Thirty Top-Notch Movies From 2022 That You Should Definitely Catch Up on Over Summer

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Sarah Ward
December 22, 2022
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    Spencer

    Thursday, January 20 - Wednesday, February 9, 2022

    Various cinemas in Auckland, Auckland

    Kristen Stewart turns in a career-best performance as the People's Princess in this bold and enthralling slice-of-life biopic.

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    Parallel Mothers

    Thursday, February 3 - Wednesday, February 23, 2022

    Various cinemas in Auckland, Auckland

    Penélope Cruz and Pedro Almodóvar’s latest collaboration is one of their best so far, unearthing a moving must-see about motherhood.

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    Nightmare Alley

    Thursday, January 20 - Wednesday, February 9, 2022

    Various cinemas in Auckland, Auckland

    Starring Bradley Cooper and Cate Blanchett, this mesmerisingly dark carnival noir is one of filmmaker Guillermo del Toro's very best features.

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    Jackass Forever

    Thursday, February 3 - Wednesday, February 23, 2022

    Various cinemas in Auckland, Auckland

    Filled with lewd and puerile stunts and pranks, the latest 'Jackass' film is exactly what it promises to be — and also surprisingly sweet.

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    The Batman

    Thursday, March 3 - Wednesday, March 30, 2022

    Various cinemas in Auckland, Auckland

    Robert Pattinson’s turn in the cape and cowl is dark, weighty and entrancing, in a sublimely shot blockbuster that makes all things 'Batman' feel new.

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    X

    Friday, April 8 - Wednesday, April 13, 2022

    Various cinemas in Auckland, Auckland

    Set during a 70s porn shoot on a remote Texas property, this gleefully gory and playful retro-styled slasher from horror filmmaker Ti West is a savvy must-see.

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    Ambulance

    Thursday, April 7 - Wednesday, May 4, 2022

    Various cinemas in Auckland, Auckland

    OTT car chases, constantly zipping camerawork, a villainous Jake Gyllenhaal — when Michael Bay's latest high-intensity action flick works, it's a wildly entertaining ride.

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    The Northman

    Thursday, May 19 - Wednesday, June 8, 2022

    Various cinemas in Auckland, Auckland

    Directed by 'The Witch' and 'The Lighthouse' filmmaker Robert Eggers, this Alexander Skarsgård-starring Viking epic is bold, bloody, brutal and brilliant.

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    Top Gun: Maverick

    Thursday, May 26 - Wednesday, June 15, 2022

    Various cinemas in Auckland, Auckland

    When it takes to the sky in astonishing aerial sequences, this Tom Cruise-starring, 36-years-later sequel will take your breath away.

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    Nude Tuesday

    Thursday, June 16 - Wednesday, July 6, 2022

    Various cinemas in Auckland, Auckland

    Spoken only in gibberish, and unafraid to bare all, this New Zealand sex comedy starring Jackie van Beek, Jemaine Clement and Damon Herriman is revelatory several times over.

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    Elvis

    Thursday, June 23 - Wednesday, July 20, 2022

    Various cinemas in Auckland, Auckland

    Baz Luhrmann's take on the king of rock 'n' roll is a sprawling, exhilarating spectacle, as led by an exceptional Austin Butler in the pompadour and jumpsuits.

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    The Black Phone

    Thursday, July 21 - Wednesday, August 10, 2022

    Various cinemas in Auckland, Auckland

    Reteaming with his 'Sinister' director Scott Derrickson, Ethan Hawke is unnervingly excellent in this tense and eerie 70-set horror film.

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    Good Luck to You, Leo Grande

    Thursday, August 18 - Wednesday, September 7, 2022

    Various cinemas in Auckland, Auckland

    Emma Thompson is magnificent in this wonderfully candid, intimate, generous and joyous sex comedy, which follows a fiftysomething woman finally trying to explore her desires with a charming sex worker.

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    Three Thousand Years of Longing

    Thursday, September 1 - Wednesday, September 21, 2022

    Various cinemas in Auckland, Auckland

    After 'Mad Max: Fury Road', Australian director George Miller spirits up an enchanting and affecting tale about stories and wishes starring Tilda Swinton and Idris Elba.

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    The Quiet Girl

    Thursday, July 21 - Wednesday, August 10, 2022

    Various cinemas in Auckland, Auckland

    Tender, affecting and resonant, and filled with wonderful performances, this Gaelic-language coming-of-age drama tells a small tale with a big impact.

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    Muru

    Thursday, September 1 - Wednesday, September 21, 2022

    Various cinemas in Auckland, Auckland

    Cliff Curtis turns in a weighty performance opposite Tāme Iti as himself in this bold, tense and potent response to the Tūhoe raids.

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    Don't Worry Darling

    Thursday, October 6 - Wednesday, October 26, 2022

    Various cinemas in Auckland, Auckland

    Stunning to look at and featuring a phenomenal performance by Florence Pugh, Olivia Wilde's second film as a director always demands attention.

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    The Woman King

    Thursday, October 27 - Wednesday, November 16, 2022

    Various cinemas in Auckland, Auckland

    Viola Davis is fierce, formidable and fantastic in this rousing historical epic, which brings the tale of the Agojie, the all-female west African warrior troupe, to the screen.

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    Bros

    Thursday, October 27 - Wednesday, November 16, 2022

    Various cinemas in Auckland, Auckland

    Billy Eichner and Luke Macfarlane shine in the first romantic comedy about two gay men to be released by a major Hollywood studio.

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    Nowhere Special

    Thursday, March 24 - Wednesday, April 13, 2022

    Various cinemas in Auckland, Auckland

    This tender drama about a Belfast window cleaner and his young son truly is something special.

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    Hatching

    Thursday, June 2 - Wednesday, June 22, 2022

    Various cinemas in Auckland, Auckland

    Bold, clever and memorable, this Finnish horror film about a tween incubating a giant egg is a crackingly thrilling watch.

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    Mothering Sunday

    Thursday, June 2 - Wednesday, June 22, 2022

    Various cinemas in Auckland, Auckland

    Starring Aussie talent Odessa Young and ‘The Crown’ standout Josh O'Connor, plus Colin Firth and Olivia Colman, this handsome 1920s-set British drama is passionate, sensual and exceptionally cast.

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    Millie Lies Low

    Thursday, September 29 - Wednesday, October 19, 2022

    Various cinemas in Auckland, Auckland

    There's nothing false about this astute and hilarious NZ comedy about faking it till you make it in a social media-ruled world — or about Ana Scotney's exceptional performance.

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    Benediction

    Thursday, July 7 - Wednesday, July 27, 2022

    Various cinemas in Auckland, Auckland

    Acclaimed British filmmaker Terence Davies turns the life and work of World War I soldier, conscientious objector and poet Siegfried Sassoon into a lyrical biopic.

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    House of Gucci

    Saturday, January 1 - Wednesday, January 26, 2022

    Various cinemas in Auckland, Auckland

    This supremely soapy recounting of the Gucci family's 70s, 80s and 90s-era dramas is worth seeing for Lady Gaga's fantastic performance alone.

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    Men

    Thursday, June 16 - Wednesday, July 6, 2022

    Various cinemas in Auckland, Auckland

    'Ex Machina' and 'Annihilation' filmmaker Alex Garland returns with a #MeToo horror film that's both blatant and piercing.

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    The Lost City

    Thursday, April 14 - Wednesday, May 4, 2022

    Various cinemas in Auckland, Auckland

    Sandra Bullock and Channing Tatum's combined charms go a long way in this breezily entertaining action-adventure rom-com.

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    Smile

    Thursday, September 29 - Wednesday, October 19, 2022

    Various cinemas in Auckland, Auckland

    A maniacal grin goes a long way in this predictable yet still convincingly unsettling horror film about trauma.

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    The Wonder

    Thursday, November 3 - Wednesday, November 23, 2022

    Various cinemas in Auckland, Auckland

    Exquisitely led by Florence Pugh, this 19th century-set tale of faith versus fact is mesmerising, ambitious and sumptuous.

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    Guillermo del Toro's Pinocchio

    Thursday, November 24 - Wednesday, December 14, 2022

    Various cinemas in Auckland, Auckland

    The 'The Shape of Water' and 'Pan's Labyrinth' director's stop-motion take on the beloved 19th-century Italian tale might just be the most magical yet.

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