Since its start in 2012, A24 has made a name for itself producing and distributing high-concept films. Often weird and original, they've proven time and time again with films like Uncut Gems, Midsommar, Ex Machina and The Farewell, that a good movie can come from any genre. The studio has also harvested some of the most creative and brilliant filmmakers working today including Mike Mills, Ari Aster, The Safdie Brothers, and Alex Garland.
2022 has already been a great year for the studio, with the releases of The Sky is Everywhere, After Yang, X, and Everything Everywhere All At Once. With four films in the can and plenty more releasing within the next year, we've complied a list of the most anticipated. Vote up the movies you're itching to watch and vote down any that you think you'll skip. Be sure to check back as release dates are updated and announced.
Everyone's favorite talking shell is back, this time on the silver screen. After three successful short films, Dean Fleischer-Camp and actress Jenny Slate reunite for a feature-length tale focusing on Marcel's search for his family. Combining stop-motion animation and mockumentary-style filmmaking, Marcel the Shell with Shoes On is sure to be a certified crowdpleaser when it hits theaters June 24, 2022.
The title should be scary enough. Ex Machina and Annhilation director Alex Garland returns to the big screen with another mind-bending pyschological horror installment. Rising star Jessie Buckley stars as Harper, who decides to travel alone in the English countryside after the death of her husband. Instead of finding the solitude she seeks, something or someone seems to be stalking her. In a truly genius casting move, Rory Kinnear plays every creepy guy she meets. Men is set to be released on May 20, 2022.
Jesse Eisenberg examines the complexities of the mother-son relationship in his directorial debut. Academy Award winner Julianne Moore stars as an awkward yet dedicated social worker who is neglecting her home life. This includes her teenage son and music influencer Ziggy, played by Finn Wolfhard. Based on Eisenberg's radio play, the story follows the duo as they try to better themselves without the help of the other. Due out later in 2022.
2022 is Sebastian Stan's year. After the success of Pam & Tommy and Fresh, the Marvel heartthrob is set to continue his rise in Sharper. Directed by Emmy winner Benjamin Caron (The Crown), Stan will play Max, a conman known for his complicated plans and heavy payouts. Oscar-winner Julianne Moore will play opposite him as a con artist taking on Manhattan billionaires. Justice Smith, John Lithgow, and Briana Middleton round out the impressive cast. With a script fresh off the Black List and a ton of talented people behind it, Sharper is sure to draw attention when it hits theaters later this year.
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The Whale marks the return of two major players in the film industry, Darren Aronofsky and Brendan Fraser. Adapted from the Samuel D. Hunter play of the same name, the film will follow Fraser as a 600-pound gay man as he tries to connect with his 17-year-old daughter. Sadie Sink, Hong Chau, and Samantha Morton will star as his daughter, caretaker, and ex-wife respectively. With its focus on binge-eating and mental health and Aronofsky's habit for striking and unsettling visuals, the film is sure to be controversial come awards season. A release date for 2022 has yet to be announced.
A24 is known for its horror films and Bodies Bodies Bodies is looking like it will continue the studio's legacy. With an all-star cast packed with notable young talent including Amandla Stenberg, Maria Bakalova, Pete Davidson, Rachel Sennott, and Lee Pace, this slasher film follows seven friends throwing a house party during a hurricane. As drugs get passed around and secrets get shared, one drinking game leads to murder. With names like Davidson, Bakalova, and Sennott in the cast, you can bet this August 5, 2022 release will not only terrify you but make you laugh.