The Crown Season 5 (2022)
I mean, do I really need to intro The Crown?
Season five covers the British royal family during the 1990s.The season will cover the fire at Windsor Castle, the ending of both Prince Andrew and Princess Anne's marriages, and the infamous Martin Bashir interview, where Princess Diana says: "There were three of us in the marriage".
Yellowstone Season 5 (2022)
Yellowstone is one of the biggest, most viewed shows in the world - so the hype is strong for season 5.
The Dutton family are set to (once again) be put through the ringer, as the fifth instalment sees John Dutton (Kevin Costner) take office as the Governor of Montana, causing the Dutton family to fight a war from all sides. The series tag line is, 'Power has a price. What are the Duttons willing to pay?', which is just a little ominous. I guess we're about to find out.
Jenna Ortega's Wednesday is here.Wednesday is a coming-of-age comedy based on the teenage daughter of the Addams Family, with added supernatural mystery elements because... duh.
Ortega's Wednesday is a high school student at Nevermore Academy, where she deals with all the classic teenage stuff, as well as trying to master her psychic powers, stop a killing spree, and solve a 25-year-old family mystery. A big school year, then!
Pitch Perfect: Bumper in Berlin Season 1 (2022)
Bumper in Berlin has been developed by Elizabeth Banks and also stars Jameela Jamil and Sarah Hyland - which means an added bonus for the Modern Family fans in the form of an Andy and Hayley reunion.
Adam DeVine returns as Bumper, who moves to Berlin to pursue his music career after one of his songs blows up in Germany.
The Sex Lives of College Girls Season 2 (2022)
The Sex Lives of College Girls was one of my favourite new shows of 2021, so its return is HIGHLY ANTICIPATED for me personally (but also... lots of other people too, I'm sure).Created by Mindy Kaling and Justin Noble, the breakthrough comedy series follows four college roommates at New England's prestigious Essex College.
Season two picks up with Kimberley, Bela, Leighton and Whitney after their Fall break, with each of them having to tackle the challenges thrown their way at the end of the first season, plus another semester of new faces, parties, predicaments and... maybe sex.The Sex Lives of College Girls is so funny and incredibly warm-hearted, so if you didn't get around to season one, here's another reminder that you'll love it.
Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery (2022)
How often these days does Hollywood make a sequel to any film that isn't a cartoon, a horror movie or a CGI-heavy action blockbuster? The answer is: not often at all. But Knives Out was so ingenious, and its central character was so delightful, that Rian Johnson has written and directed another murder mystery in the same gloriously complicated vein.
As in Knives Out, he's sniffing out a killer among a group of wealthy, entitled Americans, but this time the setting is a private Greek island and the suspects have made their millions from tech and social media.
Bones and All (2022)
Luca Guadagnino and Timothée Chalamet, the director and star of Call Me by Your Name, reunite for another tender tale of budding romance, adapted from a novel and set in the 1980s. But Bones and All is different in one key respect: its young lovers can't resist eating human flesh.
One of them, the 18-year-old Maren (Taylor Russell), thought she was the only person with this unconventional dietary requirement, but as she drives around small-town America, she finds that "eaters" are surprisingly common. Among her cannibalistic new acquaintances are the handsome Lee (Chalamet) and the horribly menacing Sully (Mark Rylance).
The Fabelmans (2022)
Its young hero has been renamed Sammy Fabelman (played by Mateo Zoryon Francis-DeFord, and then by Gabriel LaBelle), but his life story follows Spielberg's own, as he falls in love with cinema, moves from New Jersey to Arizona to Northern California, and witnesses the marital problems of his father (Paul Dano), a computer engineer, and his mother (Michelle Williams), a pianist.
"This is the movie we've been waiting 45 years for him to make," says David Fear at Rolling Stone. "It's one man's thank you to the movies for saving him. And it's a great American artist utilising his skill as a great storyteller to finally tell his own... It's one of the most impressive, enlightening, vital things he's ever done."
The Wonder (2022)
In a remote Irish village in 1862, an 11-year-old girl is said to have survived for months without food, so a sceptical English nurse (Florence Pugh) is sent to observe her. The local bigwigs want answers: is she a miracle or a cheat? A mastermind or a pawn in someone else's game?
Adapted from the novel by Emma Donoghue (Room), Sebastián Lelio's "eerie and unusual period drama is a magnetic and mysterious little marvel rich in atmosphere and allure", says Benjamin Lee in The Guardian.
The Menu (2022)
This month's other satirical tale of the super-rich getting their comeuppance on a private island, The Menu features Ralph Fiennes as a devilish celebrity chef who presides over one of the world's most exclusive restaurants. Nicholas Hoult and Anya Taylor-Joy play two of the gourmands who have signed up for the $1250-a-head fine-dining experience.
But they soon find that while the chef's "molecular gastronomy" (including a rock covered in bits of seaweed) is not exactly lip-smacking, the way he treats his customers is even worse. "The rarefied world of haute cuisine is not exactly a hard target to satirise," says Wendy Ide at Screen Daily, "but this deliciously savage comedy from Succession director Mark Mylod makes every bitter mouthful count. A bracingly spiteful and very funny picture."
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