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Another year has gone by and we’ve completed another revolution around the sun. 2023 was a fantastic year for movies, so The Cosmic Crew was excited to sit down and rank their top 5 of the year. From Barbie to The Color Purple to Bottoms and John Wick: Chapter 4, it was a lively chat, and an hour just isn’t long enough for The Cosmic Circle. 

There were surprises, including why we liked certain comic book movies, to the last-minute shuffling of our rankings as the year progressed and more movies came out; this podcast had it all and was a delight. Host Ayla Ruby was joined by head writer Brian Kitson and all-around movie king John Dotson to discuss what worked for them this year. There was heartbreak, musicals, action, and so much more. Listen below for our full thoughts on the best movies of 2023. 

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[Warning: Spoilers from several 2023 movies are in the podcast.]

What are your thoughts on our the team’s top 5 for 2023? What do you think about their favorite comic book movies? Let us know on social media or The Cosmic Circus Discord. If you enjoy this podcast, please consider sharing it with friends and following us on social media @mycosmiccircus, or joining our Discord.

For links to all of our movie reviews for 2023 and prior, check out our Movie Reviews archive here!

Timestamps: The Best Movies of 2023 podcast

00:17 – Intros

02:00 – Wonka talk

04:40 – Thoughts on comic book movies in 2023?

13:00 – #5 favorite movie for 2023

26:25 – #4 favorite movie for 2023

41:00 – #3 and #2 #5 favorite movies for 2023

56:40 – #1 favorite movie for 2023

01:08:00 – Thoughts on films in 2024

01:12:00 – Outros

Recommended articles about the 2023 movies discussed in this episode

Review: All of Us Strangers is a Heart-wrenching Daydream

Review: Migration is refreshingly original and sweet

Review: The Color Purple is Bold, Uplifting, and Brilliant

Wonka Movie Review: A Delicious Addition to Willy Wonka’s Legacy

Review: The Iron Claw is Devastatingly Powerful

Red, White & Royal Blue Review: A Royally Important Rom-Com

Review: Saltburn is a Devilishly Delightful Film

Bottoms Review: Superbad Meets Fight Club in this Gay Comedy

Cosmic Circle Ep. 36: Barbie Movie Discussion

Barbie Review: Greta Gerwig Gives Margot Robbie an Existential Crisis for the Ages

Review: Godzilla Minus One is a Monster Blockbuster Befitting the Franchise Legacy

Ranking All The Live-Action Toho Godzilla Movies

Cosmic Circle Ep. 41: John Wick Movies Discussion (Spoilers)

Review: John Wick: Chapter 4 is Excessively Action-Packed

Review: Spider-Man Across the Spider-Verse is an Animated Masterwork

Killers of the Flower Moon At the Variety Artisans Screening Series

Cosmic Circle Ep. 29: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3

Cosmic Circle Ep. 33: Mid year 2023 Best Movies so far Discussion


Podcast credits and show notes

  • Ayla Ruby
  • Brian Kitson
  • John Dotson
Executive Producer/Editor
  • Lizzie Hill

Recorded on 12/28/23

Superhero theme by HumanoideVFX on Pixabay.


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Ayla Ruby

I am a writer and interviewer based somewhere in the Alpha Quadrant. I love all things nerdy - but Star Trek and Spiderman have special places in my heart. Find me at @TulinWrites on Twitter. And visit my other website for more reviews and interviews:

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