The 7 most exciting films of 2022

Which movies from this year did we not want to finish?

The Washington Post’s Ann Hornaday and the Los Angeles Times’ Justin Chang join PBS NewsHour’s Jeffrey Brown to share some of their favorite movies and shows of 2022. Here, they discuss some of the ones I love.


storehouse


A fascinating study of the conductors of the fictional world-famous classical orchestra played by Cate Blanchett in one of the great performances of her career. … the character of Lydia Tarr, her world so well-realized that it seems more real than some of the actual biographies. It’s just a great, great movie.

– Justin Chang


after the sun

The first film was directed by… Charlotte Wells, and is a semi-biographical drama loosely based on an incident that happened to her and her father when they went on vacation when she was a pre-teen. And it’s in line with quite a few semi-autobiographical films this year, like Steven Spielberg’s “The Fabelmans.” [and] James Gray, “The Time of Armageddon.” …and this…is just piercing and disgusting.

– Justin Chang


Top Gun: Maverick

This was the movie I enjoyed the most. I entered with a lot of doubt. …and I was completely disarmed almost immediately. Those elbows that had come out sharply collapsed. And it was very interesting to see him, and the audience had a great time.

– Ann Hornaday


Good luck, Leo Grande

It’s a Little Piece of Room starring Emma Thompson and newcomer Daryl McCormack. It is about a middle-aged widow who wants to rekindle her sexuality. And she hires a sex worker, played by Mr. McCormack, to help her do this. … It’s a very charming movie.

– Ann Hornaday


Avatar: Water Road

It’s very immersive. Unusual world building. You feel like swimming. There were times when I just wanted a cool underwater hangout movie to be, you know, nothing. But the action is great when it starts…is it a perfect movie? No, but… I think it’s encouraging… at a time when movies have been challenged by the COVID pandemic. Yes, people are back in the movies.

– Justin Chang


She said

I’m going to mention a movie that I think deserves a larger theatrical audience. And this “She Said” is about the New York Times reporters who broke the story of Harvey Weinstein. It’s really great journalistic action, you know, in that great tradition of “All the President’s Men” and “Spotlight.” But there is a performance at the heart of this film by Samantha Morton. It is a supporting performance. …and she dominates and takes over in a just way – it’s just devastating.

– Ann Hornaday


Everything everywhere at once

This was a rare… original movie that was a huge hit in theaters. And it had the kind of premise that… could do a Marvel movie or a Superhero movie, but it was taken in the original direction. And Michelle Yeoh gives a great performance in it, and the movie is very much a love letter to her. … I can’t think of another movie this year, except perhaps “Tár” and Cate Blanchett, that invites an actor to do so many things, and to make you believe she does them all … These two performances, I think, are perhaps on a different level than this. general about most other things.

– Justin Chang

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