Your Guide to the Biggest 2023 Movie Releases, Part 2

By Melody McCune

New year, new movies to add to our watch roster. This is easily one of the biggest years yet for Hollywood, boasting everything from supernatural indies and stylized horror to comic book tentpoles and summer blockbusters. If you’re like me and you need a comprehensive guide to the biggest flicks of 2023, you’re in luck. That’s exactly what this article is!

Below, I’ve compiled a list of the major cinematic players of 2023. Because there are tons of films hitting theaters, I’ve split this piece into two parts — so be sure to visit Part 1 before diving into Part 2 below!


Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse (June 2)

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is, hands down, one of the best Marvel movies to date. It’s critically lauded and beloved by audiences across the board. So, naturally, Sony and Marvel are back with a sequel – Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse. The flick follows our hero, Miles Morales, who must embark on a quest to save the Spider-People in every universe. While traveling through the Multiverse with Gwen Stacy, Miles meets the Spider-Force, the protectors of said Multiverse. Expect to see lots of different Spider-Folks. Spider-Peeps. Spider-Beings.

The all-star voice cast includes Shameik Moore as our titular Spider-Man/Miles Morales, Hailee Steinfeld as Gwen Stacy/Spider-Woman, Jake Johnson as Peter B. Parker/Spider-Man, Oscar Isaac as Miguel O’Hara/Spider-Man 2099, and Issa Rae as Jessica Drew/Spider-Woman.

Get ready for multiversal action when Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse swings into theaters on June 2.


Transformers: Rise of the Beasts (June 9)

Are you ready to watch more vehicles transform into robots and some Michael Bay explosions? Transformers: Rise of the Beasts is the seventh (!) installment in the Transformers franchise. The year is 1994, the city is New York City, and the conflict is ancient. The story derives inspiration from the animated TV series Transformers: Beast Wars. Noah Diaz (Anthony Ramos) and Elena Wallace (Dominique Fishback), an ex-military electronics expert and an artifact researcher, respectively, embark on an adventure with the Autobots. They encounter three factions of the Transformers race: the Maximals, the Predacons, and the Terrorcons.

Besides Ramos and Fishback, the rest of the cast includes Michaela Jaé Rodriguez, Luna Lauren Vélez, Tobe Nwigwe, Ron Perlman, John DiMaggio, Peter Dinklage, Pete Davidson, and Michelle Yeoh.

Learn why power is primal when Transformers: Rise of the Beasts bursts into theaters on June 9.


The Flash (June 16)

Despite the onslaught of controversy surrounding The Flash (you know what I’m talking about), Warner Bros. Discovery seems hellbent on releasing this film as previously announced. Ezra Miller stars as the eponymous Flash/Barry Allen, who utilizes his super speed to travel in time to prevent his mother’s murder. Naturally, there are repercussions from Barry’s actions, and timeline shenanigans ensue.

DC’s The Flash stars Ezra Miller, Ron Livingston as Henry Allen, Kiersey Clemons as Iris West, Michael Shannon as General Zod, Michael Keaton as Bruce Wayne/Batman, Sasha Calle as Supergirl, Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne/Batman, Maribel Verdú as Nora Allen, and Temuera Morrison as Thomas Curry.

Watch Barry Allen’s quest to undo his past when The Flash speeds its way into theaters on June 16.


Elemental (June 16)

Elemental, my dear Watson. (Did you know this was the first version of that fake Sherlock Holmes quote?) Pixar’s highly anticipated next flick, Elemental, explores the elements. In the film’s universe, beings made of the four elements – fire, water, air, and land – reside in the same city. Ember Lumen, a “fiery young woman,” and Wade Ripple, a “go-with-the-flow guy,” meet each other and realize they share common ground.

Leah Lewis voices Ember and Mamoudou Athie lends his voice to Wade. Director Peter Sohn drew inspiration from his experiences growing up in 1970s New York City with immigrant parents. Pixar knows how to produce a solid animated flick that tugs at the heartstrings. I’m excited to bawl my eyes out.

Elemental soars into theaters on June 16 (The Flash will have some competition!)


Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny (June 30)

Indy’s back for round five. Harrison Ford will reprise one of his most famous roles as the titular Indiana Jones for Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny. This marks the first film without Steven Spielberg at the helm or a George Lucas-penned script. The story finds Indy smack dab in the middle of the Space Race in 1969 as the United States endeavors to beat the Soviet Union to space. Indy’s not a fan of the U.S. hiring former Nazis to help them win said Space Race. Jürgen Voller, an ex-Nazi who works at NASA, wishes to mold the world as he sees fit (we know what that means).

Joining Harrison Ford for some good ol’ fashioned action and adventure is Phoebe Waller-Bridge as Helena Shaw, Mads Mikkelsen as Jürgen Voller, Antonio Banderas as Renaldo, and Boyd Holbrook as Klaber. John Rhys-Davies will return as Sallah.

Brace yourself for more Indy fighting Nazis (which feels apropos given the rampant antisemitism and fascism still in the world) when Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny cracks into theaters on June 30.


Insidious 5 (July 7)

Things are getting … insidious. The fifth installment in the Insidious franchise is nigh. Originally titled Insidious: Fear the Dark, it serves as a direct sequel to the first Insidious flick and Insidious: Chapter 2. The film takes place a decade after the end of the first two films, when Josh Lambert (Patrick Wilson) drops his son Dalton (Ty Simpkins) off at college. Demons from the past return to haunt them both. Rose Byrne returns as Renai Lambert, along with Peter Dager, Jarquez McClendon, Sinclair Daniel, and Hiam Abbass.

I’m not a huge horror buff, but I know these films are pretty popular. So, you go, Insidious! Make more films!

Insidious 5 scares its way into theaters on July 7.


Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One (July 14)

Dun, dun, dun-dun, dun, dun, dun-dun…

If you hummed the Mission: Impossible theme song when reading the above, you’re not alone. Tom Cruise will Tom Cruise again in the seventh film of the Mission: Impossible franchise. Paramount Pictures is keeping the premise for Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One under wraps, so we know virtually nothing about this project except for its cast.

Besides Tom Cruise as Ethan Hunt, the film also stars Hayley Atwell as Grace, Simon Pegg as Benji Dunn, Ving Rhames as Luther Stickell, Rebecca Ferguson as Ilsa Faust, Vanessa Kirby as Alanna Mitsopolis, and Shea Whigham as Jasper Briggs.

Get your spying on when Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One sneaks into theaters on July 14.


Oppenheimer (July 21)

Christopher Nolan’s next big-budget blockbuster will blow up our summer (along with another highly anticipated flick). Oppenheimer shines a light on real-life theoretical physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer and his contributions leading to the creation of the atomic bomb. Cillian Murphy stars as Oppenheimer, which makes sense, given Nolan and Murphy’s decades-long work relationship.

Oppenheimer boasts a massive all-star cast, but here are a few of the main players besides Murphy: Emily Blunt as Katherine Oppenheimer, Matt Damon as Leslie Groves, Robert Downey Jr. as Lewis Strauss, Florence Pugh as Jean Tatlock, and Rami Malek in an undisclosed role.

Oppenheimer will bring on the atomic drama when it explodes into theaters on July 21.


Barbie (July 21)

If you’re wondering who Oppenheimer’s competition is, look no further than Greta Gerwig’s Barbie. Margot Robbie stars as the famous Mattel doll, because who else fits the bill? The teaser trailer paid homage to 2001: A Space Odyssey, so, naturally, Barbie is pretty high on my list. Gerwig will undoubtedly put a uniquely satirical spin on the tale of Barbie, who’s expelled from Barbieland for being a “less than perfect” doll.

Barbie stars Margot Robbie, Ryan Gosling as Ken, Will Ferrell as the Mattel CEO, America Ferrera, Kate McKinnon, and Michael Cera, along with Issa Rae, Ncuti Gatwa, Simu Liu, Kingsley Ben-Adir, and Hari Nef as Barbie and Ken variants.

You can be a Barbie girl in a Barbie world when the film dances into theaters on July 21.


The Marvels (July 28)

The second film in Marvel’s Phase 5 is on the horizon. The Marvels, the sequel to 2019’s Captain Marvel, brings some superpowered characters together. Carol Danvers, Kamala Khan, and Monica Rambeau swap places with each other every time they use their powers. Naturally, they team up to figure out the “why” of it all.

If you haven’t watched Ms. Marvel or WandaVision, get on that now, friends. As with everything in the MCU, it’s all connected. Brie Larson stars as Carol Danvers, Iman Vellani as Kamala Khan, Teyonah Parris as Monica Rambeau, Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, and Zawe Ashton as the film’s baddie.

Prepare for a marvel-ous team up when The Marvels flies into theaters on July 28.


Haunted Mansion (August 11)

Who doesn’t love a good haunted mansion? If you’re an Old™ like me, you remember the 2003 Eddie Murphy-led Haunted Mansion flick. If you’re also like me, you’ve ridden the Haunted Mansion ride at Disneyland more times than you can count. This new film follows Gabbie (Rosario Dawson), a single mom, and Travis (Chase Dillon), Gabbie’s son. They move into an affordable mansion in New Orleans. Silly specters and grim grinning ghosts come out to socialize, and Gabbie desperately needs someone to exorcise the mansion.

Haunted Mansion stars Rosario Dawson, Chase Dillon, LaKeith Stanfield as Ben Matthias, Owen Wilson as Kent, Tiffany Haddish as Harriet, Danny DeVito as Bruce, Jared Leto as Alistair Crump, and Jamie Lee Curtis as Madame Leota.

Disney will present the thrills and chills when Haunted Mansion materializes in theaters on August 11.


Blue Beetle (August 18)

DC continues their 2023 roster with Blue Beetle, a film initially slated for release solely on HBO Max. Now, it’s getting a theatrical release. Xolo Maridueña stars as Jaime Reyes/Blue Beetle, a teen who gains superpowers after an alien beetle scarab forms a formidable exoskeleton around his body. Bruna Marquezine plays Penny, Jaime’s love interest, with George Lopez as Rudy (Jaime’s uncle), Susan Sarandon as Victoria Kord (Blue Beetle’s antagonist), and Harvey Guillén in an undisclosed role.

I’ve been a fan of Maridueña since his debut on Cobra Kai so I’m excited to watch his turn as a DC super hero. I’m glad this project survived the infamous Warner Bros. Discovery content cull of 2022.

Blue Beetle will save the day when it hits theaters on August 18.


Kraven the Hunter (October 6)

Marvel and Sony are coming together again for another joint venture. Aaron Taylor-Johnson is playing a different Marvel character this time — the titular role in Kraven the Hunter. Taylor-Johnson portrays Sergei Kravinoff/Kraven, a game hunter whose objective is to prove he’s the greatest hunter in the world. Ariana DeBose joins Taylor-Johnson as Calypso, Kraven’s love interest and a voodoo priestess. Fred Hechinger is Dmitri Smerdyakov/Chameleon, Kraven’s half-brother. Christopher Abbott and Alessandro Nivola will play the antagonists, while Russell Crowe and Levi Miller join the fray in undisclosed roles.

I’m not super familiar with Kraven the Hunter, but I’m curious to watch this when it hits the big screen. Taylor-Johnson is a solid actor, too.

Join the hunt when Kraven the Hunter bursts into theaters on October 6.


The Exorcist (October 13)

2023 is the year of horror sequels. The Exorcist serves as a direct sequel to the 1973 original film, and stars Leslie Odom Jr. as Tanner, Ellen Burstyn as Chris MacNeil, Ann Dowd as Paula, and Nedim Jahić as the demon. The premise is simple — the father of a possessed child searches for Chris MacNeil, who’s had the same experience with her own kid, Regan. We’ll also see the return of Pazuzu, everyone’s fave demon.

It’s interesting how it has taken half a century to get a direct sequel to The Exorcist. That said, it’s Hollywood, so sequels, reboots, and remakes are inevitable.

Get your scare on when The Exorcist shrieks into theaters on October 13.


Dune: Part Two (Nov. 3)

Denis Villeneuve’s sci-fi epic is back for a second installment. Dune: Part Two is the follow up to its highly successful 2021 predecessor. This go-round, we follow Paul Atreides (Timothée Chalamet) and his journey as he’s reunited with Chani (Zendaya) and the Fremen. Paul seeks revenge against the conspirators who ripped his family apart while endeavoring to prevent a terrible future from coming to fruition.

Much like many of the films on this list, Dune: Part Two boasts a sprawling cast list. Besides Chalamet and Zendaya, we have Rebecca Ferguson as Lady Jessica, Josh Brolin as Gurney Halleck, Christopher Walken as Emperor Shaddam IV, Stellan Skarsgård as Baron Vladimir Harkonnen, Austin Butler as Feyd-Rautha Harkonnen, Dave Bautista as Glossu Rabban Harkonnen, Florence Pugh as Princess Irulan, and Javier Bardem as Stilgar.

Embark on a sci-fi journey of unimaginable proportions when Dune: Part Two takes theaters by storm on November 3.


The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes (Nov. 17)

Everyone loves a good origin story. Eight years after The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 concluded a wildly popular YA dystopian saga, The Hunger Games is back with a prequel story for the ages. A young Coriolanus Snow (Tom Blyth) mentors and develops feelings for the District 12 tribute, Lucy Gray Baird (Rachel Zegler), during the 10th Hunger Games. Something tells me this will end terribly, given how bitter Snow becomes as the President of Panem.

Blyth and Zegler star alongside Hunter Schafer as Tigris Snow, Jason Schwartzman as Lucretius Flickerman, Peter Dinklage as Casca Highbottom, Burn Gorman as Commander Hoff, and Viola Davis as Dr. Volumnia Gaul.

Brace yourself for a return to Panem when The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes whisks us to dystopia on November 17.


Untitled Ghostbusters Afterlife Sequel (Dec. 20)

Who you gonna call? If you loved Ghostbusters: Afterlife like I did, you’re undoubtedly excited for the untitled sequel on the horizon. After the events in Oklahoma, our team will return to where it all started: the Big Apple. According to IMDb, the Spengler family will continue ghostbusting under the leadership of Winston Zeddemore (Ernie Hudson) and Ray Stantz (Dan Aykroyd). Mckenna Grace will reprise her role as Phoebe alongside Finn Wolfhard as Trevor, Carrie Coon as Callie, and Paul Rudd as Grooberson.

Not much else is known at this point, but here’s hoping we get more info soon to fill in the ghostly blanks.

The untitled Ghostbusters: Afterlife sequel is slated for theaters on December 20.


Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom (Dec. 25)

Jason Momoa will make a splash this Christmas, returning to the DC fore as Arthur Curry/Aquaman. As of now, DC remains tight-lipped regarding Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom’s plot details, but we do have a cast list. Besides Momoa as the title character, Amber Heard reprises her role as Mera, Patrick Wilson as Orm Marius, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II is David Kane/Black Manta, Dolph Lundgren is King Nereus, Willem Dafoe is Nuidius Vulko, Temuera Morrison is Tom Curry, and Nicole Kidman is Atlanna. Ben Affleck is purported to return as Bruce Wayne/Batman.

Fun fact: Momoa helped develop the story for Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom.

Get ready to rally together the fishies when Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom swims into theaters on December 25.

That’s a wrap on Part 2 of our 2023 movies list. Which films are you looking forward to the most? Share your thoughts with other fans at, and don’t forget to Let Your Geek Sideshow!