10 Best Movie Releases Of 2022 (So Far)
This time of year, viewers are gearing up for plenty of releases meant to grab the attention of awards season. The studios are saving some of their best films for later in the year, hoping to inspire Academy members to vote for their films for Oscar nominations.
However, 2022 has seen some big releases in its first nine months. There’s been something for everyone at the theater, including superhero movies, surprise hits, and great streaming releases. So far, 2022 has been an impressive year for movie releases.
10/10 Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness Had Tons of Surprises
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness finds Stephen Strange helping America Chavez, a young woman who has the ability to travel between the multiverses. This pits Strange against the Scarlet Witch as he embarks on a multiverse journey to help Chavez.
The film squarely placed the MCU in the multiverse like never before and had some memorable moments. The Illuminati appeared, including John Krasinski as Reed Richards and Patrick Stewart as Charles Xavier, and fans got to see multiple versions of Strange himself. The Multiverse now takes center stage in the MCU for Phases 4-6, dubbed “The Multiverse Saga.”
9/10 Top Gun: Maverick exceeded expectations
Top Gun: Maverick came this year, 36 years after the original Superior gun. The film follows Maverick Mitchell, played again by Tom Cruise, as he returns to teach a new group of Top Gun graduates. The film stars Miles Teller, John Hamm and Val Kilmer.
The film shattered expectations, grossing $1.48 billion worldwide. It is now the sixth highest-grossing domestic release, impressively surpassing Avengers: Infinity War, and is by far the highest-grossing film of Tom Cruise’s career. Moreover, the movie stayed in the top 5 for a staggering 11 weeks after its release.
8/10 The smile was a surprise hit
Smile is a horror film that was a surprise success. Dr. Rose Cotter witnesses a traumatic event and begins to see unexplained happenings take over her life. It turns out to be a demon that takes the form of a smiling person.
Smile was originally intended to be a streaming-only release on Paramount+, but it turned into a hugely profitable release for the studio. It has now earned over $100 million against a budget of $17 million. Not bad for a movie destined for a scorching release.
7/10 The Batman introduced the latest version of the Caped Crusader
Director Matt Reeves ushered in a new era of Batman with the release of The Batman. Robert Pattinson takes up the cape and cowl and finds Batman one-on-one with the Riddler (Paul Dano), a serial killer playing a deadly game in Gotham City.
The film was positively received by fans and critics alike, with many praising Pattinson’s performance and the supporting cast. Zoë Kravitz stars as Selina Kyle/Catwoman and Colin Ferrell as Oswald Cobblepot/The Penguin. Reeves is hard at work on a sequel to the movie, and the movie is spawning a shared universe of projects on HBO Max.
6/10 Everything, Everywhere, All At Once is some of Michelle Yeoh’s best work
Doctor Strange wasn’t the only one embarking on a multiversal adventure this year. Michelle Yeoh starred in Everything everywhere all at once like Evelyn, owner of a laundromat that the IRS audits. She enters a universe-hopping technology that sends her on a wild journey to save the world by traveling to different universes.
The single film was a surprise hit for A24, with much praise for Yeoh’s performance, with many calling it the best of his career. Some are even hoping to keep the movie’s momentum going into awards season, looking to get Yeoh nominated for an Oscar.
5/10 Prey brought the Predator franchise back to center stage
Prey is the latest entry in the Predator franchise, released on Hulu. The story is set in 1719 and finds Naru, a young woman from the Comanche tribe, facing one of the first predators to ever encounter Earth. The Predator features more primitive technology than the futuristic ones viewers have seen in previous films.
Prey was well received by fans and critics. It was a much-needed boost for the franchise, as some of the latest releases, predators and The predatorwere poorly received and failed to achieve the success of the original Predator. Sequels to the film, whether a sequel or a prequel, are currently under discussion.
4/10 Nope Keeps Jordan Peele’s Great Movie Series Alive
Nope was the latest entry in writer/director Jordan Peele’s impressive film career. Nope stars Daniel Kaluuya and Keke Palmer as siblings who attempt to obtain UFO evidence after strange events around their recently deceased father’s ranch.
Although it doesn’t quite reach the heights of Peele’s earlier films, get out and We, Nope is definitely a great movie in its own right with a unique premise. As with Peele’s other films, the themes explored in the film, as well as its twists, lead to different interpretations for viewers long after viewing.
3/10 Going red was an immensely popular Pixar offering
turn red finds 13-year-old Mei, who longs to attend a boy band concert with her best friends. His only problem? A hereditary curse transforms her into a giant red panda whenever she has strong emotions. Not great for a young girl starting college.
The latest Pixar project was supposed to hit theaters, but was replaced by a Disney+ release due to the pandemic. Regardless, the movie was very successful and was the most-watched streaming program in the world within the first week of its release.
2/10 The female king has a strong word of mouth
The female king follows the true story of the Agojie, an all-female warrior group that protected the African kingdom of Dahomey in the 1820s. Starring Viola Davis as General Nanisca, Nanisca seeks to train the next generation of warriors to protect the kingdom.
Most of the film’s praise came for its cast, especially Davis, who shines in the role, and its impressive fight sequences. It surprised with a strong opening weekend of $19 million, which was good for the top of the box office chart. Holding 94% on Rotten Tomatoes and impressive word of mouth gave the film legs over the following weekends.
1/10 The Northman found success in its VOD release
The man from the north stars Alexander Skarsgård as Amleth, a Viking prince seeking revenge for his father’s murder. The film has an impressive cast, including Nicole Kidman, Claes Bang, Anya Taylor-Joy, Ethan Hawke, and Willem Dafoe.
The film did not do well at the box office. Instead, much of its success has come from home release. Impressively, DVD/Blu-ray sales have outpaced movies which had much better box office circulation. Additionally, critics praised Skarsgård’s performance as Amleth and the film’s production value.
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