I start with a bang. From today the fourth chapter of The Matrix is screened in theaters, directed by one of the Wachowski sisters and with Keanu Reaves who plays the role of Neo, nineteen years after the last chapter of the saga. The Batman, Top Gun Maverick, Avatar 2 and many others are the films expected and expected in theaters during the new year. Here is a schedule of releases.
January 1 – Matrix Resurrections
The awaited fourth chapter of the saga arrives. Thomas Anderson, aka Neo (Keanu Reeves) is back in the real world, but haunted by dreams and visions that he confides to his analyst (Neil Patrick Harris). Soon the protagonist will realize that what surrounds him is not what it seems.
January 13 – A winning family
Reinaldo Marcus Green’s film is based on a true story. The film traces the life and efforts of Richard Williams (Will Smith) in raising and coaching his daughters, Serena (Demi Singleton) and Venus Williams (Saniyaa Sidney), who went on to become two tennis stars.
January 13 – Latin America
The film is written and directed by Damiano and Fabio D’innocenzo: it is the third feature film that bears the signature of the two directors and was presented at the 78th Venice Film Festival. The film tells the story of a dentist, Massimo Sisti (Elio Germano) who has everything he could wish for: a villa and a family he loves. It is in this idyllic setting that something unpredictable happens. The film was shot on 35mm.
January 20 – Spencer
The long-awaited film about the life of Princess of Wales Diana (who died in a car accident at the age of 36 in 1997), directed by Pablo Larraìn, will arrive in theaters. The film in particular traces the moments of crisis in the marriage between Lady D and Prince Charles, heir to the British throne.
January 27 – The fair of illusions
Guillermo del Toro’s new film is based on William Lindsay Gresham’s novel of the same name. Already in 1947 a film based on the same book had been released and directed by Edmund Goulding. Del Toro’s is a highly anticipated psychological thriller also for the names that make up the cast: Bradley Cooper, Cate Blanchett, Toni Collette, Willem Dafoe, Richard Jenkins, Rooney Mara, Ron Perlman and David Strathairn. The story is that of a carousel (Bradley Cooper) of an amusement park, who is also a scammer and a manipulator.
February 3 – Moonfall
A disaster movie signed by the director of ‘Independence Day’, Roland Emmerich. An unknown force threatens the Earth by sending the Moon on a collision course with our planet. A few weeks before the impact, former NASA astronaut Jo Fowler is convinced she knows how to save the world, but her theory is supported only by astronaut friend Brian Harper and conspiracy theorist K. C. Houseman.
February 17 – Uncharted
Venom director Ruben Fleischer also directed Uncharted, out in Italy on February 17. The film is the first film adaptation of the Naughty Dog video game series. The film tells the adventures of treasure hunter Nathan Drake, played by Tom Holland, who recently took on the role of Spider Man.
The Uncharted protagonist is looking for his older brother and meets Victor Sullivan (Mark Wahlberg), who will help him find him. The two end up on a desert island, where the mythical treasure of the explorer Ferdinand Magellan is said to be kept. But they will find that they are not the only ones looking for the loot.
March 3 – The Batman
The Batman is also highly anticipated, scheduled in Italian cinemas in the first days of March. The events follow those of Batman vs Superman: Dawn Of Justice and should see the entry of a new villain, Red Hood. In addition to this novelty, the most discussed is the choice of Robert Pattinson in the role of the protagonist.
Ben Affleck was initially singled out for the role but, when Matt Reeves took over as director and screenwriter, he rewrote the story to focus on a younger Batman. In January 2019, Affleck left the role. Robert Pattinson was then chosen as the new interpreter. Reeves has stated that Bruce Wayne’s character is inspired by the figure of Kurt Cobain.
March 3 – Cyrano
The film is signed by Joe Wright, the director of Darkest Hour (2017). It was filmed in early October 2020 in Sicily and tells the story of one of the most famous love triangles of all time. Cyrano de Bergerac (Peter Dinklage) is good with both words and the art of the sword but doesn’t dare to declare his feelings to Roxanne (Haley Bennet), disheartened by his physical appearance. The woman fell in love at first sight with Christian (Kelvin Harrison) who, in turn struck by the girl, asks Cyrano for help to conquer her.
March 24 – Downtown Abbey 2
The film was supposed to be released last Christmas, but the film has been postponed. Under the direction of Simon Curtis and the screenplay by Julian Fellowees, the names of the cast of the first chapter are confirmed. Four new actors: Hugh Dancy, Laura Haddock, Nathalie Baye and Dominic West.
March 24 – The Lost City
If you enjoyed Finding Nim’s Island (2008), the film directed by brothers Aaron and Adam Nel might be for you. It is an action-adventure comedy starring Sandra Bullock and Channing Tatum. Important names such as Daniel Radcliffe and Brad Pitt also appear in the cast of The Lost City.
The film tells the story of author Loretta Sage (Sandra Bullock), who spent her career writing about exotic places in her popular novels. While on tour promoting her new book, Loretta is kidnapped by a billionaire (Daniel Radcliffe) who hopes she can lead him to the treasure of the ancient lost city described in her latest book. But there is a man ready to save her.
March – C’mon C’mon
Also in March (the official date is not yet known) C’mon C’mon will be released, a film written and directed by Mike Mills who, after a film inspired by his father (Beginners) and one by his mother (Le donne della my life), speaks in part of his own experience. The protagonist is Joaquin Phoenix, as a middle-aged journalist who learns how to take care of a child for the first time. Also in the cast are Gaby Hoffmann, Scoot McNairy and Woody Norman.
April 8 – Ambulance
A thriller directed by Michael Bay. Veteran Will Sharp (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II) needs money for some medical treatment for his ailing wife and seeks help from his adoptive brother, Danny (Jake Gyllenhaal), a criminal who offers him a $ 32 million hit. Accepted the offer, the plans of the two become complicated and, in desperation, they seize an ambulance with an injured policeman and an experienced paramedic (Eiza González) on board.
April 13 – Fantastic Beasts – Dumbledore’s secrets
The film is directed by David Yates and is the third in the Harry Potter prequel saga. In this chapter, Professor Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law) entrusts Scamader (Eddie Redmayne) with the task of leading a team against the powerful dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald, who is no longer played by Johnny Depp but by Mads Mikkelsen.
May 4 – Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness
The trailer for the film that will be released on May 4th is just online: Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. The film, starring Benedict Cumberbatch, was due to be released on November 5, 2021, but this was not possible due to the health emergency. Directed by Sam Raimi, the sequel will also see Wanda (Elizabeth Olsen) take on a co-star role.
May 26 – Top Gun: Maverick
In May, after 34 years, get ready for the new Top Gun: Maverick. The film stars legendary captain Pete “Maverick” Mitchell (Tom Cruise) as a flight instructor for the Top Gun school of pilots. The man will mentor Bradley, son of the late flight mate Goose who wants to become a pilot like his father.
June 12 – Jurassic World: The Dominion
In June comes the sixth and final chapter of the Jurassic Park film saga. One of the most anticipated news from fans is the return of Sam Neill as Professor Alan Grant, Laura Dern as Doctor Ellie Sattler and Ian Malcolm, played by Jeff Goldblum.
July 29 – Black Adam
A new DC cinecominc directed by Jaume Coller-Serra, starring Dwayne Johnson who plays the anti-hero Black Adam, created by Otto Binder and C. C. Beck in 1945. His real name is Teth-Adam or Theo Adam and is the archenemy of Shazam.
December 16 – Avatar 2
An official trailer is not yet available although we have been talking about it for some time. After the continuous postponements also due to the health emergency caused by the coronavirus, the highly anticipated second chapter of Avatar, by James Cameron, will arrive in mid-December. Confirmed many actors of the first chapter: Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Kate Winslet, Vin Diesel, Sigourney Weaver and Giovanni Ribisi. In the sequel, Jake happily lives his life alongside Neytiri, but Pandora finds herself having to fight a tough war against humans.