If 2022 was big year for movies, it has got nothing on 2023; a huge range of blockbusters are set to be released over the next 12 months.
With cinema all but fully returning to its pre-pandemic levels, Disney, Paramount, Universal and Warner Bros have all announced big projects for this year, given their newfound filming freedoms.
Film buffs can expect action classics, rousing sequels and remakes of childhood classics, in what looks to be an exciting year for fans of the silver screen.
Here are the must-watch movies scheduled for 2023, which are all set to be released down under.
- Release Date: 3rd of November
The much-anticipated sequel to one of the best films of 2021, Dune 2 sees Zendaya and Timothée Chalamet return to the franchise, which is set to be released on 3 November. With the first film winning six Oscars, including ‘Best Sound’ and ‘Best Cinematography’, Dune 2 will definitely be a film best watched at your local cinema. This movie is absolutely jam-packed with stars, with Austin Butler, Florence Pugh and Christopher Walken set to join the cast from the first film.
Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny
- Release Date: 29th of June
Indiana Jones is will dust off his hat and whip as he returns to our screens on 29 June for the first time since 2008. Harrison Ford will reprise his role as the famed archaeologist for Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny, alongside other stars such as Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Antonio Banderas and Mads Mikkelsen. John Williams’ iconic score alone is enough to make children and adults fans of the franchise giddy for this film, which may well be Indy’s last adventure.
Mission Impossible: Dead Reckoning (Part 1)
- Release Date: 13th of July
Fans of action, stunts and explosions should be excited for the seventh instalment of the Mission Impossible franchise, which hits the silver screen in Australia on 13 July. Paramount Pictures have already released footage of Tom Cruise’s latest stunt from Dead Reckoning (Part 1), which sees him ride of a cliff on a motorbike, straight into a base jump. Thankfully for action fans, as the title of the film suggests there will be a part two to this film, scheduled for release in 2024.
- Release Date: 20th of July
Christopher Nolan’s 2023 entry Oppenheimer will see Cillian Murphy swap his Peaky Blinders hat for a lab coat, as he plays J. Robert Oppenheimer, who is credited with the creation of the first atomic bomb. He will be joined with another star-studded cast, featuring Emily Blunt, Matt Damon and Robert Downey Jr. amongst others. According to Variety, the supporting actors are taking a huge pay cut to work with the distinguished Nolan, who’s film will be released on 20 July.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3
- Release Date: 4th of May
It was only a matter of time until a Marvel film was mentioned in this list. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 will be the last Guardians film directed by James Gunn – who was fired and re-hired by Disney during the development of the movie – and will be the last iteration of the current team of five heroes. Fans can expect another 80s-inspired soundtrack and a goofy, but by all accounts, emotional last outing for Chris Pratt and co. The film will be released on 4 May.
- Release Date: 2nd of March
Michael B. Jordan will strap on the gloves again for Creed 3 this year, which is released in cinemas in Australia on 2 March. The first film in the Rocky franchise which is not set to feature Sylvester Stallone, the plot revolves around Adonis Creed confronting an old friend from his childhood, who is seemingly out for revenge. Looking much darker and grittier than the first two movies, Creed 3 will certainly be an entertaining watch.
- Release Date: 14th of December
This is another film featuring Hollywood’s current golden boy, with Timothée Chalamet playing a young incarnation of beloved Roald Dahl character Willy Wonka. The story focuses on how Wonka meets the Oompa-Loompas on one of his earliest adventures. Obviously, the film is designed to appeal to children, but the nostalgia factor is certainly there for many older fans of Dahl’s novels as well. The film is set to be released on 14 December.
Transformers: Rise of the Beasts
- Release Date: 8th of June
The Transformers films have inspired a lot of internet memes as of late, namely the ‘but if it came out in 2007’ trend, but honestly, action nuts should be excited for the upcoming movie coming out of the franchise. Transformers: Rise of the Beasts, a prequel to the main series set in 1994, sees Optimus Prime face off against striking-looking, animal-inspired Transformers. The film features some big names such as Ron Perlman, Peter Dinklage and Pete Davidson of all people, and is set to be released on 8 June in Australia.
The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes
- Release Date: 16th of November
Another prequel, The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes interestingly focuses on the antagonist in the main films Coriolanus Snow, as an 18-year-old, prior to becoming the tyrannical President in the Capitol. Given the film is set over 60 years before the main series, there’s no Katniss or Peeta, but fans of the franchise will enjoy being back in District 12 again for the first time since 2015. The film is set to be released on 16 November.
- Release Date: 23rd of November
Cocaine Bear is an upcoming black comedy thriller about an American black bear that ingested a duffel bag of cocaine in 1985 after a drug runner threw the bag out of a plane. In what is one of Ray Liotta’s final performances before his death, the film also features stars such as Keri Russell, O’Shea Jackson Jr., and Jesse Tyler Ferguson. Forget an Aussie party, this coke-fuelled rampage is one of animalistic proportions. The film will be released down under on 23 February.
- Release Date: 19th of May
We’re surprised that the Fast and Furious writers have not run out of ideas yet, with the tenth edition of the franchise, Fast X, set to be released on 19 May. With a huge $340 million (AU $486 million) budget – making it the fifth most-expensive film in history – Universal have gone all out on this film, with Vin Diesel and Jason Statham returning alongside new faces such as Jason Momoa and Brie Larson. Expect more car chases and explosions than ever before when this hits our screens.
John Wick: Chapter 4
- Release Date: 23rd of March
The first three John Wick films are amazing action films, so quite rightly there has been a lot of buzz around the latest film John Wick: Chapter 4. Keanu Reeves returns as main protagonist (and straight up badass) John Wick, who is attempting to defeat the crime bosses of The High Table. The film will hit the silver screen in Australia on 23 March, with a fifth film already commissioned.
Killers of the Flower Moon
- Release Date: May (Unconfirmed)
Martin Scorsese’s Killers of the Flower Moon is based on a series on murders in Oklahoma in the 1920’s after oil was discovered on Native American tribal land. The film marks the sixth collaboration between Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio and the tenth between the director and Robert De Niro. The film’s release date is still not set in stone but is expected to debut at the Cannes Film Festival, which runs from 16-27 May.
The Super Mario Bros. Movie
- Release Date: 5th of April
The Super Mario Bros. Movie is set to drop in cinemas on 5 April and while we’re not expecting this film to break the box-office, it may be worth a watch just based on its casting alone. Hearing Chris Pratt attempt the voice of Mario and actors such as Jack Black and Seth Rogan playing Bowser and Donkey Kong respectively, the film has the potential to be pretty comical.