January 2022 Australian cinema releases: Five films you need to see

New year.  New cinema.

2022 is here (can you even believe?) and the multiplexes are doing their darndest to make you forget what’s going on in the real world with a heft of escapism entertainment.

Between a killer sequel, A-list horror, Oscar bait dramas, and female-fronted action, the first taste of the new year promises to satiate many an appetite for the year to come.

House of Gucci (January 1st)

A designer name worth dying for, House of Gucci tells the salacious tale of a family’s legacy and the one woman who brought it to its knees.  Ridley Scott exercises no subtlety and an abundance of spectacle as he directs Adam Driver, Lady Gaga, Jeremy Irons, Al Pacino and a wild Jared Leto in this true-to-life thriller that plays out like a coked-up Dynasty.

Red Rocket (January 6th)

From the director of The Florida Project, Red Rocket is a darkly funny, deliberately uncomfortable comedy starring a career-redefining Simon Rex as a hustler trying to reshape “the American dream”.

Scream (January 13th)

“What’s your favourite scary movie?”… stop me if you’ve heard this before.

Looking to break all the rules we’ve come to expect from the resilient slasher series, Scream is reinventing itself for a new generation.  Original series stars David Arquette, Neve Campbell and Courteney Cox return for a killer new mystery that looks to play on the classic horror trope of the killer “always being someone you know”.

The 355 (January 13th)

From the writer of Mr. and Mrs. Smith, The 355 is a star-studded action event that brings together some of the finest actresses from across the globe.  Jessica Chastain, Penelope Cruz, Lupita Nyong’o, Diane Kruger, and Bingbing Fan align as a top-secret select of agents from the CIA and MI6, joining forces to track a top-secret weapon that has fallen into the wrong hands.

Nightmare Alley (January 20th)

Do we need to say anything more than Bradley Cooper, Cate Blanchett, Toni Collette and Willem Dafoe in a gothic horror film directed by Guillermo del Toro? No? Didn’t think so.

Also released in January:
1st January
Ghostbusters: Afterlife
6th January
The King’s Man, The Addams Family 2
13th January
King Richard, Gold
20th January
27th January
The Eyes of Tammy Faye, Morbius

Peter Gray

Film critic with a penchant for Dwayne Johnson, Jason Momoa, Michelle Pfeiffer and horror movies, harbouring the desire to be a face of entertainment news.