Are you ready for a night of indulgence, complete with popcorn and soft drinks? The holiday season is the best time for movie lovers to check out new movies in 2023 that are sure to pique their interest and entertain them completely.
While there may be some uncertainty during this challenging year, one thing is sure: Hollywood continues to produce great movies that will bring escape and joy as we look ahead to 2023. So put on your favorite onesie blanket and settle on the couch — these are the most anticipated movie releases of this holiday season and beyond!
‘Napoleon’ Nov. 22, 2023
Renowned filmmaker Ridley Scott, still showcasing his directorial prowess at age 85, unveils his latest cinematic masterpiece, ‘Napoleon.’ Following the success of “The Last Duel” and “House of Gucci,” Scott turns his lens to the compelling tale of Napoleon Bonaparte. Vanessa Kirby takes on the role of the powerful and seductive Empress Josephine, providing an ideal casting choice.
The central question revolves around Joaquin Phoenix portraying Napoleon, with a notable age difference. Phoenix, known for his exceptional acting, brings an intriguing dynamic to the historical figure. The film promises a captivating exploration of Napoleon’s career.
The Color Purple
In a departure from the 1985 Steven Spielberg film, “The Color Purple” takes center stage as a cinematic adaptation of the Broadway musical. Produced by Spielberg, Oprah Winfrey (who starred in the original film), and Quincy Jones, this rendition promises to captivate audiences with its grand-scale presentation. Based on Alice Waters’ eponymous novel, the story unfolds against the backdrop of early 1900s America, portraying the lives of two sisters navigating separate paths.
At the heart of this inspirational musical are talented performers, including Taraji P. Henson, Danielle Brooks from “Orange Is the New Black,” Halle Bailey of “The Little Mermaid” fame, and Colman Domingo, known for his standout role in “Rustin.” Their collective artistry adds depth to the narrative, promising a moving and unforgettable cinematic experience.
Blitz Bazawule, a filmmaker with a multifaceted artistic identity, is steering the helm. Beyond directing, he is a rapper, singer-songwriter, and producer. Notably, Bazawule earned his first Grammy nomination for directing Beyoncé’s musical film “Black Is King” (2020). His unique creative vision brings a fresh perspective to “The Color Purple,” elevating it beyond a traditional remake.
Scheduled for a theatrical release on Dec. 25, “The Color Purple” invites audiences to embark on a musical journey that transcends boundaries, celebrating the resilience and spirit of its characters in a richly woven tapestry of storytelling.
‘Candy Cane Lane’ – Dec. 1, 2023
Eddie Murphy, a legendary box office star, embarks on a holiday-themed film, ‘Candy Cane Lane.’ Departing from concept-driven or sequel-based projects, this movie relies on Murphy’s onscreen charisma.
Murphy portrays a father entering a Christmas decoration contest, adding a twist by striking a pact with an elf, played by Jillian Bell. The ensuing chaos promises a blend of humor and heartwarming moments. The film also features Tracee Ellis Ross, adding to the ensemble’s charm.
‘Poor Things’ – Dec. 8, 2023
Director Yorgos Lanthimos, acclaimed for films like “The Killing of a Sacred Deer” and “The Favourite,” presents ‘Poor Things.’ Starring Emma Stone, this 19th-century British tale unfolds as a “Frankenstein-inspired narrative, where a deceased woman is reanimated, undergoing a cerebral transformation from a child to an adult.
The trailer hints at a gothic comedy with feminist undertones, amplifying anticipation for this unique cinematic experience.
‘American Fiction’ – Dec. 15, 2023
Winning the audience award at the Toronto Film Festival, ‘American Fiction marks the directorial debut of Cord Jefferson. The film stars Jeffrey Wright, who is celebrated for his role in “Westworld,” portraying a Black novelist navigating the challenges of the literary world.
Faced with obstacles, he adopts a pseudonym and pens a parody novel utilizing Black stereotypes, which unexpectedly becomes a bestseller. Wright leads this thought-provoking and humorous exploration of the publishing industry.
As these films hit the screens and streaming platforms, audiences can anticipate diverse storytelling, from historical dramas to holiday comedies and intriguing satires.
This holiday season is filled with delightful opportunities to laugh, cry, and experience tales in the comfort of our own homes. No matter which big-screen movies you choose, pick them for the joy of watching a drama unfold or simply getting lost in the immersive graphics. After all, when life gets tough, it’s okay to enjoy some harmless escapism—especially if that journey involves a beloved family favorite.
So leave your worries behind and treat yourself to these special holiday movie releases! Grab some popcorn and gourmet hot chocolate, or cozy up under a throw blanket—you deserve it. Let’s cast away our cares these next few weeks and embrace the joy of sparkling winter nights with a timeless story brought to life on the silver screen.