Ten 2023 Movies Summarised in Ten Words Each

And so we arrive at the first movie milestone within a year that couldn’t possibly live up to the cinematic majesty of 2022… could it?

Nah, it couldn’t. But maybe?

Though 2023 perhaps opened with a bit of a stutter after the dust settled from the customary late-Australian Oscar buzz period, by mid-April we are in the thick of a release schedule that has already delivered surprises and quality in equal measure. I know I’ve missed one or two word-of-mouth gems so far and you can be sure I will catch up on them by year’s end, but here’s my first batch of ten (you could argue it’s technically nine) new-release films for 2023:

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Operation Fortune: Ruse de Guerre

Thinner plot than Ritchie’s best, but riotously fun character banter.”

Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania

Destined to be callednot that bad in five years.”

Creed III

Replaces Rocky with two magnetic newcomers and pointedly anime-esque fights.”

Demon Slayer: To the Swordsmith Village!

Barely counts as a movie, but it sure is pretty.”


Oh hey, that’s the score this deserves out of 100.”

John Wick: Chapter 4

Somehow this franchise is still delivering! Your move, Dead Reckoning.”

Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves

Six times better than it has any right to be.”


Bulletpaced insanity; most entertaining thing on AppleTV+ since Lasso.”


DirectorAffleck hasn’t missed yet, and every actor brings it.”

The Super Mario Bros Movie

90 straight minutes with a massive grin on my face.”

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