Action films

13 best new action movies of 2022

If you really want pure cinematic escapism, one of the best genres you can choose is action. Even if you walk into the theater feeling disappointed, when you walk out of an action movie, you’re ready to take on the world like a secret spy. Or take down a classic superhero villain. Or *checks this year’s list of movies* drives an ambulance real fast…?

The thing is, action movies are exciting and sometimes they’re just what you need. This year’s slate brings us everything from assassins on a train to assassins on the run to assassins who are J. Lo. Plus, superheroes. As always there is many of superheroes. Here’s what to expect this year:

The Batman

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Release date: In theaters March 4, then on HBO Max 45 days after theatrical release

If you haven’t heard one way or another, Robert Pattinson is the new Bruce Wayne in the latest Batman movie. Co-stars include Zoë Kravitz in Catwoman, Paul Dano in Riddler and Colin Farrell in Penguin.

Ambulance

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Release date: In theaters April 8, then on Peacock 45 days after theatrical release

If you’re looking for a particularly action-packed, explosive action movie, look no further than Ambulance. DDirected by Michael Bay, the film stars Jake Gyllenhaal and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as two brothers who flee in an ambulance following a bank robbery.

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

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Release date: In theaters May 6

Our first entry into the Marvel Cinematic Universe for this year is Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness with Benedict Cumberbatch. This 2016 sequel strange doctor (and, well, every Marvel movie and show in between) features the characters traveling the mysterious multiverse. Elizabeth Olsen, Benedict Wong, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Rachel McAdams co-star.

Top Gun: Maverick

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Release date: In theaters May 27, then on Paramount+ 45 days after theatrical release

The sequel to 1986 Superior gun has been one of the most anticipated action movies for about three years now as its release date has been pushed back numerous times. Tom Cruise returns as the Maverick pilot with co-stars including Jennifer Connelly, Miles Teller, Glen Powell and Jon Hamm.

Jurassic World Dominion

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Release date: In theaters June 10. (Then on Peacockthen on Amazon Prime — dates TBD.)

The third jurassic world the film improved its anticipation status by bringing back three stars from the original jurassic park: Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum and Sam Neill. jurassic world stars Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard are also back for more dinosaur diastres.

Thor: Love and Thunder

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Release date: In theaters July 8

Have you noticed that there are a lot of sequels here? With Thor: Love and Thunder, Chris Hemsworth returns to star in the third Thor movie. Natalie Portman also reprises her role as Jane Foster and takes the title Mighty Thor.

High-speed train

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Release date: In theaters July 15

High-speed train is about five assassins, all together on a bullet train in Japan, who realize that their missions are connected. The ensemble cast includes Brad Pitt, Sandra Bullock, Zazie Beetz, Bryan Tyree Henry, Joey King and many more.

black adam

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Release date: In theaters July 29, then on HBO Max 45 days after theatrical release

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson joins the world of DC Comics in black adam as the titular villain and nemesis of the superhero Shazam. Noah Centineo stars as Atom Smasher while Aldis Hodge plays Hawkman.

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

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Release date: In theaters November 11

The Black Panther series continues after the tragic death of Chadwick Boseman with Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. Returning stars include Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke, Angela Bassett and Martin Freeman.

Avatar 2

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Release date: In theaters December 16

There is a good argument to be made for Avatar 2 being the most anticipated film of all time, regardless of genre. The first one Avatar The movie was released in 2009 and the sequel has been pushed back several times. Now, the sci-fi/action flick is slated for release later this year with three more sequels on the way.

The gray man

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Release date: on Netflix to be determined

The gray man stars Ryan Gosling and Chris Evans as a fugitive CIA agent and the man sent to capture him. The cast also includes Evans Knives out co-starring Ana de Armas and Bridgertonby Rege-Jean Page.

The mother

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Release date: on Netflix to be determined

Jennifer Lopez brings her talents to Netflix with The mother about a former assassin who comes out of hiding to protect his daughter. The film stars Joseph Fiennes, Gael García Bernal and Omari Hardwick.

spider head

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Release date: on Netflix to be determined

Formerly known as Escape from Spiderhead, this particularly dark action film is about a future in which convicts can reduce their sentences by participating in medical experiments. Miles Teller and Jurnee Smollett play two convicts while Chris Hemsworth plays one of the responsible.

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