We are near halfway through 2022! This year has been an interesting one, especially in the world of movies. There are some movies that I thought I would love that I didn't end up loving. And there's one movie in particular that I thought I was going to despise...and it's my favorite movie of the year so far. So, yeah. Wonky year. My most anticipated has drastically changed from the beginning of the year. There are some movies on here that I hadn't heard of in January. That said, here are my ten most anticipated for the remainder of 2022.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever
10. Black Adam
Black Adam is the next film in this strange new DCEU, and I'm interested. We haven't really gotten a full trailer for it yet, but from the glimpses we've gotten, it looks pretty cool. The film will introduce the Justice Society of America, which has my attention, but I'm also excited to see the Rock as Black Adam himself. I don't really know what this movie will be, and I'm sure I will have fuller thoughts once we get a trailer.
Black Adam strikes into theaters on October 21.
Buzz Lightyear's origin story is out in just a few weeks, and I am very excited to see what we get. However, I think my excitement has dropped since the beginning of the year. Pixar has been on a bit of a down streak lately with Soul, Luca, and Turning Red. And, while I loved the first trailer we got for Lightyear, the next few trailers had me not as excited. Obviously, I'm still super hyped. The Toy Story franchise has a near perfect track record, so I trust that this movie will be great. Hopefully it will get Pixar back up to that top tier.
Lightyear flies into theaters on June 17.
8. Thor: Love and Thunder
The second trailer for Thor: Love and Thunder came out a little over a week ago, and I am looking forward to this movie. I'm a little bit worried, because the MCU has not been on their A-game recently and this looks to be a little bit goofier than I would've preferred. I'm not crazy about the Jane Foster Thor plotline. But Gorr the God Butcher looks awesome. The Guardians are in it. I'm hoping this is as great as Ragnarok.
Thor: Love and Thunder hammers its way into theaters on July 8.
7. Bullet Train
Bullet Train was a movie that I had heard about, and I was intrigued. Then I saw the trailer...and this movie looks like a ton of fun. Starring Brad Pitt, this film follows five assassins that are mysteriously sent on the same mission, unbeknownst to each other. The action looks exciting. The film looks funny. The cast is great. It's directed by the director of John Wick and Deadpool 2. I'm very excited for this movie.
Bullet Train rides into theaters on August 5.
6. The Black Phone
The Black Phone was supposed to come out in January, but it got delayed to June. However, it did get screened at a film festival, and, while there are not a ton of reviews, it currently holds a 100% on Rotten Tomatoes. The trailers for this film have been stunning. The concept is great. Ethan Hawke seems absolutely horrifying in this role. I cannot wait to see this film. I think it will be a hidden gem and turn out to be one of the best movies of the year.
The Black Phone calls its way into theaters on June 24.
5. Don't Worry Darling
Don't Worry Darling is an upcoming psychological thriller from Olivia Wilde. I was interested in this movie, because Florence Pugh is in it and it's a thriller. Then I saw the trailer, and my excitement shot up. This film gives me Get Out vibes. The trailer seemed welcoming and warm, but there was a layer of dread laced throughout the entire thing. Near the end of the trailer, things get really, really creepy. This film looks like it has something special. I cannot wait to see how it actually plays out.
Don't Worry Darling creeps into theaters on September 23.
4. Knives Out 2
Knives Out was one of the most creative movies of the last few years that felt like it truly re-invented the murder mystery genre. It took all of the tropes and spun them around to create a compelling, layered mystery with memorable characters and fantastic payoff. Detective Benoit Blanc is returning this year with a great new cast of A-listers that I cannot wait to see. I think Rian Johnson catches a ton of flack for The Last Jedi, but he's actually a great director and writer, so I'm super pumped for this movie.
Knives Out 2 sneaks onto Netflix with a possible theatrical release in late 2022.
Now, let me preface with something: I did not love the trailer for Nope. It didn't look great. Despite that...I cannot wait for this movie. Jordan Peele is one of my favorite directors, and, while he's only done two movies, I will be this excited for every one of his future releases. Get Out is my third favorite movie of all time, and I am all the way on board for another team-up between Jordan Peele and Daniel Kaluuya. The reactions at CinemaCon to the second trailer for Nope were great, so I am very excited for this movie.
Nope is in theaters on July 22.
2. Jurassic World Dominion
I am not a huge Jurassic Park fan. If you go back to my first most anticipated post of 2022, Dominion was nowhere to be found. This movie was not on my radar at all. However, I saw the trailer during the Super Bowl...and wow. This truly looks like the Endgame of the Jurassic Park franchise, and I'm so excited for it despite the fact that I don't love the series. I'm trying to find time to binge through the rest of the franchise so I can get a ranking out by the time Dominion comes out. This movie looks epic. It looks awesome. I'm sure it will be dumb. But it looks like it's my kind of dumb.
Jurassic World Dominion roars into theaters on June 10.
1. Halloween Ends
Dominion is the Endgame of a franchise I don't love. Halloween Ends is the Endgame to a franchise I do love. People give the Halloween franchise flack for going on too long. Halloween Kills didn't get great reviews. I like or love every movie that I've seen in this franchise. Michael Myers and Laurie Strode are two of my favorite movie characters. I just want to see a fun slasher that wraps up this franchise in a great way. I'm hoping this movie is awesome. And I believe it will be.
Halloween Ends slashes its way into theaters on October 14.