If you’ve found yourself in the habit of watching the same movies and tv shows over and over again, then this is the list for you. Here’s my quickfire round up of the upcoming movies that you need to add to your watchlist.
- Past Lives – UK Release date: 8th September
From the trailer alone I was instantly hooked, if you’re a fan of romantic dramas then this is the one for you. The story chronicles the lives of two childhood friends who found their lives being taken on divergent paths only to be reunited decades later. The subtle and tender atmosphere that the trailer introduces also manages to pack an emotional punch that is sure to leave you longing for more as the movie balances the delicate and complex nature of relationships with the abrasive harshness of real life. The bittersweet romance is reminiscent of classics such as ‘In the mood for love’ as its delicate and understated style will be sure to leave a lasting impression.
- Return to Seoul – UK Release date: 5th May
Davy Chou’s 2023 drama sees a 25 year old French adoptee travel back to her native South Korea in search of her biological parents. This film presents an unfiltered and carefree journey of self-discovery that resonates strongly with the audience as we are all searching for a sense of belonging in one way or another. The bold and audacious central character perfectly encapsulates what it feels like to be human in this ever changing world that is confusing and unpredictable, it teaches you to live in the moment whilst simultaneously bringing you back down to earth. Return to Seoul emphasises the importance of family and demonstrates how you will always find your way no matter how far you stray from your roots.
- Beau Is Afraid – UK Release date: 19th May
Now, I promise this not an ad for A24 but I can’t seem to get away from his film not matter where I turn. I’m yet to see Ari Aster’s latest wacky comedy, or horror, or drama, or maybe all three. From the crazy and colourful discussions that I’ve seen surrounding this film I get a feeling that this will have a marmitey effect with people either loving or hating this tale. It looks close to nothing that I’ve ever seen and I’m eager to find out what this film has in store for us. Beware that it has a run time of 2 hours and 59 minutes so it’s not for the faint hearted but if you’re looking for a film with character that’s a bit quirky, a bit bizarre and completely unpredictable then you won’t want to skip Aster’s latest instalment.
- Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse – UK Release date: 1st June
This is perhaps the biggest name on the list as everyone is familiar with the Spider-Man IP and I couldn’t be happier about all of the momentum that has built up for the second chapter of Miles Morales’ trip across the multiverse. Animated films have typically underperformed in the cinema but following on from the widespread success of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse the follow up film has landed on its feet and this visual spectacle is something that you can’t miss. The carefully crafted world of Miles Morales is immersive and all encompassing as the story sucks you in emotionally and doesn’t let you go. Movies like this dispel the redundant argument that animation is for kids as this is gripping story is offset with stunning artwork creating a fun-filled wild adventure that guarantees to keep you entertained.
There’s something for everyone but if you want to try something new, these four films span such a wide spectrum and are a must for 2023!