2022 was a fantastic year for television and films. This year, three films crossed the $1 billion mark at the worldwide box office – ‘Top Gun: Maverick,’ ‘Jurassic World: Dominion,’ and the latest ‘Avatar: The Way of Water.’ A sci-fi thriller series co-directed and executive produced by Ben Stiller, AMC’s series based on Anne Rice’s novel, and a ‘Game of Thrones’ prequel series, among many other exciting television series, premiered on the small screen and OTT platforms this year.
Many highly anticipated releases, including Greta Gerwig’s ‘Barbie,’ ‘Dune: Part Two’ and ‘Oppenheimer’ directed by Christopher Nolan, are set to premiere on the big screen in 2023. Let’s take a look at some of the TV series and films released this year.
We’ve compiled a list of must-watch new series movies that premiered this year in 2022.
The Banshees of Inisherin
Set on the fictional island of Inisherin in 1923, two lifelong friends (Pádraic and Colm) abruptly find themselves at loggerheads with each other! Pádraic tries to remedy this, however Colm has no interest in listening to him. This movie is well worth watching, owing to its supporting cast, period-specific dialogue, and deeper themes. The film is maintaining a 97% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes and has been nominated for a slew of awards in 2023.
Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson, the stars of the 2008 movie ‘In Brugge,’ team up once again with director Martin McDonagh for ‘The Banshees of Inisherin.’
Cast: Kerry Condon (‘Bad Samaritian’), Pat Shortt (‘Garage’), Barry Keoghan (‘Eternals’), Gary Lydon (‘War Horse’), David Pearse (‘Trivia’), and Sheila Flitton (‘The Northman’).
Click here to The Banshees of Inisherin watch on Disney+
Meilin “Mei” Lee is a confident teenager looking forward to the upcoming school year. Mei’s world is flipped upside down when, one day, she transforms into a large red panda due to her family’s supernatural affinity with red pandas. Mei fights to control her transformation, with this metamorphosis taking over when she feels a strong wave of emotion.
Domee Shi pitched the idea to Pixar in 2017, making her feature directorial debut with ‘Turning Red’ in 2022. It has been nominated for Best Motion Feature Animated at the 2023 Golden Globes award ceremony.
Voice Cast: Rosalie Chiang, Sandra Oh (‘Killing Eve’) Maitreyi Ramakrishnan (‘Never Have I Ever’), Addie Chandler (‘Barbie: Dreamtopia’), Ava Morse (‘Ron’s Gone Wrong’), James Hong (‘Kung Fu Panda 2’), Wai Ching Ho (‘Iron Fist’) and Hyein Park.
Click here to watch Turning Red on Disney+
Top Gun: Maverick
Captain Pete ‘Maverick’ Mitchell is summoned back to the Top Gun training academy to instruct a group of elite fighter pilots on an urgent special covert assignment. The sequel film has become one of the highest-grossing films of all time and earned massively positive reviews since its release.
The film is directed by Joseph Kosinski, and Tom Cruise also serves as producer. Val Kilmer returns for its sequel to portray Admiral Tom ‘Iceman’ Kazansky.
Cast: Jennifer Connelly (‘A Beautiful Mind’), Miles Teller (‘Whiplash’), Glen Powell (‘Hidden Figures’), Lewis Pullman (‘Outer Range’), Jon Hamm (‘Mad Men’), and Ed Harris (‘Westworld’), Monica Barbaro, Charles Parnell, Jay Ellis, Greg Tarzan Davis, Manny Jacinto, and comedian Bashir Salahuddin.
Lady Gaga worked on the film’s score with Oscar-winning composer Hans Zimmer, Lorne Balfe, and Harold Faltermeyer, who also worked on the 1986 Top Gun soundtrack.
Click here to watch Top Gun Maverick on Amazon Prime
Everything Everywhere All At Once
A tired Chinese American woman who can’t seem to finish her taxes stars in this amusing and heartwarming sci-fi action adventure. The world’s future depends on her ability to use her newly discovered powers to combat strange and perplexing threats from the multiverse.
This two-hour spectacle currently holds a 95% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and has earned six nominations at the upcoming Golden Globe awards in 2023. Filmmaking duo Daniels (Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert) serve as directors in the film, with the Russo Brothers as producers.
Cast: Michelle Yeoh (‘Crazy Rich Asians’) Ke Huy Quan (‘Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom’), Stephanie Hsu (‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’), Jamie Lee Curtis (‘Halloween’), Jenny Slate (‘Gifted’), Harry Shum Jr. (‘Shadowhunters’).
Click here to watch Everything Everywhere All At Once on Amazon Prime
Daniel Craig, who portrays investigator Benoit Blanc, must solve a murder mystery on a Greek private island in his second outing as the character. In this whodunnit, Benoit must uncover all the details surrounding a murder in order to identify the perpetrator amongst a group of high profile friends. As revealed on Variety, ‘Glass Onion’ amassed a total viewership of 82.1 million hours in its opening weekend release of December 2022.
Cast: Edward Norton (‘The Illusionist’), Janelle Monáe (‘Harriet’), Kathryn Hahn (‘Tomorrowland’), Leslie Odom Jr.(‘One Night In Miami..’), Jessica Henwick (‘The Matrix Ressurections’), Jessica Henwick (‘Boy Erased’) Kate Hudson (‘Marshall’), and professional wrestler turned actor Dave Bautista (‘Dune’).
Click here to watch Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery on Netflix
‘Severance,’ a workplace sci-fi thriller co-directed and executive produced by Ben Stiller, sees ‘Big Little Lies’ and ‘Parks and Recreation’ actor Adam Scott as Mark, who leads a team of employees at Lumon Industries, the globe’s leading biotechnology company, who has undergone a surgical procedure called ‘Severance’ to divide their work memories from their personal ones.
The Apple TV+ series has been penned and created by Dan Erickson and co-directed by Aoife McArdle. ‘Severance’ scored 14 Emmy nods this year, including the coveted ‘Outstanding Drama Series,’ ‘Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series,’ two ‘Outstanding Supporting Actor’ nominations (John Turturro and Christopher Walken), and ‘Outstanding Supporting Actress’ (Patricia Arquette). The series was very well received by the viewers and has been greenlit for a second season.
Cast: Adam Scott, Patricia Arquette (‘Medium’, ‘Boyhood’), Zach Cherry (‘You’), Britt Lower (‘Man Seeking Woman’), John Turturro (‘The Batman’), Dichen Lachman (‘Altered Carbon’, ‘Jurassic World: Dominion’), Tramell Tillman (‘Godfather of Harlem’), Christopher Walken (‘Catch Me If You Can’), Jen Tullock, Michael Chernus, and more.
Find ‘Severance’ on Apple TV+: HERE
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Interview With the Vampire
AMC’s ‘Interview With the Vampire’ is based on Anne Rice’s novel of the same name. It sees vampire Louis de Pointe du Lac tell his life story, which starts in the early twentieth century, to journalist Daniel Molloy in Dubai in 2022. He talks to the journalist about his relationship with the vampire Lestat du Lioncourt, their family, immortality, as well as their everlasting lives. His story also includes a teen named Claudia. This series has been created by Rolin Jones (‘Perry Mason’), who also served as the writer and showrunner.
Cast: Jacob Anderson (‘Game of Thrones’), Eric Bogosian (‘Talk Radio’), Kalyne Coleman, Sam Reid (‘Belle’, ‘The Newsreader’), Bailey Bass (‘Avatar: The Way of Water’), Assad Zaman, Rae Dawn Chong (‘Quest for Fire’), and Chris Stack (‘Roger Dodger’), among others.
Watch ‘Interview with the Vampire’ on AMC: HERE
‘Wednesday’ currently ranks at number 2 on the list of most popular English TV series on Netflix, right behind ‘Stranger Things 4.’ It follows the titular character, Wednesday Addams, daughter of Morticia and Gomez Addams, who begins attending Nevermore Academy, a school for children with unique gifts.
Wednesday is unlike other kids, and she tries to become proficient with her emerging psychic abilities as the show progresses, whilst investigating a murder spree. Alfred Gough (‘Into the Badlands’) and Miles Millar (‘Shanghai Noon’) are the co-creators of this hit Netflix series. ‘Wednesday’ was directed by Tim Burton (‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’, ‘Edward Scissorhands’).
Cast: Jenna Ortega (‘You’, ‘Scream’), Luis Guzmán (‘Journey 2: The Mysterious Island’), Catherine Zeta-Jones (‘The Terminal’), Christina Ricci (‘The Addams Family’, ‘Yellowjackets’), Gwendoline Christie (‘The Sandman’, ‘Game of Thrones’), Isaac Ordonez, Hunter Doohan (‘Your Honor’), Emma Myers (‘Girl in the Basement’), and George Burcea, among others.
Stream ‘Wednesday’ on Netflix: HERE
This series sees Carmy, a young chef, return home after a tragic death in the family (his brother’s suicide). He used to belong to the fine-dining world. Now, he has returned to Chicago to take over his family sandwich shop, which quickly turns into a daunting task. Running a small business is not an easy job; he must coordinate with kitchen staff while he struggles with the grief of his brother’s passing.
Carmy also has a strained relationship with his family, but finds his kitchen staff becoming his chosen family. He strives to transform himself and his family shop. This gripping series has scored many nominations this year, along with Critics’ Choice, Golden Globe, and Independent Spirit Awards. Christopher Storer (‘Bo Burnham: what.’) is the creator of ‘The Bear’. He also co-directed and co-wrote the series.
Cast: Jeremy Allen White (‘Shameless’), Ayo Edebiri (‘Big Mouth’), Ebon Moss-Bachrach (‘The Dropout’, ‘Andor’), Molly Ringwald (‘The Breakfast Club’), Lionel Boyce, Abby Elliott, Oliver Platt (‘The Three Musketeers’), and Liza Colón-Zayas, among others.
Find ‘The Bear’ on Hulu: HERE
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House of the Dragon
Set about 200 years before the ‘Game of Thrones’ storyline, this new HBO series is based on George R.R. Martin’s ‘Fire & Blood,’ which revolves around the Targaryen civil war. ‘House of the Dragon’ sees the beginning of the House Targaryen’s reign, and how King Viserys I Targaryen’s children fight for the Iron Throne after his death. This GoT prequel series has received Critics’ Choice and Golden Globe nods, with 10 million viewers having tuned in to see the show’s premiere.
Cast: Milly Alcock, Emma D’Arcy (‘Wanderlust’), Emily Carey (‘Anastasia’), Olivia Cooke (‘Bates Motel’), Matt Smith (‘Doctor Who’, ‘The Crown’), Paddy Considine (‘Hot Fuzz’, ‘Dead Man’s Shoes’), Fabien Frankel (‘Last Christmas’), Ewan Mitchell (‘The Last Kingdom’), Eve Best (‘Fate: The Winx Saga’), Rhys Ifans (‘Notting Hill’, ‘The King’s Man’), and Steve Toussaint (‘Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time’), among others.
Watch ‘House of the Dragon’ on HBO Max: HERE