Top Ten Films of 2022
Top Ten Films of 2022

Theaters are finally open for business in a way far beyond what the last couple of years have seen, though many have been remodeled and revamped for fewer seats (but nicer, such as with leather recliners and more varied food menus), as moviegoers haven’t returned in previous numbers. This is to be expected, as the pandemic, coupled with a sharp escalation in original streaming content, has forever changed the shape of theater business. Many audiences are comfortable with never going back at all, as televisions grow larger and home setups become cheaper, more technologically advanced, and generally more agreeable for larger families. We may never see the theater return to what it once was.

Nevertheless, blockbusters remain moneymakers, particularly as “Top Gun: Maverick,” “Avatar: The Way of Water,” and “Jurassic Park: Dominion” prove that there are still those who will shell out the dough to view a movie in its full IMAX or big-screen glory. Tellingly, these cash cows are sequels; original productions can’t quite seem to muster as much interest (even sizable takers like “Uncharted” and “Black Adam” are based on arguably well-known properties). “Elvis,” despite not being in the top ten for worldwide box office results, did decent business, boasting that increasingly rarer original screenplay, even if it’s not based on a brand new character.

Once again, The Massie Twins have compiled a Top 10 list to honor the best of the year, combing through all those features, big and small, that graced theater screens as well as streaming ones (often having an extremely limited theatrical run just for the sake of awards qualifications). And, once again, we’ve dismissed some of the most acclaimed pictures, including “Aftersun,” “The Fabelmans,” “White Noise,” and “Women Talking,” all of which had laudable qualities but didn’t impress us as much as our colleagues. But our choices do represent a wide range of subjects and genres; we’re not immune to favoring a couple of arthouse selections as well as guilty-pleasure fare. See below to peruse our 2022 choices and click on the images to read the full reviews!

10. Lightyear

9. Guillermo del Toro's Pinocchio

8. The Menu

7. Top Gun: Maverick

6. The Banshees of Inisherin

5. Nope

4. See How They Run

3. Causeway

2. Everything Everywhere All at Once

1. The Whale

– The Massie Twins