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We can’t believe it’s already almost April either. But there’s still a lot of 2022 ahead of us and we thought about taking a renewed look at our selection of some of 2022’s most anticipated films, especially considering the calendar of releases has changed a lot in the last few weeks.
Bear in mind that nothing is set in stone, so this isn’t a comprehensive selection. New titles will pop up as the new year unfolds. Plus, most of these titles are tentpole movies and/or sequels or adaptations from pre-existing franchises. Expect the year 2022 to be full of those, but also keep in mind that there’ll also be a fair share of must-see indie movies as the year progresses. It’s hard to know if 2022 will be the year that cinema-going returns to normal, or if we’ll all still be doing a lot of streaming at home for certain titles, while opting for the big screen for others.
And yes, some of the titles on this list are movies that we were already looking forward to watching back in 2019 — ahem, Top Gun: Maverick .
Winter 2022: Movies That Have Already Premiered
The 355 (January 7): This action-espionage ensemble stars Jessica Chastain as a CIA agent who joins forces with a German agent (Diane Kruger), a former MI6 ally who specializes in computers (Lupita Nyong’o) and a Colombian psychologist (Penélope Cruz) on a mission to recover a top-secret weapon. Bingbing Fan plays the mysterious woman who follows their every move. The 355 is now available on Peacock and on video on demand (VOD).
Scream (January 14): This is the fifth installment of the Scream franchise. Neve Campbell, Courtney Cox and David Arquette return to their iconic roles alongside newcomers Melissa Barrera, Kyle Gallner, Mason Gooding and Jenna Ortega. Twenty-five years after the brutal murders that terrified the small town of Woodsboro, a new killer dons the Ghostface mask and targets a group of teenagers. Scream is now available on Paramount+ and VOD.
Moonfall (February 4): Master of disaster and climate change advocate Roland Emmerich co-writes and directs this film that sees the Moon on the brink of colliding with Earth and annihilating our world. Halle Berry plays a former astronaut who partners with another astronaut (Patrick Wilson) and a conspiracy theorist (John Bradley from Game of Thrones ). Together they’ll try to save humanity as they discover our Moon is not what we think it is.
Death on the Nile (February 11): This new adaptation of a classic Agatha Christie novel has Kenneth Branagh directing and playing the lead detective, Hercule Poirot — the Irish filmmaker already starred in and directed Murder on the Orient Express (2017). This one has been postponed several times due not only to the pandemic but also because a prominent role in the movie is played by Armie Hammer. The movie debuts on Hulu and HBO Max on March 29.
Uncharted (February 18): Based on the eponymous action-adventure video game series , the movie stars Tom Holland ( Spider-Man: Homecoming ) as Nathan Drake and Mark Wahlberg as Victor Sullivan. They both embark on an epic international adventure — Barcelona is prominently featured in the trailer — in the pursuit of “the greatest treasure never found.” Meanwhile, Nathan starts discovering new details about his long-lost brother.
The Batman (March 4): Robert Pattinson dons the cape and the pointy-eared mask in this new reboot of the bat franchise. Matt Reeves ( Dawn of the Planet of the Apes ) co-writes and directs the movie, which also stars Zoë Kravitz, Paul Dano, Peter Sarsgaard, Andy Serkis, Jeffrey Wright and John Turturro. Don’t miss our article on the hidden details in The Batman ’s first trailer and the movie’s inception and our full review of The Batman .
Turning Red (March 11): Pixar’s first 2022 title is directed by Domee Shi, who won an Oscar for her short film Bao (2018). The movie follows the story of 13-year-old Mei Lee (voiced by Rosalie Chiang), who turns into a giant red panda every time she gets excited. Sandra Oh voices Mei Lee’s overbearing mom, Ming. Read our review of Turning Red here .
Deep Water (March 18): Based on the novel of the same name by Patricia Highsmith and starring Ana de Armas and Ben Affleck, this is one of the titles that has been postponed several times because of COVID-19. De Armas and Affleck play a married couple who have an arrangement to keep their marriage afloat. But when their games turn into murder, things get messier. Highsmith’s source material offers a portrayal of the fake veneer covering American suburbia — let’s hope the film does too.
The Lost City (March 25): Sandra Bullock returns to her comedy roots starring in this action-adventure where she plays Loretta Sage. She’s a popular romance-adventure writer on a promotional tour with Alan (Channing Tatum), the model who has always portrayed Loretta’s main character: the hero Dash. When Loretta is kidnapped by a billionaire (Daniel Radcliffe) who wants to find an ancient lost city’s treasure from one of her novels, Alan decides to take the lead and rescue her as Dash would do. They end up in the middle of the jungle needing to work together to stay alive and find the ancient treasure before it’s lost forever.
Spring Movies 2022
Morbius (April 1): Set in the same universe as Venom , Morbius stars the chameleonic Jared Leto as Dr. Michael Morbius. He suffers from a rare blood disease and, while trying to find a cure for himself and others, he ends up transformed into someone with an urge for blood and other vampiric tendencies. Watching the method actor Leto transform himself into a mindless creature may prove to be one of the most appealing aspects of the film.
Ambulance (April 8): Michael Bay produces and directs this film starring Yahya Abdul-Mateen II ( Candyman ) as Will, a vet desperate to pay for his wife’s medical bills. His adoptive brother, Dany (Jake Gyllenhaal), is a professional criminal. When Will asks him for help, Dany enlists Will in a $32 million bank robbery. The two of them end up in an adrenaline-fueled chase through the streets of Los Angeles, inside of an ambulance driven by EMT Cam (Eiza González).
Downton Abbey: A New Era (May 20): First there were the six seasons of the television drama about a family of British aristocrats, their estate and the servants who allowed for everything to run smoothly. Then there was a 2019 movie too, and now it’s time for a film sequel: A New Era . Julian Fellowes, the creator of the show, returns once more here as the writer. And yes, the good news is that despite the dire health diagnosis the Dowager Countess revealed to her granddaughter Mary (Michelle Dockery) at the end of the previous movie, Maggie Smith returns to A New Era to hopefully dispense fresh doses of perfectly delivered puns.
Top Gun: Maverick (May 27): The original Top Gun opened in 1986. Now, this sequel that’s been decades in the making follows Tom Cruise’s Maverick after he’s served more than 30 years as a pilot in the Navy. When he has to train a group of Top Gun graduates for an impossible mission, Maverick meets Lt. Bradley Bradshaw (Miles Teller), the son of his long-lost friend Goose. Expect spectacular aerial sequences and a lot of need for speed.
Jurassic World: Dominion (June 10): Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard return for this sixth installment of the Jurassic Park franchise and sequel to Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018). Franchise originals Sam Neill, Jeff Goldblum and Laura Dern also star in this movie. Lightyear (June 17): Who was the Space Ranger who inspired the Buzz Lightyear toy from the Toy Story franchise? Chris Evans voices Buzz in this origin story that Pixar describes as a sci-fi action-adventure film.
Elvis (June 24): Musical heavy-weight Baz Luhrmann ( Moulin Rouge ) directs and co-writes this biopic starring Austin Butler ( The Carrie Diaries ) as music legend Elvis Presley. The film also stars Tom Hanks as Presley’s manager, Colonel Tom Parker. “The story delves into the complex dynamic between Presley and Parker spanning over 20 years, from Presley’s rise to fame to his unprecedented stardom, against the backdrop of the evolving cultural landscape and loss of innocence in America,” reads Warner Bros.’ official synopsis of the film.
Summer Movies 2022
Minions: The Rise of Gru (July 1): Allow me the yellow indulgence since I’ve been a fan of these adorable polyglot creatures since I first saw Despicable Me in a movie theater back in 2010. This second prequel of the Minions origin story — and fifth installment of the Despicable Me franchise — is set in the 1970s and follows a 12-year-old Gru (voiced by Steve Carell) and his faithful army of yellow sidekick followers.
Thor: Love and Thunder (July 8): This fourth Thor movie — the second one helmed by the New Zealander Taika Waititi — sees Natalie Portman returning as astrophysicist and Thor’s ex, Jane Foster. Waititi, who’s also taken writing duties for this film, has teased at its romantic components . The movie will also feature Chris Hemsworth, Tessa Thompson and Christian Bale.
Nope (July 22): After Get Out and Us , here comes the next psychological horror film written and directed by Academy Award-winner Jordan Peele. Details are still very much under wraps for this movie, which stars Academy Award-winner Daniel Kaluuya, Keke Palmer and Oscar nominee Steven Yeun . You can read more about Nope and its enigmatic first trailer here .
Fall Movies 2022
Don’t Worry Darling (September 23): Olivia Wilde’s second feature film after she directed the outstanding Booksmart (2019) stars Florence Pugh and Harry Styles as a married couple living in a utopian experimental community in the 1950s. Pugh plays a housewife and someone who fears that the company her husband works for may be hiding something. The movie also stars Wilde alongside Chris Pine, Gemma Chan and Kiki Layne.
Spider-Man: Across Spider-Verse (Part One) (October 7): After the multiverse-set Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) won the Oscar for Best Animated Feature Film and was lauded for its diverse representation — the movie stars Miles Morales (voiced by Shameik Moore) as an Afro-Latino kid who also happens to be Spider-Man — we really are looking forward to this Spider-Verse sequel. Not to mention, it’s one of several animated films we’re most excited about seeing this year.
Black Adam (October 21): This eleventh installment in the DC Extended Universe is directed by the Catalan filmmaker Jaume Collet-Serra and stars Dwayne Johnson as the titular villain. Pierce Brosnan and Aldis Hodge also appear in this Johnson-starring vehicle that could see him become Shazam’s archenemy.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (November 11): Ryan Coogler returns as co-writer and director of the much-anticipated sequel to his Black Panther (2018), the first superhero film to be nominated for a coveted Best Picture nod at the Oscars. Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Letitia Wright, Daniel Kaluuya, Winston Duke, Florence Kasumba and Angela Bassett reprise their roles from the original movie. The multi-talented Michaela Coel ( I May Destroy You ) will play a new role in this sequel. To honor the memory of the late Chadwick Boseman, who played Black Panther in the original film, Marvel has announced that this movie won’t recast the titular role . Also, Thor: Love and Thunder and Black Panther: Wakanda Forever aren’t the only two Marvel Cinematic Universe movies to be released in 2022. There’ll also be Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (May 6).
She Said (November 18): Maria Schrader ( Unorthodox ) directs this adaptation of Megan Twohey and Jodi Kantor’s book in which they relate their New York Times investigation into Harvey Weinstein’s sexual harassment and abuse behavior. The exposé helped further the #MeToo movement. The film stars Zoe Kazan, Carey Mulligan, Patricia Clarkson and Andre Braugher.
Avatar 2 (December 16): Thirteen years after James Cameron introduced us to Pandora in Avatar , here comes the second installment of this story. Zoe Saldaña, Sam Worthington and Sigourney Weaver all return to Avatar 2 , alongside newcomers Kate Winslet, Vin Diesel and Michelle Yeoh. The franchise is expected to have five installments in total, with each new movie being released two years apart.
I Wanna Dance with Somebody (December 21): Naomi Ackie ( Small Axe ) plays the late singer Whitney Houston in this musical biopic that’s directed by Kasie Lemons ( Harriet ) and also stars Clarke Peters, Stanley Tucci and Nafessa Williams.
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2020, Romance/Drama, 1h 44m
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- Genre: Romance, Drama
- Original Language: English
- Director: Noah Gilbert
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- Writer: Seth Gilbert
- Release Date (Theaters): Dec 10, 2021 limited
- Release Date (Streaming): Dec 10, 2021
- Runtime: 1h 44m
- Distributor: Vertical Entertainment
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THE ONLY ONE – Film Review
Rediscovering Life and Love Among the Vineyards of Southern France.
DIRECTED BY NOAH GILBERT (2021)
I admit that one of the pleasures I find in movies is in watching pretty people do things in pretty places. It helps hold my interest over the course of 100 or so minutes if the things these pretty people do are interesting, but if they’re pretty enough, and the location is pretty enough, I can be pretty forgiving. Happily for The Only One , everything in this movie is very, very pretty.
Written by Seth Gilbert and directed by his brother Noah, The Only One was shot (mostly) among the vineyards of southern France. A woman by the name of Tom (Caitlin Stasey) has come to a winery seeking David (Jon Beavers), an old flame whom she ghosted six years ago. While David hasn’t quite gotten over Tom (and David’s brother-in-law Rob (Hugo Armstrong) still feels a burning hatred towards her), he’s at least come to terms with her nature. She suffers from an insatiable wanderlust and cannot stand to be settled in place for too long.
So why, after all this time, has she returned to David’s life? She claims she saw a post about his winery and this spurred a desire in her to come visit. Or is it that, having just turned thirty, she’s starting to question her lifestyle choices, and is feeling the urge to put down some roots before it’s too late and David is the only guy with whom she could ever see herself doing that. Or maybe it’s just that she craved a really good Mourvedre and a Mediterranean beach on which to drink it? Or maybe all of the above. In any event, Tom’s arrival might threaten David’s plans as a winemaker, just as he’s on the verge of hitting it big.
There’s not a lot that really happens in this film. There are lots of conversations, lots of wine drinking, some motorcycle riding, and at one point several characters are on a boat. Uncomfortable truths are confronted, decisions are made rashly, and at one point Tom and David find themselves having to busk for car repair money.
That is not to say the movie is boring. It’s just very low stakes. Early on, we’re introduced to several irreplaceable wine bottles that date back decades. Having seen movies, we know something is going to happen to these bottles. And something does, but it happens much earlier than expected, removing that potential source of tension.
All of the actors are very good, with Hugo Armstrong’s monolog about his first Valentines’ Day with his wife-to-be being a stand out. Noah Gilbert gives his actors plenty of space to just… act, while he keeps the camera trained on them for long stretches. And those long takes pull the viewer into the world these characters inhabit.
And what a world it is. The cinematography by Todd Bell captures the beauty of France’s Mediterranean coast. The landscapes are lush, the lighting is radiant. Everything has that golden magic hour glow, even in the middle of the day. If your movie is going to consist of long conversations, you could do worse than setting them at a table overlooking a vineyard in the Rhone valley.
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The Only One sounds like it is going to try too hard to impress the audience. Tom (Caitlin Stasey) has just turned thirty. After a life spent trying to satisfy her wanderlust, she finds herself in the south of France to revisit the only man that has ever considered settling down with. For his part, David (Jon Beavers) has been in love with Tom since he first met her. Will David give up everything for her, or will Tom just suddenly leave like she did six years ago?
This is a story that should be about panic inducing conflict due to the life altering decisions that may need to be made. This would add more emotional heft to The Only One . The story is an easy one to get caught up in, it is just missing that additional push to make it something special.
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RATING : R
LENGTH: 1 hour 44 minutes
IN A NUTSHELL:
On the brink of accepting a life of independence and wanderlust, a young woman visits an old flame on his vineyard in France and takes one last shot at a committed relationship.
The film is written by Seth Gilbert and directed by his brother Noah Gilbert.
THINGS I LIKED:
- France! We get to wander around the gorgeous south of France and escape to a vineyard.
- Lovely soundtrack.
- The beautiful lighting bathes almost everything in afternoon gold.
- Puppydog Daniel is played by Joshua Grothe.
- Blake Lindsley and Hugo Armstrong round out the main cast.
- Robert Frost’s poem “The Road Not Taken” is talked about with insights that will make you think.
THINGS I DIDN’T LIKE:
- Tom/Natalie is played by Australian actress Caitlin Stasey. She’s beautiful to look at but the freeloading, carefree character she plays in this romantic drama is rude, crass, selfish, and unappealing. She shows very little respect for others and their values. It made me not want her to be with Daniel.
- I felt bad for Daniel the whole time, assuming he’d get dumped again, all while abandoning his own responsibilities and the life he had carefully created. Every minute, I just worried that Natalie/Tom would just trample all over his heart.
- There was more sadness about the couple than warmth and true love.
- For a romance, there should have been more kissing. Just saying.
- Spider tattoo? Ick.
- Hairy armpits on a beautiful girl. Ick.
- Some viewers will complain that “nothing happens” in the movie. Know ahead of time that it’s a slow burn and character study.
TIPS FOR PARENTS:
- You see a dead horse.
- Some profanity, crude conversations, and soooo many F-bombs
- A woman casually talks about having an abortion and says, “It’s not a big deal.”
- LOTS of alcohol, cigarettes, and coffee
- A transvestite is in a scene.
- Toxic relationships
- Ghosting people
- Choices in life
- Lifestyle vs. style of life
- Enjoying and living life
- Do you think there is only one right person for everyone?
* There really isn’t much humor.
- “Freedom has its chains, doesn’t it?” – transvestite in the bar
- “I don’t believe in the one for everyone, but I believe in the one for me.” – Rob (Hugo Armstrong)
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The Only One: Review
Tom ( Caitlin Stasey ) is feeling restless in her life. Her thirtieth birthday has got her thinking about where she is right now, where she’d like to be and where she is going. That’s when she realises that she should probably start making a commitment to a relationship so that she can feel that she belongs somewhere. So, knowing that her ex, David ( Jon Beavers ) lives in a vineyard in the south of France with his parents, Rob ( Hugo Armstrong ) and Em ( Blake Lindsley ), Tom decides to go back and see if there’s still a spark.
Sooner or later Tom and David are picking up where they left off, but Tom still isn’t quite sure what she wants.
The Only One is a romantic drama set and filmed in the south of France in a feature debut by director Noah Gilbert and writer Seth Gilbert . Having such a pleasant place to stay and the company that Tom has, it soon becomes clear to the audience that no matter what the outcome, being in the south of France is a very relaxing place to be.
Everything is calm, people talk to each other with warmth, understanding and respect and Tom can feel free to be herself while exploring her place in the world.
The film itself is also very calm and soothing and seems perfect for a relaxing night in as the audience watches the events unfold. There are also deeper discussions about love and life which could have felt forced and guided, but under the director of Gilbert, it feels naturalistic and suits the characters perfectly.
There is little conflict in the film and it may not be for everybody watching a couple getting to know each other again. However, for those who are looking for a nice experience where characters learn something about themselves then The Only One may be the one that you want.
There are times though when the film may start to get a little self-indulgent. Caitlin Stasey and Jon Beavers have good chemistry, but at times it may feel a little too much like the audience is watching them having fun rather than progressing the story. Saying that though, The Only One is light and breezy while a little self-discovery creeps into the plot.
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2021 Directed by Noah Gilbert
On the brink of resigning herself to a life of independence and wanderlust, a young woman visits an old flame on his vineyard in France and takes one last shot at a committed relationship.
Caitlin Stasey Jon Beavers Niseema Theillaud Blake Lindsley Hugo Armstrong
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Review by belle ★★
just a few notes i made whilst watching… - these romance travel movies wanna be before sunrise soooo bad - phoebe bridgers in the soundtrack tho >>> - kinda hated the main female protagonist for most of the movie - added an extra half star just because i’m manifesting a french countryside summer xx - what the FUCK is this horrendous poster
Review by HollyBuffy ★★★
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Review by ladyinthewater ★★
This was sooo excruciating! The same level with Drinking Buddies I guess: both feature characters who go way back and the movie is filled with their banters.
I love dialogue-heavy movies, but I swear this felt longer than it's supposed to be. Idk why.
Tom/Natalie is not a very sympathetic female lead. I think she is indeed a pixie dream girl, contrary to what she says.
Oh oh , maybe she's a pick me girl? Lol I dunno what that even means.
At least, the French vineyard, old towns, and sea beach are pretty.
Review by BobbyGobbs ★½
Unironically woke feminist absurdity with a loathsome protagonist. A cinematic "red flag" romance.
Review by Emily Higgins
I watched this as part of the (virtual) Woodstock Film Festival and loved it. Caitlin Stasey plays a free-spirited woman who visits an ex (Jon Beavers) on his vineyard in France, and it is a perfect charming/romantic/sad/comedic tale. The two people at the centerwant very different things from life but their reunion gives a little glimpse into how life could be. It was so easy to get swept up in the banter and the longing. The movie makes the relationship feel incredibly familiar and had me just as invested as the characters.
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Movie Info ; Original Language: English ; Director: Noah Gilbert ; Producer: Noah Gilbert ; Writer: Seth Gilbert ; Release Date (Theaters):. Dec 10, 2021 limited.
The Only One: Directed by Noah Gilbert. With Caitlin Stasey, Jon Beavers, Blake Lindsley, Hugo Armstrong. On the brink of accepting a life of independence
Vertical Entertainment will release the film in select theaters and On Demand everywhere on December 10, 2021.Tom just turned thirty.
IN A NUTSHELL: On the brink of accepting a life of independence and wanderlust, a young woman visits an old flame on his vineyard in France and takes one last
Written by Seth Gilbert and directed by his brother Noah, The Only One was shot (mostly) among the vineyards of southern France. A woman by the
Culture Representation: Taking place in various parts of France, the dramatic film “The Only One” features an all-white cast of characters
The film is unsurprisingly gorgeous to look at. Effortlessly beautiful, it is less about first time director Noah Gilbert getting the right shot
On the brink of accepting a life of independence and wanderlust, a young woman visits an old flame on his vineyard in France and takes one last
The Only One. Drama 2021 1 hr 44 min iTunes. Available on Tubi TV, iTunes. On the brink of resigning herself to a life of independence, a young woman visits
The Only One is a romantic drama set and filmed in the south of France in a feature debut by director Noah Gilbert and writer Seth Gilbert.
On the brink of resigning herself to a life of independence and wanderlust, a young woman visits an old flame on his vineyard in France and takes one last