Top 30 movies to look forward to in 2022

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  • Friday, 14 Jan 2022

Here are 30 movies that are tentatively scheduled to be released on the big screen in the coming months.

Scream (Jan 20) – Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox and David Arquette reprise the roles they originated in the 1996 Scream film. A new masked killer emerges in the town of Woodsboro 25 years later, forcing Sidney Prescott and the gang to stop him.

Moonfall (Feb 3) – Director Roland Emmerich (Independence Day) reimagines another end of the world scenario and this catastrophe has something to do with the Apollo 11 landing on the moon in 1969.

Marry Me (Feb 10) – Jennifer Lopez plays music superstar Kat Valdez, who ends up marrying some guy (Owen Wilson) at her Marry Me concert after her husband-to-be cheats on her just before what would’ve been a public marriage proposal.

Death On The Nile (Feb 10) – The mystery-thriller based on the 1937 novel by Agatha Christie set aboard the glamorous river steamer features Kenneth Branagh as the famed Detective Hercule Poirot, as well as Gal Gadot, Letitia Wright and Jennifer Saunders. Unfortunately, it still features the disgraced star Armie Hammer who was embroiled in a sex and cannibalism scandal last year.

King Richard (Feb 17) – Will Smith is said to be remarkable in the role of Richard, the dad of tennis superstars Venus and Serena Williams. So much so, it may land him his first Oscar.

Uncharted (Feb 17) – Mark Wahlberg and Tom Holland headline this title that’s inspired by a hit video game series.

The Batman (March 3) – Robert Pattinson is the new Caped Crusader. Will the Batsuit fit the Brit to a T? Iconic Batman villains making their appearances here are Penguin (Colin Farrell) and The Riddler (Paul Dano). Zoe Kravitz plays Catwoman.

Cyrano (March 10) – The classic tale of Cyrano De Bergerac and the poetries he pens for the woman he loves from afar gets a new (musical) update from director Joe Wright (Atonement), with Peter Dinklage as Cyrano and Haley Bennett as Roxanne.

The Lost City (March 24) – Judging by its trailer, this one is going to be a hoot. It stars Sandra Bullock as a reclusive novelist who goes on an unreal adventure with her book cover model (Channing Tatum) and one other good-looking guy (Brad Pitt). Harry Potter’s Daniel Radcliffe is the movie’s posh villain.

Morbius (March 31) – The origin story of yet another former Spider-Man villain – Dr Michael Morbius (Jared Leto).

Ambulance (March 31) – Michael Bay directs Yahya Abdul-Mateen II and Jake Gyllenhaal in a feature centring on a pair of robbers and the ambulance they steal after their actual heist goes awry.

Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets Of Dumbledore (April 14) – The third instalment in the series involving Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) sees Jude Law as Albus Dumbledore and Mads Mikkelsen as Gellert Grindelwald (replacing Johnny Depp).

Laal Singh Chaddha (April 21) – Aamir Khan and Kareena Kapoor star in this Bollywood remake of the 1994 American film Forrest Gump.

Thirteen Lives (April 21) – Based on the actual rescue mission that took place in Thailand where a group of school boys and their football coach were trapped in a flooded underground cave. Directed by Ron Howard, it stars Colin Farrell and Viggo Mortensen.

Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness (May 5) – The film about the good doctor apparently connects the timelines from the TV series Loki and WandaVision, as well as the recent Spider-Man movie, No Way Home.

DC League Of Superpets (May 19) – Superman’s dog Krypto gets the help of animals at a shelter to rescue Justice League from the clutches of kidnapper Lex Luthor. Dwayne Johnson and pal Kevin Hart lead the voice talents in this animated feature.

Top Gun: Maverick (May 26) – Can the next generation of pilots take their orders from instructor Maverick (Tom Cruise) who once liked breaking all the rules? This long-awaited Top Gun sequel comes 36 years after the first flick.

Jurassic World: Dominion (June 9) – The old gang is back. Jurassic Park (1993) actors Sam Neill, Laura Dern and Jeff Goldblum star alongside Jurassic World actors Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard here. And what is Jurassic Park/World movies without actor BD Wong, right?

The Black Phone (June 23) – Based on a short story by Joe Hill (the son of Stephen King), revolving around a disconnected phone at a basement of a child killer that starts ringing after the arrival of a new victim. Mason Thames and Ethan Hawke play the lead roles in Scott Derrickson’s supernatural thriller.

Thor: Love And Thunder (July 7) – Christian Bale plays the supervillain Gorr The God Butcher in this Taika Waititi-helmed feature, which sees the return of Chris Hemworth and Tessa Thompson as Thor and Valkyrie, respectively. The fourth flick in the Thor saga also stars Natalie Portman as Jane Foster who is on her way to becoming the Mighty Thor.

Black Adam (July 28) – Dwayne Johnson finally gets to play a superhero (or anti-hero) character with this DC Universe picture. He portrays Black Adam, a guy who gets his superpowers from the wizard Shazam. Pierce Brosnan, Sarah Shahi and Aldis Hodge co-star.

Puss In Boots: The Last Wish (Sept 8) – Who here misses this furry little fella? Be honest now. The great feline adventurer has burned through eight of his nine lives. He must now seek out the mythical Last Wish to restore his nine lives.

Salem’s Lot (Sept 8) – What’s a list of most anticipated films without one that’s based on a Stephen King’s book? King’s 1975 horror novel centres on a young writer who goes to a small New England town where vampires live.

Mission: Impossible 7 (Sept 29) – We’re always game to watch Tom Cruise executing impossible stunts. And according to writer-director Christopher McQuarrie, this one features “by far the most dangerous stunts we’ve ever done”.

Spider-Man: Into The Spider Verse (Part One) (Oct 6) – The second animated superhero film about teenager Miles Morales (aka Spider-Man), who’s figuring out the whole “with great powers come great responsibility” thing, alongside Gwen, who’s also Spidey in another universe.

Halloween Ends (Oct 13) – There is an unexpected twist coming in the final chapter of the Halloween (reboot) trilogy, apparently. Jamie Lee Curtis is back to play Laurie Strode for the last time.

The Flash (Nov 3) – Michael Keaton returns as Batman after 30 years for this movie featuring Ezra Miller as titular DC hero. Ben Affleck is also listed as Batman in the cast list. FYI, we’re rooting for Keaton’s Batman to be the better man.

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (Nov 10) – The sequel to Black Panther (2018) is the No. 1 most anticipated movie of 2022, according to a survey. Marvel Studios decided not to recast the role T’Challa after the death of actor Chadwick Boseman. Other cast members are back.

Aquaman And The Lost Kingdom (Dec 15) – Director James Wan once again helms the actioner revolving around the half-Atlantean/half-human king of Atlantis (Jason Momoa).

Avatar 2 (Dec 15) – James Cameron released the first Avatar film in 2009. He delivers the sequel this year with old cast members – namely Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana and Sigourney Weaver – as well as new cast members, Kate Winslet, Vin Diesel and Michelle Yeoh.

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