Progress, not perfection! A refreshing opening mantra for the last quarter of 2023. The silver screen is amped-up again with the last hurrah of impressive films, from adrenaline-pumping scenes to mind-bending sci-fi crusades and macabre visuals of thrillers.
This year has treated cinema buffs to a wide array of filmic experiences that will leave them riveted to their spot.
Whether you’re seeking a sequel, a spin-off, an adaptation, or an original, join us as we explore this curated list of movies set to take off on the big screen and on Netflix.
Release Date: October 27, 2023
Genre: Crime, Drama
Directed By: David Yates
Cast: Emily Blunt (as Liza Drake), Chris Evans, Chloe Coleman, Andy García, Catherine O’Hara, Jay Duplass, Brian d’Arcy James, Aubrey Dollar, Amit Shah Willie Raysor
Based on actual events of crime and drama, the movie centers on a woman (Liza Drake) who dreams of a better life for herself and her daughter. With no high school diploma, she takes a job at a failing pharmaceutical start-up in a yellowing strip mall in Central Florida. Soon she finds herself at the center of a criminal conspiracy.
Dune: Part Two
Release Date: November 3, 2023
Genre: Epic, Science Fiction
Directed By: Denis Villeneuve
Cast: Timothée Chalamet (as Duke Paul Atreides), Zendaya (as Chani), Rebecca Ferguson, Josh Brolin, Austin Butler, Florence Pugh, Dave Bautista, Christopher Walken, Stephen McKinley, Henderson, Léa Seydoux, Stellan Skarsgård, Charlotte Rampling, Javier Bardem
Dune: Part Two is officially on set. It is the second of a two-part adaptation of the 1965 novel Dune by Frank Herbert and is the sequel to Dune 2021. The film follows the continuing journey of Paul Atreides, who got united with Chani and the Fremen people of the desert planet Arrakis. Paul seeks revenge against the conspirators who destroyed his family and is determined to win the war against House Harkonnen.
Release Date: November 10, 2023 on Netflix
Genre: Psychological Action, Thriller, Adventure, Crime
Directed By: David Fincher
Cast: Michael Fassbender (as Christian / The Killer), Charles Parnell (as Hodges), Monique Ganderton, Sophie Charlotte, Tilda Swinton, Sala Baker, Kerry O’Malley, Emiliano Pernía, Arliss Howard, Gabriel Polanco
An upcoming neo-noir thriller movie from Netflix, The Killer is from the French graphic novel by Alexis Nolent. It’s part of Fincher’s four-year deal with Netflix. The story is about a professional assassin who suffers a psychological crisis after years of being the best in what he does.
Release Date: November 10, 2023
Genre: Superhero, Action, Fantasy, Adventure
Directed By: Nia DaCosta
The Marvels is a direct sequel to Captain Marvel 2019 with three leading women. Carol Danvers investigates a wormhole linked to the Kree and gets her power entangled with that of a Jersey City super-fan Kamala Khan and S.A.B.E.R. astronaut Captain Monica Rambeau. The three team up to determine why they are swapping places with each other while using their powers.
The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes
Release Date: November 17, 2023
Genre: Dystopian Science Fiction, Action, Thriller
Directed By: Francis Lawrence
The movie serves as a prequel to The Hunger Games 2012. The story follows the young version of the main villain Coriolanus Snow before he became the Panem’s oppressive president.
After the civil war with the districts, Snow and his classmates become the first mentors of the 10th Hunger Games. Snow gets paired with a female folksinger tribute named Lucy Gray Baird of District 12. He mentors her, and soon develops feelings for her. Songbirds and Snakes is the starting point in the rise of a dystopian regime.
Next Goal Wins
Release Date: November 17, 2023
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Sports
Directed By: Taika Waititi
Cast: Michael Fassbender (Thomas Rongen), Elisabeth Moss (Gail), Will Arnett (Alex Magnussen), Oscar Kightley, David Fane, Kaimana Uli, Latufeku, Rachel House, Beulah Koale, Chris Alosio, Taika Waititi, Rhys Darby
NEXT GOAL WINS is based on a 2014 British documentary that follows the American Samoa soccer team, one of the world’s worst soccer teams ever. Their brutal 31-0 FIFA loss in 2001 makes them infamous. As the World Cup Qualifiers approaches, the team hires a maverick coach named Thomas Rongen (Michael Fassbender) in the hopes of transforming the world’s most underperforming soccer team into a not so terrible squad.
Release Date: November 22, 2023
Genre: Epic, Historical Drama
Directed By: Ridley Scott
Cast: Joaquin Phoenix (Napoleon Bonaparte), Vanessa Kirby (Empress Josephine), Tahar Rahim (Paul Barras), Ben Miles, Ludivine Sagnier, Matthew Needham
Napoleon is based on a true story. It’s a chronicle of Napoleon Bonaparte’s origins and rapid rise to power. This historical drama of the famous French general-turned-emperor is narrated by his wife, Empress Josephine (Vanessa Kirby), with whom he had a roller-coaster relationship.
Release Date: November 22, 2023
Genre: Animation, Fantasy, Comedy, Adventure
Directed By: Chris Buck and Fawn Veerasunthorn
Cast: Ariana DeBose (Asha), Chris Pine (King Magnifico), Alan Tudyk (Valentino)
A 17-year-old sharp-witted idealist from the Kingdom of Rosas named Asha makes a wish to the sky. A powerful cosmic force named Star answers her wish. Asha and Star must work together to save her community from the most terrifying foe— King Magnifico, the ruler of Rosas.
Release Date: December 8, 2023
Genre: Surreal Science Fantasy, Romance, Comedy
Directed By: Yorgos Lanthimos
Cast: Emma Stone (Bella Baxter), Mark Ruffalo (Duncan Wedderburn), Willem Dafoe (Dr. Godwin Baxter), Ramy Youssef, Jerrod Carmichael
Poor Things is a re-envisioning of the Frankenstein story replacing the traditional monster with a young Victorian woman (Bella Baxter). Bella is a young erotomaniac resurrected using an infant’s brain. She is brought back to life by a brilliant mad scientist (Dr. Godwin Baxter) who dreams of creating a perfect companion. After she is awakened from the dead, Bella gets confused about her identity. Though Dr. Godwin helps her learn about the world around her, she still feels lost and helpless. Bella runs off with the shady lawyer, Duncan Wedderburn (Mark Ruffalo). On her journey, she grows and searches for answers in hopes of equality and liberation.
Leave the World Behind
Release Date: December 10, 2023 on Netflix
Genre: Drama, Psychological Thriller
Directed By: Sam Esmail
Cast: Julia Roberts (Amanda), Mahershala Ali (George “G.H.” Washington), Ethan Hawke (Clay), Kevin Bacon, Myha’la Herrold, Farrah Mackenzie, Charlie Evans
The film is an adaptation of a literary thriller written by Rumaan Alam. The story is focused on people’s behavior when faced with apocalyptic disasters. Amanda (Julia Roberts) and Clay (Ethan Hawke), together with their teenage kids, rent a breath-taking Airbnb home for a vacation. The place was advertised as a beautiful spot to “leave the world behind”. Their vacation is interrupted when the middle-aged, black homeowners suddenly show up after escaping an unprecedented blackout on the East Coast. All communication lines are cut-off leaving them with no means of finding out what’s happening. Strange sonic booms are heard from the countryside and animals start to migrate strangely. Both are perceived as ominous signs that the world is ending. The issues of race become distractions to the more alarming things happening around them.
Release Date: December 15, 2023
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Family, Musical, Fantasy
Directed By: Paul King
Cast: Timothée Chalamet (young Willy Wonka), Hugh Grant (Oompa-Loompa), Sally Hawkins (Willy’s Mother), Olivia Colman, Calah Lane, Keegan-Michael Key, Paterson Joseph, Matt Lucas, Mathew Baynton, Rowan Atkinson, Jim Carter, Tom Davis
Wonka is a prequel to the story, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. It details the life of the young Willy Wonka and his earliest adventures including his first encounter with Oompa-Loompas. The film is set to explain how he became Willy Wonka – the world’s greatest chocolate maker, inventor, and magician.
Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom
Release Date: December 20, 2023
Genre: Superhero, Action, Fantasy, Science Fiction
Directed By: James Wan
Cast: Jason Momoa (Arthur Curry / Aquaman), Ben Affleck (Bruce Wayne), Patrick Wilson (King Orm), Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Dolph Lundgren, Temuera, Nicole Kidman, Amber Heard, Jani Zhao, Willem Dafoe
Aquaman 2 is a sequel to Aquaman. Arthur reluctantly teams up with his brother King Orm, to take down the Black Manta to protect Atlantis from devastation.
Release Date: December 22, 2023 on Netflix
Genre: Action, Adventure, Epic Science-Fantasy
Directed By: Zack Snyder
Cast: Sofia Boutella (Kora), Charlie Hunnam (Kai), Michiel Huisman (Gunnar), Djimon Hounsou, Bae Doona, Ray Fisher, Cleopatra Coleman, Jena Malone, Ed Skrein, Fra Fee, Anthony Hopkins
A small peaceful colony on the outskirts of a galaxy finds itself threatened by the armies of a tyrannical ruling force named Balisarius. Kora (Sofie Boutella), a mysterious stranger living among the villagers, is sent out to gather a team of warriors (outsiders, insurgents, peasants, and orphans of war) from neighboring planets to form an alliance.
The Color Purple
Release Date: December 25, 2023
Genre: Musical, Drama
Directed By: Blitz Bazawule
Cast: Fantasia Barrino (Celie Harris Johnson), Phylicia Pearl Mpasi (young Celie), Halle Bailey (Nettie), Taraji P. Henson, Aunjanue Ellis-Taylor, Danielle Brooks, Colman Domingo, Corey Hawkins, H.E.R.
The movie is a musical adaptation of Alice Walker’s novel. It details the life-long struggles of Celie (Fantasia Barino), an African-American woman living in the south during the early 1900s. She suffered intergenerational trauma, physical and emotional abuse while growing up in rural Georgia.
At fourteen, her father impregnated her twice and took her babies away. Later, she was forced to marry Mister and suffered domestic imprisonment for decades. Along the way, she met empowering women.
After Celie finally breaks away from Mister, she curses him. Celie’s character soars and meets a happy ending.
With the ever-changing world of cinema and the continuous improvement of technology, movies will have the unique power to captivate and rekindle our imaginations. It can transport us to new worlds and leave an indelible mark on our lives.
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