Here are the international films to watch in 2022

ONE OF THE joys of the New Year is finding out which movies are due out in the next 12 months.

After a few weird years, it’s good to know that there are some brilliant films that will grace the big screen in 2022. Here’s a look at some of them.



Winner of the Palme d’Or this year at Cannes, it changes the game of a film by Julia Ducournau (Raw). The twisty plot centers on Alexia, who suffered a skull injury as a child. We meet her as an adult doing erotic dance on the hood of a car… and everything goes wild from there. There is literally life before and after Titanium – it’s unlike anything else onscreen this decade.


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Based on a play of the same name, this comes from writer / director Stephen Karam and stars Richard Jenkins, Jayne Houdyshell, Amy Schumer, Beanie Feldstein, Steven Yeun and June Squibb. It is about a dad, Erik Blake, who brings together three generations of his family to celebrate Thanksgiving in his daughter’s apartment in Manhattan.

Louis Wain’s electric life

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Benedict Cumberbatch plays the titular Louis Wain, an eccentric British artist whose drawings of cats made him famous. Claire Foy also stars – as does Nick Cave taking a ride as HG Wells.

Licorice Pizza No

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A new film by Paul Thomas Anderson is always a treat. It takes place in California’s San Fernando Valley in the 1970s and focuses on teenagers Alana Kane (Alana from the Haim band) and Gary Valentine (Cooper Hoffman, son of Philip Seymour Hoffman) as they fall in love. The title Liquorice Pizza? The name of a record store.


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This Scream reboot is in an interesting position, given that landlines simply don’t have a place in our lives anymore. The trailer shows us, however, that they manage to combine the world of the 2020s and 1990s in a nice way. Also, it stars some of the original actors, like Courtney Cox and David Arquette.


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Jamie Dornan and Caitriona Balfe star in Kenneth Branagh’s film based on his childhood in Belfast. It looks delicious and very moving.


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Jared Leto takes on the role of this Marvel villain, who is accidentally transformed into a vampire after attempting to cure himself of a rare blood disease.

The black phone

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Ethan Hawke takes an interesting twist here, playing the role of a strange child kidnapper. In a supernatural twist, her last child can communicate with former victims.

Jackass forever

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The boys are back and most likely hurt themselves.


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Want some action? You have action. Michael Bay directs Jake Gyllenhaal, Eiza Gonzalez and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II in a remake of a Danish film about a bad bank robbery, leading thieves to hijack an ambulance – which has an EMT on board.

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The batman

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Robert Pattinson, Colin Farrell and Paul Dano star in Matt Reeve’s version of the iconic Batman character. It looks even darker and more sinister than Nolan’s take on Batman – it’ll be interesting to see where Reeve takes us and how Pattinson behaves behind the mask.

Downton abbey 2


In March, we’ll probably all want to watch something mannered and sweet like this latest Downton movie.

The man of the North

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Robert Eggers (The Witch, The Lighthouse) filmed this story about the Vikings in Northern Ireland during the pandemic. It’s a bloody, action-packed epic that follows a young Viking prince on his quest to avenge his father’s murder – the adult prince is played by Alexander SkarsgÃ¥rd, with Nicole Kidman as his mother. Also stars Claes Bang, Anya Taylor-Joy, Ethan Hawke, Björk and Willem Dafoe.

John Wick: Chapter 4

No trailer yet, but who doesn’t want to see Keanu Reeves in the latest iteration of the John Wick franchise? I wonder how many he’ll kill this time around.

Top Gun: Maverick

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Joseph Kosinski directs this Top Gun movie where Tom Cruise and Val Kilmer reprise their roles as Maverick and Iceman. This time, they are joined by new characters played by Miles Teller, Jennifer Connelly and John Hamm.

Darcy J. Skinner