The Best Movies of 2022

So far at least…

Downfall: The Case Against Boeing – streaming on Netflix

Navalny – streaming on HBO Max
Fire of Love – at most AMC theaters in America

Regular entertainment movies:
Top Gun: Maverick. You’ve probably already seen this. It’s the biggest movie of the summer, and if you just surrender your disbelief in the completely unrealistic plot, it’s fantastic fun.

Good Luck to You, Leo Grande. Is there an actress more likeable than Emma Thompson? Nor one more courageous. You’ll see why when you watch the film, streaming on HULU.

The Fallout. Released for streaming on January 18 of this year, before Uvalde, it may just be too traumatic for most Americans. But that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t watch it. On HBO and HBO MAX.

Cha Cha Real Smooth. Dakota Johnson has never been more likeable. Trust me, you’ll love this film, on Apple+.

The Pink Cloud. This film was shot in 2017 and originally released in 2019, before Covid. You’ll see why that’s important when you watch it. It is subtitled so those of you who don’t like foreign films and subtitles will miss a really good movie. Available on Amazon Prime.

The Northman. This movie had to be incredibly difficult to shoot for all the actors and crew. This is the story upon which Shakespeare created/adapted Hamlet. Streaming on Peacock and Amazon Prime.

We’re All Going to the World’s Fair. This movie got lots of buzz at Sundance for the performance of lead actress Anna Cobb. It’s not so much a horror film (though it’s been marketed as one) as it is about the alienation fostered by the internet and the pandemic. Available on Amazon Prime.

Everything, Everywhere, All at Once. Starring Singaporean Michelle Yeoh, this is just pure fun. I tried to explain it to my wife, and failed. Just see it. In theaters now and also on Amazon Prime.

Benediction. I admit, this is my kind of film. Serious. Character-driven. Wonderfully acted. Kind of depressing. “There is no happy-go-lucky ending here, only the sense that an ineffable longing we have, to know and be known, is so precious and rare that most of us never find its fulfillment here on Earth. But the film’s title lays bare its aims: to offer words of blessing over a man who never quite found the love he craved and, yet, kept looking.” (VOX) It’s in theaters now and you may find other ways to see it HERE.

Happening. In French with English subtitles, it was released before the Supreme Court struck down America’s abortion laws, which makes it all the more relevant and compelling. Available on Amazon Prime.

Marcel the Shell With Shoes On. Got a 91% audience rating on Rotten Tomatoes. It’s funny and sweet and unlike anything else you’ll see this year. Should be in theaters right now.

Petite Maman. I cannot imagine anyone not loving this film. It’s French, with English subtitles, and it’s one of the best films I’ve seen in years. It may still be in one of the artsy theaters near you, or you can also find it on Apple TV.