As Covid-19 struck the world in early 2020, many sectors were put on hold as a result of the virus’s implications, including the film industry, from within the region to Hollywood and Bollywood. With 2021 bringing with it a little more ease, several exciting movies found themselves ready to premiere in movie theaters, entertaining audiences around the world with fresh new plots, story lines, characters, and themes that are more aligned with the current situation. As 2022 approaches, it’s also been established that the coming year will be full of sequels of major Marvel, Netflix, and DC productions.
As we gear up for a new year, here’s a list of some of the most exciting titles that will occupy movie theatre screens in 2022:
Hotel Transylvania: Transformania (January 4)
The latest spooky flick under the Hotel Transylvania series will see a switch-up, with Dracula and his friends turning into humans, and Johnny stepping into the shoes of a real life monster. Will they be able to come back to their true forms? Watch to find out.
Al Gareema (January 5)
Starring Menna Shalaby, Ahmed Ezz and Maged El Kedwany, the movie focuses on a crime that breaks out in a psychiatric hospital, which leads to authorities discovering a patient’s many prior crimes involving prominent figures.
For Zico (January 5)
Starring Mina Shalaby, Karim Mahmoud Abdel Aziz, Mahmoud Hafez, For Zico is a comedy based on a popular girl and her life.
Licorice Pizza (January 7)
Starring Alana Haim and Bradley Cooper, Licorice Pizza is set in 1973 in California, and circles around a story of love and big dreams.
Qamar 14 (January 12)
Qamar 14 follows an interesting concept. On a full moon’s night five different love stories—each with a special message—will be narrated to audiences. The film stars several names including Ghada Adel, Khaled Anwar, Ahmed Hatem, Asmaa Abu Al-Yazid, Ahmed Malik, Mai El Ghaiti, Ahmed El-Fishawy, Yasmine Rais Khaled El-Nabawy and Sherine Reda.
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The 355 (January 14)
Directed by Simon Kinberg and starring Jessica Chastain, the movie revolves around a CIA agent who joins forces with three international agents to retrieve a top secret weapon that fell into the wrong hands.
Perfect Strangers (January 20)
After bring remade a whopping 18 times, Italian film Perfetti Sconosciuti (Perfect Strangers, 2016) comes to Netflix for the very first time in Arabic. Starring Mona Zaki, Nadine Labaki, Eyad Nassar, Adel Karam, Georges Khabbaz, Diamond Bou Abboud, and Fouad Yammine, the film tells the story of a group of seven good friends who come together one night during the Lebanese revolution and the Covid-19 pandemic.
Nightmare Alley (January 21)
Bradley Cooper plays the role of Stanton Carlisle, who is down on his luck when he meets a clairvoyant at a carnival who inspires him to con the elite.
Morbius (January 28)
The Spiderman spin-off features Jared Leto as a Marvel vampire named Morbius.
Death on the Nile (February 11)
A mystery-crime movie, Death on the Nile follows Hercule Poirot, whose Egyptian vacation on a decadent river steamers transforms into a hunt for a murdered on board when a honeymooning couple is found dead.
Marry Me (February 11)
Directed by Kat Coiro, the movie stars Jennifer Lopez as global superstar Kat Valdez, one half of a celebrity power couple, who finds out her fiancé cheated on her a day before they got married. Eventually, she plans to marry to a divorced school teacher who she randomly selects out of her wedding audience.
Gangubai Kathiawadi (February 18)
Alia Bhatt stars in this biographical crime drama film, directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali. The star portrays the role of Gangubai, a lost girl who grows to become the leader of Kamathipura.
The Batman (March 4)
Robert Pattinson debuts as the long awaited Batman, with Zoë Kravitz taking on the role of Catwoman.
Downton Abbey: A New Era (March 18)
The Crawley family share a peek at their lives in the 1930s with the upcoming Downton Abbey movie, due to arrive in cinemas in spring next year. Creator Julian Fellowes has gone on record to say that this particular film will be “unashamedly feel-good”. No surprises there!
Ambulance (March 25)
Directed by Michael Bay, this movie circulates around two ambulance robbers on the run from the police.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (March 25)
Following this year’s Spiderman No Way Home, Dr Strange tackles the multi-universe of Madness.
The Lost City (March 25)
Starring Sandra Bullock, Channing Tatum, and Brad Pitt, this comedy revolves around Bullock’s kidnap in a lost city, where she decides to hide her book—until she’s rescued by the model on her book cover (Tatum).
Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore (April 8)
This one’s a Harry Potter prequel series, in which Johny Depp magically disappears and is replaced by Mads Mikkelsen.
Laal Singh Chaddha (April 14)
Starring Aamir Khan and Kareena Kapoor Khan, Laal Singh Chaddha is the Hindi adaptation of Forrest Gump. The comedy-drama film has been shot across more than 100 locations.
Starring Mona Zaki and Ahmed El Sakka, El-Ankaboot (translating to ‘The Spider’) is an is an action-romance film in which Sakka is sucked into a conflict with the mafia due to his brother’s actions.
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Kira Wa El Gen (May 2)
Set in 1919, this movie takes us on a journey with Kira and El Gin, who come together in a fight against the English occupation.
Legally Blonde 3 (May 20)
After 20 years, Elle Woods is back, and she’s got her hands full. What new case will the lawyer with an addiction to pink find herself tackling? Find out this May.
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Jurassic World: Dominion (June 10)
Ready to roar with the dinosaurs? The Jurassic Park franchise comes back in full force this summer.
Lightyear (June 17)
This summer, Toy Story fans can spend some quality time with their favorite Space Ranger superhero thanks to Lightyear. The upcoming animated film takes audiences on a ride with Buzz Lightyear on an adventure—to infinity and beyond.
Elvis (June 24)
A biopic about Elvis Presley played by Austin Butler, and Tom Hanks as his manager Colonel Tom Parker.
Minions: The Rise of Gru (July 1)
Taking audiences back to Gru’s childhood, this summer must-watch tells the story of a 12-year-old version of the hilarious character, and his dream to one day become the greatest villain on Earth.
Thor: Love and Thunder (July 8)
Chris Hemsworth returns with his hammer this year alongside Tessa Thomson, Nathalie Portman, Christian Bale, and Jeff Goldblum.
Mission: Impossible 7 (September 30)
IMF agent Ethan Hunt returns for the seventh time to silver screens with Mission: Impossible 7 this fall. Not much is known of the upcoming action flick, but what we do know is that the September release will include quite a few new cast members, including Hayley Atwell, Pom Klementieff, Shea Whigham, Esai Morales, Rob Delaney, Charles Parnell, Indira Varma, Mark Gatiss, Greg Tarzan Davis, and Cary Elwes.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (November 11)
“We are all focused on finishing the movie with excellence, honouring the memory of our dear brother Chadwick in the process,” Letitia Wright shared about the upcoming superhero film.
Avatar 2 (December 16)
The second edition of the Avatar series sees Jake Sully and Ney’tiri enjoying their family life until an ancient threat resurfaces that leads to a war against humans.
Banat Rizk (Release date unconfirmed)
This much-awaited film stars Sherine Reda, Mai Omar, and Ghada Adel.
Batgirl (Release date unconfirmed)
All set to hit screens this year, Batgirl will see Leslie Grace stepping into the shoes of DC Comics’ sultry superhero.
People of the Cave (Release date unconfirmed)
The movie revolves around one’s struggle against time, and stars Ghada Adel, Khaled Al-Nabawi and Mustafa Fahm.
Pinocchio (Release date unconfirmed)
Step into the world of Disney once again with everyone’s favorite little puppet boy.