Payton’s guide to pop culture: Must see movies

Payton Zagacki, Editor-in-Chief

With the new year comes new entertainment and 2022 is shaping up to be an amazing year for movies. Here’s a list of the most anticipated movies coming out this year.

January brought audiences two amazing new movies. The newest installment of “Scream” came to theaters Jan. 14. Die hard fans and newcomers alike raved over the star-studded cast and fast paced plot, ultimately adding another successful film to the “Scream” franchise. Also premiering in January was the female led action movie “The 355.” Staring many familiar faces including Penélope Cruz and Jessica Chastain, “The 355” is the leading female spy movie of the year.

J.LO returns to the romcoms of her past following the success of her movie “Hustlers” with “Marry Me” costaring Owen Wilson coming to the silver screen Feb. 11. Also premiering Feb. 11 is “Death on the Nile,” following the same beloved detective from “Murder on the Orient Express” Hercule Poirot, played by Kenneth Branagh. With a cast including Gal Gadot and Letitia Wright, “Death on the Nile” is sure to wow audiences. Rounding out the month of February is “Uncharted,” based on the video game with the same name, starring Tom Holland and Mark Wahlberg.  

Let’s take a brief moment to go over all the DC movies coming out in the next year. First up is “The Batman,” starring Robert Pattinson as the latest actor to take on the role, coming to theaters March 4. Next up is “Black Adam,” starring Dwayne Johnson as the newest addition to the DC family. “The Flash,” coming Nov. 4, adds to the latest superhero trend of the multiverse, following the flashpoint storyline.

Coming in April is the action movie “Ambulance,” starring the arch nemesis of Swifties across the globe, Jake Gyllenhaal. With mixed reviews of the trailer from critics and fans alike, it should be interesting to see how audiences react when it comes to theaters April 8. Also premiering in April is “The Northman,” a story of revenge set in 10th century Iceland starring Alexander Skarsgård, and Anya Taylor-Joy. 

2022 is a big year for Marvel fans with five new movies hitting theaters, starting April 1 with “Morbius,” a Spiderman adjacent about a biochemist who tries to cure himself of a rare blood disease when his cure goes wrong and infects himself with a form of vampirism. Starring Jared Leto as Dr. Micheal Morbius, “Morbius” is sure to wow Marvel fans. The much anticipated “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” hits theaters May 6. With all kinds of fan theories about the possible plot of the movie, it’s sure to keep audience members on the edge of their seats. “Thor: Love and Thunder” is next on the list coming July 8. Like the last one in the series, this one will also be directed by Taika Watiti ensuring a fun, fast-paced movie featuring the return of Natalie Portman as Jane. “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” gets a sequel on October 7 with “Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse part 1”. I personally can’t wait to see the creative comic animation back on the big screen. Rounding out the year for Marvel is “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.” After the devastating loss of Chadwick Boseman, fans across the globe wondered what would happen with the main character, T’Challa. After Marvel revealed T’Challa would not be recast, rumors that Letitia Wright would take over as the lead superhero. 

This year brings a lot of new installations to beloved franchises. “Top Gun: Maverick” finally hits theaters May 27 after being pushed back over a year. “Jurassic World: Dominion” brings back Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard in the third installment of the Jurassic World franchise. The family favorite “Minions” gets a sequel coming July 1 with “Minions: Rise of Gru.” Who’s excited to watch the origin story of everyone’s favorite villain? I know I am. The final installment of the newest Halloween trilogy “Halloween Ends” comes to theaters Oct. 14. Maybe this will finally be the end of Micheal Myers reign of terror. Rounding out our franchise additions is “Avatar 2.” Premiering 13 years after the first one, “Avatar 2” is creating lots of buzz.

New from Baz Luhrmann, famed director of “The Great Gatsby”, comes the biopic “Elvis,” which dives into the personal life of famous singer Elvis Presley, coming to theaters June 24. Drama surrounding “Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore,” coming out July 15, has skyrocketed it to the forefront of all Harry Potter news. Johnny Depp, who was the original actor playing the evil wizard Grindelwald, has been replaced by Mads Mikkelsen following Depp’s scandal with Amber Heard. With mixed opinions from across the fan base, Mikkelsen sure has his hands full with the role. Lastly, one of the most anticipated films for horror fans comes to the silver screen. Jordan Peele’s “Nope” hits theaters July 22, and following his usual pattern of secrecy, there is absolutely no information about the new psychological thriller other than it stars Keke Palmer and Daniel Kaluuya.

With movie theaters across the country finally opening their doors back up, now is the perfect time to grab yourself a bucket of overpriced popcorn and settle in to watch one of these amazing films coming out within the next year.