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Best Movies of 2022 Ranked

Welcome to the best-reviewed movies of 2022! All eyes are on the film slate as 2022 represents the first year since the pandemic lockdown that saw theaters back at full capacity. The year started strong with Scream in January, becoming the first Certified Fresh movie in the franchise since 1997’s Scream 2.

Spring saw a string of critical hits, including the dark crime epic on The Batman , the spirited YA comedy  Turning Red from Pixar , and two from A24 : Some throwback horror with X , and Everything Everywhere All At Once , which would become A24’s biggest box office hit, surpassing  Hereditary.

Of course, no story about the state of movies in 2022 is complete without full mention of  Top Gun: Maverick . With afterburners activated, the crowd-pleasing blockbuster set records across the board, including an easy landing on the coveted billion-dollar movie hall of fame .

More headline-grabbing films include another great Adam Sandler dramatic turn in Netflix’s  Hustle , the surprise  Predator return-to-form prequel  Prey , the latest from auteurs Jordan Peele and Robert Eggers ( Nope and  The Northman , respectively), and  Jujutsu Kaisen 0 , which sees anime continuing to make inroads with critics and at the box office.

Read on for the best movies of 2022, ranked! (And for more, explore the best movies of previous years with our guides on 2021 , 2020 , 2019 , and 2018 .) — Alex Vo

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No Bears (2022) 100%

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Happening (2021) 99%

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Marcel the Shell with Shoes On (2021) 98%

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Girl Picture (2022) 99%

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Till (2022) 96%

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The Quiet Girl (2022) 96%

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Jujutsu Kaisen 0: The Movie (2021) 98%

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Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom (2019) 98%

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The Banshees of Inisherin (2022) 96%

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Guillermo del Toro's Pinocchio (2022) 97%

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The Duke (2020) 97%

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Hellbender (2021) 97%

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Beavis and Butt-Head Do the Universe (2022) 97%

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Great Freedom (2021) 97%

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To Leslie (2022) 93%

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Top Gun: Maverick (2022) 96%

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Official Competition (2021) 96%

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The Innocents (2021) 96%

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EO (2022) 97%

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Neptune Frost (2021) 96%

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Sissy (2022) 96%

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Lingui, The Sacred Bonds (2021) 96%

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Saloum (2021) 96%

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Utama (2022) 96%

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A Wounded Fawn (2022) 96%

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Everything Everywhere All at Once (2022) 93%

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Turning Red (2022) 95%

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Aftersun (2022) 96%

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Living (2022) 96%

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Puss in Boots: The Last Wish (2022) 95%

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Belle (2021) 95%

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A Love Song (2022) 95%

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Hit the Road (2021) 95%

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RRR (2022) 95%

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Gagarine (2020) 95%

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The Justice of Bunny King (2021) 95%

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The Woman King (2022) 94%

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X (2022) 94%

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Emily the Criminal (2022) 94%

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Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris (2022) 94%

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Broker (2022) 94%

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Fire Island (2022) 94%

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The Sea Beast (2022) 94%

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Enola Holmes 2 (2022) 94%

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Ali & Ava (2021) 94%

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Clara Sola (2021) 95%

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The Long Walk (2019) 96%

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Prey (2022) 93%

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Decision to Leave (2022) 94%

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Good Luck to You, Leo Grande (2022) 93%

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Hustle (2022) 93%

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Benediction (2021) 93%

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You Won't Be Alone (2022) 93%

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Compartment No. 6 (2021) 93%

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Nitram (2021) 93%

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Vortex (2021) 93%

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The Fallout (2021) 93%

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The Pink Cloud (2021) 93%

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Lost Illusions (2021) 93%

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You Resemble Me (2021) 94%

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Bull (2021) 93%

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Everything Went Fine (2021) 91%

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Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery (2022) 92%

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Barbarian (2022) 93%

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Emergency (2022) 92%

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All Quiet on the Western Front (2022) 90%

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Hatching (2022) 92%

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Kimi (2022) 92%

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The Good Boss (2021) 93%

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My Old School (2022) 92%

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Roald Dahl's Matilda the Musical (2022) 92%

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Close (2022) 92%

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God's Creatures (2022) 90%

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Catch the Fair One (2021) 92%

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The Righteous (2021) 92%

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Slash/Back (2022) 92%

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Pearl (2022) 92%

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Apollo 10 1/2: A Space Age Childhood (2022) 91%

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We're All Going to the World's Fair (2021) 91%

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Piggy (2022) 92%

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Mad God (2021) 91%

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Murina (2021) 91%

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Dinner in America (2020) 91%

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Something In The Dirt (2022) 91%

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Deadstream (2022) 91%

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A Chiara (2021) 91%

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INU-OH (2021) 91%

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The Stranger (2022) 91%

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Tár (2022) 90%

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After Yang (2021) 90%

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Women Talking (2022) 90%

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Nanny (2022) 90%

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Werewolf by Night (2022) 90%

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Anaïs in Love (2021) 90%

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Vesper (2022) 90%

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What Josiah Saw (2021) 90%

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The Tale of King Crab (2021) 90%

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New movies 2022: release dates, casts, plots and everything we know about the year's most anticipated movies

New movies 2022: calendar for all the upcoming film release dates.

New Movies 2022

Moved out of 2022

Here's our new movies 2022 release dates calendar for all the remaining big films of the year. 

2022 has had some huge hits, with Top Gun: Maverick proving to be the biggest film of the year so far. Can anything beat Tom Cruise and co?

We have a series of in-depth guides to these huge films, such as our guide to the much-talked-about She Said .

We will regularly update our new movies 2022 guide — see also our new TV shows in 2022 guide — as release dates are changed, fresh plot details are teased and new films are announced. 

So, whether you're looking forward to seeing Daniel Craig in Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery or desperate to know when Avatar 2 is out , we've got you covered... also if you like a bit of cinema history check out our best movie posters of all time guide.

Check out our new movies 2023 guide for movies coming out in 2023.

Our new movies 2022 calendar

The 355 is a new spy thriller boasting a star-studded cast. It follows a group of international agents who join forces to recover a top-secret weapon.

Our The 355 review verdict: "Action, yes. Thrills, no. This soulless spy ensemble lets down the formidable women at its helm."

Sidney Prescott, Gale Weathers and Dewey Riley reunite in the new Scream movie. Now, 25 years after the first string of murders shocked Woodsboro, a new killer is targeting unsuspecting teenagers... there's already a Scream trailer to enjoy.

Our Scream (2022) review verdict: " Scream slashes through modern horror culture with a slick, merciless blade in this fifth franchise entry that's just as spirited and sharp as Wes Craven's originals."

Hotel Transylvania: Transformania

Hotel Transylvania: Transformania sees all our favorite monsters back. The latest film in the series sees Drac and his pals all transformed into humans!

The King's Daughter

Based on the 1997 novel  The Moon and the Sun  by Vonda N. McIntyre, The King’s Daughter sees King Louis XIV capture a mermaid’s life force in his quest for immortality. But then his long-lost daughter forms a bond with the creature… Sadly, this has been something of a flop.

In the appropriately titled Moonfall the moon is rocketing towards Earth, threatening to wipe out civilization. Ex astronaut Jo Fowler (Halle Berry) heads into space on a mission to save the planet...

Our Moonfall review verdict: "Moonfall has just the right amount of confidence and craziness to make this cosmic doomsday a fun ride."

Jackass Forever

Jackass Forever promises more crazy stunts from the gang. Could the fourth film be the maddest yet?!

Our Jackass Forever review verdict: "While as a whole it falls just short of the series' masterpiece Jackass Number Two , this swan-song offers enough unforgettable gags to make it worthy of its predecessors."

Marry Me could be just the ticket for Valentine's Day. After discovering her partner is cheating, a top pop star (obviously played by Jennifer Lopez!), marries a total stranger (Owen Wilson).

Our Marry Me review verdict: " Marry Me isn't an instant rom-com classic, but its two lead performances are so charming that it's easy to be won over."

Death On The Nile

Death On The Nile is the long-awaited follow-up to Murder On The Orient Express , Kenneth Branagh's first adventure as Agatha Christie's Belgian sleuth, Hercule Poirot. This time, Poirot's Egyptian vacation is transformed into a race against time to identify the murderer aboard a river cruiser before they can strike again.

Our Death On The Nile review verdict: "If this is to be the end of the road for Branagh’s Poirot, it’s an appropriately high note to go out on."

Meanwhile, there's talk of a third Poirot movie on the way.

Uncharted is Sony's adaptation of the iconic gaming series created by Naughty Dog. Tom Holland plays Nathan Drake with Mark Wahlberg as his mentor Victor Sullivan.

Our Uncharted review verdict: " Uncharted is a rip-roaring modern treasure hunt that plays by video game rules and has a blast doing so."

Uncharted has become a box office smash!

Dog is a comedy road trip movie coming to theatres starring Channing Tatum as Army Ranger Briggs who is given the seemingly impossible task of transporting Lulu, an unruly Belgian Shepherd, down the Pacific Coast to attend its owner's funeral. 

The Batman sees Robert Pattinson following in the footsteps of the likes of Adam West, Michael Keaton, and Christian Bale to play the iconic superhero. Little is known so far about the plot, but The Riddler, Penguin, and Catwoman will all feature.

Our The Batman review verdict: " The Batman fires on all cylinders and commits to its darkest impulses without losing sight of the light at the core of its protagonist."

Turning Red

This animated Disney movie sees 13-year-old Meilin "Mei" Lee (Rosalie Chiang) wrestling with her own adolescent problems and her struggle to remain her mother's dutiful daughter. As if she didn't have enough problems in Turning Red , whenever she gets too excited she transforms into a giant red panda!

Mark Rylance stars in The Outfit as a tailor who makes suits on London's Savile Row until a personal tragedy sees him running a tailor shop on the wrong side of Chicago. Ironically his best clients are gangsters...

Our The Outfit review verdict: "Dick Pope's cinematography, Alexandre Desplat's score and Mark Rylance's leading role amount to much less than all that pedigree suggests."

The Lost City

If you enjoyed Romancing the Stone , you may well like Sandra Bullock’s new comedy, The Lost City . She stars as a romantic novelist who heads off on a jungle escapade with her book cover model. 

Our The Lost City review verdict: "A pair of American Sweethearts are dulled-down gems in this dazzle-free cape."

Everything Everywhere All At Once

Everything Everywhere All At Once is a universe-trotting movie that casts Michelle Yeoh as Evelyn Wang, an aging immigrant who discovers she has the power to connect with her other selves from across the multiverse and is forced to put these skills into practice to save every world.

In our Everything Everywhere All At once review, we said: " Everything Everywhere All at Once is a chaotic thrill ride everyone should experience"

Morbius is a talented scientist who ends up becoming a vampire with superhuman powers when his experiment to cure himself of a rare blood disease goes wrong. This is the latest movie set in Sony's Spider-Man universe, but it's been critically torn apart .

Our Morbius review verdict : "A bland, poorly directed, poorly written mess of bad VFX and shoddy editing that wastes its otherwise talented cast on a movie that can't even be enjoyed for camp appeal."

Sonic the Hedgehog 2

Sonic the Hedgehog 2 is the second movie based on the popular video game franchise by SEGA. This time Sonic and his sidekick Tails go on a mission to track down the Master Emerald before it falls into the hands of Doctor Eggman and Knuckles.

Our Sonic the Hedgehog 2 review verdict: "Knuckles is the true star in this amusing sequel".

Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore

Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore is the third entry in the  Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them   franchise that began in 2016. This time, Dumbledore enlists Newt Scamander and his companions on a mission that will see confronting Gellert Grindelwald's growing army.

Our Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore review : "The threequel shakes off its predecessor, but can’t quite reach Potter heights."

The Northman

The Northman is one for historical/mythology film fans. Set in 10th century Iceland, it follows Amleth who sets about on an epic revenge quest when his father is killed by his uncle.

Our The Northman review : " The Northman delivers on its purpose in bloody, gory spades.

Operation Mincemeat

Operation Mincemeat , based on the hit historical book by Ben Macintyre, follows an incredible bluff operation carried out by the Allies against the Nazis in World War Two.

Our Operation Mincemeat review said: " Operation Mincemeat shows that even in our darkest times the strength of humanity will always win out by celebrating the heroes of war."

The Bad Guys

The Bay Guys is a computer-animated movie about a group of villains who decide, well, they don't want to be the bad guys any longer. Will Mr. Wolf and co really become the goodies now?

The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent

The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent is an eccentric action-comedy that sees Nicolas Cage taking center stage... as Nicolas Cage. When his life takes a surprise turn, this fictionalized version of Nick Cage is forced to channel a variety of his most recognizable characters in order to rescue his family from a dangerous criminal.

Our The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent review said: "Nicolas Cage is matched by scene partner Pedro Pascal as the two deliver brilliant comic performances in the offbeat The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent ."

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is a thrilling ride through the Multiverse with Doctor Strange, his trusted friend Wong and Wanda Maximoff, aka Scarlet Witch.

Our Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness review verdict: "Sam Raimi makes the most Sam Raimi movie Marvel would allow, which works to liven otherwise heavy exposition in a more formulaic script focused on connecting multiverse dots."

Downton Abbey: A New Era

Downton Abbey: A New Era sees the Crawleys heading off to France following an amazing revelation by Maggie Smith's Violet Crawley. "Years ago before you were born, I met a man...". What will they all discover about the Dowager's mysterious past? The Downton Abbey: A New Era trailer gives a real flavor of what we can expect. Note the release date has been pushed back from March.

Our Downton Abbey: A New Era review verdict: "Ticks all the right boxes for any Downton fan."

The Bob's Burger Movie

Top Gun: Maverick

Ready to fly back into the danger zone? More than 35 years after the original  Top Gun , the Tom Cruise blockbuster has got a sequel in the form of  Top Gun: Maverick and it's brilliant!

Our Top Gun: Maverick review verdict: "The long-awaited sequel comes with maximum G-force."

And if you're wondering who Penny is in Top Gun , we have the answer!

Jurassic World: Dominion

Laura Dern, Sam Neill, and Jeff Goldblum reunite for the first time together since the original blockbuster went out in 1993. Jurassic World: Dominion is now out and has had a mixed critical response, although our reviewer enjoyed it.

Our Jurassic World: Dominion review verdict: "It teams nostalgic moments and some thrilling new dinosaurs to put an emotional end to the much-loved franchise".

Lightyear   is a new spin-off in the  Toy Story   film franchise, which will explore the origin story of the Space Ranger who inspired the Buzz Lightyear action figure owned by Andy and Bonnie throughout the original film franchise. The Lightyear trailer promises much and the reviews are great, although it hasn't taken off at the box office.

Director Baz Luhrmann is "taking care of business" in his Elvis movie , starring Austin Butler and Tom Hanks. HBO Max  subscribers will be available to stream the film just 45 days after its theatrical release.

Our Elvis review concluded: "For all its flaws, Luhrmann’s portrait of The King is a must-see."

The Man from Toronto

The Man from Toronto  follows longtime screw-up Terry (Kevin Hart) as his identity is mistakenly confused with that of a deadly assassin (Woody Harrelson) at an Airbnb.

The Black Phone

The Black Phone is a horror movie that centers on a serial killer known as The Grabber (Ethan Hawke) who kidnaps and murders local children. 13-year-old Finney Shaw (Mason Thames) is one such potential victim, though he begins to be contacted by the spirits of The Grabber's past victims who are dead set on helping him avoid the same fate.

Our The Black Phone review said: " The Black Phone is as horrifying as Sinister through different means and stars Ethan Hawke in a phenomenally despicable role."

Minions: The Rise of Gru

Minions 2: The Rise of Gru focuses on a young Gru's journey to becoming an iconic supervillain. It's a lot of fun but has oddly sparked controversy through an odd TikTok trend which has seen people going to watch the film dressed in suits.

Thor: Love and Thunder

In Thor: Love & Thunder Chris Hemsworth is back for his fourth solo adventure as the titular Asgardian. 

In this 80s-inspired film, he's searching for inner peace... a quest that is rudely interrupted by a galactic killer known as Gorr the God Butcher (Christian Bale). Together with Valkyrie, Korg and his ex-girlfriend Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) who now wields the power of Mjolnir, Thor sets out on a mission to put a stop to Gorr's plans.

Our Thor: Love & Thunder review concluded: " Thor: Love and Thunder is packed with love and unleashes its mighty thunder with all the colorful personality we've come to appreciate from Taika Waititi's films."

The Gray Man

The Gray Man is a high-octane thriller that sees skilled mercenary Sierra Six (Ryan Gosling) recruited out of prison to be an 'agency-sanctioned merchant of death'. When he uncovers some dark secrets about his own organization, he's forced to go on the run whilst being hunted down by a group of assassins recruited by crazed CIA agent, Lloyd Hansen (Chris Evans).

Our The Gray Man review concluded: " The Gray Man is a drab action thriller that reflects the colorfulness and excitement of its title, despite Chris Evans giving 110% as a wack job villain."

Nope is Jordan Peele's next creation following on from the huge successes of Get Out and Us . As with his previous two movies, very little has been revealed about the plot,  so it's difficult to predict exactly what we're going to get until it finally arrives.

Our Nope review concluded: " Nope doesn’t eclipse Peele’s previous work in Get Out or Us , but it’s still a cinematically rich, perfectly cast and solidly entertaining movie that'll generate multiple opinions."

Also check out our Nope ending explained piece.

Where the Crawdads Sing

Where the Crawdad's Sing is an adaptation of Delia Owen’s novel by Reece Witherspoon's production company starring Daisy Edgar-Jones. 

The story follows Kya Clark, a sensitive, intelligent young woman who has survived for years on her own in the marshes of Barkley Cove, North Carolina.

Our Where the Crawdad's Sing review verdict: "Strong visuals and an excellent cast don’t quite make up for a soft-centered story".

Also check out our Is Kya found guilty in Where the Crawdad's Sing piece.

Mrs Harris Goes To Paris

Adapted from the 1958 novel by Paul Gallico, Mrs Harris Goes to Paris follows a cleaning lady who falls in love with French fashion. Determined to buy her favorite frock, she heads to Paris on an adventure... 

Young Mully steals a taxi whilst trying to get away from his father. Mully's soon shocked to find Olivia Colman's character Joy (and her baby) sitting in the backseat, and the two then set off on a riotous adventure together.

Our Joyride review said: "Powerhouse performances mean Joyride reaches its destination with ease".

DC League of Super-Pets

Bullet Train

Bullet Train revolves around five assassins who all board the same titular bullet train in Japan and soon realize that their missions are interlinked. Notable for being the first time Brad Pitt and Sandra Bullock have starred together.

Our Bullett Train review concluded: "Brad Pitt has a ball as a hippy assassin, but ultimately he has more fun than the audience."

Easter Sunday

In Easter Sunday, s tand-up comedian Jo Koy plays Joe Valencia, a down-on-his-luck comedian attending a dysfunctional family Easter celebration with his Filipino American family. 

Secret Headquarters

Beast sees Idris Elba taking on an entirely new on-screen enemy: a large, ferocious lion who's become incredibly territorial and will stop at nothing to prove he's the one in charge.

Other cast includes Iyana Halley and Leah Sava Jeffries who plays his daughters Meredith and Norah. 

Spin Me Round

Anyone who loved the indie comedy The Little Hours is sure to be excited for Spin Me Round , which brings back many of the pieces for an all-new comedy. Alison Brie, Aubrey Plaza and Molly Shannon reteam with writer/director Jeff Baena for this movie that starts off like a romance, but quickly things go hilariously off the rails...

Pinocchio gets a live-action remake, starring Tom Hanks as Geppetto. The much-loved actor is teaming up again with Forest Gump director Robert Zemeckis for the film which will be available on Disney Plus .

See How They Run

The murder-mystery genre is having a moment in TV and movies again, with See How They Run another example of that. This star-studded comedy sees Sam Rockwell and Saoirse Ronan try to solve a murder in a theater in the West End during the 1950s.

Ticket to Paradise

Ticket to Paradise is the story of a former married couple, played by Roberts and Clooney, who travel to Bali to prevent their daughter, Lily (played by Kaitlyn Dever), from marrying a guy she’s just met. She’s head over heels in love with him and her parents believe that she’s about to make a big mistake...

Our Ticket to Paradise review concludes: "A non-vintage but sparkling rom-com vehicle for two of Hollywood’s finest."

The Woman King

Sony describes the plot of The Woman King as the following: " The Woman King is the remarkable story of the Agojie, the all-female unit of warriors who protected the African Kingdom of Dahomey in the 1800s with skills and a fierceness unlike anything the world has ever seen."

Our The Woman King review said: " The Woman King obliterates everything you think you know about period storytelling and depicting Black-centered narratives. This is must-see cinema. 

Don't Worry Darling

Billed as a thriller, Don’t Worry Darling centers on husband and wife, Alice and Jack, who live in an experimental 1950s utopian society, or so it seems. Alice begins to fear that there is more to their surroundings than meets the eye.

Our Don't Worry Darling review concluded: "Florence Pugh shines in this Stepford Wives style mystery drama, even if the audience might figure out the big reveal before the characters do."

The life of Marilyn Monroe is viewed through a new, fictionalized lens with Blonde , which features Ana de Armas as the famous Hollywood starlet in a movie adapted from a Joyce Carol Oates novel.

Hocus Pocus 2

Hocus Pocus 2   will see Sarah Jessica Parker, Bette Midler and Kathy Najimy returning to play the iconic Sanderson sisters.

Bros follows a man disenchanted by the process of looking for love who happens to find love with a guy he initially thinks is out of his league. 

Director David O. Russell returns with his first movie in seven years with another all-star cast, including Christian Bale, Margot Robbie, John David Washington, Anya Taylor-Joy and Robert De Niro, just to name a few. Amsterdam is about three friends who witness a murder and in trying to prove their innocence discover one of the most outrageous plots in American history.

Our Amsterdam review 's verdict: "Despite boasting an impressive cast, Amsterdam could have been a good deal funnier." 

Lyle Lyle Crocodile

Lyle Lyle Crocodile is an adaptation of the children's story of the same name and has a great cast attached including singer Shawn Mendes in the lead role, providing the voice of Lyle the crocodile. 

The Lost King

The Lost King follows the remarkable story of one woman's fight to search for England's controversial King Richard III.

Our The Lost King review thought: "Frears and his collaborators turn Philippa's fascinating, stranger-than-fiction quest into a rousing, feelgood film."

Sex Education and Death on the Nile star Emma Mackey plays the titular role of the passionate author who died young, at just 30 years old, along with a host of young talent.

Emily has been described as imagining "the transformative, exhilarating and uplifting journey to womanhood of one of the world’s most famous, enigmatic and passionate writers".

Our Emily review concluded: "A fresh and atmospheric take on the Wuthering Heights author and creation story."

Halloween Ends

The legendary horror franchise is ready to deliver what is being billed as the final chapter in the Michael Myers and Laurie Strode saga. Jamie Lee Curtis plays Laurie Strode for the last time with Halloween Ends , more than 40 years after she starred in the original. 

Our Halloween Ends review wasn't impressed! " Halloween Ends is one of the least fulfilling endings to any trilogy, not to mention a rather inept Halloween film even compared to the franchise's previous huge swings."

Black Adam   sees Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson joining the DC cinematic universe, as he takes on the role of the complex comic book character. 

Our Black Adam review said: " Black Adam brings the lightning but stifles its thunder, feeling formulaic as a superhero origin story, but still notches heavy-hitting action beats."

The Banshees of Insiherin

It's an In Bruges reunion with The Banshees of Inisherin , with Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson playing two long-time friends on the outs in the latest from Martin McDonagh. Check out our The Banshee of Inisherin locations piece.

My Policeman

My Policeman tells the story of PC Tom Burgess (Harry Styles), who struggles to hide his sexuality while living in Brighton on the British south coast in 1957. Based on the 2012 novel My Policeman by Bethan Roberts , the movie explores the criminalization of homosexuality in 1950s Britain.

Enola Holmes 2

The game is afoot once again with Sherlock Holmes little sister in Enola Holmes 2 . The sequel to the 2020 hit brings back much of the main cast for an all new mystery.

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

The original Black Panther was not only a box-office behemoth and the first superhero movie to earn an Oscar Best Picture nomination, but it became a true cultural phenomenon. All of that makes the long-awaited sequel, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever , that much more exciting.

The Father writer/director Florian Zeller has his follow-up movie, The Son , which stars Hugh Jackman, Laura Dern and Anthony Hopkins. The movie follows a father who has his new life upended when his son arrives.

She Said is the story of the New York Times journalists whose groundbreaking reporting of Hollywood abuse launched the #MeToo movement.

Our She Said review concluded: "Big-screen investigative journalism has never been so heart-pounding or so impassioned. A triumph."

Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery

Who's ready for another Knives Out mystery? The sequel to the 2019 movie, titled Glass Onion , sees Daniel Craig's Benoit Blanc return with a new case, featuring another star-studded ensemble. And in great news for cinema lovers the movie does have a theatrical release date before hitting Netflix. 

Strange World

Walt Disney Animation Studios describes the Strange World plot with the following: 

"The feature film introduces a legendary family of explorers, the Clades, as they attempt to navigate an uncharted, treacherous land alongside a motley crew that includes a mischievous blob, a three-legged dog and a slew of ravenous creatures." 

Our Strange World review said: "Disney’s latest animation ticks lots of boxes, but only scratches the surface of its many themes."

The Fabelmans

Steven Spielberg gets autobiographical in The Fabelmans , with this story based on his life living in a post-war Arizona.

Our The Fablemans review commented: "Spielberg is able to look at his own origin with a mix of sincerity and humor, though the balance can feel a little off at times."


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Feature Film, Released between 2022-01-01 and 2022-12-31 (Sorted by Popularity Ascending)

1. sisu (2022).

R | 91 min | Action, War

When an ex-soldier who discovers gold in the Lapland wilderness tries to take the loot into the city, Nazi soldiers led by a brutal SS officer battle him.

Director: Jalmari Helander | Stars: Jorma Tommila , Aksel Hennie , Jack Doolan , Mimosa Willamo

Votes: 20,636

2. A Man Called Otto (2022)

PG-13 | 126 min | Comedy, Drama

Otto is a grump who's given up on life following the loss of his wife and wants to end it all. When a young family moves in nearby, he meets his match in quick-witted Marisol, leading to a friendship that will turn his world around.

Director: Marc Forster | Stars: Tom Hanks , Mariana Treviño , Rachel Keller , John Higgins

Votes: 81,579 | Gross: $62.47M

3. Avatar: The Way of Water (2022)

PG-13 | 192 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

Jake Sully lives with his newfound family formed on the extrasolar moon 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 home.

Director: James Cameron | Stars: Sam Worthington , Zoe Saldana , Sigourney Weaver , Stephen Lang

Votes: 382,098 | Gross: $659.68M

4. X (II) (2022)

R | 105 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

In 1979, a group of young filmmakers set out to make an adult film in rural Texas, but when their reclusive, elderly hosts catch them in the act, the cast find themselves fighting for their lives.

Director: Ti West | Stars: Mia Goth , Jenna Ortega , Brittany Snow , Kid Cudi

Votes: 129,685

5. Faithfully Yours (2022)

TV-MA | 95 min | Thriller

Best friends Bodil and Isabel, apparently happily married, sneak off for secret affairs using each other as an alibi. But when Isabel is killed when they were supposed to have been together. Bodil gets caught up in her own web of lies.

Director: André van Duren | Stars: Bracha van Doesburgh , Nasrdin Dchar , Gijs Naber , Elise Schaap

Votes: 2,213

6. Everything Everywhere All at Once (2022)

R | 139 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

A middle-aged Chinese immigrant is swept up into an insane adventure in which she alone can save existence by exploring other universes and connecting with the lives she could have led.

Directors: Daniel Kwan , Daniel Scheinert | Stars: Michelle Yeoh , Stephanie Hsu , Jamie Lee Curtis , Ke Huy Quan

Votes: 446,013 | Gross: $72.86M

7. Top Gun: Maverick (2022)

PG-13 | 130 min | Action, Drama

After thirty years, Maverick is still pushing the envelope as a top naval aviator, but must confront ghosts of his past when he leads TOP GUN's elite graduates on a mission that demands the ultimate sacrifice from those chosen to fly it.

Director: Joseph Kosinski | Stars: Tom Cruise , Jennifer Connelly , Miles Teller , Val Kilmer

Votes: 586,333 | Gross: $718.73M

8. Bullet Train (2022)

R | 127 min | Action, Comedy, Thriller

Five assassins aboard a swiftly-moving bullet train find out that their missions have something in common.

Director: David Leitch | Stars: Brad Pitt , Joey King , Aaron Taylor-Johnson , Brian Tyree Henry

Votes: 356,764 | Gross: $103.37M

9. The Menu (2022)

R | 107 min | Comedy, Horror, Thriller

A young couple travels to a remote island to eat at an exclusive restaurant where the chef has prepared a lavish menu, with some shocking surprises.

Director: Mark Mylod | Stars: Ralph Fiennes , Anya Taylor-Joy , Nicholas Hoult , Hong Chau

Votes: 314,292

10. The Fabelmans (2022)

PG-13 | 151 min | Drama

Growing up in post-World War II era Arizona, young Sammy Fabelman aspires to become a filmmaker as he reaches adolescence, but soon discovers a shattering family secret and explores how the power of films can help him see the truth.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Michelle Williams , Gabriel LaBelle , Paul Dano , Judd Hirsch

Votes: 88,958

11. Triangle of Sadness (2022)

R | 147 min | Comedy, Drama

A fashion model celebrity couple join an eventful cruise for the super-rich.

Director: Ruben Östlund | Stars: Thobias Thorwid , Harris Dickinson , Charlbi Dean , Jiannis Moustos

Votes: 134,079

12. The Whale (2022)

R | 117 min | Drama

A reclusive, morbidly obese English teacher attempts to reconnect with his estranged teenage daughter.

Director: Darren Aronofsky | Stars: Brendan Fraser , Sadie Sink , Ty Simpkins , Hong Chau

Votes: 144,015

13. Babylon (I) (2022)

R | 189 min | Comedy, Drama, History

A tale of outsized ambition and outrageous excess, it traces the rise and fall of multiple characters during an era of unbridled decadence and depravity in early Hollywood.

Director: Damien Chazelle | Stars: Brad Pitt , Margot Robbie , Jean Smart , Olivia Wilde

Votes: 116,903

14. Fall (I) (2022)

PG-13 | 107 min | Thriller

Best friends Becky and Hunter find themselves at the top of a 2,000-foot radio tower.

Director: Scott Mann | Stars: Grace Caroline Currey , Virginia Gardner , Mason Gooding , Jeffrey Dean Morgan

Votes: 81,844

15. Soft & Quiet (2022)

R | 91 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

Playing out in real time, an elementary school teacher organizes a mixer of like-minded women, when she encounters a woman from her past, leading to a volatile chain of events.

Director: Beth de Araújo | Stars: Stefanie Estes , Olivia Luccardi , Dana Millican , Melissa Paulo

Votes: 6,190

16. The Batman (2022)

PG-13 | 176 min | Action, Crime, Drama

When a sadistic serial killer begins murdering key political figures in Gotham, Batman is forced to investigate the city's hidden corruption and question his family's involvement.

Director: Matt Reeves | Stars: Robert Pattinson , Zoë Kravitz , Jeffrey Wright , Colin Farrell

Votes: 698,709 | Gross: $369.35M

17. Pearl (2022)

R | 103 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

In 1918, a young woman on the brink of madness pursues stardom in a desperate attempt to escape the drudgery, isolation and lovelessness of life on her parents' farm.

Director: Ti West | Stars: Mia Goth , David Corenswet , Tandi Wright , Matthew Sunderland

Votes: 57,523

18. Puss in Boots: The Last Wish (2022)

PG | 102 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

When Puss in Boots discovers that his passion for adventure has taken its toll and he has burned through eight of his nine lives, he launches an epic journey to restore them by finding the mythical Last Wish.

Directors: Joel Crawford , Januel Mercado | Stars: Antonio Banderas , Salma Hayek , Harvey Guillén , Florence Pugh

Votes: 128,601 | Gross: $168.46M

19. Scream (I) (2022)

R | 114 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

25 years after a streak of brutal murders shocked the quiet town of Woodsboro, Calif., a new killer dons the Ghostface mask and begins targeting a group of teenagers to resurrect secrets from the town's deadly past.

Directors: Matt Bettinelli-Olpin , Tyler Gillett | Stars: Neve Campbell , Courteney Cox , David Arquette , Melissa Barrera

Votes: 136,342 | Gross: $81.64M

20. Where the Crawdads Sing (2022)

PG-13 | 125 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

A woman who raised herself in the marshes of the Deep South becomes a suspect in the murder of a man with whom she was once involved.

Director: Olivia Newman | Stars: Daisy Edgar-Jones , Taylor John Smith , Harris Dickinson , David Strathairn

Votes: 96,786 | Gross: $90.23M

21. M3GAN (2022)

PG-13 | 102 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller

A robotics engineer at a toy company builds a life-like doll that begins to take on a life of its own.

Director: Gerard Johnstone | Stars: Allison Williams , Violet McGraw , Ronny Chieng , Amie Donald

Votes: 102,476 | Gross: $93.88M

22. Nope (2022)

R | 130 min | Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi

The residents of a lonely gulch in inland California bear witness to an uncanny and chilling discovery.

Director: Jordan Peele | Stars: Daniel Kaluuya , Keke Palmer , Brandon Perea , Michael Wincott

Votes: 228,395 | Gross: $123.28M

23. Strange World (2022)

PG | 102 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

The legendary Clades are a family of explorers whose differences threaten to topple their latest and most crucial mission.

Directors: Don Hall , Qui Nguyen | Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal , Jaboukie Young-White , Gabrielle Union , Dennis Quaid

Votes: 39,776

24. Thor: Love and Thunder (2022)

PG-13 | 118 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

Thor enlists the help of Valkyrie, Korg and ex-girlfriend Jane Foster to fight Gorr the God Butcher, who intends to make the gods extinct.

Director: Taika Waititi | Stars: Chris Hemsworth , Natalie Portman , Christian Bale , Tessa Thompson

Votes: 362,660 | Gross: $343.26M

25. The Banshees of Inisherin (2022)

R | 114 min | Comedy, Drama

Two lifelong friends find themselves at an impasse when one abruptly ends their relationship, with alarming consequences for both of them.

Director: Martin McDonagh | Stars: Colin Farrell , Brendan Gleeson , Kerry Condon , Pat Shortt

Votes: 207,797

26. Glass Onion (2022)

PG-13 | 139 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

Famed Southern detective Benoit Blanc travels to Greece for his latest case.

Director: Rian Johnson | Stars: Daniel Craig , Edward Norton , Kate Hudson , Dave Bautista

Votes: 391,119

27. Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (2022)

PG-13 | 161 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

The people of Wakanda fight to protect their home from intervening world powers as they mourn the death of King T'Challa.

Director: Ryan Coogler | Stars: Letitia Wright , Lupita Nyong'o , Danai Gurira , Winston Duke

Votes: 267,199 | Gross: $453.72M

28. Smile (V) (2022)

R | 115 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

After witnessing a bizarre, traumatic incident involving a patient, a psychiatrist becomes increasingly convinced she is being threatened by an uncanny entity.

Director: Parker Finn | Stars: Sosie Bacon , Jessie T. Usher , Kyle Gallner , Robin Weigert

Votes: 127,256

29. The Artifice Girl (2022)

93 min | Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller

A team of special agents discovers a revolutionary new computer program to bait and trap online predators. After teaming up with the program's troubled developer, they soon find that the AI is rapidly advancing beyond its original purpose.

Director: Franklin Ritch | Stars: Tatum Matthews , Lance Henriksen , Sinda Nichols , David Girard

Votes: 4,127

30. The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent (2022)

R | 107 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

Moviestar Nick Cage is channeling his iconic characters as he's caught between a superfan and a CIA agent.

Director: Tom Gormican | Stars: Nicolas Cage , Pedro Pascal , Tiffany Haddish , Sharon Horgan

Votes: 122,994

31. Barbarian (2022)

R | 102 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

A woman staying at an Airbnb discovers that the house she has rented is not what it seems.

Director: Zach Cregger | Stars: Georgina Campbell , Bill Skarsgård , Justin Long , Matthew Patrick Davis

Votes: 147,757

32. Suzume (2022)

PG | 122 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

A modern action adventure road story where a 17-year-old girl named Suzume helps a mysterious young man close doors from the other side that are releasing disasters all over in Japan.

Director: Makoto Shinkai | Stars: Nanoka Hara , Hokuto Matsumura , Eri Fukatsu , Shôta Sometani

Votes: 16,803

33. All Quiet on the Western Front (2022)

R | 148 min | Action, Drama, War

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

Director: Edward Berger | Stars: Felix Kammerer , Albrecht Schuch , Aaron Hilmer , Moritz Klaus

Votes: 204,158

34. Master Gardener (2022)

R | 111 min | Drama, Thriller

A meticulous horticulturist who is devoted to tending the grounds of a beautiful estate and pandering to his employer, the wealthy dowager.

Director: Paul Schrader | Stars: Joel Edgerton , Sigourney Weaver , Quintessa Swindell , Esai Morales

35. Ticket to Paradise (2022)

PG-13 | 104 min | Comedy, Romance

A divorced couple teams up and travels to Bali to stop their daughter from making the same mistake they think they made 25 years ago.

Director: Ol Parker | Stars: George Clooney , Sean Lynch , Julia Roberts , Arielle Carver-O'Neill

Votes: 51,783 | Gross: $68.28M

36. Aftersun (II) (2022)

R | 102 min | Drama

Sophie reflects on the shared joy and private melancholy of a holiday she took with her father twenty years earlier. Memories real and imagined fill the gaps between as she tries to reconcile the father she knew with the man she didn't...

Director: Charlotte Wells | Stars: Paul Mescal , Frankie Corio , Celia Rowlson-Hall , Sally Messham

Votes: 62,389

37. Tár (2022)

R | 158 min | Drama, Music

Set in the international world of Western classical music, the film centers on Lydia Tár, widely considered one of the greatest living composer-conductors and the very first female director of a major German orchestra.

Director: Todd Field | Stars: Cate Blanchett , Noémie Merlant , Nina Hoss , Sophie Kauer

Votes: 71,926

38. The Gray Man (2022)

PG-13 | 122 min | Action, Thriller

When the CIA's most skilled operative, whose true identity is known to none, accidentally uncovers dark agency secrets, a psychopathic former colleague puts a bounty on his head, setting off a global manhunt by international assassins.

Directors: Anthony Russo , Joe Russo | Stars: Ryan Gosling , Chris Evans , Ana de Armas , Billy Bob Thornton

Votes: 216,698

39. Don't Worry Darling (I) (2022)

R | 123 min | Drama, Thriller

A 1950s housewife living with her husband in a utopian experimental community begins to worry that his glamorous company could be hiding disturbing secrets.

Director: Olivia Wilde | Stars: Florence Pugh , Harry Styles , Chris Pine , Olivia Wilde

Votes: 114,498

40. Terrifier 2 (2022)

Not Rated | 138 min | Horror

After being resurrected by a sinister entity, Art the Clown returns to the timid town of Miles County where he targets a teenage girl and her younger brother on Halloween night.

Director: Damien Leone | Stars: Lauren LaVera , David Howard Thornton , Elliott Fullam , Sarah Voigt

Votes: 34,836

41. Wifelike (2022)

R | 105 min | Sci-Fi, Thriller

When artificial human Meredith is assigned as a companion to grieving widower William, she is designed to behave like his late wife. But in the fight to end AI exploitation, an organization attempts to sabotage her programming.

Director: James Bird | Stars: Jonathan Rhys Meyers , Elena Kampouris , Doron Bell , Agam Darshi

Votes: 2,045

42. Vikram Vedha (2022)

Not Rated | 160 min | Action, Crime, Drama

A tough police officer sets out to track down and kill an equally tough gangster.

Directors: Gayatri , Pushkar | Stars: Saif Ali Khan , Hrithik Roshan , Radhika Apte , Rohit Saraf

Votes: 19,552

43. Bodies Bodies Bodies (2022)

R | 94 min | Comedy, Horror, Thriller

When a group of rich 20-somethings plan a hurricane party at a remote family mansion, a party game turns deadly in this fresh and funny look at backstabbing, fake friends, and one party gone very, very wrong.

Director: Halina Reijn | Stars: Amandla Stenberg , Maria Bakalova , Myha'la Herrold , Rachel Sennott

Votes: 49,985

44. Amsterdam (2022)

R | 134 min | Comedy, Drama, History

In the 1930s, three friends witness a murder, are framed for it, and uncover one of the most outrageous plots in American history.

Director: David O. Russell | Stars: Christian Bale , Margot Robbie , John David Washington , Alessandro Nivola

Votes: 76,812

45. Jurassic World: Dominion (2022)

PG-13 | 147 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi


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