8 of the best films of 2023 so far

Joel Stice

1. Saint Omer

Alice Diop's "real-life inspired" drama about race, class, and motherhood in France, "Atlantics" was snubbed at the Oscars despite its powerful performances and enthralling storytelling.

2. Close

"Two 13-year-old boys face peer pressure and strain on their intimate friendship in a naturalistic coming-of-age drama directed by Lucas Dhont."

3. John Wick: Chapter 4

"Keanu Reeves returns as the assassin in the artful action franchise's latest installment, which takes him on a globe-trotting adventure. 

4. Holy Spider

Ali Abbasi's grisly Holy Spider is based on the true story of a married builder (Mehdi Bajestani) who murdered 16 sex workers in Iran's holy city of Mashhad in 2000 and 2001.

5. The Worst Ones

"Lise Akoka and Romane Gueret's The Worst Ones, winner of the top prize in Un Certain Regard at Cannes, features captivating non-professional actors playing fictional variations of their own stories. 

6. EO

 Exploring man's inhumanity to man and donkey with psychedelic camerawork, editing, and music. The film is extravagantly bizarre yet sweet, loving, and mischievous.

7. Return to Seoul 

n Davy Chou's film, a young Korean woman travels to Seoul to search for her birth parents and experiences a morphing sense of identity in unexpected ways. 

8. Infinity Pool

"Infinity Pool" follows a struggling author and his wealthy wife on a vacation to an exclusive beach resort with extreme consequences.

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