This year promises to bring more of what Hollywood excels at: superheroes and sequels, sequels, sequels. But scan a little more and you’ll find original offerings from some of the best in the business and some totally out of the ordinary concepts that we need to see for ourselves.
Here are 22 movies worth watching in 2022.
“Come on, revenge. Let’s get in trouble.” The new Batman is an atmosphere. From the director of Cloverfield And Planet of the Apes, the latest reinvention focuses on a young Bruce Wayne trying to define himself. Robert Pattinson and her black eyeshadow are the main draw, but don’t dismiss Zoë Kravitz as the cat thief who always falls to her feet.
At the cinema on March 4th
First director Domee Shi won an Oscar with his adorable short film bag. Now, she’s doubling down on her Chinese-Canadian background with a story set in Toronto about a young girl who transforms into a giant red panda. With vocal work by Sandra Oh and Maitreyi Ramakrishnan, Turning red it looks like fun.
Premieres on Disney + on March 11
The lost city
In what looks like a modern update of the Romance the stone, Sandra Bullock stars in this jungle adventure about an unfortunate author and her Fabio-like cover model played by Channing Tatum. The pair also meet a harsh Brad Pitt as he tries to find a hidden city. It’s been a while since a major studio launched a romantic comedy with so much star power. But after the roles in Bird box And The Unforgivable, this gets Bullock back to doing what he does best.
At the cinema on March 25th
All everywhere all at once
To imagine Spider-Man: In the verse of the spider, but make it Michelle Yeoh’s verse and you’ll get an idea of what to expect in the latest film from directors Dan Kwan and Daniel Scheinert. The couple was responsible for the film about uncommon friends Swiss army man. All everywhere all at once continues the madness with what appears to be a manic Kung-Fu adventure in which Yeoh plays an immigrant who holds the key to saving the universe. Bonus points for the inclusion of Jamie Lee Curtis, who appears to have come straight from the last one Halloween Continuation.
At the cinema on March 25th
Learn to swim
Described as a hallucinatory blur of experiences, Toronto’s Thyrone Tommy debut film plunges us into the jazz scene with Thomas Antony Olajide as the saxophonist haunted by a failed romance. Learn to swim made a big hit at TIFF and tries to wrap its tune around audiences this spring.
In theaters in March 2022
The unbearable weight of massive talent
In a film so meta that you think Charlie Kaufman wrote it, Nicolas Cage plays Nicolas Cage in this comedy in which the movie star agrees to meet a superfan played by Pedro Pascal. The script caused a sensation on the Black List (a place where film and TV writers can share their work with people in the industry) years ago, and if there’s one actor who will commit to the idea, it’s Cage.
At the cinema on April 22nd
The movie Bob’s Burgers
While animated shows made into movies don’t have a great track record (looking at you Simpson), I’m willing to give Bob’s burgers one click for just 90 minutes of Gene playing on his keyboard. The film sees the Belchers grappling with a growing chasm and possibly an alien incursion.
At the cinema on May 27th
Slash / Back
After the success of Quantism of blood And Night raiders, the indigenous sci-fi revolution continues Slash / Back, a horror film about an alien encounter in which a group of Inuit teenagers react. Filmed in Pangnirtung, Nunavut, I can’t wait to see what Canadian director Nyla Innuksuk has created.
In theaters June 2022
If anyone can capture Elvis Presley’s outrageous and outrageous excesses, it’s director Baz Luhrmann, the man responsible for red mill and personal favorite Strictly for dance. Come for Tom Hanks with another ridiculous accent as Colonel Tom Parker and stay for the outstanding Kelvin Harrison Jr. as BB King.
At the cinema on June 24th
Thor: Love and thunder
While I worry, the Marvel-Verse may have lost its mojo afterwards Avengers: End of the game, Thor: Love and thunder it could be the lightning it needs. Taika Waititi returns to direct a story bringing back Natalie Portman and possibly a version of lady Thor of Marvel Comics. With the hair metal aesthetic of the 80s and Russell Crowe as Zeus, Love and thunder it really looks like a wonderful odyssey.
At the cinema on July 8th
There isn’t much to say no as well as Jordan Peele, the director of Go out And We, has a way of exposing modern fears and inequalities like no other. no with Daniel Kaluuya, Steven Yeun and Keke Palmer. It looks threatening. Get ready.
At the cinema on July 22nd
High speed train
Who needs Murder on the Orient Express when you have High speed train, a film about a fast-moving group of assassins starring Sandra Bullock, Brad Pitt, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Zazie Beetz, Michael Shannon, Brian Tyree Henry and Bad Bunny. Everyone on board!
At the cinema on July 15th
If you know Billy Eichner better Billy on the street, get ready for another side with siblings, a romantic comedy billed as the first major studio film with an all queer main cast playing straight roles. With producer Judd Apatow on board, siblings could be the comic summer hit we need.
In theaters on August 12th
Don’t worry honey
In 2019, Olivia Wilde went from actor to director with Smart book, a quick look at the growth of a modern teenager. His next film shifts the action to the 1950s and features Harry Styles and White Widow herself, Florence Pugh, as husband and wife in a utopian community that is beginning to crack.
At the cinema on 23 September
Mission: Impossible 7
Although I don’t feel the urgent need to see Tom Cruise back in the cockpit Top Gun: Maverick, there is something in the Mission Impossible franchise that keeps me coming back for more. Maybe it’s Cruise’s desire to continually outdo himself with extreme stunts or Simon Pegg’s playful dialogue as Benji. Either way, the chaos returns this fall.
At the cinema on September 30th
Spider-Man: Through the Spider-Verse (part one)
Spider-Man: In the verse of the spider 2018 wasn’t just one of the best Spider-Man movies; it was one of the best superhero movies of all time. Even if the concept of parallel worlds doesn’t seem so fresh (Damn you, Strange Doctor), I can’t wait to see which Spider-People will join Miles Morales. (Forward Supaidaman!)
At the cinema on October 7th
Even in the gloomy and grumpy of Zack Snyder justice League, Ezra Miller’s version of the Flash speedster it was a breath of fresh air. Imagine what it can do with an entire movie. With both Ben Affleck and Michael Keaton appearing somewhat like Batman, expect more multiverse cheating.
In theaters on November 4th
Kenneth Branagh’s biopic about the Bee Gees
In today’s high Hollywood, if a movie isn’t a sequel or remake, it might as well be a biopic. The success of Bohemian Rhapsody And Rocket man has demonstrated an appetite for films about musicians and the Bee Gees talking jive men seem tailor-made for director Kenneth Branagh. From Cinderella to Belfast, the once Shakespearean actor is one of the most active directors in the business. Let’s hope Brothers Gibb and Branagh make great music together.
In theaters on November 4th
By Damien Chazelle, director of La La Terra, Babylon promises another sumptuous look at the cinema. This time it is set during the difficult transition from silent films to talkies. No Ryan Gosling, but Margot Robbie and Brad Pitt will bring the glamor. Oscar’s attention is assured.
In theaters on December 25th
Sarah Polley, the director of Take this waltz And Away from her, took a hiatus from cinema for a few years. Now, she is back with what promises to be a powerful story about a religious community facing a series of sexual assaults. With the talents of Frances McDormand, Rooney Mara, Sheila McCarthy and Ben Whishaw, Women talking seems like a welcome return to form.
Knives out 2
Daniel Craig and that finger-licking accent? Where do we sign up? Benoit Blanc’s ongoing adventure features a new murder mystery and ace cast, including witch Kathryn Hahn, Leslie Odom Jr., and Janelle Monáe. But don’t look for this in theaters – the sequels were bought by Netflix.