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2023 Summer Movie Preview


Summer is just around the corner and with the sunshine and warm weather comes a fully loaded movie season. I think 2023 has so far been a solid year for movies. Lots of fun to be had, with several very good movies (still waiting for the movie gods to drop a few more “great” ones on us though). But this summer is shaping up to be huge. Blockbusters, indies, and everything in between, this summer has something for everyone. So, let’s rub on some sun-screen and dive into the 2023 Summer Movie Preview!


Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse, June 2

Miles Morales as Spider-Man in Across The Spiderverse
Miles Morales as Spider-Man in Across The Spiderverse

June starts off with a bang, with the hugely anticipated sequel to 2018’s Into the Spider-Verse. By all accounts, this should be another massive hit.

The Boogeyman, June 2

Sophie Thatcher in "The Boogeyman"
Sophie Thatcher in “The Boogeyman” – 2023 Summer Movie Preview

The latest Stephen King adaptation was originally slated for a Hulu release, but a positive test screening last December convinced the studio to switch to a theatrical release. Sounds promising.

Past Lives, June 2

Teo Yoo and Great Lee in "Past Lives"
Teo Yoo and Great Lee in “Past Lives” – 2023 Summer Movie Preview

Celine Song’s feature directorial debut premiered at Sundance this past January to rave reviews. Several critics have seemingly already reserved a spot for it on their eventual year-end “best of” lists. The romantic drama follows two childhood friends who are reunited for the first time in 20 years.

Flamin’ Hot, June 9

Jesse Garcia in "Flamin' Hot"
Jesse Garcia in “Flamin’ Hot” – 2023 Summer Movie Preview

2023 sure feels like the year of corporate biopic-like movies. AirTetris, BlackBerry, and now this, the story of the creation of Flamin’ Hot Cheetos.

Transformers: Rise of the Beasts, June 9

"Transformers: Rise of the Beasts"
“Transformers: Rise of the Beasts” – 2023 Summer Movie Preview

The Michael Bay Transformers series was mostly a complete mess, but the 2018 reset with Bumblebee was a much-needed shot in the arm for the franchise. Anthony Ramos and Dominique Fishback lead the way, as they become involved in a multi-faceted conflict between different factions of Transformers in 1994 Brooklyn.

Asteroid City, June 16

Scarlett Johansson and Jason Schwartzman in "Asteroid City"
Scarlett Johansson and Jason Schwartzman in “Asteroid City” – 2023 Summer Movie Preview

Wes Anderson’s next project features a stacked cast, even by his standards. In an American desert town in 1955, a Junior Stargazer convention is disrupted by potentially world-changing events. Original sci-fi from Wes Anderson? Yes please.

Elemental, June 16

Pixar's "Elemental"
Pixar’s “Elemental”

Pixar’s next movie, what more needs to be said? Worst case scenario is it’s “fine.” Upper end, it’s one of the best movies of the year. In a city where water, fire, land, and air residents live together, Ember, a young fire resident, befriends Wade from the water side, challenging their own long-held beliefs.

Extraction 2, June 16

Chris Hemsworth in "Extraction 2"
Chris Hemsworth in “Extraction 2”

In the first Extraction, Chris Hemsworth’s character is named Tyler Rake and in one scene he kills a guy with a rake. That’s the kind of movie we’re dealing with here (something I am fully on board with). The highlight was an extended one-take action scene, and Extraction 2 is said to one-up that, with a 21-minute one-shot sequence.

The Flash, June 16

Ezra Miller in The Flash (2023)
Ezra Miller in The Flash (2023)

Even amidst all the Ezra Miller controversies, the few who have seen The Flash have universally sung its praises. It’s all been a little much for me to take completely at face value, but it sounds like it should at least be at the upper end of the DCEU. Perhaps the most interesting part is how The Flash will impact the DCEU going forward, given all the changes the studio has gone through.

No Hard Feelings, June 23

Jennifer Lawrence in "No Hard Feelings"
Jennifer Lawrence in “No Hard Feelings”

One of a few straight comedies to come out this summer, Jennifer Lawrence stars as a young woman who, after having her car repossessed, takes a job to “date” an introverted 19 year old, whose parents hope to get him out of his shell before he goes to college. This seems like a role that Lawrence should crush.

Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny, June 30

Harrison Ford in "Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny"
Harrison Ford in “Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny”

The fifth entry in the adventure series received mixed reviews after its premiere at the Cannes Film Festival. Fans are still holding out hope though, especially with James Mangold directing. And any movie starring Harrison Ford, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Antonio Banderas, and Mads Mikkelsen can’t be that bad, can it?


Joy Ride, July 7

Joy Ride': Everything We Know so Far About the Stephanie Hsu Comedy

A buddy comedy with a young woman, played by Ashley Park, accompanied by her friends as she tries to find her birth mother. It premiered in March at the SXSW festival, and those that were lucky enough to see it have been singing its praises. Distinct possibility this is the consensus choice for funniest movie of the year. Also features Stephanie Hsu, in her follow-up role to her breakout performance last year in Everything Everywhere All at Once.

Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One, July 12

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Hayley Atwell and Tom Cruise in Mission: Impossible Dead Reckoning – Part One from Paramount Pictures and Skydance.

With 2018’s Fallout being one of the best action movies of all time, it’s safe to say the hype is through the roof for the sequel. From the trailers and other behind the scenes footage released, the latest Ethan Hunt adventure looks primed to meet its sky-high expectations.

Theater Camp, July 14

Ben Platt and Molly Gordon in "Theater Camp"
Ben Platt and Molly Gordon in “Theater Camp”

Ben Platt and Molly Gordon (who also co-wrote and co-directed) star as instructors at a New York theater camp who face new challenges when “clueless tech-bro” Troy (Jimmy Tatro) arrives to run the property. It opened to to a warm reception at Sundance, so this could be another strong comedy.

Barbie, July 21

Barbie (2023)
Barbie (2023)

Barbie (Margot) Robbie is banished from Barbieland for being less than perfect, so she travels to the real world with Ken (Ryan Gosling) in hopes of finding true happiness. It’s a high-concept idea that has a wide range of outcomes. But with the loaded cast and Greta Gerwig writing and directing, there’s plenty of reason to be optimistic.

This will be a massive weekend, as also opening the same day is…

Oppenheimer, July 21

Christopher Nolan used real Explosives for Oppenheimer
Christopher Nolan used real Explosives for Oppenheimer

Christopher Nolan tells the story of J. Robert Oppenheimer (Cillian Murphy) and his work creating the atomic bomb. Nolan recreated the explosion without CGI. If this doesn’t hook you in, then I don’t know what to tell you.

Also read: Cillian Murphy: “I was desparate to play a lead for him [Christopher Nolan]”

The Beanie Bubble, July 21

Elizabeth Banks and Zach Galifianakis in "The Beanie Bubble"
Elizabeth Banks and Zach Galifianakis in “The Beanie Bubble”

As someone who lived through the Beanie Baby craze (shoutout Bongo, best Beanie Baby out there), this holds particular interest. It’s billed as a comedy-drama, but with Zach Galifianakis and Elizabeth Banks in the lead roles, I’m betting it will lean more into the comedic side of things.


Meg 2: The Trench, August 4

Meg 2 Banner and Trailer Teaser Released

I actually had a fun time with The Meg, so I’m hopeful for this sequel, though I fully realize the floor is it being one of the worst movies of the year. The trailer looks like it will lean into the campiness of its premise, which should be a good thing.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem, August 2

"Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem"
“Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem”

The turtles yearn to be accepted as normal teenagers and go about it by becoming vigilante heroes in New York. The Ninja Turtles could use a reset after the two Michael Bay-produced movies failed to deliver. With Seth Rogen writing and producing, the heroes in a half-shell should be in good hands.

Gran Turismo, August 11

"Gran Turismo"
“Gran Turismo”

Tells the true story of Jann Mardenborough who, after winning a series of video game competitions, was given the chance to become an actual professional race car driver.

Heart of Stone, August 11

"Heart of Stone"
“Heart of Stone”

Specific plot details are still under wraps, but Gal Gadot stars as a spy who must protect an invaluable asset known as the Heart.

The Last Voyage of the Demeter, August 11

Corey Hawkins and Aisling Franciosi in "The Last Voyage of the Demeter"
Corey Hawkins and Aisling Franciosi in “The Last Voyage of the Demeter”

This horror film is based on one chapter from Bram Stoker’s novel Dracula. The story is set on the eponymous ship, the Demeter, whose crew has been tasked with transporting private, mysterious cargo. Given that this is a Dracula story, it’s a safe assumption that the voyage doesn’t go exactly as planned.

Blue Beetle, August 18

Xolo Mariduena in "Blue Beetle"

Recent college graduate Jaime Reyes is chosen as a symbiotic host to the Scarab, an ancient alien relic that grants him super powered armor, turning him into the titular superhero. It’s still unconfirmed where this will fit into James Gunn’s new DC movie universe, but it stands to reason that if it does well enough, this iteration of the character would continue.

Bottoms, August 25


Two unpopular queer high school students start a fight club to have sex before graduation. If that sounds absurd, that’s the point. Another movie with a festival premiere, (SWSX in March), it’s been building positive word of mouth since that premiere and looks primed to be a comedy hit to close out the summer season.

Also Read: Bottoms SXSW Review – A Wild Idiosyncratic, Coming-of-Age Comedy 

This is a loaded summer slate, and there’s even more than what’s covered here. Let us know what you’re most looking forward to seeing!

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Written by Matt Hambidge