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82 Must-See New Films Arriving in 2023, from ‘Infinity Pool’ to ‘Barbie’ and Many More

Sequel, requels, prequels galore, plus a cocaine bear, a chocolate factory, and a slew of new titles from some of our favorite filmmakers.

(Clockwise from bottom left): “Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse,” “Barbie,” “Infinity Pool,” “Magic Mike’s Last Dance,” and “Cocaine Bear”

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“Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning, Part 1” (July 14, Paramount)

Based on the stunts that have been revealed so far, the first half of the two-part sequel to the best pure Hollywood action movie this side of “Fury Road” will temporarily make you forget that Tom Cruise survived the process of filming it. “Mission: Impossible” is the rare franchise that continues to get better as it goes along, and we’re in for an all-time blockbuster experience if that pattern continues here.

“Barbie” (July 21, Warner Bros.)

The cinematic event of the summer. The year. Maybe the decade? Greta Gerwig seems bound and determined to break the curse of the “what if this toy was a movie” elevator pitch, bolstered by her own gimlet eye for comedy and human emotion, stars Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling, and what looks like frankly perfect production design.

“Oppenheimer” (July 21, Universal)

Christopher Nolan has flirted with true stories before (“Dunkirk” abstracted a pivotal moment of World War II, “The Prestige” featured a cameo from Nikola Tesla, “Tenet” was a vérité documentary told in real-time, etc.), but a full-on biopic is new territory for the world’s reigning king of the summer box office. Nevertheless, J. Robert Oppenheimer — father of the atom bomb, becomer of death, destroyer of worlds — is a fittingly explosive subject for Nolan’s style, and the recently released teaser trailer suggests that the parameters of a single human life haven’t stopped the director from indulging in all of his usual tics, such as IMAX cinematography, mega-scaled practical effects, Cillian Murphy, a non-linear sense of time, and a nuclear explosion recreated without CGI (?). Even diehard Gerwig heads will have a hard time only seeing one movie at the multiplex come July 21.

“The Marvels” (July 28, Disney)

Filmmaker Nia DaCosta joins the Marvel Cinematic Universe with a much-anticipated sequel to 2019’s “Captain Marvel,” which pulls together some of the MCU’s most exciting female superheroes: not just Captain Marvel, but also Kamala Khan and Monica Rambeau in a film absolutely built to be powerful.

“Meg 2: The Trench” (August 10, Warner Bros.)

Here’s the pitch: It’s directed by Ben Wheatley. Take our money!

“Challengers” (August 11, Lionsgate)

There are few things Luca Guadagnino loves more than making wonderful films than talking about the wonderful films he’s gonna make. Thank goodness the filmmaker’s schedule actually allowed for this one: a tennis drama wrapped up in a romance that stars some of our favorite rising talents, including Zendaya, Mike Faist, and Josh O’Connor.

Untitled Please Don’t Destroy film (August 18, Universal)

The nepo babies responsible for the surreal, lo-fi sketches that have reliably become the funniest part of “Saturday Night Live” made a movie. It doesn’t have a title, but it does have a supporting performance of some kind by Conan O’Brien, which is reason enough to be optimistic that this feature-length debut finds a way to maintain the same warped energy of Please Don’t Destroy’s viral shorts.

“Lift” (August 25, streaming on Netflix)

Will 2023 end up being the year of the great plane movie? Mere months after the arrival of the Gerard Butler-starring “Plane,” Netflix gives us F. Gary Gray’s “Lift,” which follows a topnotch criminal crew (the massive cast includes Kevin Hart, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Vincent D’Onofrio, Úrsula Corberó, Billy Magnussen, Jacob Batalon, Jean Reno, Sam Worthington, Viveik Kalra, Yun Jee Kim, Burn Gorman, and Paul Anderson) who take on a daring new gig: save the world from a terrorist attacking by pulling off a heist…mid-flight.

“A Haunting in Venice” (September 15, 20th Century Studios)

Kenneth Branagh’s third Hercule Poirot film finds the mustachioed super-sleuth in retirement (sure), only to be pulled back into a murder that takes place at a seance. The Agatha Christie tale (published as “Hallowe’en Party”) has previously been adapted for radio and television, but not the big screen. Branagh’s take again assembles a starry cast to crack (and probably also hinder) his next great case, including Kyle Allen, Camille Cottin, Jamie Dornan, Tina Fey, Jude Hill, Kelly Reilly, and Michelle Yeoh.

“Next Goal Wins” (September 22, Searchlight Pictures)

Shot more than three years ago with the intention of being Taika Waititi’s follow-up to “Jojo Rabbit,” “Next Goal Wins” was extensively retooled after Armie Hammer self-destructed in strange fashion, and Will Arnett was brought in to reshoot his role, a swap that either caused or contributed to a rather dramatic series of delays for what sounds like a charming little sports movie about a Dutch-American man. Michael Fassbender plays football coach Thomas Rongen, who’s hired to transform the woeful American Samoa national team into a World Cup-worthy squad. At this point, it seems safe to assume that “Next Goal Wins” will either hit its firm September release date or disappear forever.

“True Love” (October 6, 20th Century Studios)

Post his “Rogue One,” filmmaker Gareth Edwards has stayed mostly under the radar, which makes his return to the big screen, a secretive “science fiction drama thriller crime comedy” (thanks, Wikipedia) all the more intriguing. What we don’t know about the film, beyond its apparent ability to span multiple genres, is helped a great deal by its impressive cast: The film stars John David Washington, Gemma Chan, Ralph Ineson, Allison Janney, Ken Watanabe, Anthony Ramos, and Joey King.

Untitled “The Exorcist” film (October 13, Universal)

For his next trick, post-“Halloween” ending and such, David Gordon Green turns his attention to “The Exorcist” mythos. Details are slim, but however this one shakes out, we expect it to be as divisive among the horror devout as his last trilogy.

“Saw X” (October 27, Lionsgate)

Brace for yet another chapter in “The Book of Saw,” which at this point is about as hard to get rid of as “The Babadook” (the book or the monster). This one was shot in Mexico City instead of Toronto, so that’s different!

“Pain Hustlers” (October 27, streaming on Netflix)

David Yates takes on big Pharma in a drama that would sound been-there, done-that (a woman takes a gig in pharmaceutical sales, is shocked), except for its starry cast, including Emily Blunt, Chris Evans, Andy Garcia, Catherine O’Hara, Jay Duplass, Brian d’Arcy James, and Chloe Coleman.

“Dune: Part Two” (November 3, Warner Bros.)

Hard as it is to believe that the rousing climax of “Dune” — in which Timothée Chalamet fought one random guy and then walked off into the desert with some voiceover trailing behind him — wasn’t the epic conclusion that fans always imagined from a new adaptation of Frank Herbert’s famous spice opera, Denis Villeneuve’s adaptation will continue with the second half of Paul Atreides’ origin story. It promises to end with Timothée Chalamet and Austin Butler dueling to the death for the title of ultimate Gen Z heartthrob.

“The Killer” (November 10, streaming on Netflix)

Just as America is starting to get over “Mank” fever and go back to normal, David Fincher is coming back with another major Netflix movie, and this one — adapted from a slick and steely French graphic novel about an expert assassin losing his grip — appears to play right into the ice-veined director’s strengths. Michael Fassbender plays the killer, Tilda Swinton plays someone else, and the movie is reported to be more than two-and-a-half hours long… What more could you want? Actually, we’ll answer that one for you: a robust theatrical release.

Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes

“The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes”

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“The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes” (November 17, Lionsgate)

Do we really need another “Hunger Games” film? Frankly, probably not, but considering how many big-budget YA adaptations have flamed out in recent years (hello, “Divergent”), we can’t quite hide our curiosity about what will play out in Francis Lawrence’s latest, which follows the early days of Panem and the titular Hunger Games.

“Leave the World Behind” (December 8, streaming on Netflix)

Rumaan Alam’s novel “Leave the World Behind” arrived at a truly wild time: published in October, mere months into the pandemic, the enthralling book follows a family whose Long Island vacation is interrupted by the arrival of two strangers, who basically tell them the world is ending. While it’s not COVID that’s sweeping this nation, the parallels are eerie, and anyone who read the novel during the early days of the pandemic likely still can’t shake its story, tone, and lessons. Sam Esmail adapts this one for the screen, with a cast that includes Julia Roberts, Mahershala Ali, Ethan Hawke, “Industry” breakout Myha’la Herrold, Kevin Bacon, and Farrah Mackenzie. We’re already scared.

“Wonka” (December 15, Warner Bros.)

It’s hard to imagine a less appealing movie than a Willy Wonka origin story that stars Timothée Chalamet as the demented candy-maker, and yet it’s hard to imagine a more appealing movie than literally anything directed by “Paddington 2” maestro Paul King. This will have to be a major homerun to make us feel better about King leaving the world’s greatest bear in someone else’s hands, but if anyone can overdeliver on an iffy idea, it’s the man who made a live-action Paddington sequel into something worthy of Sight & Sound consideration.

“The Color Purple” (December 20, Warner Bros.)

Blitz Bazawule’s feature puts a twist on the beloved Alice Walker novel, taking its cues not just from the Pulitzer Prize-winning book, but a 2005 stage musical that set the tale to music. Bazawule hasn’t skimped on loading up the big-time talent, too, assembling a cast filled with some of our best multi-hyphenates, including Fantasia, Colman Domingo, Taraji P. Henson, Corey Hawkins, Danielle Brooks, Aunjanue Ellis, H.E.R., Ciara, Halle Bailey, Jon Batiste, and Louis Gossett Jr.

“Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom” (December 25, Warner Bros.)

The DCEU has been subjected to a lot of turbulence over the last few months, but our buddy Aquaman — bless his scaly heart — has probably been too many leagues under the sea to notice any changes in the hierarchy of power up on the surface. In other words, we expect this sequel to James Wan’s 2018 franchise starter to be just as goofy and on its own sunken wavelength as his mega-successful original, even if the rumors of an anachronistic Batfleck cameo ultimately prove true. It’s hard to think of a better, wetter way to spend the Christmas between “Avatar” sequels.

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