Let’s face it: 2023 is going to be a hard year to follow, movie-wise. After “Barbenheimer,” Taylor Swift, Beyoncé and sundry Super Marios and Spider-Men, can Hollywood keep the sugar high aloft?
Sure! At least if the next few months are any indication, and if your sweet tooth involves sci-fi and an irrational craving for Timothée Chalamet, Zendaya and Austin Butler — all of whom happen to co-star in the season’s biggest movie, as well as a few others. Filmgoers who aren’t fans of those actors (who are you?) will have plenty to keep them occupied, with Big Events like “Rebel Moon: Part 1,” “Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire,” “Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes” and the “Road House” reboot on the horizon. Then there’s a smattering of Sundance talkers and potential indie sleepers to round out the offerings. Not bad for a movie schedule that might look a little less pink this year, but no less promising.
Opening dates are subject to change.
Dune: Part 2
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Because of the writers and actors strikes last year, this hotly anticipated sequel to Denis Villeneuve’s 2021 space-desert epic was punted to 2024 — giving us that much more time to re-watch the first installment so we know what the heck is going on! Chalamet returns as Paul Atreides, who’s on a revenge tour to search for the villains who destroyed his family. With luck, we’ll finally get to see the chemistry Chalamet and Zendaya developed in Part 1 pay off; and the addition of Butler and Florence Pugh promises oodles of intrigue. Opens March 1.