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Six Exciting Movies We Can’t Wait to Watch in 2023!

Toby Chen

January 31st, 2023

Ranging from enchanting romantic comedies to action-packed thrillers, there are

certainly countless films to look forward to this year! Due to the fact that we cannot cover

every single newly released film, we decided to narrow down to one movie per month for the

first half of 2023. Our six phenomenal picks include, The Banshees of Insherin, Ant Man and

the Wasp: Quantamania, Shazam! Fury of the Gods, The Super Mario Bros Movie, The Little

Mermaid and Indiana Jones & the Dial of Destiny.

The Banshees of Inshirin

To start this year off strong, here is a masterpiece- The Banshees of Inshirin", a film

taking place towards the end of the gruesome Irish Civil War. Released on October 21st,

2022, it has since acquired over $24.7 million in the box office, while receiving the Volpi cup

award for best actor. Directed by Martin Mcdonagh, (a British-Irish playwright), this

captivating film features a man named Padraic (Colin Farrell) who resides on a remote island

off the coast of Ireland. One day, Padraic’s close friend Colm (Brendan Gleeson) decides to

not be his friend anymore, and suddenly stops talking to him without even a mere

explanation. This puzzles Padraic greatly, and he tries everything to get Colm to like him

again, yet Colm continues to rebuff him. Their conflict quickly escalates into extreme

violence, ultimately leading to Colm cutting off his own fingers, and Padraic burning Colm’s

house down. Through the two men’s inexplicable fighting, they both ultimately destroyed

themselves and their relationship, revealing the themes of human friendship, and how the

lack of it affects everything. “The Banshees of Insherin” is a poignant, yet riveting film, and

is a must-watch if you enjoy dark comedy.

Ant Man and the Wasp: Quantumania

The next film we want to introduce is “Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantamania '', the

upcoming film in Marvel’s Cinematic Universe, scheduled to be released on February 17th,

2023. This film opens with Scott Lang (iconically played by Paul Rudd) who is trying to

make up for lost time with his daughter, wife and friends, after being stuck for 5 gruesome

years in the Quantum Realm due to the repercussions of “Endgame”. Things are going

perfect for Scott, until Cassie (his daughter, superbly played by Kathryn Newton) creates a

new satellite for deep space, allowing people on Earth to send signals to the Quantum realm,

which regrettably pulls Scott and Cassie into a hidden universe, before they had the chance to

shut the device off. In this secret universe, Scott and Cassie encounter eccentric creatures, as

well as the infamous villain, Kang the Conqueror- the time traveling, dimension-hopping

nemesis of the Avengers. Kang desperately needs Ant Man’s help to escape the Quantum

realm, with the ultimate goal of having the immense power to rule every single timeline and

every single universe in the multiverse. Throughout this seemingly never-ending conflict,

Scott and Cassie’s relationship also continues to develop, as their bond and mutual respect

strengthens. Not only will this motion picture keep you on the edge of your seat, it will also

present evolving relationships and journeys of self discovery. “Ant Man and the Wasp:

Quantumania” should unquestionably be a must-watch film for 2023.

Shazam! Fury of the Gods

“Shazam! Fury of the Gods” (releasing March 17th, 2023), is a highly anticipated

sequel to the 2019 film “Shazam”. Directed by Swedish filmmaker David Sandberg, this

invigorating motion-picture features Billy Batson (outstandingly performed by Asher Angel),

who was chosen by an ancient wizard to be his new successor, granting him the unique

power to transform into a superhero alter-ego, (hilariously played by Zachary Levi)

everytime he declares the word “Shazam!” Additionally, all of Billy’s foster siblings got a

hold of the wizard’s staff as well, granting substantial power to his entire family. Known as

the “Shazam family” Billy and his siblings use their powers to fight crime, as well as bestow

safety and peace in the city. This is until they are faced with a colossal matter—— the

Daughters of Atlas: Anthea (Rachel Zeglar), Kalyso (Lucy Liu) and Hespera (Helen Mirren).

The Daughters of the Greek Titan, Atlas, are furious that Billy’s family stole the power that

was supposed to be theirs, and they were willing to wreak havoc upon the city in order to

receive what they thought was rightfully theirs. A tale involving harsh battles, grappling with

a dragon, and fighting for those you love, “Shazam! Fury of the Gods” is undoubtedly an

entertaining film filled with surprises and adventures that will take you out of this world.

The Super Mario Bros Movie

“The Super Mario Bros Movie”, one of our top-choice films for 2023, is expected to

release on April 7th! Produced by Illumination and Ninento and directed by Aaron Horvath

and Michael Jelenic, this animated motion picture is based on the popular Super Mario Bros

video game franchise on Nintendo. This distinctive film opens with a dedicated Mario, (Chris

Pratt) along with his comrades Princess Peach (Anya Taylor Joy) and Mushroom Toad

(Keagan Michael Key), who are all on a mission to Mushroom Kingdom to rescue Mario’s

brother, Luigi (Charlie Day), from the notorious Bowser (Jack Black). Bowser envisions

himself ruling the world, and destroying the Mushroom kingdom where all of Mario’s friends

and family live. Keeping Luigi as a captive, Bowser makes his way to the kingdom, while

Mario, Princess Peach and the rest of their small yet strategic team create their master-plan in

defending their kingdom. With numerous scenes in the movie reflecting the Super Mario

Bros racetracks on Nintendo, this lively film not only brings back nostalgic memories, it also

includes an element of originality, like no other movie seen before. The inclusion of quality

music, as well as the abundant attention to detail, make the upcoming Super Mario Bros

movie a sensational motion picture if you are one for fantasy, adventure and comedy films!

The Little Mermaid

“The Little Mermaid” is a fantasy musical film telling the tale of one of the

greatest Disney princesses of all time—— Ariel. Previously performed on Broadway as a

musical and in 1989 as a movie, this heartwarming story is finally coming to theaters on

May 26, 2023, as a live-action remake of the original. This film opens with a stunning

young mermaid, Ariel (Halle Bailey), who meets an attractive prince, Eric, (Jonah

Hauer-King) and ultimately falls in love with him. Desperately wanting to get to know

the prince more, she unknowingly makes a deal with the iniquitous sea witch, Ursula

(Melissa Mcarthy), trading her melodious voice for human legs so she can experience life

on land and impress the prince. Despite the fact that mermaids aren’t supposed to interact

with humans, Ariel decides to follow her heart, potentially endangering her life, as well

as her father's crown. Starring Halle Bailey, an African American actress, as Ariel, this

film signifies the importance of representation in the film industry. Following the

recurring themes of love and self discovery, “The Little Mermaid” will undoubtedly take

you to another universe!

Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny

A long-awaited sequel to the previous Indiana Jones movie, “Indiana Jones and the

Dial of Destiny'' is an inspiring film directed by James Mangold (an American film and

television director). The film begins with a scene of Jones’s (Harrison Ford) thrilling car

chase, with a voiceover explaining how since then, he has been living a peaceful and

quiet life, working as a professor. However, his monotonous life quickly stirs up when he

is forced to compete with a group of obstinate Nazis in pursuit of a forceful ancient

artifact- the Dial of Destiny. This powerful object has the potential to time travel, which

could be one of the reasons why Voller (Mads Mikkelsen), a Nazi scientist who finds

work at NASA post WWII, is so desperately in need of it——to permit him to entirely

rewrite the history of World War II, making the Nazis the victor in this film. The valiant

Indiana Jones is exceptionally courageous, using his strength and determination to solve

this multifaceted challenge, as well as try to conquer the vicious Voller. Taking place

amid the 1969 Space Race, “Indiana Jones: The Dial of Destiny” is a powerful film filled

with confidential matters and seemingly impossible situations to uncover, recounting yet

another tale of the celebrated Indiana Jones. Releasing on June 30th, 2023, this film will

surely be a staple in your list of films you can’t wait to watch in 2023.

To wrap up, 2023 will be an astonishing year in the film industry, and we are

highly anticipating these upcoming films! Filled with adventure, romance, comedy and

thriller, these 6 motion-pictures will keep you entertained for hours on end. Featuring

celebrated actors and high quality visuals, we cannot emphasize how important it is to

keep these films on your 2023 movie list!


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