Anticipated releases in the last stretch of 2023

With the recent resolution of the Writers Guild of America (WGA) strike through a mutually agreeable accord between them and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMNTP), movie enthusiasts can now morally await the release of their highly anticipated films of 2023. These upcoming movies, set to make a significant impact, were put together by acclaimed directors such as Ridley Scott, David Fincher, and Martin Scorsese. For cinephiles, the excitement stems from various factors at the end of this year, including the collaboration of the legendary Robert De Niro with Martin Scorsese, both at 80 years of age. All in all, this wait promises the delivery of exceptional quality films by filmmakers who have proven themselves in the film industry. Killers of the Flower Moon is an upcoming film directed by Academy Award winner Martin Scorsese, director of critically acclaimed films like The Wolf of Wall Street, Taxi Driver, Shutter Island, and Goodfellas. Scheduled for release on October 20, 2023, the film boasts an impressive ensemble cast, with three Academy Award winning actors such as Leonardo DiCaprio, Robert De Niro, and Brendan Fraser. Based on the non-fiction book Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann, the movie delves into the horrifying real-life murders of the Osage Native American tribe in Osage County, Oklahoma during the 1920s, following the discovery of oil on their land. Following this highly anticipated cinematic piece, David Fincher’s “The Killer” is set to hit limited theaters on October 27, 2023. David Fincher, acclaimed for works such as Se7en, Fight Club, The Social Network, and Zodiac, is joining forces with Michael Fassbender for his upcoming project, The Killer. The movie has been a long-standing passion project for Fincher, spanning nearly two decades. The Killer delves into a noir narrative, centered around a professional assassin navigating a world devoid of moral bearings, as described on IMDb. David Fincher’s movies are highly anticipated due to his extremely high standards for his shoots. In fact, for his recent film Mank, scenes involving Academy Award winner Gary Oldman saw up to a staggering 100 takes after which Gary Oldman lost his patience and said to Fincher, “David, I’ve done this scene a hundred times,” and Fincher said, “Yeah, I know, but this is 101. Reset!”   Subsequently, the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) gears up for another highly anticipated installment after a prolonged wait since Guardians of the Galaxy: Volume 3. Set to release on November 10, 2023, The Marvels, directed by Nia DaCosta, packs an impressive cast featuring Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, and Iman Vellani. Positioned within phase five of the MCU, the next offering is Captain America: Brave New World, scheduled for July 26, 2024. This film marks Captain Marvel’s only appearance since her cameo in the mid-credits scene of Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, alongside Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo), adding to the excitement for MCU enthusiasts. Releasing on November 22, 2023, Napoleon stars Academy Award winner Joaquin Phoenix in the iconic role of Napoleon Bonaparte, with Vanessa Kirby portraying Empress Josephine, directed by Sir Ridley Scott. Napoleon offers an intimate exploration of Napoleon Bonaparte’s life and origins, delving into his rise to emperor status through the lens of Empress Josephine. According to IMDb, in December 2022, reports surfaced that Phoenix’s portrayal of Napoleon was so compelling that Scott felt compelled to revise the script to align with his powerful performance. Finally, if you loved Paddington 1 and Paddington 2, or are enchanted by Roald Dahl’s magical world in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, then Wonka might be something to look out for. This upcoming film stars Timothée Chalamet in the iconic role of Willy Wonka and is helmed by the talented director Paul King. Adding to the cast, Hugh Grant takes on a whimsical role as an Oompa-Loompa. Wonka delves into one of Roald Dahl’s most famous characters, Willy Wonka, and provides an origin story, shedding light on how he transformed into the enigmatic factory owner we came to know from Dahl’s beloved books and Tim Burton’s adaptation, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, where Johnny Depp brought Wonka to life. Set to grace theaters on December 15, 2023, Wonka promises an enchanting cinematic experience that fans of these timeless tales won’t want to miss. Oppenheimer and Barbie brought back the movie going experience for the mass-market profoundly back in July, but the continuation of this trend was halted by the WGA strike. However, with the strike reaching a reasonable agreement, we can finally anticipate immersing ourselves in these exhilarating films, as they are put together by aficionados in the movie industry.

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