The best movies in cinemas now and coming soon in Australia

Top Gun Maverick

Jessica Taylor Yates

Posted July 07, 2022


From comedies to dramas, action blockbusters, mysteries and rom-coms, here’s a pick of the best upcoming movies showing in a cinema near you.

As the holidays come around, so too does the variety of great films on offer, from big-budget Hollywood offerings to indie darlings and ongoing film festivals year-round. And whether it is a great winter holiday activity or summer break, there is no better entertainment than getting cosy in the movie theatre and catching the latest flicks on the big screen.  

With a range of discounts for RACV members, including $9.00 Movie Mondays at Village and ongoing savings of up to 60 per cent on movie tickets at selected Hoyts, Village, Palace, Event, Moonlight and IMAX cinemas, there’s never been a better time to sit back and enjoy some movie magic.  

Whether you’re looking to laugh, cry, sing or scream, there’s a movie on the silver screen for everyone.  

Here are the best movies showing or coming soon to a cinema near you. 


Movie of the month

Elvis (M)

Release date: June 23, 2022

Starring: Austin Butler, Tom Hanks 

With a 12-minute standing ovation at Cannes and what Priscilla Presley herself calls “beautifully done,” the Elvis biopic is a show-stopping, glittering, hip-thrusting extravaganza of music, soul, romance, and the dark side of showbusiness amongst the backdrop of 1950s America. 

Following Presley’s life from poverty to global stardom, Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis was filmed entirely on the Gold Coast and coincides with the Elvis exhibition showing in Bendigo. Run, don’t walk, hound dogs, for this epic portrayal of the birth of rock and roll like you’ve never seen. 

Fun fact: More than 9,000 costumes were created for the film’s exceptional wardrobe.

 

Elvis Official Trailer | RACV

Blockbuster movies out now and coming soon

Top Gun: Maverick (M)

Release date: May 27, 2022

Starring: Tom Cruise, Miles Teller, Jennifer Connelly

With over a billion dollars in ticket sales and counting, everyone is racing for the chance to see Captain Pete ‘Maverick’ Mitchell (Cruise) back in the cockpit for the sequel to the original Top Gun, which sees the beloved navy aviator train a new group of young pilots. 

Famed for completing his own stunts, Cruise and the gang perform jet-setting aerial stunts and effects that got a standing ovation at its debut at the Cannes Film Festival. 

Fun fact: The film has already become Tom Cruise’s highest-grossing film of all time. 

Jurassic World Dominion (M)

Release date: June 9, 2022

Starring: Chris Pratt, Jeff Goldblum, Laura Dern, Bryce Dallas Howard

The concluding chapter of the modern Jurassic World trilogy, Jurassic World Dominion starts four years after the destruction of the remote Isla Nublar. In this iteration, dinosaurs roam freely, and humans must learn to live and hunt side by side with the creatures on planet Earth. 

Partnering both ‘eras’ of Jurassic World generations, it’s the latest in a string of dinosaur-related activities for dinophiles to enjoy. From fossil hunting to finding prehistoric plants, ‘life finds a way’ to bring dinosaurs into the modern world. 

Fun fact: More than 100 sets were made for the film in three countries: Canada, England and Malta. 

Thor: Love and Thunder (M)

Release date: July 6, 2022

Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Christian Bale

Director of whimsy, humour and action Taika Waititi has done it again. In the fourth instalment of Thor’s standalone series outside the Avengers universe, Thor (Hemsworth) has retired – but not for long. Gorr the God Butcher (Bale) is looking to eradicate the Gods, and so Thor must team up with Valkyrie, Korg and his ex, Jane Foster (Portman) for a cosmic battle like no other. 

Fun fact: Young Thor is played by Chris Hemsworth’s son, Tristan. 

Bullet Train (TBC)

Release date: August 4, 2022

Starring: Brad Pitt, Sandra Bullock

Based on the Japanese novel by Kōtarō Isaka, Bullet Train brings Hollywood heavyweights Brad Pitt and Sandra Bullock back to the big screen in a fast-paced extravaganza set on Japan’s famous Bullet train (the Shinkansen). 

Heading at speeds of 500 km an hour, five assassins find themselves on the same train – and realise their missions may be related. 

It’s an action thriller of high speeds and even higher stakes on this epic ride. 

Fun fact: Brad Pitt allegedly completed 95 per cent of his own stunts. 

 

Thor: Love and Thunder was filmed in Sydney, Australia. Image: ALAMY.
Bullet Train is the latest film from David Leitch, who directed Deadpool 2. Image: ALAMY.
Director Baz Luhrmann spent months at Elvis' home, 'Graceland' in Tennessee, preparing for the film. Image: ALAMY.

Kids movies out now and coming soon

Lightyear (PG)

Release date: June 16, 2022

Starring: Chris Evans

In a spin-off from the global phenomenon Toy Story, Lightyear focuses on the hero that the ‘Buzz Lightyear’ toy was based on.  

In this intergalactic origin story, Space Ranger Buzz Lightyear and his team look to escape their enemies as they look to travel ‘to infinity and beyond’. 

Fun fact: Keep an eye and ear out for references to classic sci-fi films, including Star Trek, Star Wars, Alien and Thunderbirds. 

Minions: The Rise of Gru (PG)

Release date: June 23, 2022 

Starring: Pierre Coffin, Steve Carell

Minions: The Rise of Gru takes us back to the beginning of the Despicable Me universe, where a young Gru is growing up in the 1970s as he aims to makes his way to the top of the villain food chain - with loyal minions once and for all. 

As the most successful animated franchise of all time, there are laughs for both kids and adults alike as Gru and his Minions grow to become ‘the world’s most despicable team.’ 

Fun fact: During promotion, the film had a release of limited-edition products, including action figures, LEGO, video games and even a specialised menu at an American pancake chain.  

Indie movies out now

Everything Everywhere All At Once (MA)

Release date: April 14, 2022

Starring: Michelle Yeoh, Stephanie Hsu, Ke Huy Quan, Jamie Lee Curtis

What is the movie about? It’s everything. It’s everywhere. And it’s all at once. Part action, part fantasy and part comedy-drama, you’ll need to concentrate during this one, but it’s worth it - hotdog fingers, giant donuts and all. 

Lauded by critics and fans alike, the film centres on Evelyn (Yeoh), a down-on-her-luck woman who is drawn into a battle of the multiverse. Newfound powers allow her to travel through time and explore all the other versions of herself and those around her in these alternate realities. It’s a race against time to save the universe and her family whilst experiencing everything everywhere all at once. 

Fun fact: One alternate reality sees Evelyn as a movie star, where real footage of Michelle Yeoh on the red carpet is used in a wink to yet another universe. 

The Phantom of the Open (PG)

Release date: July 7, 2022

Starring: Mark Rylance, Sally Hawkins

Based on a true story, Maurice Flitcroft (Rylance) is a crane operator in 1970s Britain. Putting his dreams on hold to raise his family, he decides to enter the 1976 Open of Golf - despite never having played a round. 

Uplifting, funny and moving, it’s a fun-loving film about doing your best, having a laugh and giving life your best shot.

Fun fact: One of Flitcroft’s real-life sons appears as an extra who cheers Maurice on at his tournament. 

Good Luck to You, Leo Grande (M)

Release date: August 18, 2022

Starring: Emma Thompson, Daryl McCormack

In this feel-good British rom-com, Thompson stars as Nancy Stokes, a widower who has recently retired and is craving human connection and intimacy. 

Enter Leo Grande, a young escort who provides her with everything she didn’t know she was missing. 

Fun fact: The whole film was filmed in less than three weeks in total. 

 

 

As it is set in the 1970s, the soundtrack for Minions: The Rise of Gru consists of modern artists covering hits from the decade. Image: ALAMY.
Where The Crawdads Sing is the latest film adaptation to be produced by Reese Witherspoon's Hello Sunshine production company. Image: ALAMY.

Mystery / Thriller movies out now and coming soon

Murder Party (TBC)

Release date: July 21, 2022

Starring: Alice Pol, Pablo Pauly

While it first hit cinemas earlier this year as part of the French film festival, Murder Party is for fans of Knives Out and anyone who enjoys a good old-fashioned whodunnit. 

The French mystery-comedy focuses on Jeanne (Pol), an architect who is assigned to renovate a glorious mansion owned by the head of a board game empire. However, when he is found dead, the architect becomes a detective as she needs to investigate which member of his eccentric family might be guilty of murder. 

Fun fact: The film is a take on the popular board game Cluedo – so it’s up to you to decide if it was Professor Plum with the rope or Colonel Mustard with the candlestick!

Where The Crawdads Sing (M)

Release date: July 28, 2022

Starring: Daisy Edgar-Jones

Known as ‘the Marsh girl,’ Kya is a young woman who was abandoned in the 1950s and raised herself in the marshes of Barkley Cove, the forests of North Carolina. 

When the body of a former flame is found, Kya becomes a major suspect in his murder. 

Fun fact: The film is based on the best-selling novel by Delia Owens and is produced by actress Reese Witherspoon. 

Nope (R)

Release date: August 4, 2022

Starring: Keke Palmer, Daniel Kaluuya, Steven Yuen

From director Jordan Peele (Get Out, Us), comes his latest take on the horror-meets-thriller genre, Nope. 

The film focuses on the owners of a horse-training ranch (Palmer and Kaluuya) in California, who are threatened by a supernatural force of epic proportions. 

Fun fact: The film was partially shot on film for IMAX, supplying a larger picture and greater viewing experience. 

Beast (MA)

Release date: August 25, 2022

Starring: Idris Elba

Beast centres on Dr. Nate Daniels (Elba), who heads on a holiday gone wrong when he and his teenage daughters are hunted by a lion in the wilds of South Africa. 

Part thriller, part horror, the story of man vs. beast is a survival story of epic proportions, showing what one man will do to protect his family.  

Fun fact: To stay true to the script, the film was shot in the wilds of South Africa. 

 

The Melbourne International Film Festival will begin in August, so keep your eyes peeled for the program and the latest releases hitting screens around the city.