The best Comic Book, Sci-Fi Movies of 2022 – The Hollywood Reporter

Welcome to one of the last “Best Movies of 2022” lists. And while other lists try to give you the full picture in 10 movies, or perhaps a specific genre, we here at Heat Vision try to tackle the best genres we love, from comic book adaptations to horror fantasy. And we love the medium of animation. Only one Tar Here’s how the Star Wars series looks like Andor Very smart and interesting, and unique Banshees of Inishery We want to see X-Men hero Sean Cassidy flying in to save Jenny’s ass.

All kidding aside, 2022 is going to be a great movie year for most of the genres we love. Big, though, is that the comic book movie space has hit a rough patch. At times, watching them became a chore and we sincerely hope that will change next year.

Horror had a banner year in terms of hits and quality at the box office. These movies are horribly rendered. In many cases, they are thought-provoking and tap into our fears.

And animation can hopefully continue to convince people that it’s not just a genre but a versatile canvas for telling stories big and small. In a year where the heavyweights stumbled at least twice, other works thrilled and opened our eyes with the fiery return of stop-motion animation.

Let’s hit it.

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

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10. Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

There’s never been a movie like it: a movie dedicated to the legacy and memory of a person and a character, in this case Chadwick Boseman and his Marvel hero, forever intertwined. Ryan Coogler pulls off the impossible with a film that pays a fitting tribute to the man, thoughtfully pondering the ideas of grief and legacy, giving viewers soap opera and action in the style of Mighty Marvel. Angela Bassett gives an award-worthy performance as the queen and mother of Wakanda who has lost almost everything, while Tenoch Huerta makes an interesting splash as the complex villain Namor.

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9. hunting

Let’s face it, your eyes probably glazed over when you heard there was another one a predator Movie on the way. Another lame entry in a lame franchise, tired over time. But in the hands of director Dan Trachtenberg, who made a great slow-burn thriller 10 Cloverfield Lane and co-wrote the script with Patrick Eason, hunting Just not great a predator The film – The Hunt, Kills Delivery – finds meaning in the story of a Comanche woman (Amber Midthunder) trying to prove herself to the men of the world as she is forced to confront the brutality of colonialism that is encroaching on her world. hunting Not reinventing the franchise shows how underdeveloped and under-utilized it has been all these years. As the cool kids say, kill it.

Ethan Hawke in Black Phone, 2021.

Black phone

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8. Black phone

Joe Hill took on this adaptation of the short story after Scott Derrickson left the 1980s movie You Can See Anytime at the Mall Cineplex. Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness. Good call. The horror piece allows Derrickson to show the most rough and tumble of a brother and sister’s life during their downtrodden Denver childhood. The filmmaker digs into the bag of tricks he’s accumulated over a decade and a half of working on all kinds of horror thrillers. The film has tension and tone, an eccentric villain (Ethan Hawke, hiding under a mask most of the time) and a great cast of kid actors (the winning duo of Mason Thames and Madeleine McGraw).

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7. RRR

Holy cow, what did we see? Part superhero movie, part Bollywood musical, part historical epic, this is the best action movie of the year, bar none. Filmmaker SS Rajamouli takes two real-life Indian figures from the 20th century and weaves them into a story of friendship, betrayal and trust as they eventually join forces to confront the British Raj. The film is brilliantly acted and topped off with myth-making action sequences where the characters are solo armies, Jack Kirby-esque beat downs and dance-offs are your stand-up and cheer moment. year

Puss in Boots: The Last Wish

Puss in Boots: The Last Wish

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6. Puss in Boots: The Last Wish

After several years in the sea of ​​animation, DreamWorks Animation makes a triumphant return with the sequel to its funny and clever 2011 film. Puss in Boots. But instead of giving us more of the same, director Joel Crawford and co-director Januel Mercado give us a story about a cat contemplating its own mortality. Yes, a good death and what happens to a cat at the last of its nine lives. Oh, it’s not dreary — there’s plenty of laugh-out-loud action, funny repartees, cool switches in animated styles, clever takes on fairy tales and folk tales. But our kitties also have a real, gulp-inducing fear, and that means plenty to chew on: pure catnip.

Georgina Campbell in Barbarian

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5. barbarian

A tense rollercoaster, actor and co-founder of the comedy troupe The Whitest Kids You Know, Zach Kregger, opens up a whole new career for himself with this terrifying debut. What begins as an already strong and terrifying premise – a woman (Georgina Campbell) finds herself double-booked at an Airbnb on a rainy night and reluctantly decides to stay, coaxed by a nice guy (Bill Skarsgård) who’s already there – moves in. The bat guano area is deeper than the characters and viewers go into the house. Nothing is as it seems – seriously, try not to read anything about it before you watch it – including the addition of Justin Long’s role, which sends the movie in another direction entirely.

Mia Goth in X.

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4. X

Ti West delivers a slasher film with the best of 1970s grindhouse vibes and big ideas about stardom, aging and the elusive nature of beauty. The story centers on a group of young and beautiful folk who are taken to a farmhouse to cash in on a growing porn boom that promises fortune and fame. The farm’s old couple, however, are not what they seem, and soon, from pitchfork to alligator, the body count begins to rise. The film is a pure-fun thrill ride, with set-ups and payoffs, laughs and roars, a dollop of hearty sex thrown in. X Well Cast: Jenna Ortega is remarkable in scream queen mode, but the real breakthrough is Mia Goth, who plays the heroine who develops a connection with the farmer’s elderly wife and plays unrecognizable, said Pearl, the farmer’s wife.

Bonus: Also watch the kissWest’s predecessor X It’s more Douglas Sirk Texas homestead melodrama (with a body count and a musical number) than a ’70s slasher. The film is a fantastic showcase for Goth, who delivers an awards-worthy climactic monologue (and has already earned her an Indie Spirit Award nomination for lead performance).

Top Gun: Maverick, (aka Top Gun 2), Tom Cruise, 2022.

Top Gun: Maverick

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3. Top Gun: Maverick

source Top Gun Never been on a list like this. It had no genre connection and such films Highlander And Little Shop of Horrors He used to bounce it. Heck, even A boy who can fly There are probably more reasons to be on a list like this. But times have definitely changed. Top Gun: Maverick is now its own external genre, another dramatic era fantasy, and Tom Cruise is his own category of superhero. Maverick We are close to having a cruise Star wars Movie, and what Maverick A truly spectacular final mission, with the Death Star attacking three times, a sweat-inducing, teeth-gnashing, hand-wringing practice run and then its own Han Solo / Millennium Falcon moment.

Joey Kravitz, Robert Pattinson in The Batman

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2. Batman

Superhero movie of the year. Matt Reeves’ epic and operatic works were part of it Sevenpart Sapart French connection, giving us a Batman that was really moody and dark. I think this movie was overlooked because it was released in March, which is an eternity in entertainment news cycles. But Reeves’ film is so skilfully made that it tilts into an emo freak show with Robert Pattinson leading the impeccable role. (Also, if you want to see the range, check out Colin Farrell as a penguin here and then as a farmer Banshees of Inishery.) The film shows the flexibility of the Batman concept and his gallery of monsters for all kinds of exploration. And Michael Giacchino’s score? One of the best of the year.

Michelle Yeoh is everywhere at once.

Everything everywhere at once

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1. Everything everywhere at once

What is left to say about this most surreal and hallucinatory film of the year? Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert combine multiple genres, exotic action, parental love, romantic love, genres and mediums into a story big and small and succeed beyond anyone’s imagination. Michelle Yeoh carries the film as the troubled owner of a laundromat who is being audited by the IRS, while breaking her husband’s heart and suffocating her daughter. Everyone shines here, especially Stephanie Hsu as the multi-layered daughter and Ke Hui Quan, a former child actress returning to acting with the role of the husband. The film is so daring, it throws ideas and concepts at you, forcing you to keep going. But it is so loving, its beating heart opens up to you and asks you to love it. How to say no?

Honorable Mentions: Avatar: The Way of Water, Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio, Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery, Sea Beast

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