Curious what new movies are coming out this week? There’s something for every movie fan, from a huge superhero flick to a rom-com starring two legends. There are also several dramas with some big-name stars and a few independent films to satisfy any film-loving fan.
Dwayne Johnson hits the big screen for his first proper “superhero role” as Black Adam. Next, there’s Julia Roberts and George Clooney in a predictable but charming rom-com.
After September’s drama surrounding Don’t Worry Darling, Harry Styles is back in a drama set in the 1950s. And then we have an Irish drama starring Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson. Plus, a couple of films that are Oscar possibilities and a scary movie just in time for Halloween!
Here is the full rundown of new movies coming out this week in theaters, as well as those releasing on the major streaming platforms.
New Movies Coming Out This Week: October 17, 2022 – October 23, 2022
Black Adam (2022)
Release Date: In theaters nationwide on Friday, October 21, 2022.
Summary: In Black Adam, nearly 5000 years have passed since Black Adam was bestowed with the powers of the Egyptian gods and then imprisoned in a tomb.
Black Adam has been freed and is willing to unleash his form of justice on the world. And the world isn’t ready.
What to Watch For: This is the first ‘superhero’ film that Dwayne Johnson has appeared in, and Johnson campaigned for the film to be made for the past few years.
Word on the Street: Black Adam was slated to make appearances in Shazam! (2019) and The Suicide Squad (2021) films, but both appearances were scrapped to make his debut as the superhero more impactful in this film.
My Take: I love that Quintessa Swindell took dancing lessons in preparation for her role of Cyclone in the film.
Ticket to Paradise (2022)
Release Date: In theaters nationwide on Friday, October 21, 2022.
Summary: Ticket to Paradise is about a long-time divorced couple (Julia Roberts, George Clooney) who travel to Bali to stop their only daughter (Kaitlyn Dever) from marrying. They don’t want their daughter to make the same mistake they made 25 years ago.
What to Watch For: This is the fifth time Clooney and Roberts have starred in a film together.
Word on the Street: George Clooney had said that after doing the romantic comedy One Fine Day in 19996, he would never do another rom-com but teaming up with Julia was just too good to pass up.
My Take: I understand that there are several inside jokes that we can look for in this film.
Raymond and Ray (2022)
Release Date: Premiering on Apple TV+ on Friday, October 21, 2022.
Summary: Raymond and Ray is about half-brothers Raymond (Ewan McGregor) and Ray (Ethan Hawke) who go on a road trip to bury a father they both hated. It’s a trip where they will learn much about their father and, in return, learn about themselves and each other.
What to Watch For: The film was up for the Best Film award at the 2022 Rome Film Festival.
Word on the Street: The film is produced by 4-time Oscar winner Alfonso Cuaron (Roma (2018), Gravity (2013)).
My Take: Ethan Hawke was in one of my all-time favorite films, Richard Linklater’s Boyhood.
The Banshees of Inisherin (2022)
Release Date: In theaters on Friday, October 21, 2022.
Summary: The Banshees of Inisherin tells the story of two lifelong friends, Padraic (Colin Farrell) and Colm (Brendan Gleeson) who have been meeting for years every afternoon to walk down to their local pub and have a conversation. Until one day, Colm refuses to answer the door, claiming he has no more time to have stupid conversations with Padraic. Things go downhill from there.
What to Watch For: The film is from Martin McDonagh, the Oscar-winning filmmaker (Six Shooter (2004), Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017), and In Bruges (2008)).
Word on the Street: The film won Best Screenplay for Martin McDonagh and Best Actor for Colin Farrell.
My Take: Could this be the film that finally gets Colin Farrell an Oscar nomination?
My Policeman (2022)
Release Date: In select theaters on Friday, October 21, 2022, and on Amazon Prime on November 4, 2022.
Summary: My Policeman is set in England in the 1950s, where Tom (Harry Styles) and Marion (Emma Corrin) have just started dating when they meet Patrick (David Dawson), a museum curator. The three become fast friends sharing a love of art. However, Marion soon discovers that Tom and Patrick share much more, which could change everything.
What to Watch For: After making his acting debut in the 2017 box office hit Dunkirk, this is the second film, after Don’t Worry Darling earlier this year, that Styles is the leading man in a picture.
Word on the Street: The film is based on the novel by Bethan Roberts.
My Take: A favorite of mine, Rupert Everett (Another Country, My Best Friends Wedding), plays Tom in later life.
Argentina, 1985 (2022)
Release Date: Premiering on Amazon Prime on Friday, October 21, 2022.
Summary: Argentina, 1985 is about a team of lawyers who take on the heads of Argentina’s military dictatorship in the 1980s to battle for justice in a land that has been so long under a bloody rule.
What to Watch For: The film is from Santiago Mitre, the award-winning filmmaker of The Student (2011) and Paulina (2015).
Word on the Street: This is Argentina’s official submission for Best International Feature Film category of the 2023 Academy Awards.
My Take: I am a massive fan of Mirtre’s heartbreaking 2015 film Paulina.
Release Date: In select theaters and on Netflix on Friday, October 21, 2022.
Summary: Descendant is a documentary about the members of Africatown, a small community in Alabama, whose descendants were brought to this country aboard the Clotilda, the last known slave ship to illegally transport human beings as cargo from Africa.
What to Watch for: The film explores the ship’s discovery by marine archeologists. The boat was long thought lost and only recently discovered.
Word on the street: The film just won the Best Documentary Features at the 2022 Sidewalk Film Festival.
My Take: The film is getting rave reviews and is currently at 100% on Rotten Tomatoes with over 30 film critic reviews.
Release Date: Premieres on Hulu on Friday, October 21, 2022.
Summary: In Matriarch, Laura (Jemima Rooper) is not doing well. She drinks too much and takes any drug she can get her hands on. One night, after a drug binge, Laura almost dies but is given a second chance in life.
Laura finds out her mother (Kate Dickie) is dying and decides to go home. Not just is her mother sick, but so is most of the town she lives in. It’s a town with a dark secret that could cost Laura her life.
What to Watch For: Jemima Rooper is best known for her roles as Leanne in The Girlfriend Experience and Olivia in the TV mini-series Flowers in the Attic: The Origin.
Word on the Street: The film is the first feature of filmmaker Ben Steiner, whose short film Urn was used as inspiration for this film.
My Take: Hey, it’s almost Halloween, so it’s time for a creepy film or two.
Release Date: In select theaters on Friday, October 21, 2022.
Summary: Aftersun follows an 11-year-old (Frankie Corio) and her father (Paul Mescal) on a short vacation before she returns to live with her mother. It’s a time that the two will grow close and also have their relationship fall apart.
What to Watch For: The film has been a significant hit on the film festival circuit, winning awards including the Critics Award and the Grand Special Prize at the 2022 Deauville Film Festival.
Word on the Street: This is the first feature film from filmmaker Charlotte Wells, whose short film Laps won the Special Jury Recognition for Narrative Shorts at the 2017 SXSW Film Festival.
My Take: I can’t wait for this film, as everyone who has seen it has fallen in love with it.
The School for Good and Evil (2022)
Release Date: Premiering on Netflix on Wednesday, October 19, 2022.
Summary: The School for Good and Evil starts in the village of Gavaldon, where there are two unlikely best friends, Sophie (Sophia Anne Caruso) and Agatha (Sofia Wylie). Sophie dreams of becoming a princess, and Agatha of becoming a witch.
Under a blood-red moon, the two girls are swept away to a school where fairy tales come true, The School of Good and Evil.
What to Watch For: The cast includes Charlize Theron, who plays Lady Lesso, who runs the School for Evil, Kerry Washington, who plays Professor Dovey, who runs the School for Good, Rreya Parks as the Witched Witch, Earl Cave as Captain Hook and Laurence Fishburne, who plays the Schoolmaster.
Word on the Street: The film is based on the book of the same name by Soman Chainani.
My Take: One of my favorite actors, Michelle Yeoh, plays Professor Anemone. I hope her character does a bit of fighting.
Decision to Leave (2022)
Release Date: In select theatres on Friday, October 21, 2022.
Summary: Decision to Leave starts with Hae-joon (Park Hae-il), a detective who is investigating the death of a man who has fallen from a mountain. The death is suspicious, and the main suspect is the dead man’s wife, Seo-rae (Tang Wei).
The mystery has just started. And more deaths may be on the horizon if Hae-joon can’t solve the case.
What to Watch For: The film is the official submission of South Korea for the ‘Best International Feature Film’ category of the 95th Academy Awards in 2023.
Word on the Street: The film is from filmmaker Park Chan-wook, known for his movies Oldboy (2003) and The Handmaiden (2016).
My Take: I am a huge fan of Park Chan-wook’s work and think Oldboy is one of the best films of 2003.
Which New Movies Coming Out This Week Are You Excited to Watch?
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