Fall Movie Preview 2022: Wakanda Forever, Knives Out 2 & Avatar 2

Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery, Avatar: The Way of Water and Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. Photos Courtesy: Netflix, 20th Century Studios, Marvel Studios.

Summer is coming to a close and whether you took advantage of the warm summer months and its many film releases or not, the fall movie season approaches yet again. We’ll see a new array of wanna-be awards contenders as well as blockbuster releases — and plenty of sequels and prequels to appease any moviegoer reluctant to venture into the unknown. 

But theaters aren’t the whole picture anymore when it comes to the fall movie season; Netflix and Prime Video have a full slate of autumnal releases. Even Apple TV+, Disney+ and Hulu have a few filmic streaming options as well, mostly for the spookier days of October and the holidays. 

Plenty of Popcorn Fare

Dwayne Johnson and Aldis Hodge in Black Adam. Photo Courtesy: Warner Bros

Even if fall season is synonymous with awards season, there are plenty of blockbuster movies and new big-name franchise installments. Dwayne Johnson will be seen in the DC Extended Universe (DCEU) movie Black Adam. Catalan filmmaker Jaume Collet-Serra (Jungle Cruise) directs this story of an antihero with the powers of the ancient gods who was imprisoned but is now freed. He’s ready to impart his justice on the modern world. 

Also in the superhero realm, there’ll be the very anticipated Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. Ryan Coogler’s directed and co-written second installment of Marvel’s Black Panther franchise didn’t recast the titular role after Chadwick Boseman’s death in 2020. Wakanda Forever will see the return of Angela Bassett, Letitia Wright, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira and Winston Duke. Michaela Coel and Tenoch Huerta are some of the new additions to this Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) adventure. Wakanda Forever could be the rare superhero flick with awards potential; Black Panther (2018) was the first superhero movie to get an Oscar nomination in the best picture category. 

Of course, I need to mention Avatar: The Way of Water, James Cameron’s second installment to his science fiction tale about the Na’vi people and the planet of Pandora. In case you need a refresher on what happened in the first movie of this franchise, which came out over a decade ago in 2009 after all, you’ll have the chance to catch up on the big screen. The original Avatar movie will be re-released in theaters on September 23 for a limited run.

Amiah Miller, Elsie Fisher, Cathy Ang and Rachel Ogechi in My Best Friend’s Exorcism. Photo Courtesy: Amazon Studios 

As is fitting for the Halloween season, fans of the horror genre will have plenty of options. There’s Goodnight Mommy and My Best Friend’s Exorcism on Prime Video; there’s a remake of Hellraiser on Hulu; Speak No Evil will be available on the horror-centric streaming service Shudder. And those who want to know the fate of Jaime Lee Curtis’ scream queen in the Halloween franchise can tune in to Halloween Ends in theaters and on Peacock. 

Another spooky concoction with horror ingredients — available exclusively on Disney+ — is Hocus Pocus 2, starring Sarah Jessica Parker, Kathy Najimy and Bette Midler. 

Millie Bobby Brown and Helena Bonham Carter in Enola Holmes 2. Photo Courtesy: Netflix

Fans of the mystery-meets-comedy genre will have a double date lined up on Netflix. First, there’s the second part of the adventures of Sherlock Holmes’ younger sister Enola Holmes, in Enola Holmes 2, starring Millie Bobby Brown. And then there’s Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery, the Rian Johnson written and directed film, which offers up a new investigation for Benoit Blanc (Daniel Craig) after the success of Knives Out (2019). For this new star-packed ensemble, Johnson has gathered the likes of Edward Norton, Janelle Monáe, Kathryn Hahn, Leslie Odom Jr., Jessica Henwick, Kate Hudson and Dave Bautista.

Possible 2022 Awards Contenders

Jeremy Strong and Anne Hathaway in Armageddon Time. Photo Courtesy: Focus Features
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It’s extremely early to start talking about possible Oscar nominees, especially since most of the critics and voters haven’t seen much yet, and since most of the wanna-be contenders haven’t even premiered in festivals as of now. But, as usual, there are a bunch of titles with enough potential either for their subject matter or because of the filmmaker and actors behind the project.

Christian Bale, Margot Robbie and John David Washington in Amsterdam. Photo Courtesy: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures/Everett Collection

Expect surprises and changes by the time we get to see if these movies are, indeed, any good. But, right now, there’s already buzz around David O. Russell’s Amsterdam starring Christian Bale, Margot Robbie and John David Washington; James Gray’s Armageddon Time starring Jeremy Strong, Jessica Chastain, Anthony Hopkins and Anne Hathaway; Ruben Östlund’s Triangle of Sadness starring Harris Dickinson and Woody Harrelson; Steven Spielberg’s The Fabelmans starring Michelle Williams and Paul Dano; Florian Zeller’s The Son with Vanessa Kirby, Anthony Hopkins, Hugh Jackman and Laura Dern; Damien Chazelle’s Babylon with Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie and Olivia Wilde; Sam Mendes’ Empire of Light with Olivia Colman and Colin Firth; Noah Baumbach’s White Noise with Greta Gerwig and Adam Driver; and Gina Prince-Bythewood’s The Woman King with Viola Davis, John Boyega and Lashana Lynch.

Viola Davis in The Woman King. Photo Courtesy: Sony Pictures

Prince-Bythewood (The Old Guard, Love & Basketball) is not the only woman filmmaker with a title that’s already garnering awards attention though. After her stellar feature directorial debut with Booksmart (2019), Olivia Wilde stars in and directs Don’t Worry Darling, which also features Harry Styles and Florence Pugh. German filmmaker and actress Maria Schrader (Unorthodox, I’m Your Man) tackles a real-life story in She Said. Carey Mulligan and Zoe Kazan play Megan Twohey and Jodi Kantor in She Said, the two New York Times reporters who uncovered Harvey Weinstein’s history of sexual abuse. And Chinonye Chukwu (Clemency) tackles the death of Emmett Till in Till, starring Danielle Deadwyler, Jalyn Hall and Whoopi Goldberg. 

Harry Styles and Florence Pugh in Don’t Worry Darling. Photo Courtesy: Warner Bros.

Still without a release date, but expected to debut in 2022, are Sarah Polley’s Women Talking with Jessie Buckley, Rooney Mara and Frances McDormand; Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre’s Lady Chatterley’s Lover with Joely Richardson and Emma Corrin; and Mélanie Laurent’s The Nightingale with sisters Dakota and Elle Fanning.

A Few More of 2022’s Highly Anticipated Titles

Ana de Armas in Blonde. Photo Courtesy: Netflix
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The list of fall releases doesn’t end there. Another potential awards contender is Ana de Armas’ turn as Marilyn Monroe in the Netflix biopic Blonde

George Clooney and Julia Roberts reunite in the rom-com Ticket to Paradise, directed and co-written by Ol Parker (Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again). Regina Hall and Sterling K. Brown star alongside Nicole Beharie in Honk for Jesus. Save Your Soul., the story about a power couple trying to gain back the faith of their Southern Baptist congregation after a church scandal. 

And Bros, directed and co-written by Nicholas Stoller, stars Billy Eichner and Luke Macfarlane and has all the potential of becoming one of the next entries in our list of inclusive romantic comedies

Fall Movie Calendar 2022

And because we’ve hardly covered everything that’ll debut this fall, here’s a calendar with most of the releases through the end of the year as well as links to their trailers. If it isn’t otherwise indicated on this list, the movie will only be available in theaters when it first debuts. Also, some movies have been announced but still lack specific release dates, so we’ll keep updating this calendar.

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SEPTEMBER

1. Love in the Villa (Netflix) 

2. Honk for Jesus, Save Your Soul. (Theaters and Peacock)

2. McEnroe (Showtime) Documentary

8. Pinocchio (Disney+)

8. The Anthrax Attacks (Netflix) Documentary

9. Athena (Select theaters. Netflix, September 23)

9. End of the Road (Netflix) 

9. Barbarian 

9. Brahmāstra Part One: Shiva

9. Flight/Risk (Prime Video) Documentary

15. Speak No Evil (Theaters and Shudder)

16. See How They Run

16. The Woman King

16. Silent Twins

16. Do Revenge (Netflix)

16. Drifting Home (Netflix) Animation

16. Moonage Daydream Documentary

16. Goodnight Mommy (Prime Video) 

16. God’s Country 

28. Blonde (Select theaters. Netflix, September 28)

16. A Jazzman’s Blues (Select theaters. Netflix, September 23)

16. I Used to Be Famous (Netflix)

21. Meet Cute (Peacock) 

23. Avatar Imax 3D

23. Lou (Netflix)

23. Sidney (Apple TV+) Documentary

23. On the Come Up (Paramount+)

23. Don’t Worry Darling

28. Triangle of Sadness 

30. Bros

30. Smile

30. Hocus Pocus 2 (Disney+)

30. The Greatest Beer Run Ever (Apple TV+)

30. Rainbow (Netflix)

30. My Best Friend’s Exorcism (Prime Video)

30. God’s Creatures

30. Luckiest Girl Alive (Select theaters. Netflix, October 7)

OCTOBER

5. Mr. Harrigan’s Phone (Netflix)

7. Lyle, Lyle Crocodile Animation

7. TÁR

7. Amsterdam

7. Catherine Called Birdie (Prime Video)

7. Hellraiser (Hulu)

7. The Redeem Team (Netflix)

10. Grimcutty (Hulu)

14. Rosaline (Hulu)

14. Till

14. Halloween Ends (Theaters and Peacock)

14. Stars at Noon (Theaters. Hulu, October 28)

14. The Curse Of Bridge Hollow (Netflix)

14. Decision to Leave

19. The School For Good And Evil (Netflix)

19. The Good Nurse (Select theaters. Netflix, October 26)

21. Aftersun

21. Black Adam 

21. Ticket to Paradise

21. The Banshees of Inisherin

21. Raymond & Ray (Apple TV+)

21. Descendant (Select theaters and Netflix)

21. Wendell & Wild (Select theaters. Netflix, October 28)

21. Matriarch (Hulu)

28. Prey for the Devil

28. Run Sweetheart Run (Prime Video)

28. Armageddon Time

28. All Quiet on the Western Front (Netflix)

28. Call Jane

NOVEMBER

My Father’s Dragon (Select theaters and Netflix)

4. Enola Holmes 2 (Netflix)

4. Bardo, False Chronicle of a Handful of Truths (Select theaters. Netflix, December 16)

4. My Policeman (Select theaters and Prime Video)

4. Causeway (Apple TV+)

4. The Estate

9. In Her Hands (Select theaters. Netflix, November 16)

10. Falling for Christmas (Netflix)

11. Black Panther: Wakanda Forever 

11. The Son

11. Is That Black Enough For You?!? (Select theaters and Netflix)

11. Capturing The Killer Nurse (Netflix)

11. The Fabelmans 

18. Scrooge: A Christmas Carol (Select theaters. Netflix, December 2)

16. The People We Hate at the Wedding (Prime Video)

17. Christmas With You (Netflix)

18. She Said

18. The Menu

18. Slumberland (Netflix)

18. The Inspection 

23. Strange World Animation

23. Devotion

23. Bones and All

23. Good Night Oppy (Prime Video) Documentary

23. The Swimmers (Netflix)

24. Disenchanted (Disney+) 

24. The Noel Diary (Netflix)

25. White Noise (Select theaters. Netflix, December 30)

DECEMBER

Lady Chatterley’s Lover (Select theaters and Netflix)

The Wonder (Select theaters and Netflix)

1. Troll (Netflix)

2. Women Talking

2. Violent Night 

2. Spoiler Alert

9. Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio (Select theaters and Netflix) 

9. Empire of Light

9. The Volcano: Rescue From Whakaari (Select theaters. Netflix, December 16)

9. Something From Tiffany’s (Prime Video)

9. It’s A Wonderful Binge (Hulu)

9. Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical (Select theaters. Netflix, December 25)

14. A Man Called Otto

16. Nanny (Prime Video)

16. Avatar: The Way of Water 

20. The Seven Deadly Sins: Grudge Of Edinburgh Part 1 (Netflix)

21. I Wanna Dance with Somebody

21. Puss in Boots: The Last Wish

23. Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery (Netflix) 

23. The Pale Blue Eye (Select theaters. Netflix, January 6)

23. Corsage

25. Babylon 

30. Wildcat (Prime Video)

DATE STILL TO BE ANNOUNCED

The Nightingale

Living

The Whale

Chevalier

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