2022 is the Year of the Franchise as Hollywood releases sequels to many of the last decade’s most popular movies. You can look forward to sequels such as Top Gun: Mavrick, Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, Jackass Forever, Shazam! Fury of the Gods, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore, a Shrek Reboot and more.
If you want some fun-filled film entertainment you can watch some of the new releases on the streaming services or head to the movie theatre where original content awaits. So, put aside your SlotoCash casino game play for a bit and enjoy our reviews of some of the most engaging and innovative non-sequel releases of 2022 include:
Blonde, a Netflix film which is expected to be released to the public in September 2022, is a fictionalized chronicle of the inner life of film icon Marilyn Monroe. The film stars Ana de Armas, Adrian Brody, Dan Butler, Evan Williams and Caspar Phillipson in a retelling of the life of Marilyn Monroe.
Director Andrew Dominik based his film on the bestselling novel of Joyce Carol Oates which was also entitled Blonde which spanned the years of her volatile childhood as Norma Jeane through her Hollywood successes, her rise to stardom and her romantic adventures.
As her public and private selves began to merge the film, says Dominik, becomes an “avalanche of images and events” leading the viewer to consider who Norma Jeane really was.
The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent
Nicholas Cage, Tiffany Haddish, Neil Patrick Harris, Demi Moore and Ike Barinholtz star in this action-packed comedy in which Nick Cage, playing himself as a megastar who is trying to get his life and career back on track, accepts a $1 million offer to attend the birthday of superfan Javi Futierrez.
Gutierrez is a danger to himself and to others which explains how a fun-filled event at the home of a Spanish olive-oil magnet turns into a mix-up of CIA agents, kidnappings guns and covert missions. Cage becomes his on-screen character when CIA operative Vivian recruits him to play himself in real life leading to danger and romance.
The Man from Toronto
Netflix’s The Man from Toronto stars Woody Harrelson, Kevin Hart, Kaley Cuoco, Eileen Barkin and Pierson Fode in a tale of a massive mix-up when New York’s biggest screw-up and the world’s deadliest assassin are mistaken for each other at an Airbnb rental.
When the FBI raids the rental cabin and discover screw-up Teddy instead of the Man from Toronto, they manage to convince Teddy to help capture wanna-be Venezuelan dictator Colonel Marin. Teddy sets off on a series of adventures aimed at thwarting Marin which includes hostage-taking, thumb-cutting, trips to Puerto Rico, attempts at assassination, wads of money and more.
Teddy eludes the Man from Toronto, the Man from Miami and the Man from Tokyo but his enemies threaten him to the last scene, leading us to believe that the Man from Toronto II is already being planned.
Hello, Good-bye and Everything In-Between
Jordan Fisher and Talia Ryder star as Aiden and Claire, a a high school couple who were very close during their high school years but promised themselves that they would break up before they went off to college. Before implementing the pact, on their last night as a couple, the lovers retrace the steps of their relationship, reliving and re-exploring their experiences as they consider whether it’s really “better for everyone” that they part ways.
Love and Gelato
Brandon Camp’s Love and Gelato stars Susanna Skaggs as 16-year-old Lina Emerson who agrees to spend a summer in Tuscany at the request of her dying mother.
Lina’s mother feels that it’s time that her daughter get to know her father but Lina is suspicious of a father that disappeared for the first 16 years of her life. Everything changes for Lina when she finds a journal that her mother had kept when she was living in Italy 16 years ago.
The journal leads Lina to her mother’s secret world of romance, art and the area’s hidden nooks and crannies. Now, with her new friend Ren, she prepares to unearth a long buried secret — a secret that will change her understanding about her mother, her father and even herself.
Single dad and schoolteacher Charlie (Owen Wilson) is roped into attending superstar Kat’s (Jennifer Lopez) Marry Me concert at which Kat is set to marry Bastian before an audience of fans. He stands in the audience, holding a “Marry Me” sign which is just what Kat needs when she walks on the stage, minutes after finding out that Bastian had cheated with her.
Kat says “yes” to what she sees as a proposal and Kat and Charlie are married in front of tens of thousands of her fans. The challenges come as Kat and Charlie must learn to live in each other’s worlds, interact with each other’s friends and families and consider whether and how they will stay together.
Indian parents are notorious for their match-making efforts on behalf of their children. That’s what Asha (Pallavi Sharda) is up against when she breaks off an engagement and moves to New Jersey in anticipation of a pleasant life as a single young professional. Asha’s mother, however, has other plans and she sets Asha up with a match via an online profile that she has created.
The match is Ravi (Suraj Sharma) who finds himself in the same situation – his parents have created a dating profile to help their son find his match. Asha and Ravi end up going out and they decide that they aren’t suited to each other.
But, to take the pressure off, they agree to play role of a dating couple so that they can be each other’s dates for the upcoming wedding season. Through the ensuing dances, events and weddings Ravi and Asha consider that maybe, they have more in common than they thought.