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his master's choice

2023 has been a fantastic year for all movie buffs! And it goes without saying that we have been spoilt for choice with what's on our watch list. So with the year coming to an end, here's our hmv guide in sharing the very best films of 2023.

Now Warner Bros. Pictures highest grossing film, director Greta Gerwig brings the world’s most famous doll to life. Barbie is vibrant, energetic, and engrossing on one hand, a biting, satirical, and sharp one on the other. Engaging and hilarious with both Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling on top form, the latter stealing everything with his “Ken-ergy” that’s as infectious as any performance this year. Come for the colour, stay for the clever. 

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Experience the breathtaking global phenomenon that captivated audiences around the world. Written for the screen and directed by Christopher Nolan, Oppenheimer thrusts audiences into the mind of physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer (Cillian Murphy), whose landmark work on the Manhattan Project created the first atomic bomb. An unprecedented cinematic event, Oppenheimer features an all-star cast that includes Emily Blunt, Oscar winner, Matt Damon, Oscar nominee, Robert Downey Jr., Oscar nominee, Florence Pugh, Josh Hartnett, and Oscar winners Casey Affleck, Rami Malek and Kenneth Branagh.

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Avatar: The Way Of Water
James Cameron’s long-awaited sequel reawakens the picturesque land of Pandora. Jake Sully (Sam Worthington), now a father of four and veteran in the ways of the Na’Vi, is forced to flee an unrelenting war against the humans to protect his family. Seeking refuge with a new tribe they must adopt a new way of life to integrate with a new culture and master the way of water. Stunning visual effects enhance action and emotion of a family in despair as they frantically fight to protect each other in a tale as beautiful as it is sorrowful. A transfixing must-see blockbuster that will turn three hours into a fantasy! 

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Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 3
The end of Marvel’s cosmic comedy trilogy gives the Guardians one final adventure – to save Rocket. Yet another stellar soundtrack accompanies almost 3 hours of action, laughs and emotion that make this more than just a film about superheroes in space. Director James Gunn, masterfully mixes tear-jerking drama with comic relief to craft an emotional rollercoaster that transports you into the reality of the galaxies most disfunctional heroes. This unmissable masterpiece is a perfect end to a group of rag-tag guardians that anyone will find irresistibly loveable. 

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Asteroid City
There’s always a buzz when Wes Anderson returns to the big screen and his latest endeavour, Asteroid City, is his best-reviewed film since The Grand Budapest Hotel - with good cause. Told over three narrative timelines, it follows the making of a film called Asteroid City, a small desert retreat sees students, actors, and families descend upon it for a science fair only to witness an alien landing during one of their presentations. Filled with the usual whimsy, strangeness, and unique sensibilities that only Anderson can provide, it features an astounding cast including Scarlett Johansson, Jason Schwartzman, Tom Hanks, Bryan Cranston, Tilda Swinton, Margot Robbie, Steve Carell, Willem Dafoe and countless more. 

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John Wick: Chapter 4
The 4th instalment in this violent thriller sees the legendary John Wick persevere through the consequences of his ex-communicado. Fans of the abundant brutality the franchise has become renowned for will not be disappointed. John claws for the help of his last few remaining allies as The Table decimates his closest associates. Interchanging dialogue and relentless action is choreographed to perfection to craft an equilibrium ideal for lovers of hardcore action and ruthless violence. Strap in and brace for a thrill as the fate of John Wick hangs in the balance!

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