In a twist that no Hollywood screenwriter saw coming, Covid has changed the way we watch movies.
For the past year or so, many of the big news have been available to stream from home, with the popularity of on-demand rentals increasing as the pandemic has closed more and more picture houses around the world.
But, with the restrictions lifted to finally allow cinema to make a comeback, here are some of the best films 2022 has to offer – all of which can be watched on the big screen again as their creators intended.
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The black phone
Ethan Hawke has been such an enduring screen presence over the past decades, and he’s never been afraid to take a risky role or overthrow this natural beauty.
And this supernatural thriller is no exception with Hawke playing a creepy serial killer who prey on children.
Until his latest target finds out he has the ability to communicate with the ghosts of his previous victims, who all return for revenge.
Alley of nightmares
Announced as early as 2017 and based on a 1946 novel, Oscar-winning director Guillermo del Toro’s latest effort is a black psychological thriller.
Bradley Cooper plays a carnival worker and con artist who swindles the wealthy in New York City but bites more than he can chew when he targets a dangerous tycoon, played by the excellent Richard Jenkins.
Cate Blanchett, Toni Collette and Willem Dafoe are also on the bill.
While the prospect of another Batman movie may leave comic book fans unperturbed, there is no denying the hype surrounding this one.
Starring Robert Pattinson as billionaire Bruce Wayne and his crime-fighting alter-ego, this film certainly has a pretty big cape to fill given that the three previous installments with Christian Bale in the title role have been huge box office hits.
Shaping to be an even darker take on the superhero franchise, it also stars Colin Farrell as the Penguin, Paul Dano as the Riddler, and Jeffrey Wright as Commissioner Gordon.
Fantastic Beasts – Dumbledore’s Secrets
With its production delayed by Covid and Johnny Depp grappling with justice replaced by Mads Mikkelsen as Gellert Grindelwald, the latest in JK Rowling’s hit series on Harry Potter spin-offs has not been without controversy. .
However, the continuation of business at the box office is more or less assured with the return of Jude Law as young Dumbledore and Eddie Redmayne reprising his role as Newt Scamander in a 1930 story that leads to the wizarding world being involved in it. the outbreak of World War II.
Top Gun: Maverick
Postponed to the end of 2021, this sequel to Top Gun has been in the works for more than 30 years
And, other than wondering how its macho, exaggerated, and insanely ’80s predecessor might fare these days, not much is known about this latest release.
Indeed, although the trailer confirms that Tom Cruise will be returning by plane and motorbike, the story remains well-kept – although Miles Teller has been cast for Cruise’s son and Val Kilmer is set to reprise his role as colleague pilot Iceman.
John Wick: Chapter 4
Keanu Reeves’ seemingly unkillable assassin is back (again) for ultra-violent showdowns against even more armies of villains.
As bulletproof as its main character when it comes to bringing in the punters, the John Wick series looks set to continue delivering ever more outrageous action and bigger, bloodier fight scenes.
And, with Part Five reportedly already filmed, it looks like there’s a lot of life left in the old gun.
Jurassic World: Dominion
Original Jurassic Park stars Laura Dern and Sam Neill, along with Jeff Goldblum, are set to return for this highly anticipated dinosaur sequel.
They will join Bryce Dallas Howard and Chris Pratt as the story is set to continue where Fallen Kingdom left off in 2018, with genetically resurrected dinosaurs rampaging around the world.
Chris Evans, Marvel’s Captain America himself, will be voicing this new Pixar Toy Story prequel.
He will play the ‘real’ Buzz Lightyear and the story will explore how the Lantern Jawed Astronaut became so famous that he ended up having a whole range of action figures named after him – just like the one described by Tim Allen in the previous four computer animated films.
Thor: Love and Thunder
Thor: Ragnarok by Taika Waititi was a fun and entertaining take on the Nordic superhero saga and this sequel is eagerly awaited.
Notably because Natalie Portman’s Jane Foster is set to return as the Guardians of the Galaxy team show up to help Chris Hemsworth’s hammer-wielding main character take on Christian Bale’s villain, Gorr the Butcher God.
Jordan Peele’s previous directorial efforts – Get Out and Us – have been hugely successful, both critical and commercial, and have helped redefine the urban horror genre.
What Nope is talking about is currently being kept a secret, but that hasn’t stopped it from being one of the most talked about horror movies of recent times.
Keke Palmer, Daniel Kaluuya and Steven Yeun are all ready to play.
The third and final installment of this horror franchise’s current reboot sees Jamie Lee Curtis taking on serial slasher Michael Myers one last time.
Going straight back to John Carpenter’s 1978 original – and ignoring a host of previous direct-to-DVD sequels – the re-imagining of the series by director David Gordon Green and writer Danny McBride has sparked many scares.
But will it really be a farewell to one of celluloid’s most iconic mittens?
After almost 15 years, James Cameron is finally adding another chapter to his CGI sci-fi epic.
Currently, the highest-grossing film of all time – a distinction he recently regained after Avengers: Endgame clinched the title in 2019 – it sees Sam Worthington’s Jake Sully and Zoe Saldana’s Neytiri abandon their happy family existence. to wage war on an old enemy.
One of the new additions to the cast is Kate Winslet.
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