THESE MOVIES ARE LISTED BY ANTICIPATED/SCHEDULED RELEASE DATE.

Scream

“A new installment of the ‘Scream’ horror franchise will follow a woman returning to her home town to try to find out who has been committing a series of vicious crimes.”

Scream is back and it is going to kick off the year with yet another attempt to reinvent, reboot, continue, or whatever word you want to use, this particular horror franchise. I did not dislike Scream 4 (2011) and so hopefully this rendition of the slasher brings some of the same laughs, thrills and kills as the original.

The expected release date for Scream is January 14, 2022.


Death On The Nile

“While on vacation on the Nile, Hercule Poirot must investigate the murder of a young heiress.”

I am a sucker for an ensemble cast and a who-dun-it adventure. Later in the year we will get Knives Out 2, but the start of 2022 brings us a mystery that contains many a talented and recognizable faces. One of such actors is Gal Gadot, and I will be watching Death On The Nile for her to see if she can be an asset to movie, and not a hinderance. Gadot has not been a viable positive in a movie since the first Wonder Woman back in 2017. Her last outing was Red Notice (2021) which missed the mark big time. Also let’s not forget that Armie Hammer is in Death On The Nile. This man has been through a lot. Has been to rehab and is now out. This will be the first time audiences see him on the screen since all his drama. There is a lot to talk about with Death On The Nile!

Death On The Nile is sneaking up on us. It’ll be released on February 11, 2022.


Texas Chainsaw Massacre

“After nearly 50 years of hiding, Leatherface returns to terrorize a group of idealistic young friends who accidentally disrupt his carefully shielded world in a remote Texas town.”

The first question has to be asked. How is Leatherface doing 50 years past his initial debut? it has been 50 years since he was first thrashing people, how is he going to saw people up now in his senior state?

Okay, but in all seriousness, when this trailer dropped, it reminded me a lot of Halloween (2018). It is tearing away all of the sequels and the stories that went with them. They are rewriting Leatherface’s terror for a new, streamlined franchise possibility. Coming straight to Netflix, one can hope that this is redeemable. I am excited to see its prospects because the original The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974) is one of the most disturbing movies I have ever seen.

Texas Chainsaw Massacre arrives in homes on February 18, 2022.


Uncharted

“The story is a prequel to the games, starring Holland as a younger Drake, showing us details of how he came to meet and befriend Sully.”

The Uncharted games are perfect fodder for a great movie. The video games have action, puzzles, witty dialogue and charismatic characters. Now after years of fancying a rendition, Uncharted is finally happening with the world’s most charming young man in the world, Tom Holland. His casting is good for the sequel, but Mark Wahlberg as Victor Sullivan? That is a no from me dawg.

While I don’t think Uncharted is going to be a critical success, I have a feeling it’ll please most on a surface level and lead to the potential sequel and eventual trilogy that will tie in directly to the video games.

Uncharted comes to theaters on February 18, 2022.


The Batman

“In his second year of fighting crime, Batman uncovers corruption in Gotham City that connects to his own family while facing a serial killer known as the Riddler.”

The Batman is arguably the most anticipated movie of 2022 for anyone in all walks of life. We have Robert Pattinson in the role as Bruce Wayne, but his portrayal seems far different than any iterations past. Director Matt Reeves is aiming to put something truly original in Batman interpretation on the screen. All of the trailers thus far have been badass and thematically stunning. We have yet to see a lot of Enigma (Paul Dano), but if his malevolence is going to be like that of Jigsaw, then I will play all his little games.

The Batman comes to theaters on March 4, 2022.


The Northman

“From acclaimed director Robert Eggers, The Northman is an epic revenge thriller that explores how far a Viking prince will go to seek justice for his murdered father.”

Feed all of this into my belly right now. The Northman is directed by Robert Eggers who did The Witch (2015) and The Lighthouse (2019) and now he is back with a violent revenge tale set in the time of the vikings. The cast is stacked with Alexander Skarsgård, Anya Taylor-Joy, Willem Defoe, Nicole Kidman, Ethan Hawke, and more. The day I am writing this portion of this blog the trailer dropped and it got my excitement levels up even more

The Northman is scheduled to be released in theaters on April 22, 2022.


Top Gun: Maverick

“After more than thirty years of service as one of the Navy’s top aviators, Pete Mitchell is where he belongs, pushing the envelope as a courageous test pilot and dodging the advancement in rank that would ground him.”

It’s happening. It’s finally happening. Top Gun: Maverick is finally happening. Right? Are we sure? The first trailer for Top Gun: Maverick came out in 2019 and since then there have been numerous delays. Now, this summer, we are going to hear the resounding tones and sounds of jet engines soaring across the blanket blue sky. Tom Cruise knows how to deliver in big time spots with movies, and I have faith that Top Gun: Maverick won’t be any different.

How sick of a day is it going to on May 27, 2022.


The Black Phone

“After being abducted by a child killer and locked in a soundproof basement, a 13-year-old boy starts receiving calls on a disconnected phone from the killer’s previous victims.”

I had never heard of this horror movie until I saw the movie poster which was effectively eerie. Then I saw the trailer and I was raptured. The Black Phone looks fucked up in the best way possible. Ethan Hawke gets to embrace a wacky, zany type of character and evil that will be very fun to see. The premise with the kid getting phone calls from past victims is going to lead to some crazy plot twist. Also the movie is being directed by Scott Derrickson, who directed Sinister (2012).

Answer the call of The Black Phone on June 24, 2022.


Untitled Elvis Project

“A look at the life of the legendary rock and roll star, Elvis Presley.”

There is not much to know about this Elvis project, but the fact it will be directed with the flourish of Baz Luhrmann makes it enticing to say the least. The king of rock and roll is being played by Austin Butler who is remarkably attractive but relatively unproven. This movie is going to be a test for him but I have a sneaky feeling it won’t be a chore for the audience.

According to IMDB, this movie is going to come out on June 24, 2022.


Thor: Love And Thunder

“The sequel to Thor: Ragnarok and the fourth movie in the Thor saga.”

Thor: Love And Thunder is a directly sequel to Thor: Ragnarok (2017), which is pound for pound my favorite Marvel movie. Taika Waititi is back in the directing chair and he is also helping write the story as well. Natalie Portman is returning as Jane Foster, and Matt Damon is in it (which has something to do with the Loki show which I haven’t watched yet).

Most excitingly Christian Bale is playing the villain, Gorr the God Butcher. That sounds like a badass character played by a badass actor. Pinpoint that with the duo of Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson, and sign me right the fuck up. This is about all the Marvel stock I want to own right now till further notice.

July 8th, 2022. That is when this fourth installment of Thor’s cinematic story comes to life.


Bullet Train

“Five assassins aboard a fast moving bullet train find out their missions have something in common.”

Listen, you tell me that Brad Pitt is going to be in a gang busters action movie that involves assassins and a moving train, and that is all I need to get invested.

Bullet Train is directed by David Leitch who has been involved with John Wick (2014), Atomic Blonde (2017), Deadpool 2 (2018) and Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019). All of those mentioned movies are at least very entertaining if not very good.

This latest adventure stars Pitt, Sandra Bullock, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Zazie Beetz (breakout star from this year’s The Harder They Fall), Michael Shannon and many more recognizable faces.

Bullet Train comes barreling into theaters on July 15, 2022.


Nope

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I don’t need any more information than Jordan Peele writing and directing a horror movie. Get Out (2017) is a classic and Us (2019) had one of the best horror performances ever by Lupita Nyong’o. It is anything but a nope to see Nope.

Nope is expected to be released on July 22, 2022.


Beast

“A father and his two teenage daughters find themselves hunted by a massive rogue lion intent on proving that the Savanna has but one apex predator.”

I am a sucker for killer animal movies and Beast is going to be the latest addition to this genre. You give me Idris Elba being a fatherly hero to two daughters (Iyanna Halley & Leah Jeffries) on the run from a killer lion? Yes please as thank you.

I have a feeling the character Martin Battles (Sharlto Copley) is going to die. That is my bet.

The Savanna aims to eat Idris Elba on August 19, 2022.


Mission Impossible 7

“Seventh entry in the long-running Mission: Impossible series.”

Tom Cruise is back as Ethan Hunt and Christopher McQuarrie is back directing and writing. Those are the two main ingredients you need, but let’s throw in people like Rebecca Ferguson, Cary Elwes, Vanessa Kirby (who is named White Widow which should be a straight shot at Scarlett Johansson). Rob Delaney and more just for good measure.

We have seen the stunts that Cruise and McQuarrie have pulled off together, and imagine if this seventh installment is better than Mission Impossible: Fallout (2018)? That would be absolutely bonkers. Need another viral GIF like the shoulder cock and fire.

Come September 30th, I guarantee I am going to be willing to run through a wall with all the adrenalin I’ll have.


Spider-Man: Across The Spider-Verse – Part One

“Miles Morales returns for the next chapter of the Oscar®-winning Spider-Verse saga, an epic adventure that will transport Brooklyn’s full-time, friendly neighborhood Spider-Man across the Multiverse to join forces with Gwen Stacy and a new team of Spider-People to face off with a villain more powerful than anything they have ever encountered.”

The best piece of Spider-Man property to come out in this millennium was Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse (2018). That movie has an animation style and sense of humor that one-of-a-kind. Now we are reimbursed back into that world. It is one of those few times this year upcoming year where I am just going to let a movie wash over me. That was the effect of the original, and my expectations for this sequel are sky high.

October 7th will be the day the 2023 Oscars get their Best Animated Picture front runner.


Halloween Ends

“The saga of Michael Myers and Laurie Strode comes to a spine-chilling climax in this final installment of the franchise.”

To my personal dismay, I very much disliked Halloween Kills (2021). Maybe I will grow to appreciate it a smidge more in the future, but that seems unlikely. The fact I have made it thus far means I have to continue and finish this sage to the end. Director David Gordon Green and crew have been able to make this revival an event, even if the movies aren’t entirely up to snuff. Here is to hoping that Halloween Ends (2022) returns to form for what it could be.

Halloween Ends arrives just in time for Halloween on October 14, 2022


She Said

“New York Times reporters Megan Twohey and Jodi Kantor break one of the most important stories in a generation — a story that helped launch the #MeToo movement and shattered decades of silence around the subject of sexual assault in Hollywood.”

She Said reminds me a lot of Bombshell (2019), a movie that I loved a lot more than most people than I expected. This drama is going to be gripping and hard to watch, but it is going to be an important story to get right. It is interesting that She Said is being directed by Maria Schrader, who is more known for her acting than her directing. It will be a big test for her because a lot of eyes will be on this movie.

She Said is expected to be released into theaters on November 18, 2022.


Avatar 2

“Jake Sully lives with his newfound family formed on the planet of Pandora. Once a familiar threat returns to finish what was previously started, Jake must work with Neytiri and the army of the Na’vi race to protect their planet.”

Listen, if you wait over a decade to put out a sequel to one of the most profitable movies of all time, you are going to drag me along for the ride. Who the hell knows what James Cameron has in store for Jake Sully (sam Worthington) and his cohorts. Avatar 2 also stars the likes of Sigourney Weaver, Zoe Saldana, Kate Winslet, Stephan Lang and more. Plenty of recognizable names and face what whatever is in store for this. How many more are being made after this one? Does anyone know?

Avatar 2 looks to light up the box office around Christmas on December 16, 2022.


Disappointment Blvd.

“A decades-spanning portrait of one of the most successful entrepreneurs of all time.”

Ari Aster has made two of the most disturbing horror movies this past decade with Hereditary (2018) and Midsommar (2019), so I am very excited to see what he has in store for us with Disappointment Blvd.

One of the most intriguing part about this movie is that it is a horror…comedy? I do not picture that with Aster, but hard for me to doubt him. According to IMDB, this movie was initially described as Ari Aster’s “four hour long nightmare comedy.”

You want to know someone who is good for the genre bending time of story telling? Joaquin Phoenix. And he is in this movie. So yes please and thank you!!

Disappointment Blvd. does not have a release date but it is expected in sometime 2022.


The Expendables 4

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Folks, no plot needed here. The Expendables 4 is going to be a rip-roaring success of violence, gore and horrendously cheesy dialogue.

People scrolling through this list may be shocked to see this base piece of entertainment on here, but this is a list for all people, including the nostalgia loving action adoring movie whores like myself.

The Expendables 4 has Jason Statham, Sylvester Stallone, Megan Fox, Andy Garcia, Dolph Lundgren, Iko Usaid, 50 Cent, Randy Couture, and more attached. If there are going to be more surprises, I am going to be all for it.

I don’t care if this movie is going to be a hot mess. I am going to love every second of it and you can’t stop me. Someone ping me when they firm down that 2022 date this movie is coming out because it has yet to be solidified.


Killers Of The Flower Moon

“Members of the Osage tribe in the United States are murdered under mysterious circumstances in the 1920s sparking a major F.B.I. investigation involving J. Edgar Hoover.”

Martin Scorsese. Leonardo DiCaprio, Jesse Plemons, Robert De Niro INCLUDING Brendan Fraser.

Need I say more?

No release date yet officially for Killers Of The Flower Moon.


Knives Out 2

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Knives Out (2019) has to be one of the best crowd pleasers in a long time and everyone should be as happy that director Rian Johnson is back along with Daniel Craig as Benoit Blanc.

The duo is going to be joined by the talents of Jessica Henwick (who was recently decent in The Matrix Resurrections (2021)), Madelyn Cline (who I don’t know), Karthryn Hahn (who has been rising up the ranks recently), Ethan Hawke (always good), Edward Norton (missing him), Dave Bautista (action star with comedy chops), Kate Hudson (she does exist), Leslie Odom (LET’S GOOO!!!) and Janelle Monáe (hell yea!!).

No set timetable yet on when Johnson is going to bless us again with his mysterious talents, but it will be coming to Netflix sometime in 2022.


The Pale Blue Eye

“Follows a veteran detective who investigates the murders, helped by a detail-oriented young cadet who will later become a world famous author, Edgar Allan Poe.”

You had my interest with Christian Bale, but you have my attention with Gillian Anderson.

Scott Cooper’s next movie has a very interesting premise and I am dashingly excited to see how this period piece will come out. It is based off a Louis Bayard novel that I have never heard of, but who doesn’t love a little mystery.

The Pale Blue Eye sounds dark, eerie and wonderfully up Cooper’s twisted ways. I really liked Out Of The Furnace (2013) and Hostiles (2017) is one of the best westerns I have seen in recent memory. Also, I plan on seeing Antlers (2021) as soon as it becomes available to rent.

The Pale Blue Eye will catch my eye whenever it comes out in 2022. I know that pun was terrible, just deal with it.


White Noise

“Follows a year in the life of Jack Gladney, a professor who has made his name by pioneering the field of Hitler studies.”

Noah Baumbach and Adam Driver are uniting once again for a story that has one of the most intriguing log lines I’ve read for any upcoming 2022 movie. Driver is playing Jack Gladney in a part that seems dedicated to creating depth and controversy.

This movie is based off of Don DeLillo’s book of the same name, and reading the quick three sentence summary of that book makes this movie seem like a existential dread movie where you’ll find yourself laughing at how awful thins have become.

White Noise comes out sometime in 2022.


P.S. I really wanted to put Babylon (2023) on this list, but it appears like it is going to be released in the first week of January 2023 so it just misses the cut. But I will be excited to see anything that Damien Chazelle puts on screen.


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