bottoms” to dramas like “Killers of the Flower Moon,” and from horror flicks like “The Nun 2” to action-packed adventure films like “The Marvels,” there’s something for everyone to be excited for in this upcoming year. With this incredible lineup and more surprises set to hit the screens, we might witness 2023 as a standout year in the history of cinema. Let’s take a closer look at some of the most anticipated movies set to release in 2023.
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1) Killers of the Flower Moon (October 6)
The anticipation surrounding Martin Scorsese’s “Killers of the Flower Moon” has reached a fever pitch. Based on David Grann’s book of the same name, this film delves into a series of gruesome murders that occurred in 1920s Oklahoma. This project is even more exciting because it marks the first collaboration between Scorsese and two legendary actors, Robert De Niro and Leonardo DiCaprio. DiCaprio has worked with Scorsese six times, while De Niro boasts ten remarkable collaborations with the acclaimed director. With such talent involved, expectations for this film are sky-high.
2) The Exorcist: Believer (October 13)
“The Exorcist” is a classic horror film from the list of new movie releases. Still, the announcement of a sequel picking up from the events of the original 1973 film left fans with a mixture of excitement and apprehension. The team behind this sequel, including director David Gordon Green of the new “Halloween” movies and production by Blumhouse, instills a sense of confidence that this film will honor the nostalgia of the original while delivering fresh and terrifying elements. Set to release in the summer of 2023, the untitled “Exorcist” movie features the talented Leslie Odom Jr. in a leading role. Odom plays a father who embarks on a desperate journey to save his possessed daughter. Along the way, he seeks the help of someone who shares a similar experience, with Ellen Burstyn reprising her role as Chris MacNeil. While it remains uncertain whether Linda Blair will return as Regan, fans can count on Ellen Burstyn to infuse the film with that spine-chilling charm reminiscent of the original.
3) Pain Hustlers (October 27)
Based on the nonfiction book by Evan Hughes, “Pain Hustlers” is a crime drama that unveils the sinister operations of a group of predatory entrepreneurs who capitalized on the opioid crisis by introducing their own brand of painkillers. Emily Blunt is a struggling single mother, while Chris Evans portrays a sleazy pharmaceutical sales associate. Evans ropes her into becoming a sales representative for a new opioid-based painkiller, claiming it will help cancer patients. The movie experiences the rise and fall of capitalist ventures, drawing a parallel between the insatiable need for wealth and the addictive drugs the characters use to fuel it.
4) Saw X (October 27)
For horror enthusiasts, the arrival of October can’t come soon enough. After “Saw X” releases in 2023, it will be a memorable year for horror fans. Tobin Bell returns as John Kramer, the mastermind behind the intricate and gruesome “Saw” games. Moreover, Shawnee Smith, a “Saw” franchise veteran, is reportedly reprising her role as Amanda Young. The franchise has taken numerous creative leaps, from “Saw 3D” to 2021’s “Spiral,” starring Chris Rock and Samuel L. Jackson. Lionsgate assures fans that “Saw X” will return to the franchise’s roots, offering gruesome traps and a thrilling mystery at its core.
5) Five Nights at Freddie’s (October 27)
In this screen adaptation of the popular horror video game franchise “Five Nights at Freddy’s,” Josh Hutcherson takes on the lead role. The film is brought to life by the acclaimed Blumhouse Productions, known for its expertise in the horror genre. The story unfolds in a Chuck-E-Cheese-like pizza place that had to shut down after a series of child abductions. Hutcherson plays the role of the new security guard tasked with guarding the vacant building at night. Unfortunately, he discovers that the defunct restaurant is inhabited by bloodthirsty animatronic creatures that come to life after dark. With the franchise’s intricate lore and hidden Easter eggs, fans are eager to see how Blumhouse adapts this rich material into a new medium.
As we look forward to 2023, it’s evident that this year is poised to be a standout one for cinema. With a diverse range of films spanning various genres, there’s something for every moviegoer to anticipate. Whether you’re a fan of historical crime dramas, horror sequels, crime thrillers, or video game adaptations, 2023 has a captivating lineup of films that will keep you surprised and suspicious as the story unfolds. Mark your calendars and prepare for a year of cinematic excitement!