As we've gone over some of our picks for cinematic releases for the rest of 2022, we're now covering on demand movies headed to screens for the rest of 2022.
For the purposes of organisation, we're going to go streaming service by streaming service. So far, Paramount+ haven't yet announced any original movies going direct to their service. With that in mind, we'll kick things off with...
'Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery'
Rian Johnson's follow-up to 'The Last Jedi' was about as strong a palette cleanser as you can get. 'Knives Out' was easily one of the most enjoyable, wryly funny murder mysteries we've seen in a long time. Not only that, it's effectively turned people back on to the likes of 'Clue', 'Columbo' and the works of Agatha Christie.
As you'd expect, details are tight on 'Glass Onion' but the cast is basically a who's-who of talent. Who's in it, you ask? (deep breath) Dave Bautista, Daniel Craig (obviously), Ethan Hawke, Edward Norton, Kathryn Hahn, Kate Hudson, Janelle Monae, and newcomers Madelyn Cline and Jessica Henwick. No release date has been set, but it's understood that the movie will premiere at TIFF in September, so expect it shortly after.
Gareth Evans 'The Raid', and its sequel, 'The Raid 2: Berendal', are quite simply among the finest action movies ever made. So naturally, when we hear that Evans is doing a crime actioner with Tom Hardy, that's got us all kinds of interested. The movie had wrapped filming late last year, but so far there's been no word on when it'll be released. Judging by the synopsis, however, it's going to be pretty damn exciting.
'Guillermo del Toro's Pinnochio'
Seeing as how Disney are working on their own live-action version of Pinnochio, it's not surprising that the deciding factor in either movie is the director. Netflix has Guillermo del Toro, a director who excels at taking fairytales and embracing the inherent darkness in them without sacrificing a sense of wonder. The voice cast assembled as well is also pretty unique - Ewan McGregor as Sebastian Cricket, Tilda Swinton as the fairy, Christoph Waltz, Finn Wolfhard, Cate Blanchett voicing a monkey, John Turturro and David Bradley playing Gepetto. Like we said, a pretty unique voice cast. With a release date set for December, that places this well and truly in the middle of awards season. Don't be surprised if del Toro comes away from this with a second Oscar.
'My Father's Dragon'
Speaking of contenders for the Oscar, Cartoon Saloon's Nora Twomey is back with 'My Father's Dragon', based on the children's novel of the same name with a script by Meg LeFauve, who previously wrote Disney's 'Inside Out' and 'Onward'. Again, there's another eclectic cast at work here - our own Chris Dowd, Alan Cumming, Dianne Wiest, Whoopi Goldberg, Ian McShane, Jacob Tremblay of 'Room' fame, 'Stranger Things' alum Gaten Matarazzo, Rita Moreno, and probably a few more Irish names in there too.
Andrew Dominik's much-delayed, much-talked-about adaptation of the rise and fall of Marilyn Monroe is finally headed to screens this year. Ana de Armas plays Monroe, with Adrien Brody playing Arthur Miller and Bobby Cannavale playing Joe DiMaggio, you can expect this to get pretty damn controversial. In fact, it's the very first movie released by a streaming service to receive an NC-17 rating for graphic sexual content. With the movie premiering at the Venice Film Festival, a release date has been set for September 23rd on Netflix.
Let's face it - the 'Predator' franchise has had decidedly mixed fortunes since it began all the way back in 1987. 'Predator 2' was a mess of a thing, and the less said about 'Alien vs. Predator', the better. Shane Black's 'The Predator' and Nimrod Antal's 'Predators' both had their moments, but both largely seemed to miss the mark. Dan Trachtenberg's 'Prey', however, pitches a brand-new spin on the alien trophy hunter - by landing it in 18th century America, right in the middle of Commanche territory.
That alone is a damn novel take, and the early social media reactions have all been uniformly positive. Our review will go live pretty soon, but in case it wasn't clear by all this, you should be excited about this one.
'Hocus Pocus 2'
After so many years of indecision, it's finally happening - 'Hocus Pocus' is getting a sequel, with Bette Middler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy all set to return to our screens as the Sanderson Sisters and just in time for Halloween too, landing on Disney+ on September 30th. Storywise, it's looking pretty much like a straight lift from the 1993 classic, with a group of high-schoolers attempting to thwart the Sanderson sisters once again.
Seeing as how this was filmed here in Ireland, the follow-up to 'Enchanted' was always going to feature in this. Maya Rudolph and Yvette Nicole Brown join the returning cast of Amy Adams, Patrick Dempsey, James Marsden, and Idina Menzel. The all-singing, all-dancing sequel hits Disney+ on November 24th.
Speaking of all-singing, all-dancing, Clive Barker's twisted tale of exquisite suffering is getting another adaptation and it's headed to Hulu in the US and Disney+ here in Ireland. Intriguingly, this version of 'Hellraiser' is being described as adhering much more closely to the source material - namely 'The Hellbound Heart', which if you've read it, means it's going to be pretty damn messed up and very, very explicit.
Finally, Prime Video's most notable offering coming down the tracks is 'My Policeman', starring Harry Styles, and 'The Crown' breakout Emma Corrin. Based on the novel of the same name, Styles plays a closeted police officer married to Corrin in fifties England, all while he's carrying on a relationship with David Dawson's character. The movie is set for release on November 4th, which means it's right in the middle of Oscar season. So, the question is, could we see Harry Styles at the Oscars with this?