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Back to Film & TV previews... / Jan 04, 2022 previews... 2022's Best Movies - Drama

Over the next two weeks, we're going to be previewing 100 of 2022's best movies. We continue today with the finest in drama...

Over the next two weeks, we're going to be previewing 100 of 2022's best movies. We continue today with the finest in drama...


Don't Worry Darling

Starring: Florence Pugh, Harry Styles, Olivia Wilde, Gemma Chan, KiKi Layne, Nick Kroll, Chris Pine

Director: Olivia Wilde

Release Date: September 23rd


After the huge success of her directorial debut, Booksmart, Olivia Wilde commands a handsome cast for this new drama. 

Pugh leads the way as Alice, a 1950's housewife living with her husband in a utopian experimental community. Initially happy, she begins to worry that his glamorous company may be hiding disturbing secrets...

Wilde works from a script from Katie Silberman, who she also worked with on Booksmart. 



Licorice Pizza

Starring: Alana Haim, Cooper Hoffman, Sean Penn, Tom Waits, Bradley Cooper, Benny Safdie, John C. Reilly, Maya Rudolph 

Director: Paul Thomas Anderson

Release Date: January 1st


After overseeing Daniel Day-Lewis's final outing with the Academy Award-winning Phantom Thread, Paul Thomas Anderson returns with this tender coming-of-age drama. 

Set in California in 1973, the film chronicles the unlikely friendship between Hoffman's 15-year-old Gary Valentine and Haim's 25-year-old Alana Kane, a photographer's assistant. 

As they grow up, the pair's lives seem strangely intertwined and bring them into contact with all kinds of unlikely characters...


Where The Crawdads Sing

Starring: Daisy Edgar-Jones, Taylor-John Smith, Harris Dickinson, David Strathairn

Director: Olivia Newman

Release Date: July 22nd


Delia Owens' bestselling novel is taken to the big screen next year, with Normal People's Daisy Edgar-Jones leading the way.

Set across two timelines, the narrative first follows the life and adventures of a young girl named Kya as she grows up isolated in the marsh of North Carolina from 1952 to 1969.

The second timeline follows a murder investigation of Chase Andrews, a local celebrity of Barkley Cove, a fictional coastal town of North Carolina. Andrews has been having a relationship with Kya, who is now 19. 

Olivia Newman, director of much-acclaimed sporting drama First Match, takes charge of this one, with Reese Witherspoon among the producers. 



Starring: Peter Dinklage, Haley Bennett, Kelvin Harrison Jr., Bashir Salahuddin, Ben Mendelsohn, Ray Strachan

Director: Joe Wright

Release Date: January 14th


Dinklage leads the way in this lavish retelling of the 1897 Edmond Rostand play Cyrano de Bergerac, which is taken from Erica Schmidt 2018 stage musical of the same name.

That musical features songs from indie titans The National, who have done the same for this film. 

Cyrano de Bergerac is a brilliant poet and swordsman but convinced that his appearance renders him unworthy of the love of a devoted friend, the luminous Roxanne, he refuses to declare his feelings for her.

Instead, he writes love letters to Roxane, the woman he adores, to court her for the handsome Christian whom she loves...


Operation Mincemeat

Starring: Colin Firth, Kelly Macdonald, Matthew Macfadyen, Penelope Wilton, Johnny Flynn, Jason Isaacs

Director: John Madden

Release Date: April 22nd


An all-star British cast unite for this World War II thriller.

Set in 1943, we're with the Allies as they plan an all-out assault on Sicily; but face an impossible challenge - how to protect a massive invasion force from a potential massacre.

To prevent this, two intelligence officers, Firth's Ewen Montagu and Macfayden's Charles Cholmondeley, dream the most inspired and improbable disinformation strategy of the war - centred on the most unlikely of secret agents: a dead man...


Mrs. Harris Goes To Paris

Starring: Lesley Manville, Isabelle Huppert, Jason Isaacs, Lambert Wilson, Alba Baptista, Lucas Bravo, Rose Williams

Director: Anthony Fabian

Release Date: April 29th


Paul Gallico's much-loved novel Mrs. 'Arris Goes to Paris gets a new telling from Skin/Louder Than Words writer/director Anthony Fabian.

The film is set in 1950s London, we follow Manville's Ada Harris, a widowed cleaning lady who becomes obsessed with a couture Dior dress and embarks on an adventure to Paris...


Redeeming Love

Starring: Abigail Cowen, Nina Dobrev, Tom Lewis, Logan Marshall-Green, Famke Janssen, Ke-Xi Wu

Director:  D.J Caruso

Release Date: TBC


Disturbia and XXX: Return of Xander Cage director D.J Caruso branches out with this romantic drama. 

Based on Francine Rivers' best-selling 1991 novel of the same name, the film is set in the Californian Gold Rush in the 1850s.

We follow Angel, who was sold into prostitution as a child and has grown up to know nothing but betrayal. Can her heart ever be mended? The handsome Michael is about to do his damndest...



Starring: Virginie Efira, Lambert Wilson, Daphne Patakia, Olivier Rabourdin, Clotilde Courau, Charlotte Rampling, Hervé Pierre

Director: Paul Verhoeven

Release Date: April 22nd


At the grand old age of 83, Verhoeven, who has ruffled feathers like films like Basic Instinct and Elle, does it yet again. 

This drama will follow Benedetta Carlini, a novice nun in the 17th century who joins an Italian convent and has a lesbian love affair with another nun...


David O. Russell's As Yet Untitled Drama

Starring: Christian Bale, Margot Robbie, John David Washington, Rami Malek, Zoe Saldana, Robert De Niro, Mike Myers, Timothy Olyphant, Michael Shannon, Chris Rock, Anya Taylor-Joy, Andrea Riseborough, Taylor Swift

Director: David O. Russell

Release Date: TBC


Sadly not the incredibly meta title of the new project from Silver Linings Playbook director David O. Russell, just an untitled new drama due in late 2022. 

With an incredibly starry cast, the only plot details we know so far are is that we'll see a doctor and a lawyer forming an unlikely partnership...



Starring: Emma Mackey, Fionn Whitehead, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Alexandra Dowling, Amelia Gething, Gemma Jones, Adrian Dunbar

Director: Frances O’Connor

Release Date: TBC


Sex Education star Emma Mackey will bring to life the troubles and high points of Emily Brontë, author of Wuthering Heights, and the middle Brontë sister.

Actress Frances O’Connor has written and directs this drama, marking her big-screen debut as a director.

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