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8 movies to get you excited in the first half of 2022


Batman


Why should we be bothered about yet another iteration of the most famous fictional detective?


First of all the titular character is intriguingly played by none other than the talented Robert Pattinson, famous, and unfairly criticized for, portraying another creature of the night (albeit slightly shinier).


Secondly, this version of the Batman is not connected to the existing DC Cinematic Universe, which means that director Matt Reaves has the license to push the creative boundaries. Judging by the darker, creepier tone of the trailers so far, we are in for a proper film.








The Adam Project


Free Guy director Shawn Levy, who was also the producer of Stranger Things, reunites with the film’s ever-charming, ever-bankable star Ryan Reynolds in The Adam Project, one of the higher profile Netflix films that are being released this year.


The Adam Project is a sci-fi comedy adventure about a man who travels back in time to team up with his younger self to save the future. In order to do so they must first learn how to get along, before they even attempt to reconcile with their father. Expect both laughter and heart-felt moments in this Netflix original!




Ambulance


Expect a storm of gunfire and car chases which inevitably end in fiery crashes in this Michael Bay thriller about a pair of bank robbers (Jake Gyllenhaal and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II) who hijack an ambulance carrying a paramedic and a patient in critical condition.


The premise may not be the most innovative, but with Bay directing and Gyllenhaal front-lining, you can be certain you will be thoroughly charmed and entertained.






The Bad Guys


Coincidentally The Bad Guys follows the same heist theme in the other movie to watch out for in the month of April, as an all-star line-up of actors (Sam Rockwell, Awkwafina, Craigh Robinson, Marc Maron) voice a group of animal villains who agree to go straight and do some good in the world in order to avoid a prison sentence (think Suicide Squad but cartoon animals).


A DreamWorks animation seldom disappoints, and this one looks to be a fun time for all ages.




Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness


Really? This movie requires no introduction.


But for the uninitiated, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness promises an insane spectacle and cameos galore after being teased for what seems forever, with Disney+ series WandaVision, Loki and Spider-Man: No Way Homelaying the building blocks to this new multiverse storyline.


Will Disney and Marvel be able to top the wow factor of End Game and No Way Home? We think that they plan on doing just that, and we are definitely not going to miss out.



Top Gun: Maverick


This one might be more for the young at heart ones amongst us, but we’re getting a Top Gun sequel!


Flanked by an impressive supporting cast of Jon Hamm, Ed Harris, Jennifer Connelly and Val Kilmer, ultimate action star Tom Cruise is back to ride motorcycles and fly fighter jets like a madman.


Directed by Joseph Kosinski, who also helmed Tron: Legacy and Oblivion, and shot with IMAX cameras, expect a high-octane, adrenaline-fueled action movie with breathtaking visuals.






Jurassic World Dominion


After 20 years we are at long last at the last chapter of the Jurassic franchise, and Jurassic World Dominion is not planning on pulling any punches with the nostalgia.


On top of Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard and Jeff Goldblum, the film is bringing back original stars Laura Dern and Sam Neil to close out the trilogy, and hopefully please as many generations of fans as possible.


The plot of the movie is being kept under pretty tight wraps, but it’s safe to assume that with dinosaurs now roaming the world, no longer confined to the original islands, we will see something we’ve never seen before in this epic conclusion.





Lightyear


And the nostalgia train just keeps on chugging.


Instead of expanding on the Toy Story quadrilogy, Pixar has decided to present a prequel of sorts that explores how the “real” Buzz Lightear (voiced by Chris Evans instead of the original Tim Allen) became so famous that he was turned into a toy.


The trailers thus far look intriguing, action-packed and serious, yet still family-friendly, and should prove to be a great addition the Toy Story universe, especially for the ones who grew up loving the tragic, self-important action figure.