Here's our new movies 2022 release dates calendar for all the upcoming big films.
2022 is shaping up to be a brilliant year for movies, with Top Gun: Maverick proving to be the biggest film of the year so far. It's taken over a billion dollars!!
We have a series of in-depth guides to these huge films, such as our guide to Jurassic World: Dominion (now out at last), which will give you more information about each movie.
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 teased and new films announced.
Our new movies 2022 calendar
- Stars: Penélope Cruz, Jessica Chastain, Sebastian Stan, Diane Kruger.
- Directed by: Simon Kinberg.
- Release date: Jan. 7.
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."
- Stars: Neve Campbell, David Arquette, Courteney Cox.
- Directed by: Matt Bettinelli-Olphin, Tyler Gillett.
- Release date: Jan. 14
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
- Stars: Brian Hull, Selena Gomez, Andy Samberg.
- Directed by: Jennifer Kluska, Derek Drymon.
- Release date: Jan. 14
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.
- Stars: Pierce Brosnan, William Hurt, Kaya Scodelario.
- Directed by: Sean McNamara.
- Release date: Jan. 21
- Stars: Halle Berry, Donald Sutherland, Patrick Wilson, John Bradley.
- Directed by: Roland Emmerich.
- Release date: Feb. 4
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."
- Stars: Steve-O, Chris Pontius, Johnny Knoxville, Tony Hawk, Machine Gun Kelly.
- Directed by: Jeff Tremaine.
- Release date: Feb. 4.
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."
- Stars: Jennifer Lopez, Owen Wilson, Sarah Silverman, Utkarsh Ambudkar.
- Directed by: Kat Coiro.
- Release date: Feb. 11
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
- Stars: Kenneth Branagh, Gal Gadot, Tom Bateman, Letitia Wright, Dawn French, Sophie Okonedo.
- Directed by: Kenneth Branagh
- Release date: Feb. 11
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.
- Stars: Tom Holland, Mark Wahlberg, Antonio Banderas.
- Directed by: Ruben Fleischer.
- Release date: Feb. 18 in US, Feb .11 in the UK.
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!
- Stars: Channing Tatum.
- Directed by: Reid Carolin, Channing Tatum.
- Release date: Feb. 18.
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.
- Stars: Robert Pattinson, Colin Farrell, Peter Sarsgaard, Andy Serkis, Paul Dano, Zoë Kravitz.
- Directed by: Matt Reeves
- Release date: March 4
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."
- Stars: Sandra Oh, Rosalie Chiang
- Directed by: Domee Shi
- Release date: March 11
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!
- Stars: Mark Rylance, Dylan O'Brien, Zoey Deutch, Johnny Flynn.
- Directed by: Graham Moore.
- Release date: March 18
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
- Stars: Sandra Bullock, Daniel Radcliffe, Channing Tatum, Brad Pitt
- Directed by: Aaron Nee, Adam Nee.
- Release date: March 25 in the US, April 13 in the UK.
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
- Stars: Michelle Yeoh
- Directed by: Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert
- Release date: March 25 in the US, May 13 in the UK.
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"
- Stars: Jared Leto, Michael Keaton, Matt Smith, Tyrese Gibson, Jared Harris, Adria Arjona.
- Directed by: Daniel Espinosa.
- Release date: April 1 (changed from Jan 28)
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
- Stars: Jim Carrey, Idris Elba, Ben Schwartz, Colleen O'Shaughnessey
- Directed by: Jeff Fowler
- Release date: April 8
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
- Stars: Eddie Redmayne, Jude Law, Mads Mikkelsen, Katherine Waterston.
- Directed by: David Yates.
- Release date: April 15 in the US, April 8 in the UK.
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."
- Stars: Nicole Kidman, Alexander Skarsgard, Ethan Hawke, Willem Dafoe, Anya Taylor-Joy, Björk, Claes Bang.
- Directed by: Robert Eggers.
- Release date: April 22
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.
- Stars: Colin Firth, Matthew Macfadyen, Kelly Macdonald
- Directed by: John Madden
- Release date: April 22 in UK cinemas, due on Netflix in US on May 11.
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
- Stars: Sam Rockwell, Awkwafina, Marc Maron.
- Directed by: Pierre Perifel
- Release date: April 22
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
- Stars: Nicolas Cage, Neil Patrick Harris, Tiffany Haddish, Pedro Pascal, Sharon Horgan
- Directed by: Tom Gormican
- Release date: April 22
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
- Stars: Benedict Cumberbatch, Elizabeth Olsen, Chiwetel Ejiofor
- Directed by: Sam Raimi
- Release date: May 6
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
- Stars: Maggie Smith, Hugh Bonneville, Michelle Dockery, Laura Carmichael, Elizabeth McGovern, Joanne Froggatt, Dominic West, Jim Carter.
- Directed by: Simon Curtis.
- Release date: May 20 in the US, April 29 in the UK.
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
- Stars: H. Jon Benjamin, Kristen Schaal, Dan Mintz
- Directed by: Loren Bouchard, Bernard Derriman
- Release date: May 27
Top Gun: Maverick
- Stars: Tom Cruise, Val Kilmer, Miles Teller, Ed Harris, Jennifer Connelly.
- Directed by: Joseph Kosinski
- Release date: May 27
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
- Stars: Sam Neill, Jeff Goldblum, Laura Dern, Chris Pratt, Laura Dern.
- Directed by: Colin Trevorrow.
- Release date: June 10.
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".
- Stars: Chris Evans.
- Directed by: Angus MacLane.
- Release date: June 17.
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.
- Stars: Tom Hanks, Austin Butler
- Directed by: Baz Luhrmann
- Release date: June 24
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.
The Man from Toronto
- Stars: Kevin Hart, Woody Harrelson, Kaley Cuoco.
- Directed by: Patrick Hughes.
- Release date: June 24 on Netflix
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
- Stars: Ethan Hawke, Mason Thames
- Directed by: Scott Derrickson
- Release date: June 24
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
- Stars: Steve Carrell, Lucy Lawless, Pierre Coffin.
- Directed by: Kyle Balda, Jonathan del Val, Brad Ableson.
- Release date: July 1
Minions 2: The Rise of Gru focuses on a young Gru's journey to becoming an iconic supervillain. It promises to be a lot of fun!
Thor: Love and Thunder
- Stars: Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Christian Bale.
- Directed by: Taika Waititi.
- Release date: UK: July 7, US: July 8
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
The Gray Man
- Stars: Chris Evans, Ryan Gosling, Ana de Armas, Regé-Jean Page
- Directed by: The Russo Brothers
- Release date: Limited theatrical release on July 15, Netflix on Jul 22
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).
- Stars: Brad Pitt, Sandra Bullock.
- Directed by: David Leitch.
- Release date: July 15
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.
- Stars: Keke Palmer, Steven Yeun, Michael Wincott, Donna Mills.
- Directed by: Jordan Peele
- Release date: July 22
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.
Where the Crawdads Sing
- Stars: Garret Dillahunt, Daisy Edgar-Jones, David Strathairn.
- Directed by: Olivia Newman.
- Release date: US: July 15, UK July 22
Where the Crawdad's Sing is an adaptation of Delia Owen’s novel by Reece Witherspoon's production company starring Daisy Edgar-Jones.
Mrs Harris Goes To Paris
- Stars: Lesley Manville, Jason Isaacs, Anna Chancellor
- Directed by: Anthony Fabian
- Release date: July 15 in the US, Sept. 30 in the UK
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...
DC League of Super-Pets
- Stars: Kevin Hart, Dwayne Johnson, Natasha Lyonne
- Directed by: Jared Stern, Sam Levine.
- Release date: July 29
- Stars: Jo Koy, Jimmy O. Yang, Tiffany Haddish, Tia Carrere, Lou Diamond Phillips.
- Directed by: Jay Chandrasekhar.
- Release date: August 5
In Easter Sunday, stand-up comedian Jo Koy plays Joe Valencia, a down-on-his-luck comedian attending a dysfunctional family Easter celebration with his Filipino American family.
- Stars: Owen Wilson, Jesse Williams.
- Directed by: Henry Joost, Ariel Schulman.
- Release date: Aug. 5.
- Stars: William Sadler, Alfre Woodard, Bill Camp.
- Directed by: Gary Dauberman
- Release date: Sept. 9
- Stars: Naomi Scott, Anthony Ramos.
- Directed by: Josh Gordon, Will Speck.
- Release date: Sept. 16
Don't Worry Darling
- Stars: Florence Pugh, Chris Pine, Harry Styles, Olivia Wilde.
- Directed by: Olivia Wilde
- Release date: Sept. 23
Puss in Boots: The Last Wish
- Stars: Antonio Banderas.
- Directed by: Joel Crawford.
- Release date: Sept. 23
Hocus Pocus 2
- Stars: Sarah Jessica Parker, Bette Midler.
- Directed by: Anne Fletcher.
- Release date: September 30
Hocus Pocus 2 will see Sarah Jessica Parker, Bette Midler and Kathy Najimy returning to play the iconic Sanderson sisters.
- Stars: Luke Macfarlane, Billy Eichner, Monica Raymund
- Directed by: Nicholas Stoller
- Release date: Sept. 30
Lyle Lyle Crocodile
- Stars: Javier Bardem, Scoot McNairy, Constance Wu
- Directed by: Josh Gordon, Will Speck
- Release date: Oct. 7
- Stars: Jamie Lee Curtis, Andi Matichak, Kyle Richards
- Directed by: David Gordon Green
- Release date: Oct. 14
- Stars: Dwayne Johnson, Pierce Brosnan, Aldis Hodge, Sarah Shahi
- Directed by: Jaume Collet-Serra
- Release date: October 21
Black Adam sees Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson joining the DC cinematic universe, as he takes on the role of the complex comic book character.
Tickets to Paradise
- Stars: Julia Roberts, George Clooney
- Directed by: Ol Parker
- Release date: Oct. 21
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever
- Stars: Martin Freeman, Michaela Coel, Angela Bassett, Daniel Kaluuya, Letitia Wright
- Directed by: Ryan Coogler
- Release date: Nov. 11
- Stars: Not yet announced
- Directed by: Vicky Jenson
- Release date: Nov. 11
- Stars: Carey Mulligan, Samantha Morton
- Directed by: Maria Schrader
- Release date: Nov. 18
- Stars: Alan Tudyk
- Directed by: Don Hall
- Release date: Nov. 23
- Stars: Kate Winslet, Sam Worthington, Michelle Yeoh.
- Directed by: James Cameron.
- Release date: Dec. 16
Easily one of the biggest new movies in 2022, Avatar 2 is finally coming to the cinemas more than a decade after the original was released. Fans will be able to see what's next for Jake Sully (Sam Worthington) and Neytiri (Zoe Saldana), following on from the events of the first film which saw Jake permanently transferred into his avatar after Ney'tiri saves him from suffocation.
Also coming soon
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Moved out of 2022
Spider-Man: Across The Spider-Verse (Part One)
- Stars: Shameik Moore, Hailee Steinfeld, Issa Rae
- Directed by: Joaquim Dos Santos, Kemp Powers, Justin K. Thompson
- Release date: June 2, 2023 ( was Oct. 7 2022)
Miles Morales and Gwen Stacey are heading back into the Spider-Verse in Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse (Part One). And yep, there is a part-two on its way as well although not now until 2024!
Legally Blonde 3
- Stars: Reese Witherspoon, Jessica Cauffiel, Jennifer Coolidge
- Directed by: Jamie Suk
- Release date: Originally May 20, 2022, now not known.
Reese Witherspoon reprises her role as Elle Woods for the much-anticipated Legally Blonde 3 movie. The third installment of the franchise promises to show Elle in her 40s. Over 20 years after the original, how has life treated the lawyer? In bad news for fans, Legally Blonde 3 is no longer coming out in 2022 and its future is unclear.
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