8 New Movies Coming Out This Week (June 12 – 18, 2023): ‘The Flash,’ ‘Elemental,’ and More!

New Movies Coming Out: The Flash

We have eight new movies coming out this week, including the long-awaited and much-talked-about film The Flash starring Ezra Miller as that fleet-footed superhero. Also, we get the latest animated film from Disney/Pixar, Elemental, and The Blackening, a horror-comedy that makes fun of the genre.

Chris Hemsworth’s character from the 2020 film Extraction returns from the dead to kick some more butt. And last but not least, a murder mystery starring Jon Hamm and Tina Fey. All these new movies coming out round out a great week of movie releases!

New Movies Coming Out This Week: June 12, 2023 – June 18, 2023

The Flash
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The Flash  (2023)

Rating: PG-13

Release Date: In theatres nationwide on Friday, June 16, 2023.

Summary: In The Flash, Barry Allen, aka The Flash (Ezra Miller), uses his super speed to change the past and bring back his mother from the dead. However, messing with the past can have massive effects. And that includes creating a world without heroes. The Flash’s only hope: a retired Batman, another Barry, and an imprisoned Kryptonian.

What to Watch For: It is no secret that both Michael Keaton and Ben Affleck will portray Batman in the film. With this appearance, Ben Affleck will have portrayed Batman more than any other live-action actor. Though he is the only Batman not to have a standalone movie.

Word on the Street: The film was shot entirely with IMAX cameras.

My Take: I wonder if there will be any surprise appearances that we don’t know about…

Photo courtesy of Walt Disney Studios

Elemental  (2023)

Rating: PG

Release Date: In theatres nationwide on Friday, June 16, 2023.

Summary: Elemental is about Ember (voiced by Leah Lewis) and Wade (voiced by Mamoudou Athie). They live in a city where fire, water, land, and air residents work and play. Ember, a fire resident, and Wade, a water resident, aren’t meant to interact. However, they start up a friendship, much to the dismay of their family and friends. Can fire and water really mix?

What to Watch For: To animate the film, Pixar used more computers for Elemental than any other Pixar film to date.

Word on the Street: This is Thomas Newman’s fourth score for an animated film. His other three were Finding Nemo (2003), WALL-E (2008), and Finding Dory (2016).

My Take: I know that director Peter Sohn used his family’s history to help with the story. His parents emigrated to America from Korea and opened a family-owned grocery store, much like Ember’s family.

The Blackening
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The Blackening  (2022)

Rating: R

Release Date: In theatres nationwide on Friday, June 16, 2023.

Summary: The Blackening occurs when seven black friends go away for a weekend only to find themselves trapped in a cabin and forced to play a game created by a killer with a vendetta. Can the group use their street smarts and knowledge of horror movies to help them survive? Probably not.

What to Watch For: The film is directed by Tim Story, the award-winning director of Barbershop (2003), and Think Like a Man (2013).

Word on the Street: The film won the People’s Choice Award at the 2022 Toronto International Film Festival.

My Take: I love the tagline for the film ‘We all can’t die first.’

Extraction 2
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Extraction 2  (2023)

Rating: R

Release Date: Premiering on Netflix on Friday, June 16, 2023.

Summary: In Extraction 2, Tyler Rake (Chris Hemsworth), after barely surviving his last mission, has recovered enough to take on his next assignment. Tyler and his team are to extract a family from a Georgian gangster. This time, the mission is personal, and it will get messy.

What to Watch For: The film is written and produced by Joe Russo (along with his brother Anthony Russo). They were responsible for a bunch of Marvel films, including Avengers: Infinity War (2018) and Avengers: Endgame (2019).

Word on the Street: This is a sequel to the 2020 Netflix hit film Extraction.

My Take: I am a big fan of Chris Hemsworth. So I won’t miss this one.

Maggie Moore(s)
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Maggie Moore(s)  (2023)

Rating: R

Release Date: In theatres and available On Demand on Friday, June 16, 2023.

Summary: Maggie Moore(s) takes place when two women are murdered just days apart in a small, dusty town. The police chief, Jordan Sanders (Jon Hamm), must wade through suspects, including cheating husbands, lonely hearts, and nosey neighbors. What he doesn’t expect is that one of them is a killer for hire.

What to Watch For: The cast includes Tina Fey, Nick Mohammed, Happy Anderson, Oona Roche, Allison Dunbar, and Christopher Denham.

My Take: This is the second film by actor John Slattery. His first was the 2014 film God’s Pocket starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Christina Hendricks, and John Turturro.

Photo courtesy of Film Movement

Seire   (2021)

Rating: N/A

Release Date: Premiering on Digital and On Demand on Friday, June 16, 2023.

Summary: In Seire, Korean folk traditions tell us that the first twenty-one days after a baby is born, they are vulnerable to bad luck, curses, and evil spirits. New mother, Hae-mi (Sim Eun-woo), knows this. However, her husband, Woo-jin (Seo Hyun-woo), is reluctant to play along. After attending an ex-girlfriend’s funeral, Woo-jin has unwittingly opened the door to dark supernatural dangers. Dangers that may haunt his family and his newborn forever.

What to Watch For: The film was nominated for the Best International Feature Film at the 2022 Zurich Film Festival.

Word on the Street: This is writer/director Kang Park’s first feature film.

My Take: The film won rave reviews at the 2022 Fantasia International Film Festival.

Persian Lessons
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Persian Lessons  (2020)

Rating: N/A

Release Date: In select theatres on Friday, June 16, 2023.

Summary: Persian Lesson takes place in 1942, where Gilles (Nahuel Perez Biscayart) is among his fellow Jewish prisoners facing a Nazi firing squad. Gilles, through a bit of luck, is able to talk his way away from death by claiming he isn’t Jewish but Persian.

An officer (Lars Eidinger) in the prison camp wants to learn Farsi so that after the war, he can move to Tehran and open a restaurant with his brother. He enlists Gilles to teach him Farsi, telling him as long as he can teach him the language, Gilles will live. The only problem, Gilles doesn’t know Farsi and will have to make up a language to teach the German.

What to Watch For: The movie is from filmmaker Vadim Perelman, whose feature film debut, 2003’s House of Sand and Fog, was a major award winner.

Word on the Street: The film is loosely based on a true story and was partially inspired by the 1977 short story Invention of a Language by Wolfgang Kohlhaase.

My Take: Nahuel Perez Biscayart is best known for his award-winning performance in 120 BPM (2017).

Black Clover: Sword of the Wizard King
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Black Clover: Sword of the Wizard King  (2023)

Rating: N/A

Release Date: Premiering on Netflix on Friday, June 16, 2023.

Summary: Black Clover: Sword of the Wizard King takes place in a world where magic is everything. Asta, a boy born with no magic, aims to become the “Wizard King.” He must overcome adversity, prove his power, and keep his oath with his friends while trying to outwit his rival, a genius mage named Yuno.

What to Watch For: The film is based on the popular comic Black Clover. It’s sold over seventeen million copies.

Word on the Street: While based on the comic books, the film is an original story never depicted in the comic book series.

My Take: It will be interesting to see how fans of the comic react to this film.

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