Movies make the world go round and there are some great new movies being released this year in Australia.
And let us tell you, some of the movies slated for release in Australia this year look simply awesome! From highly-anticipated sequels to animated comedies to blockbuster action films; we guarantee you’ll be visiting your local cinema a lot in 2022!
Here are the best upcoming movies, all being released in Australia this year, that you simply must go and see.
- Release Date: 4th of August
Bullet Train, based on the novel, Maria Beetle, has a stellar ensemble cast that includes Brad Pitt, Joey King, Andrew Koji, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Brian Tyree Henry, Zazie Beetz, Masi Oka, Michael Shannon, Logan Lerman, Hiroyuki Sanada, Karen Fukuhara, Bad Bunny and Sandra Bullock. The film is an action-thriller about five assassins who, whilst on a train, realise their assignments all interconnect, and will be released on the 4th of August.
- Release Date: 11th of August
After the success of Get Out and Us, Jordan Peele returns with another horror film he’s written and directed called Nope. There haven’t been many plot details announced about Nope aside from the following short synopsis: “Residents of an isolated town witness a mysterious and abnormal event”. The film will star Daniel Kaluuya — who starred in Get Out — Keke Palmer, and Steven Yeun. Nope is sure to shock and terrify viewers when it’s released on August 4th.
- Release Date: 20th of October
A superhero film based on the DC comics of the same name, Black Adam is intended to be a part of the DC Extended Universe (DCEU). Black Adam is actually a spin-off of previous DC film Shazam! and will focus on Shazam’s archnemesis, the anti-hero Black Adam, played by Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson. The film will be released on the 20th of October.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever
- Release Date: 10th of November
A sequel to Black Panther, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever will be the 30th film in the MCU. Hardly any details about the plot have been announced; many fans are anxious to see what happens, especially considering Chadwick Boseman, who played T’Challa/Black Panther in the MCU, sadly died in 2020, and it has been announced that the role of T’Challa will not be recast and will not even appear in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. The film will hit theatres on November 10th.
- Release Date: 15th of December
Avatar 2 is the highly anticipated sequel to the record-breaking, Oscar-winning film Avatar, which was released over ten years ago in 2009. James Cameron has returned to direct, write, and produce the film, which will see Sam Worthington and Zoe Saldana reprise their roles from the first Avatar. Avatar 2 will be released on December 15th.
Movies Previously Released In Australia 2022
- Release date: 20th of January
With a star-studded cast, Nightmare Alley is a crime drama, directed by Guillermo del Toro. The film is a neo-noir dream, or rather nightmare; pun fully intended. Starring Bradley Cooper and Cate Blanchett, Nightmare Alley is delightfully thrilling. It was released in Australian cinemas on the 20th of January.
Death On The Nile
- Release Date: 11th of February
Death On The Nile, the sequel to the 2017 movie, Murder On The Orient Express is based on the 1937 book of the same name by legendary author Agatha Christie. Directed by and starring Kenneth Branaugh, Death On The Nile also stars Gal Gadot, Armie Hammer, Tom Bateman, Annette Bening, Russell Brand, Rose Leslie, Ali Fazal, Emma Mackey and Letitia Wright, Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders. Death On The Nile was released in Australia on February 11th.
- Release Date: 17th of February
Fans of the extremely popular Uncharted video games rejoiced when it was announced that a movie based on the games was coming to our screens. The movie acts as a prequel to the games and tells the story of how a young Nathan Drake, played by Tom Holland, first met his sidekick Sully, played by Mark Wahlberg, as they embark on a dangerous quest to seek the lost treasure of El Dorado. Uncharted hit Australian cinemas on the 17th of February.
- Release Date: 4th of March
Yes, another Batman movie; this time starring Robert Pattinson as the crime-fighting vigilante. The Batman is not an origin story but follows Bruce Wayne in his second year of being Batman as he pursues the serial killer, The Riddler. Zoë Kravitz, Paul Dano, Jeffrey Wright, Andy Serkis, and Colin Farrell also star in the film, which was released on the 4th of March.
Operation Fortune: Ruse De Guerre
- Release Date: 18th of March
Directed and written by Guy Ritchie, Operation Fortune: Ruse De Guerre is a spy action comedy starring Jason Statham as the super spy, Orson Fortune. The film’s premise is that Fortune recruits Hollywood’s biggest movie star for an undercover mission. Operation Fortune: Ruse De Guerre also stars Aubrey Plaza, Josh Hartnett, Cary Elwes, Bugzy Malone and Hugh Grant, and was released in Australian cinemas on March 18th.
The Unbearable Weight Of Massive Talent
Release date: 22nd of April
The Unbearable Weight Of Massive Talent stars Nicholas Cage, who plays a fictional version of himself in the action-comedy. The supporting cast includes Pedro Pascal, Sharon Horgan, Ike Barinholtz, Jacob Scipio, Lily Sheen, Neil Patrick Harris, and Tiffany Haddish. The Unbearable Weight Of Massive Talent was released on the 22nd of April.
- Release Date: 1st of April
The Sony Pictures film, Morbius had been in the works since 2017 and is the first live-action film adaptation of the pseudo-blood-sucking vampire, Morbius, from the Marvel comics. Starring Jared Leto as the titular character as well as Matt Smith, Jared Harris, Adria Arjona, Michael Keaton, and Tyrese Gibson, Morbius was released on April 1st.
Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore
- Release Date: 7th of April
The third film in the Fantastic Beasts franchise — which acts as a prequel to the Harry Potter series — Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore is set in the 1930s and the story leads up to the wizarding world’s involvement in the ‘muggle’ World War II. Eddie Redmayne, Jude Law, Ezra Miller, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol, Callum Turner, and Katherine Waterston reprise their roles, while Mads Mikkelsen replaces Johnny Depp as Gellert Grindelwald. Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore was released on the 7th of April.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness
- Release Date: 6th of May
The highly anticipated sequel to Doctor Strange and the 28th film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness saw Benedict Cumberbatch reprise his role as Stephen Strange. The film follows the events of WandaVision, Spider-Man: No Way Home and Loki, and is a deep dive into the multiverse; a concept explored frequently in the Marvel comics. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness was released on the 6th of May.
Top Gun: Maverick
- Release Date: 27th of May
After more than thirty years, the best-living testing pilot Pete “Maverick” Mitchell, played by Tom Cruise, returned to the silver screen. The sequel to the immensely popular Top Gun film, Top Gun: Maverick, sees Cruise and Val Kilmer reprise their roles and follows Maverick as he trains top gun graduates. Top Gun: Maverick was released on the 27th of May.
The Bob’s Burgers Movie
- Release Date: 27th of May
Based on the Emmy-winning animated series, The Bob’s Burgers Movie is a musical-comedy and sees the original voice cast from Bob’s Burgers reprise their roles. The film follows Bob and Linda struggling to keep their restaurant afloat after a ruptured water main leaves a huge sinkhole out front, while the kids, Tina, Gene, and Louise, try to solve a mystery. The Bob’s Burgers Movie was released on May 27th.
Jurassic World: Dominion
- Release Date: 10th of June
The highly anticipated third instalment to the Jurassic World films, Jurassic World: Dominion stars Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard. Iconic actors, Jeff Goldblum, Sam Neil and Laura Dern, who appeared in the first 1993 Jurassic Park movie, also star in the film reprising their respective roles. The film’s plotline is humans dealing with dinosaurs being on the mainland and, naturally, wreaking havoc. Jurassic World: Dominion was released on June 10th.
- Release Date: 17th of June
Starring Chris Evans as the voice of Buzz Lightyear, Lightyear is a computer-animated Toy Story spin-off. The film acts as an origin story for Buzz Lightyear, the human who inspired the toy of the same name. Taika Waititi also has a voice-acting role in Lightyear, which was released on the 17th of June.
Thor: Love and Thunder
- Release Date: 8th of July
Thor: Love and Thunder is the fourth Thor film and the 29th film overall in the MCU. Following the events of Thor: Ragnarok and Avengers: Endgame, the film explores Jane Foster taking on the mantle and powers of Thor.
Taika Waititi returned to direct and the film stars Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tessa Thompson, Christian Bale, Chris Pratt, Jaimie Alexander, Pom Klementieff, Dave Bautista, Karen Gillan, Sean Gunn, Jeff Goldblum, and Vin Diesel. Thor: Love and Thunder was released in cinemas on the 8th of July.
Be sure to check out our full Thor: Love and Thunder review.