Somehow, we’ve made it past the halfway mark of 2022, so it’s high time to reflect on the outstanding movies that have made this year a bit more bearable. Whether in theaters or streaming, the film industry has been delighting us with deliciously wild tales of growing up, grieving, and general jackassery, not to mention the thing that keeps us going — love.
Taking stock of this year’s releases to date means looking past some of this summer movie season’s flashiest showpieces and focusing on those movies that hit hard and stuck with us. Sure, this summer has seen the ripe-with-big-budget spectacles, like
With that in mind, here are Mashable’s picks for the best films of 2022… so far.
1. Turning Red
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Director Domee Shi brought a personal touch to this rollicking adventure, which celebrates Chinese culture, the beauty of Toronto, and the goofy glory of the early 2000s. Whether you’re seeking a touching tale of
2. Jackass Forever
Johnny Knoxville and his band of beloved buffoons reunited for a fourth installment of the most thrillingly juvenile set of stunts we’ve seen since… well, Jackass 3D. Battered but bright-eyed alums like Steve-O and Chris Pontius brought along some impressive (and impressively game) new friends, including Alia Shawkat; Tyler, the Creator; Eric André; and Machine Gun Kelly. Under Jeff Tremaine’s direction, they faced off against a cosmetically inclined scorpion, a booby-trapped coffee cart, and more shots to the junk than any prestige pic could ever.
The jolly jackassery on display is reason enough to revel over
3. The Fallout
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2022 has already offered several great movies about grief, including
As dark as this concept is, Park finds lightness and humor without being irreverent about the horrors of gun violence in America. Binding us tightly with smirking Vada (a riveting Jenna Ortega) and sensitive Mia (Maddie Ziegler), we’re urged to find the humor in the absurdity that, even in the face of world-shattering tragedy, life goes on. Classes resume. Your little sister learns TikTok dances. Vada develops a crush, even though her heart is broken. Hurt and healing happen. Amid all the mess, Park carves out a story of survival and self-discovery that is bravely funny, bracingly poignant, and totally unforgettable. —K.P.
4. Good Luck to You, Leo Grande
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It’s a shame Good Luck to You, Leo Grande only got a digital release in the United States, because this tender, sex-positive two-hander deserves more fanfare. Emma Thompson and Daryl McCormack deliver knockout performances as Nancy, a retired school teacher who’s never had fulfilling sex, and Leo Grande, the charismatic sex worker she hires to fix that.
Director Sophie Hyde and writer Katy Brand treat Nancy and Leo’s encounters with a refreshing amount of care and respect, especially when it comes to discussions of Leo’s work. The film is almost entirely set in one hotel room, where intimate details of both Nancy and Leo’s lives come to light in surprising yet organic conversation. Nancy wrestles with her relationship to her body and sexuality, while Leo’s carefully cultivated persona cracks over questions about his family. Equal parts hilarious, introspective, and poignant, Good Luck to You, Leo Grande is a treat of a film. —Belen Edwards, Entertainment Reporter
5. Everything Everywhere All at Once
One of the absolute best movies that 2022 has to offer, Everything Everywhere All at Once boasts a little bit of everything, from a deeply
Directed by Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert (aka Daniels), Everything Everywhere All at Once stars Michelle Yeoh in her most exhilarating role yet: a multiverse-hopping mom, dedicated to saving all existence but especially her on-the-edge daughter (Stephanie Hsu). Having more fun with the multiverse concept
How to Watch: Everything Everywhere All at Once is now in theaters and available to buy on digital.
6. Marry Me
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Jennifer Lopez has us time-traveling back to when she was Jenny from the Block, and not just because she’s back with Ben Affleck. JLo’s been making our hearts skip with her real-life, retro romance as well as with her latest rom-com, the supremely silly and sweet Marry Me. It’s less a tale of boy meets girl, and more an epic of internationally renowned pop diva meets charmingly unhip single dad (Owen Wilson), much to the delight of his plucky daughter (Chloe Coleman) and one
Beginning with the outlandish premise that these two strangers marry on a whim, on stage, in front of millions of fans, is just the first dazzling move this adorable comedy makes. From there, director Kat Coiro had us swooning over high glam fashion,
It’s the most expensive Indian film of all time,
Word of mouth will tempt you with the promise of gonzo action scenes, like when one solider (Ram Charan) successfully battles hundreds of protesters, or when a burly vigilante (N. T. Rama Rao Jr.) fights a tiger with his bare hands. (And that’s just their introductions!) But beyond the eye-popping, over-the-top action sequences, the S.S. Rajamouli-directed RRR also offers a captivating thriller, in which Bheem and Raju are pitted against each other over the fate of a kidnapped girl. Then on top of that, there is a dance number that is joyful, sexy, and so macho that the MCU better take notes if they don’t want their action thrills to grow stale. While there’s been
The rush of terror I felt while watching Mimi Cave’s comedic thriller,
Turns out Stan’s character Steve is a cannibal, and Edgar-Jones’s Noa is his latest victim. Fresh went from zero (sharing cotton candy grapes in aisle 1) to 100 (splitting spaghetti and human meatballs) within minutes, and I was NOT prepared. The truly unhinged dating horror story has scenes so chaotic I couldn’t help but scream-laugh. And the title card drops 30 minutes in, so you know it’s gonna be a wild ride. —Nicole Gallucci, Senior Editor
9. The Bob’s Burgers Movie
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You simply must treat yourself to
Charming characters, a willingness to get weird, and a whole host of musical bangers — stream “
How to watch: The Bob’s Burgers Movie is now in theaters, and it hits Hulu and HBO Max July 12.