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7 Best Movies So Far in 2022: A Must-See List!

I've been writing on various websites since 2017. Being a film buff, I like to provide thought-provoking analyses on movies and web series.

We all love to watch movies. It is a great way to spend time with friends and family or just relax. The best part of watching movies is that you can enjoy them over and over again.

In this article, we are going to look at the best movies that came out in 2022 So far. There are some really good ones already released, so make sure you don't miss out on these! We will go over some great picks that all cinephiles will want to see!

1. The Batman

Starring: Robert Pattinson, Zoë Kravitz, and Jeffrey Wright
Director: Matt Reeves
Runtime: 176 minutes
Rating: PG-13
Rotten Tomatoes: 85%

This film can be seen as a standalone Batman movie that contains the usual goodies like great visuals and exciting chases that keep us on the edge of our seats.

Never has Gotham City been grittier than in The Batman, a new take on DC's most popular superhero. Even though it's just a re-launch of the character with its origins to a lone crimefighter fighting mobsters and serial killers, The Batman still feels different from both Christopher Nolan's contemporary take and Tim Burton's dark humor. Beyond any previous Batman film, it's a detective story, closer to a 1970s neo-noir than a modern action blockbuster. Within the film's expansive three-hour runtime you'll find memorable performances, stunning photography, and the most comprehensive examination of the title character ever to hit the big screen.

2. Turning Red

Starring: Rosalie Chiang, Sandra Oh, and Ava Morse
Director: Domee Shi
Runtime: 100 minutes
Rating: PG
Rotten Tomatoes: 95%

There's plenty of humor, bright visuals, and emotional drama and adventure, ensuring it appeals to all age groups. Overachieving eighth-grader Mei Lee discovers she has turned into a giant red panda, just as all of her ancestors did for generations. When Mei turns into a panda, it's usually a result of experiencing strong emotions, which her mother Ming has asked her to refrain from doing. What if Mei loves being a carefree furry monster? Turning Red is a heartfelt movie about friendship, family, and how growing up throws a wrench in both.

3. Scream

Starring: Neve Campbell and Courteney Cox
Directors: Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett
Runtime: 114 minutes
Rating: R
Rotten Tomatoes: 76%

1996's Scream by Wes Craven and Kevin Williamson ushered in a new era of horror movies, one in which a group of teens is hunted by a mysterious killer who's obsessed with slasher movies. Just as each Scream sequel has commented on the nature of horror sequels and the changing landscape of horror cinema, the fifth chapter tackles the contemporary trend of the "requel," where legacy characters pass the torch to a new generation. Scream can be seen as both a good jumping-on point and a satisfactory conclusion to one of horror's most popular franchises.

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4. The Bad Guys

Starring: Sam Rockwell, Marc Maron, and Zazie Beetz
Director: Pierre Perifel
Runtime: 100 minutes
Rating: PG
Rotten Tomatoes: 87%

Based on a series of graphic novels for kids by Aaron Blabey, the style of The Bad Guys embraces its 2D, ink-and-paper origins, resulting in a distinctive and fun visual aesthetic that is markedly different from anything DreamWorks has done before. In a rare feat for the company, it has delivered its best effort since the first How to Train Your Dragon sequel, as it manages to toe the line between kid-friendly humor and a surprisingly good send-up of other hit heist films such as Ocean's Eleven and Reservoir Dogs.

5. Everything Everywhere All at Once

Starring: Michelle Yeoh, Ke Huy Quan, and Stephanie Hsu
Directors: Daniels (Dan Kwan & Dan Sheinert)
Runtime: 139 minutes
Rating: R
Rotten Tomatoes: 98%

Tired and disillusioned, Evelyn Wang goes to the laundromat to do her taxes. A recruit then recruits her to fight in an inter-dimensional war to save the multiverse. To succeed, Evelyn will have to learn how to verse-jump and tap into the alternate selves of all the selves who've succeeded where she has not. Everything Everywhere All at Once is laugh-out-loud funny, visually pleasing, and deeply moving. Michelle Yeoh delivers an Oscar-worthy leading performance, and that's without even factoring in her two ridiculously amusing fight scenes that require great technical skill and impeccable comedic timing.

6. The Adam Project

Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Walker Scobell, and Zoe Saldaña
Director: Shawn Levy
Runtime: 106 minutes
Rating: PG-13
Rotten Tomatoes: 68%

So, what happens when an Adam who has had to endure bullies as a twelve-year-old (Walker Scobell) meets his own future, older self (Ryan Reynolds)? Wait, his older self can't believe he once lived a whole life being bullied, while the twelve-year-old version of himself cannot even conceive of becoming someone who is ultra-cool and can fly in a jet plane.

Well under two hours, The Adam Project is not the modern classic we've been craving. However, it does feature a dramatic finale that sheds light on Adam's fraught relationship with his father. Behind Reynolds' quick wit is compensation for the pain of being alone, and Louis enables Reynolds to finally take action for himself and his family. It's a surprisingly poignant message that reflects his love for his father and leaves us thinking that things are finally looking up for them. In all probability, it's just that after taking a double shot of good-natured wit, some real feeling is a welcome change. The Adam Project is worth a watch, but don't expect it to be particularly thought-provoking.

7. Death on the Nile

Starring: Tom Bateman, Gal Gadot, and Annette Bening
Director: Kenneth Branagh
Runtime: 127 minutes
Rating: PG-13
Rotten Tomatoes: 62%

Death on the Nile is a great mystery with wonderful actors and actresses. This mystery movie is suspenseful and makes you want to guess the next outcome. There were some parts that had me guessing what was going to happen, as if I were watching an episode of CSI or Law & Order. If you are interested in watching Death on the Nile, it's available on Netflix. It will not disappoint if you enjoy mysteries like Knives Out, either based on or inspired by Agatha Christie novels.

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© 2022 Yuvaraj Selvakumar

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