New Film Releases Seen in 2022

The newly released films I see in 2022 will appear here. I now include films seen in the cinema and new releases watched via streaming at home as that’s the future for film releases post-pandemic. The text reviews beneath each film are what I Tweeted about each one. 

2022 Total: 38. (Seen in cinema: 15. Seen via home streaming: 23.)

The 2021 One Film Per Week page is here.

August 2022

Bullet Train film poster
6yh August - Bullet Train. 8/10.
🎥 in Omniplex MAXX Dundonald.
Rating:
8/10

I liked Bullet Train. It makes hardly any sense, but it’s brash, loud, colourful, & funny. It’s also violent in a cartoon way. A check your brain at the door film. Exactly what you need sometimes. Ignore the stuffy critics. See it.

Luck film poster
5th August - Luck. 7/10.
🖥 via AppleTV+ on AppleTV.
Rating:
7/10

Luck starts off well. And the middle section in the land of good luck/bad luck is okay. I’ve no issues with the leprechauns, although I suspect many will. The final act goes off the rails a bit and drags the whole thing down a notch. 7/10 for the first two-thirds. Final third 👎🏻

July 2022

Come As You Are film poster
30th July - Come As You Are. 8/10.
🖥 via Apple Store on AppleTV.
Rating:
8/10

Come As You Are is good. It’s more heartfelt than I was expecting. This is good. It’d be easy to treat the characters & their impediments for cheap laughs. But that’s not done. There is humour. Plus melancholy. The four leads are ace. Gabby Sidibe is especially good. Recommended. It’s directed by Rich Wong, who directed The Valet (which I rate as my favourite film of 2022 so far), and Ravi Patel from The Valet stars. 

Not Okay film poster
29th July - Not Okay. 8/10.
🖥 via Disney+ on AppleTV.
Rating:
8/10

Well. Not Okay tackles some topics that have real heft. Whether it tackles them well will be for each viewer to decide. Ultimately I think it does. Pro tip: lying to gain acceptance by the influencer crowd is a bad idea. Zoey Deutch & Mia Issac are great. The ending is 👍🏻

Persuasion film poster
22nd July - Persuasion. 8/10.
🖥 via Netflix on AppleTV.
Rating:
8/10

I liked Persuasion. I LOL’d several times and had a grin for much of it. The whole thing made me feel good. Which you’ll know is one of my markers of a good film. I haven’t read the book. This worked for me as a film. I liked the 4th wall breaking. The ensemble cast is superb.

Brian and Charles film poster
8th July - Brian and Charles. 6/10.
🎥 in Omniplex Dundonald.
Rating:
6/10

Brian and Charles didn’t work for me. I did go into it in a bad mood, so that may have tainted it. On the other hand, it didn’t snap me out of my bad mood. It uses a fly-on-the-wall documentary style in places. Never explains why. I see reviewers in the newspapers who I usually disagree with liked it. So the trend of mostly disagreeing with them continues. Which makes me think my mood wasn’t the contributing factor. The landscape shots of the hills and forests are nicely reminiscent of Twin Peaks. 

Bill & Ted Face the Music film poster
5th July - Bill & Ted Face the Music. 7/10.
🖥 via Apple Store on AppleTV.
Rating:
7/10

I enjoyed Bill & Ted Face the Music. It’s a retread of the first film, coupled with elements of the second one. With new stuff in the mix as well. It’s at its best when the three daughters are to the fore. It’d be good to see more films in the Bill & Ted universe focused on the @Sweaving @BrigetteLPaine and @kristenschaaled characters.

Minions: The Rise of Gru film poster
2nd July - Minions: The Rise of Gru. 6/10.
🎥 in Omniplex MAXX Dundonald.
Rating:
6/10

Minions: The Rise of Gru is madcap, colourful, and silly. I didn’t laugh much. The funniest scene is in the press clips. 

Good Luck To You, Rio Grande film poster
1st July - Good Luck to You, Rio Grande. 8/10.
🎥 in Omniplex Dundonald.
Rating:
8/10

Good Luck To You, Leo Grande is very good. The acting from the two leads, Emma Thompson and Daryl McCormack, is superb. As is the brief performance by Isabella Laughland towards the conclusion. It’s LOL funny in places, and it also has some things to say about sex work.

June 2022

I Want You Back film poster
25th June - I Want You Back. 8/10.
🖥 via Amazon prime on AppleTV.
Rating:
8/10

I enjoyed I Want You Back. It’s a heartfelt romantic comedy that is raised above similar films in the genre by the cast and script. Sure, many of the plot devices are obvious, telegraphed, and occasionally daft. But I didn’t care. It was a fun two hours & it made me laugh.

Ready or Not film poster
22nd June 2022 - Ready or Not. 8/10.
🖥 via Disney+ on AppleTV.
Rating:
8/10

Well. Ready or Not is fab. It’s not horror as I’d define it. It is very violent and has a full-on gore fest. In a comedic way. Also, Samara Weaving is bloody marvellous in everything I’ve seen her in. What a talent. Recommended.

Drive My Car film poster
21st June - Drive My Car. 7/10.
🖥 via Apple Store on AppleTV.
Rating:
7/10

Drive My Car is okay. It’s way too long. I don’t recall much music in it until near the end. It’s not a film that I’ll rewatch. To long for that. But probably one everyone should watch once. Did I mention it was long? 

Last Moment Of Clarity film poster
19th June - Last Moment of Clarity. 7/10.
🖥 via Apple Store on AppleTV.
Rating:
7/10

I enjoyed Last Moment of Clarity. It’s a standard mafia manhunt thriller type story. Heightened by a good cast, and a few good plot twists. I liked the ending, although I suspect many won’t. 

Cha Cha Real Smooth film poster
17th June - Cha Cha Real Smooth. 6/10.
🖥 via AppleTV+ on AppleTV.
Rating:
6/10

Cha Cha Real Smooth didn’t speak to me. I found it way too wholesome. Especially the lead. Who does a petulant bit to show he’s human like the rest of us. It’s also very darkly lit. Nope.

Guns Akimbo film poster
16th June - Guns Akimbo. 7/10.
🖥 via Apple Store on AppleTV.
Rating:
7/10

Guns Akimbo is violent. Cartoon violent. With cartoon villains. It’s predictable & formulaic. Surprisingly however, the Nix and Miles characters are done well enough that I started to care what happened to them. The commentary on internet voyeurism is done better in Nerve.

Paris 13th District film poster
14th June - Paris 13th District. 6/10.
🖥 via Apple Store rental on AppleTV.
Rating:
6/10

Paris 13 District. Not much happens. People do people things. Then they do some more things. They do them in quintessentially French ways. Then the film ends with the leads in relationships with who you would expect if you were asked to predict them halfway through.

May 2022

Top Gun Maverick film poster
27th May - Top Gun: Maverick. 9/10.
🎥 in Omniplex MAXX Dundonald.
Rating:
9/10

I enjoyed Top Gun: Maverick way more than I expected. A lot more. It’s formulaic, has plot beats where you’d expect them, and a predictable ending. But it doesn’t matter. It’s visually stunning. The flight scenes are incredible. And it’s not jingoistic. Thankfully!

See it on the biggest screen you can.

The Valet film poster
20th May - The Valet. 10/10.
🖥 via Disney+ on AppleTV.
Rating:
10/10

I really enjoyed The Valet film. It’s a story about how people are just people at the end of the day. Irrespective of what circles of society they move in. You can be rich and still be alone. It’s a love letter to people who too often get treated as invisible by others. Recommended. Eugenio Derbez and Samara Weaving are ace in lead roles. The supporting cast is good as well. Streaming now on Disney+ in the Uk and Hulu in the USA (and Canada I assume). I upped my rating from 9 to 10 after repeated viewings. Fuller review published here.

Everything Everywhere All at Once film poster
13th May - Everything Everywhere All at Once. 9/10.
🎥 in Omniplex Cinema Dundonald.
Rating:
9/10

I loved Everything Everywhere All At Once. It’s quirky, manic, nods to plenty of other films, has a message I fully endorse, and entropy gets a shout-out in the credits song. What’s not to like.

The Novice film poster
7th May - The Novice. 9/10.
🖥 via Apple Store Rental on AppleTV.
Rating:
9/10

The Novice film is superb. It’s a brutalist study of obsessive drive to be the best in the things you do. Brutalist in the architecture of the campus and the intense training. Isabelle Fuhrman is remarkable as the lead. Amy Forsyth is great as support. The music and videography are brill.

April 2022

The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent film Poster
22nd April - The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent. 8/10.
🎥 in Omniplex Cinema Dundonald.
Rating:
8/10

The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent is a fun buddy comedy. But it’s also much more than that. I’m not a huge Nicolas Cage film buff. You don’t need to be to enjoy this. I had a grin on my face the whole time. It’s funny, poignant, and has a good message. I liked it.

CODA film poster
19th April - CODA. 10/10.
🎥 in Strand Arts Centre.
Rating:
10/10

Yes, CODA is on my 2022 films list twice. I said when I saw it via AppleTV+ in February that I wished I’d seen it in the cinema. Well, I got to see it in the cinema due to Apple rereleasing it for a limited run after it won the Oscar for Best Picture. I still love it. If I ever have to pick a single film as my favourite, it’ll be CODA.

The Matrix Resurrections film poster
15th April - The Matric Resurrections. 6/10.
🖥 via Apple Store rental on AppleTV.
Rating:
6/10

An hour into this film and the question “Why?” kept popping into my head. If the studio threatened to make a new Matrix film without the original team, maybe the original team should have gone with “Knock yourself out!” It’s run of the mill. There is no reason it should exist beyond looking to cash in on the franchise.

Operation Mincemeat film poster
15th April - Operation Mincemeat. 7/10.
🎥 in Omniplex Cinema Dundonald.
Rating:
7/10

Operation Mincemeat was good. It has a slightly different storyline than the 1956 film about the same real-world espionage operation. I enjoyed it. There is a James Bond related subplot.

The Bubble film poster
2nd April - The Bubble. 7/10.
🖥 via NetFlix on AppleTV.
Rating:
7/10

The Bubble is fun. It’s a satire about filmmaking, with a layer of COVID lockdown humour layered on top. It’s not a treatise on what it means to be human. It’s a comedy with literal dick jokes. Treat it as two hours of entertainment & let it wash over you. I enjoyed it.

March 2022

The Worst Person In The World film poster
23rd March - The Worst Person In The World. 9/10.
🎥 in Omniplex Cinema Dundonald.
Rating:
9/10

The Worst Person in the World is a tremendous film. Renate Reinsve is brilliant as the lead. Her character Julie can’t see things through. I so related to that. As anyone who knows me will attest I’m like that. I also related to the mushrooms trip, a story for another time!

The Phantom of the Open film poster
18th March - The Phantom of the Open. 8/10.
🎥 in Omniplex Cinema Dundonald.
Rating:
8/10

I enjoyed Phantom of The Open. It’s another feel good film. Which is no bad thing. The message to always reach for the stars no matter what is a good one. Also, in my view this is a better depiction of 1960s/1970s working class life than was shown in Belfast.

Turning Red film poster
12th March - Turning Red. 6/10.
🖥 Via Disney+ on AppleTv.
Rating:
6/10

Good message. The first two-thirds dragged for me. The final 3rd is good. I’m so not the target audience that. This’ll be important to those that are.

The Adam Project film poster
11th March - The Adam Project. 7/10.
🖥 Via Netflix on AppleTV.
Rating:
7/10

The Adam Project is okay. It’s a pretty simple story that we’ve seen many times. All done competently, but nothing special. I didn’t gurn. It isn’t anywhere near as good as Free Guy. 

February 2022

Bigbug film poster
19th February - Bigbug. 7/10.
🖥 Via Netflix on AppleTV.
Rating:
7/10

When I started this playing on Netflix, it was dubbed into English from the original French. Yuck. I switched it back to French with English subtitles. Much better. It’s a strange film. Surreal, in fact. It’s okay, but let’s not invent the future it depicts. Okay? 

Tall Girl 2 film poster
13th February - Tall Girl 2.7/10.
🖥 Via Netflix on AppleTV.
Rating:
7/10

I enjoyed that Tall Girl 2 on Netflix. It’s a retread of the first one and 100s of other high school-based teen romcoms, but it’s 100 minutes of fun and has several LOL moments.  I was smiling during and afterwards. Plus, I laughed out loud more than I have watching more edgy comedies.

The Sky is Everywhere film poster
12th February - The ky is Everywhere. 8/10.
🖥 via AppleTV+ on AppleTV.
Rating:
8/10

Grief and what it does to your mind. That’s what The Sky is Everywhere deals with. And to my mind, it does it well. It tells the story of a teenager dealing with the death of her idolised older sister. It uses fantasy realism, vivid colour, sound, and more to depict events.

Death On The Nile film poster
11th February - Death On The Nile. 8/10.
🎥 In Omniplex Cinema Dundonald.
Rating:
8/10

I enjoyed Death on the Nile a lot more than I expected to. I wasn’t expecting a body count worthy of a spaghetti western. Nor a Mexican standoff! Murder mysteries are not my usual fodder. But this was good. The cast is great. The locations too. Clues abound throughout.

Parallel Mothers film poster
9th February - Parallel Mothers. 8/10.
🎥 In Omniplex Cinema Dundonald.
Rating:
8/10

So glad I forced myself to go and see Parallel Mothers film. I really enjoyed it. The plot twists are obvious but I didn’t care. It’s well acted and I enjoyed it. Which is what two hours in the cinema should deliver. The Oscar nod for Penelope Cruz is justified.

CODA film poster
5th February - CODA. 10/10.
🖥 Via AppleTV+ on AppleTV.
Rating:
10/10

All the good things I heard about CODA were true. It is an exceptional film. A brilliant cast, a great story, beautifully shot, a fabulous score, and songs. I’m only sorry I didn’t see it at the cinema. A must-see film. I got salty sea spray in my eyes at the end.

Swan Song film poster
4th February - Swan Song. 8/10.
🖥 Via AppleTV+ on AppleTV.
Rating:
8/10

Swan Song is good. A medium-term future story about the early availability of a process that allows people with a terminal illness to create a clone to replace them. With their memories intact. Their family doesn’t know it happens. How would you deal with that? Recommended.

January 2022

Belfast film poster
22nd January - Belfast. 7/10.
🎥 In Omniplex Cinema MAXX Dundonald.
Rating:
7/10

If you are from Belfast then the Belfast film will probably embarrass or depress you. Or both. Thankfully the stupid religious bollocks that was the excuse for the fighting depicted gets short shrift. The film itself is okay. Ciarán Hinds is stellar as the Grandfather.

Licorice Pizza film poster
10th January - Licorice Pizza. 7/10.
🎥 in Omniplex Cinema Dundonald.
Rating:
7/10

Licorice Pizza then. It’s eclectic. Lots of storylines weave around the two lead characters. I wasn’t expecting to see the Haim sisters (and their parents) playing the family of the female lead. Alana Haim is superb. Lots of grotesques who you wouldn’t piss on if on fire! It’s a coming of age teen romance we’re one of the leads is a teen who is confident and seems older, and the other is in their 20’s but seems younger. The music is fantastic. It’s a film that will reward multiple viewings I think.