Eli’s movie picks for 2022: superheroes, sequels, animation — and lots of Brad Pitt
This year promises to bring more of what Hollywood excels at — superheroes and sequels, sequels, sequels. But browse a little deeper and you’ll find some of the best original offerings in the business and some completely new concepts that we have to see for ourselves.
Here are 22 films to see in 2022.
“Come on, revenge. Let’s get in trouble.” The new Batman is a vibe. From the director of Cloverfield and Planet of the Apes, the latest reimagining centers on a young Bruce Wayne looking to define himself. Robert Pattinson and his black eye shadow are the main attraction, but don’t discount Zoë Kravitz as the cat burglar who always lands on her feet.
In theaters March 4
First-time director Domee Shi won an Oscar with her adorable short film Bao. Now she’s doubling down on her Chinese-Canadian origins with a Toronto story about a young girl who hides inside a giant red panda. With voice work by Sandra Oh and Maitreyi Ramakrishnan, turn red looks like an explosion.
Premieres on Disney+ March 11
The lost city
In what appears to be a modern update of Romanticize the stone, Sandra Bullock stars in this jungle adventure about a hapless author and her Fabio-like cover model played by Channing Tatum. The pair also encountered a crashed Brad Pitt while trying to find a hidden city. It’s been a while since a major studio released a romantic comedy with this much star power. But after roles in bird box and the unforgivable, it brings Bullock back to doing what she does best.
In theaters March 25
Everything everywhere all at once
To imagine Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, but make it Michelle Yeoh’s verse and you’ll have an idea of what to expect in the latest from directors Dan Kwan and Daniel Scheinert. The couple were responsible for the quirky Friends movie Swiss army man. Everything everywhere all at once continues the madness with what looks like 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 looks like it’s straight out of the latest Halloween following.
In theaters March 25
Learn to swim
Described as a hallucinatory blurring of experiences, the directorial debut of Toronto-based Thyrone Tommy takes us into the jazz scene with Thomas Antony Olajide as the saxophonist haunted by a failed romance. Learn to swim caused a stir at TIFF and is looking to wrap its melody around audiences this spring.
In theaters March 2022
The unbearable weight of massive talent
In a movie so meta you’d assume Charlie Kaufman wrote it, Nicolas Cage stars as Nicolas Cage in this comedy where the movie star agrees to meet a superfan played by Pedro Pascal. The script made waves on the blacklist (a place where film and TV writers can share their work with people in the industry) years ago, and if there’s an actor who’s will engage in the concept is Cage.
In theaters April 22
Bob’s Burgers movie information
While anime shows turned into movies don’t have a great track record (looking at you The simpsons), I am willing to give Bob’s Burgers a fair hit for 90 minutes from Gene blocking on his keyboard. The film finds the Belchers grappling with a widening chasm and possibly an alien incursion.
In theaters May 27
After the success of quantum of blood and night raiders, the Indigenous science fiction revolution continues with Slash/back, a horror film about an alien encounter in which a group of Inuit teenagers fight back. Filmed in Pangnirtung, Nunavut, I can’t wait to see what Canadian filmmaker Nyla Innuksuk has created.
In theaters June 2022
If there’s anyone who can capture the outrageous excesses of Elvis Presley, it’s director Baz Luhrmann, the man responsible for red Mill and personal favorite Ballroom strictly. Come for Tom Hanks with another ridiculous accent as Colonel Tom Parker, and stay for the remarkable Kelvin Harrison Jr. as BB King.
In theaters June 24
Thor: Love and Thunder
Although I fear the Marvel-Verse lost its mojo after Avengers: Endgame, Thor: Love and Thunder could be the lightning he needs. Taika Waititi returns to direct a story that brings back Natalie Portman and possibly a version of Lady Thor Marvel comics. Featuring 80s hair metal aesthetics and Russell Crowe as Zeus, love and thunder seems like a wonderful odyssey indeed.
In theaters July 8
There is not much to say about no other than Jordan Peele, the director of get out and We, has a way of exposing modern fears and inequalities like no other. no stars Daniel Kaluuya and Steven Yeun and Keke Palmer. Seems worrying. Be ready.
In theaters July 22
Who needs Murder on the Orient Express when you have High-speed train, a film about a group of fast assassins with Sandra Bullock, Brad Pitt, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Zazie Beetz, Michael Shannon, Brian Tyree Henry and Bad Bunny. All aboard!
In theaters July 15
If you know Billy Eichner better from Billy in the street, get ready for another side with Brothers, a romantic comedy billed as the first major studio film with an all-gay main cast playing heterosexual roles. With producer Judd Apatow on board, Brothers could be the comedic summer hit we need.
In theaters August 12
don’t worry darling
In 2019, Olivia Wilde went from actress to director with Library, a quick look at growing up as a modern teenager. Its follow-up film shifts the action to the 1950s and features Harry Styles and the White Widow herself, Florence Pugh, as husband and wife in a utopian community that begins to crack apart.
In theaters September 23
Mission: Impossible 7
Although I don’t feel a pressing need to see Tom Cruise back in the cockpit during Top Gun: Maverick, there is something about Impossible mission 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 tongue-in-cheek dialogue as Benji. Either way, chaos returns this fall.
In theaters September 30
Spider-Man: Through the Spider-Verse (Part One)
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse from 2018 wasn’t just one of the best Spider-Man movies; it was one of the best superhero movies of all time. Although the concept of parallel worlds doesn’t seem so fresh (Damn, strange doctor), I can’t wait to see which Spider-People will join Miles Morales. (Go on Supaidaman!)
In theaters October 7
Even in the dark and grouchy of Zack Snyder Justice League, Ezra Miller’s take on the Flash speedster was a breath of fresh air. Imagine what he can do with an entire movie. With Ben Affleck and Michael Keaton appearing as the Batmen in one way or another, expect more multiversal shenanigans.
In theaters November 4
Kenneth Branagh’s biopic Bee Gees
In today’s Hollywood concept, if a movie isn’t a sequel or remake, it might as well be a biopic. The success of Bohemian Rhapsody and Rocket Man demonstrated the appetite for movies about musicians, and the Bee Gees’ Talking Men Jive seem tailor-made for director Kenneth Branagh. From Cinderella at Belfast, the once-Shakespearean actor is one of the industry’s busiest filmmakers. Here’s hoping brothers Gibb and Branagh make some great music together.
In theaters November 4
By Damien Chazelle, director of The Earth, Babylon promises another lavish look at cinema. This time it takes place during the difficult transition from silent films to talkies. No Ryan Gosling, but Margot Robbie and Brad Pitt will bring the glamour. Oscars attention is guaranteed.
In theaters December 25
women who talk
Sarah Polley, director of take this waltz and away from her, took a break from acting for a few years. Now she’s back with what promises to be a powerful story about a religious community dealing with a series of sexual assaults. With the talents of Frances McDormand, Rooney Mara, Sheila McCarthy and Ben Whishaw, women who talk looks like a welcome return to form.
knives out 2
Daniel Craig and that finger-licking accent? Where do we sign? The Continuing Adventure of Benoit Blanc features a new murder mystery and a cast of aces, including witch Kathryn Hahn, Leslie Odom Jr. and Janelle Monáe. But don’t go looking for this one in theaters – the sequels have been picked up by Netflix.