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Movies That Will Blow Everyone Away In 2023

Every year is packed with big movies now, whether we're talking about the continuations of major franchises, the launch of new ones, or big-budget spectacles that just seem primed to grab our attention no matter what the subject matter. In that regard, 2023 is no different. In fact, it might be one of the biggest years for blockbuster movies we've ever seen.

We've got sci-fi epics, horror sequels, and more Spider-Man-related movies than you could possibly believe. In other words, it's going to be a memorable year for cinema. But which films are most primed to really knock you through the back wall of the theater in 2023, and when exactly will you get to see them? Well, we're here to help you find the best and the biggest that the year has to offer. From a villain's origin story to holiday season blockbusters, these are the movies that will blow you away in 2023.

Updated on September 29, 2023: From spy flicks to superhero films, 2023 is going to be packed with a ton of cinematic goodness. Be sure to check back here regularly as we update this list with casting developments, release date changes, and exciting new projects.

She Came to Me - October 6, 2023

The latest film from director Rebecca Miller ("Maggie's Plan") promises to be a star-packed romance unlike anything else we're going to see this fall. "She Came to Me" begins with the story of Steven (Peter Dinklage), a composer who's stuck on his latest opera and, seemingly, stuck in his marriage to his therapist wife, Patricia (Anne Hathaway). Everything changes when he unexpectedly meets Katrina (Marisa Tomei), a tugboat captain with a story to tell and an addiction to romance that insinuates her into Steven's life in unexpected ways.

As the trailer for the film lays out, this all has the makings of a chaotic, surprising, and very warm romantic comedy in which everyone has issues of their own. It all might end in ways we could never predict. Plus, it contains a new original song by none other than Bruce Springsteen. That's more than enough to get us excited.

"She Came to Me" hits theaters October 6.

Foe - October 6, 2023

"Foe," the new film from "Lion" director Garth Davis, comes with a truly impressive roster of talent. Based on the novel of the same name by acclaimed author Iain Reid, who also co-wrote the script with Davis, "Foe" brings together two young acting powerhouses for a fascinating story. Junior (Paul Mescal) and his wife Henrietta (Saoirse Ronan) live a quiet and seemingly happy life on a future Earth, spending their days in a rundown house where they seemingly only have each other. Then a stranger (Aaron Pierre) comes to their door and promises something great: A trip to the massive space station orbiting the planet, which could change their lives. There's just one problem: Only Junior is going, and while he's gone, Henrietta is going to be kept company by a mysterious fourth figure in the story referred to only as a robot.

The trailer for the film, released in August 2023, lays out the complex emotional web that comes from these choices and reveals that sometimes, all it takes is a single opportunity to shatter a relationship. The dual power of Ronan and Mescal will be enough to get us in the door on this one, but the story will keep us there. "Foe" hits theaters October 6.

The Marsh King's Daughter - October 6, 2023

Another adaptation of a celebrated book coming this fall, "The Marsh King's Daughter" brings together a talented cast under the guidance of "Limitless" director Neil Burger to tell a story of buried secrets, old scars, and new threats.

The film follows Helena (Daisy Ridley), a woman living a normal family life with her husband (Garrett Hedlund) and daughter. But Helena's life is full of secrets, some she hasn't even told her husband — namely, that she was born to a vicious criminal nicknamed "The Marsh King." She's always maintained that her father is dead, but when she learns that the Marsh King has escaped from prison, Helena must face her past, and her long-absent father, or risk losing everything she's tried to build outside its shadow.

Thanks to a trailer full of tense, dark, gothic moments, and the talents of stars like Ridley and Mendelsohn, we can't wait to see how this film turns out. "The Marsh King's Daughter" arrives October 6.

Totally Killer - October 6, 2023

From "Freaky" to "Fear Street," we've gotten no shortage of fun new riffs on slasher movies in recent years, and "Totally Killer" is now primed to be the latest dive into that particular subgenre. Directed by Nahnatchka Khan ("Always Be My Maybe"), the film promises a wild ride into classic slasher tropes, with the added twist of time travel to dial up the horror-comedy experience.

Kiernan Shipka ("Chilling Adventures of Sabrina") stars as Jamie, who's constantly ignoring her mother's (Julie Bowen) warnings about the Sweet Sixteen Killer, a slasher who terrorized the community decades ago. Jamie thinks it's all in the past, but when the killer returns and targets her family, she finds herself not just running from the killer but running all the way into the past. Trapped in 1987, Jamie is left with no choice but to team up with the teenage version of her mother (Olivia Holt) to defeat the Sweet Sixteen Killer once and for all. 

With a cast that also includes the likes of Randall Park and Lochlyn Munro and a premise that plays like "Back to the Future" meets "Halloween," "Totally Killer" feels like it could be one of the bright spots in a crowded Halloween season of horror releases, so don't miss it. The film hits Prime Video on October 6.

The Exorcist: Believer - October 6, 2023

After reinvigorating the "Halloween" franchise with his 2018 legacy sequel, director David Gordon Green is turning his attention to the "Exorcist" franchise, setting the stage for a trilogy of films that will build on the original's story of a young girl possessed by a frightening evil.

In the first installment in the new series, "The Exorcist: Believer," screen legend Ellen Burstyn will return to play Chris MacNeil, the mother of Linda Blair's Regan MacNeil, who was possessed by the evil Pazuzu in the original movie. This time, Chris will be called upon to help two girls who vanished into the woods and have come back with a bit of a demon problem. Joining Burstyn in the film is "Hamilton" breakout Leslie Odom Jr., who will play the father of one of the newly possessed girls. The demonic victims will be portrayed by Lidya Jewett of "Nightbooks" and Olivia Marcum of "Matilda the Musical," and we can also expect to see Ann Dowd of "The Handmaid's Tale," country singer/actor Jennifer Nettles, Raphael Sbarge of "Once Upon a Time," two-time Tony winner Norbert Leo Butz, and artist Okwui Okpokwasili.

Possible spoiler alert: It also seems Linda Blair — who portrayed Regan in the original — will be involved in the film somehow. Above the Line reported that she was seen on set and has claimed she will reprise her iconic part. However, the site has also reported that according to production studio Blumhouse, Blair was there simply as an advisor. So it remains to be seen whether or not Blair will actually appear in the film.

Either way, David Gordon Green's definitely got plenty of experience revisiting horror classics at this point, so it'll be very interesting to see if he can do for possession movies what he did for slashers. The film is set to hit theaters on October 6, 2023.

Anatomy of a Fall - October 13, 2023

One of the breakout hits of the 2023 festival circuit so far, "Anatomy of a Fall" won director Justine Triet the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival. Now, it's preparing for a theatrical release that will surely make it one of the year's top awards contenders.

Just as the title suggests, this film focuses on the motivations, circumstances, and consequences of a fall. Writer Sandra (Sandra Huller) loses her husband over the balcony of the home they share. Sandra maintains that it was an accident, but the authorities aren't so sure — and the public is ready for a trial that places an unhappy wife at the center of a compelling mystery. With all this in mind, Sandra must be mindful of the narrative she's presenting, even as the secrets of what really led to the fall come out.

If the overwhelming critical acclaim for this film isn't enough to get you excited, then the trailer definitely is. It promises a layered, deeply tense experience full of great performances we can't wait to see. "Anatomy of a Fall" arrives in theaters October 13.

Killers of the Flower Moon - October 20, 2023

Martin Scorsese's next film is a highly anticipated reteaming with two of his most frequent collaborators. The legendary director cast both "The Departed" star Leonardo DiCaprio and "Taxi Driver" star Robert De Niro in key roles for "Killers of the Flower Moon," his upcoming adaptation of the true-crime book of the same name by David Grann. Those talented people alone are reason enough to get excited about the film.

Based on a true story, the film is set in Osage County, Oklahoma, in the 1920s, and follows the complex investigations into a series of murders of Native Americans in the area, all connected to discovery of oil by the Osage Nation. The case was one of the first major investigations by the agency now known as the FBI, which gives it plenty of historical weight. That real-life power, the lead performances from DiCaprio and De Niro, and Scorsese's directorial skills are all enough to make it worth watching. Also prepare to see Lily Gladstone ("Certain Women") give the performance of her career as Mollie Kyle, the Osage wife of DiCaprio's Ernest Burkhart, a man suspected for his involvement in everything going down. Plus, Jesse Plemmons ("Breaking Bad," "The Power of the Dog") will play the lead FBI investigator on the case.

Though the film was originally expected to have a 2022 awards season run, it has since been pushed back to late 2023. The film will hit theaters on October 20, and after its theatrical run, "Killers of the Flower Moon" will make its way to Apple TV+. Expect this whopper of a film to run for 3 hours and 26 minutes.

Pain Hustlers - October 20, 2023

As we get closer to the end of the year, studios start dropping films that are meant to be major awards contenders, and while you never know until you see them which films will really hold up in that regard, Netflix's "Pain Hustlers" definitely seems like it has the ingredients to compete.

Based on a true story and directed by "Harry Potter" helmer David Yates, the film follows a woman named Liza Drake (Emily Blunt), who gets a job at a shady pharmaceutical company and soon finds herself in the middle of a criminal enterprise. Surrounding Blunt will be a massive and impressive ensemble cast which includes Chris Evans, Catherine O'Hara, Andy Garcia, Jay Duplass, and Brian d'Arcy James, giving the film the star power it needs to make a major impression on various awards voting bodies. Throw in the based-on-a-true-story script and the behind-the-camera talent, and you've got a must-see drama.

"Pain Hustlers" will play in select theaters on October 20, 2023 before hitting Netflix on October 27.

The Holdovers - October 27, 2023

Years after finding tremendous success with their comedy film "Sideways," director Alexander Payne and star Paul Giamatti have reunited for another project, and it looks like a must-see.

Set at a prestigious private academy in the 1970s, "The Holdovers" follows students and faculty who are forced to spend the winter break at the school rather than going home to their families. This year, the winter break supervisor is Paul Hunham, a near universally disliked teacher, and he's forced to look after Angus (Dominic Sessa), one of his most rebellious students. It's a mismatch for the ages, but Paul and Angus are about to find out that they have more in common than they might realize, thanks in part to Mary (Da'Vine Joy Randolph), one of the Academy's cafeteria workers.

The trailer for the film, released over the summer of 2023, promises plenty of throwback comedy hijinks, along with a surprising dose of heart, and it's great to see Giamatti able to throw himself into the quirks of a Payne project again. "The Holdovers" hits limited theaters on October 27, 2023, before expanding wide on November 10.

Five Nights at Freddy's - October 27, 2023

Development of a film based on the immensely popular "Five Nights at Freddy's" video game franchise dates back almost to the launch of the original game. It's bounced around since then for nearly a decade, moving through various studios and creative teams, and now, it's almost here.

Just like the video game, "Five Nights at Freddy's" is set at Freddy Fazbear's Pizza, a rundown Chuck E. Cheese-style restaurant complete with animatronic animals led by Freddy Fazbear himself. At night, these animals shockingly come to life, turning homicidal and threatening any humans who are unfortunate enough to come near them. In this case, that's security guard Mike Schmidt (Josh Hutcherson), who just took a job at Freddy's, and his little sister Abby (Piper Rubio). As the night unfurls, both will find themselves in a fight for survival as the monstrous robots start prowling around the pizza joint.

Joining Hutcherson and Rubio, we'll see the likes of Matthew Lillard, Elizabeth Lail, Mary Stuart Masterson, and YouTuber CoryxKenshin. The trailers for the film feel like they were pulled directly from the games, with character designs and environments that match the vibe that made the franchise so popular in the first place, right down to a scary time in a ball pit. That's thanks in part to the input of Scott Cawthon, the game's creator, who's on board as both producer and co-writer. Jason Blum also produces, and the film was directed and co-written by Emma Tammi of "The Wind."

"Five Nights at Freddy's" hits theaters and the streaming service Peacock on October 27, 2023, just in time for Halloween.

The Killer - October 27, 2023

We may not be getting another season of "Mindhunter" any time soon, but David Fincher's partnership with Netflix is still strong, and in the fall of 2023, the iconic filmmaker will deliver his first feature since 2020's "Mank" on the streaming platform.

Based on the graphic novels of the same name, "The Killer" marks a reunion between Fincher and "Se7en" screenwriter Andrew Kevin Walker, and it boasts a cast that includes Michael Fassbender and Tilda Swinton. As Netflix's official plot synopsis reads, "After a fateful near-miss, an assassin battles his employers, and himself, on an international manhunt he insists isn't personal." Fassbender stars as the title character, an assassin who does his best to remain in the shadows and find his targets, disguising himself as needed along the way. It feels like a great role for the often chameleonic Fassbender, and watching Fincher's take on a man who has to be methodical to avoid getting caught is bound to be fascinating.

"The Killer" arrives November 10 on Netflix, but first, it'll play in select theaters on October 27.

Fingernails - November 3, 2023

One of the most anticipated films set to launch at the Toronto Film Festival in 2023, "Fingernails" promises to turn its high concept idea into something unforgettable. While we don't know much about it yet, this could end up being one of the most compelling movies of the year, particularly heading into awards season.

The film follows Anna (Jessie Buckley), a woman who's just had her love for her partner (Jeremy Allen White) confirmed by the futuristic "Love Institute" as 100% true love. This should be comforting, but Anna wants to know more — particularly how the Institute actually determines that some couples, however mundane, are made for each other. So, she gets a job at the Institute to find out more ... only to find that her new mentor Amir (Riz Ahmed) challenges everything she thinks she knows about relationships.

Buckley, White, and Ahmed are reason enough to show up for this film. Throw in a supporting cast that includes Luke Wilson and Annie Murphy and a wonderful sci-fi premise, and you've got a film we don't want to miss. "Fingernails" arrives on Apple TV+ November 3.

Rustin - November 3, 2023

A few years ago, former president Barack Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama formed their own production company to develop meaningful projects and shepherd them to the screen. In the fall of 2023, that effort will deliver one of its biggest works thus far with "Rustin," a biopic about one of the most fascinating and important figures in the American Civil Rights movement.

Colman Domingo stars in the film as Bayard Rustin, a gay Black man who worked behind the scenes to organize some of the biggest Civil Rights efforts of the 1960s, including the March on Washington with Martin Luther King Jr. Oscar-winner Dustin Lance Black ("Milk") co-wrote the film with Julian Breece ("When They See Us"), and the massive ensemble supporting cast includes Chris Rock, CCH Pounder, Audra McDonald, Jeffrey Wright, Da'Vine Joy Randolph, and more. With this kind of talent pedigree, the film seems poised to be one of the year's awards season contenders.

Directed by George C. Wolfe ("Ma Rainey's Black Bottom") and featuring the original song "Road to Freedom" by Lenny Kravitz, "Rustin" starts a limited theatrical run on November 3, 2023 before streaming on Netflix, beginning November 17.

Dream Scenario - November 10, 2023

Nicolas Cage is one of those actors we have to watch no matter what he's doing. In large part, this is because of his versatility. Cage can do just about anything with a role, and this has us excited about "Dream Scenario."

Cage stars as Paul, a professor who never quite succeeded the way he'd hoped. Then, something very strange happens: He starts to show up in everyone's dreams, all at once, making him both instantly recognizable and massively famous. But what does it mean that everyone is dreaming of Paul, and what will he do with his long-awaited notoriety now that it's finally here?

That concept alone is enough to get us invested, as is the involvement of perpetually quirky hitmaker A24. But consider the supporting cast, and you'll be even more stoked for this film. Alongside Cage are co-stars like Michael Cera, Julianne Nicholson, Tim Meadows, Dylan Gelula, Kate Berlant, and more. This is a must-see for sure, and it arrives November 10.

The Marvels - November 10, 2023

We knew from the moment that "Captain Marvel" hit theaters that Carol Danvers (Brie Larson) would be a major MCU player for some time. However, it turns out her sequel is an adventure too big for just one hero. Directed by Nia DaCosta (2021's "Candyman"), "The Marvels" will unite Carol Danvers with her best friend's daughter, Monica Rambeau (Teyonah Parris), who picked up superpowers during the "WandaVision" series. Plus, they'll be joined with the newly minted Ms. Marvel, Kamala Khan (Iman Vellani), who launched her own series on Disney+.

As for the plot, we know these three heroes have gotten their powers entangled. Now, if one of them activates their abilities, all three switch places with one another. What starts off as a major annoyance (e.g. Monica suddenly appears on a barren moon, Carol winds up in Kamala's bedroom, and Kamala ends up floating through space in Monica's astronaut suit) might become a major asset when they're forced to fight Kree revolutionary Dar-Benn. During their cosmic journey, they'll be joined by Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), Kamala's adorable family (Zenobia Shroff, Mohan Kapur, Saagar Shaikh), and Goose the Flerken.

Carol, Monica, and Kamala have a lot of shared comic book history, so we can't wait to see the sparks fly when these three team up. "The Marvels" arrives November 10, 2023.

Eli Roth's Thanksgiving - November 17, 2023

More than a decade ago, Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez teamed up for the double-feature experiment "Grindhouse," and in the process, they drafted several genre filmmakers to create fake trailers running before and between the films. Of these trailers, the most popular was Eli Roth's fake slasher movie "Thanksgiving," a concept so enduring that, in 2023, it's finally getting the full-length movie treatment.

Just like the trailer, it appears that "Thanksgiving" will follow the residents of a Massachusetts town as they celebrate the titular holiday, complete with Pilgrim recreations, turkeys, and all the trimmings. Unfortunately for them, a serial killer is also stalking the town, and he's ready to carve up much more than a bird this Turkey Day. Starring TikTok star Addison Rae, Patrick Dempsey, Gina Gershon, and more, "Thanksgiving" will slice its way into theaters just in time for the holiday on November 17, 2023.

May December - November 17, 2023

Todd Haynes ("Carol," "I'm Not There") is one of those filmmakers we always have to watch, and he's poised to deliver another must-see with "May December." The film was already a hit at the Cannes Film Festival, where it was nominated for the 2023 Palme d'Or. Now audiences will have the chance to see for themselves what got festivalgoers so excited.

The film stars Natalie Portman as an actress heading out to research a role for a film about two people whose love story became tabloid fodder decades earlier. Gracie (Julianne Moore) earned infamy for having an affair with a teenager (Charles Melton) whom she later married, and the pair have since tried to stay out of the spotlight. But with a new chance to tell their story comes the resurgence of the past, and questions that will challenge everything about the way they live now.

The Cannes response to the film, as well as Haynes' reputation and the dual power of Moore and Portman, is more than enough to make us ready for this film. "May December" arrives in theaters November 17, and it hits Netflix December 1.

Next Goal Wins - November 17, 2023

Over the last several years, Taika Waititi has emerged as a blockbuster force through films like "Thor: Ragnarok" and "Love and Thunder." But he hasn't lost his knack for telling emotional, intimate stories. Now he's turning that talent to sports dramas.

"Next Goal Wins," Waititi's next film as director, is based on the true story (and documentary of the same name) of the 2000s American Samoa soccer team and their efforts to transform themselves from a global laughingstock into an elite team of footballers. The film follows coach Thomas Rongen (Michael Fassbender) as he arrives to whip the team into shape, build a new reputation, and qualify for a spot at the World Cup.

Waititi co-wrote the film with "The Inbetweeners" creator Iain Morris, and assembled an all-star cast made up of New Zealand's finest, including Oscar Knightley, David Fane, Rachel House, and Beulah Koale, as well as Hollywood stars like Will Arnett, Elisabeth Moss, and his "Our Flag Means Death" collaborator Rhys Darby. You can also expect to see Angus Sampson, Uli Latukefu, and Kaimana as Jaiya Saelua, the first openly non-binary and trans woman player in a FIFA World Cup qualifier. The first trailer for the film finally arrived in mid-2023, showcasing the diversity of the cast, as well as the focus on the comedic heart of the story, as Fassbender's drunken, down-on-his-luck coach does his best to whip a team into shape.

"Next Goal Wins" hits theaters November 17, 2023, which means it's poised for an awards season run late in the year.

Saltburn - November 17, 2023

In 2020, Emerald Fennell made her directorial debut with the thriller "Promising Young Woman," promptly becoming one of the must-watch filmmakers of her era and winning an Academy Award for best original screenplay in the process. It's been a few years, but in the fall of 2023, we'll finally get to see Fennell's follow-up.

Titled "Saltburn," many have compared the film to "The Talented Mr. Ripley," and looking at its plot synopsis, it's easy to see why. According to the official summary, "Saltburn" is a "wicked tale of privilege and desire. Struggling to find his place at Oxford University, student Oliver Quick finds himself drawn into the world of the charming and aristocratic Felix Catton, who invites him to Saltburn, his eccentric family's sprawling estate, for a summer never to be forgotten."

As for the cast, Barry Keoghan ("The Banshees of Inisherin") will portray Oliver, and Jacob Elordi ("Euphoria") will star as Felix. Alongside these two young actors, we'll see Rosamund Pike, Richard E. Grant, Carey Mulligan, Paul Rhys, and more. A thriller coming from the mind behind "Promising Young Woman" sounds incredibly exciting, and "Saltburn" will play in limited theaters on November 17 before going wide on November 22.

The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes - November 17, 2023

The main saga of "The Hunger Games" may be over, but the franchise is still expanding. Back in 2020, "Hunger Games" creator Suzanne Collins released a prequel novel set in her world of Panem, and now in 2023, we can prepare for a film adaptation that will take us back to the formative years of one of the story's most important characters.

"The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes" will tell the story of Coriolanus Snow, the conniving president of Panem who develops an especially tense relationship with Katniss Everdeen over the course of the "Hunger Games" movies. The prequel film, however, will take things back to the year of the 10th Hunger Games and will follow young Coriolanus (Tom Blyth) as he serves as a mentor to Lucy Gray Baird (Rachel Zegler), the defiant tribute from District 12. There seems to be a romantic vibe between the two young people, but as Snow will eventually become a murderous dictator, we're not sure that star-crossed relationship is going to end well.

The first trailer for the film, which arrived in the spring of 2023, sets the stage for Snow's eventual fall, all while showing us how the Hunger Games evolved into a nationwide spectacle and how Snow's own personal attachments could mean his eternal corruption. The supporting cast includes "Game of Thrones" icon Peter Dinklage, Oscar winner Viola Davis, Hunter Schafer of "Euphoria," and long-time Wes Anderson collaborator Jason Schwartzman, while "The Hunger Games" veteran Francis Lawrence returns to the director's chair. Prepare to volunteer as tribute on November 17, 2023.

Good Burger 2 - November 22, 2023

People have been talking about "Good Burger 2" since "Good Burger" hit movie theaters back in 1997. The film has only grown its fanbase in the intervening years, becoming a cult classic for the Nickelodeon generation and the centerpiece of a very specific kind of comedy nostalgia. Now, after years of teasing, stars Kenan Thompson and Kel Mitchell are finally back behind the counter.

A quarter century after their last "Good Burger" adventure, Dex (Thompson) and Ed (Mitchell) are set to reunite when one of Dex's inventions fails and puts his career as an innovator in jeopardy. Fortunately, Ed is still very much Ed, and he's still got his job at Good Burger. He can set up Dex with a job in his old stomping grounds, but Dex already has his eyes on something bigger — something that might just mess up the good thing Ed's had going for years.

If you're not familiar with "Good Burger" as a concept, you might not get how exciting this is. But if you're a longtime "Good Burger" fan, just seeing the first teaser for the sequel is enough to get you jumping for joy. The long-awaited follow-up finally lands on Paramount+ on November 22, 2023.

Napoleon - November 22, 2023

Ridley Scott is no stranger to historical epics. His past efforts in the genre include the Oscar-winning hit "Gladiator," the medieval epic "Kingdom of Heaven," and most recently, the acclaimed "The Last Duel." Now, Scott will reunite with "Gladiator" villain Joaquin Phoenix for a look at one of the most fascinating figures in all of military history: Napoleon Bonaparte.

Starring Phoenix in the title role, "Napoleon" will follow the legendary general and French leader as he rises from brilliant tactician to eventual ruler of a European empire, with a particular focus on Napoleon's relationship with his wife Josephine (Vanessa Kirby), the eventual empress of France. It's a big subject with a lot of ground to cover, but if anyone can do it, it's Scott.

The trailer for the film promises a stunning rise to power, showcasing both Napoleon's battlefield genius and a passionate relationship between the two leads. "Napoleon" arrives in theaters November 22, 2023 before eventually making its way to Apple TV+.

Maestro - November 22, 2023

After earning major praise as a director and actor with "A Star is Born," Bradley Cooper will once again take the helm of a music-driven feature film project in 2023. "Maestro," which boasts a producing roster that includes Steven Spielberg and Martin Scorsese, will allow Cooper to step into the life of legendary composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein, examining both his personal and professional trials and triumphs.

Cooper will play the title role, physically transforming with the help of prosthetics to portray Bernstein, while also directing the film and co-writing alongside "Spotlight" writer Josh Singer. Carey Mulligan will star as Bernstein's wife Felicia Montealegre, who will factor heavily into the story as the film will focus on her complicated relationship with her husband. Additionally, you can expect to see Jeremy Strong, Matt Bomer, Maya Hawke, and Sarah Silverman. It definitely has the makings of one of the year's biggest drama releases and probably a major awards contender, though it does not yet have an announced release date.

"Maestro" will play in limited theaters on November 22, 2023, before hitting Netflix on December 20.

Wish - November 22, 2023

In 2023, The Walt Disney Company is celebrating its centennial with numerous major events, from theme parks spectacles to commemorative merchandise releases. It's also dropping its 62nd animated feature film, one that draws on decades of Disney legacy to tell a new story.

"Wish" seeks to spin a new fantasy tale out of the story of a wishing star — long a staple of Disney lore, dating back to "Pinocchio" — and what it can do for those who believe in it. In this case, that believer is Asha (Ariana DeBose), a young woman from an Iberian kingdom under the rule of King Magnifico (Chris Pine), a seemingly benevolent monarch who may actually have sinister intentions when it comes to granting wishes. In an effort to stop Magnifico, Asha makes a wish and somehow summons a wishing star down to Earth, where it makes her goat friend (Alan Tudyk) start talking and soon proves that it's got much more to offer.

Complete with soaring new musical numbers, beautiful animation, and a story that promises to draw on years of classic Disney tradition, "Wish" just be the animation event of the year. The film hits theaters November 22, 2023.

The Bikeriders - December 1, 2023

Through films like "Take Shelter," "Mud," and "Midnight Special," Jeff Nichols has established himself as one of the most interesting directors of his generation. Now, he's chasing yet another compelling story with an all-star cast, and we can't wait to find out more.

Inspired by a photo-book by Danny Lyon, "The Bikeriders" tells a fictional story of a group of friends who start a small motorcycle club in the Midwest in the 1960s. What starts as a group of like-minded people who just enjoy riding bikes evolves into something else over the years, eventually giving rise to something darker and more violent.

Nichols both wrote and directed the film, and he assembled a cast of superstars to bring it to life. "The Bikeriders" is set to start Tom Hardy, Austin Butler, Jodie Comer, Michael Shannon, Boyd Holbrook, Damon Herriman, Mike Faist, and Norman Reedus, among others. That list alone is enough to get us excited.

"The Bikeriders" is set to hit theaters December 1, 2023.

Poor Things - December 8, 2023

The last time director Yorgos Lanthimos and actor Emma Stone teamed up, they delivered "The Favourite," a delightfully quirky and dark historical comedy that featured incredible work from Stone, Olivia Colman, Rachel Weisz, and Nicholas Hoult. Now, Lanthimos and Stone are together again with another great ensemble cast, and this time, their work together looks even stranger and more delightful.

Based on Alasdair Gray's acclaimed novel of the same name, which frequently riffs on Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein," "Poor Things" stars Stone as Bella, a young woman who's reanimated by a scientist (Willem Dafoe) and wakes up eager to learn more about the world around her. To do this, she takes off with another man (Mark Ruffalo) to see as much of the world as she can, launching a strange journey that, based on the first footage, looks like it might be Lanthimos' most visually ambitious film yet.

With a cast that includes Ramy Youssef ("Ramy"), Jerrod Carmichael ("On the Count of Three"), Christopher Abbott ("Kraven the Hunter"), and Margaret Qualley ("Maid"), "Poor Things" arrives December 8, 2023. And after winning the top prize at the Venice Film Festival — the Golden Lion — don't be surprised to see it showing up during the 2024 Academy Awards. 

Magazine Dreams - December 8, 2023

The Sundance Film Festival presents an impressive slate of acclaimed films each year. In 2023, several movies made an impact at the festival, but one of the biggest was undoubtedly "Magazine Dreams." Starring "Creed III" and "Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania" star Jonathan Majors, "Magazine Dreams" follows a young and ambitious bodybuilder as he charts a course to stardom, no matter what it takes. Along the way, he struggles to maintain his humanity as a world driven by aesthetics and fame threatens to consume him and his own determination begins to destroy his body.

Co-starring Haley Bennett, Taylour Paige, Mike O'Hearn, and more, "Magazine Dreams" premiered at Sundance in January 2023 and was met with critical acclaim, particularly for Majors' performance. "Magazine Dreams" hits theaters December 8, 2023 ... probably. In light of recent allegations against Majors, it will be interesting to see if this film holds on to that release date or if it's shuffled back into 2024.

Leave the World Behind - December 8, 2023

Near the end of 2023, "Mr. Robot" creator Sam Esmail will return to the world of film to direct his first feature in nearly a decade, with an all-star cast and acclaimed source material to bolster the already exciting prospect. 

Based on the novel of the same name by Rumaan Alam, "Leave the World Behind" follows a couple (Julia Roberts and Ethan Hawke) on vacation in Long Island just as the world begins to crumble. Blackouts have begun to ravage the civilized world, which the couple learns when two people they don't know — played by Mahershala Ali and Myha'la Herrold — show up at their door to let them know about it. As the world descends into chaos around them, these four people must find a way to navigate their new reality, if they can learn to trust each other first.

Esmail wrote the screenplay based on Alam's novel, and he directed the film, which also co-stars Farrah Mackenzie, Charlie Evans, and Kevin Bacon. It's bound to be one of the biggest movie events in December, and you can catch it from your couch. "Leave the World Behind" hits Netflix on December 8.

The Zone of Interest - December 8, 2023

Director Jonathan Glazer's first feature film in a decade, "The Zone of Interest" has already earned critical acclaim from film fans around the world, thanks to its Grand Prix-winning debut at the 2023 Cannes Film Festival. Near the end of 2023, just in time to catch eyeballs for awards consideration, the film will finally get a wide release.

Loosely based on Martin Amis' novel of the same name, "The Zone of Interest" is the story of the commandant of the Auschwitz concentration camp (Christian Friedel) and his wife (Sandra Huller), who live next door to the infamous site of Nazi atrocities. The camp is, of course, a death factory home to some of the greatest crimes against humanity ever committed. But within their home, the commandant and his wife are just trying to have a nice life together and push back against the darkness of the commandant's job. What this means for both of them, and for the world at large, is the stuff of challenging storytelling.

"The Zone of Interest" was widely praised as one of the most powerful films of the year when it hit Cannes back in the spring. Soon, we'll all get to see why. The film hits theaters December 8.

Chicken Run: Dawn of the Nugget - December 15, 2023

It's been more than 20 years since Ginger and her fellow chickens staged a massive jailbreak from Tweedy's farm, but in 2023, "Chicken Run" is back with an all-new adventure. Aardman Animation and Netflix have partnered for the new film, with the intriguing subtitle "Dawn of the Nugget," and this time, the chickens aren't breaking out. They're breaking in.

"Dawn of the Nugget" begins with Ginger (Thandiwe Newton) and Rocky (Zachary Levi) living on a peaceful island far from any chicken-killing farmers, having realized their dream of freedom with the rest of the Tweedy escapees. They've even got a daughter now, Molly (Bella Ramsey), but the perfect life isn't meant to last. Rumors are building of something dark happening out in the world, something that's a threat to all chickens — a terrifying new farm, guarded by electric fences, gun-toting moles, and laser-shooting robo-ducks. And our heroes are forced to break inside when their young chick gets kidnapped.

With a voice cast that includes newcomers Peter Serafinowicz ("The Tick") and David Bradley (the "Harry Potter" series), as well as original "Chicken Run" stars Miranda Richardson, Imelda Staunton, Jane Horrocks, and Lynn Ferguson, "Chicken Run: Dawn of the Nugget" hits Netflix on December 15, 2023.

Wonka - December 15, 2023

A Willy Wonka prequel movie might seem far-fetched, but we're getting one by the end of 2023. Moreover, when you start to look closely at the talent involved, you might just realize it's something worth getting excited about. 

Simply titled "Wonka," the new film will tell the story of the legendary candy maker (Timothee Chalamet) — particularly, the time before he opened his legendary chocolate factory. What was Wonka doing while he built his reputation? What dangers did he face? How did he shape what would become a world-famous candy brand? These are the questions the musical film sets out to explore, with a beloved young star embodying the confectionery titan previously played by Gene Wilder and Johnny Depp.

Behind the camera as both director and co-writer is Paul King, who's best known as the mind behind the near-universally beloved "Paddington" and "Paddington 2," so you can expect plenty of whimsical fun onscreen. Plus, King has surrounded Chalamet with a massive and charming ensemble cast that includes Sally Hawkins, Rowan Atkinson, Olivia Colman, Keegan-Michael Key, Jim Carter, Matt Lucas, Natasha Rothwell, and many more talents. That's including Hugh Grant, who's actually playing an Oompa Loompa. "Wonka" arrives to sweeten the holidays on December 15, 2023.

Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom - December 20, 2023

Aquaman's been around in some form in the DC Extended Universe since 2016's "Batman v Superman," but he really exploded in popularity back in 2018 when he got his own big-screen adventure for the first time. We were originally expecting to see an "Aquaman" sequel during the 2022 holiday season, but the film was been pushed to 2023, when we'll finally get to experience the grandly titled "Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom." 

Jason Momoa will return as Arthur Curry/Aquaman, and we've heard he'll be teaming up with his disgraced half-brother Orm (Patrick Wilson) to fight the powerful Black Manta (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II). We'll also see returning cast members like Amber Heard as Mera, Temuera Morrison and Nicole Kidman as Arthur's parents, Willem Dafoe as Atlantean vizier Vulko, and Randall Park as marine biologist Dr. Stephen Shin (he showed up the original film's post-credit scene). Joining the cast this time out are Jani Zhao as Stingray, Indya Moore as telepathic shark Karshon, and "Game of Thrones" star Pilou Asbæk in a still-mysterious role.

So what do we know about the plot? At the moment, details are scant. However, director James Wan told The Hollywood Reporter that we should expect a slightly different film from the first. As he explained, "I think people are going to be excited to see that this movie is quite different from the first movie in terms of tone. It's a little bit more serious, and we're dealing with issues like climate change. We're not afraid to lean into that in a big way, because the 'Aquaman' comic book, even way back when, has always been environmentally conscious. He's always been someone who's fought to keep the ocean clean, and it feels more relevant in the world that we're living in today. So this movie has something to talk about, but it's still a fun action-fantasy movie."

"Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom" will finally reveal its secrets right before Christmas on December 20, 2023.

Rebel Moon Part I: A Child of Fire - December 22, 2023

For several years now, writer-director Zack Snyder has teased "Rebel Moon," his new genre epic that began life as his pitch for a new "Star Wars" film. Lucasfilm wasn't interested in picking up the idea, but with a few story tweaks, Snyder was able to keep the concept alive. Thanks to a major new partnership with Netflix, the filmmaker now hopes to build a whole space opera franchise on the streaming service.

The two-part film follows the residents of Veldt, a peaceful world of farmers who must rise up to defeat a tyrant who'd like them all to submit to his will. To achieve this, they turn to a mysterious woman (Sofia Boutella) who must venture out to neighboring worlds to find warriors willing to fight on Veldt's behalf. So, we're looking at "Seven Samurai" meets "Star Wars," with Snyder's visual style presiding over all of it. Moreover, in March 2023, we learned we'll get R-rated extended cuts for both halves of the two-part story when it lands on Netflix.

In addition to Sofia Boutella, the all-star cast for the film includes Charlie Hunnam, Ed Skrein, Ray Fisher, Djimon Hounsou, Jena Malone, Cleopatra Coleman, Corey Stoll, Cary Elwes, Michiel Huisman, Doona Bae, Rupert Friend, Stuart Martin, Alfonso Herrera, and Anthony Hopkins. Combined with the other ingredients that make this film, it sounds like a must-see adventure. The first installment, "Rebel Moon Part I: A Child of Fire" arrives December 22, 2023, with the follow-up film, "The Scargiver," arriving on April 19, 2024.

The Iron Claw - December 22, 2023

One of the most intriguing sports biopics to come along in quite some time, "The Iron Claw" will take a closer look at one of the most famous dynasties in American professional wrestling, from its rise within the ring to its long string of family tragedies.

Named for the wrestling hold the family made famous, "The Iron Claw" will follow the Von Erich wrestling family. Zac Efron stars as Kevin Von Erich, one of the most prominent members of the family led by his father, Fritz Von Erich (Holt McCallany), an influential figure in wrestling in the days before WCW and WWE consumed the industry. Written and directed by Sean Durkin and released through A24, the film fill follow the success of the Von Erich family, particularly through Kevin and his brothers, and the so-called "Von Erich curse" that stopped so much of that success in its tracks.

With a star-packed supporting cast that includes Lily James, Jeremy Allen White, Harris Dickinson, Maura Tierney, and more, "The Iron Claw" is set to hit theaters on December 22, 2023.

The Color Purple - December 25, 2023

The story of "The Color Purple" begins in 1982, when Alice Walker released her Pulitzer Prize-winning novel about one Black woman's struggle for love, acceptance, and hope in an unforgiving world near the turn of the 20th century. Three years later, Steven Spielberg created a major turning point in his filmmaker career when he adapted Walker's novel for the screen. Two decades later, the novel was adapted yet again, this time as an acclaimed stage musical reimagining the story for new generations.

Now, "The Color Purple" will enter yet another phase of its pop culture life, as the musical becomes a new feature film. Directed by performer and filmmaker Blitz Bazawule and produced by powerhouses like Spielberg, Oprah Winfrey, and Quincy Jones, the film will once again follow the life and struggles of Celie Johnson (Phylicia Pearl Mpasi and Fantasia Barrino) while filling her story with celebrated songs.

Alongside Barrino for this musical epic is a star-packed cast that includes Colman Domingo, Taraji P. Henson, Danielle Brooks, Halle Bailey, Corey Hawkins, H.E.R., Louis Gossett Jr., and many more. "The Color Purple" hits theaters Christmas Day, 2023.

Ferrari - December 25, 2023

Michael Mann is a legendary filmmaker whose movies include true crime dramas ("Public Enemies"), fictionalized crime epics ("Heat"), and sweeping biopics ("Ali"), all delivered with his passionate, detail-oriented approach. In 2023, Mann will summon all of his cinematic powers to tell a story he's been working on for years, with a new collaborator front and center.

"Ferrari" tells the story of the life and work of Enzo Ferrari, founder of the Ferrari luxury car and racing dynasty, and his struggles with family and business on the eve of one of the biggest races of his life. Mann's had the story in his head for at least two decades, and originally set out to shoot it almost 10 years ago with Christian Bale in the title role. Eventually, Bale was replaced with Hugh Jackman, who also backed out, and was then replaced with Adam Driver. By the end of 2022, filming was finally underway.

Now, "Ferrari" will roar into theaters on December 25, 2023. Joining Driver, we'll see the likes of Penélope Cruz ("Parallel Mothers"), Shailene Woodley ("Divergent"), Jack O'Connell ("Unbroken"), Sarah Gadon ("Alias Grace"), Patrick Dempsey ("Grey's Anatomy"), and Gabriel Leone ("Dom").

The Boys in the Boat - December 25, 2023

George Clooney doesn't get behind the camera to direct all that often, but when he does, it's usually something special. "The Boys in the Boat" feels like no exception in that regard. A sweeping true story with a major historical event at its center, it's the kind of film that feels poised to make a splash come awards season.

Based on Daniel James Brown's book of the same name, the film follows the University of Washington men's rowing team who ended up representing the United States at the summer Olympics in Munich in 1936, in the shadow of Adolf Hitler's rise to power. The crew came from a largely working-class background, rather than being elite youth who'd always seemed destined for greatness, and their rowing style set them apart from the rest of the athletes, all building to a legendary finish.

The ensemble cast of the film includes Callum Turner, Joel Edgerton, Jack Mulhern, Sam Strike, Peter Guinness, and more, and Clooney's involvement signals a certain degree of attention that should be paid to the film from the beginning. "The Boys in the Boat" hits theaters Christmas Day 2023, which primes it for an awards run if it turns out as good as it sounds.

Havoc - 2023

If you love action movies, then you probably know the name Gareth Evans. The writer-director became an internationally known star of the genre when he directed "The Raid" and its sequel, and has since gone on to work on projects like the acclaimed "Gangs of London." Now, Evans is teaming up with another action star, actor Tom Hardy, for a standalone journey into violence and mystery.

"Havoc," directed and written by Evans, is an action film that will star Hardy as a detective dealing with a drug bargain gone bad, a conspiracy in the criminal underworld, and the missing son of a politician. We don't know much yet about what will happen along the way, but because it's Evans and Hardy, we can expect it to be bloody good fun. They're not the only big names along for this wild ride: The cast of "Havoc" also includes living legends like Forest Whitaker, rising stars like "Shadow and Bone" star Jessie Mei Li, and "Justified" star Timothy Olyphant.

"Havoc" is expected to hit Netflix some time in 2023.

Red One - 2023

Though he's definitely still a major presence on the big screen, Dwayne Johnson has seen and reached for plenty of potential in the streaming market in recent years, and he looks to continue that in 2023 with "Red One." It's directed by Johnson's "Jumanji" collaborator Jake Kasdan and written by his "Fast & Furious" comrade Chris Morgan from a story by Johnson producing partner Hiram Garcia. The film is being described as a reinvention of "holiday mythology" (via Deadline), giving us a new action-oriented twist on the Christmas movie, with lots of built-in potential for a franchise if the film turns out to be a major success. Beyond that, we really don't know much about the story just yet.

What we do know, though, is that "Red One" will be absolutely packed with star power. Johnson takes the leading role of Callum Drift, the "commander of the E.L.F.," which could be some sort of North Pole security force — although we're just guessing there. He'll be co-starring alongside Chris Evans, who's starring as someone named Jack O'Malley. They'll be joined by the likes of Lucy Liu, Kiernan Shipka, Nick Kroll, and Mary Elizabeth Ellis. Plus, J.K. Simmons and Bonnie Hunt have signed on to play holiday icons Santa and Mrs. Claus, so you know the North Pole is going to be a great spot to visit — other than the Krampus that Johnson will have to fight.

"Red One" arrives on Prime Video during the 2023 holiday season.