Summer 2022 Movie Preview
Cinema seasons do not respect the Gregorian calendar. They’re mediated by studio spreadsheets, holiday weekends, and amorphous concepts like “Awards Season” and “Dumpuary.”
But you know the start of a movie season when you see one, and summer 2022 unofficially kicks off this Friday with Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madnesswhich marks legendary genre filmmaker Sam Raimi’s return to not only superhero movies, but movies as well (he hasn’t directed a feature film since 2013 Oz the Great and Mighty).
Odd is sure to be filled with anti-reality zooms from Raimi, but there’s plenty more to look forward to. So let’s take a look at our 10 most anticipated summer movies.
Pleasure (May 13)
All-in arthousers will soon be able to delve into Swedish filmmaker Ninja Thyberg’s story of a rising porn artist rising in the industry by making increasingly daring videos. Newcomer Sofia Kappel joins a cast largely made up of adult film actors, in what’s being hailed as an incisive, first-hand portrayal of porn production.
Men (May 20)
After directing the brilliant and confusing big-tech miniseries Developers, director Alex Garland returns to the cinema with a horror entrance that he describes as “aggressive”. Knowing Garland, that likely means Men will attempt to rupture your psyche and eardrums, as Jessie Buckley navigates a bucolic menagerie of ogling, stalking, and gassing bastards.
Top Gun: Maverick (May 27)
At this point, the Superior gun the sequel might as well have been made in the 1980s. Even so, the most famous blockbuster of the pandemic (which was actually filmed in 2018) is finally allowed to take off. And no movie star still demands the big screen (literally or figuratively) quite like Lt. Tom Cruise.
Fire Island (June 3)
Starring and written by stand-up Joel Kim Booster, this Hulu comedy goes where no mainstream rom-com has gone before: a Fire Island vacation for an Asian-run gay Pride and Prejudice riff. SNLBowen Yang co-stars, alongside Margaret Cho, Conrad Ricamora and Endless Abs.
Future Crimes (June 3)
There’s no summer fun without 79-year-old David Cronenberg grafting ears onto the tops of people’s skulls. After eight years away from the director’s chair, the master of body horror reunites with Viggo Mortensen (A story of violence, oriental promises) and bringing Léa Seydoux (Blue is the hottest color, no time to die) and Kristen Stewart in the dystopian fold (skin).
Marcel the shod shell (June 24)
What started as a series of fictional shorts, beloved for the squeaky voice and ASMR of a pin-sized seashell, is now a feature – and it’s our pick for the animated film. most anticipated of the summer (next to Light year and Bob’s Burgers). Bringing all the tender existentialism of the short film, Marcel now ventures into the big world to find his shell family.
Thor: Love and Thunder (July 8)
He’s not the first superhero to ditch the cape as a plot point, but Thor may be the first to braid his locks, meditate, and have fun at director Taika Waititi’s behest outside of superhero clock. If a return to the irreverence of 2017 Thor: Ragnarok doesn’t interest you, maybe Christian Bale will play (*checks notes*) Gorr the God Butcher.
Nope (22nd of July)
Jordan Peele’s Many Forays into Last Year’s Production and Co-Writing candy man the script didn’t quite work out, but that shouldn’t dampen enthusiasm for his directorial follow-up to get out and We. Peele’s third film is set on a dusty horse ranch, which is overrun by something really big and ominous in the sky. We will have the chance to see Daniel Kaluuya, Keke Palmer and Steven Yeun wringing their necks.
ball trail (July 29)
Brad Pitt stars in this adaptation of the Japanese novel Maria Beetle, about an assassin in peril on a high-speed journey from Tokyo to Kyoto. With stunt guru David Leitch (John Wick, atomic blonde) realizing, it’s likely going to be claustrophobic carnage and gymnastic punches. Can’t you just imagine the tracking shots now?
Body Body Body (5 August)
Marketed as a satirical cross between Scream and spring breakersthis story that goes awry on the weekend of friends locked down during a hurricane stars Rachel Sennott (Baby Shiva), Maria Bakalova (Borat Next Movie), Pete Davidson (SNL), Amandla Stenberg (The Hate U Give) and Lee Pace (Stop and catch fire). Could be a collection of career-changing performances and/or pure mayhem.