We debuted our list of the best movies of 2023 in February, but we will continue to update it throughout the year, adding our favorite films as we see them. This will become our ultimate list at the end of the year, with our team voting on the top movies of 2023.
We'll list the items in reverse chronological order because this list still needs to be ranked (yet). That means the most current release will be included first, followed by the next most recent, and so on, down to the year's first release we enjoyed.
This also means that new additions will appear earlier in the list. Because, dear reader, we are thinking of you.
Without further ado, below are the best movies of 2023 so far.
Title of Movie: Guardians of the galaxy vol.3
Run time: 2h 29m
Director: James Gunn
Cast: Chris Pratt, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper
James Gunn's final adventure with his Marvel team of spacefaring aliens and misfits is meticulously organized, full of subtle "gotcha" setups built deliberately to make viewers want something from a given character, so it'll be exciting when it pays off later.
(When Dave Bautista as Drax the Destroyer snarls that dancing is for idiots and that he never dances, you know exactly what he'll be dancing by the film's end.)
But it's an effective tactic, at least for people who already like the Guardian's flicks and their chaotic squad of severely broken people who want a win, no matter how small and specific.
Movie Title: SUZUME
Genre: Fantasy adventure
Run time: 2h 2m
Director: Makoto Shinkai
Cast: Nanoka Hara, Hokuto Matsumura (Japanese); Nichole Sakura, Josh Keaton (English)
Suzume is a fantastical adventure featuring a giant earthquake-causing worm, portals to the afterlife, and a hot guy turned into a chair. But it's also a grounded exploration of trauma and grief. It is fundamentally about reconnecting with the world around you and rediscovering the will to live.
Movie Title: Polite Society
Genre: Action Comedy
Run time: 1h 43m
Director: Nida Manzoor
Cast: Priya Kansara, Ritu Arya, Nimra Bucha
Imagine your sister has dropped out of art school — sure, OK, who hasn't taken a break from their studies? Now imagine she's also engaged to some jabroni she's only known for a month.
It's a little more concerning, considering she used to be your partner in crime, there to encourage and film every new stunt move. This (admittedly increasingly specific) hypothetical is the reality for Ria (Priya Kansara), who dreams of being a stuntwoman and loves her sister deeply.
So, of course, the combination of those two things means she does what any of us would: plan a wedding heist to rescue her sister from a fate worse than death.
Movie Title: THE POPE'S EXORCIST
Run time: 1h 43m
Director: Julius Avery
Cast: Russell Crowe, Franco Nero, Laurel Marsden
Like its protagonist, The Pope's Exorcist knows precisely what it's about. As the title suggests, Father Gabriele Amorth (an Italian-accented Russell Crowe) is the exorcist whose boss is the pope.
He does not take guff from anyone, be that a demon taunting him about his sins or a panel of cardinals questioning his methods (something he laughs off with a few sips of his doppio and a reminder of who he answers to — again, the pope). Father Amorth does his job, and he does it well.
Movie Title: kill boksoon
Run time: 2h 19m
Director: Byun Sung-hyun
Cast: Jeon Do-Yeon, Sol Kyung-gu, Esom
Netflix's first action movie, banger of 2023, this stylish Korean thriller is about a world-class assassin balancing the challenges of her job with the difficulties of being a single mom. Jeon Do-Yeon stars as Gil ("Kill" to her co-workers) Boksoon, the top assassin at her firm.
She's looking for a way out, realizing she barely knows her teenage daughter.
So go ahead and enjoy!
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