The ten most anticipated movies in theaters in 2023

Cinema operators are already wringing their hands considering the number of stars and blockbusters announced at the beginning of the year: Steven Spielberg, Brad Pitt, Harrison Ford and Sam Mendes. Hollywood is back in color and wants to shout loudly and make its love for cinema clear.

This year, two major bookstore successes are taking up the defense of French products, including the most expensive French blockbuster 2023 by Martin Bourboulon. Costing 72 million euros, “The Three Musketeers” will try to bring the public back into the darkroom. The next “Asterix and Obelix” is also eagerly awaited. Here’s our pick of ten movies set to smash the box office in 2023.

“Babylon”, Damien Chazelle, January 18

After Whiplash, La La Land (2.7 million admissions in France) and First Man, director Damien Chazelle returns in mid-January with Babylon. ‰ Cast: Margot Robbie, Brad Pitt and Tobey Maguire. The director immerses us in the beginning of the film industry of the 20s, the crazy years when cinema was still silent. Early reviews are rave reviews, it’s a masterpiece, others thought it was too long: three hours.

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“Asterix and Obelix: The Middle Kingdom,” February 1

This new Asterix will be one of the attractions of France at the beginning of the year. A very diverse cast struggles to fit on one sheet: Guillaume Canet, Gilles Lellouche, Marion Cotillard, Jonathan Cohen, Angèle, Orelsan, Biglo and Oli, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Mathieu Chedid, etc. With 65 million euros, it is the second biggest budget in the saga for “Asterix & Obelix”. Although the quality is sometimes criticized, the adventures of two Gauls are guaranteed every time. This time, they will have to ensure the safety of a young Chinese prince and save his country. Besides, Caesar also intends to march into the Middle Empire…

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“Fabelmans”, Steven Spielberg, February 22

With his thirty-sixth feature film, Steven Spielberg returns to his childhood. A kid from Arizona is obsessed with 1950s cinema. He is so fascinated that he wants to make his own movie. The director talks a little about himself in “Fabelmans”, where we are far from the great works of “Indiana Jones” or “Et, Aliens”.

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“Empire of Light,” Sam Mendes, March 1

Again, it is an ode to the 7th art. The story takes place in a cinema in one of the coastal towns of England in the 1980s under Margaret Thatcher. A movie theater manager, played by Olivia Colman, falls in love with a young black employee. A nostalgic film for the director of Skyfall and 1917.

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The Three Musketeers: D’Artagnan by Martin Bourboulon, April 5

In 2022, no French film was among the most watched feature films of the year.

A first since 1989 . This adaptation of Alexandre Dumas’ work aims to bring the French public back to cinema. It will follow up with at least one more film, if the crowd is there, the next one will be released in December. Commenting on Francois Civil d’Artagnan. His partners: Pio Marmai as Aramis and Romain Duris as Porthos. The promise: action and spectacular scenes.

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“Barbie,” by Greta Gerwig, in July

Who would have imagined that one day they would see a movie with these two popular children’s toys, Barbie and Ken, that hit the stores in 1959? The film has been in the works for several years. Who better to play Ken and Barbie than Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling? Behind the camera, Greta Gerwig (“Lady Bird”, “The Daughters of Doctor March”). Not much information about the plot has been leaked, but the trailer clearly references Stanley Kubrick.

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“How Will You Live”, Hayao Myiazaki, in Japan in July

The master of the genre has been silent for almost ten years. Hayao Miyazaki’s last film released in 2013 is The Wind Rises. At 81, his new feature film follows the psychological evolution of a 15-year-old schoolboy: it’s an adaptation of a Japanese literary classic. Will she be at the top of her game again like Princess Mononoke and Howl’s Moving Castle? The French release date is not yet known, but could be shortly after the Japanese release, which is slated for July.

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Oppenheimer, Christopher Nolan, July 19

Every movie of Christopher Nolan is an event with mixed scripts. The director of the films “The Dark Knight”, “Interstellar” and “Inception” is interested in the life of physicist Robert Oppenheimer, one of the fathers of the atomic bomb designed during the Second World War. The actors are amazing: Cillian Murphy, Emily Blunt, Robert Downey Jr. and Matt Damon. With a budget of 100 million euros, it will be one of the blockbusters of the year.

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“The Second Round,” Albert Dupontel, October 25

Albert Dupontel has a talent for writing and directing caustic films. And this satire of the political world will not be an exception. “Goodbye up there” recorded two million hits and “Adieu les cons” nearly as many hits. In the Second Round, Dupontel portrays a French politician who is a favorite candidate for the highest office, but inexperienced in politics. He will have to deal with a disgraced political journalist to investigate his past.

“Dune 2”, Denis Villeneuve, November 3

One of the most anticipated sci-fi films of the year, it is the second part of the adaptation of Frank Herbert’s novel written in the 60s. Timothée Chalamet and Zendaya are still on board, and Denis Villeneuve is directing. The first part earned more than 400 million dollars at the box office with a budget of 165 million. The film won six Oscars. As it deserves, the visuals, the universe, the sound were breathtaking.

“Spiderman”, “Chicken Run”, Martin Scorsese…

The choice was difficult. We could add “Killers of the Flower Moon” by Martin Scorsese with two protégés: Léonardo di Caprio and Robert de Niro. The schedule also includes two Marvel productions: “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3″ and the animated film “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse”. At age 80, Harrison dons the Indiana Jones costume 40 years after Raiders of the Lost Ark. Two more animated films are highly anticipated: a sequel to Chicken Run and an adaptation of the video game Super Mario Bros.

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