Now is time for the disclaimer that I note every time I make a list like this. These lists of my favorites, the “best”, my most disappointing, the “worst” are all subjective, and they are only from the movies I have seen. I have watched over 250 movies last year, but not all from the 2022 calendar year. It is a delicate thing to blend wanting to catch up on old classics and wanting to stay current.

Below are the five Most SURPRISING movies released in the calendar year of 2022.


Director: Janus Metz
Writer: Olen Steinhauer
Staring: Chris Pine, Thandiwe Newton, Laurence Fishburne, Jonathan Pryce
Release Date: April 8, 2022


Director: Emerson Moore
Writers: Emerson Moore, Joshua Dobkin, Sean Wathen
Staring: Jordan Claire Robbins, Theo Rossi, Shane West
Release Date: May 6, 2022

Fire Island

Director: Andrew Ahn
Writer: Joel Kim Booster
Staring: Joel Kim Booster, Bowen Yang, Margaret Cho, Conrad Ricamora, James Scully, Tomas Matos
Release Date: June 3, 2022


Director: Damien Power
Writers: Andrew Barrer, Gabriel Ferrari, Taylor Adams
Staring: Havana Rose Liu, Danny Ramirez, David Rysdahl, Mila Harris, Dennis Haybert, Dale Dickey
Release Date: February 25, 2022


Director: La-Van Kiet
Writers: Ben Lustig, Jake Thornton
Staring: Joey King, Olga Kurylenko, Dominic Cooper, Veronica Ngo
Release Date: July 1, 2022

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