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Summer Movie Calendar 2023

A month-by-month breakdown of the best summer movies 2023 has to offer, from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 and Fast X to The Flash, Mission: Impossible, and more.

by | May 2, 2023 | Comments

Images from The Little Mermaid, Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse, and Barbie

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A full three years after we first went into lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic, the summer movie season has finally returned in a way we could comfortably call “normal.” A lot of noteworthy tentpole releases that were delayed due to COVID-19 concerns are slated to be released this year, and we’ve got everything from big superhero movies to action extravaganzas to horror hits on tap. Read on for a month-by-month breakdown of what’s coming out and start marking your calendars now!


MAY


Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 (2023)


Release Date: May 5, 2023
Director: James Gunn
Starring: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Pom Klementieff, Karen Gillan, Sean Gunn, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel, Chukwudi Iwuji, Will Poulter, Elizabeth Debicki, Daniela Melchior

Star-Lord and his merry band of spacefaring companions return for the third — and presumably final — chapter in James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy series, which follows the gang as they embark on another adventure, this time tied to Rocket’s tragic past.


Love Again (2023)


Release Date: May 5, 2023
Director: James C. Strouse
Starring: Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Sam Heughan, Celine Dion

This remake of a 2016 German romantic dramedy (which was itself based on a novel) stars Priyanka Chopra Jonas as a woman grieving her recently deceased fiancé who continues sending text messages to his phone as way to cope. Meanwhile, the journalist who has inherited the number becomes intrigued by her and enlists the help of his latest subject, Celine Dion, to meet the mystery woman sending the texts.


Book Club: The Next Chapter (2023)


Release Date: May 12, 2023
Director: Bill Holderman
Starring: Jane Fonda, Diane Keaton, Candice Bergen, Mary Steenburgen, Andy Garcia, Don Johnson, Craig T. Nelson, Giancarlo Giannini

The quartet of BFFs is back for another romantic comedy as they travel together to Italy, where old secrets are uncovered when they embark on a cross-country adventure.


Rally Road Racers (2023)


Release Date: May 12, 2023
Director: Ross Venokur
Starring: Jimmy O. Yang, J.K. Simmons, Chloe Bennett, Lisa Lu, Sharon Horgan, Catherine Tate, John Cleese

Silicon Valley alumnus Jimmy O. Yang lends his voice to this animated children’s film about a rookie rally racer (of course) who must overcome a variety of obstacles in order to beat the reigning champ and prove he’s worthy of the crown.


BlackBerry (2023)


Release Date: May 12, 2023 (Limited)
Director: Matt Johnson
Starring: Jay Baruchel, Glenn Howerton, Martin Donovan, Michael Ironside, Cary Elwes, Rich Sommer

Based on a nonfiction book profiling the rise and fall of the once popular BlackBerry mobile phone company, this cheeky biopic stars Jay Baruchel and Glenn Howerton as the founder and former CEO of the company and tells the remarkable story behind the world’s first smartphone.


Hypnotic (2023)


Release Date: May 12, 2023 (Limited)
Director: Robert Rodriguez
Starring: Ben Affleck, Alice Braga, JD Pardo, Jackie Earle Haley, William Fichtner, Hala Finley

Ben Affleck stars in this sci-fi thriller directed by Robert Rodriguez about a detective who inadvertently becomes entangled in a vast government conspiracy involving a series of high-profile heists when his daughter goes missing.


The Starling Girl (2023)


Release Date: May 12, 2023 (Limited)
Director: Laurel Parmet
Starring: Eliza Scanlen, Lewis Pullman, Jimmi Simpson, Wrenn Schmidt

This coming-of-age drama centers on a 17-year-old living in a fundamentalist Christian community in Kentucky who is increasingly at odds with her religious traditions and soon begins a dangerous relationship with a charismatic youth pastor.


The Mother (2023)


Release Date: May 12, 2023 (Netflix)
Director: Niki Caro
Starring: Jennifer Lopez, Gael García Bernal, Joseph Fiennes, Omari Hardwick, Paul Raci

Jennifer Lopez leads an impressive cast in this Netflix original action thriller by Niki Caro (2020’s Mulan) about an ex-assassin on the run who risks everything to protect her estranged daughter.


Fast X (2023)


Release Date: May 19, 2023
Director: Louis Leterrier
Starring: Vin Diesel and the rest of the Fast Family, Jason Momoa, Charlize Theron, Brie Larson, Rita Moreno

There’s a good reason why we didn’t list all of the familiar names involved in this project above: After nine films expanding the world of the Fast and Furious franchise, there are just too many of them. Suffice it to say they all return here — with the glaring exception of Dwayne Johnson — alongside newcomers like Jason Momoa, who plays a villain from their past out for revenge. At this point, you know what you’re getting into: Expect one-liners and gravity-defying stunts galore.


White Men Can't Jump (2023)


Release Date: May 19, 2023 (Hulu)
Director: Calmatic
Starring: Jack Harlow, Sinqua Walls, Teyana Taylor, Laura Harrier, Vince Staples, Lance Reddick

Jack Harlow makes the leap from rap star to movie star in this Hulu remake of the 1992 Woody Harrelson-Wesley Snipes classic about a couple of streetball hustlers, Jeremy (Harlow) and Kamal (Sinqua Walls), who team up to take advantage of opponents who underestimate them because Jeremy is white.


About My Father (2023)


Release Date: May 26, 2023
Director: Laura Terruso
Starring: Sebastian Maniscalco, Robert De Niro, Leslie Bibb, Kim Cattrall, David Rasche, Anders Holm

In something of a thematic cousin to his role in the Meet the Parents franchise, Robert De Niro teams up with Sebastian Maniscalco in this comedy about a man who brings his immigrant father to meet his fiancée’s well-to-do family, only for cultural misunderstandings to erupt in presumably hilarious fashion.


The Little Mermaid (2023)


Release Date: May 26, 2023
Director: Rob Marshall
Starring: Halle Bailey, Jonah Hauer-King, Melissa McCarthy, Javier Bardem, Daveed Diggs, Jacob Tremblay, Awkwafina

Disney tapped Rob Marshall to helm its next live-action adaptation of one of their classic animated films, with pop star Halle Bailey as Ariel, Melissa McCarthy as Ursula, Javier Bardem as King Triton, Daveed Diggs as Sebastian, and Awkwafina as Scuttle, among others.


The Machine (2023)


Release Date: May 26, 2023
Director: Peter Atencio
Starring: Bert Kreischer, Mark Hamill, Jimmy Tatro

If you’ve been around the internet for a while, you’ve probably encountered stand-up comic Bert Kreischer’s viral so-crazy-it-must-be-true story about an extended encounter with Russian mobsters on a class trip in college. This film is not an adaptation of the tale, but a fictionalized account of what happened to him 20 years after the events of that story.


You Hurt My Feelings (2023)


Release Date: May 26, 2023 (Limited)
Director: Nicole Holofcener
Starring: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Tobias Menzies, Michaela Watkins, Arian Moayed, Owen Teague, Jeannie Berlin, Amber Tamblyn

Celebrated writer-director Nicole Holofcener returns to theaters with his understated comedy about a seemingly perfect married couple played by Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Tobias Menzies whose relationship begins to form cracks when a few white lies come to light.


JUNE


The Boogeyman (2023)


Release Date: June 2, 2023
Director: Rob Savage
Starring: Sophie Thatcher, Chris Messina, Vivien Lyra Blair, David Dastmalchian, Marin Ireland

Yellowjackets star Sophie Thatcher leads the way in this supernatural horror film about a high schooler and her younger sister grieving the death of their mother whose lives are threatened when a malicious presence shows up in their home.


Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse (2023)


Release Date: June 2, 2023
Director: Joaquim Dos Santos, Kemp Powers, Justin K. Thompson
Starring: Shameik Moore, Hailee Steinfeld, Oscar Isaac, Jake Johnson, Issa Rae

Miles Morales returns in the first chapter of what was originally billed as a two-part sequel to the Oscar-winning Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. This time around, Miles reunites with Gwen and meets Spider-folks from other universes to team up and fight against a new villain who threatens them all.


Transformers: Rise of the Beasts (2023)


Release Date: June 9, 2023
Director: Steven Caple Jr.
Starring: Anthony Ramos, Dominique Fishback, Ron Perlman, Michelle Yeoh, Pete Davidson, Peter Cullen, Colman Domingo

Thanks to the success of 2018’s Bumblebee, we have another throwback Transformers flick in Rise of the Beasts, which takes place in the 1990s and sees another human ally (played by In the Heights’ Anthony Ramos) teaming up with the Autobots known as Maximals in their war against the Predacons and Terrorcons.


The Blackening (2022)


Release Date: June 16, 2023
Director: Tim Story
Starring: Antoinette Robertson, Dewayne Perkins, Grace Byers, Jermaine Fowler, Melvin Gregg, X Mayo, Yvonne Orji, Jay Pharoah, Sinqua Walls

Playing on the trope that the Black characters are always the first to die in horror films, this comedy-thriller centers on an all-Black group of friends on a remote Juneteenth getaway who find themselves terrorized by an unknown killer and struggle to figure out who the most likely targets among them are.


Elemental (2023)


Release Date: June 16, 2023
Director: Peter Sohn
Starring: Leah Lewis, Mamoudou Athie, Mason Wertheimer, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Catherine O’Hara

Pixar’s latest animated treat is helmed by The Good Dinosaur director Peter Sohn and takes place in a world where citizens who represent the four elements coexist. Here, a young woman made of fire forms an unlikely friendship with a man made of water, leading them to rethink the way they see the world.


The Flash (2023)


Release Date: June 16, 2023
Director: Andy Muschietti
Starring: Ezra Miller, Michael Keaton, Sasha Calle, Michael Shannon, Ron Livingston, Maribel Verdú, Kiersey Clemons

After a number of delays (and rather public behind-the-scenes controversies involving its star), DC finally gives us The Flash, which follows Ezra Miller’s Barry Allen as he uses his powers to change the past, only to realize his actions have had disastrous effects in the future and he must figure out a way to save the world.


Extraction 2 (2023)


Release Date: June 16, 2023 (Netflix)
Director: Sam Hargrave
Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Rudraksh Jaiswal, Golshifteh Farahani, Adam Bessa, Daniel Bernhardt

Netflix follows up on its early-pandemic hit, the explosive action film Extraction, with a sequel that reunites star Chris Hemsworth with director Sam Hargrave and writer Joe Russo for another go-round of intense set-pieces and edge-of-your-seat action.


Asteroid City (2023)


Release Date: June 16, 2023
Director: Wes Anderson
Starring: Jason Schwartzman, Scarlett Johansson, Tom Hanks, Jeffrey Wright, Tilda Swinton, Bryan Cranston, Ed Norton, Adrien Brody, Liev Schreiber

Wes Anderson’s latest film features yet another massive collection of impressive A-listers, all gathered together to tell the interlocking stories of the organizers and attendees of a Junior Stargazer convention held in a fictional town.


No Hard Feelings (2023)


Release Date: June 23, 2023
Director: Gene Stupnitsky
Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Andrew Barth Feldman, Matthew Broderick, Natalie Morales, Laura Benanti

The Office writer Gene Stupnitsky’s second feature directorial effort (his first was 2019’s Good Boys) taps Jennifer Lawrence as a struggling Uber driver desperate for money answers a Craigslist posting made by wealthy parents looking for someone to date their socially awkward son and break him out of his shell.


Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny (2023)


Release Date: June 30, 2023
Director: James Mangold
Starring: Harrison Ford, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Mads Mikkelsen, Antonio Banderas, John Rhys-Davies, Toby Jones, Boyd Holbrook

Indiana Jones is back for a fifth adventure, this time with James Mangold (Logan, Ford v Ferrari) at the helm. Harrison Ford returns to play Indy in the late 1960s as he strives to prevent former Nazis from enacting a nefarious plan related to the ongoing Space Race.


Ruby Gillman, Teenage Kraken (2023)


Release Date: June 30, 2023
Director: Kirk DeMicco
Starring: Lana Condor, Toni Collette, Annie Murphy, Sam Richardson, Will Forte, Colman Domingo

If you need something geared more towards kids, Universal and DreamWorks offer this animated adventure about a seemingly normal 16-year-old girl who accidentally discovers that she’s descended from a long line of sea krakens.


JULY


Insidious: The Red Door (2023)


Release Date: July 7, 2023
Director: Patrick Wilson
Starring: Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne, Ty Simpkins, Andrew Astor, Hiam Abbass

Patrick Wilson makes his feature directorial debut with the fifth (and allegedly final) installment of the Insidious horror franchise, which focuses on the original Lambert family as they attempt to exorcise the demons plaguing them once and for all.


Joy Ride (2023)


Release Date: July 7, 2023
Director: Adele Lim
Starring: Ashley Park, Sherry Cola, Stephanie Hsu, Sabrina Wu, David Denman, Annie Mumolo, Ronny Chieng

Ashley Park, Sherry Cola, Sabrina Wu, and Oscar-nominated Everything Everywhere All at Once star Stephanie Hsu headline this buddy comedy about four friends who travel to Asia in search of one of their birth mothers and end up embarking on a raucous adventure none of them expected.


Mission: Impossible - Dead Reckoning Part One (2023)


Release Date: July 12, 2023
Director: Christopher McQuarrie
Starring: Tom Cruise, Ving Rhames, Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson, Hayley Atwell, Vanessa Kirby, Esai Morales, Pom Klementieff, Henry Czerny, Shea Whigham

The first of a two-parter (as its title indicates), the latest installment of the Mission: Impossible franchise sees the return of the IMF team led by Tom Cruise’s Ethan Hunt. We don’t know much about the film’s premise or the nature of this particular impossible mission, but you’ll definitely see Tom Cruise ride a motorcycle off a cliff in it.


Barbie (2023)


Release Date: July 21, 2023
Director: Greta Gerwig
Starring: Margot Robbie, Ryan Gosling, Kate McKinnon, Issa Rae, Will Ferrell, Simu Liu, Kingsley Ben-Adir, Ncuti Gatwa, Alexandra Shipp, America Ferrera, Michael Cera, Hari Nef

Oscar nominee Greta Gerwig directs this long-in-development adaptation of the iconic doll brand in this meta comedy about one particular Barbie (Margot Robbie) who ventures into the real world with Ken (Ryan Gosling).


Oppenheimer (2023)


Release Date: July 21, 2023
Director: Christopher Nolan
Starring: Cillian Murphy, Emily Blunt, Matt Damon, Robert Downey Jr., Kenneth Branagh, Florence Pugh, Benny Safdie, Gary Oldman, Rami Malek, Josh Hartnett

Christopher Nolan takes on his first true biopic with this look at the life of theoretical physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer (played by frequent Nolan collaborator Cillian Murphy) and his contributions to the creation of the first atomic bomb.


They Cloned Tyrone (2023)


Release Date: July 21, 2023 (Netflix)
Director: Juel Taylor
Starring: John Boyega, Jamie Foxx, Teyonah Parris, Keifer Sutherland, David Alan Grier

Debuting on Netflix is this sci-fi mystery starring John Boyega, Jamie Foxx, and Teyonah Parris as a three people who find themselves wrapped up in a government conspiracy after experiencing “a series of eerie events.”


Haunted Mansion (2023)


Release Date: July 28, 2023
Director: Justin Simien
Starring: Rosario Dawson, Chase W. Dillon, LaKeith Stanfield, Tiffany Haddish, Owen Wilson, Danny DeVito, Jamie Lee Curtis, Jared Leto

Disney’s latest film based on an amusement park ride is a horror-comedy starring Rosario Dawson as a single mother who moves into a new home, only to be terrorized by unseen forces, and invites a number of people to attempt to exorcise it.


Talk to Me (2023)


Release Date: July 28, 2023
Director: Danny Philippou, Michael Philippou
Starring: Sophia Wilde, Miranda Otto, Alexandra Jensen, Otis Dhanji, Joe Bird, Marcus Johnson

This Australian horror hit out of Sundance centers on a group of friends who unwittingly unleash malevolent spirits when they discover how to conjure spirits using an embalmed hand and take the game too far.


AUGUST


Meg 2: The Trench (2023)

Jason Statham in The Meg

(Photo by ©Warner Bros.)

Release Date: August 4, 2023
Director: Ben Wheatley
Starring: Jason Statham, Sienna Guillory, Cliff Curtis

The sequel to the surprise 2018 hit creature feature The Meg picks up British indie thriller darling Ben Wheatley as director and once again pits action hero Jason Statham against an impossibly big shark. That’s about all we know about the plot so far, but what more do you need?


Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem (2023)


Release Date: August 4, 2023
Director: Jeff Rowe
Starring: Micah Abbey, Shamon Brown Jr., Nicolas Cantu, Brady Noon, Jackie Chan, Rose Byrne, John Cena, Seth Rogen, Post Malone, Ice Cube, Maya Rudolph, Paul Rudd

Thanks to longtime fans Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, we’re getting a new, animated reboot of the Ninja Turtles, this time focusing more on the “teenage” element of the original comics and utilizing a highly stylized animation format similar to the Oscar-winning Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.


Gran Turismo: Based on a True Story (2023)


Release Date: August 11, 2023
Director: Neill Blomkamp
Starring: Archie Madekwe, David Harbour, Orlando Bloom, Djimon Hounsou, Darren Barnet

Don’t be fooled: This is no straight-up video game adaptation. Instead, it’s based on the true story of a teenage gamer whose Gran Turismo skills won him the opportunity to become an actual racecar driver.


The Last Voyage of the Demeter (2023)


Release Date: August 11, 2023
Director: André Øvredal
Starring: Corey Hawkins, Aisling Franciosi, Liam Cunningham, David Dastmalchian, Jon Jon Briones, Stefan Kapicic

André Øvredal (Trollhunter, The Autopsy of Jane Doe) brings to life a new angle on the story of Dracula, charting the fates of the people aboard the titular merchant ship that transported the famous vampire’s body from Carpathia to London.


Back on the Strip (2023)

Release Date: August 18, 2023
Director: Chris Spencer
Starring: Spence Moore II, Wesley Snipes, Tiffany Haddish, Faizon Love, J.B. Smoove, Gary Owen, Bill Bellamy, Collen Camp, Kevin Hart

This comedy centers on an aspiring magician who moves to Las Vegas with high hopes, only to be pulled into the world of male strippers, where his natural talents help him whip the old crew he’s joined into shape so they can save the hotel where they perform.


Strays (2023)


Release Date: August 18, 2023
Director: Josh Greenbaum
Starring: Will Ferrell, Jamie Foxx, Isla Fisher, Randall Park, Josh Gad, Will Forte, Harvey Guillen, Sofia Vergara

Ready for dogs talking dirty? Will Ferrell leads an all-star voice cast in this decidedly adult live-action animal adventure about a naive border terrier named Reggie who is abandoned by his deadbeat owner and decides to make the trek back home to exact his revenge with a gang of strays by his side.


Blue Beetle (2023)


Release Date: August 18, 2023
Director: Angel Manuel Soto
Starring: Xolo Maridueña, Susan Sarandon, George Lopez, Harvey Guillen, Adriana Barraza, Damián Alcázar, Raoul Max Trujillo

Cobra Kai’s Xolo Maridueña stars as the titular hero in this DC origin story about a recent college grad who comes into possession of an ancient alien relic that attaches to him and gives him powers beyond his wildest dreams.


White Bird (2023)


Release Date: August 25, 2023
Director: Marc Forster
Starring: Ariella Glaser, Orlando Schwerdt, Bryce Gheisar, Gillian Anderson, Helen Mirren

In 2017’s Wonder, Bryce Gheisar played Julian, the classmate who was expelled for bullying Jacob Tremblay’s Auggie. This film, based on a spin-off of the novel that inspired Wonder, follows the story of Julian’s grandmother, who offers her own tale of youth when he himself struggles to fit in.


Lift (2024)

YunJee Kim as Mi-Su, Billy Magnussen as Magnus, Úrsula Corberó as Camila, Kevin Hart as Cyrus, Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Abby and Vincent D’Onofrio as Denton in Lift (2023)

(Photo by Christopher Barr/©Netflix)

Release Date: August 25, 2023 (Netflix)
Director: F. Gary Gray
Starring: Kevin Hart, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Vincent D’Onofrio, Úrsula Corberó, Sam Worthington, Billy Magnussen, YunJee Kim, Jacob Batalan, Jean Reno

Action veteran F. Gary Gray (The Fate of the Furious) directs this Netflix heist thriller about an international crew who are brought together to pull off a high-stakes job on a plane mid-flight.


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