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The Best Comic Book and Sci-Fi Movies of 2022 – The Hollywood Reporter

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Welcome to one of the latest “Best Movies of 2022” lists. And while other lists try to give you the complete picture across 10 movies, or perhaps a specific genre, we here at Heat Vision try to cover the best of the genres we love, from comic book adaptations to horror and fantasy. And we love the animation medium. The only Tar you will find here is talking about how the Star Wars series walker is so smart and interesting, and the only Inisherin’s Banshees what we want to see is X-Men hero Sean Cassidy flying to save Jenny the Donkey.

All kidding aside, 2022 was a pretty good movie year for most of the genres we love. The big one, however, the comic book movie space, has hit a hard spot. Seeing them has become a chore at times and we sincerely hope that will change in the coming year.

Horror has had a banner year, both in terms of blockbusters and quality. Those movies were scary. In many cases, they were thought-provoking and exploited our fears.

And we hope animation continues to convince people that it’s not just a genre, but a versatile canvas for storytelling, big and small. In a year where heavy hitters stumbled at least twice, other work has thrilled and even opened our eyes with the scorching return of stop-motion animation.

Let’s get it right.

Black Panther Wakanda Forever

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever


10. Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

There has never been a film quite like this one: a film dedicated to the legacy and memory of one man and one character, in this case Chadwick Boseman and his Marvel hero, forever intertwined. Ryan Coogler has achieved the impossible with a film that is a fitting tribute to the man, carefully contemplating ideas of grief and legacy, while offering viewers powerful Marvel-style soap opera and action. 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 appearance as the complicated villain Namor.



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9. prey

Let’s face it, your eyes probably glazed over when you heard there was another one. predator film on the way. Another tattered entry in a tattered, time-worn franchise. But in the hands of director Dan Trachtenberg, who made the great slow-moving thriller 10 Cloverfield Street and who co-wrote the screenplay with Patrick Aison, prey it’s not just a big predator The film – The Hunt, The Kill – also finds meaning in a story about a Comanche woman (Amber Midthunder) trying to prove herself in a man’s world while seeing her world forced to come to terms with the brutality of encroaching colonialism. prey it doesn’t reinvent the franchise so much as it shows how underdeveloped and underused it has been all these years. As the cool kids say, mate.

Ethan Hawke in THE BLACK PHONE, 2021.

the black phone

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8. the black phone

The kind of movie you could see in the 1980s anytime at the cineplex mall, Scott Derrickson took over this adaptation of a Joe Hill short story after leaving Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness. Good decision. The horror play allows Derrickson to delve into his downtrodden childhood in Denver to show a very difficult period in the lives of a brother and sister. The filmmaker digs through the bag of tricks he’s accumulated over a decade and a half working on all manner of horror thrillers. The film has tension and tone, a weird villain (Ethan Hawke, hidden under a mask most of the time) and a great cast of child actors (the winning combination of Mason Thames and Madeleine McGraw).



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7. RRR

Damn, what did we just watch? Part superhero movie, part Bollywood musical, part historical epic, this was the best action film of the year, bar none. Filmmaker SS Rajamouli took two real-life 20th-century Indian figures and combined them into a tale of friendship, betrayal and trust as they team up to take on the British Raj. The film is spectacularly operatic and over-the-top, with myth-making action sequences where the characters are one-man armies, fights are beaten up Jack Kirby-style, and a dance that’s your moment to lift and lighten the 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 with no strings attached to the seas of animation, DreamWorks Animation has made a triumphant return with a 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 tell us the story of a cat contemplating its mortality. Yes, good old death and what happens to a cat that is on the last of its nine lives. Oh, it’s not dull at all – there’s plenty of smile-inducing action, funny repartee, cool changes to animated styles, clever takes on fairy tales and folklore. But there’s also a real, fear-inducing fear of swallowing our kitty and a lot to chew on in terms of what it all means: pure catnip.

Georgina Campbell in BARBARO


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5. barbarian

A tense roller coaster ride from Zach Cregger, an actor and co-founder of the comedy troupe The Whitest Kids U Know, who opens up a new act for himself with this horror debut. What starts out as an already strong and frightening premise – a woman (Georgina Campbell) finds herself twice booked into an Airbnb one rainy night and reluctantly decides to stay, persuaded by the nice guy (Bill Skarsgard) already there – comes into play . bat guano territory, the deeper the characters and spectators enter the house. Nothing is what it seems – seriously, try not to read anything about this before you see it – including the addition of Justin Long’s character, which takes the film in an entirely different direction.

Mia Goth in X.


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4. x

Ti West delivers a horror movie that has all the best 1970s grindhouse vibes, as well as big ideas about stardom, aging, and the elusive nature of beauty. The story revolves around a group of young and beautiful people who come to a farmhouse to cash in on the growing pornography boom that promises fortune and fame. The old couple on the farm, however, are not quite what they seem and soon, along paths that lead from the pitchfork to the alligator, the body count begins to rise. The film is a thrilling and fun ride, full of arrangements and rewards, laughs and gore, with a healthy dose of sex in between. x is well-cast: Jenna Ortega in scream queen mode is notable, but the real breakthrough is Mia Goth, who plays the heroine who initiates a connection with the farmer’s elderly wife and also plays, unrecognizably, the said farmer’s wife, named Pearl.

Bonus: Watch Also PearlWest’s prequel to x this is more melodrama owned by Douglas Sirk Texas (with a body count and a musical number) than ’70s horror. earned an Indie Spirit Awards nomination for Leading Performance).

TOP GUN: MAVERICK, (aka TOP GUN 2), Tom Cruise, 2022.

Top Gun: Maverick

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3. Top Gun: Maverick

The original Top Gun would never be on a list like this. It had no genre connection and movies like highlander and The Little Shop of Horrors would have thrown it away. hell, same The boy who knew how to fly probably had more reason to be on a list like this one. But times have certainly changed. Top Gun: Maverick is now its own atypical genre, a fantasy from another theatrical era, and Tom Cruise its own category of superhero. independent is the closest we’ll ever get to having Cruise in a Star Wars movie and what is independent if not the attack on the Death Star three times over, with sweat-inducing, teeth-gritting, hand-wringing practice runs, and then that final truly amazing mission, even with its own Han Solo/Millennium Falcon moment.

Zoe Kravitz, Robert Pattinson in The Batman

The Batman

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two. The Batman

The superhero movie of the year. The epic and operatic work of Matt Reeves was part of Sevenpaper sawingpaper french connection, giving us a truly dark and bleak Batman. I feel like this movie is being overlooked as it was released in March which is an eternity in the entertainment news cycles. But Reeves’ film, turning into an emo freak show with Robert Pattinson leading an impeccable cast, is masterfully done. (Also, if you want to see the scope, check out Colin Farrell here as the Penguin and later as a farmer in Inisherin’s Banshees.) The film shows the malleability of the concept of Batman and his rogues’ gallery for all kinds of exploitation. And that score by Michael Giacchino? One of the best of the year.


Everything everywhere at once

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1. Everything everywhere at once

What remains to be said about this film, the most original and delirious of the year? Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert combine multiverses, bizarre action, parental love, romantic love, genres and mediums into a story that is big and small and succeeds beyond anyone’s imagination. Michelle Yeoh carries the film as the beleaguered owner of a laundromat being audited by the IRS, but also breaking her husband’s heart and smothering her daughter. Everyone shines here too, especially Stephanie Hsu as the many-layered daughter and Ke Huy Quan, the former child star who made a spectacular return to acting as the husband. The film is so audacious that it keeps throwing ideas and concepts at you, demanding that you keep up. But it’s also so endearing, with a beating heart that opens up to you and asks you to love it. How can you say no?

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