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3/11/2022 • 4 min read
Believe it or not, Memorial Day is just around the corner. Our clocks have been set forward (permanently, actually!), the days are longer, the weather is getting warmer, and the summer movie slate is about to be in full swing. From superhero franchise installments to highly-anticipated big-screen treatments of beloved television shows, to original horror, reinvigorated horror, and long-awaited sequels, there is something for everyone.
With so many exciting new movies, it may feel a little overwhelming to figure out where to start. But that’s far from a bad thing, and, thankfully, Cinemark has got you covered. If you’re looking for a movie to spend time with at the end of May, you’ve come to the right place. Take a look at the new movies to see in theatres on Memorial Day weekend, and what other movies from May will still be on big screens for your viewing pleasure.
In 2022, Memorial Day officially falls on Monday, May 30. That makes Thursday, May 26 and Friday, May 27, the big movie days for Memorial Day weekend this year.
The sequel to the classic Tom Cruise action flick is finally being released after numerous delays due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Back in 1986, Cruise starred as the iconic Pete “Maverick” Mitchell, a hotshot fighter pilot whose arrogant demeanor causes him problems in flight school and even pits him against other pilots-in-training – namely Tom “Iceman” Kazansky (Val Kilmer). Now Cruise is reprising his star-making role once more. The story will follow Maverick having dodged a rank advancement after 30 years of service and now training a group of graduates for a special mission. TOP GUN: MAVERICK is set to premiere at the 2022 Cannes Film Festival on May 18, before releasing in theaters in the United States on May 27.
Everyone’s favorite patty-slinging cartoon family will be getting the big-screen treatment on May 27. This highly entertaining hybrid feature will roll musical numbers, comedy, mystery, and adventure into one epic tale for the Belcher family. The story is set in motion by a sinkhole that forms in front of the eponymous Bob’s Burgers restaurant, ruining the Belcher family’s plans for summer success. As parents Bob and Linda attempt to save their restaurant, their kids, Gene, Louise, and Tina, embark on a quest of their own that could change everything.
Those two movies are the big new releases for Memorial Day Weekend 2022, but some of the year's big movies will still be playing, too!
Nearly five months after Peter Parker messed with the multiverse in SPIDER-MAN: NO WAY HOME, the highly-anticipated DOCTOR STRANGE sequel will push more Marvel heroes towards the untold mysteries and horrors of other dimensions. In Doctor Strange’s triumphant solo film return, he will be uniting with allies like Scarlet Witch, Wong, and newcomer America Chavez in order to fend off all-new foes – including Doctor Strange’s own evil double.
A new adaptation of the classic Stephen King story, FIRESTARTER surrounds a young girl who develops pyrokinesis and is being hunted by a government agency that means to control her and her powers. While the original adaptation of King’s novel starred Drew Barrymore back in 1984, this exciting reboot puts youngster Ryan Kiera Armstrong (IT: CHAPTER 2) in the lead role as Charlene "Charlie" McGee. Her protective father, Andy, is played by the great Zac Efron. Produced by Blumhouse, the film will be the sophomore feature of director Keith Thomas (THE VIGIL) from a script by Scott Teems (HALLOWEEN KILLS).
Crawley: it’s the name on everyone’s tongue. That’s right, Bob’s Burgers isn’t the only TV series getting a feature film adaptation in 2022. In fact, this will be "Downton Abbey"’s second time in theaters. Following 2019’s DOWNTON ABBEY, which saw the Crawley’s hosting the king and queen of England, DOWNTON ABBEY: A NEW ERA will follow "the struggle between modernity and a mystery from the past,", and will see the family dabbling in the American motion picture industry. Actors Hugh Dancy ("Hannibal") and Dominic West (THE AFFAIR) will be added to the cast as a filmmaker and movie star, respectively.
Four years after ANNIHILATION chilled and thrilled with doppelganger goodness, visionary sci-fi director Alex Garland is back with a new horror nightmare. Starring Jessie Buckley (THE LOST DAUGHTER, I’M THINKING OF ENDING THINGS) and co-starring Rory Kinnear (NO TIME TO DIE) and Paapa Essiedu ("I May Destroy You"), this movie remains enigmatic at press time. The first cryptic trailer left much to the imagination, and the scant plot synopsis says only: "A young woman goes on a solo vacation in the English countryside after the death of her ex-husband."
All images courtesy of 20th Century Studios, A24, Focus Features, Marvel Studios, Paramount Pictures, and Universal Pictures.
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