2022 in Films

Format adapted from Charles François, who I still hope will one day rediscover his cinephilia and start hanging out with myself and the Skandies crew again. It’s been ten years since he last used it and I hereby declare it in the public domain.

Combine the first two columns for a list of films released (or "released") in 2022, and the last two columns for films seen in 2022. Ordering is preferential when ratings are identical.

Seen Previously
Movies I saw in 2021 {or before} that were released in the U.S. in 2022. Films not yet released but currently scheduled for this year are indicated by a (→).
Seen in 2022
Movies I saw shortly before, during or after their 2022 U.S. run. Asterisks (*) indicate films seen prior to their actual release. TV-only "runs" (arbitrarily deemed eligible) get a (†).
To Be Released
Movies I saw in 2022 which are still awaiting a U.S. release. Those known to have lined up distribution are indicated by a (→). Production {year} is listed if film is more than two years old.

A For All Time

A- Event

*The Banshees of Inisherin (McDonagh) 83

B+/A- Near Great

In Front of Your Face (Hong) 81

B+ Must See

*Decision to Leave (Park) 75

B/B+ Warmly Recommended

Benediction (Davies) 70
White Noise (Baumbach) 70
Ahed's Knee (Lapid) 69
Face {2009} (Tsai) 69
De humani corporis fabrica (Paravel, Castaing-Taylor) 69
Hit the Road (P. Panahi) 69

B Recommended

*TÁR (Field) 68
Paris, 13th District (Audiard) 68
RRR (Rajamouli) 67
Glass Onion (Johnson) 67
*All That Breathes (Sen) 66
Onoda (Harari) 65
*Happening (Diwan) 65
Speak No Evil (Tafdrup) 64
Close (Dhont) 64
Emergency (Williams) 64

B-/B Recommended with Mild Reservations

Întregalde (Muntean) 63
Top Gun: Maverick (Kosinski) 63
Trenque Lauquen (Citarella) 63
Dear Mr. Brody (Maitland) 62
*KIMI (Soderbergh) 62
*No Bears (J. Panahi) 62
The Girl and the Spider (Zürchers) 62
*EO (Skolimowski) 61
Fire of Love (Dosa) 61
Rehana (Saad) 61
Descendant (Brown) 61
Wood and Water (Bak) 60
Confess, Fletch (Mottola) 60
Compartment No. 6 (Kuosmanen) 60

B- Recommended with Strong Reservations

Pinocchio (Del Toro, Gustafson) 59
Anaïs in Love (Bourgeois-Tacquet) 59
*Cyrano (Wright) 59
Apollo 10½: A Space Age Childhood (Linklater) 59
Godland (Pálmason) 58
*All the Beauty and the Bloodshed (Poitras) 58
Jackass Forever (Tremaine) 58
*Crimes of the Future (Cronenberg) 58
*Three Thousand Years of Longing (Miller) 57
Il buco (Frammartino) 57
*The Bob's Burgers Movie (Bouchard, Derriman) 57
The Integrity of Joseph Chambers (Machoian) 57
*The Northman (Eggers) 56
Good Luck to You, Leo Grande (Hyde) 56
Ali & Ava (Barnard) 56
Hold Me Tight (Amalric) 56
Barbarian (Cregger) 55
Montana Story (McGehee, Siegel) 55
*The Kingdom Exodus (Von Trier) 55
Unrest (Schäublin) 55
Everything Everywhere All at Once (Kwan, Scheinert) 55

C+/B- On the Fence, Leaning Forward

Black Box (Gozlan) 54
Downfall: The Case Against Boeing (Kennedy) 54
Babi Yar. Context (Loznitsa) 54
*Aftersun (Wells) 54
*There There (Bujalski) 53
*Cha Cha Real Smooth (Raiff) 53
A Chiara (Carpiganano) 53
Walk Up (Hong) 53
Pretty Problems (Pantera) 53
Neptune Frost (Williams, Uzeyman) 53
Secret Headquarters (Joost, Schulman) 52
The Other Tom. (Plá, Santullo) 52
*Both Sides of the Blade (Denis) 52
Operation Mincemeat (Madden) 52
Donbass {2018} (Loznitsa) 52
The Woman King (Prince-Bythewood) 52
Flux Gourmet (Strickland) 51
Moonage Daydream (Morgen) 51
*Petrov's Flu (Serebrennikov) 51
Coma (Bonello) 51
Atarrabi and Mikelats (Green) 51
After Yang (Kogonada) 51

C+ Take It or Leave It

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (Raimi) 50
*Triangle of Sadness (Östlund) 50
This Much I Know to Be True (Dominik) 50
*Uncharted (Fleischer) 50
*Cow (Arnold) 50
Futura (Marcello, Munzi, Rohrwacher) 50
She Said (Schrader) 50
The Tsugua Diaries (Fazendeiro, Gomes) 50
Ultrasound (Schroeder) 49
*Holy Spider (Abbasi) 49
Pacifiction (Serra) 49
The Forgiven (McDonagh) 49
Lingui: The Sacred Bonds (Haroun) 49
*The Novelist's Film (Hong) 48
*Huda's Salon (Abu-Assad) 48
We're All Going to the World's Fair (Schoenbrun) 48
*The Eternal Daughter (Hogg) 47
Something in the Dirt (Benson, Moorhead) 47
Hunt (Lee) 47
*Broker (Kore-eda) 46

C/C+ On the Fence, Leaning Backward

*Corsage (Kreutzer) 45
Bigbug (Jeunet) 44
Elvis (Luhrmann) 43
Saturday Fiction {2019} (Lou) 42
*Armageddon Time (Gray) 42
*Metal Lords (Sollett) 42

C Pass

She Will (Colbert) 41
*Nitram (Kurzel) 41
X (West) 41
Amsterdam (Russell) 40
Earwig (Hadžihalilović) 40
Funny Pages (Kline) 40
Emergency Declaration (Han) 39
Casablanca Beats (Ayouch) 39
The Black Phone (Derrickson) 39
Nope (Peele) 38
Introduction (Hong) 38
You Won't Be Alone (Stolevski) 37

C- Ugh

Vortex (Noé) 35
The Fabelmans (Spielberg) 34
Ambulance (Bay) 29

D+ Double-Ugh

*Moonfall (Emmerich) 27
*Saint Omer (Diop) 26
*Stars at Noon (Denis) 23

D Bomb

Out of the Blue (LaBute) 14

F Burn the Negative

Walk-outs Channel Surfing

*The African Desperate (Syms)
Album for the Youth (Solarz)
Apples (Nikou)
Belle (Hosoda)
Bipolar (Li)
The Cathedral (D'Ambrose)
Catherine Called Birdy (Dunham)
Children of the Mist (Diễm)
The City and the City (Passalis, Tzoumerkas)
Destello bravío (Rodríguez)
Dos estaciones (González)
El gran movimiento (Russo)
Emily the Criminal (Ford)
Friends and Strangers (Vaughan)
Girl Picture (Haapasalo)
The Good House (Forbes, Wolodarsky)
Great Freedom (Meise)
Hot in Day, Cold at Night (Park)
Hustle (Zagar)
Liborio (Martínez Sosa)
Manta Ray {2018} (Aroonpheng)
Master (Diallo)
Medusa (Rocha da Silveira)
Mr. Bachmann and His Class (Speth)
Moon, 66 Questions (Lentzou)
Murina (Kusijanović)
On the Count of Three (Carmichael)
Once Upon a Time in Calcutta (Sengupta)
Pebbles (Vinothraj)
Pilgrims (Bareisa)
Playground (Wandel)
The Princess (Perkins)
Riotsville, U.S.A. (Pettengill)
Rise (Omotoso)
Rock Bottom Riser (Silva)
Servants (Ostrochovský)
The Shepherdess and the Seven Songs (Singh)
Singing in the Wilderness (Chen)
Soft & Quiet (De Araújo)
The Tale of King Crab (Rigo de Righi, Zoppis)
Till (Chukwu)
True Things (Wootliff)
Turning Red (Shi)
The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent (Gormican)
Weird: The Al Yankovic Story (Appel)
White Building (Neang)
You Are Not My Mother (Dolan)

Incomplete Mishap/Bad Timing