January 20, 2022

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Winter 2022 Movies: The 30 Most Anticipated Films

Spider-Man, Batman, Neo, Nathan Drake, and Ghostface are lined up to battle for your box office bucks this winter, but they’re not the only movies to consider.

From December through March, we’re also getting new flicks directed by Guillermo del Toro, George Clooney, and Denzel Washington — along with disaster maestros Michael Bay and Roland Emmerich. Plus, the boys from Jackass are back (for a final bow?), Sony unleashes Morbius from their own Spider-verse, and Pixar’s latest gives us a furry Red Panda freak-out.

Here’s a quick look at 30 of the biggest and most notable movies coming up over the next three and a half months, so that you can plan your pop culture intake accordingly.

Winter 2022 Movies: The 30 Most Anticipated Films

Rumble

US Date: Dec 15 (Paramount+)

UK/AU Date: Feb 18 (UK), Feb 17 (AU)

Will Arnett, Terry Crews, Blockers’ Geraldine Viswanathan, and WWE’s Becky Lynch and Roman Reigns lend their voices to an animated world where monsters are superstar athletes and compete in a popular professional wrestling global sport called Monster Wrestling. The story follows a young girl named Winnie (Viswanathan) who coaches a lovable underdog, yet inexperienced, monster named Steve (Arnett). Winnie plans to turn Steve into a champion so that he can go up against the reigning champion Tentacular (Crews).

Spider-Man: No Way Home

US Date: Dec 17

UK/AU Date: Dec 15 (UK), Dec 15 (AU)

This is it. The big one. The follow up to the huge Far From Home cliffhanger featuring Tom Holland’s Spidey, Benedict Cumberbatch’s Doctor Strange, a spell gone wrong, and a multitude of multiverse characters, from past Spider-Man Sony movie franchises — including Green Goblin, Doctor Octopus, Sandman, Electro, and Lizard! (and, ahem, probably more) — entering the MCU to cause chaos and calamity.

Nightmare Alley

US Date: Dec 17 (wide)

UK/AU Date: Jan 21 (UK), Jan 20 (AU)

Guillermo del Toro directs this freaky carnival noir, based on the famous 1946 novel by William Lindsay Gresham, about a con man and an ambitious carny, Stan Carlisle (Bradley Cooper). He hooks up with a corrupt psychiatrist, Dr. Lilith Ritter (Cate Blanchett), who proves to be as dangerous as he is. Toni Collette, Willem Dafoe, Richard Jenkins, Rooney Mara, Ron Perlman, Mary Steenburgen, and David Strathairn also star.

The Tender Bar

US Date: Dec 17 (limited), Dec 22 (wide)

UK/AU Date: Jan 7 (UK), TBA (AU)

George Clooney directs this coming-of-age drama, adapted from the 2005 memoir of the same name by J. R. Moehringer, about a boy who seeks a replacement for his father, who disappeared shortly after his birth, and bonds with his uncle and the patrons at a bar. Ben Affleck, Tye Sheridan, Christopher Lloyd, and Lily Rabe star.

The Lost Daughter

US Date: Dec 17 (limited), Dec 31 (Netflix)

UK/AU Date: Dec 31/Netflix (UK), Dec 31/Netflix (AU)

Written and directed by Maggie Gyllenhaal, in her feature directorial debut, The Lost Daughter tells the story of a woman who, while on a summer holiday, finds herself becoming obsessed with another woman and her daughter, prompting memories of her own early motherhood to come back and unravel her. Olivia Colman, Dakota Johnson, Jessie Buckley, Peter Sarsgaard, and Ed Harris star.

Mother/ Android

US Date: Dec 17 (Hulu)

UK/AU Date: Jan 7/Netflix (UK), Jan 7/Netflix (AU)

Chloë Grace Moretz stars in this sci-fi thriller about a post-apocalyptic world where androids, once commonly used as workers and servants, have become sentient and risen against the human race. A pregnant woman and her partner set out on a harrowing journey to a human enclave in Boston where she can safely give birth.

Being the Ricardos

US Date: Dec 10 (limited), Dec 21 (Prime Video)

UK/AU Date: Dec 21/Prime (UK), Dec 21/Prime (AU)

Written and directed by Aaron Sorkin, Being the Ricardos is a biopic about the relationship between I Love Lucy stars and Hollywood icons Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz. Nicole Kidman and Javier Bardem star as Ball and Arnaz, while J. K. Simmons, Nina Arianda, Tony Hale, Alia Shawkat, Jake Lacy, and Clark Gregg also star.

The Matrix Resurrections

US Date: Dec 22 (theaters and HBO Max for 30 days)

UK/AU Date: Dec 22 (UK), Dec 26 (AU)

Matrix stars Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss reunite with one half of the Wachowskis for a decades-later sequel anda new action-packed adventure that (surprisingly!) brings Neo and Trinity back to The Matrix. When a new version of Morpheus (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II) offers him a red pill and reopens his mind to the world of the Matrix, which has become more secure and dangerous in the years since the Smith infection, Neo joins a group of rebels to fight a new enemy.

Sing 2

US Date: Dec 22

UK/AU Date: Jan 28 (UK), Dec 26 (AU)

The 2016 animated musical comedy Sing gets a sequel, featuring returning voices from Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, and Scarlett Johansson – as well as new voices provided by Bono, Bobby Cannavale, Halsey, and Pharrell Williams. Sing 2 follows McConaughey’s Buster Moon and his troupe as they plan to perform in Redshore City and put on a show for a media mogul while working to enlist a legendary rock star to perform with them.

The King’s Man

US Date: Dec 22

UK/AU Date: Jan 28 (UK), Dec 26 (AU)

The third film in Matthew Vaughn’s Kingsman franchise is a prequel, set just ahead of World War I, starring Ralph Fiennes, Gemma Arterton, Rhys Ifans, Matthew Goode, Harris Dickinson, Daniel Brühl, Djimon Hounsou and Aaron Taylor-Johnson. As a collection of history’s worst tyrants and criminal masterminds gather to plot a war to wipe out millions, one man (Fiennes) and his protégé (Dickinson) must race against time to stop them.

Don’t Look Up

US Date: Dec 10 (limited), Dec 24 (Netflix)

UK/AU Date: Dec 10/Netflix (UK), Dec 9/Netflix (AU)

Anchorman and Talladega Nights’ Adam McKay writes and directs this dark satire about two low-level astronomers — played by Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Lawrence — who go on a giant media tour to warn mankind of an approaching comet that will destroy planet Earth. The all-star cast also includes Meryl Streep, Cate Blanchett, Jonah Hill, Timothée Chalamet, Ariana Grande, Tyler Perry, and Chris Evans.

American Underdog

US Date: Dec 25

UK/AU Date: TBA (UK), TBA (AU)

Inspired by the story of NFL quarterback Kurt Warner, American Underdog follows Warner’s journey as an undrafted player, stocking shelves at a supermarket, who ascends to winning Super Bowl XXXIV. Zachary Levi, Anna Paquin, and Dennis Quaid star.

US Date: Dec 25

UK/AU Date: Jan 28 (UK), TBA (AU)

Directed by Denzel Washington, and starring Michael B. Jordan and Chanté Adams, A Journal for Jordan is based on the true story of 1st Sergeant Charles Monroe King who, while deployed in Iraq, keeps a journal of love and advice for his infant son. Sharing this journal with her son, his fiancée Dana Canedy reflects on her unlikely yet powerful romantic relationship with King.

The Tragedy of MacBeth

US Date: Dec 25 (limited), Jan 14 (Apple TV+)

UK/AU Date: Jan 14/Apple (UK), TBA (AU)

One half of the Coen Brothers, Joel Coen, adapts one of Shakespeare’s most wicked works, Macbeth, for a surreal, black and white tale of woe about a lord who’s convinced by three witches that he can become the King of Scotland. Denzel Washington, Frances McDormand, and Brendan Gleeson star.

The 355

US Date: Jan 7

UK/AU Date: Jan 7 (UK), Jan 6 (AU)

Simon Kinberg (X-Men films, Mr. & Mrs. Smith) directs this spy thriller starring Jessica Chastain, Lupita Nyong’o, Penélope Cruz, Diane Kruger, and Sebastian Stan, which is about a team of female agents tasked with recovering a top-secret weapon. The title is derived from Agent 355, a female spy for the Patriots during the American Revolution.

Hotel Transylvania: Transformania

US Date: Jan 14

UK/AU Date: Jan 14 (UK), Jane 14 (AU)

Adam Sandler soundalike Brian Hull takes over as Drac for the fourth Hotel Transylvania flick, as Van Helsing’s mysterious invention, the “Monsterfication Ray,” goes haywire and turns all the monsters into humans – and Andy Samberg’s Johnny into a monster. Selena Gomez (who also serves as an EP), Kathryn Hahn, Jim Gaffigan, Steve Buscemi, Molly Shannon, David Spade, and Keegan-Michael Key also star.

Scream

US Date: Jan 14

UK/AU Date: Jan 14 (UK), Jane 13 (AU)

Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, and David Arquette return (along with Scream 4’s Marley Shelton) for a legacy sequel (from Ready or Not’s Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett) designed to upend the franchise and begin things anew. When a new killer dons the Ghostface mask and begins targeting a group of teenagers — played by Melissa Barrera, Jack Quaid, Dylan Minnette, Jasmin Savoy Brown, and Mikey Madison — secrets from Woodsboro’s deadly past come to light.

Cyrano

US Date: Jan 21

UK/AU Date: Jan 14 (UK), Feb 24 (AU)

Joe Wright directs this musical adaptation of the famed 1897 play Cyrano de Bergerac as Game of Thrones’ Peter Dinklage plays Cyrano, a man who dazzles everyone with his ferocious wordplay and brilliant swordplay. However, he’s convinced his appearance renders him unworthy of the affections of the luminous Roxanne (Haley Bennett), a devoted friend who’s in love with someone else.

Operation Fortune: Ruse de guerre

US Date: Jan 21

UK/AU Date: Jan 21 (UK), Jan 20 (AU)

Director Guy Ritchie and star Jason Statham collaborate for a fifth time, delivering a spy adventure co-starring Aubrey Plaza, Josh Hartnett, Cary Elwes, Hugh Grant, and hip-hop star Bugzy Malone. Statham plays super spy Orson Fortune, whose team of top operatives must recruit Hollywood’s biggest movie star, Danny Francesco (Hartnett), to help them on an undercover mission to stop a billionaire arms broker.

Morbius

US Date: Jan 28

UK/AU Date: Jan 21 (UK), Jan 20 (AU)

Based on the Marvel Comics character and Spider-Man foe Morbius the Living Vampire, this Sony-verse Spidey film, after a year and a half delay, is finally landing. Jared Leto stars as the titular Dr. Michael Morbius, who becomes a vampire after attempting to cure himself of a rare blood disease. Matt Smith, Adria Arjona, Jared Harris, Al Madrigal, and Tyrese Gibson co-star along with Michael Keaton (who appears, apparently, as his MCU character, Adrian Toomes/Vulture).

Moonfall

US Date: Feb 4

UK/AU Date: Feb 4 (UK), Feb 3 (AU)

Roland Emmerich returns to his bread and butter, End Times Cinema, for a mayhem-filled movie where the moon hurtles toward Earth after getting knocked from its orbit. With mere weeks before impact and the world on the brink of annihilation, NASA executive and former astronaut Jo Fowler (Halle Berry) is convinced she has the key to saving us all – but only one astronaut from her past, Brian Harper (Patrick Wilson), and conspiracy theorist K.C. Houseman (John Bradley) believe her.

The Black Phone

US Date: Feb 4

UK/AU Date: Jan 28 (UK), Jan 27 (AU)

Based on a short story by Joe Hill, The Black Phone stars Mason Thames as an abducted child who can communicate with the past victims of his kidnapper, portrayed by Ethan Hawke. Director Scott Derrickson (Sinister, The Exorcism of Emily Rose), after bowing out of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, returns to horror for this creepy new thriller.

Jackass Forever

US Date: Feb 4

UK/AU Date: Feb TBA (UK), TBA (AU)

The fourth, and presumably final, film in the Jackass franchise roars into theaters this coming February after having been bounced out of the Fall 2021 lineup, its fourth major delay due to the pandemic. As they ponder the passing of time and getting older, Johnny Knoxville, Steve-O, Chris Pontius, Dave England, Wee Man, and more return for more harebrained stunts and pranks.

Death on the Nile

US Date: Feb 11

UK/AU Date: Feb 11 (UK), Feb 10 (AU)

Kenneth Branagh is back as Agatha Christie’s “world’s greatest detective,” Hercule Poirot, following 2017’s Murder on the Orient Express for a new murder mystery starring Gal Gadot, Annette Bening, Russell Brand, Ali Fazal, Dawn French, Armie Hammer, Rose Leslie, Emma Mackey, Sophie Okonedo, Jennifer Saunders, and Letitia Wright. This time Poirot must track a killer on the vacation vessel the S.S. Karnak.

Uncharted

US Date: Feb 18

UK/AU Date: Feb 18 (UK), Feb 18 (AU)

From Venom and Zombieland’s Ruben Fleischer comes a big-budget adaptation of the Uncharted game franchise, starring Tom Holland and Mark Wahlberg as younger versions of duo Nathan Drake and Victor “Sully” Sullivan. Drake’s first treasure hunting adventure finds him in pursuit of “the greatest treasure never found” while also tracking clues that may lead to his long-lost brother.

Ambulance

US Date: Feb 18

UK/AU Date: Feb 18 (UK), Feb 17 (AU)

Michael Bay directs a script from Chuck’s Chris Fedak about a war veteran who desperately needs money for his wife’s surgery and reaches out to his adoptive brother, a lifelong criminal, who talks him into taking part in a $32 million bank heist. Jake Gyllenhaal, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Eiza González, and Garret Dillahunt star.

The Batman

US Date: March 4

UK/AU Date: March 4 (UK), TBA (AU)

Matt Reeves’ The Batman looks to be the darkest big-screen portrayal of the Caped Crusader to date. Robert Pattinson, Zoë Kravitz, Jeffrey Wright, John Turturro, Peter Sarsgaard, Andy Serkis, and Colin Farrell star in this Batman: Year Two take, featuring Pattinson’s masked vigilante going toe-to-toe with a serial killer – Paul Dano’s Riddler.

Turning Red

US Date: March 11

UK/AU Date: March 11 (UK), TBA (AU)

In the first Pixar film to be solely directed by a woman, Domee Shi, Rosalie Chiang and Sandra Oh star in the story of a confident 13-year-old Chinese-Canadian girl who is torn between staying her mother’s dutiful daughter and the chaos of adolescence. And, as if changes to her interests, relationships, and body were not enough, whenever she gets too excited or stressed, she “poofs” into a giant red panda.

Downton Abbey: A New Era

US Date: March 18

UK/AU Date: March TBA (UK), TBA (AU)

A sequel to both the hit series and the 2019 film, Downton Abbey: A New Era once again reunites creator Julian Fellowes with stars Hugh Bonneville, Elizabeth McGovern, Jim Carter, Michelle Dockery, Joanne Froggatt, Brendan Coyle, Robert James-Collier, Maggie Smith and more – while also adding Hugh Dancy, Matthew Goode, and Dominic West.

The Lost City

US Date: March 25

UK/AU Date: TBA (UK), TBA (AU)

This swashbuckling rom-com features Sandra Bullock, Channing Tatum, Daniel Radcliffe, and Brad Pitt in the story of a reclusive romance novelist who goes on a book tour with her cover model and gets swept up in a kidnapping attempt that lands them both in a cutthroat jungle adventure.

What movie are you most looking forward to this winter? Let’s discuss in the comments!