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AVALON’S PICKS: HIGHLY ANTICIPATED FILMS OF 2022

It’s about that time, where I present to you the list of films I’m looking forward to checking out in theaters this year – that is if films don’t end up getting delayed due to another outbreak.

There are a lot of films I’m looking forward to seeing, which is why it was really hard for me to narrow it down to just 10.

So without further ado, check out my top 10 list of most anticipated films of 2022.

1The Batman – March 4: I know, another Batman reboot in a short amount of time. I also know people were a bit hesitant when they heard Robert Pattinson would be stepping in as the caped crusader after Ben Affleck was pretty much ousted by Warner Bros. As someone who has followed Pattinson’s post-Twilight career, I knew that director Matt Reeves made the right decision casting him as the lead. Plus with Paul Dano as Riddler, Zoë Kravitz as Catwoman, and Colin Farrell as Penguin, after seeing all three trailers that have been released, March 4th can’t get here fast enough.

2Scream – January 14: We’re less than two weeks away from seeing this highly anticipated film, which picks up 25 years later after the original film. Neve Campbell, David Arquette and Courteney Cox are back reprising their iconic roles as Sidney Prescott, Dewey Riley and Gail Weathers, respectively. Plus we get a new queer character in the film in the form of Randy’s niece Mindy, played by Jasmin Savoy-Brown.

3Morbius – April 1: This film was supposed to come out this month, and as of last night was moved for a seventh time to April due to a rise in Omicron. Nevertheless after seeing the trailers, I’m pretty excited to see Jared Leto as the vampire antihero Michael Morbius.

4Halloween Ends – October 15: After some of the script decisions made in Halloween Kills left some fans divided, director David Gordon Green is back to close out the final chapter in his Halloween trilogy. Whether you loved or hated Halloween Kills, you can’t tell me you’re not curious to see the final showdown between Michael, Laurie Strode and Laurie’s granddaughter Alison, who will be looking to seek revenge on the iconic serial killer after the events of the previous film.

5B-Boy Blues -TBD: I had the opportunity to watch this film back in November when it premiered at the American Black Film Festival in New York, and I absolutely loved it. The film is about two same gender-loving black men from two different worlds who fall in love, and the complexities that plague their rollercoaster relationship. Don’t let the recent verdict regarding director Jussie Smollett discourage you from seeing this film. It’s a definite must-see if you are someone looking for a quality film featuring black queer characters.

6Thor: Love and Thunder – July 8, 2022: I will admit, I didn’t start loving the Thor solo films until Taika Waititi came on board with Thor: Ragnarok. Tessa Thompson returns as queer warrior Valkyrie, and Natalie Portman reprises her role as Jane Foster. Plus Christian Bale is on board as the film’s villain Gorr the God Butcher.

7Hellraiser – TBD: The original Clive Barker-directed film and Hellbound: Hellraiser 2 are two of my all-time favorite films in the franchise. The upcoming reboot, which premiere on Hulu later this year will star trans actress Jamie Clayton (Sense8) as the iconic cenobite Pinhead.

8Bros – August 12: I’m excited for this film because the rom-com is the first in history to not only be distributed by a major studio (Universal), but to also feature an all-queer cast. Not much is known about the plot, but we do know that Billy Eichner (who co-wrote the script) and Luke McFarlane are playing two central characters in the film that are trying to hook up. The film also stars Bowen Yang, Harvey Fierstein, Dot-Marie Jones, Ts Madison, Miss Lawrence, Guillermo Diaz, Jim Rash, Amanda Bearse, and Peter Kim.

9Uncharted – February 18: It’s no secret that video game movies don’t have the best track record when it comes to box office success. But Columbia s hoping to break that curse with the big budget action film, by casting Spider-Man’s Tom Holland as a young Nathan Drake, and Mark Wahlberg as Drake’s mentor Sully. The trailer’s released so far looks promising, so let’s keep our fingers crossed that we can finally get a video game movie that can be taken seriously.

Bullet Train is an upcoming American action thriller film directed by David Leitch (Atomic Blonde/Deadpool 2). Based on the novel Maria Beetle by Kōtarō Isaka, the plot is aid to revolve around five assassins who find themselves on a Japanese bullet train, only to realize their seemingly individual assignments are actually interconnected. Bullet Train stars Brad Pitt, Sandra Bullock, Andrew Koji, Zazie Beetz, Hiroyuki Sanada, Bad Bunny and Logan Lerman.

Bonus Pick:

Nope – July 22

I have no idea what the plot of the film is, but what I do know is that Nope reunites writer/director Jordan Peele with Get Out star Daniel Kaluuya, so I was sold on this film based on that alone. The film also stars Steven Yeun (The Walking Dead), Keke Palmer (Scream), and Michael Wincott (The Crow).

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