IF Review

With spring finally in full bloom here in the UK, it's time for a May half-term movie. This year's pre-summer hit is IF (Directed by John Krasinski). I'll admit they first time I heard the title of this film, I initially concluded it was a horror film, but IF actually stands for Imaginary Friend and it is certainly not a horror film - what a relief! Thanks to Paramount Pictures UK I attended a preview screening of IF over the weekend and cannot wait to share my review with you all. IF is a must watch at the cinema this spring, read on to see why in this spoiler free review. Check out my Disney Summer Watchlist HERE The narrative revolves around young teen girl Bea (Cailey Fleming), who is going through a pretty turbulent time when she suddenly crossing paths with an imaginary friend named Blossom (Voiced by Phoebe Waller-Bridge). Seeing Blossom leads to Bea meeting Cal (Ryan Reynolds) a man that lives in Bea's Grandmothers (Fiona Shaw) building, who is trying to re-home

Most Anticipated Movies of 2023

Ready for another year of movies? Cinema is on the way to recovery after Covid, 2022 was a great year for cinema and 2023 is set to be even better. So get ready to sit back and be amazed. Over the next 12 months there is sure to be a film for everyone, so I wanted to share with you what films I am most looking forward too. Give it a read and let me know in the comments below what films you are most looking forward too. 

  • Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania. Release Date: 17th February 2023 (UK). Dir: Payton Reed. Staring: Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Michelle Pfeiffer, Michael Douglas, Jonathan Majors, Randall Park. Ant-Man films are the underrated movies of the MCU, if you’ve been sleeping on them then you’ll wanna catchup before Quantumania releases. The film is set to give Kang a proper introduction after he was teased in season one of Loki and the events of this film will hopefully lead to an eventual Avengers five. 
  • Shazam! Fury of the Gods. Release Date: 17th March 2023 (UK). Dir: David F. Sandberg. Starring: Zachary Levi, Asher Angel, Ross Butler, Lucy Liu, Helen Mirren, Adam Brody, Jack Dylan Grazer, Grace Fulton. I thought the first Shazam! was great and the trailer for this one looks really fun. DC is going through a turbulent time right now, so we have no idea if this will be the last time we see this cast on the big screen. But Fury of the Gods is sure to be a really funny cinema experience. 
  • 80 for Brady. Release Date: 24th March 2023 (UK). Dir: Kyle Marvin. Starring: Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, Rita Moreno, Sally Field, Tom Brady. With a cast this brilliant, 80 for Brady is set to be a hilarious movie. I will watch anything with Jane Fonda, and as a New England Patriots fan I can’t miss this film. 
  • Super Mario Bros. Release Date: 31st March 2023 (UK). Dir: Aaron Horvath and Michael Jelenic. Voice Cast: Chris Pratt, Anya Taylor-Joy, Charlie Day, Jack Black. I like most spend a good amount of my childhood playing Mario games, so to see these characters in a movie is exciting. I love that there seems to be a racing scene and the rivalry between Mario and Browser looks to be as fierce as ever. 
  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3. Release Date: 5th May 2023 (UK). Dir: James Gunn. Starring: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Karen Gillan, Pom Klementieff, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Sean Gunn. Combine the Trailer with Christmas special and it's easy to feel like something terribly sad is going to happen in the Guardians third cinema movie. It’s been teased that this is the last time we will see this line up of character together and from the look of things Rocket and Drax are not coming out of the film unscathed if at all. 
  • The Little Mermaid. Release Date: 26th May 2023 (UK). Dir: Rob Marshall. Starring: Halle Bailey, Awkwafina, Melissa McCarthy, Javier Bardem, Jonah Hauer-King. The next Disney animation get undergo the live action remake treatment is The Little Mermaid. I’ve had mixed feelings on pervious live action remakes, but I predict this one will be very popular. I just hope they don’t make the sea to bleak, I expect high amounts of colour and spectacle from this film. 
  • Spider-Man: Across The Spider-Verse. Release Date: 2nd June 2023 (UK). Dir: Joaquim Dos Santos, Kemp Powers and Justin K.Thompson. Voice Cast: Shameik Moore, Hailee Steinfeld, Oscar Isaac. The first is one of the best animated films of all time, the unique style, the combination of characters just perfect. Even if the narrative sucks this time around the visuals will still be worth a cinema trip. 
  • Indiana Jones and The Dial of Destiny. Release Date: 30th June 2023. Dir: James Mangold. Starring: Harrison Ford, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Mads Mikkelsen, Antonio Banderas, John Rhys-Davies. Harrison Ford is back as Indiana Jones, this will be the fifth film in the franchise which has spanned decades. The trailer showcases some impressive CGI de-aging, and I just know we are in for a showcase of the best CGI to date. 
  • Mission: Impossible - Dead Reckoning Part One. Release Date: 14th June 2023 (UK). Dir: Christopher McQuarrie. Starring: Tom Cruise, Ving Rhames, Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson, Vanessa Kirby, Hayley Atwell, Henry Czerny. Last year I watched every Mission: Impossible movie, and instantly got hooked. A combination of great narrative and breathtaking stunts - Dead Reckoning Part One is sure to be another daring and thrilling instalment if the trailer is anything to go by. Henry Czerny is also set to reprise his role from the first film which is super exciting.  
  • Barbie. Release Date: 21st July 2023 (UK). Dir: Greta Gerwig. Starring: Margot Robbie, Ryan Gosling, Will Ferrell, America Ferrera, Rita Arya, Simu Liu. I’m a Barbie girl in a Barbie world! I have been a massive fan of Barbie my whole life, her tag line ‘be who you want to be’ is my life motto and I even have a Barbie phone case and my nickname used to be Barbie. So I think it’s quite obvious why I’m excited for this film. I just hope they manage to capture Barbie feminist nature. 
  • Oppenheimer. Release Date: 21st July 2023 (UK). Dir: Christopher Nolan. Starring: Cillian Murphy. Emily Blunt, Matt Damon, Robert Downey Jr, Florence Pugh, Rami Malek, Gary Oldman, Dane Dehaan, Alden Ehrenreich. In Direct competition with Barbie is Oppenheimer. Whoch is a combination of some of my favourite things: real history, Christopher Nolan and Cillian Murphy. Knowing that actual explosions were carried out during the filming makes me even more excited for the film and it’s commitment to authenticity. 
  • The Marvels. Release Date: 28th July 2023 (UK). Dir: Nia DaCosta. Starring: Brie Larson, Iman Vellani, Teyonah Parris, Samuel L. Jackson. I don’t know if I’m excited or apprehensive for The Marvels. The MCU last year was a little dicey and I was not a fan of Ms.Marvel. Captain Marvel is one of my favourite hero’s, and it worries  me that her second film is an ensemble rather than a solo feature, the rumour of a musical scene also worries me. They wouldn’t have put a musical scene in a Thor, Iron Man or Captain America film - so why out one in the female led Captain Marvel film?   
  • Haunted Mansion. Release Date: 11th August 2023 (UK). Dir: Justin Simien. Starring: Rosario Dawson, Owen Wilson, Tiffany Haddish, Winona Ryder, Dan Levy, Jared Leto, Jamie Lee Curtis, Danny DeVito. Time to get a little spooky in August, we need more spooky films that aren’t scary (a lot of us can’t do horror but still want the scary vibes). The haunted mansion ride and Disney is a favourite and I really enjoyed the original Eddie Murphy movie and the Muppet adaptation, so I bet this updated version will be just as fun. 
  • Dune: Part Two. Release Date: 3rd November 2023 (UK). Dir: Denis Villeneuve. Starring: Timothee Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Josh Brolin, Stellan Skarsgard, Dave Bautista, Zendaya, Javier Bardem, Florence Pugh, Austin Butler, Christopher Walken, Lea Seydoux. Want some big dramatics then Dune Part Two will be the film for you. Sure to be a visual feast, Dune part two hits cinemas with an even larger cast adding Florence Pugh and Austin Butler among others to its already talented cast. 
  • The Hunger Games: Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes. Release Date 17th November 2023 (UK). Dir: Francis Lawrence. Starring: Tom Blyth, Rachel Zegler, Hunter Schafer, peter Dinklage, Viola Davis.  I was a big fan of The Hunger Games films, the hype surround Catching Fire was huge. I read the prequel book the summer it was released and thought it was great. The film adaption is sure to be just as great especially as Hunger Games director Francis Lawrence is back at the helm.  

So Thats the list, honestly I could add so many more films to this list but then it would take hours to read and lets face it no one has time for that! 2023 does look like a great year for film and I cannot wait to share my reviews, thoughts and posts with you all. So here's to another year of Just Another Film Blog. 

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