ONE37pm's Most Anticipated Movies for the Second Half of 2022

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With half the year gone, so far 2022 has been quite a surprisingly good year for movies. With films like The Batman, Top Gun: Maverick, Everything Everywhere All At Once, and The Northman, 2022 is off to a great start. But that’s just the beginning, the most anticipated movies of 2022 have yet to be released.

Today we are looking at the remainder of 2022 and what films we think could have the potential to be great and exceed our expectations. This list will go by release date and will hopefully have you marking your calendars in preparation to see these top film prospects. Here are our picks for the most anticipated movies for the rest of 2022.

1. 'Thor: Love and Thunder'

Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Taika Waititi, Christian Bale, Tessa Thompson, Russell Crowe

Directed by: Taika Waititi

Release Date: July 8

In a few days, the world will be getting the follow-up to the hilarious and revolutionized Thor: Ragnarok. The fourth film in the Thor franchise is looking to be an absolute hit and a smash at the box office for a few reasons. Firstly, this film has some fantastic new additions to the cast including the villain being played by Christian Bale, the greek god Zeus played by Russell Crowe, and the return of Natalie Portman as a female version of Thor. Some of the ideas that have been presented to us in the trailers might look a little too far out there, but if any director can mix all of these elements together it's the talented director Taika Waititi, who is returning for his second Marvel Cinematic Universe feature film. Definitely have Thor: Love and Thunder on your radar if you consider yourself a fan of superhero movies.

2. 'Nope'

Starring: Daniel Kaluuya, Keke Palmer, Steven Yeun

Directed by: Jordan Peele

Release Date: July 22

Coming later in the month is writer and director Jordan Peele’s third feature film Nope. If you have somehow fallen off the face of the earth, Peele has brought us two exceptional horror films in the past five years and this one is sure to be considered great too. While promoting this movie, Peele has done an excellent job at keeping the general premise a secret having little to no revealing information in his trailers. Described by Peele as a horror epic, Nope is bound to be one of his best thrill rides to date and another great film collaboration between actor Daniel Kaluuya and Jordan Peele.

3. 'The Gray Man'

Starring: Ryan Gosling, Ana de Armas, Chris Evans

Directed by: Anthony & Joe Russo

Release Date: July 22 (Netflix)

What should be a smash Summer hit, The Gray Man definitely has some potential. The minds behind this one have proven their talent in the past by directing some of the best films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. But, since then, they’ve made only one film which was a total miss called Cherry. I believe they are due for a rebound, especially with the A-list actors leading this film: Ryan Gosling, Ana de Armas, and Chris Evans.

4. 'Bullet Train'

Starring: Brad Pitt

Directed by: David Leitch

Release Date: August 5

If you watched any of the NBA Finals games in June you’ll know that this movie is coming. Every single damn advertisement was for this movie and it honestly became laughably annoying. Nevertheless, it still seems like a solid action movie with the loveable Brad Pitt playing the lead role. Additionally, the director of this flick, David Leitch, has proven he has filmmaking skills by making solid films like Atomic Blonde, Deadpool 2, and Hobbs & Shaw. Definitely don’t sleep on this one, it might just end up being one of the better action movies this year.  

5. 'Thirteen Lives'

Starring: Colin Farrell, Viggo Mortensen, Joel Edgerton

Directed by: Ron Howard

Release Date: August 5 (Prime Video)

Based on the real-life story, Thirteen Lives follows a group of young boys and their soccer coach who gets trapped in an underground cave in Thailand. With a great cast and a visionary director who has proven his talent before, who knows how good this one could be. It has all the ingredients to succeed which is why I think it will be a must-see.

6. ‘Don’t Worry Darling’

Starring: Florence Pugh, Chris Pine, Harry Styles, Olivia Wilde

Directed by: Olivia Wilde

Release Date: September 23

Now, this is a tricky one, and I’m genuinely not sure what to think about it. There are many reasons in favor of why this could be great, but if I’m being honest, the trailer throws me off. It seems like Olivia Wilde is a little over her head and I could see this film falling flat. Nevertheless, I’ll go over why it is more likely to be great. The cast is flawless with the lead being one of the best female actresses working in Hollywood today, Florence Pugh. Additionally, Olivia Wilde proved that she has the talent behind the camera after directing the successful Booksmart in 2019. This could definitely turn out to be one of the best films of 2022, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it flopped.

7. 'Blonde'

Starring: Ana de Armas

Directed by: Andrew Dominik

Release Date: September 23 (Netflix)

If the last movie on this list was a risky one, this is an extremely high-risk film. Blonde takes an in-depth look at the life of actress Marilyn Monroe and doesn’t shy away from anything. Given an NC-17 rating, Netflix has delayed the film significantly, imploring director Andrew Dominik to cut the film's sexual violence down to maintain an R rating. As of now it’s still NC-17 and will release on Netflix, on September 23 of this year. We’ve seen actress Ana de Armas do incredible things before so who knows what to expect with this film, just know that it probably won’t be your typical biopic.

8. 'Black Adam'

Starring: Dwayne Johnson

Directed by: Jaume Collet-Serra

Release Date: October 21

Who isn’t excited for a Dwyane ‘The Rock’ Johnson superhero movie, that man is an absolute unit. Sure he may not be the greatest actor, but he consistently brings us entertaining action movies year after year and Black Adam will certainly do the same. Helmed by the experienced action and adventure director Jaume Collet-Serra, this superhero film is no doubt a highly anticipated movie of 2022.

9. 'Amsterdam'

Starring: Christian Bale, Anya Taylor-Joy, Margot Robbie, Zoe Saldaña, Robert De Niro, Rami Malek, John David Washington Chirs Rock, Taylor Swift, Mike Myers, Michael Shannon

Directed by: David O. Russell

Release Date: November 4

Acclaimed writer and director David O. Russell finally returns after a seven year absence and is sure to be back with a bang. Stacked with an unbelievable cast, Amsterdam follows three friends who witness a murder, become suspects themselves, and ultimately uncover one of the craziest stories in American history. If unfamiliar with David O. Russell’s prior work, he has rarely missed and before taking his absence from directing was consistently churning out entertaining and interesting films on the regular. Definitely put this one high on your radar, it is sure to be a future hit.  

10. 'Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’

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Starring: Letitia Wright, Lupita Nyong’o, Martin Freeman Daniel Kaluuya

Directed by: Ryan Coogler

Release Date: November 11

Another film that I’m unsure what to think of, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever still absolutely deserves a spot on this list. With the tragic passing of the great Chadwick Boseman, the character of Black Panther is no longer with us, meaning talented director Ryan Coogler has to cook up something special to not only honor Boseman but replace him too. I’m very excited to see where the Marvel Cinematic Universe will go with this story, but it’s no doubt a highly anticipated film in the universe.

11. ‘The Fabelmans’

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Starring: Michelle Williams, Seth Rogan, Paul Dano, Gabriel LaBelle

Directed by: Steven Spielberg 

Release Date: November 23

Back to back years of Steven Spielberg movies, it seems like he won’t ever slow down despite being at an older age. So far we don’t know much, but what we do know about The Fabelmans is that it will be a similar take to last year's Belfast written and directed by Kenneth Branagh where it takes an in-depth into Spielberg's life at a young age. The film features many veteran actors as well as some child actors. Hopefully, Spielberg selects the right group of child actors to execute this film properly because oftentimes they have the ability to make or break a movie. Nevertheless, this film has every right to be highly anticipated because it is helmed by the great Steven Spielberg.

12. ‘Bones & All’

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Starring: Timothée Chalamet, Michael Stuhlbarg, Chloë Sevigny, Mark Rylance, Taylor Russell

Directed by: Luca Guadangnino

Release Date: November 23

Director Luca Guadangnino is back working with Timothée Chalamet once again which can only mean one thing: a masterpiece is in the making. In 2017 Guadangnino worked with Chalamet on the beautiful Call Me by Your Name, now they are back collaborating again, only this time on a very different type of film. The film is based on the novel by Camille DeAngelis and follows the story of first love between two opposites while learning to survive on the margins of society. If this is anywhere near as good as Call Me by Your Name, then it has the potential to be one of 2022s best. 

13. ‘Avatar: The Way of Water’

Starring: Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldaña, Kate Winslet, Michelle Yeoh

Directed by: James Cameron

Release Date: December 16

Now, this is what we’ve all been waiting for. If a film buff says they aren’t outrageously excited for this film they are probably lying to your face. Legendary director James Cameron FINALLY returns to the big screen with a sequel a decade in the making. Maybe the Avatar hype train has died down to a certain degree, but when this releases on IMAX screens, movie fans will no doubt be sprinting to the theaters to see this as quickly as possible.

14. 'Pinocchio'

Starring: Gregory Mann, Ewan McGregor, Finn Wolfhard, Cate Blanchett, Tilda Swinton, David Bradley

Directed by: Guillermo del Toro and Mark Gustafson

Release Date: December 2022 (Netflix)

Some of you may be confused by my next statement but I never thought that we would get two Pinocchio movies in the same year. Yes, that’s right, this is only one of the two Pinocchio remakes coming out this year, but I have no doubt this version will be better. The other version is a live-action Disney take on the classic tale. But this version is a darker take on the story and is filmed in a stop-motion style. But when it comes down to it, the main reason this film will be superior is because of the mind behind the madness. This is a Guillermo del Toro film, and if unfamiliar with his work, he is a master at creating spectacular sci-fi spectacles, who won an Oscar for his beautiful work in 2017s The Shape of Water. 

15. ‘Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery’

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Starring: Daniel Craig, Ethan Hawke, Edward Norton, Kathryn Hahn, Kate Hudson, Dave Bautista, Janelle Monáe, Leslie Odom Jr.

Directed by: Rian Johnson

Release Date: September 2022 (Netflix)

Writer and Director Rian Johnson’s follow-up to the highly successful Knives Out is sure to be another smash hit. Not much is known about this so-called sequel, but what we do know is that, similar to the first film, the cast is spectacular. Daniel Craig reprises his role as the banterous detective Benoit Blanc as he takes on a new murder mystery. Being released by the end of the year on Netflix, definitely keep an eye out for this as it will be a solid straight-to-streaming option that will also have a limited theater release.

16. 'Babylon'

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Starring: Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie

Directed by: Damien Chazelle 

Release Date: December 25, 2022

Despite not knowing much about the plot of this movie yet, it’s hard to ignore this as a potential favorite of 2022. Helmed by the masterful writer and director Damien Chazelle who has consistently brought us bangers in Whiplash, La La Land, and First Man, this is sure to be a smash hit. In addition to having an excellent director, turn your attention to the stars of the show: Brad Pitt and Margot Robbie. It’s extremely difficult to think that this combination of artists could create a flop of a movie, so definitely keep your eyes peeled for this one.

17. ‘Killers of the Flower Moon’

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Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Robert De Niro, Lily Gladstone, Jesse Plemons, Brendan Fraser

Directed by: Martin Scorsese 

Release Date: November 2022 (Apple TV+)

Martin Scorsese makes a quick return to the big screen with an adaptation of the non-fiction book Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann. Taking place in the 1920s, the story follows a string of murders in Oklahoma after oil gets discovered on the trial land of the Osage Nation. With an unbelievably stacked cast, Scorsese will surely not miss with this one.

18. 'The Whale'

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Starring: Brendan Fraser, Sadie Sink

Directed by: Darren Aronofsky

Release Date: TBD in 2022

Brenden Fraser is making his comeback but in a very daring way. Working with the sometimes controversial and bold director Darren Aronofsky, it’s most definitely a risky move that many actors probably wouldn’t take if they wanted to jump back into Hollywood. Regardless, the plot itself is gripping enough to make this highly anticipated. The Whale follows the life of a 600-pound middle-aged man who attempts to reconnect with his 17-year-old daughter. Definitely mark this one down, as it could be the most shocking film of 2022.

19 'Bardo'

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Starring: Daniel Giménez Cacho, Griselda Siciliani

Directed by: Alejandro G. Iñárritu

Release Date: TBD in 2022

The legendary writer and director, Alejandro G. Iñárritu returns and is bringing us a film close to his heart. While we don’t know much about Bardo so far, what we do know is that it follows a Mexican journalist as he grapples with identity, family relationships, and social and political modernity in order to find answers from the past which can harmonize himself in the present. As complicated as that sounds, I expect it to be similar to 2018s Roma. I predict thatIñárritu will make a wholesome movie that is dear to his heart that also includes values from his home country. If you’re familiar with Iñárritu's work in the past, you’ll know not to overlook this film, as it could easily be the most beautifully touching film of 2022. 

20. 'The Son'

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Starring: Hugh Jackman, Zen McGrath, Laura Dern, Vanessa Kirby, Anthony Hopkins

Directed by: Florian Zeller

Release Date: TBD in 2022

No, this is not a sequel to writer and director Florian Zeller’s 2020 film The Father. This is a stand-alone film that coincidentally has a similar title and stars Anthony Hopkins. This film, The Son, follows Peter (Hugh Jackman) as his new wife and baby’s lives are thrown into chaos when Peter’s ex-wife Kate (Laura Dern) shows up with their teenage son Nicholas (Zen McGrath). If this is anything like The Father, then it will most definitely be an unforgettable film.

21. 'White Noise'

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Starring: Adam Driver, Greta Gerwig

Directed by: Noah Baumbach

Release Date: TBD in 2022

Prestigious writer and director Noah Baumbach’s follow-up to Marriage Story will most likely not disappoint. The film is based on the 1985 novel by Don DeLillo and will be Noah Baumbach’s first non-original movie that he will make. Not being an original story is definitely something to keep in mind but I don’t think it will have a negative impact on the overall film or Baumbach’s style. The film stars Adam Driver as he plays a Hitler studies professor who gets torn apart by an airborne toxic event and how he and his family must react to it. With a great cast, amazing director, and wacky premise, it’s hard to see how this 2022 film could be a complete disaster.

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