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The Best Films of 2022 — The Latch

2022 has been a wonderful 12 months for movie.

After struggling by years of COVID-related delays and box-office numbers hindered by the pandemic, 2022 marked a return to kind for film theatres in every single place, with movies like Top Gun: Maverick being credited with “saving cinemas“, and Avatar: The Way of Water already raking in lots of of tens of millions.

To paraphrase Harry Styles’ infamous quote about Don’t Worry Darling, our favorite factor about these blockbusters? They really feel like a film. A real, you know, ‘go to the theatre’ type of movie. We simply love that!

But it surely hasn’t simply been an awesome 12 months for blockbusters. Horror movies shone in 2022, and movies like Bodies Bodies BodiesBarbarian, and the return of the Scream franchise had us ducking for canopy all 12 months.

As for homegrown expertise, we had it in droves. Baz Luhrmann took the world by storm with Elvis, his first movie since 2013, Sissy had us screaming for extra, and Ticket to Paradise (which was filmed on the Gold Coast) marked the return of the romantic comedy to the silver display screen.

With out additional ado, listed below are all of the movies we expect deserve a standing ovation this 12 months.

Avatar: The Means of Water

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13 lengthy years after the unique Avatar was launched, 2022 marked the discharge of the lengthy awaited, a lot delayed Avatar: The Means of Water. Directed by James Cameron, who at the moment holds two of the highest three international field workplace data for Avatar and Titanic, Avatar: The Means of Water was being tipped for Academy Award nominations earlier than anybody had even seen the movie, proving as soon as once more one ought to (say it with us) never bet against James Cameron.

The movie is ready greater than a decade after the occasions of the primary movie, and tells the story of the Sully household (Jake, Neytiri, and their youngsters) as they flee the forest for the islands after repeated assaults from the Sky Folks (aka people, who’re the worst). With household at its core, Avatar: The Means of Water is all about the difficulty that follows them, the lengths they go to maintain one another secure, the battles they battle to remain alive, and the tragedies they endure.

Now, the movie is lastly in cinemas, and with evaluations that reward the movie for surpassing the primary, together with a number of the finest field workplace numbers of the 12 months, Cameron is swimming his strategy to success as soon as once more.

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The Banshees of Inisherin

A poignant and really humorous movie about grownup friendship set in an remoted village on an island off the west coast of Eire, The Banshees of Inisherin is a must-see movie of 2022. It follows Pádraic (Colin Farrell) and Colm (Brendan Gleeson), who’ve been lifelong buddies up till now, when Colm decides to abruptly and unexpectedly finish their friendship, to Pádraic’s shock and misery. As Pádraic tries in useless to win his pal again, issues spiral and escalate, with surprising, irreversible penalties for each males.

The Banshees of Inisherin celebrated its international premiere on the 79th Venice Worldwide Movie Pageant again in September, the place it was met with rave evaluations from critics and launched into the 2023 Oscar dialog. At present, specialists are predicting that Banshees will snag nods for Greatest Image, Greatest Director (Martin McDonagh), Greatest Actor (Farrell), Greatest Supporting Actress (Kerry Condon), Greatest Supporting Actor (Gleeson, Barry Keoghan), Greatest Authentic Screenplay, Cinematography, Movie Enhancing, Manufacturing Design, and Rating.


The much less you understand about Barbarian going into it, the higher. A word-of-mouth hit, Barbarian takes viewers on a really wild journey, with improbable performances from Georgina Campbell, Justin Lengthy and Invoice Skarsgård. What else can we let you know about Barbarian with out gifting away the plot?

Properly, it’s licensed 92% contemporary on Rotten Tomatoes. Individuals are declaring the Longaissance, for Justin Lengthy’s return to horror, and Variety ranked it because the #2 horror movie of the 12 months, behind solely horror icon David Cronenberg’s Crimes of the Future, which is not any small feat when you think about that Barbarian is author/director Zach Cregger’s first solo characteristic movie. Vanity Fair has even made a case for Justin Lengthy nabbing an Oscar nomination for Greatest Supporting Actor in his position as AJ. What are you ready for? Verify into the Airbnb from hell right now.

Black Panther: Wakanda Ceaselessly

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Black Panther: Wakanda Ceaselessly is a field workplace smash. Black Panther: Wakanda Ceaselessly is closely tipped to be nominated throughout a number of classes on the 2023 Academy Awards, and will even snag a Greatest Image nod. On high of these already spectacular achievements? Black Panther: Wakanda Ceaselessly managed to get Rihanna to launch new music for the primary time in years, with two new songs featured within the movie’s credit. 

Initially introduced in 2019, Black Panther: Wakanda Ceaselessly was delayed after the demise of its star, the late Chadwick Boseman. Somewhat than changing Boseman with one other actor, Marvel selected to let his character relaxation with him, and re-worked the sequel to handle each Boseman and King T’Challa’s demise. The movie opens a brand new chapter for Wakanda whereas additionally paying tribute to Boseman, whose 2020 demise after a non-public battle with colon most cancers was mourned internationally.

Our bodies Our bodies Our bodies

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There are few issues extra primed to go viral on social media than a neon-tinged, A24-produced comedy horror movie starring Gen Z’s hottest up and coming stars, and Our bodies Our bodies Our bodies has all of that and extra. It premiered at South By Southwest in March to optimistic evaluations, and hit Australian cinemas in September.

Starring Amandla Stenberg, Maria Bakalova, Pete Davidson, Rachel Sennott, Chase Sui Wonders, Myha’la Herrold and Lee Tempo, Our bodies Our bodies Our bodies follows Bee (Bakalova), who joins her new girlfriend Sophie (Stenberg) as they attend a hurricane social gathering at David’s (Davison) distant household mansion. Because the night time devolves, the movie takes intention at social media, pretend buddies, advantage signalling, with Sennott delivering a scene-stealing, deeply memeable efficiency as Alice.

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Bones and All

Sizzling on the heels of 2017’s Name Me By Your Identify, director Luca Guadagnino and actor Timothée Chalamet have re-teamed for Bones and All, a romantic, cannibalistic, horror-slash-road-trip movie, based mostly on the novel by Camille DeAngelis. The movie celebrated its international premiere on the 79th Venice Worldwide Movie Pageant in September, the place Guadagnino was awarded the Silver Lion for Greatest Director.

Chalamet stars alongside Taylor Russell, as two younger cannibals who discover love whereas on a cross nation highway journey. Mark Rylance, Michael Stuhlbarg,  and Chloë Sevigny additionally star in supporting roles, with Rylance being tipped by specialists to select up an Academy Award nomination for his work.


Not solely did this 12 months mark the return of the romantic comedy, there was additionally a giant win for LGBTQ+ illustration on the large display screen with the discharge of Bros, and we expect that deserves a standing ovation.

Bros stars Billy Eichner and Luke Macfarlane as two males who try a relationship regardless of their numerous dedication points, and delivers laughs and romance in spades. Co-written by Eichner and Nicholas Stoller (finest identified for steering Forgetting Sarah Marshall), Stoller additionally directed the movie and is a frequent collaborator of Judd Apatow, who additionally produced Bros. The movie was launched by Common Footage, which makes Bros one of many first rom-coms from a serious studio, and was given a large theatrical launch after celebrating its international premiere on the Toronto Worldwide Movie Pageant. 


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A visually arresting spectacle, Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis premiered on the 2022 Cannes Movie Pageant in Might, the place it obtained a 12-minute standing ovation. Critics praised Austin Butler’s transformative efficiency because the late Elvis Presley, and he’s extensively being thought-about one of many leading contenders for a Best Actor nomination on the 2023 Academy Awards. 

Not solely that, the movie was additionally a field workplace smash, pulling in USD$286 million on an $85 million funds. In simply 20 days, Elvis cracked the listing of top 10 highest grossing Australian films of all time, and is Luhrmann’s fourth movie to earn a spot within the high 10, alongside 2008’s Australia, which is quantity two on the listing, 2001’s Moulin Rouge!, which is quantity six, and 2013’s The Nice Gatsby, which is quantity seven. In accordance with Billboard, it’s additionally the third-highest grossing musical biopic because the Nineteen Seventies, behind solely Bohemian Rhapsody and Straight Outta Compton.

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Every little thing In all places All At As soon as

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As soon as in a blue moon, a movie that’s actually groundbreaking comes alongside, and A24’s Every little thing In all places All At As soon as is most definitely a type of movies. A multiverse masterpiece, the movie is as absurdly on the market as it’s grounded in human connection, and Michelle Yeoh’s stellar efficiency anchors the movie and all of its many transferring components completely. It’s definitely no shock, then, that she’s on the entrance of the pack in terms of the predictions for the Greatest Actress race on the 2023 Academy Awards, regardless of the 11 month journey from the movie’s Aprill 2022 launch to the Oscars, which might be held on March thirteenth subsequent 12 months. The movie can be extensively anticipated to get a Greatest Image nod, together with co-directors Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert (collectively referred to as “Daniels”) for Greatest Director, and Jamie Lee Curtis for Greatest Supporting Actress.

Launched by cult favorite distributor A24 — the corporate behind Moonlight, Girl Chicken and HereditaryEvery little thing In all places All At As soon as is now the corporate’s biggest box office success, grossing USD $101.3 million globally.

The Fabelmans

Whereas Steven Spielberg’s The Fabelmans isn’t being extensively launched in Australia till January 5, 2023, it’s performed a lot of movie festivals this 12 months, and might be holding advance screenings in Australian cinemas all through December.

A semi-autobiographical story that’s loosely based mostly on Spielberg’s personal childhood, The Fabelmans follows Sammy Fabelman, who aspires to change into a filmmaker as he reaches adolescence, however quickly discovers a shattering household secret and explores how the ability of movies can assist him see the reality.

The Fabelmans celebrated its international premiere on the Toronto Worldwide Movie Pageant earlier this 12 months, to widespread acclaim, with critics praising Spielberg’s path and screenplay (which Spielberg co-wrote with Tony Kushner), the performances, the cinematography, manufacturing design, enhancing and rating. Maybe unsurprisingly, then, it’s at the moment the most highly tipped to win Greatest Image on the ninety fifth Academy Awards subsequent March, with many speculating that this may very well be Michelle Williams’ 12 months to win an Oscar, additionally, for her position as Mitzi Fabelman.

Glass Onion: A Knives Out Thriller

After the huge success of the primary Knives Out movie again in 2019, author and director Rian Johnson signed a take care of Netflix that was price more than USD$400 million in whole for 2 sequels. Now, the primary of these two sequels is right here, and by all accounts, it’s been well worth the wait.

Glass Onion: A Knives Out Thriller marks the return of Daniel Craig as famed southern detective Benoit Blanc, as he heads to a yacht off the coast of Greece for his newest case. The remainder of the solid is all-new, and contains Edward Norton, Kate Hudson and Janelle Monáe, who’s at the moment being tipped to nab an Oscar nod for Greatest Supporting Actress for her work. 

In actual fact, after its well-reviewed international premiere on the Toronto Worldwide Movie Pageant in September, adopted by its extremely profitable one-week cinema run on the finish of November, the awards momentum for Glass Onion has solely simply begun. Other than Monáe’s efficiency, specialists are predicting that Glass Onion may land nominations for Greatest Image, Greatest Tailored Screenplay, Costume Design, Movie Enhancing, Manufacturing Design, and Rating.

The Menu

A hectic, black comedy thriller, The Menu skewers foodies and plates up pretentious effective eating experiences for the viewers to get pleasure from. Anya Taylor-Joy and Nicholas Hoult star as new couple Margot and Tyler, who journey to a distant island to expertise an immersive and lavish effective eating expertise curated by celeb chef Julian Slowik (Ralph Fiennes) and his workers, who stay in a dorm on the island. As you’ll be able to think about, issues escalate shortly from there.

After premiering on the Toronto Worldwide Movie Pageant in September, critics praised the movie for its screenplay, path, manufacturing design, and solid performances. Certainly, the humour is sharp as a knife, and the performances — significantly Fiennes, who’s towering, terrific, and generally terrifying — shine all through. 

Mrs Harris Goes to Paris

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She did that! Starring Lesley Manville because the titular Mrs Harris, this movie is an absolute pleasure to look at from begin to end. Impressed by Paul Gallico’s 1958 novel, Mrs. ‘Arris Goes to Paris, Mrs Harris is a Nineteen Fifties English battle widow and cleansing girl who desires of at some point proudly owning a high fashion Christian Dior robe. It’s charming, heartwarming and earnest, and never the type of movie that makes a giant splash on the cinemas in 2022. 

Nonetheless, its effervescent allure is precisely why it deserves a standing ovation this 12 months. Manville’s efficiency is enchanting and fully pleasant, and the costumes are, as you’d anticipate from a movie made along side the Home of Dior, magnificent. In brief, Mrs Harris Goes to Paris is the definition of a feel-good movie, and whereas it’s treading acquainted beats all through, all of this solely provides to the movie’s pure, joyful escapism.


Scream returned to theatres this 12 months with the fifth movie within the franchise, marking the primary Scream movie since Wes Craven’s demise in 2015. Directed by Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett, the workforce behind Prepared or Not and V/H/S, Scream (2022) launched a brand new technology of teenagers to the horrors of Ghostface. 

Scream takes intention on the rise of the “elevated horror film” like Hereditary and Get Out, poking enjoyable on the tradition of legacy sequels and reboots within the course of. The movie delivers all of the thrills and laughs that the franchise has change into identified for, and continues so as to add layers to its already extensively meta-dialogue with the horror style at giant, with ugly kills and loads of fan service in addition.

Now, Scream 6 is ready to be launched in March 2023, which marks the shortest period of time between Scream sequels since Scream and Scream 2, which had been launched in 1996 and 1997. The message is evident: Ghostface is again.


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Australia hit the worldwide horror scene again in 2005 with Wolf Creek, and since then, has solely cemented itself additional, with movies like The Beloved Ones, The Babadook, and now, Sissy.

Written and directed by Hannah Barlow and Kane Senes, Sissy celebrated its international premiere at South By Southwest earlier this 12 months, the place it impressed critics and was shortly picked up by horror streaming platform Shudder.

Instantly impressed by most cancers conwoman Belle Gibson, Sissy takes on wellness influencers (or “psychological well being advocates”) and the long-lasting impacts of childhood bullying, balancing the themes with comedy and gore.

Aisha Dee anchors the movie as Cecilia (don’t name her Sissy!), with a supporting solid that features Barlow, Emily de Margheriti, Daniel Monks, Yerin Ha and Lucy Barrett, the movie is a refreshingly numerous depiction of Australia in 2022, and is bound to change into an Aussie horror basic in years to come back.

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Technically, Tár gained’t be launched in Australian cinemas till 2023, nevertheless it’s performed a number of festivals right here, so we’re together with it. Tár is Todd Subject’s first movie since 2006’s Little Kids, and boy, was it well worth the wait. Cate Blanchett stars as Lydia Tár, a maestro on the high of her area. Not solely is she the primary ever feminine music director of a serious German orchestra, she has an EGOT, in addition. 

Tár is Blanchett at her finest, and is extensively thought-about one of many frontrunners to be nominated for — if not win — Greatest Actress on the 2023 Academy Awards. If she had been to win, it will be Blanchett’s third Oscar, inserting her alongside Meryl Streep, Frances McDormand and Ingrid Bergman, with solely Katharine Hepburn’s four wins forward of them. In the meantime, the modern manufacturing, from Subject’s path, to the units to the rating to the crisp strains of Lydia Tár’s fits all work collectively to boost Blanchett’s meticulous, fierce and dominating efficiency.

Ticket to Paradise

Though the movie is ready in Bali, Ticket to Paradise was filmed on Queensland’s sunny Gold Coast, and created more than 1,000 jobs for Australian solid, crew and extras within the course of. Starring Julia Roberts and George Clooney, in addition to Kaitlyn Dever and Billie Lourd, Ticket to Paradise is probably probably the most persuasive argument for 2022 being the 12 months of the rom-comaissance.

The romantic comedy is a style that has been hotly debated in recent times: it’s lifeless, and in that case, what killed it? Was it an inflow of mediocre scripts? The style’s failure to keep up with social progression? Was it the early 2010’s fascination with 3D films? Was it Netflix’s meteoric rise that was killing the theatrical launch mannequin?

With Ticket to Paradise crossing the USD $100 million mark on the global box office, it will appear that no matter was occurring, there’s nonetheless an urge for food for romantic comedies on the cinema. Maybe with a lot occurring on the planet, all of us simply wish to really feel good once more.

High Gun: Maverick

The movie that saved cinema. After premiering on the Cannes Movie Pageant in Might with a stunning show of literal fighter jets billowing pink, white and blue smoke over the pageant, High Gun: Maverick obtained a 5 minute standing ovation, and that was only the start of the movie’s successes.

After receiving rave evaluations from critics and cinema-goers alike, the sequel — which got here 36 years after the unique High Gun — went on to shatter all kinds of box office records, and there are even talks of it receiving Academy Award nominations in 2023, with Tom Cruise at the moment listed as a “robust contender” for a Greatest Actor nomination by Gold Derby.

In actual fact, the movie was Cruise’s largest opening weekend ever, a formidable achievement when you think about Cruise’s prolonged, action-packed profession. Following an enormous opening weekend, the movie went on to enter the distinguished USD $1 billion international field workplace membership — the primary movie to take action since 2019’s Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. Notably, whereas High Gun: Maverick is a sequel, it’s additionally not part of an already established franchise, a la Marvel or Star Wars, so its field workplace success was surprising and, in a post-pandemic period, unprecedented.

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Triangle of Unhappiness

After premiering on the Cannes Movie Pageant again in Might, Variety gushed that Triangle of Unhappiness is “the very best film involving a ship since Titanic” — a giant declare to make if you’re speaking concerning the third highest grossing movie of all time, and one which walked away with 11 Academy Awards, together with Greatest Image. Nonetheless, Triangle of Unhappiness has been ramping up Oscar buzz of its personal, with specialists predicting it would rating nods for Greatest Image, Greatest Director, Greatest Supporting Actress (Dolly De Leon), Greatest Authentic Screenplay, and Movie Enhancing.

The movie, which was written and directed by Sweden’s Ruben Östlund (The Sq.) in his English-language debut, follows a vogue mannequin celeb couple who be a part of an eventful cruise for the super-rich. With a stellar solid that features Harris Dickinson, Charlbi Dean, Woody Harrelson, this biting satire is bound to appease followers of The White Lotus and The Menu.

The Lady King

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The Lady King is a pressure to be reckoned with. Directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood, The Lady King is a historic epic that follows The Kingdom of Dahomey, some of the highly effective states of Africa within the 18th and nineteenth centuries, and is impressed by true occasions. The movie celebrated its international premiere on the Toronto Worldwide Movie Pageant in September, and was well-received by critics and audiences alike. 

With a 94% critic rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and a formidable 99% viewers rating, it’s unsurprising, then, that The Lady King is being hotly tipped to select up a lot of Academy Award nominations. The specialists and editors at Gold Derby expect to see The Lady King nab nominations for Greatest Image and Greatest Director, in addition to Greatest Actress for Viola Davis, and Greatest Supporting Actress for Thuso Mbedu and Lashana Lynch. It’s additionally within the operating for  Costume Design, Movie Enhancing, Manufacturing Design and Rating.

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