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It’s crystal ball time.
While Hollywood insiders mud-wrestle over who should get which Oscar nominations for what, the rest of us can look forward, not back. The pandemic made a mess of movie schedules for months and screwed up the making of more.
All that is still sorting out, and will be for a while. But we know enough to have 10 movies we’re looking forward to in 2022. There are always dark horses that gallop up out of nowhere, and schedules can change during the best of times. But there are some new films worth getting excited about, too – any year Jordan Peele directs a new horror movie and Steven Spielberg pays a cinematic visit to his Phoenix years qualifies.
Here are 10 films we’re looking forward to watching.
The fifth film in the horror franchise arrives 25 years after the first, and with the same title. And some of the same stars: Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox and David Arquette all return. The story is – get this – more murders in Woodsboro! Who could have guessed? And honestly, why would anyone live there anymore?
How to watch: In theaters Jan. 14.
All the buzz is over Robert Pattinson as Bruce Wayne and Batman, and rightfully so. But what about Colin Farrell as the Penguin and Paul Dano as the Riddler? That sounds fantastically weird, and really, any good Batman story needs a lot of weird.
How to watch: In theaters March 4.
'Everything Everywhere All at Once'
It’s not just Marvel making multiverse movies. They’re all the rage. At least this one stars the legendary Michelle Yeoh, as a woman who must connect with other versions of her lives to save the world. Let’s hope she connects with the “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” one.
How to watch: In theaters March 25.
Always up for a Robert Eggers movie. If you make “The Witch” and “The Lighthouse,” that's the respect you get. A Viking prince seeks revenge for his murdered father. Cool cast, with Alexander Skarsgard, Anya Taylor-Joy (who was in “The Witch”), Willem Dafoe (who was in “The Lighthouse”) and Nicole Kidman. Oh, and Bjork. Should be interesting, if nothing else. But ideally something else – something good.
How to watch: In theaters April 8.
'The Bob’s Burgers Movie'
Five stars! Calling it right now! Oh, I hope I hope I hope. “Bob’s Burgers” is one of the best shows on TV – not animated shows, but shows, period. And Bob (voice of H. Jon Benjamin) is the best dad on TV. I mean, who else you going to go with, Kendall Roy? The secret to the show, and with luck the movie, is that underneath all the arguing and disappointment and bad luck and poor decisions surrounding this family is genuine love. “The Simpsons” gets it. So does “Bob’s Burgers.” Please don’t disappoint.
How to watch: In theaters May 27.
The origin story of the “real” Buzz Lightyear, who becomes immortalized as a toy in “Toy Story.” He will be voiced by Chris Evans, which you probably know if you have an internet connection, because that's where some claimed loudly that Tim Allen, who voiced Buzz in "Toy Story," wasn't cast because of his politics. (He’s conservative; Evans is liberal.) The trouble with that particular conspiracy story is that these are two different Buzz characters, so why wouldn’t they be voiced by different actors? Anyway, cool idea. Hope it works.
How to watch: In theaters June 17.
Jordan Peele made “Get Out” and “Us.” Free pass for life, man. No word on what his latest horror film is about but it stars Daniel Kaluuya, who starred in “Get Out” and after his performance in “Judas and the Black Messiah” can now be referred to as Oscar winner Daniel Kaluuya. Steven Yeun also stars. Can’t wait.
How to watch: In theaters July 22.
'Black Panther: Wakanda Forever'
Losing Chadwick Boseman is an enormous loss in so many ways, of course. This is just one of them. He starred in the greatest Marvel movie of them all, “Black Panther.” Director Ryan Coogler isn’t recasting the role for this sequel, which is smart. There has been drama surrounding the production, including about the COVID-19 vaccination status of Letitia Wright, who returns as Shuri. It’s going to be really interesting to see how this turns out.
How to watch: In theaters Nov. 11.
Ronan Farrow gets a lot of the credit for reporting on the allegations of Harvey Weinstein’s sexual misconduct that helped kickstart the #MeToo movement. But New York Times reporters Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey broke the story and shared the Pulitzer Prize with Farrow. This is their story (based on their book of the same title), with Zoe Kazan playing Kantor and Carey Mulligan as Twohey. Maria Schrader, who directed the outstanding “I’m Your Man,” is behind the camera.
How to watch: In theaters Nov. 18.
Steven Spielberg spent some of his teens in Phoenix, where he first started making movies. This film, which Spielberg directs and co-wrote with Tony Kushner, is a fictionalized version of those years. It stars Michelle Williams, Seth Rogen and Paul Dano. Spielberg’s life has been a constant influence on his filmmaking, so it’ll be fascinating to get a look at a version of the source material.
How to watch: In theaters Nov. 23.
This article originally appeared on Arizona Republic: 10 must-see new movies in 2022: 'Black Panther,' 'Lightyear,' 'Nope'