As the new year starts there’s so many exciting releases coming and they seem that much closer now. Here’s a few that I can’t wait to finally get to watch.
I’m a big fan of the Rocky/Creed series, and while some of the sequels definitely don’t match up to the original, I think the first 2 Creed films were simply fantastic. The third film is just around the corner and the trailer looks great. It’s going to be very strange without Sylvester Stallone appearing at all, but I am sure that Michael B. Jordan will be fantastic, both as the star and director of the latest instalment. The torch has now been passed and I’ll be there day one to see how this story plays out.
Evil Dead Rise
The Evil Dead is a series that cannot be stopped. I’ve been a fan of every iteration so far from the originals, the remake, and the TV series. I have high hopes that Rise. I’ve not seen The Hold in the Ground which is from the same director as Evil Dead Rise, Lee Cronin, but I’ve read good things about it and will definitely be correcting that soon.
I’ve said before that I have a love/hate relationship with Christopher Nolan’s films, but I do have a very good feeling about Oppenheimer. The teaser trailer has played before everything I’ve seen at the cinema for the last 6 or so months, and I haven’t gotten bored of it yet. I haven’t watched the full trailer they’ve released as I want to go in knowing as little as possible. I’m interested in the subject matter and hopefully it will be good.
Even if Oppenheimer disappoints, there’s no doubt that Greta Gerwig’s new film will be fantastic. With a script from Gerwig and Noah Baumbach I have every faith that it will be brilliant. It’s also being released on the same day as Oppenheimer, so it will make a very strange double-bill. The cast is also brilliant. This is probably my second most anticipated film to be released in 2023.
Killers of the Flower Moon
It’s directed and written by Martin Scorsese, starring Robert De Niro, Leonardo DiCaprio, Jesse Plemons, and Brendan Fraser. That is enough to make me excited to see the film. I know a little about the premise, it’s about a series of murders that took place in the 1920s that was an early FBI case. I haven’t read the book it’s based on, but I’m interested in reading it before the film comes out.
Nicolas Cage stars as Dracula. The role he was pretty much born to play. That alone would make me want to see the film. It’s just a bonus that Ben Schwartz is in it, it’s directed by Chris McKay (who directed the Lego Batman film) and comes from an original idea from Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman. This will either be a highlight of 2023 or one of the biggest disappointments. There is no middle ground here.
Mission: Impossible Dead Reckoning Part One
It’s genuinely hard to think of a film series that has gone on this long and it just keeps getting better. Tom Cruise is determined to top himself with crazy stunts on every outing and Dead Reckoning Part One doesn’t look like it’s going to break the trend. I’ve really enjoyed every entry to the series, and I can’t wait to see this.
Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny
My most anticipated film of the year by far is the new Indiana Jones film. It’s been a long wait since the last one and I find it hard to believe they actually made it after so many years of rumours and announcements, delays, and even a new director. It’s taken a long time, but the trailer looks fantastic so I have incredibly high hopes for this one.
On top of all of those films there’s also the second Dune film, a Hunger Games prequel, and I’ll stay optimistic that the new Exorcist film won’t be a huge waste of time. In the UK we’ll also be getting Pearl finally, and hopefully Maxxxine won’t be far behind. There’s also a new Japanese Godzilla film coming out in November in Japan, which will probably mean it’s coming out in 2024 in the UK at the earliest. So that will probably be at the top of my 2024 list.
So that’s what I’m most excited for this year. What about you?