The Year Ahead in Film: What to Watch in 2022

Upcoming films 2022

The world might still be trying to recover from the insanity of what just happened in 2021, but that doesn’t mean we’re above a good old cinema trip. Now that cinemas are open and films are getting released, we’ve got a backlog of major releases waiting to see the light of day. Here’s the films you need to know and check out – of course release dates are subject to change, but as of now this is how things are looking for the year ahead.

 

JANUARY

LICORICE PIZZA

Licorice Pizza

Comedy / Drama

Dir. Paul Thomas Anderson

Starring: Alana Haim, Cooper Hoffman, Bradley Cooper, Sean Penn, John C. Reilly, Maya Rudolph, Tom Waits, Emma Dumont, Benny Safdie

Plot: The story of Alana Kane and Gary Valentine growing up, running around and going through the treacherous navigation of first love in the San Fernando Valley, 1973.

Expect: Jesse Plemons to be livid Hoffman’s own son stole his gig.

THE 355

Action / Thriller

Dir. Simon Kinberg

Starring: Jessica Chastain, Lupita Nyong’o, Diane Kruger, Penelope Cruz, Sebastian Stan, Edgar Ramirez, Bingbing Fan

Plot: When a top-secret weapon falls into mercenary hands, a wild card CIA agent joins forces with three intentional agents on a mission to retrieve it.

Expect: Moderate peril, but probably a few decent jokes.

CYRANO

Cyrano Peter Dinklage

Drama / Musical / Romance

Dir. Joe Wright

Starring: Peter Dinklage, Haley Bennett, Ben Mendelsohn, Kelvin Harrison Jr, Bashir Salahuddin

Plot: Too self-conscious to woo Roxanne himself, wordsmith Cyrano de Bergerac helps young Christian nab her heart through love letters.

Expect: Dinklage on top form.

SCREAM

Horror / Mystery / Thriller

Dir. Matt Bettinelli-Oplin & Tyler Gillet

Starring: Neve Campbell, Courtney Cox, David Arquette, Marley Shelton, Melissa Barrera, Jenna Ortega, Dylan Minnette, Jack Quaid

Plot: Twenty-five years after the original series of murders in Woodsboro, a new killer emerges, and Sidney Prescott must return to uncover the truth.

Expect: It’s a SCREAM baby

BELFAST

Drama

Dir. Kenneth Branagh

Starring: Jude Hill, Lewis McAskie, Caitriona Balfe, Jamie Dornan, Judi Dench, Ciaran Hinds, Colin Morgan

Plot: A young boy and his working class family experience the tumultuous late 1960s in Northern Ireland.

Expect: A swathe of BAFTAs.

NIGHTMARE ALLEY

Action / Crime / Drama / Thriller

Dir. Guillermo del Toro

Starring: Bradley Cooper, Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara, Toni Collette, Willem Dafoe, Paul Anderson, Tim Blake Nelson, Mary Steenburgen, Ron Perlman, Holt McCallany, David Strathairn, Jim Beaver, Richard Jenkins

Plot: An ambitious carny with a talent for manipulating people with a few well-chosen words hooks up with a female psychiatrist who is even more dangerous than he is.

Expect: The notorious GDT to bring us a new masterpiece.

THE BLACK PHONE

The Black Phone

Horror

Dir. Scott Derrickson

Starring: Ethan Hawke, James Ransome, Jeremy Davies, Madeleine McGraw, Mason Thames, J. Gaven Wilde

Plot: 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.

Expect: To crap your pants

MORBIUS

Action / Drama / Horror

Dir. Daniel Espinosa

Starring: Jared Leto, Adria Arjona, Matt Smith, Jared Harris, Tyrese Gibson, Michael Keaton

Plot: Biochemist Michael Morbius tries to cure himself of a rare blood disease, but he inadvertently infects himself with a form of vampirism instead.

Expect: The return of Leto’s emo phase

OPERATION FORTUNE: RUSE DE GUERRE

Action / Comedy / Thriller

Dir. Guy Ritchie

Starring: Jason Statham, Audrey Plaza, Cary Elwes, Josh Hartnett, Hugh Grant, Eddie Marsan

Plot: Special agent Orson Fortune and his team of operatives recruit one of Hollywood’s biggest movie stars to help them on an undercover mission when the sale of a deadly new weapons technology threatens to disrupt the world order.

Expect: Hugh Grant is going to have a wale of a time.

 

FEBRUARY

THE EYES OF TAMMY FAYE

THE EYES OF TAMMY FAYE

Biography / Drama / History

Dir. Michael Showalter

Starring: Jessica Chastain, Andrew Garfield, Cherry Jones, Vincent D’Onofrio, Mark Wystrach, Sam Jaeger

Plot: An intimate look at the extraordinary rise, fall and redemption of televangelist Tammy Faye Bakker.

Expect: In Chastain we trust

MOONFALL

Action / Science Fiction

Dir. Roland Emmerich

Starring: Halle Berry, Patrick Wilson, John Bradley, Michael Pena, Donald Sutherland, Charlie Plummer, Wenwen Yu

Plot: A mysterious force knocks the moon from it’s orbit around Earth and sends it hurtling on a collision course with life as we know it.

Expect: Moonfaaaaaall, let it crumble

JACKASS FOREVER

Comedy

Dir. Jeff Tremaine

Starring: Johnny Knoxville, Steve-O, Chris Pontius, Wee-Man, Dave England, Jeff Tremaine

Plot: Those idiots go about hurting themselves for laughs.

Expect: “Hi my name’s Johnny Knoxville and this is the try not to die challenge”

UNCHARTED

Uncharted 2022

Action / Adventure

Dir. Ruben Fleischer

Starring: Tom Holland, Mark Wahlberg, Sophia Ali, Tati Gabrielle, Antonio Banderas

Plot: Prequel to the video game series in which adventurer Nathan Drake meets Sully and hunt for a treasure.

Expect: Tomb raiding, but with a woefully miscast Mark Wahlberg

DEATH ON THE NILE

Crime / Drama / Mystery

Dir. Kenneth Branagh

Starring: Kenneth Branagh, Gal Gadot, Armie Hammer, Tom Bateman, Emma Mackey, Rose Leslie, Sophie Okonedo, Annette Bening, Jennifer Saunders, Dawn French, Russell Brand, Ali Fazal. Letitia Wright, Adam Garcia

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

Expect: Murder most foul, moustache most glorious

AMBULANCE

Action / Thriller

Dir. Michael Bay

Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Eiza Gonzalez, Devan Long, Garret Dillahunt

Plot: Two robbers steal an ambulance after their heist goes awry.

Expect: Total unbridled Bayhem.

 

MARCH

ALI & AVA

Ali-and-Ava

Drama

Dir. Clio Barnard

Starring: Adeel Akhtar, Claire Rushbrook, Ellora Torchia, Shaun Thomas, Natalie Gavin

Plot: Ali & Ava both lonely for different reasons, meet and sparks fly.

Expect: Brit-flick of the year

THE BATMAN

Action / Crime / Thriller

Dir. Matt Reeves

Starring: Robert Pattinson, Zoe Kravitz, Andy Serkis, Paul Dano, Peter Sarsgaard, Colin Farrell, Jeffrey Wright, Barry Keoghan, John Turturro

Plot: 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.

Expect: Se7en by way of comic books – awesome.

TURNING RED

Animation / Comedy

Dir. Domee Shi

Starring: (voice) Rosalie Chiang, Sandra Oh

Plot: A 13-year old girl turns into a giant red panda whenever she gets too excited.

Expect: Fur for the whole family.

DOWNTON ABBEY: A NEW ERA

Drama

Dir. Simon Curtis

Starring: Hugh Bonneville, Maggie Smith, Joanne Forggat, Michelle Dockery, Elizabeth McGovern, Dominic West, Tuppence Middleton, Imelda Staunton, Laura Haddock, Phyllis Logan, Penelope Wilton, Jim Carter, Allen Leech

Plot: The Downton staff received a royal visit from the King and Queen of Great Britain

Expect: Quaint manners, low stakes

THE LOST CITY

Action / Comedy

Dir. Aaron Nee & Adam Nee

Starring: Brad Pitt, Sandra Bullock, Daniel Radcliffe, Channing Tatum

Plot: A reclusive romance novelist on a book tour with her cover model gets swept up in kidnapping attempt that lands them both in a cutthroat jungle adventure.

Expect: Romancing the Raiders of the Uncharted Tomb

 

APRIL

THE BAD GUYS

The Bad Guys 2022

Animation / Adventure / Comedy

Dir. Pierre Perifel

Starring: (voice) Sam Rockwell, Awkwafina, Anthony Ramos, Marc Maron, Craig Robinson, Zazie Beetz, Alex Borstein, Richard Ayoade

Plot: Mr Wolf, Mr Snake, Mr Piranha, Mr Shark and Ms Tarantula hatch a plot to pull off the ultimate heist.

Expect: There’s the wolf guy, shedding skin a lot guy, snappy snappy fish guy, Deep Blue Sea alumni, but the spider is a baaaaaad guy… duh.

SONIC THE HEDGEHOG 2

Action / Adventure / Comedy

Dir. Jeff Fowler

Starring: Jim Carrey, James Marsden, Tika Sumpter, Natasha Rothwell, Adam Pally, (voice) Ben Schwartz, Idris Elba

Plot: Sequel to the 2020 film.

Expect: A sexy sexy Echidna

THE NORTHMAN

Action / Adventure / Drama

Dir. Robert Eggers

Starring: Anya Taylor-Joy, Alexander Skarsgard, Nicole Kidman, Ethan Hawke, Willem Dafoe, Ralph Ineson, Kate Dickie

Plot: An epic revenge thriller that explores how far a viking prince will go to seek justice for his murdered father.

Expect: Take the weird carriage way all the way down the A24

FANTASTIC BEASTS: THE SECRETS OF DUMBLEDORE

Adventure / Family / Fantasy

Dir. David Yates

Starring: Mads Mikkelsen, Jude Law, Ezra Miller, Katherine Waterson, Eddie Redmayne, Callum Turner, Alison Sudol, Dan Fogler, Jessica Williams

Plot: Third instalment in the series

Expect: A decided lack of trans-people

Read our review of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.

 

THE PHANTOM OF THE OPEN

The Phantom of the Open

Comedy / Drama / Sport

Dir. Craig Roberts

Starring: Mark Rylance, Rhys Ifans, Sally Hawkins, Mark Lewis Jones

Plot: The story of golfer Maurice Flitcroft whose performance at the 1976 British Open Golf Championship made him a legend.

Expect: A triumphant story of true brilliance

THE UNBEARABLE WEIGHT OF MASSIVE TALENT

Comedy

Dir. Tom Gormican

Starring: Nicolas Cage, Pedro Pascal, Neil Patrick Harris, Tiffany Haddish, Sharon Horgan, Lily Mo Sheen

Plot: A cash-strapped Nicolas Cage agrees to make a paid appearance at a billionaire super fan’s birthday party, but is recruited by the CIA to uncover the billionaires drug ring.

Expect: Less Nicolas Rage more Nicolas range.

BENEDETTA

Drama

Dir. Paul Verhoeven

Starring: Virginie Efira, Charlotte Rampling, Daphne Patakia, Lambert Wilson, Olivier Rabourdin

Plot: A 17th-Century nun in Italy suffers from disturbing religious and erotic visions.

Expect: So much controversy it’s enough to make you need a wank.

 

MAY

DOCTOR STRANGE IN THE MULTIVERSE OF MADNESS

Doctor Strange 2022

Action / Adventure / Fantasy

Dir. Sam Raimi

Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch, Elizabeth Olsen, Rachel McAdams, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Benedict Wong, Xochitl Gomez

Plot: Story is unknown

Expect: Mind-bending madness

DC LEAGUE OF SUPER-PETS

Animation / Action / Adventure

Dir. Jared Stern & Sam Levine

Starring: Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Kate McKinnon, John Krasinski, Vanessa Bayer, Natasha Lyonne, Diego Luna, Keanu Reeves, Jameela Jamil, Marc Maron

Plot: Superman’s dog teams up with a flying cat to stop crime while Superman is on vacation.

Expect: Shedding on the carpet

TOP GUN: MAVERICK

Dir. Joseph Kosinski

Starring: Tom Cruise, Jennifer Connelly, Miles Teller, Val Kilmer, Jon Hamm, Ed Harris, Lewis Pullman

Plot: After more than thirty years of service as one of the Navy’s top aviators, Pete Mitchell is where he belongs, avoiding an advancement that would ground him.

Expect: The need for speed.

JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 4

Action / Thriller

Dir. Chad Stahelski

Starring: Keanu Reeves, Donnie Yen, Bill Skarsgard, Laurence Fishburne, Hiroyuki Sanada, Lance Reddick, Ian McShane, Natalie Tena, Clancy Brown

Plot: Plot is unknwon

Expect: Gun-fu fighting

 

JUNE

JURASSIC WORLD: DOMINION

Jurassic World Dominion

Action / Adventure / Science Fiction

Dir. Colin Trevorrow

Starring: Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum, Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Daniella Pineda, BD Wong, Dichen Lachman, DeWanda Wise, Justice Smith, Omar Sy, Isabella Sermon, Campbell Scott

Plot: Unknown at this time

Expect: Life to uh… find a way.

LIGHTYEAR

Animation / Action / Adventure

Dir. Angus MacLane

Starring: (voice) Chris Evans

Plot: The story of Buzz Lightyear and his adventures to infinity and beyond.

Expect: Who the hell knows?

 

JULY

ELVIS

Elvis film 2022

Biography / Drama

Dir. Baz Luhrmann

Starring: Tom Hanks, Austin Butler, Olive DeJonge, Dacre Montgomery, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Richard Roxburgh, David Wenham, Kelvin Harrison Jr, Kate Mulvany

Plot: A look at the life of the legendary King of RocknRoll.

Expect: Being all shook up.

TRANSFORMERS: RISE OF THE BEASTS

Action / Adventure / Science Fiction

Dir. Steven Caple Jr

Starring: Anthony Ramos, Dominique Fishback, Luna Lauren Velez (voice) Ron Perlman, Peter Cullen

Plot: Spin-off based on the toys.

Expect: Big robots in disguise as bigger robots probably.

MINIONS: THE RISE OF GRU

Animation / Adventure / Comedy

Dir. Kyle Balda & Brad Ableson & Jonathan del Val

Starring: (voice) Steve Carell, Pierre Coffin, Taraji P. Henson, Jean-Claude van Damme, Michelle Yeoh, Dolph Lundgren, Lucy Lawless, Danny Trejo, RZA, Julie Andrews, Russell Brand, Alan Arkin

Plot: The untold story of one twelve-year-old’s dream to become the world’s greatest supervillain.

Expect: More minions memes on your aunts facebook page that make no sense.

THOR: LOVE AND THUNDER

Action / Adventure / Fantasy

Dir. Taika Waititi

Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Tessa Thompson, Natalie Portman, Christian Bale, Chris Pratt, Jaimie Alexander, Karen Gillan, Taika Waititi, Sean Gunn, Simon Russell Beale

Plot: The next step in the saga of Thor.

Expect: To be… THUNDER STRUCK!

NOPE

Fantasy / Horror / Thriller

Dir. Jordan Peele

Starring: Steven Yeun, Daniel Kaluuya, Keke Palmer, Barbie Ferreira, Donna Mills, Michael Wincott

Plot: No plot given

Expect: It’s a JP joint so it’s going to be singular but who knows?

BULLET TRAIN

Action / Thriller

dir. David Lietch

Starring: Brad Pitt, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Joey King, Zazie Beetz, Brian Tyree Henry, Masi Oka, Andrew Koji, Michael Shannon, Logan Lerman, Hiroyuki Sanada, Karen Fukuhara, Sandra Bullock, Bad Bunny

Plot: Five assassins find themselves on a Japanese bullet train, realising that their individual assignments are all interconnected.

Expect: Still less stressful than going by Southern Rail

 

AUGUST

BLACK ADAM

Black Adam 2022

Action / Fantasy / Science Fiction

Dir. Jaume Collet-Serra

Starring: Dwayne Johnson, Pierce Brosnan, Sarah Shahi, Noah Centineo, Aldis Hodge, Marwan Kenzari, Quintessa Swinfell

Plot: Before there was Shazam! there was Black Adam, a champion of the Wizard’s choosing who fell from grace.

Expect: The DCEU to never be the same again.

SECRET HEADQUARTERS

Action / Adventure / Science Fiction

Dir. Henry Joost & Ariel Schulman

Starring: Owen Wilson, Jesse Williams, Michael Pena,

Plot: Young Charlie Kincaid discovers a secret headquarters under his home that seems to belong to a superhero.

Expect: Potentially something really special.

BEAST

Thriller

Dir. Baltasar Kormakur

Starring: Idris Elba, Sharlto Copley, Iyana Halley, Leah Jeffries

Plot: 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.

Expect: A hefty dose of Elba fighting a lion like a boss.

THE MAN FROM TORONTO

Action / Comedy

Dir. Patrick Hughes

Starring: Kaley Cuoco, Woody Harrelson, Kevin Hart, Ellen Barkin

Plot: The world’s deadliest assassin and New York’s biggest screw-up are mistaken for each other at an Airbnb rental.

Expect: Plenty of Kevin Hart yelling.

OH HELL NO

Comedy

Dir. Kita Sakurai

Starring: Jack Black

Plot: Sherman falls in love with Will’s mother

Expect: Could be really funny.

 

SEPTEMBER

SALEM’S LOT

Salems Lot 2022 film

Horror

Dir. Gary Dauberman

Starring: Lewis Pullman, Makenzie Leigh, Spencer Treat Clark, Alfre Woodard, Bill Camp, John Benjamin Hickey, William Sadler, Pilou Asbaek

Plot: A writer travels to a town where the people are becoming vampires.

Expect: A real bite in the neck.

UNTITLED GEORGE FOREMAN BIOPIC

Biography / Drama / Sport

Dir. George Tillman Jr.

Starring: Khris Davis, Sullivan Jones

Plot: The life and career of George Foreman

Expect: Let’s hope the film doesn’t get a grilling…

DON’T WORRY DARLING

Crime / Drama

Dir. Olivia Wilde

Starring: Florence Pugh, Gemma Chan, Olivia Wilde, Chris Pine, Harry Styles, Nick Kroll, KiKi Layne

Plot: A 1950’s housewife living with her husband in a Utopian experimental community begins to worry that his glamorous company may be hiding disturbing secrets.

Expect: More Pugh cooking videos on Insta!

DARK HARVEST

Horror

Dir. David Slade

Starring: Elizabeth Reaser, Luke Kirby, Jeremy Davies, Emyri Crutchfield

Plot: A legendary monster called October Boy terrorises residents in a small Midwestern town when he rises from the cornfields every Halloween with his butcher knife and makes his way toward those who are brave enough to confront him.

Expect: A monstrous delight.

 

OCTOBER

MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE 7

Mission-Impossible-7

Action / Thriller

Dir. Christopher McQuarrie

Starring: Tom Cruise, Rebecca Ferguson, Simon Pegg, Ving Rhames, Cary Elwes, Hayley Atwell, Vanessa Kirby, Pom Klementieff, Indira Varma, Rob Delaney, Shea Whigham, Esai Morales, Mark Gatiss, Henry Czerny

Plot: Seventh entry into the series

Expect: Cruise to kill himself on one of these films

SPIDER-MAN: ACROSS THE SPIDER-VERSE (Part One)

Animation / Adventure

Dir. Joaquim Dos Santos & Kemp Powers & Justin K. Thompson

Starring: (voice) Shameik Moore, Hailee Steinfeld, Issa Rae, Oscar Isaac

Plot: Sequel to Into the Spider-Verse

Expect: Visually it’ll be spectacular, hopefully the story matches it also.

HALLOWEEN ENDS

Horror

Dir. David Gordon Green

Starring: Jamie Lee Curtis, Andi Matichak, James Jude Courtney, Nick Castle

Plot: The saga of Laurie and Michael comes to an end.

Expect: £20.00 says it doesn’t end.

 

NOVEMBER

THE FLASH

Action / Fantasy

Dir. Andy Muschietti

Starring: Ezra Miller, Ben Affleck, Michael Keaton, Ron Livingston, Temuera Morrison, Kiersey Clemons, Sasha Calle, Saoirse-Monica Jackson, Maribel Verdu, Rudy Mancuso

Plot: The Flash creates alternate universes and faces a threat from his past.

Expect: Fast paced action

BLACK PANTHER: WAKANDA FOREVER

Action / Adventure

Dir. Ryan Coogler

Starring: Letitia Wright, Martin Freeman, Angela Bassett, Daniel Kaluuya, Lupita Nyong’o, Winston Duke, Michaela Coel, Tenoch Huerta, Florence Kasumba

Plot: Unknown at this time

Expect: A moving tribute to a titan gone too soon.

 

DECEMBER

LYLE, LYLE, CROCODILE

Animation / Comedy / Family

Dir. Josh Gordon & Will Speck

Starring: (voice) Javier Bardem, Brett Gelman, Constance Wu, Winslow Fegley, Ron DiPetta,

Plot: Feature film based on the children’s book about a crocodile that lives in New York City.

Expect: The Croc of Wall Street

MATILDA

Comedy / Drama / Musical

Dir. Matthew Warchus

Starring: Emma Thompson, Andrea Riseborough, Lashana Lynch, Stephen Graham, Alisha Weir

Plot: An adaptation of the stage musical, itself taken from the beloved book by Roald Dahl.

Expect: I’m smart, you’re dumb, I’m old, you’re young.

AVATAR 2

Action / Adventure / Science Fiction

Dir. James Cameron

Starring: Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Kate Winslet, Sigourney Weaver, Vin Diesel, Stephen Lang, Jermaine Clement, Michelle Yeoh, Edie Falco, Giovanni Ribisi, Oona Chaplin, Cliff Curtis, CCH Pounder

Plot: A sequel the the behemoth 2009 film.

Expect: A crazy amount of hype, hopefully the world hasn’t moved on from Pandora.

AQUAMAN AND THE LOST KINGDOM

Action / Adventure / Fantasy

Dir. James Wan

Starring: Jason Momoa, Temuera Morrison, Nicole Kidman, Patrick Wilson, Amber Heard, Dolph Lundgren, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Indra Moore, Randall Park, Pilou Asbaek, Vincent Regan, Jani Zhao

Plot: A sequel to the 2018 hit.

Expect: Wet, wet, wet.

 

NETFLIX (UNDATED)

THE ADAM PROJECT

Action / Adventure / Science Fiction

Dir. Shawn Levy

Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Zoe Saldana, Catherine Keener, Jennifer Garner, Mark Ruffalo, Walker Scobell

Plot: A man must travel back in time to get help from his 13-year-old self.

Expect: Maybe something a little different from the man who morphed into Deadpool.

THE MOTHER

Action / Thriller

Dir. Niki Caro

Starring: Gael Garcia Bernal, Jennifer Lopez, Omari Hardwick, Joseph Fiennes, Paul Raci

Plot: While fleeing from dangerous assailants, an assassin comes out of hiding to protect her daughter she left earlier in life.

Expect: One bad mother mother.

ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT

Action / Drama / War

Dir. Edward Berger

Starring: Daniel Bruhl, Albrecht Schuch, Sebastian Hulk, Edin Hasanovic, Anton von Lucke, David Striesow

Plot: A young German soldier’s terrifying experiences and distress on the western front during World War I.

Expect: It’d be a bigger hit if 90-year-olds knew how to use Netflix.

BLONDE

Biography / Drama

Dir. Andrew Dominik

Starring: Ana de Armas, Adrien Brody, Bobby Cannavale, Garrett Hedlund, Scoot McNairy, Sara Paxton, Julianne Nicholson, Toby Huss, Lucy DeVito

Plot: A fictionalised chronicle of the inner life of Marilyn Monroe.

Expect: de Armas Oscar Campaign starts here

HAVOC

Action / Thriller

Dir. Gareth Evans

Starring: Tom Hardy, Timothy Olyphant, Forest Whitaker, Jessie Mei Li, Luis Guzman, Richard Harrington

Plot: After a drug deal goes wrong, a bruised detective must fight his way through a criminal underworld to rescue a politician’s estranged son, while unravelling a deep web of corruption.

Expect: No word on Hardy’s accent, but he is going to knock some heads together.

KNIVES OUT 2

Ana-de-Armas-in-Knives-Out

Ana-de-Armas-in-Knives Out (2019).

Comedy / Crime / Thriller

Dir. Daniel Craig, Dave Bautista, Ethan Hawke, Kathryn Hahn, Edward Norton, Jessica Henwick, Kate Hudson, Madelyn Cline, Leslie Odom Jr, Janelle Monae

Plot: Unknown

Expect: I suspect… a-list talent.

Read our review of Knives Out.

 

MR HARRIGAN’S PHONE

Horror

Dir. John Lee Hancock

Starring: Donald Sutherland, Jaeden Martell, Kirby Howell-Baptiste, Joe Tippett, Peggy J. Scott

Plot: When Mr Harrigan dies, the teen who befriended him puts his smart phone in his pocket before burial and when the lonely youth leaves his dead friend a message, he’s shocked to find he’s gotten one in return.

Expect: A melancholic spook fest.

PINOCCHIO

Animation / Drama / Family

Dir. Guillermo del Toro & Mark Gustafson

Starring: (voice) Gregory Mann, Tilda Swinton, Finn Wolfhard, Cate Blanchett, Ewan McGregor, Christoph Waltz, Ron Perlman, Tim Blake Nelson, David Bradley, John Turturro

Plot: A darker version of the classic fairytale of a wooden puppet that transformers into a real boy.

Expect: The only lie would be to say that del Toro won’t deliver.

TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE

Leatherface Jedidiah Sawyer Texas Chainsaw Massacre

The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974).

Dir. David Blue Garcia

Starring: Alice Krige, Elsie Fisher, Nell Hudson, William Hope, Moe Dunford, Sarah Yarkin, Jacob Latimore

Plot: Unknown

Expect: A massacre with chainsaws hopefully.

THE GRAY MAN

Action / Thriller

Dir. Anthony Russo & Joe Russo

Starring: Chris Evans, Ana de Armas, Ryan Gosling, Billy Bob Thornton, Jessica Henwick, Rege-Jean Page, Wagner Moura, Alfre Woodard, Scott Haze, Robert Kazinsky, Julia Butters, Callan Mulvey, DeObia Oparei,

Plot: In Europe, a CIA operative-turned-assassin looks to evade a mysterious force as he tries to save the lives of the daughters who don’t know he exists.

Expect: Some heads knocked together and a washed out colour palette.

THE GOOD NURSE

Crime / Drama / Mystery

Dir. Tobias Lindholm

Starring: Jessica Chastain, Eddie Redmayne, Kim Dickens, Noah Emmerich, Ajax Nadir, Nnamdi Asomugha

Plot: An infamous caregiver is implicated in the deaths of hundreds of hospital patients.

Expect: Better treatment with Bupa.

WENDELL AND WILD

Animation / Comedy / Fantasy

Dir. Henry Selick

Starring: (voice) Jordan Peele, Keegan-Michael Key

Plot: Two scheming demon brothers – Wendell and Wild – must face their arch-nemesis, the demon-dusting nun sister Helly, and her two acolytes, the goth teens Kat and Raoul.

Expect: This could be a really special film if it works.

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