Travis Hopson’s 10 Great Overlooked Movies Of 2023

    It’s easier than ever to put together this list of the most overlooked movies of the year. I actually haven’t done this one since 2020, the first year of the pandemic, when more movies than ever were skipping theatrical and going to streaming. There were hundreds of movies coming out back then, and now that number has only increased as digital-only platforms become the norm, rather than the exception. It’s easier than ever for a movie to get distribution, and that means more movies are out there. That’s a good thing, if you ask me.

    These movies are overlooked in the sense that I feel some didn’t get the distribution they needed, or the attention they deserved. There will likely be movies on here that you’ve heard about, maybe a few that you haven’t, but all could use a few more eyeballs on them. And I’ve made it a point not to use anything that I may have already put on my Best Movies of 2023 list. For instance, I could’ve easily put Rye Lane and If You Were The Last on here, too.

    So check it out, my list of 10 Great Overlooked Movies of 2023.

    Blackberry (review)
    Director: Matt Johnson

    Cast: Jay Baruchel, Glen Howerton, Matt Johnson, Rich Sommer

    Showing Up (review)

    Director: Kelly Reichardt

    Cast: Michelle Williams, Hong Chau, Maryann Plunkett, Andre Benjamin, John Magaro, Amanda Plummer, Judd Hirsch

    How to Blow Up a Pipeline (review)

    Director: Daniel Goldhaber

    Cast: Sasha Lane, Jayme Lawson, Ariela Barer, Kristine Froseth, Lukas Gage, Forrest Goodluck, Marcus Scribner, Jake Weary


    Director: Jalmari Helander

    Cast: Jorma Tommila, Aksel Hennie

    Sanctuary (review)

    Director: Zachary Wigon

    Cast: Christopher Abbott, Margaret Qualley

    The Angry Black Girl and Her Monster (review)

    Director: Bomani J. Story

    Cast: Laya DeLeon Hayes, Denzel Whitaker, Chad L. Coleman

    Aporia (review)

    Director: Jared Moshe

    Cast: Judy Greer, Edi Gathegi, Payman Maadi

    Monster (review)

    Director: Hirokazu Kore-eda

    Cast: Sakura Andō, Eita Nagayama

    Dreamin’ Wild (review)

    Director: Bill Pohlad

    Cast: Casey Affleck, Noah Jupe, Jack Dylan Grazer, Zooey Deschanel, Walton Goggins, Chris Messina

    Cassandro (review)

    Director: Roger Ross Williams

    Cast: Gael Garcia Bernal, Roberta Colindrez, Perla De La Rosa, Bad Bunny, El Hijo del Santo