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Winter & Spring 2023 Movies I’m Excited For

Wow, it’s almost February? How quickly time passes by will never not shock me. While the month has been lite on big movies to go see, (Plane, I will check you out soon) HBO adapting one of my favorite video games The Last of Us as a show has been pretty exciting. Fans of compelling characters and a brutal examination of love will really enjoy this. Don’t get scared off by the zombie setting, it’s not that kind of story, show, or game.

Anyways, movies! While the award season is in full swing for last year’s movies, this year is getting ready to pop off in a really fun way as more and more movies that pre-MCU domination would have been saved for the summer release in the last winter and spring. Below are the movies I’m most excited to see in these movie-going seasons.


Knock at the Cabin – February 3rd

I know, I know. M. Night Shyamalan movies are a real dice roll. Sometimes you get some interesting fun mystery movies, and other times the twist is just so bad that you feel duped for watching it. That said this movie seems to put the concept up front and center. A family of three is forced to make a terrible choice. Either save their family or choose one of them as a sacrifice to save the rest of the world. Oh, and they must make a choice because four strangers broke into their cabin and won’t let them leave until they make their decision. The cast looks great, and the premise sounds like a recipe for a pretty tense movie, yeah… I’m willing to be duped for this one.

Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania – February 17th

MCU’s post-Avengers Endgame movies have been a bit all over the place. Save for Spider-Man: No Way Home most have not lived up to expectations. That also includes the Disney+ shows which have been a bit of required viewing to get the full scope of this never-ending franchise. All that said, this third Ant-Man movie which kicks off Phase 5 of this wild entertainment experiment looks like it could be the one to bring back some focus and deliver on what fans have loved about the MCU. I have always liked the Paul Rudd starring movies with their unique side story humor approach, and while this movie looks to be of a more serious tone it invites an interesting question. Was Tony Stark/Iron Man right to steal away five years of many loved ones’ lives for what he wanted to preserve? This feels like the other side of the Endgame coin that was never really discussed. I am super intrigued and can’t wait to see the next large-scope villain (Kang played by Johnathan Majors) take center stage in the MCU.

Cocaine Bear – February 24th

This movie is either going to be a ridiculously fun time or so awful you can’t look away bad. I don’t know yet, but a movie about a bear that is on cocaine terrorizing everything around it is a premise I never thought I’d see in a movie releasing in theaters. A buried-in-the-back-of-the-queue Netflix movie? Yeah, that sounds right, but a movie people will see in a theater? That’s bold Universal and like Knock at the Cabin I’m willing to take the plunge.

Creed III – March 3rd

The Creed franchise has been a pleasant surprise from the start and for me, it’s been better than Rocky so far. Will Creed III continue that trend? With Johnathan Majors has Michael B. Jordan’s opponent? It just might. By the way, what a start to the year Major is having right? Bring on the next tense boxing drama!

Inside – March 17th

Speaking of tense, Willem Dafoe’s Inside (not Pixar’s Inside) looks like the tensest movie in a while. An art thief gets trapped in an overly secure penthouse, and no one is coming to save him. Will he survive physically? Mentally? Dafoe always does a great job playing bonkers off-the-wall characters and this looks to be no exception. Get ready to clinch your teeth with this one, folks.

John Wick: Chapter IV – March 24th

It’s been a long four-year wait since chapter three, but John Wick is back baby! This sneakily made franchise has been a blast as far as action movies go and I can’t wait to see what new and wild way Keanu Reeves’ Wick finds a way to murder an enemy assassin. How do you top a pencil or a book? I don’t know but it will be fun to find out!

The Super Mario Bros. Movie – April 7th

Nintendo and Mario have been a part of my life since I was born. Nostalgia alone would make me want to see this movie, but the fact that it has a stacked cast of voice talent and the trailers have actually been really fun? Child me is ready to come out for this one! It’s been a long wait for a great Mario movie, and it might finally be over.


And that’s it! Not a bad list of movies for this first chunk of the year, right? The summer movie season starts in May and as we get closer to that date, I’ll put up another post like this for all the wild movies to come. Till next week, have fun at the movies!

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Top Remaining 2022 Movies I’m Excited About

Movies in theaters! After a couple of years of pandemic wild on the movie industry, things appear to be returning to some level of the before times, where we get a lot of movies to watch on a big screen. For me, there is nothing more exciting than seeing a movie on the big screen. That said, I have started to appreciate the straight-to-streaming releases, so I plan on checking out more of those and reviewing some! I’m late to making this list for the start of the year so here’s a quick recap of movies I enjoyed so far this year: The Batman, and Turning Red. You were expecting more? Yeah me too… Let’s move on to the future! Below are the movies that I’m most excited to check out coming this year!

Everything Everywhere All at Once – April 8th

A24 always makes interesting movies and Everything Everywhere All At Once looks to be more than just interesting. A multiverse adventure with comedy and crazy kung-fu action? Yeah that is unique. In just the trailer alone, this movie has a sense of style that most other movies could only dream of. I can’t wait to experience what looks to be a very wacky ride.

The Northman – April 22nd

Robert Eggers, an A24 alum by the way, is a director that is quickly building up a very impressive resume. The Witch and The Lighthouse are both very bold films in their own right and The Northman looks to be carrying the torch in all its brutal Viking glory. The cast is stacked with big names like Alexander Skarsgard, Nicole Kidman, Anya Taylor-Joy, Ethan Hawke and Willem Dafoe. This epic can’t come soon enough.

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness – May 6th

Eventually, Marvel will stop finding a way to top itself from the last massive spectacle to concur the box office. It’s not happening yet. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness looks bonkers in all the epic ways. It has that MCU overload with the splash of Sam Raimi style and horror that just begs to be seen on the biggest screen possible. I’m ready for the Madness.

Men – May 20th

Alex Garland, like Robert Eggers, has created an impressive resume. Ex Machina, Annihilation, Devs, they are all excellent films (or miniseries in Devs case) that are all worth a watch. These previous efforts have all been in a more heady sci-fi trapping but Men looks to be a pure horror film which makes it all the more intriguing to see what the writer/director has cooked up this time around.

Jurassic World Dominion – June 10th

I’m a Jurassic Park fan. I have enjoyed all of the movies. Are they silly? Of course. Do they make sense? Not at all. Do any match the pure excellence of the original? Nope, and yet I have had a good time throughout them all. These are the dumb popcorn movies before Marvel came and took over churning them out three to four times a year. I’m beyond excited to see more Dinos running around all sorts of new locals in this grand finale of the Jurassic World trilogy.

Nope – July 22nd

Jordan Peele continues his domination of really excellent and unique horror films this summer. Nope looks like it may have an alien abduction angle? If we go by Get Out or Us, it’s probably not that simple but no matter what the mystery is, we are all in for a hell of a time when this one comes to theaters this July.

Bullet Train – July 29th

A stylized action movie with the charming Brad Pitt on a train? Yes, please. Directed by David Leitch, (John Wick, Deadpool 2) along with an absolute banger cast (Sandra Bullock, Zazie Beetz, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Logan Lerman, Michael Shannon, Karen Fukuhara, and Brian Tyree Henry to name a few) this movie looks like a hilarious and explosive fun time.

Don’t Worry Darling – September 23rd

There’s no trailer as of this post, but Don’t Worry Darling has caught my interest. Directed by the awesome Olivia Wilde (please go watch Booksmart), this movie follows the talented Florence Pugh as Alice, a 1950’s housewife, living in a utopian experimental community whose husband works for a shady company. The premise is interesting, the cast excellent (Chris Pine, Gemma Chan, Nick Kroll, along with many others), and Olivia Wilde is another one of those directors that keep hitting home runs, trailer or not, this one has my eye for the fall.

Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse – Part One – October 7th

Spider-Man into the Spider-Verse was an amazing surprise with many calling it THE Spider-Man movie, and it’s hard to argue. The unique animation styles, the heart-filled story, and excellent comedy. The sequel looks to continue that story and fun twists of animation styles once more, and while I feel there is more to it than that, more of what was already such a special experience is more than enough to get me hyped for what else is in store.

Super Mario Movie – December 21st

Other than the hilariously off-the-wall casting announcement, not much is known about this Mario movie. I’m a huge fan of Nintendo so the kid in me is already on board, but the adult me is well aware of the typical video game movie trend. I’m super curious about what comes from this movie and the casting has only added to my curiosity of what the heck is this movie going to be like. Here’s hoping Illumination Entertainment and Nintendo can finally deliver a movie to break the curse of awful video game movie adaptations.

And there ya go! I had actually even more movies I was pretty intrigued or excited about but these are the top ten for now. It’s great to once again have a bunch of movies to be looking forward to after a rough couple of years. See you at the movies!