2022 Movie Preview: Our Most Anticipated Films of the Year


Although it sounds like a scam, one year is in fact coming to a close while another kicks off right from the beginning. The good news, as always, is that another calendar year also means an entire slate of new movies, 365 days of cinematic surprises, and 2022 is shaping up to be one eclectic year. We’ve got the ginormous comic book tentpoles. The return of slasher icons alongside original horrors to keep you up at night. Animated adventures, auteur-driven dramas, Tom Cruise seeing which of his dual 2022 action blockbusters will bring him closest to death. Avatar 2, finally!

All that is to say, 2022 is going to be a good time at the movies, and while the below list isn’t everything, it’s the 44 films we’re most excited about.

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SCREAM (Jan 14)

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Directors: ​​Matt Bettinelli-Olpin, Tyler Gillett

Writers: James Vanderbilt, Guy Busick

Cast: Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, David Arquette, Melissa Barrera, Mason Gooding, Jack Quaid, and Jenna Ortega

The fifth installment of the Scream franchise is right around the corner, and Ghostface will be greeting us as we enter 2022. With the same name as the first installment, it will be interesting to see if the film will follow Scream 4, which perfectly executed itself as both a long-awaited follow-up but still maintaining itself as its own film. The franchise has yet to have an entry that drags the whole series down (Scream 3 is not that bad!) so here’s hoping that it’s only upwards from here. Starring familiar and new faces, the trailer sets up the premise as the new slew of victims are relatives of killers in the older films. Will Sidney Prescott prevail once again? Let’s hope so! –Emma Kiely

Belle (Jan 14)

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Writer/Director: Mamoru Hosoda

Cast: Kaho Nakamura, Ryo Narita, Shota Sometani, Tina Tamashiro, Lilas Ikuta, Koji Yakusho

Oscar-nominee Mamoru Hosoda returns with another animated wonder about the internet, this time taking inspiration from Beauty and the Beast to give the tale as old as time an update for the Extremely Online generation. The film follows a provincial girl who discovers she can be a huge pop sensation inside the virtual world of U, which can help her improve herself, and also save others. With stunning visuals, and a soundtrack full of bangers, this is an animated film you cannot miss. –Rafael Motomayor

Morbius (Jan 28)


Director: Daniel Espinosa

Writers: Matt Sazama, Burk Sharpless

Cast: Jared Leto, Matt Smith, Adria Arjona, Jared Harris, Tyrese Gibson

Sony has created its own cinematic universe of 90s trash comics with Venom and its illustrious sequel Venom: Let There Be Woody Harrelson, and I am beyond excited to see this franchise continue. Rather than trying to go toe-to-toe with Marvel’s MCU, they’ve made the bold decision to pump out pulpy schlock fueled by frenetic weirdness and designed to be consumed by 13-year-old children reading drug store comic books while their moms pick up a prescription. Morbius looks to continue this fine tradition by building a movie around a D-list Spider-Man villain and casting a profusely Jesus-faced Jared Leto to portray him. Michael Morbius is a doctor who is also a vampire, but none of that matters. Every trailer we’ve seen looks like a movie that was filmed in the late 90s and also absolute gibberish. But most importantly, Morbius promises to begin tying together the disparate threads of Sony’s Spider-Man cinematic universe into a gleaming beacon of trash. In a landscape where the MCU has dominated for over 10 years and every blockbuster looks and feels increasingly the same, I welcome the next chapter of this refreshingly bizarre franchise. –Tom Reimann

The Black Phone (Feb 4)

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Director: Scott Derrickson

Writers: Scott Derrickson, C. Robert Cargill

Cast: Ethan Hawke, Mason Thames, Madeleine McGraw, James Ransone, Jeremy Davies

After making the MCU trippy with Doctor Strange, Scott Derrickson is returning to horror with The Black Phone and his new movie looks creepy as hell, has been earning rave reviews from its early festival screenings, and reunites him with Sinister collaborators in Blumhouse and Ethan Hawke. Considering Sinister is one of the few movies to ever genuinely scare the holy hell out of me, that last bit has me particularly intrigued by this one, but there are a few other points of intrigue. Hawke makes a rare villainous turn, playing a child murderer called “The Grabber,” and his chilling mask was designed by Tom Savini. Additionally, the film is based on Joe Hill‘s 2004 short story of the same name. That’s just a whole lot of horror talent worth getting exciting about, and if the early buzz is to be believed, that excitement is well placed. – Haleigh Foutch

The Deer King (TBD)

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Directors: Masashi Ando, Masayuki Miyaji

Writer: Taku Kishimoto

Cast: Shinichi Tsutsumi, Ryoma Takeuchi, Anne Watanabe, Hisui Kimura

Directed by former Ghibli animators Masashi Ando and Masayuki Miyaji, The Deer King is a fantasy animated epic for our time, about the importance of medicine in a time of superstition — also featuring kick-ass fights. Much like Princess Mononoke, the film is about imperial conquest causing damage to the natural world, and the divine retribution that follows. The character animation is gorgeous, the worldbuilding vast without the need for exposition dumps, the characters are complex and sympathetic, and the ending is a tearjerker. –Rafael Motomayor

Moonfall (Feb 4)

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Director: Roland Emmerich

Writers: Roland Emmerich, Harald Kloser, Spenser Cohen

Cast: Halle Berry, Patrick Wilson, John Bradley, Charlie Plummer, Michael Pena, Donald Sutherland

Roland Emmerich remains Hollywood’s go-to director of American cities getting absolutely pummeled by CGI destruction, and now he is back to just straight-up hurl the moon toward Earth. In other words: hell yeah. Moonfall, which comes with the objectively incredible tagline “the moon is not what we think,” sees our planet in turmoil after a mysterious force knocks the moon out of orbit and sends it straight toward humanity. Two former astronauts (Halle Berry and Patrick Wilson) and a conspiracy theorist (John Bradley) work to undo the imminent destruction, only to discover, as you may have heard, the moon is not what we think. Moonfall looks about as absurd as a film can possibly be and I cannot wait to watch it in IMAX 17 times. –Vinnie Mancuso

Jackass Forever (Feb 4)

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Director: Jeff Tremaine

Writers: Jeff Tremaine, Spike Jonze, Johnny Knoxville

Cast: Johnny Knoxville, Steve-O, Chris Pontius, Dave England, Wee Man, Danger Ehren, Preston Lacy

Fans of Jackass have been watching Johnny Knoxville, Steve-O, Chris Pontius, and the rest of the crew for over two decades. This group of daredevils/idiots is almost the closest thing we have to a great modern movie comedy troupe, with each person fitting a specific position for whatever insane idea this team can come up with. Back in 2000, the Jackass group felt invincible, like Looney Tunes come to life: no matter what ridiculous stunt they tried, once the scene came to an end, they would be right back to normal. But with Jackass Forever, these stars are heading towards 50, not the resilient morons that they once were. In a strange way, the trailer for Jackass Forever is almost touching, as a new generation who grew up on these stunts joins the old crew, a passing of the torch that has probably been up someone’s butt. Jackass Forever doesn’t just promise to be another collection of delightfully deranged bits, it also feels like the end of an era. –Ross Bonaime

Death on the Nile (Feb 11)

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Director: Kenneth Branagh

Writer: Michael Green

Cast: Kenneth Branagh, Annette Bening, Russell Brand, Tom Bateman, Gal Gadot, Armie Hammer, Rose Leslie, Emma Mackey, Jennifer Saunders, Letitia Wright

We don’t get enough honest-to-goodness whodunnits, and the ones we do get tend to disappoint. (The Woman in the Window was fascinatingly terrible, and Knives Out, while a load of fun, was a deliberate subversion and thus deeply unsatisfying as a murder mystery.) Consequently, the prospect of a brand-new Agatha Christie adaptation starring Kenneth Branagh and the world’s most impossible facial hair configuration as iconic super-sleuth Hercule Poirot is enough to send my wallet flying out of my pants towards the nearest cineplex. Death on the Nile is a sequel to 2017’s Murder on the Orient Express, and while that film was merely okay, Branagh’s portrayal of the famous detective was delightful. This follow-up tosses Poirot in the middle of another ensemble cast of murder suspects on a cruise down the Nile River. I simply cannot wait to watch Branagh’s profusely-mustached face piece together clues on an eerie boat in the 1930s. –Tom Reimann

Uncharted (Feb 18th)

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Director: Ruben Fleischer

Writer: Rafe Judkins, Art Marcum, Matt Holloway

Cast: Tom Holland, Mark Wahlberg, Sophia Ali, Tati Gabrielle, Antonio Banderas

I love treasure-hunting movies with every valve of my gross wet heart, so Uncharted is a film designed to take my money specifically. Based on the popular series of PlayStation games, the movie version stars Tom Holland as a young Nathan Drake, a charming rascal not unlike Indiana Jones who gallops around the world looking for ancient shit to steal. The film has been in production hell for quite some time, and I’ll admit I was dubious when the cast was first announced. (I still don’t think Mark Wahlberg is a good fit for Drake’s middle-aged ladykiller mentor Sully, because Mark Wahlberg isn’t right for any character except Mark Wahlberg.) But the trailer was a ding-dang blast, and if the film delivers on even half of that joyfully adventurous tone, it’ll be one of my favorites of the year. –Tom Reimann

Ambulance (Feb 18th)

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Director: Michael Bay

Writer: Chris Fedak

Cast: Jake Gyllenhaal, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Eiza González

Jake Gyllenhaal continues his “remakes of Danish one-location thrillers” tour with Ambulance, a bonkers-looking action-thriller that hopes to ground Michael Bay with some semblance of base-level cohesion for him to run wild with. Gyllenhaal teams with Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as “the two most handsome bank robbers alive” who find themselves stuck on a traveling ambulance with paramedic Eiza González and the NYPD officer they shot after a robbery gone wrong. A grimy, mid-budget, contained thriller with an awesome cast chewing their way through some genre madness. Ambulance is a siren song to me, specifically. – Gregory Lawrence

The Batman (March 4)

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Director: Matt Reeves

Writers: Matt Reeves and Peter Craig

Cast: Robert Pattinson, Zoë Kravitz, Paul Dano, Jeffrey Wright, John Turturro, Peter Sarsgaard, Andy Serkis, and Colin Farrell.

Although Batman has never really left us—Ben Affleck played the role in a supporting capacity for several films and will continue to do so in the upcoming The FlashMatt ReevesThe Batman will be the first solo feature for the Caped Crusader since Christopher Nolan wrapped his Dark Knight Trilogy with The Dark Knight Rises in 2012. Now a decade later, Robert Pattinson will put on the cape and cowl for a new take on the character that will have him facing off against The Riddler (Paul Dano), Catwoman (Zoë Kravitz), and The Penguin (Colin Farrell). While plot details are still incredibly scarce, it’s exciting to see what Reeves will do with the material especially after he knocked it out of the park with Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and War for the Planet of the Apes. – Matt Goldberg

Turning Red (March 11)

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Director: Domee Shi

Writers: Julia Cho, Domee Shi

Cast: Rosalie Chiang, Sandra Oh, Ava Morse, Maitreyi Ramakrishnan, Hyein Park, Orion Lee, Wai Ching Ho, James Hong

Is “the next Pixar movie” not enough to excite you? It certainly is for me; but even then, Turning Red looks like an even more inspiring Pixar joint than normal. Tackling the issues of adolescent rebellion, familial responsibilities, and cultural ownership with the keen, charming metaphor of “turning into a giant panda whenever you’re overwhelmed,” Turning Red looks to offer that heartwarming blend of laughs, tears, and imagination with specificity and delight. Plus, director Domee Shi recently made the stellar Pixar short Bao, and I’m so excited to see her play on a feature-length ground. – Gregory Lawrence

Downton Abbey: A New Era (March 18)

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Director: Simon Curtis

Writer: Julian Fellowes

Cast: Hugh Bonneville, Elizabeth McGovern, Maggie Smith, Michelle Dockery, Laura Carmichael, Jim Carter, and Phyllis Logan

Downton Abbey, despite ostensibly being a drama, is an incredibly light series about wealthy people who also treat their servants like family. It’s a total fantasy of its age, and when you accept it as such, you can kind of go along for the ride. While the series wrapped in 2015, the first film, 2019’s Downton Abbey, was a big hit, so naturally we’ve now arrived at the sequel Downton Abbey: A New Era, which looks to take the gang to France for a lavishly good time. If you’re a fan of Downton Abbey and what the show does (as I am), this looks like catnip. – Matt Goldberg

Bullet Train (April 8)

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Director: David Leitch

Writer: Zak Olkewicz

Cast: Brad Pitt, Joey King, Andrew Koji, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Brian Tyree Henry, Zazie Beetz, Masi Oka, Michael Shannon, Logan Lerman, Hiroyuki Sanada, Karen Fukuhara, Bad Bunny, Sandra Bullock

Action maestro David Leitch works with a crackerjack action plot — what if a bunch of assassins got on a train and got their missions all fucked up? — and a boldly eclectic cast — from Brad Pitt to Bad Bunny. Oh, and it’s all an adaptation of awesome Japanese mystery writer Kōtarō Isaka’s work? You better believe I’m gonna jump aboard Bullet Train the moment it’s feasibly possible. – Gregory Lawrence

Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (April 8)


Director: Jeff Fowler

Writers: Pat Casey, Josh Miller, John Whittington

Cast: Ben Schwartz, James Marsden, Tika Sumpter, Adam Pally, Natasha Rothwell, Shemar Moore, Idris Elba, Jim Carrey

Boy howdy, did I find the first Sonic the Hedgehog film to be a pleasant surprise, an out-and-out comedy full of heart, wonder, and an astonishing return to form for one Mister Jim Carrey. I’m, thus, more excited than ever for Sonic the Hedgehog 2 — and not just because the original Sonic the Hedgehog 2 is one of the best video games ever made. Tons of the original cast are back, from Carrey to Ben Schwartz, but joining them is Idris Elba as freaking Knuckles, a casting decision that makes so much sense I fell out of my chair because I was smacking my own forehead so much. If this return visit keeps its predecessor’s focus on irreverent humor and charming emotion, this video game film franchise will be spinning on rare air indeed. – Gregory Lawrence

The Northman (April 22)

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Director: Robert Eggers

Writers: Robert Eggers, Sjon

Cast: Alexander Skarsgard, Anya Taylor-Joy, Nicole Kidman, Bjork, Ralph Ineson, Ethan Hawke, Willem Dafoe

Robert Eggers’ attention to detail is second to none. The writer/director broke on to the scene with The Witch, a pastoral horror so immersive it basically counts as a religious experience, then followed that up with The Lighthouse, a deeply unhinged two-hander where you can practically smell every fart. So it’s very exciting that Eggers is not only staying in his historical-horror wheelhouse but also bumping things up to an epic scale with The Northman, a Viking revenge odyssey starring Alexander Skarsgard as a Nordic prince seeking vengeance for his murdered father (Ethan Hawke). Also, Willem Dafoe, who Eggers used to electric perfection in The Lighthouse, is playing a character named Heimir the Fool, so, hell yeah. Bring a furry jacket to this one, because you’re gonna get straight-up transported. –Vinnie Mancuso

The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent (April 22)


Director: Tom Gormican

Writers: Tom Gormican, Kevin Etten

Cast: Nicolas Cage, Pedro Pascal, Neil Patrick Harris, Tiffany Haddish, Sharon Horgan

When I spoke to Nicolas Cage back in September of 2021, he said he would never watch The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent because it’s “just too much of a whacked-out trip.” Nicolas Cage said that. Nicolas Cage! That should be enough on its own to get you hyped for director Tom Gormican’s action-comedy, but then you learn the absolutely *chef’s kiss* premise, which is just peak Modern Cage in a nutshell. In Unbearable Weight, Nicolas Cage plays a “highly-neurotic, anxiety-ridden” version of himself, cash-strapped and looking for a quick buck. When an eccentric billionaire (Pedro Pascal) offers the actor $1 million to attend his birthday party, Cage accepts, only to quickly learn his host is a dangerous drug lord. Cage is one of the most fascinating performers to ever do it and to this day, when he gets the opportunity to really go for something this gonzo, that’s automatically a first-day ticket buy. –Vinnie Mancuso

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (May 6)

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Director: Sam Raimi

Writers: Jade Bartlett, Michael Waldron

Cast: Benedict Cumberbatch, Elizabeth Olsen, Benedict Wong, Rachel McAdams, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Xochiti Gomez

After the witchy dark magic wonkiness of WandaVision, the reality-cracking finale of Loki, and the universe-colliding team-up of Spider-Man: No Way Home, we’re already deep into the MCU’s multiverse plans, but a multiverse of madness? Now we’re talking. The second solo outing for Benedict Cumberbatch‘s Sorcerer Supreme would’ve been an event no matter what, but then Marvel went ahead and replaced original director Scott Derrickson with Sam goddamn Raimi, splatter-genius mastermind behind Evil Dead and director of two of the greatest superhero movies of all time. (Plus one very, very weird one.) Raimi getting not only another crack at a comic book movie, but one centered around the MCU’s trippiest, spookiest master of the mystical arts? Hell yeah, and then you also add in the fact Elisabeth Olsen‘s Scarlet Witch is set to play a major part and Xochiti Gomez will join the MCU as the first-ever live-action America Chavez. — Vinnie Mancuso

Legally Blonde 3 (May 22)

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Director: Jamie Suk

Writers: Dan Goor, Mindy Kaling, Karen McCullah, Kirsten Smith

Cast: Reese Witherspoon, Alanna Ubach, Jennifer Coolidge, Jessica Cauffiel

I need this jolt of pink-hued joy in my veins, and I need it now. While we don’t know much about the take on Legally Blonde 3, the first film trip to the Reese Witherspoon-starring franchise since 2003, we know that Mindy Kaling, whom I would call “television’s Elle Woods heir apparent,” is co-writing alongside original screenwriters Karen McCullah and Kirsten Smith and fellow TV comedy master Dan Goor. This level of talent combined with Witherspoon’s return, combined with just how goshdarn perfect of a film the first Legally Blonde is, means I will be dressing to the nines and enrolling in this film’s particular course load of grad school. – Gregory Lawrence

John Wick: Chapter 4 (May 27)

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Director: Chad Stahelski

Writer: Michael Finch, Shay Hatten

Cast: Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Ian McShane, Lance Reddick, Donnie Yen, Bill Skarsgard, Scott Adkins, Hiroyuki Sanada

The John Wick franchise has ballooned from a surprisingly incredible modern action hit into a game of escalation, which each sequel having to up the absurdity factor as its titular super-assassin (Keanu Reeves) headshots his way through wave after wave of adversaries. Seeing as how the most recent entry saw Reeves murdering fools while riding a damn horse through Brooklyn, John Wick: Chapter 4 certainly has its work cut out for it. Luckily, the entire John Wick team is mostly back together—including director Chad Stahelski, who has become the go-to connoisseur of ass-kicking these days—and all the new names added to the call-sheet only add to the hype. That includes the icon Donnie Yen, who has been elevating fight scenes into high art since the early 90s, as well as the undisputed king of top-tier VOD action, Scott Adkins. Plus, Bill Skarsgard is here, too, and you just know he’s gonna’ do some weird stuff that fits right in with the hyper-sleek underground worldbuilding this franchise does so well. –Vinnie Mancuso

Top Gun: Maverick (May 27)

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Director: Joseph Kosinski

Writers: Ehren Kruger, Eric Warren Singer, Christopher McQuarrie

Cast: Tom Cruise, Val Kilmer, Miles Teller, Jennifer Connelly, Jon Hamm, Glen Powell, Ed Harris

36 years later, do you still feel the need for speed? Buddy, we never lost it. Tom Cruise returns to the cockpit for this belated Top Gun sequel, Top Gun: Maverick, which sees hotshot pilot Peter “Maverick” Mitchell wrestling with the foibles of growing older and training a new generation of hotshots who are just as adverse to authority as he was. Even if you have no nostalgia for the original 1986 film, it certainly sounds like director Joseph Kosinski and Co. utilized modern tech to shoot some jaw-dropping aerial footage like we’ve never seen before. Plus, as confirmed by every Mission: Impossible movie, Tom Cruise is an absolute maniac, and almost definitely taught himself how to fly a jet plane for real in service of almost dying on screen for our entertainment. –Vinnie Mancuso

Bob’s Burgers: The Movie (May 27)


Writer/Director: Loren Bouchard

Cast: H. Jon Benjamin, Dan Mintz, Eugene Mirman, Larry Murphy, Kristen Schaal, John Roberts

Considering how long The Bob’s Burgers Movie has been in development, it’s strange how little we know about the Belcher family’s first foray into film. We know that creator Loren Bouchard has said that the series will scratch every itch that the fans have ever had about the series (guess that means Jon Hamm is returning as the talking toilet then!), and that the film will be a “musical, comedy, mystery, adventure and a kind of coming-of-age story.” Some animated shows work well as films (South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut), while others can’t translate (The Simpsons Movie). However, if The Bob’s Burgers Movie gives us a feature-length Gene musical, there’s no way this film can fail. –Ross Bonaime

Jurassic World: Dominion (June 10)

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Director: Colin Trevorrow

Writers: Emily Carmichael, Colin Trevorrow

Cast: Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom may not have been for everyone, but it was extremely for me. I’ll be honest, when it comes to big-budget dinosaur movies, I’m pretty easy: they say rawr, I say “I’ll take two tickets, please!” But I genuinely like the heavy sci-fi direction the franchise has embraced recently, in both Fallen Kingdom and the excellent Netflix animated series Camp Cretaceous. The Jurassic franchise has evolved past stories set in the parks, and I’m completely OK with that- we’ve got a lot of movies set inside the parks, and we’ll almost certainly get more in the future. For now, I’m enjoying the wild world-building of a franchise that introduced so many hybrids, they eventually got to a dang human hybrid, and as someone who fully remembers the backlash when The Lost World let a dinosaur loose in San Diego for a few minutes, the fact that Jurassic World: Dominion‘s entire hook is pretty much “we let the dinosaurs loose everywhere” has a chaotic energy I simply have to respect. – Haleigh Foutch

Lightyear (June 17)


Director: Angus MacLane

Writer: Pete Docter

Cast: Chris Evans, Taika Waititi

New films in the Toy Story franchise have often marked major moments in the history of Pixar. The first film was the first completely computer-animated feature film. Toy Story 2 not only showed that Pixar could do a sequel better than the direct-to-video stuff Disney was doing at the same time, but that they could bring major emotion to animated films. Many felt like Toy Story 3 was the final film in Pixar’s incredible track record of animation masterpieces, while soon after Toy Story 4, Pixar said they were shifting away from sequels and into more original content. With Lightyear, Pixar has its first spinoff, an origin story for the human character that inspired Buzz Lightyear. While the concept feels flimsy now, the first trailer shows what looks to be a more sci-fi take on this character, and possibly even more action-packed than the usual Pixar film. Pixar has a litany of more slightly mature stories that have been abandoned over the years, could Lightyear be Pixar’s attempt to utilize their most beloved character to test the waters of what the studio can do once again? –Ross Bonaime

Elvis (June 24)

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Director: Baz Luhrmann

Writers: Baz Luhrmann, Sam Bromell, Craig Pearce, Jeremy Doner

Cast: Austin Butler, Tom Hanks, Olivia DeJonge

Like it or not, musical biopics are here to stay, and who better to immortalize on screen than the King of Rock and Roll himself? Austin Butler will play Elvis Presley against Tom Hanks’ Tom Parker, the singer’s manager who famously had firm control over the musician. Olivia DeJonge will play everyone’s favorite walking beehive, and Elvis’ wife, Priscilla. The film has seen many pushbacks due to the pandemic (Hanks and his wife contracted the virus early on in the pandemic whilst filming) but next year, we will finally see if a musical biopic can outrage critics and moviegoers alike, and nab all the awards (looking at you Bohemian Rhapsody). –Emma Kiely

Peter Pan & Wendy (TBD)


Director: David Lowery

Writers: David Lowery, Toby Halbrooks

Cast: Alexander Molony, Ever Anderson, Jude Law, Jim Gaffigan

I know, I KNOW, not another live-action adaptation of a Disney animated film. And considering how many adaptations we’ve already had of this story, it’s extremely surprising Disney hasn’t jumped on this train already. However, what makes Peter Pan & Wendy different from all the others is its director, David Lowery. The Green Knight and A Ghost Story director has previously made one of Disney’s best (and under-seen) live-action adaptations with 2016’s Pete’s Dragon, which took the basic concept of the original film and created a film that far surpassed it. Even though Lowery was working with Disney, he didn’t compromise his slightly darker style for the studio, and the film was all the better for it. Even though we’ve already seen plenty of Peter Pan adaptations, and far too many live-action Disney adaptations, Lowery’s take is sure to be one of Disney’s better updates to one of their classic stories. Plus, who can say no to Jim Gaffigan as Mr. Smee? –Ross Bonaime

Thor: Love and Thunder (July 8)


Director: Taika Waititi

Writers: Taika Waititi and Jennifer Kaytin Robinson

Cast: Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Christian Bale, Tessa Thompson, Chris Pratt, Jaimie Alexander, Pom Klementieff, Dave Bautista, Karen Gillan, Sean Gunn

Taika Waititi revived the Thor movies with Thor: Ragnarok, which helped to propel the character and his stories in a fun, colorful direction. However, a key piece was missing with the absence of Natalie Portman’s Jane Foster. Thankfully, after being absent from the live-action MCU since 2013’s Thor: The Dark World, Foster will be back in the game, and this time it looks like she’ll be getting to wield Mjolnir. Throw in the Guardians of the Galaxy, and it looks like Waititi’s next Marvel movie will somehow manage to top the joyous energy he brought to Ragnarok. – Matt Goldberg

The Gray Man (TBD)

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Directors: The Russo Brothers

Writers: Christopher Markus, Stephe McFeely, Joe Russo

Cast: Ryan Gosling, Chris Evans, Ana de Armas, Jessica Henwick, Rege-Jean Page, Billy Bob Thornton, Michael Gandolfini

Very sexy people doing very sexy spy stuff in a very sexy action-thriller? Ticket, bought. Avengers: Endgame duo The Russo Brothers reunite with their MCU scribes Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely to tell the story of CIA Operative Court Gentry (Ryan Gosling), forced to go on the run after being betrayed by his own agency. His former partner, Lloyd Hansen (Chris Evans), is sent to track him down. This cast also includes Ana de Armas, who straight-up stole the entirety of No Time to Die in roughly 6 minutes of screentime, and Rege-Jean Page, such a magnetic screen presence he practically caused riots by not returning to Bridgerton. Did I mention this is Netflix’s most expensive production, ever? –Vinnie Mancuso

Nope (July 22)


Writer/Director: Jordan Peele

Cast: Daniel Kaluuya, Keke Palmer, Steven Yeun

Do we know anything about Jordan Peele’s Nope outside of the title and a very intriguing poster? Well, uh, nope. But! Peele has firmly carved out a place in the horror genre as a filmmaker whose name above the title turns a movie into an event. After a few casual years as one of the best sketch comedians alive, Peele turned his attention to horror features with the genuinely genre-shattering Get Out, nabbing himself a Best Screenplay Oscar win. Two years later he debuted Us, another high-concept thriller that proved he was no one-hit writer/director. Simply put, Jordan Peele is pumping out the type of must-see original ideas horror doesn’t really see anymore, occupying a space formerly held by the likes of Wes Craven and John Carpenter but in an undeniably modern way. Plus, you don’t really need to know the concept to be utterly sold on Nope’s cast. The film reunited Peele with his Get Out star Daniel Kaluuya, alongside Keke Palmer–who might be the main antagonist—and recent Oscar nominee Steven Yeun. To that, I say: Yupp! –Vinnie Mancuso

Black Adam (July 29)


Director: Jaume Collett-Serra

Writers: Adam Szttykiel, Rory Haines, Sohrab Noshirvani

Cast: Dwayne Johnson, Noah Centineo, Aldis Hodge, Sarah Shahi, Quintessa Swindell, Pierce Brosnan

It feels strange that Dwayne Johnson, the biggest movie star in the world in terms of both box office and literal width, hasn’t done a superhero film until now. With Black Adam, the role that finally drew Johnson into the genre is a crazed 5,000 year old wizard hellbent on bloody revenge, and we have no choice but to respect that. More specifically, Johnson is set to play Teth-Adam, the ruthless ruler of Kahdaq who has been imprisoned for several thousand years for being too much of a dangerous badass. Now, in the modern-day timeline of the DC films, Adam is back and he is pissed. (He also has lightning powers. Not great!) Not only will Black Adam mark the lead actors first foray into comic book movies, but it will also debut a new live-action version of DC’s Justice Society of America, filled out by one heck of a cast: Aldis Hodge as Hawkman, Noah Centineo as Atom Smasher, Quintessa Swindell as Cyclone, and, most importantly, Pierce Brosnan as Doctor Fate, which means Pierce Brosnan rocking an aggressively mystical magician-looking goatee. Thunderbolt and lightning, very, very exciting. –Vinnie Mancuso

Don’t Worry Darling (Sept 23)


Director: Olivia Wilde

Writer: Katie Silberman

Cast: Florence Pugh, Harry Styles, Chris Pine, and Gemma Chan

When the 12-second teaser for Don’t Worry Darling was released, cinephiles and One Directioners all screamed in unison. Not only does it feature a cast of well-established actors (including everyone’s beloved Instagram chef, Pugh) but it sees Harry Styles in his first main role. Whilst plot details are mostly under wraps, what we can tell is that the film is set in the 1950s and Florence Pugh plays a housewife, Alice, to Styles’ Jack, but not everything is as perfect as it seems. Olivia Wilde has become the surprise of the century, as her directing skills long outrun her acting chops (and her role choices) as her 2019 Booksmart met critical success. Can she emulate it with this Stepford Wives-esque thriller? Well, even if she doesn’t, Directioners will be sending those box office numbers through the roof. –Emma Kiely

Mission: Impossible 7 (Sept 30)

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Writer/Director: Christopher McQuarrie

Cast: Tom Cruise, Ving Rhames, Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson, Vanessa Kirby, Esai Morales, Hayley Atwell, Pom Klementieff, Shea Whigham, Henry Czerny, and Cary Elwes

Arguably the best franchise running, no other action series delivers spectacle quite like the Mission: Impossible movies. With star and producer Tom Cruise insisting on not only doing his own stunts but also making sure those stunts somehow manage to top the previous movie, the Mission: Impossible series features the best set pieces of any blockbuster paired with Christopher McQuarrie’s excellent screenwriting and direction. We don’t know what Ethan Hunt and his IMF team will be up against in the seventh installment of the series, but it’s likely to be a cliffhanger ending as Paramount greenlit the seventh and eighth movies to go together. We also wouldn’t be surprised if the movie ends with Cruise literally hanging off a cliff. – Matt Goldberg

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse 2 (Oct 7)

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Directors: Joaquin Dos Santos, Kemp Powers, Justin K. Thompson

Writers: David Callaham, Phil Lord, Christopher Miller

Cast: Shameik Moore, Jake Johnson, Hailee Steinfeld, Issa Rae

After the groundbreaking success of the first Into the Spider-Verse, anticipations are sky-high for the sequel. While it may seem nearly impossible for a sequel to be able to recapture that feeling of awe over seeing Miles take his leap of faith in the first film, remember Phil Lord and Chris Miller are involved with the film, and they gave us one of the best movie sequels ever: 22 Jump Street. –Rafael Motamayor

Halloween Ends (Oct 14)

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Director: David Gordon Green

Writers: David Gordon Green, Danny McBride, Paul Brad Logan, Chris Bernier

Cast: Jamie Lee Curtis, Andi Matichak, Nick Castle, James Jude Courtney

David Gordon Green’s Halloween trilogy comes to an end with Halloween Ends. Appropriate, no? We don’t have an official synopsis for the upcoming film, but that won’t stop the horror fans from flocking to it. The first film, Halloween, was meant as a direct sequel to 1978’s Halloween, following Laurie Strode’s (Jaime Lee Curtis) saga 40 years after it began. The second, Halloween Kills, picks up immediately after Halloween, and involves Michael Myers killing… well, everyone. Halloween Ends is supposed to be set several years later, and presumably will bring the story to… an end. –Alyse Wax

Hocus Pocus 2 (TBD)

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Director: Anne Fletcher

Writer: Jen D’Angelo

Cast: Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kathy Najimy, Doug Jones, Hannah Waddingham, Sam Richardson

Hocus Pocus is one of the most enduring nostalgic delights from the 90s, and the absolute GOAT of Halloween family films, so it’s honestly pretty shocking that it took this long to get a sequel. But in 20221, the Sanderson Sisters are back at last for a whole new adventure. I’ll admit that I’m a bit skeptical about this one given Disney’s propensity to create a sequel and/or spinoff to any and/or everything for Disney+, but the fact that they have the iconic original trio of Bette Midler, Kathy Najimy, and Sarah Jessica Parker returning officially tips me over into excited, along with the fact that the newcomers include Ted Lasso scene-stealer Hannah Waddingham and lowkey comedy assassin Sam Richardson. – Haleigh Foutch

Evil Dead Rise (TBD)


Writer/Director: Lee Cronin

Cast: Alyssa Sutherland, Lily Sullivan, Morgan Davies, Gabrielle Echols, Mia Challis Evil Dead is back – again! And it’s being reinvented once more, this time by Hole in the Ground filmmaker Lee Cronin. I truly have no idea what to make of Evil Dead Rise, which brings the franchise back to the film format, but with a planned HBO Max release, not to the big screen. Bruce Campbell has been adamant that he’s done playing Ash, and while we’ve heard that before, I believe him after multiple seasons of Ash vs. Evil Dead (at least, for now). Speaking of which, after the Starz series, the Ash well has been pretty dang tapped, so I’m genuinely excited to see the franchise head in a new direction, especially when we’re talking about a franchise that has delivered such consistently strong entries for the last forty years by reinventing itself with each new sequel, spinoff, and series. – Haleigh Foutch

The Flash (Nov 4)

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Director: Andy Muschietti

Writer: Christina Hodson

Cast: Ezra Miller, Kiersey Clemons, Maribel Verdu, Ron Livingston, Ben Affleck, Michael Keaton, Sasha Calle

Horror director Andy Muschietti steps away from the blood and guts to take a stab at the DC Universe. The Flash will follow the “Flashpoint” story, in which The Flash uses the speed force to go back in time and prevent his mother from being killed, only to experience dire consequences and the creation of an alternate timeline. Muschietti has said that, while this story will retain elements from Flashpoint (which was a popular comic arc, as well as an early storyline in The Flash TV show), it will be a different version of the story. Both Ben Affleck and Michael Keaton will be reprising their roles as Bruce Wayne (Keaton’s Bruce Wayne coming from an alternate universe), and Sasha Calle will appear as Supergirl. –Alyse Wax

Untitled David O. Russell Movie (Nov 4)

Writer/Director: David O. Russell

Cast: Christian Bale, Margot Robbie, John David Washington, Rami Malek, Chris Rock, Anya Taylor-Joy, Zoe Saldana, Robert De Niro, Mike Myers, Timothy Olyphant, Michael Shannon, Taylor Swift

In the early 2010s, David O. Russell was knocking out projects left and right, starting the decade with 2010’s The Fighter, 2012’s Silver Linings Playbook, and 2013’s American Hustle. But Russell hasn’t made a film since 2015’s Joy, making his upcoming film the longest we’ve ever had to wait for a new Russell film. But with a cast that includes Christian Bale, Margot Robbie, John David Washington, Rami Malek, Chris Rock, Anya Taylor-Joy, Zoe Saldana, Robert De Niro, Mike Myers, Timothy Olyphant, Michael Shannon, and Taylor Swift, it certainly seems like the wait will be well worth it. –Ross Bonaime

Knives Out 2 (TBD)

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Director/Writer: Rian Johnson

Cast: Daniel Craig, Dave Bautista, Edward Norton, Janelle Monáe, Kathryn Hahn, Leslie Odom Jr., Kate Hudson, Madelyn Cline, Jessica Henwick, Ethan Hawke

I don’t think I watched a single 2019 movie more than Knives Out, Rian Johnson’s delicious, delirious ode to closed-room murder mysteries. And I am so freaking pleased to see that Knives Out 2 is putting Detective Benoit Blanc (Daniel Craig) in the middle of an entirely new mystery with an entirely new, star-studded cast. We need less universe-building over-serialization in films and more self-contained mysteries where we watch a funny guy help out some other funny folks, goshdarnit! And I cannot wait to see how these particularly funny donut holes are found and solved in Johnson’s Knives Out 2 (and since it’s streaming on Netflix, I bet I’ll double my Knives Out watching numbers easily). –Gregory Lawrence

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (Nov 11)

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Director: Ryan Coogler

Writers: Ryan Coogler, Joe Robert Cole

Cast: Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Letitia Wright, Martin Freeman, Winston Duke, Angela Bassett

What happens in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever feels insignificant next to the tragic loss of Chadwick Boseman in 2020, but this is also a film that’s been shaped and molded in every way to honor the late actor. In short: get ready to weep, my friends. Outside of Marvel and director Ryan Coogler’s decision not to recast T’Challa, there aren’t too many story details out there right now about this follow-up to Black Panther, which arrived like a vibranium meteorite in 2018, immediately reshaping the landscape of what a comic book blockbuster can look like, can accomplish, can mean. But we fully trust Coogler and Co. to strap us into what is sure to be one hell of an emotional roller-coaster. –Vinnie Mancuso

Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom (Dec 16)


Director: James Wan

Writer: David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick

Cast: Jason Momoa, Patrick Wilson, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Pilou Asbaek, Amber Heard

With the DCEU in a bit of turmoil, no one quite knew what to expect from an Aquaman movie when it dropped in 2018, which made it even better when James Wan delivered a campy underwater Star Wars where an octopus plays the drums and Jason Momoa horseback-rides a gargantuan sea creature voiced by Julie Andrews out of the Earth’s core. That film also made more than one billion dollars, so surely Wan—hot off the delightfully batshit Malignant—will have even more creative control over the sequel, Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom. Folks, that is exciting news. Pretty much the only things we know about this film so far are A) It involves the mysterious missing city of Necrus, B) Pilou Asbaek, mostly known for playing a coked-up, leather-pants-wearing pirate on Game of Thrones, has joined the cast, and C) Wan recently said the film is “heavily inspired” by a Mario Bava sci-fi romp titled Planet of the Vampires. So, basically, pretty much the only thing we know about Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom is that it’s going to rule. –Vinnie Mancuso

Avatar 2 (Dec 16)

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The wait for Avatar 2 has been so prodigious, I simply refuse to believe it exists until I’m seated in the movie theater watching the end credits role. That, in itself, is enough to make me extremely excited. What WAS the wait about and was it all worth it? Of course, we know what the wait was about to a certain extent – James Cameron didn’t have the technology he needed to explore the seas of Pandora, so he went to work on finding people who could make it. That’s something of a tradition for the filmmaker, who similarly pushed the boundaries of film technology with films like Terminator 2 and Titanic. In that regard, Avatar 2 seems like a further culmination of the director’s long-running fascinations – both with film technology and underwater exploration – and historically, whenever Cameron spends this much time on those fascinations, some very exceptional filmmaking happens. – Haleigh Foutch

Killers of the Flower Moon (TBD)

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Director: Martin Scorsese

Writer: Eric Roth

Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Robert De Niro, Jesse Plemons, and Lily Gladstone

New Scorsese is always a cause for celebration, and his latest will have him teaming with both DiCaprio and De Niro for the first time in his career. He’s also working with the outstanding and chilling true story of the Osage Native Americans who became wealthy when they found oil on their land, but then started dying under mysterious circumstances, which necessitated the first major investigation by the nascent FBI. It’s a powerful narrative, and while DiCaprio and De Niro will certainly give it some star power, the story looks like it will belong to the characters played by Plemons and Gladstone, which is an exciting prospect. – Matt Goldberg

Babylon (Dec 25)

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Writer/Director: Damien Chazelle

Cast: Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie, Li Jun Li, Samara Weaving, Flea, Max Minghella, Katherine Waterston, Jovan Adepo

I’m a sucker for the films of Damien Chazelle, from the suffocating intensity of Whiplash, to the wonder of First Man, and the beautiful simplicity of Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench. I even find myself choking back tears at the end of La La Land. While not much is known about Chazelle’s Babylon, other than that it’s a drama set in the golden age of Hollywood with an incredible cast, that is extremely my shit. Margot Robbie as Clara Bow? LET”S GO! This is also shaping up to be Chazelle’s biggest cast, with Brad Pitt, Olivia Wilde, Tobey Maguire, Katherine Waterston, Samara Weaving, Jeff Garlin, Rory Scovel, Jean Smart, and finally, Spike Jonze back in front of the camera. And since this is a Chazelle film, you better believe there’s gonna be a hell of a lot of jazz. –Ross Bonaime

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