15 Best New Movies Coming in Spring 2022 – AARP

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​With the warmer breezes of spring comes a fresh batch of movies — from blockbusters to art films — arriving in theaters and on streaming platforms like Netflix and HBO Max. Keep track of what’s coming and when with our critics’ guide. See you at the movies!​​​
Oscar winner Mark Rylance (Bridge of Spies), 62, stars as a natty Savile Row tailor who suffers a personal tragedy and finds himself on the mean streets of Chicago making a bunch of touchy, bloodthirsty gangsters feel like fashion plates. They’re meaner — but he may be smarter. ​
Coming to: Theaters nationwide
If you’re nostalgic for Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner in Romancing the Stone, try Sandra Bullock (57) as a reclusive romance novelist on a book tour with her hunky cover model, Channing Tatum. When she gets kidnapped by a billionaire nut who wants her to lead him to an ancient city’s lost treasure, the model tries to prove he’s a hero for real. ​
Coming to: Theaters nationwide
Liked the multiple Spideys in Spider-Man: No Way Out? Get ready for a much better actor, Michelle Yeoh (Crazy Rich AsiansCrouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon), 59, as a Chinese immigrant in America who must save the world by exploring multiverses containing the alternate lives she might have led.
Coming to: Theaters nationwide​
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At 50, Jared Leto plays a scientist who treats his deadly blood ailment with a potion that makes him a kind of vampire — he can glide, hear and drink blood like a bat, but garlic and crosses don’t faze him. Sunlight does, so he works in darkness while struggling with his own dark impulses. Michael Keaton, 70, plays his mentor Vulture, who advises, “Let go of what you used to be — discover who you’re meant to be.”​
Coming to: Theaters nationwide​​
Mark Wahlberg (The Fighter), 50, leaps back into the ring as Stuart Long, a real-life anti-Christian boxer who crashed his motorcycle, had a vision in a near-death experience, became a priest and died of a rare ailment at 50. “But not,” Wahlberg said, “before he was able to inspire thousands upon thousands of people.” Mel Gibson, 66, plays his father.​
Coming to: Theaters nationwide​
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​In a movie based on the Danish legend that inspired Hamlet, Amleth (played by Alexander Skarsgård, Big Little Lies), a 10th-century Viking, hunts the man who killed his father, King Aurvandil (Ethan Hawke, 51), and abducted his mom (Nicole Kidman, 54). Björk, 56, depicts a witch. Willem Dafoe, 66, says his court jester character is “nefarious.”​
Coming to: Theaters nationwide​​
Nicolas Cage, 58, who blew $150 million and hasn’t made a blockbuster in years, plays two characters: a desperate actor named Nicolas Cage, who takes $1 million to appear at a fan’s birthday party, and the actor’s alter ego, Nicky Cage, who berates Nicolas for doing little art films. This one could be a big art film à la Being John Malkovich.​
Coming to: Theaters nationwide
Rain Man director Barry Levinson, 80, tells the fact-based story of Poland’s Harry Haft, who was forced to fight 76 other Auschwitz prisoners to entertain SS officers before escaping to America and fighting Rocky Marciano. USC Shoah Foundation executive Stephen Smith calls it “one of the best contributions to Holocaust filmography since Schindler’s List.”
Coming to: HBO and HBO Max​​
In what sounds more interesting than his usual action flicks, Liam Neeson (69) plays an assassin for hire who refuses to kill somebody. Now he’s got to kill the folks who hired him before they kill him or the FBI intervenes. The interesting part? He’s losing his memory.​
Coming to: Theaters nationwide​
We know Benedict Cumberbatch is back as the neurosurgeon-turned-sorcerer, with Elizabeth Olsen as Scarlet Witch, and that creatures will be chased in multiple universes. But what is Patrick Stewart (who played the X-Men’s honcho), 81, doing in the movie? We’ll soon find out in this universe.
Coming to: Theaters nationwide
Most of the old cast returns in this sequel to the 2019 hit film. Set a year later, in 1927, it adds newcomers Dominic West, 52, as an actor shooting a movie at Downton, and French star Nathalie Baye, 73, as an old crony of Violet Crawley (Maggie Smith, 87) — who scandalously acquires a villa in France from a mysterious man in her past.​
Coming to: Theaters nationwide
Reese Witherspoon’s pink-thinking Harvard Law grad is back as a grownup mom. “How Elle is at 40 versus how she was at 21 has been really fun to imagine,” said writer Mindy Kaling. But what is manicurist Paulette (skyrocketing actress Jennifer Coolidge, 60) up to this time?​
Coming to: Theaters nationwide​
Rebel test pilot Maverick (Tom Cruise, 59) roars back in a Super Hornet jet to the tune of “Danger Zone.” “Tom plays the same guy, looking for the edge,” says producer Jerry Bruckheimer, 78. Now his rival Iceman (Val Kilmer, 61) is an admiral. The flyboys endure the same G-force they did in youth, tough even for real-life pilot Cruise. “You’ll see how their faces distort — none of that is visual effects.” ​
Coming to: Theaters nationwide
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Ralph Fiennes (left) and Jessica Chastain
On holiday in Morocco, two upper-crust Europeans (Jessica Chastain and Ralph Fiennes, 59) attend a decadent snobs’ party, then he drives drunk and kills a local pedestrian. Can paying blood money to the kid’s father wash the blood off his hands? Will ISIS kill him anyway?
Coming to: Theaters
A couple (Matt Walsh and Eva Longoria) decide to recharge their marriage (and sex life) on a rustic weekend getaway free from children, phones and social media. Then all hell (plus raccoon aggression) breaks loose.
Coming to: Theaters
Tim Appelo covers entertainment and is the film and TV critic for AARP. Previously, he was the entertainment editor at Amazon, video critic at Entertainment Weekly, and a critic and writer for The Hollywood Reporter, People, MTV, The Village Voice and LA Weekly.
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