Cover Here are the most anticipated movies on 2022 (Photo: A24)

It’s time to put these titles on your watch list for 2022

All geared up to welcome 2022? Alongside holiday festivities, it’s also time to plan for the exciting year ahead of us whether it’s your first overseas trip, new books to read, new events to attend and of course, new movies to watch.

While the entertainment industry has been battered by the pandemic with cinemas closing and fewer audiences due to social distancing measures, we also can’t deny that movies and shows have brought us a great deal of comfort during these difficult times while we quarantine or social distance. It’s important that we keep supporting them while we can.

To help you plan your watch list for 2022, we’ve rounded up some of the highly anticipated titles coming out in Hong Kong cinemas this year. Whether you’re looking for your next superhero movie, horror flicks, heartwarming coming of age dramas, there’s certainly something for you.

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1. West Side Story

An adaptation of the 1957 eponymous stage musical, West Side Story follows the rivalry between the Jets and the Sharks. Caught in between are Tony (Ansel Elgort) and Maria (Rachel Zegler) and their forbidden romance.

Directed by Steven Spielberg, the movie marks Zegler’s feature film debut. Upon its release in the US, the film has already garnered widespread acclaim for its direction, screenplay, cinematography and performances.

Hong Kong release: January 6

2. Morbius

Morbius was created based on plans for a shared universe of characters owned by Sony Pictures. The superhero film follows Michael Morbius (Jared Leto) who’s suffering from a rare blood disease. Hoping to find a cure, he instead becomes afflicted with a form of vampirism.

Hong Kong release: April 2022

3. Death on the Nile

After various delayed releases, it seems Death on the Nile will finally see the light of day this year. This adaptation of the 1937 novel of the same name by Agatha Christie is the follow up to 2017’s Murder on the Orient Express.

A passenger is found murdered abroad the S.S. Karnak. Detective Hercule Poirot (Kenneth Branagh) is tasked with identifying the killer among the passengers before another body is found.

Hong Kong release: February 10

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4. Nightmare Alley

This neo-noir psychological thriller is helmed by Guillermo del Toro based on the 1946 eponymous novel and marks the second film adaptation of the source material.

The story revolves around an ambitious carny (Bradley Cooper) who has a knack for manipulating people through his choice of words. He met his match through a psychiatrist (Cate Blanchett) he tries to seduce but it actually far more dangerous than he is.

Hong Kong release: February 24

5. Ambulance

Ambulance is an adaptation of the 2005 Danish movie of the same name and follows William Sharp (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II), a war veteran in need of money for his wife’s surgery. He asks his adoptive brother, Danny (Jake Gyllenhaal) for help who coerces him into taking part in a bank heist.

The robbery goes wrong when a police officer gets shot. The two are on the run in an ambulance, trapped with an EMT (Eiza Gonzales) and the wounder officer as their hostage.

Hong Kong release: February 24

6. Licorice Pizza

Licorice Pizza is a coming-of-age comedy-drama helmed by Paul Thomas Anderson and stars Alana Haim (from the pop rock band, Haim) and Cooper Hoffman (son of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman).

It follows the duo Alana Kane (Haim) and Gary Valentine (Hoffman) as they grow up and experience first love in the San Fernando Valley in 1973.

Hong Kong release: February 24

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7. Uncharted

In case you miss Tom Holland, you can still see him in Uncharted as the young Drake. The movie is a prequel to the Uncharted game and follows a young Drake who takes us through the details of how he came to meet and befriend, Sully (Mark Wahlberg).

Hong Kong release: February 2022

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8. The Batman

Yes, it’s another Batman movie. What’s different this time around? We’ll have to watch to find out. The story takes place during Batman’s (Robert Pattinson) second year of fighting crime as he purses serial killer, Riddler (Paul Dano).

During this, he uncovers corruption that connects his own family to the investigation. In order to catch the serial killer, Batman must make allies and bring the corrupt to justice even if it involves his own blood.

Hong Kong release: March 3

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9. Everything Everywhere All at Once

It’s Michelle Yeoh’s multi-verse as we’re just here to see it. Everything Everywhere All at Once follows Evelyn Wang (Yeoh), who gets swept up in an adventure where she alone can save the world by exploring other universes and connecting the lives she could have or have led.

Hong Kong release: March 2022

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10. Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore

The third instalment in the Fantastic Beasts series, The Secrets of Dumbledore is set several years after the events from The Crimes of Grindelwald.

It follows Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law) who entrusts Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) with a mission to take him and his allies to face Gellert Grindelwald's (Mads Mikkelsen replacing Johnny Depp) army.

Hong Kong release: April 14

11. The Black Phone

The Black Phone is a supernatural horror movie based on the 2004 eponymous short story.

Set in the 1970s after five children go missing in a suburban town in Colorado, Finney Shaw (Mason Thames) is kidnapped by a serial killer and trapped in a soundproof basement. He starts receiving calls on a disconnected phone from the killer’s previous victims.

Hong Kong release: April 21

12. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness follows the events of Spider-Man: No Way Home and the first season of Loki.

Dr Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) continues his research on the Time Stone but is hindered by a friend-turned-enemy. This results in Strange doing unspeakable evil.

Hong Kong release: May 22

13. Top Gun: Maverick

After multiple delays, Top Gun: Maverick is setting up for a 2022 release. The story centres around Pete ‘Maverick’ Mitchell (Tom Cruise) who after more than 30 years of service as a top aviator, is now tasked with training Top Gun graduates.

But soon, the graduates are training for a specialised mission that no living pilot has ever seen. Mitchell faces an uncertain future and the ghosts of his past are haunting him.

Hong Kong release: May 2022

14. Elvis

Elvis is an upcoming biographical musical film starring Austin Butler in the title role and directed by Baz Luhrmann. The movie will chronicle the life and career of the rock and roll legend, Elvis Presley.

Hong Kong release: June 2022

15. Thor: Love and Thunder

Thor (Chris Hemsworth) returns in this sequel to Thor: Ragnorok and the fourth movie in the Thor saga. Thor: Love and Thunder will be helmed by Taika Waititi with Tessa Thompson and Natalie Portman also reprising their roles.

Hong Kong release: July 2022

16. Nope

Nope is an upcoming horror movie written, produced and directed by Academy Award nominee and winner, Jordan Peele. No plot has been revealed so far but the movie will star Daniel Kaluuya, Keke Palmer and Steven Yeun.

Hong Kong release: July 2022

17. Black Adam

DC Comics fans can rejoice as the comic character, Black Adam is gracing the screens this year. No plot has been revealed yet but the movie is intended as a spin-off to 2019’s Shazam! and stars Dwayne Johnson in the title role alongside Noah Centino, Aldis Hodge, Sarah Shahi, Quintessa Swindell and Pierce Brosnan.

Hong Kong release: July 2022

18. Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse (Part One)

Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse is the first of the two-part sequel to 2019’s Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. Set in the Spider-Verse, a shared multiverse of alternative universes.

The movie is about Miles Morales/Spider-Man (Shameik Moore) and his adventure across the multiverse with Gwen Stacy/Spider-Woman (Hailee Steinfeld). They encounter a new team of Spider-People and a new powerful villain.

Hong Kong release: October 2022

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19. She Said

Based on the 2019 book of the same name, She Said follows journalists Jodi Kantor (Zoe Kazan) and Megan Twohey (Carey Mulligan) who exposed the story of Harvey Weinstein’s history of abuse and sexual misconduct against women which helped launch the #MeToo movement.

Hong Kong release: November 2022

20. Avatar 2

A sequel to the highly successful blockbuster Avatar has been planned as early as 2010—a year after the first film was released. Avatar 2 was initially set for a 2014 release, however, the addition of three more sequels as well as the ambiguous technology to performance capture scenes underwater—which has never been done before—delayed the production further. It seems 2022 will finally be the year that the sequel will hit the screens.

Avatar 2 will follow Jake Sully (Sam Worthington) and Neytiri (Zoe Saldana) and their new family in Pandora. However, an old threat returns to finish what was previously started and Jake and the rest of the Na’vi are displaced to over different regions of Pandora while fending off the attack.

Hong Kong release: December 2022

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