The second half of 2022, a season of mysteries. From See How They Run in September to the Menu in November to Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery in December.

SEPTEMBER

It’s been a pretty rocky year so far. Sure there have been some fine theater movies, such as The Batman, Nope, Top Gun: Maverick, and Elvis. And there have also been a couple of good straight to streaming movies, I Want You Back and Chip and Dales Rescue Rangers. But right now we are coming off the worst summer at the movies in a really relay long time. Everything worthwhile, other than Nope, came out in May. That left us with three full months of garbage. The action movies that looked like they had promise (Thor: Love and Thunder, Bullet Train,)  turned out to be major disappointments. And that leads us here, into the Fall.

Luckily, here in the Fall, it looks like things are about to pick up. Starting in September, things are off and running, with the early release of Pinocchio on September 8th. Here’s the rundown on these movies…

 

September 8th, Pinocchio:

Directed by Robert Zemeckis, the wizard behind the Back to the Future movies, Forest Gump, and the Polar Express, this Tom Hanks movie is a Disney Plus streamer. Reviews aren’t very good, which might explain why it did go straight to streaming instead of getting a theatrical run, but for curiosity reasons alone, this one might be something to check out.

 

September 16th, See How They Run:

Starring Sam Rockwell and Saorise Ronan, this one is a murder mystery taking place on the set of a play during the plays rehearsals. It’s a who dunnit featuring a list of suspects, and of that recalls Knives Out, there’s a good reason for it. That movie (which has a Netflix sequel coming out in December,) has spawned a couple of copycat films, and an inspector and his constable come to investigate in this

September 21: Meet Cute starring Pete Davidson and Kelly Cuoco

September 23: Don’t Worry Darling

September 28th, Blonde, starring Anna De Armas as Marylin Monroe

OCTOBER

October 7th, Amsterdam, starring Margot Robbie, Christian Bale, and John David Washington, directed by David O Russell

October 21st, Black Adam

October 21st, Ticket to Paradise: George Clooney and Julia Roberts, about an ex husband and ex wife who are trying to sabotage their daughter’s wedding, like My Best Friend’s Wedding only with Clooney too.

October 21st, The Banshees of Insherin: Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson, a movie by Martin McDonagh, who made In Bruges with these two.

NOVEMBER

November 11th: Black Panther, Wakanda Forever

November 18th: She Said, starring Cary Mulligan (Promising Young Woman) and Zoe Kazan (The Big Sick) about the Harvey Weinstein investigation.

November 18th: The Menu, starring Ralph Fiennes, Anya Taylor Joy and Nicholas Hoult, about a world famous and strange restaurant on a private island with only 12 customers, where a murder takes place and it turns into a survival situation. The staff vs the customers, Most Dangerous Game style.

November 23rd: The Fablemans – the autobiography of Steven Speilberg, made by Spielberg, starring Seth Rogen

DECEMBER

December 14th, A Man Called Otto, Tom Hanks, an angry old man who is awful to his neighbors, Tom Hanks continues to play angry or unlikable characters, after his turn in Elvis. A good move for him. Something different. In this one, it will probably be a redemption story, like Scrooged, where he learns to be kind.

December 16th: Avatar, the Way of Water

December 23rd: Glass Onion, A Knives Out Mystery

December 25th: Babylon with Brad Pitt and Margot Robbie, made by Damien Cazelle (La La Land, Whiplash)