There are a lot of things to look forward to in the new year; a birthday, a celebration, or the holidays, but what most people have in common is the excitement of films that have teased their interest for months, even years. Undoubtedly, there are countless promising movies that are to be released this year, and below contains the top 10 films that are worth the wait at the cinema line.
1. Bullet Train
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David Leitch assembles a star-studded cast featuring Brad Pitt, Sandra Bullock, and Joey King. Bullet Train is an action comedy film that focuses on five assassins in a traveling bullet train from Tokyo to Morioka and discovers their missions are intertwined. The movie is set to premiere in August 2022.
2. Black Adam
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The DC Extended Universe is set to release Black Adam this October and its titular character is depicted by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. The antihero has been unchained from his shackles after 5,000 years of imprisonment by the Egyptian gods and applies his method of justice to the modern world.
3.Shazam! Fury of the Gods
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Zachary Levi reprises his role as Shazam in its sequel which is set to be released by the end of this year. David F. Sandberg returns on set as the director as well as writer Henry Gayden. Shazam! Fury of the Gods will introduce two villainous characters, Hespera (Helen Mirren) and Kalypso (Lucy Liu), the daughters of Atlas.
4.Don’t Worry, Darling
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Harry Styles stars as Jack, the hard-working husband of Alice (Florence Pugh), a housewife who becomes curious and soon discovers the disturbing truth behind the company her husband is working for. Olivia Wilde’s psychological thriller is set in the 1950s and will be available in theaters in September.
5.DC League of Super-Pets
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DC League of Super-Pets is an animated superhero comedy produced by the Warner Animation Group and is based on DC Comics. The film focuses on Krypto (Dwayne Johnson), a dog sharing the same powers as Superman, as he gathers a group of animals with newfound powers to rescue the Justice League.
6.Black Panther: Wakanda Forever
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The sequel to Black Panther explores the wonders of Wakanda and prepares a larger role for Shuri (Letitia Wright), T’Challa’s (Chadwick Boseman) sister, and introduces Namor the Sub-Mariner (Tenoch Huerta). Black Panther: Wakanda Forever would be a homage to Chadwick Boseman and honor the legacy as being the first Black Panther. The film is slated for theatrical release in November.
7.Avatar: The Way of Water
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After 13 years since the successful release of James Cameron’s Avatar, the sequel is set to premiere in December. Avatar: The Way of Water will display captivating CGI work and innovative 3D graphics and focuses on the returning protagonists, Jake Sully (Sam Worthington) and Neytiri (Zoe Saldaña), as they explore the regions of Pandora while the reemergence of an ancient being threatens their tribe.
8. The Gray Man
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An American action thriller film directed by the Russo brothers and is based on the 2009 novel by Mark Greaney (Ryan Gosling) of the same name. The Gray Man follows the CIA’s most skilled agent, Court Gentry, as he is being hunted by former colleagues and international assassins after discovering the agency’s dark secrets. The Gray Man will be made available on Netflix by July.
9. Puss in Boots: The Last Wish(Image credit: pussinboots, Tenor)
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Antonio Banderas reprises the beloved role of Puss in Boots as the character realizes his love for adventure has taken its toll, leaving him with one life left after burning out eight of his lives. He is set on a journey to find the mystical Last Wish to restore his nine lives. The film’s premiere date is set in December, 11 years after its prequel Puss in Boots.
10. Thirteen Lives
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Based on the true story of a junior football team being trapped in a flooded cave for 18 days during the summer of 2018. The film is directed by Ron Howard and illustrates the rescue mission in Thailand and the struggles of the young members of the soccer team along with their coach. Thirteen Lives will be available in theaters in July.
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