25 Major Movie Releases You Need to Watch in 2022

25 Major Movie Releases You Need to Watch in 2022
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Movies were actually back in 2021, we even saw a few! But 2022 is definitely shaping up to be an even more hectic year for films.

Between superhero movies, video game-to-movie adaptations and Oscar-worthy hits, it looks like there’ll barely be a week without a new movie worth watching in 2022. Here are some of the movies you should keep an eye out for in the new year.

Top movies to watch in 2022

House of Gucci

Father, son and House of Gucci. This biographical look at the family behind one of the world’s largest designer fashion brands stars some absolute icons in Lady Gaga and Adam Driver.

The film is directed by Ridley Scott and also stars an unrecognisable Jared Leto.

Buy or rent it on digital platforms now.


Scream

Same title, different Scream. The classic horror franchise is back with some old and new faces.

David Arquette, Courteney Cox and Neve Campbell will return as their original characters alongside a new bunch of young adult stars as they try to uncover the new killer behind the Ghostface mask.

Buy or rent it on digital platforms now.


Nightmare Alley

The latest film from Guillermo del Toro stars Bradley Cooper as a manipulative carnival worker who hooks up with Cate Blanchett’s equally dangerous psychiatrist. If you know the mind of del Toro you know what to expect from Nightmare Alley.

Stream it on Disney+ now.


Spencer

Yes, it’s another film about Princess Diana, but this time we’re taking an in-depth look at that fateful weekend that essentially ends Diana and Charles’ marriage.

Kristen Stewart is taking on the role of Diana in Spencer and critics are already raving about her performance. The movie picks up almost where the fourth season of The Crown left off so it’s the perfect thing to watch while you wait for the next season.

Watch it on Amazon Prime Video now.


Death on the Nile

Murder mystery fans rejoice because the classic detective Poirot is back on big screens this year. Kenneth Branagh returns as the sleuth to uncover the culprit behind a new murder on a glamorous river steamer in Death on the Nile.

As usual, the suspects are an array of all-stars including Gal Gadot, Rose Leslie, Letitia Wright, Tom Batemen, Annette Bening and Jennifer Saunders.

Stream it on Disney+ now.


Uncharted

One of the biggest video games of all time is getting the big-screen treatment with Sony’s Uncharted movie. Tom Holland is starring as the hero Nathan Drake alongside Mark Wahlberg as Sully. For any Uncharted newbies, the game (and presumedly movie) has vibes of Indiana Jones and Tomb Raider.

It’s definitely one action-packed film you don’t want to miss in 2022.

Buy or rent it on digital platforms now.


The Batman

Batman is back in possibly his darkest reboot yet for The Batman. Robert Pattinson is behind the cowl as the caped crusader in his early years of crime-fighting. He’ll be going after The Riddler (Paul Dano), the Penguin (Colin Farrell) and Catwoman (Zoe Kravitz) will also appear.

Read our review.

Buy or rent it on digital platforms now.


Turning Red

Pixar’s latest adorable film Turning Red follows the adventures of a teenage girl who turns into a giant red panda every time she experiences intense feelings – quite a problem for someone going through adolescence!

Stream it on Disney+ now.


Morbius

Sony is expanding its superhero universe with an origin story for Morbius, the living vampire. Jared Leto is taking on the role of Dr Michael Morbius who is infected with a rare blood disease and goes to extreme lengths to cure himself, with vampiric results.

Rent or buy it on digital platforms from May 17.


Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore

Harry Potter fans have a lot to look forward to this year with the debut of the 20th-anniversary reunion. After that, however, there’s also the third Fantastic Beasts movie.

Secrets of Dumbledore builds on the revelations of the previous film and pits Newt Scamander and his friends against the rising power of dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald. Jule Law and Eddie Redmayne are back but Johnny Depp is not with Mads Mikkelsen taking on the role of Grindelwald for this film.

In cinemas now.


Everything Everywhere All At Once

The Daniels (Swiss Army Man) have brought one of the most incredibly original films to life in Everything Everywhere All At Once.

Michelle Yeoh stars as a laundromat owner who goes from battling the IRS over tax claims to being flung into a battle with an eternal evil in the multiverse. This is one you cannot miss.

Read our review.

In cinemas now or available on digital platforms from May 18.


The Northman

If Viking films are your thing you can’t miss The Northman. Director Robert Eggers brings his signature style to the Viking era in a retelling of the brutally accurate revenge story that inspired Shakespeare’s Hamlet.

The movie also has a cast that could rival a Shakespearean epic including Alexander Skarsgard, Nicole Kidman, Anya Taylor Joy and Ethan Hawke.

In cinemas now.


Downton Abbey: A New Era

Downton Abbey may have ended years ago but the series lives on in the period drama’s second feature film. The new movie, titled Downton Abbey: A New Era, will see Hollywood invade the Abbey pushing the Crawley family to escape to the south of France.

Your favourites are all back, including Maggie Smith, along with a handful of new members like Hugh Dancy, Laura Haddock and Dominic West.

Australian movie release date: April 28, 2022


Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

One of the many Marvel movies we have to look forward to in 2022 is Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.

As many would know Doctor Strange last appeared in Spider-Man: No Way Home and it’s expected this next movie will deal with the aftermath of that, where the multiverse has seemingly been flung open. Elizabeth Olsen is set to return as the Scarlet Witch for the first time since WandaVision.

Australian movie release date: May 5, 2022


Top Gun Maverick

After 33 years, Tom Cruise is returning to (one of) the movies that made him famous, Top Gun Maverick. When training a group of graduates, Maverick finds that his old friend Goose’s son is part of his team and embarks on a mission that will force him to face his ghosts.

Australian movie release date: May 26, 2022.


Jurassic World: Dominion

The third film in the trilogy of Jurassic World films, Dominion shows us what life looks like when dinosaurs reintegrate into our lives in the 21st century. To deal with this life-altering threat, Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard will recruit the help of some experts with Jeff Goldblum, Sam Neill and Laura Dern all returning to the franchise.

Australian movie release date: June 9, 2022


Lightyear

Lightyear is the Toy Story origin story you didn’t know you needed. Chris Evans is portraying the space ranger in the movie that the toy Buzz Lightyear became based on. You’ll see an all-new side to Buzz Lightyear in this film, including his hair!

This will easily be one of the best film releases for 2022, so watch this, erm, space.

Australian movie release date: June 16,  2022


Elvis

Australian directing extraordinaire Baz Luhrmann’s next project is none other than an adaptation of Elvis Presley’s life. Austin Butler is stepping into the shoes of the famous singer for Elvis, a glossy new film about how Presley’s music changed the world.

Australian movie release date: June 23, 2022


Thor: Love and Thunder

 

Chris Hemsworth’s Thor is back for another action-packed film helmed by Taika Waititi. This time in Thor: Love and Thunder, Thor will go up against Christian Bale’s Gorr the God Butcher with the help of his friends Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson) and Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) who will wield the legendary hammer, Mjolnir.

Australian movie release date: July 6, 2022


The Black Phone

Fans of horror have a truly nightmarish experience on their hands with Blumhouse’s new horror The Black Phone. When a 13-year-old boy is abducted by a serial killer and trapped in a soundproof basement he discovers he can connect to the killer’s previous victims via a disconnected telephone.

Australian movie release date: June 30, 2022


NOPE

The latest mysterious film from Get Out director Jordan Peele already looks like a banger. NOPE stars Daniel Kaluuya, Keke Palmer and Steven Yeun in a new horror epic that will no doubt have us all cowering in our seats at the cinemas.

Australian movie release date: August 4, 2022


Don’t Worry Darling

Olivia Wilde is becoming quite the proficient director in Hollywood and her next foray is a psychological thriller starring Florence Pugh and Harry Styles. In Don’t Worry Darling, the duo star as a couple in the 1950s where Pugh’s housewife begins to unravel as she learns a disturbing truth about her life.

Australian movie release date: October 6, 2022


Black Adam

After many years in the making, Dwayne Johnson is finally stepping into the superhero realm for DC’s Black Adam. The notorious antihero will be unleashed into the modern world, thousands of years after his imprisonment, and bring his own form of justice onto Earth.

Australian movie release date: October 20, 2022


Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

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The world tragically lost Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman in 2020, but the legacy of his character lives on in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. Not much is known about the Marvel sequel but we do know that Dominique Thorne’s Riri Williams (aka Ironheart) will make her first appearance in this film.

Australian movie release date: November 10, 2022


Avatar: The Way of the Water

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Over a decade after the original was released, the first of James Cameron’s many Avatar sequels is hitting screens. The time between films has given the technology a boost and it will fling us into the glorious 3D underwater worlds of Pandora, where Jake Sully and Neytiri must face a new challenge that threatens their family.

Australian movie release date: December 15, 2022.


There are so many good movies to see in the cinema this year and this isn’t even all of them. Keep an eye on this post as we add more highly anticipated films coming your way in 2022.

You can also check out some of the best TV shows coming out in 2022 if you prefer the small screen.

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