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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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2020 Movie Preview

2020 is upon us! Which means we have another year of amazing movies to look forward to! 2019 was a pretty impressive year so let’s see what 2020 has in store. Below are some of the movies I’m looking forward to this year.


A Quiet Place: Part II – March 20th

I loved 2018’s A Quiet Place. John Krasinski did a great job creating a tense horror movie that also happened to have a lot of heart with the Abbott family. The world he created was interesting, like a new take on zombies. From the looks of this first trailer it appears that Krasinki is looking at the same page book that the zombie genre has used when your characters have learned a true strategy against the nightmare, reveal that humans are just as bad as monsters. I’m in, but then they threw in the talented Cillian Murphy? Yeah I’m in double for this one.

The New Mutants – April 3rd

What a wild journey this movie has had. Originally it was supposed to come out in 2018, then it was delayed for “retooling”. Then Fox was sold to Disney, then it was delayed again, and now the word is the retooling (cough producer meddling cough) has been thrown out the window and we are set to see the original vision of this movie. That alone makes me interested to see what the fuss was about, but really I was excited for this movie since they announced it. A coming of age horror movie with mutants from the X-Men Universe? Yeah, that sounds crazy awesome.

No Time To Die – April 10th

First there was Casino Royale. Welcome back Bond. Then there was Quantum of Solace. You okay there Bond? Then Skyfall. Bravo James. And then there was Spectre. Uuuh what happened?

It’s been a mixed bag with the Daniel Craig Bond films, but even with the bad ones, it’s always a good time to see Daniel Craig in the role. i have higher hopes for this one, I enjoy the visual style of director Cary Joji Fukunaga, and the new cast members (Ana de Armas, Rami Malek) are both excellent actors that I can’t wait to see in the world of Jams Bond. This is Craig’s last go as 007 and another odd numbered entry so I’m hoping all of these ingredients gives us another great film before the end.

Black Widow – May 1st

And the Marvel Train keeps on moving! Black Widow is giving me serious Winter Soldier vibes, which I absolutely loved. It’s been a long while since Marvel has made a movie that I haven’t enjoyed and this entry does not look like it’s going to break that streak. I wasn’t sure how interesting a Black Widow movie could be when they first announced it, but if this trailer is anything to go by, it’s going to be another fun ride.

Wonder Woman 1984 – June 5th

Two female leading superhero movies within a month of each other? What kind of madness is this? The best kind if you ask me. Wonder Woman 1984 looks like an even more fun movie than the original. What I loved about the original, the chemistry between Diana and Steve, is back. Add in the fun 80’s vibes and it’s looking like this sequel might rise above the original. I’m crossing my fingers for a Captain America style growth to this franchise with this second entry. Here’s hoping.

Ghostbusters: Afterlife – July 10th

I never did see that odd Ghostbusters reboot that came out a few years back. It didn’t feel like the old Ghostbusters in terms of mixing horror and comedy. Luckily this new entry, that’s a continuation of the classics looks to strike that balance that made the originals great. I’m also liking the Stranger Things / Goonies vibes with focusing on a younger cast of characters.

Tenet – July 17th

Nolan is one of my favorite directors. His movies are huge, pull off insane filmmaking feats, have great ensemble casts, and booming scores. Tenet looks insane. Like a time bending spy movie. Almost like taking bits of Inception and Interstellar into one movie. I’m also really excited to see more of John David Washington and the future Batman Robert Pattinson.

Last Night in Soho – September 25th

An Edgar Wright horror movie? The same guy who made Shuan of the Dead, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, and Baby Driver? Yeah that alone is all I need to hear. His movies have a unique voice that I thoroughly enjoy. Also it happens to star two actresses that have been on a solid rise over the last couple of years between Anya Taylor-Joy and Thomasin McKenzie. I can’t wait to check out what Wright has in store for us next.

Godzilla vs. Kong – November 20th

This is the title fight we have all been waiting for. Rocky vs. Creed? No way. This is the heavy heavy heavy heavy weight. The Godzilla and Kong movies have been a lot of fun, and I still can’t believe we are finally going to get to see these massive titans go head to head this year. I got my money on the ape, always bet on the underdog.

Dune – December 20th

I’ve never read the book Dune. I hear it’s pretty great for fans of sci-fi. Even so, this is my most anticipated movie of the year because of the man directing it. Denis Vileneuve. The guy is a movie making master as far as I’m concerned. His last three movies? Sicario, Arrival, and Blade Runner: 2049. Those are some top tier movies there. Then there is the cast of this monster of a movie: Timothee Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac, Zendaya, Jason Momoa, Josh Brolin, Dave Bautista, Javier Bardem, Stellen Skarsgard, I could keep going and going with this one. It’s nuts. BUT WAIT, there’s more. Hans Zimmer is handling the score. Yeah just take all the money, I’m there opening night.

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2019 Movie Preview

Happy New Year everyone!

While most are focused on those month long resolution goals, I wanted to spend some time looking at the upcoming release calendar and what I’m excited to see. Take a look below at some 2019 movies that I can’t wait to check out!

Glass – January 18th

M. Night Shyamalan’s version of super heroes versus villains finally comes to a head with Glass. For those who don’t know know this film is a sequel to 2000’s Unbreakable, and 2017’s Split. It pits Bruce Willis’s David Dunn from the former against James McAvoy’s The Beast from the later. I’m super excited for this movie for a couple reasons, one being Split was great, and the other that Bruce Willis / Samuel L. Jackson look like they are bringing their acting skills to the table. Shyamalan has been on a solid run in the past several years and this one looks like it might be the one he’s always wanted to make.

Us – March 15th

I have a confession, I still haven’t seen Jordan Peele’s Get Out. I plan to rectify that before his next movie though. Us looks like it’s going to be a fun horror ride. This plot appears from the trailers to follow a family who are being hunted by some serial killer version of themselves. I have no idea where this plot is going to go but I’m super intrigued to find out.

Shazam! – April 5th

It’s Big meets superheroes, what is not to love? While I do enjoy your normal superhero movie, one’s that try and do something fresh with the genre always catch my eye. This looks like it’s gonna be a great time with a lot of laughs.

Avengers: Endgame – April 26th

Avengers: Infinity War rubbed me the wrong way. I enjoyed it but no where near to the extent that most fans did. The ending felt hollow to me, but if it was all set up to make Endgame the movie I wanted in the first place (a Marvel movie with major stakes) then fine by me, and boy oh boy, this looks exactly like what I wanted Infinity War to be.

Pokemon Detective Pikachu – May 10th

Talk about a trailer that completely won me over. When I heard they were making a live action Pokemon movie about a talking Pikachu who solves crimes, I was very skeptical. This trailer though hit all the right notes. The detective angle actually looks like a solid move to tell a story you can accomplish in one film. The Pokemon look great, and that sweet soothing voice of Ryan Reynolds just seals the deal. This movie is gonna make crazy money.

John Wick: Chapter 3 – May 17th

The Baba Yaga is back for round three baby! The John Wick series has been my favorite gun-fu action series in recent memory. The gun play action is just a blast to watch as ex-hitman John Wick head shots and double taps every poor soul who decides to take him on. The last we saw him in the last movie leaves him in a very very stick situation so it will be be wild to see him fight through what seem like impossible odds. If anyone can do it though, it’s the man who kills scores of thugs for killing a dog.

Godzilla: King of Monsters – May 31st

Holy crap, May is staked with great movies. I have three on this list and there are at least two others that look pretty great too. I really enjoyed 2014’s Godzilla and 2017’s Kong: Skull Island, but before we can get to Godzilla vs. Kong, our Kaiju protector will have to battle against three of his most popular foes. This is the monster movie I have wanted to see since I was a little kid. It looks absolutely insane and I can’t wait to see how Godzilla takes down these formidable opponents.

Joker – October 4th

This comic book movie sounds absolutely bonkers. Joaquin Phoenix starring as the Joker? Todd Phillips of The Hangover fame directing? A cast also including Robert De Niro and Zazie Beetz? I have no idea if this DC stand alone spin-off strategy will pay off, but out of any comic book movie that has been made since the Marvel explosion, this one has my complete attention.

Knives Out – November 27th

Little is known of what this movie will be about besides it’s a murder mystery. The two reasons I’m excited for this movie and why it has made my list are the director and cast. Rian Johnson, you know that guy who directed Star Wars: The Last Jedi? Yeah he’s the one who wrote and is directing this film. While The Last Jedi was pretty split down the middle between if you liked the movie or not, go back and watch some of his other work. Looper, Brick, this guy makes great movies. Now take a look at the cast: Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, Jami Lee Curtis, Michael Shannon, Christopher Plummer, Toni Collete. This ensemble alone would have me interested but pair that with a director that I enjoy, this should be great treat for the Thanksgiving weekend.

Star Wars: Episode IX – December 20th

After three straight years of Star Wars during the holidays 2018 skipped this trend. I didn’t like that. I’m happy it’s returning and more to the point, I’m beyond hyped to see how J.J. Abrams closes out this new trilogy of Star Wars. Out of all the new Star Wars films Abrams’ last entry The Force Awakens was my favorite. The Last Jedi took the franchise into some bold new directions and I’m very interested to see how Abrams will take that all back into that feeling of classic Star Wars mixed with the new. What a way to end the year with the conclusion of this new era of Star Wars.


I had a bunch of other movies I would have thrown into this list, so below is a rapid fire honorable mentions of other movies that I’m excited to see.

Captain Marvel – March 8th
Captive State – March 29th
Pet Sematary – April 5th
Hellboy – April 12th
Brightburn – May 24th
Dark Phoenix – June 7th
Men In Black: International – June 14th
Toy Story 4 – June 21st
Spider-Man: Far From Home – July 5th
The Lion King – July 19th
Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs and Shaw – August 2nd
The New Mutants – August 2nd
It: Chapter 2 – September 6th
Zombieland: Double Tap – October 11th
Terminator: Dark Fate – November 1st

Wow! What a great year ahead for movies!