If 2022 was the year of the Tom Cruise, thanks to the box-office smash that was Top Gun: Maverick, 2023 is shaping up to be the year of… well, Tom Cruise again. The arrival of part one of Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning should have cinema tills ringing again. There’s a second instalment to get excited about too, in Denis Villeneuve’s climactic return to Arrakis with Dune: Part Two. And if we’re going through the numbers, Ant-Man and those loveable Guardians of the Galaxy are both getting a third go-round as phase four of the MCU goes multiversal.
At the smaller, art-housier end of things, there’s plenty to get excited about too. Sundance and Cannes will shepherd hitherto unheralded or unknown treats onto our must-see lists. And before then there’s new films from Sarah Polley (Women Talking), Hirokazu Koreeda (Broker) and Cristian Mungiu (R.M.N.) hitting the big screen. Oh, and the small and deranged-looking matter of whatever the heck Elizabeth Banks’s Cocaine Bear will involve. One thing is certain: 2023 is going to be a ride.
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