Spring 2022 upcoming movie releases

Claire Schuppel, Arts & Life Editor

As awards season starts to die down, we can focus again on new film releases. Here are some movies that will be arriving in theaters and on streaming platforms this spring. 

“Everything Everywhere All at Once”

The highly anticipated “Everything Everywhere All at Once” will be arriving in theaters on April 8, following a highly successful limited release. Currently at an astounding 8.9/10 on IMDb, the film follows the complexities of holding supernatural powers during the unraveling of a multiverse. The complex plot was developed by “the Daniels,” also known as Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert. They are known for directing the music videos of Foster the People and Joywave, among others. They also wrote and directed the 2016 film “Swiss Army Man,” establishing their presence in Hollywood. The film features Michelle Yeoh, Stephanie Hsu, Ke Huy Quan and Jamie Lee Curtis. 

“Father Stu”

“Father Stu,” starring Mark Wahlberg and Mel Gibson, follows an amateur boxer who realizes after a motorcycle incident that his calling is to serve as a Catholic priest. The movie is based on the real life of Stuart Long. It is written and directed by Rosalind Ross, making her directorial debut. The film will be released in theaters April 13.

“The Northman”

Robert Eggers’s third feature film, “The Northman,” has also been a highly anticipated movie for 2022. His last two movies, “The VVitch” and “The Lighthouse,” have been stylistic and period-based epics; “The Northman” follows that theme by focusing the story on vikings and avenging the death of a loved one. It stars Alexander Skarsgård, Nicole Kidman, Ethan Hawke, Willem Dafoe, Anya Taylor-Joy and others. The film’s theatrical release will be on April 22.

“The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent”

The film “The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent” shows the fictionalized life of Nicolas Cage after he is hired to attend a superfan’s birthday party. The fan takes his wife and daughter hostage, so the CIA calls upon him to help in the rescue mission. The black comedy stars Cage (as himself), Pedro Pascal, Sharon Horgan, Ike Barinholtz, Neil Patrick Harris and Tiffany Haddish. It will also be released on April 22.


Liam Neeson has once again returned to action films with “Memory.” He portrays a seasoned assassin who refuses to carry out a job, so he becomes a wanted target. The film is adapted from the novel “De Zaak Alzheimer” by Jef Geeraerts and the book’s 2003 film adaptation. Along with Neeson, it stars Monica Bellucci and Guy Pearce. It will be released in theaters April 29.


Another Stephen King adaptation is back in theaters with “Firestarter.” The story follows a father who discovers his young daughter’s pyrokinetic abilities and has to protect her from the government. Zac Efron and Ryan Kiera Armstrong play the father-daughter duo, supplemented by the talents of Kirkwood Smith, Sydney Lemmon (granddaughter of actor Jack Lemmon) and John Beasley. It is set for release on May 13, both in theaters and on Peacock.

“Top Gun: Maverick”

1986’s “Top Gun” has gained a sequel: “Top Gun: Maverick,” set to release in theaters on May 27. The film follows the previous film’s Captain Pete “Maverick” Mitchell as he is put in charge of training newly graduated fleet members. In the fleet is his deceased best friend’s son, Lieutenant Bradley “Rooster” Bradshaw. The packed ensemble cast includes Tom Cruise, reprising his original role, Miles Teller, Jennifer Connelly, Ed Harris and Val Kilmer, also back in his original role.