2022 Roundup: 10 Best-Rated Flicks From This Year To Watch (Or Rewatch)
From heartwarming tear-jerkers to action-packed (and controversial) thrillers, the 2022 film lineup was one hell of a ride!
2022 has been a critical year for the movie industry: a turning point for entertainment. Here, cinemas have finally opened up with much-awaited films in their rosters while streaming channels have only continued to offer great at-home flicks.
As the year wraps up, we’re rounding up 10 of the year’s defining movies that you can watch—or rewatch—on your favorite streaming apps. From controversial dramas to stand-out animated movies and unexpected hits, here are some of 2022’s best films. Time to get the popcorn ready!
Don’t Worry Darling
Starring: Florence Pugh, Harry Styles, Chris Pine, Olivia Wilde, and Gemma Chan
You’ve probably heard of Don’t Worry Darling for the most absurd reason: the behind-the-scenes ruckus that occurred during the making of this film. We’ve witnessed director Olivia Wilde’s jab at “Ms. Flo” and TikTok conspiracy theories that fueled the drama even more. If you want to see what goes beyond the rabbit hole that made this movie a controversial entry, then you need to see this movie. Don’t Worry Darling paints a picture of one suburban dreamland that a young couple moves into. But bizarre events eventually unfold to reveal the sinister, imperfect truth.
Starring: Rosalie Chiang, Sandra Oh, and Ava Morse
Chances are you’ve heard about this heart-warming family flick and would love to watch it again. Turning Red is, perhaps, one of the best kid-friendly movies of the year. It has everything we love: nuanced Asian representation, a boy band, and giant red pandas.
2022 opened the year with this animated film that easily won the hearts of many and we’re ready to relive the magic—especially now that Disney+ is finally in the Philippines.
Starring: Adam Sandler, Queen Latifah, Juancho Hernangomez, and Ben Foster
More often than not, Adam Sandler provides us with LOL-worthy flicks. However, it’s also been proven that the man can also deliver hard-hitting films touching on different genders. If you’ve seen Uncut Gems and The Meyerowitz Stories, you’ll know what we’re talking about.
In Hustle, the storied comedian reaches beyond depths to bring us a story of hard work and triumph. With Sandler being a basketball fan behind-the-scenes, it’s not that hard for him to reach into the deepest moments behind every hoop in the court.
Starring: Georgina Campbell, Bill Skarsgård, and Justin Long
Are you starting to believe that every Bill Skarsgård horror movie is bound to be a hit? If you are, you aren’t alone. If you haven’t seen Barbarian, know that you’re in for a wild ride and an original plot that will keep you guessing.
The film follows a three-act format that takes the audience through out-of-this-world twists and turns (hopefully not toward a remote Detroit neighborhood!).
Starring: Viggo Mortensen, Colin Farrell, Joel Edgerton, and Tom Bateman
In 2018, 12 young boys ages 11 to 16 belonging to a soccer team and their 25-year-old coach were trapped in the Tham Luang Nang Non cave in Thailand. Thirteen Lives tells the story of their rescue. The undertaking involved around 10,000 people including divers and government agencies. This might just be one of the most gripping true stories you’ll ever see.
Watch this triumphant film and be a part of this historic rescue mission.
Starring: Baron Geisler, Althea Ruedas, Mary Joy Apostol, and Phi Palmos
Baron Geisler’s comeback movie hits deep and hard where we least expect it. Perhaps the actor’s very public history with substance abuse allows him to reach beyond the script and into the shoes of Rustin—an alcoholic and former drug addict.
Doll House tells the story of a father and his child as well as the ups and downs of recovery. A story that’s not for the faint of heart but definitely deserves to be seen by everyone.
Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts
Featuring: Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Tom Felton, Helena Bonham Carter, Jason Isaacs, Gary Oldman, and more
A lot of movie buffs and fantasy genre fans grew up with Harry Potter in the Wizarding World. They learned the spells, cast themselves in their respective houses, and even discovered their own Patronus!
On the 20th anniversary of the acclaimed and epic film saga, the cast and its beloved crew look back on the journey that made our childhood (and theirs!) a magical one.
Starring: Amy Adams, Patrick Dempsey, Maya Rudolph, Gabriella Baldacchino, James Marsden, and Idina Menzel
Set 10 years after the events of the first film Enchanted, Disenchanted teaches audiences to be careful about what they wish for. Just as well, it gives them a glimpse of life beyond happily ever after with a story that takes viewers into a world of adventure.
Featuring the same cast that made audiences sing their hearts out in the middle of Central Park, movie fans are for sure in for one heck of a fun ride with this movie.
20th Century Girl (Netflix)
Starring: Kim Yoo-jeong, Han Hyo-joo, Woo-Seok Byeon, and Harrison Xu
Ah, first love! Who doesn’t remember the heart-fluttering feeling of meeting your first true love?
Experience this moment over again (and all that comes with it) with 20th Century Girl. Set in the ‘90s, this story features more than pagers and old-school internet. It’s a movie that makes audiences want to relive their youth without any regret—just full of hope for the years ahead.
Everything Everywhere All at Once
Starring: Michelle Yeoh, Stephanie Hsu, Jamie Lee Curtis, and Ke Huy Quan
Explore the multiverse with Michelle Yeoh in Everything Everywhere All at Once.
This trippy fantasy film ought to fill you up—then make you want to watch it over and over again for all the best reasons. Cerebral, action-packed, and a whole new take on the multiverse sci-fi genre, this movie is one of the most critically-acclaimed features of 2022.
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