This Year

Listed by Median Rating | 2022

Listed by Median Rating

#1
Licorice Pizza

    

Licorice Pizza | 2021

A young woman (Alana Haim) and a teenage boy (Cooper Hoffman) meet and strike up a relationship that meanders through many adventures in their 1970’s California town. Cast: Sean Penn, Tom Waits, Bradley Cooper, John Michael Higgins, Maya Rudolph, John C. Reilly, Ryan Heffington, Benny Safdie and Harriet Sansom Harris. Director: Paul Thomas Anderson. [2:13 – R]

#2

    

The Tragedy of Macbeth | 2021

Denzel Washington and Frances McDormand star as Macbeth and Lady Macbeth in this adaptation of Shakespeare’s Scottish play. It is a tale of ambition, murder, ruthlessness and madness, but also about struggling with one’s conscience and accepting the inevitability of fate. Cast: Alex Hassell, Bertie Carvel, Brendan Gleeson, Corey Hawkins, Harry Melling, Miles Anderson, Matt Helm, Moses Ingram and Kathryn Hunter. Director: Joel Coen. [1:45 – R]

#3

    

West Side Story| 2021

Remake of the eponymous 1961 musical, by way of “Romeo and Juliet” and Broadway: A young man (Ansel Elgort) and a young woman (Rachel Zegler) fall in love but their respective communities do their best to keep them apart. Cast: Ariana DeBose, David Alvarez, Rita Moreno, Brian d’Arcy James, Corey Stoll, Mike Faist, Josh Andrés Rivera, Iris Menas, David Aviles Morales and Sebastian Serra. Director: Steven Spielberg. [2:36 – PG-13]

#4

    

Belle | 2021

A shy girl (voiced by Kaho Nakamura) struggles with loneliness after the death of her mother, until she enters the virtual universe of U, where she can be who she really wants to be. Cast: the voices of Ryô Narita, Shôta Sometani, Tina Tamashiro, Ikura, Sumi Shimamoto, Kôji Yakusho and Ermhoi. Director: Mamoru Hosoda. In Japanese with English subtitles. [2:01 – PG]

#5

    

A Hero | 2021

Iranian movie about a man (Amir Jadidi) that’s in prison for a debt he was unable to repay. Granted a few days leave in order to plead his case with the man that loaned him the money, he plans to ask him to withdraw the charges. However, when an opportunity to repay the debt arises, the situation becomes more muddled. Cast: Mohsen Tanabandeh, Sahar Goldust, Fereshteh Sadre Orafaiy, Ehsan Goodarzi, Sarina Farhadi, Maryam Shahdaei, Alireza Jahandideh, Farrokh Nourbakht, Mohammad Aghebati, Saleh Karimaei and Ali Ranjbari. Director: Asghar Farhadi. In Persian/Farsi with English subtitles. [2:07 – PG-13]

#6

    

Kimi | 2022

A tech worker (Zoë Kravitz) suffering from agoraphobia, discovers evidence of a possible murder while reviewing a data stream for her company, which is marketing a home control digital assistant called Kimi. Initially she is thwarted by bureaucratic obstacles from reporting her suspicions, but she soon realizes that her life is in danger. Cast: Erika Christensen, Rita Wilson, India de Beaufort, Derek DelGaudio, Sarai Koo, Jaime Camil, Byron Bowers, Robin Givens and Devin Ratray. Director: Steven Soderbergh. [1:29 – R]

#7

    

Red Rocket | 2021

A self-centered, washed-up porn actor (Simon Rex) returns to his small Texas hometown and manages to charm his way back into his estranged wife’s (Bree Elrod) home and life. Cast: Suzanna Son, Brenda Deiss, Sophie, Marlon Lambert, Judy Hill and Brittney Rodriguez. Director: Sean Baker. [2:10 – R]

#8

    

Poupelle of Chimney Town | 2020

Animated tale about a young boy (voiced by Antonio Raul Corbo) living in a small town where chimneys churn out black smoke that covers the sky, all day, every day. The boy believes that there are stars in the sky after hearing his father’s (voiced by Stephen Root) stories that they do exist and he will stop at nothing to see them. He is helped by a magical being called The Garbage Man (voiced by Tony Hale). Also voiced in the English version by Misty Lee and Hasan Minhaj. Director: Yusuke Hirota. [1:40 – PG]

#9

    

The Batman | 2022

When the Riddler (Paul Dano) begins murdering prominent politicians in Gotham, the Batman (Robert Pattinson) struggles with feelings of inadequacy when he appears unable to stop the sadistic serial killer. Cast: Zoë Kravitz, Jeffrey Wright, Colin Farrell, John Turturro, Andy Serkis and Peter Sarsgaard. Director: Matt Reeves. [2:55]

#10

    

Jackass Forever | 2022

The cast of the “Jackass” films returns, joined by new cast members willing to suffer more outrageous and dangerous stunts. Cast: Johnny Knoxville, Steve-O, Chris Pontius, Machine Gun Kelly, Rachel Wolfson, Alia Shawkat, Eric André, Spike Jonze, Jeff Tremaine, Ryan Dunn, Ehren McGhehey, Sean McInerney, Jason ‘Wee Man’ Acuña, Dave England, Otmara Marrero, Chris Raab and Preston Lacy. Director: Jeff Tremaine. [1:36 – R]

#11

    

Spider-Man: No Way Home | 2021

After his encounter with supervillain Mysterio, Peter Parker (Tom Holland) is outed as Spider-Man and must now figure out a way to live a normal life. He seeks help from Dr. Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) but doesn’t realize his actions will disturb the multiverse and other versions of his superhero persona. Cast: Zendaya, Jacob Batalon, Jon Favreau, Jamie Foxx, Willem Dafoe, Alfred Molina, Benedict Wong, Tony Revolori, Marisa Tomei, Andrew Garfield and Tobey Maguire. Director: Jon Watts. [2:28 – PG-13]

#12

    

The Pink Cloud | 2021

When a killer pink cloud hovers over a city, everyone must remain indoors and figure out a way to survive until the cloud passes. A woman and a man (Renata de Lélis and Eduardo Mendonça) that have just met as a lockdown is instituted must also negotiate their burgeoning relationship. Cast: Helena Becker, Girley Paes, Lívia Perrone Pires and Kaya Rodrigues. Director: Iuli Gerbase. In Portuguese with English subtitles. [1:45 – R]

#13

    

The Matrix Resurrections | 2021

In this fourth sequel, Neo (Keanu Reeves) does not remember the war between humanity and the machines that took place earlier, yet continues yearning for Trinity (Carrie-Anne Moss) and doubting his sanity. To deal with anxiety he sees a therapist (Neil Patrick Harris), who may be connected to different realities. Cast: Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Jonathan Groff, Jessica Henwick, Jada Pinkett Smith and Priyanka Chopra Jonas. Director: Lana Wachowski. [2:28 – R]

#14

    

I Want You Back | 2022

A man (Charlie Day) and a woman (Jenny Slate) trying to recover from breakups, decide to help each other sabotage the new relationships of their respective exes in order to get them back. Their strategy does not go exactly as planned. Cast: Scott Eastwood, Gina Rodriguez, Manny Jacinto, Clark Backo and Luke David Blumm. Director: Jason Orley. [1:51 – R]

#15

    

House of Gucci | 2021

Inspired by the true story of the Gucci fashion dynasty: When an outsider (Lady Gaga) from a humble background marries a prominent Gucci (Adam Driver), her uninhibited ambition and distinctive vision for the notorious brand initiates a spiral of betrayal, fraud and murder. Cast: Al Pacino, Jeremy Irons, Jared Leto, Jack Huston and Salma Hayek. Director: Ridley Scott. [2:37 – R]

#16

    

Scream | 2022

After 25 years the town of Woodsboro is under siege again by the Ghostface killer and the two women (Neve Campbell and Courteney Cox) painfully aware of the original events return to try to end it once and for all. Cast: David Arquette, Melissa Barrera, Marley Shelton, Jenna Ortega, Dylan Minnette, Jack Quaid, Jasmin Savoy Brown, Sonia Ammar, Mikey Madison, Mason Gooding and Kyle Gallner. Director: Matt Bettinelli-Olpin & Tyler Gillett. [1:54 – R]

#17

    

Dog | 2022

After a traumatic brain injury an Army Ranger (Channing Tatum) is trying to get back to work, but is not permitted until he makes a deal to deliver the dog of a fellow Ranger to the man’s funeral. Because the dog also suffers from trauma from its combat service, the two must figure out how to communicate and get along. Cast: Kevin Nash, Jane Adams, Darren Keilan and Eric Urbiztondo. Directors: Reid Carolin & Channing Tatum. [1:41 – PG-13]

#18

    

Marry Me | 2022

A music superstar (Jennifer Lopez) plans to take her vows on stage with her also popular singer fiancé (Maluma) but just before she steps on stage she is told that he has been unfaithful to her. At that moment she decides to marry a stranger (Owen Wilson) pulled from the audience. Cast: John Bradley, Sarah Silverman, Chloe Coleman, Jimmy Fallon, Michelle Buteau and Stephen Wallem. Director: Kat Coiro. [1:52 – PG-13]

#19

    

Don’t Look Up | 2021

When two astronomers (Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Lawrence) discover a comet speeding toward Earth that will cause an extinction level event, they go to great pains to convince the authorities that it is real. However, they instead encounter indifference and a political backlash. Cast: Meryl Streep, Cate Blanchett, Rob Morgan, Jonah Hill, Mark Rylance, Tyler Perry, Timothée Chalamet, Ron Perlman, Ariana Grande and Kid Cudi. Director: Adam McKay. [2:18 – R]

#20

    

Ghostbusters: Afterlife | 2021

A woman (Carrie Coon), evicted from her apartment, takes her two children (Finn Wolfhard and Mckenna Grace) to her father’s dilapidated farm and finally finds out the truth about why he went away and never came back. Cast: Sigourney Weaver, Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson, Logan Kim, Celeste O’Connor, Paul Rudd, Annie Potts and Bokeem Woodbine. Director: Jason Reitman. [2:04- PG-13]

#21

    

Death on the Nile | 2022

After the death of an heiress (Gal Gadot) on her honeymoon in Egypt, Hercule Poirot (Kenneth Branagh) must solve the crime before the killer strikes again. Cast: Armie Hammer, Tom Bateman, Annette Bening, Emma Mackey, Ali Fazal, Rose Leslie, Jennifer Saunders, Dawn French, Letitia Wright, Sophie Okonedo, Russell Brand, Michael Rouse, Alaa Safi, Orlando Seale and Susannah Fielding. Director: Kenneth Branagh. [2:07 – PG-13]

#22

    

Hotel Transylvania: Transformania | 2021

The 4th animated installment of the adventures of Dracula (voiced by Brian Hull) and his Hotel Transylvania: While Dracula has decided to retire he struggles with the idea of handing over the keys to his daughter (voiced by Selena Gomez) and her human partner (voiced by Andy Samberg). Cast: the voices of Kathryn Hahn, Jim Gaffigan, Steve Buscemi, Molly Shannon, David Spade, Keegan-Michael Key, Fran Drescher and Brad Abrell. Directors: Derek Drymon & Jennifer Kluska. [1:38 – PG]

#23

    

Sing 2 | 2021

An animated follow-up to Sing: Mr. Moon (voiced by Matthew McConaughey) is anxious to take the next professional step with his hit show but is disappointed when a talent agent tells him they don’t have what it takes. He doesn’t give up, but has to try to convince a reclusive musician to join them for an elaborate new show. Cast: the voices of Reese Witherspoon, Scarlett Johansson, Tori Kelly, Taron Egerton, Nick Kroll, Garth Jennings, Jennifer Saunders, Chelsea Peretti, Bobby Cannavale and Nick Offerman. Director: Garth Jennings. [1:52 – PG]

#24

    

A Journal For Jordan | 2021

Based on a true story: A dedicated military man (Michael B. Jordan) and a successful journalist (Chanté Adams) meet and their relationship develops, regardless of the miles that separate them. They commit to marry after he returns from his tour in Iraq but their plans are derailed. Cast: Jalon Christian, Robert Wisdom, Tamara Tunie, Jasmine Batchelor, Marchánt Davis, Susan Pourfar, Vanessa Aspillaga, Grey Henson and Johnny M. Wu. Director: Denzel Washington. [2:11 – PG-13]

#25

    

The King’s Man | 2022

A prequel of the previous two movies (“Kingsman: The Secret Service” and “Kingsman: The Golden Circle”) explaining how the super duper and dapper British spy agency was formed in the aftermath of World War I. With Ralph Fiennes, Gemma Arterton, Rhys Ifans, Harris Dickinson, Djimon Hounsou, Shaun McKee, Peter York, Matthew Goode and Charles Dance. Director: Matthew Vaughn. [2:11 – R]

#26

    

The 355 | 2022

After two CIA agents (Jessica Chastain and Sebastian Stan) are assigned to find a weapon that could cause a global catastrophe, their plan quickly goes awry and they are left to enlist the help of an international band of agents to have any hope of prevailing. Cast: Penélope Cruz, Bingbing Fan, Diane Kruger, Lupita Nyong’o, Jason Flemyng, John Douglas Thompson, Pablo Scola and Sylvester Groth. Director: Simon Kinberg. [2:02 – PG-13]

#27

    

Uncharted | 2022

A man (Tom Holland) is enticed to follow clues leading to a treasure, hoping to find his long-lost brother. Based on the eponymous series of action-adventure games. Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Antonio Banderas, Sophia Ali, Tati Gabrielle, Steven Waddington, Pingi Moli, Tiernan Jones and Rudy Pankow. Director: Ruben Fleischer. [1:56 – PG-13]

#28

    

Redeeming Love | 2022

Based on the novel “Redeeming Love” by Francine Rivers: Set in the 1850s, a young girl (Livi Birch and later Abigail Cowen) finds herself sold to a man that grooms her into his stable of prostitutes after her mother dies. Convinced that she is neither worthy of love, nor wanting it, she does her job until a young man tries to change her mind. Cast: Tom Lewis, Famke Janssen, Logan Marshall-Green, Nina Dobrev, Eric Dane and Brandon Auret. Director: D.J. Caruso. [2:14 – PG-13]

#29

    

Texas Chainsaw Massacre | 2022

A serial murderer (Mark Burnham), presumed dead since 1973, resurfaces 50 years later to continue his gruesome mayhem in a brand new campaign of carnage. Cast: Alice Krige, Sarah Yarkin, Elsie Fisher, Moe Dunford, Nell Hudson, Jessica Allain, Olwen Fouéré, Jacob Latimore, William Hope, Jolyon Coy and Sam Douglas. Director: David Blue Garcia. [1:21 – R]

#30

    

The King’s Daughter | 2022

King Louis XIV of France (Pierce Brosnan) becomes obsessed with his own mortality and the future of France, and he commissions a search for a mermaid that possesses magical powers that will grant him immortality. However, when he brings his previously unrecognized daughter (Kaya Scodelario) to Versailles, she discovers his plan, and tries to derail it. Cast: William Hurt, Benjamin Walker, Bingbing Fan, Ben Lloyd-Hughes, Paul Ireland, Pablo Schreiber, Crystal Clarke and the voice of Julie Andrews. Director: Sean McNamara. [1:30 – PG]

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