The 10 Most Anticipated Movies and Series Coming in August 2022
The 10 Most Anticipated Movies and Series Coming, House of the Dragon, She-Hulk: Attorney at Law, The Sandman, Prey, Bullet Train, Orphan: First Kill, Three Thousand Years of Longing, Samaritan, Bodies, Bodies, Bodies, Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero
“House of the Dragon” | Series Premieres on Sunday, Aug. 21 on HBO Max #1
Plot: Set 200 years before the events of “Game of Thrones,” this prequel series tells the story of House Targaryen, when the family was in full power in Westeros. Most Anticipated Movies
Our Take: If you’ve spent the last two years retconning the final season of “Game of Thrones,” maybe this prequel series — which beat out four other projects in development in the frenzy to expand the “GoT” universe — will right any wrongs. We’re ready to go back to the time when the Lord of the Seven Kingdoms, King Viserys I Targaryen (Patty Considine), sees his House split in two over succession, leading to a civil war. We love the cast, which includes Olivia Cooke, Sonoya Mizuno, Matt Smith, Emma D’Arcy, Rhys Ifans, and a handful more people who are about to become way more famous. — Arno
“She-Hulk: Attorney at Law” | Series Premieres on Thursday, Aug. 18 on Disney Plus #2
Plot: Jennifer Walters navigates the complicated life of a single, 30-something attorney who also happens to be a green 6-foot-7-inch superpowered Hulk. Most Anticipated Movies
Our Take: Emmy Award-winner Tatiana Maslany (“Orphan Black”) joins the MCU as Bruce Banner’s cousin, Jennifer Walters — a mean, green, law-practicing machine, who flexes her muscles in and out of the courtroom with help from lots of CGI. The ten-episode comedic series brings back Mark Ruffalo as Banner and Tim Roth as Abomination (who first appeared in 2008’s The Incredible Hulk), but we’re especially looking forward to seeing Jameela Jamil step into the shoes of She-Hulk’s rival, Titania, who we finally got the tiniest glimpse of in the new Comic-Con trailer. — Hannah Most Anticipated Movies
“The Sandman” | Series Premieres on Friday, Aug. 5 on Netflix #3
Plot: After years of imprisonment, Morpheus — the King of Dreams — embarks on a journey across worlds to find what was stolen from him and restore his power. Most Anticipated Movies
Our Take: After 30 years of development limbo, Neil Gaiman’s groundbreaking comic book series is finally coming to our screens. The story will be getting a modern update (jumping from 1989 to 2021) and the first season will explore how Dream/Morpheus/Sandman ends up in our world. We’re already blown away by our first look at Tom Sturridge embodying the Lord of Dreams, and can’t wait to see the rest of the stellar cast including the gender-swapped take on Lucifer portrayed by “Game of Thrones” favorite Gwendoline Christie, and “Why Women Kill” star Kirby Howell-Baptiste as Death.
Prey | Premieres on Friday, Aug. 5 on Hulu #4
Plot: Set in the Comanche Nation 300 years ago, Naru, a skilled female warrior, fights to protect her tribe against one of the first highly-evolved Predators to land on Earth. Most Anticipated Movies
Our Take: Director Dan Trachtenberg (10 Cloverfield Lane) sets his three-dot targeting system on the Predator franchise with an origin story that tips its hat to Alien with its focus on a singular heroine. Star Amber Midthunder has a legion of fans from her time on “Legion” and “Roswell, New Mexico,” and from what we’ve heard, she is a worthy successor (or predecessor) to Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Dutch. — Arno
Bullet Train | Premieres on Friday, Aug. 5 in Theaters #5
Plot: While aboard the world’s fastest train for his latest mission, an assassin known as Ladybug (Brad Pitt) quickly realizes he’s on a collision course with lethal adversaries from around the globe — all with connected, yet conflicting, objectives.
Our Take: Can the still-spry Brad Pitt breathe life back into the box office this summer? For the latest action movie from stunt coordinator turned director David Leitch (Deadpool 2), Pitt faces off against an appealing group of killers —Zazie Beetz, Joey King, a somewhat unrecognizable Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Brian Tyree Henry, Andrew Koji, and Bad Bunny. Sandra Bullock plays Pitt’s contact/handler, though something tells us there’s more to her role. And can you even deal with the thought of Michael Shannon playing the head of a criminal empire? — Arno Most Anticipated Movies
Orphan: First Kill | Premieres on Friday, Aug. 19 in Theaters and on Paramount Plus #6
Plot: After orchestrating a brilliant escape from an Estonian psychiatric facility, Esther travels to America by impersonating the missing daughter of a wealthy family. Most Anticipated Movies
Our Take: Isabelle Fuhrman reprises her role as Esther, a homicidal young lady with a secret, in Orphan: First Kill. This prequel sees the maniacal villain posing as a missing child before systematically taking down anyone who begins to suspect her true identity. Among her adversaries are Hiro Kanagawa as the detective who reunites Ester with her “family” and Julia Stiles as the mother of the missing girl. Director William Brent Bell seems well suited to helm this release, as his previous work on films like The Boy make him something of an expert in the “unassuming baddies” sub genre. — Adrienne
Three Thousand Years of Longing | Premieres on Wednesday, Aug. 31 in Theaters #7
Plot: On a trip to Istanbul, a lonely scholar (Tilda Swinton) discovers a Djinn (Idris Elba) who offers her three wishes in exchange for his freedom in this fantasy film from director George Miller. Most Anticipated Movies
Our Take: This new film from legendary director George Miller puts a fun twist on the old adage “Be careful what you wish for.” Tilda Swinton plays Alithea, a scholar who accidentally uncovers a Djinn (Idris Elba) in a bottle after returning from a trip to Istanbul. Rather than jumping at the chance to claim her three wishes, Alithea is more skeptical than awestruck. After all, history is full of stories about the dangers of wish fulfillment … We’re interested to see Miller’s distinct directorial style applied to a sweeping romantic fantasy. If the 6-minute standing ovation at Cannes is any indication, we’re going to be hooked. — Adrienne
“Samaritan” | Series Premieres on Friday, Aug. 26 on Prime Video #8
Plot: Twenty years ago in Granite City, a super-powered vigilante known as Samaritan (Sylvester Stallone) was reported dead after a battle with his rival, Nemesis (Pilou Asbæk). In the present day, with crime on the rise, a teenager who suspects that his reclusive neighbor is the legend hiding in plain sight coaxes Samaritan out of hiding to save his city from ruin.
Our Take: Are you ready for the next Sylvester Stallone renaissance? Because this action movie from Overlord director Julius Avery has been quietly building anticipation since footage from the movie surfaced back in 2021. Stallone is also getting early attention for the mobster series “Tulsa King” from creator Taylor Sheridan, which is due this November on Paramount Plus. — Arno Most Anticipated Movies
Bodies, Bodies, Bodies | Premieres on Friday, Aug. 5 in Theaters #9
Plot: A party game turns deadly as a group of rich 20-somethings throw a hurricane party at a remote family mansion.
Our Take: Is this a horror-comedy for Generation “Euphoria”? With a cast that includes Pete Davidson, Amandla Stenberg, Borat’s daughter Maria Bakalova, and a handful of other appealing young people, A24 could have another breakout hit in store for the summer box office. — Arno Most Anticipated Movies
Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero | Premieres on Thursday, Aug. 18 in Theaters #10
Plot: The Red Ribbon Army from Goku’s past has returned with two new androids to challenge him and his friends.
Our Take: If you haven’t been counting down the days till the release of Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero, then there’s a good chance you haven’t heard of it. If you’re in the latter bucket, the “Dragon Ball” franchise is one of Japan’s biggest IP exports, and Super Hero marks the 21st feature film in the franchise. While that may seem overwhelming to newbies, the latest film throws back to the early anime days and is accessible to those with little or no experience with the franchise. — James Most Anticipated Movies