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After nearly two years of shuttered movie theaters due to the COVID-19 pandemic, most film productions are now back on schedule, Hollywood studios are cranking out film after film, and seats are filling back up. We’ve already seen the release of box-office action flicks, like The Batman, and streaming services have delivered incredibly heartwarming films, such as Turning Red on Disney+. But we’re only a few months into the year. So although some of the best movies of 2022 have already debuted, there’s still so many top-tier films to look forward to.
The best movies of 2022 so far include cute romances that you can watch now, spine-chilling new horror flicks, gripping thrillers, and everything in between. The Marvel Cinematic Universe continues to expand as the next highly anticipated installments of franchises arrive, including Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness and Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. All in all, there are a number of noteworthy films making their debut throughout the year and there’s something for every moviegoer.
Grab a bowl of popcorn, pick out your favorite candy, and don’t forget the theater tickets — or your Netflix login — because in this roundup, you’ll find something exceptional to watch for your next big movie night.
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Elle Woods is back! Well she’s almost back, at least. Everyone’s favorite Harvard Law graduate is expected to return to the silver screen in May of this year, after Reese Witherspoon — a.k.a Elle Woods herself — confirmed Legally Blonde 3 back in June 2018. Not many details are known about the franchise’s third installment, but we do know that Reese and Jennifer Coolidge (who plays Pauline Parcelle) will reprise their roles, and Mindy Kaling is writing the script.
Release date: May 20, 2022
The first trailer for Jordan Peele’s latest horror film, Nope, dropped on February 13, and appears to be as bone-chilling as his previous projects, Get Out and Us. Not many specific details are revealed, but it mainly focuses on Keke Palmer and Daniel Kaluuya’s characters. A dark, ominous cloud circling overhead seems to suggest that some evil forces are at play, as Keke, Daniel, and Steven Yeun’s characters stare up to the sky in sheer horror. Barbie Ferreira, Brandon Perea, and Michael Wincott also join the cast.
Release date: July 22, 2022
In this psychological thriller from Olivia Wilde, Alice (Florence Pugh) and Jack (Harry Styles) are husband and wife living in a utopian village in 1950s California. This dark and twisted tale shows the breakdown of Alice and Jack’s marriage as Alice begins to worry that her husband is concealing a deadly secret. While we wait for the first full-length trailer to drop, check out the film’s teaser trailer here.
Release date: September 23, 2022
29 years after the original film premiered, the Sanderson Sisters are back to cause chaos in modern day Salem, Massachusetts. But this time, Max Dennison isn’t the reason for their return — rather, three high school teens (portrayed by Lilia Buckingham, Belissa Escobedo, and Gossip Girl’s Whitney Peak) accidentally conjure them up. Bette Midler, Kathy Najimy, and Sarah Jessica Parker have reprised their roles as Winifred, Mary, and Sarah Sanderson, and producer Adam Shankman has confirmed that filming has wrapped.
Release date: October 2022
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever
The sequel to 2018’s Black Panther returns to theaters this fall. The film will further explore the world created in the first film, although details of the plot have been kept under wraps. Most of the cast is set to return, including Letitia Wright, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Daniel Kaluuya, Angela Bassett, Martin Freeman, and Winston Duke. However one iconic character will be missing, as actor Chadwick Boseman, who portrayed T’Challa, the King of Wakanda, passed away in August 2020.
Release date: November 11, 2022
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