Next year looks like another year of eclectic range of films heading to cinemas. Here’s a guide to some of the ones to look out for…

Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning: Part One: finally! It seems as though we have been waiting for this latest instalment of the franchise to head to cinemas for an extraordinarily long time, and while the wait continues – at least it gives us something to look forward to next Summer. Judging from the trailer, there is once more plenty of action, incredible stunts and a sense of danger that will keep audiences engaged and thrilled.

The Little Mermaid: heading to cinemas in May 2023, this new live action film from Disney is set to star Halle Bailey in the title role, with Melissa McCarthy as Ursula. It is directed by Rob Marshall, who is known for having directed musicals such as Chicago, Mary Poppins Returns and Into the Woods – so I’m feeling fairly confident that this will be a lavish and magical take on the story.

Empire of Light: while it is released in cinemas in America next month, UK cinema goers have to wait until January to catch this beautiful film that features a stunning performance from Olivia Coleman. A story of finding a place to fit in when you don’t feel as though you belong anywhere this is a classy and understated film from Sam Mendes. We caught it at the BFI London Film Festival and you can catch up with our review here.

Elemental: what I love about Pixar films is the way in which they think outside of the box in terms of stories and characters – with films such as Soul and of course the utterly delightful Inside Out leading the way. Now comes Elemental, which as you can probably guess is about the elements: earth, wind, water and fire, exploring a world in which they all co-exist. The story follows Ember and Wade as they discover just how much in fact they have common – I’m expecting plenty of laughs along the way.

Oppenheimer: having seen a play based on this extraordinary part of history and the man behind it, I have to admit this is a film that is high on my list of films to watch. Cillian Murphy plays scientist Robert Oppenheimer and the role that he played in the creation of the atom bomb. written and directed by Christopher Nolan, it is certainly going to be an intense and thrilling watch when it heads to cinemas next year.

Wonka: this upcoming new film will focus on the young Willy Wonka and his adventures, before everything that happens in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. It is set to star Timothee Chalamet as Wonka himself, following in the footsteps of Gene Wilder and Johnny Depp in the role. The film is directed by Paul King and will also star Rowan Atkinson, Sally Hawkins and Keegan-Michael Key.


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