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Best Movies of 2023 (So Far)

By George Bate & Josh Bate

We’re about halfway through 2023 and there have been plenty of big budget blockbusters, indie dramas, horror flicks, and more that have captured audiences’ attention. At this halfway point, we’re going to look back at some of the best movies of 2023 so far. This isn’t a formal top 10 list, but, rather, a breakdown of some of the movies released this year to date that have particularly resonated with us.

The Blackening

The Blackening takes the ‘black characters always die first in horror movies’ trope and runs with it, following an all-Black group of friends whose reunion at a secluded cabin in the woods is interrupted by a masked killer. The Blackening is easily one of the year’s funniest movies, while also serving as a great tribute to horror cinema and Black history. This is a must-see.

REVIEW: The Blackening

He Went That Way

A serial killer, an animal handler, and a chimpanzee go on a road trip in this thriller that premiered at this year’s Tribeca Festival. A perfect blend of tension and dark humor, He Went That Way is an unnerving and yet surprisingly emotional film featuring stellar performances from Zachary Quinto and Jacob Elordi.

TRIBECA REVIEW: He Went That Way

Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse

The sequel to the Academy Award winning Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is simply spectacular. A stunning cinematic achievement, Across the Spider-Verse pushes the boundaries of the stories and visuals animation can deliver.

REVIEW: Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse

To Catch a Killer

This enthralling mystery follows a serial killer investigation in the vein of Se7en and The Silence of the Lambs. Shailene Woodley plays a police officer who teams up with a seasoned FBI agent (played by Ben Mendelsohn) to track down a mass shooter with extraordinary rifle proficiency and meticulous attention to detail.

REVIEW: To Catch A Killer

Renfield

It’s a testament to the ingenuity of director Chris McKay and company that the filmmakers delivered a fresh take on Dracula 126 years since Bram Stoker’s classic novel was published. Nicolas Cage plays a hilariously terrifying version of the vampire, while the film’s focus on Nicholas Hoult’s Renfield character and the toxicity of unhealthy relationship makes for a clever and witty ride.

REVIEW: Renfield

John Wick: Chapter 4

Not only one of the year’s best films, John Wick: Chapter 4 is one of the greatest action movies of all time. Clocking in with a whopping three-hour runtime, the fourth installment in the Keanu Reeves-led franchise is a globe-trotting, breathtaking epic of expertly constructed action sequences.

REVIEW: John Wick: Chapter 4

Sick

From the screenwriter of Scream, Sick is a timely slasher that uses the COVID-19 pandemic as a plot device and backdrop.

REVIEW: Sick

I Used To Be Funny

REVIEW: I Used To Be Funny

Rachel Sennott (Bodies Bodies Bodies, The Idol) stars in this dark dramedy that premiered at this year’s South by Southwest Film Festival. As endearing and heartbreaking as it is hilarious and relatable, I Used To Be Funny asserts Sennott as on of the most captivating young actors working today.

Pure O

This narrative feature that premiered at 2023 SXSW Film Festival from writer/director Dillon Tucker is an emotionally captivating and informatively eye-opening film about OCD, a grossly misunderstood mental health condition.

REVIEW: Pure O

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