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Is it me or have movie theatres been lacking lately? The lack of movies is not necessarily the problem, more the quality. It feels like every new movie is just a quick cash grab lacking creativity. Well fear not, there are a few movies coming out this year that are worthy to spend your money on and will definitely capture your attention.

The first one, my personal favorite, is Priscilla. Directed by the iconic Sofia Coppola (Marie Antoinette, Virgin Suicides, Lost in Translation) and starring Cailee Spaeny and Jacob Elordi, it focuses on Elvis’s wife, Priscilla. Based on Priscilla’s own memoir, it covers her journey and what she went through in their relationship. Compared to Elvis, which came out in 2022, it looks at the darker side of things. With amazing costumes and an incredibly heartbreaking story, it’s definitely going to be one of the top movies of the year. With Sofia as the director and A24 as the studio, I personally cannot wait for this movie to come out on Nov. 3, 2023.

Next up is Poor Things. Directed by Yorgos Lanthimos (The Lobster, The Favourite) and starring Emma Stone, this movie is actually a book adaptation. The story follows a young woman brought back to life who runs away with a lawyer and travels the world. The story seems super unique and bizarre with amazing cinematography so I won’t go into too much detail since it’s better to go in blind. I definitely recommend going to see it when it comes out on Dec. 8, 2023.

One that a lot of people are excited about is Challengers. With Zendaya being the star, I know for a fact that everyone will be sitting in. Luca Guadagnino is going to be directing this, and if it’s anything like his previous work, (Call Me by Your Name, Bones and All), I know I’ll eat it up. Challengers is a romantic drama following a tennis coach named Tashi as she forces her husband, who she made into the tennis player he is, to play a challenger match to get him out of a rut. When the other challenger ends up being Tashi’s ex, and her husband’s former best friend, the tension and drama rises. Coming out April 26, 2024, it’s bound to be a hit.

Fourth on this list is All of Us Strangers, a heartfelt drama focusing on the relationship between Adam and Harry as they make their way through life. Starring Paul Mescal and Andrew Scott, the tears are definitely going to be falling with this one. Andrew Haigh (Weekend, 45 Years) is the director for this, lesser known but I’m sure he‘ll be incredible. It is loosely based on the novel Strangers by Taichi Yamada and coming out Jan. 6, 2024.

Finally, we have Eileen based on Ottessa Moshfegh’s novel, the queen of books for the deranged girlies might I add. With My Year of Rest and Relaxation as one of the most popular TikTok books, this adaptation is sure to gain attention. Directed by William Oldroyd (Lady Macbeth) and starring Anne Hathaway and Thomasin Mckenzie, it focuses on the growing toxic relationship between two women working at a juvenile detention facility. It’s a psychological horror, with a rating of R so be ready but I think it’s worth going to see on Dec. 8, 2023.

Nora is a first year student in the writing program at uvic. This is her first year with her campus and she looks forward to develop her writing skills. When she isn't procrastinating on her assignments by swiping on tik tok you can find her readings, writing, or drinking chai lattes in small coffee shops.