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The 20 Movies We Can’t Wait to See in 2023

The biggest stars and directors are teeing up great films for the new year, and we’ve got the inside scoop

(Left to right) Channing Tatum and Salma Hayek in "Magic Mike's Last Dance"; Harrison Ford in "Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny"; Idris Elba in "Luther: The Fallen Sun."
(Left to right) Channing Tatum and Salma Hayek in "Magic Mike's Last Dance"; Harrison Ford in "Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny"; Idris Elba in "Luther: The Fallen Sun."
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When audiences finally started going back to theaters last summer for hits such as Elvis and Top Gun: Maverick, it was grownup film fans who led the way. Here are the upcoming films of 2023 with the most promise to please grownups in the new year. 

Shotgun Wedding (on Prime Video Jan. 27)

Who doesn’t want to see White Lotus star Jennifer Coolidge go full Rambo in an action rom-com? She plays Jennifer Lopez’s about-to-be mom-in-law at a wedding invaded by pirates — and Lopez has mixed feelings about the groom (Josh Duhamel), too. Lenny Kravitz plays her ex, and Cheech Marin and Sônia Braga add grownup coolness. Seeing Coolidge packing an assault weapon in the film’s trailer made us agree with the fan who tweeted, “CAST JENNIFER COOLIDGE AS JAMES BOND YOU COWARDS!”

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80 for Brady (in theaters Feb. 3)

“I’m a sports fan, and I think people underestimate the huge audience that older women are,” Sally Field said in a promo video for a comedy about hard-core Patriots fans of a certain age (Field, Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin and Rita Moreno) who invade the 2017 Super Bowl to see their idol Tom Brady (playing himself). High jinks ensue.

John Lithgow and Julianne Moore in "Sharper."
(Left to right) John Lithgow and Julianne Moore
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Sharper (in select theaters Feb. 10, on Apple TV+ Feb. 17) 

In a nifty little comic thriller that might have been titled Con Vs. Con, Julianne Moore woos a Manhattan billionaire (John Lithgow) in a town crawling with confidence men and women. Who can the lovers trust? Hey, it’s New York.

Magic Mike’s Last Dance (in theaters Feb. 10)

A socialite (Salma Hayek) whisks a broke bartender (Channing Tatum) to London to teach the next generation of hunky strippers. “It’s a reverse-role Pretty Woman story that [spoiler!] ends up with a lot of dancing,” Tatum told The New York Times.

Cocaine Bear (in theaters Feb. 24)

Keri Russell, Margo Martindale and a stellar cast enact an action comedy about a bear that eats a whole lot of cocaine dropped by a dealer — Ray Liotta in his last big role — and goes on a rampage. So weird it could only be (loosely) based on a true story.

Idris Elba as John Luther in "Luther: The Fallen Sun."
Idris Elba stars as John Luther.
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Luther: The Fallen Sun (on Netflix in March)

For years, people talked up Idris Elba as the new James Bond. Instead, he plays another iconic British action hero, detective John Luther, in a hotly awaited film sequel to his hit BBC TV series.

Creed III (in theaters March 3)

Directed by and starring Michael B. Jordan, it’s the first film in the Rocky franchise without an appearance by Sylvester Stallone, who told Metro, “I wish them well and keep punching!”

John Wick Chapter 4 (in theaters March 24)

Keanu Reeves plays the dog-loving, unkillable hitman on a rampage through Paris, Jordan and Tokyo. Director Chad Stahelski told Empire it’s “a cross between The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, Zatoichi and a Greek myth.”

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Renfield (in theaters April 14)

After centuries, Renfield (Nicholas Hoult) is entirely tired of playing second fiddle to his boss Dracula (Nicolas Cage). But when he meets a peevish, rather hot traffic cop (Awkwafina), he gets a new lease on eternal life.  

(Left to right) Rachel McAdams as Barbara Dimon and Abby Ryder Fortson as Margaret Simon in "Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret."
(Left to right) Rachel McAdams and Abby Ryder Fortson
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Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret (in theaters April 28)

Rachel McAdams, Benny Safdie and Kathy Bates star in Judy Blume’s immortal adolescence epic. It will take you back to the 1970s and a time in life when many girls had a very personal mantra: “We must, we must, we must increase our busts!”

Fast X (in theaters May 19)

Rita Moreno plays Vin Diesel’s grandma in the penultimate movie in the Fast & Furious franchise. Joining in the unsafe-driving fun are Jason Statham, Michelle Rodriguez, John Cena, Jason Momoa, Brie Larson and Gal Gadot.

The Flash (in theaters June 16)

We don’t know much about this multiverse comic book epic, but it stars both Michael Keaton and Ben Affleck as versions of Batman.

Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny (in theaters June 30)

Harrison Ford returns as Indiana Jones in an adventure set in 1944 and 1969, with de-aging technology that makes Ford look young in his Nazi-battling scenes (he has claimed it’s the first de-aging footage he ever saw that’s actually realistic).

Mission: Impossible ­­— Dead Reckoning, Part One (in theaters July 14)

For 27 years, Tom Cruise has performed eye-popping stunts as Ethan Hunt in the M:I series. He doesn’t appear to be slowing down. This time, Esai Morales is the bad guy.

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Barbie (in theaters July 21)

Get your neon on in Greta Gerwig’s madly anticipated comedy about a blonde doll (Margot Robbie) and her mysterious friend Ken (Ryan Gosling).

Oppenheimer (in theaters July 21)

Cillian Murphy plays J. Robert Oppenheimer, the father of the atomic bomb, in a high-IQ biopic costarring Robert Downey Jr., Matt Damon, Florence Pugh, Rami Malek, Gary Oldman and Casey Affleck. Since Christopher Nolan (DunkirkThe Dark Knight) directs, it’s likely to be headspinning and technologically innovative.

The Exorcist (in theaters Oct. 13)

David Gordon Green (Halloween) directs a sequel to the 1973 original horror hit (and not the crummy later films), starring Ellen Burstyn in her old role and newcomers Leslie Odom Jr. and Ann Dowd.

Dune: Part 2 (in theaters Nov. 3)

Timothée Chalamet and Zendaya return in the desert planet sci-fi classic that influenced Star Wars, but we’re at least as intrigued by costars Christopher Walken, Florence Pugh, Léa Seydoux and Austin Butler (Elvis).

Wonka (in theaters Dec. 15)

Young Willy Wonka (Timothée Chalamet) meets the Oompa Loompas (plus Olivia Colman, Keegan Michael-Key, Sally Hawkins and Rowan Atkinson) in a musical prequel to the candyman classic.

The Color Purple (in theaters Dec. 20)

Oprah Winfrey presents a movie musical version of the Broadway adaptation of Steven Spielberg’s 1985 nonmusical film adaptation of Alice Walker’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel about a Black girl’s coming of age in the early 1900s. The Broadway show’s Danielle Brooks and Fantasia Barrino Taylor again play Sofia and Celie. Taraji P. Henson, Aunjanue Ellis, David Alan Grier, Louis Gossett Jr. and H.E.R. costar.

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