2022 has arrived, and that means that it’s a new year full of possibility. One of the hardest things about making the transition to a new year is uncertainty, but there can be at least one thing you know you can expect: new movies. CELEB is compiling a growing list of movies you absolutely can’t miss this year, and we’re sharing it with you so you can start making plans and getting excited. Here are the top films to look out for in 2022.
As we look ahead to 2022, Good Housekeepingcompiled a helpful list of movies that we can get excited for in 2022, and it’s time to make your plans. Get the babysitter, call out of work, save your money for snacks and drinks; here are the movies you won’t want to miss in January and February.
The 355: January 7
Calling this a “girl power” movie really undersells just how intensely awesome the main cast is. Named in honor of a Revolutionary War spy – who happened to be a woman – The 355 is about a group of international women who work together to track down a dangerous mercenary with a weapon that could have devastating consequences. Star power for this film includes Jessica Chastain, Lupita Nyong’o, Diane Kruger, Penelope Cruz and Fan Bingbing.
Scream: January 14.
He’s ba-ack! Ghostface is back in this newest Scream installment, leaving Sidney Prescott, Dewey Riley, Gale Weathers and others to figure out how the newest rash of murders tie in with those from the past.
Cyrano: January 21.
If you couldn’t get enough of Peter Dinklage in Game of Thrones, you’re in luck. He’s back as the star of this reimagining of the classic novel Cyrano de Bergerac. Cyrano is an adaptation of the 2018 stage version of the story – and it’s a musical, so bring your tapping toes along.
The King’s Daughter: January 21.
Louis: King Louis. Pierce Brosnan stars as the king in a fantastic story about King Louis XIV who goes on a hunt for mermaids as the source of immortality. His daughter, however, wants to save the creatures.
Jackass Forever: February 4.
The Jackass crew is back. For over 20 years, the Jackass team has been putting their life on the line for laughs with some monumentally stupid stunts. Approaching middle age hasn’t deterred them and Jackass Forever is an ode to the stupidity of the ’90’s. But let’s face it – even if it makes us cringe, we can’t help ourselves and our love for Jackass.
The Black Phone: February 4.
This movie is about a kid who has been captured by a child killer. A phone containing hints from his past victims may help our hero escape. It’s a chilling, guttural, psychological thriller just in time for Valentine’s Day.
Moonfall: February 4.
Humanity faces down an apocalypse from an expected source: the Moon. In this sci-fi edge-of-your-seat ride, the Moon gets knocked out of orbit and has the Earth in its crosshairs. A team tries to save the planet before mankind goes the way of the dinosaurs.
Death on the Nile: February 11.
Gal Gadot, Annette Bening, Russell Brand and Sophie Okonedo star in this Agatha Christie adaptation. Detective Hercule Poirot must solve a murder on the S.S. Karnak, but first he has to narrow down his suspects.
Marry Me: February 11.
Jennifer Lopez and Owen Wilson star in this charming rom-com. A pop superstar (Lopez) plans to marry another celebrity on stage, but things go sideways. Instead, she plucks a random guy from obscurity and marries him (Wilson). Are they going to go separate ways – or was this fate?
Ambulance: February 18.
Action titan Michael Bay is back to direct this Jake Gyllenhaal and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II hit. The foster brothers attempt a heist, but things go wrong quickly, and the pair hijacks an ambulance with hostages aboard as they evade capture.
Uncharted: February 18.
Because starring in the highest grossing film (Spider-Man: No Way Home) of the pandemic era wasn’t enough for Tom Holland, he’s back in this video game backstory alongside Mark Wahlberg. They go on the hunt for the “greatest treasure never found.”
The Outfit: February 25.
Mike Rylance stars in this crime drama about a tailor who finds himself embroiled in gangster dangers. Dodging mobsters isn’t easy, by Rylance must find a way to survive as worlds collide.
The Batman: March 4.
This long-anticipated newest iteration of the Batman universe hits theaters in early March. Bringing former Twilight and Harry Potter star Robert Pattinson to bear as billionaire bad boy/vigilante by night Batman, this film is directed by Cloverfield‘s Matt Reeves. The newest Gotham tale explores Batman’s early years and a run-in with beloved villain, The Riddler.
Turning Red: March 11.
The first Disney movie of 2022 is a Pixar film that shows a little girl named Mei Lee who turns into a giant fluffy red panda every time her emotions get the better of her. Fresh off extraordinary success with the December release of Encanto, Disney is hitting the ground running in 2022.
Downtown Abbey: A New Era: March 18.
The Crawley family is back, but this time the estate is being left behind in lieu of a Southern France getaway. Like all things Downton Abbey, it’s expected to be a wry, witty, intense film with the familiar faces you have been missing.
The Lost City: March 25.
If you’re waiting for the year’s first true date night movie, Sandra Bullock and Channing Tatum have you covered. This adorable story takes place as a romance novelist (Bullock) goes on a book tour with her cover model (Tatum – who else) and it turns into a kidnapping/jungle adventure. We don’t know how that evolution occurs, but we can’t wait to find out.
Morbius: April 1.
The first Marvel film of 2022, Morbius is the newest anti-hero/villain movie in the MCU. Following up on the success of Venom, this standalone Marvel villain film stars Jared Leto as a “living vampire” who’s on the hunt – for a cure. This movie has been pushed back a whopping 6 times – but April 1 should be the final release date. Maybe. Unless it’s a joke.
Bullet Train: April 8.
Sandra Bullock headlines again in this Brad Pitt movie about five assassins on a speeding train who discover that their assignments are interconnected. Joining the headline heavy hitters: Zazie Beetz, Bryan Tyree Henry, Joey King, Andrew Koji and Aaron Taylor-Johnson.
Sonic the Hedgehog 2: April 8.
If you’re like most ’80’s kids, you look at this movie and the Sega game intro automatically pops into your head. That’s because Sonic is joined by Knuckles and Tails in the newest chapter in this animated/real world series, bringing all of the fan favorites together. In this movie, they’re all scrapping it out over the Master Emerald.
Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore: April 15.
The newest Fantastic Beasts movie hits theaters in April, and this one dives more into the history of Grindelwald and Dumbledore. In this film, Mads Mikkelson has taken over playing Gindelwald from Johnny Depp and Dumbledore sends Newt Scamander and his cohorts out into the world to stop his nefarious plans.
The Northman: April 22.
It’s an all-star cast with Alexander Skarsgård, Nicole Kidman, Anya Taylor-Joy, Björk, Ethan Hawke and Willem Dafoe. This 10th century flash back takes place in an isolated Icelandic village with a Viking prince seeking vengeance for his murdered father.
The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent: April 22.
Nicholas Cage stars as himself, accepting $1 million to appear at the birthday party of one of his biggest fans. Plot twist: the superfan is a drug kingpin. This movie is a whimsical blend of reality and imaginary as Cage has to revisit some of his film personas to get out of the resulting sticky wicket.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness: May 6
It hasn’t been long since we’ve seen Marvel’s Dr. Strange – played by Benedict Cumberbatch – but he’s back again in this all-new movie about wizards and wonder. Director Sam Raimi (responsible for the Tobey Maguire era SpiderMan movies) takes on Dr. Strange’s new adventure. The movie promises some old favorites – Wanda Maximoff aka Scarlet Witch is back – and some new faces. This sequel has been eagerly anticipated since the first Dr. Strange landed with much acclaim. We’ve seen the headliners appear in other movies – aside from the Infinity War saga, obviously – including SpiderMan: No Way Home and Shang Chi. But now that Stephen Strange is back at the helm of his own movie, the multiverse is the limit.
DC League of Super-Pets: May 20
Everyone knows the DC superheroes: Batman, Superman, Aquaman, Wonder Woman; but do you know their pets? In this adorable sidekick film, Justice League superhero pets feature as the heroes as Superman’s pup Krypto takes the lead on a rescue mission.
Legally Blonde 3: May 20
O.M.G. It’s back. Mindy Kaling and Dan Goor helm the script for the third installment of the beloved cult classic Legally Blonde series. What is Elle Woods up to after 20 years? We’re not sure, but we can’t wait to find out.
Top Gun: Maverick: May 27
This movie was originally slated to be released in 2019. However, a long series of delays pushed it back – and back – but it’s finally here, at least we hope. Pete “Maverick” Mitchell is back, and he’s at the head of a training program for his own Top Gun pilots. In the class: “Rooster,” the son of pal Goose.
The Bob’s Burgers Movie: May 27
If you’re a fan of Bob’s Burgers, your dream is coming true – it’s hitting the big screen. And of course, because it’s Bob’s Burgers, it can’t just be any old movie – it’s a musical. Get ready for fun and laughter – and music, apparently – when it hits theaters in late May.
John Wick: Chapter 4: May 27
2021 and 2022 are the years of Keanu – and we’re here for it. Keanu Reeves is back in the fourth installment of the John Wick series. The newest movie picks off where Parabellum left off, so fans will have their questions quickly answered. Reeves’ Wick persona has quickly become a beloved action character, so even though this is a fourth movie – historically, bad odds for hitting it big – it’ll be huge.
Jurassic World: Dominion: June 10
If you saw Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, you know what happened. If you haven’t seen it, spoilers lie ahead – but you should go watch it. At the end of Fallen Kingdom, the dinosaurs were set free. Now, four years later, the world is coming to terms with what it means to have these prehistoric creatures living amongst them – the good, the bad, and the genetically enhanced. All of the Jurassic Park/World favorites are back, including Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Sam Neill, Laura Dem and Jeff Goldblum.
Lightyear: June 17
This one might confuse some Toy Story fans. It’s a movie about Buzz Lightyear, but it’s not Toy Story. This movie is about the character who inspired the toy – the fictional Space Ranger named Buzz Lightyear. We get to step into Andy’s shoes and watch the movie that made him want a Buzz toy so badly.
Where the Crawdads Sing: June 24
This movie is a film adaptation of a book of the same name by Delia Owens. Normal People‘s Daisy Edgar-Jones takes the lead in this film that explores a girl who lives alone in the wilderness. Fingers are pointed at her after a man turns up dead – and she’s the only one around.
Minions: The Rise of Gru: July 1
The beloved Minions are back. It seems as though they’re everywhere these days: from the supermarket to the clothing stores. But it all started somewhere. Rise of Gru takes a look back at the very beginning, when the Minions first crossed paths with their destiny.
Thor: Love and Thunder: July 8
Hot off the heels of the success of the newest Spider-Man movie and what is expected to be a big blockbuster year with the new Doctor Strange and Mobius movies, the newest Thor installment will answer some questions. At the end of Endgame, we saw Thor pass his kingdom on to Valkyrie – which was definitely a good choice, given Thor’s penchant for being a, to be honest, really bad leader. Chris Hemsworth returns along with Tessa Thompson and Natalie Portman – and maybe the Guardians of the Galaxy? Now that the Avengers have concluded their current arc, it’s clear Marvel plans to cram as many superheroes as possible into every movie to keep the flow going, and we won’t complain.
Nope: July 22
It’s another Jordan Peele horror event, and if you’re familiar with Peele’s work you know what you’re in for. If you’re not – well, hold onto your seat, things sometimes get weird. Do we know what this one is about? Aptly, nope – no clue.
Black Adam: July 29
After a year of Marvel hits, DC can’t just take their wins lying down. So they brought out the big guns for this newest DC Comics movie, headlined by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. Black Adam is an anti-hero starring in this Shazam! spin-off, and it offers DC a chance to prove that they aren’t out of the movie game. While DC tv shows have been big hits, their movies tend to lag far behind Marvel in sales and popularity but having The Rock in the lead can’t hurt.
Secret Headquarters: August 12
Here’s something new and different: a superhero movie. Although, this one is actually different – it’s an original screenplay instead of a comic adaptation. Starring Owen Wilson, this movie has some heart. A kid discovers a secret superhero headquarters under his house, and it leads him down the road of discovery about his estranged father.
The Man From Toronto: August 12
It’s been a while since we’ve enjoyed some good Kevin Hart belly laughs, but the comedian is back in this new action-comedy about a screw-up being mistaken for an international assassin while staying at an Airbnb. Sounds like a set-up for hilarity.
Samaritan: August 26
Hey guess what? It’s a superhero movie! No, but this one could be good – it’s got Sylvester Stallone, after all. This one is a bit of a darker approach and tells the story of a kid who believes a missing superhero may still be around.
The Return of That Theater Life
As the pandemic wears on and theaters re-open, a huge question remained: would people return to in-person viewings after the convenience of SVOD? The answer seems to be: resoundingly, yes. Spider-Man: No Way Home has already passed $1 billion, and Marvel has a few more big releases up their sleeves for 2022.
While some movies will be releasing in hybrid with both in-person and SVOD simultaneously, movie theaters have high hopes that this year will be a good one. After being so hard hit in 2020 and 2021, here’s hoping 2022 is a better one for the entertainment industry. With movies like these, it’s easy to see why this could be an extraordinary year. All you have to do is get your ticket and go!