A bunch of newmovies fall from the bottom every year. While most evoke the Christmas cheer you’re looking for, they’re not necessarily attention-grabbing tales.
Luckily, a handful fills the docket for the new Christmas movie that deserves to be added to your crowded watchlist. Let’s review the best of 2022.
The best new Christmas movies of 2022
Ryan Reynolds and Will Ferrell make an odd couple in this reimagining of – you guessed it – A Christmas Carol. Ferrell is the ghost of the Christmas present, but instead of showing Reynolds’ Scrooge the error of his ways, it’s Present who must re-examine his own past, present, and future. Expect big musical numbers and the joy you’ve been looking for with this handy bite of Christmas candy. The film is also getting a limited release in theaters starting November 11.
Also known as A Christmas Story 3, this trio arrives a decade after the previous film in the Parker family franchise. It all started in 1983 with the classic holiday comedy A Christmas Story, after Ralphie remembered his family Christmas. This follow-up, 30 years later and set in the mid-’70s, sees an adult Ralphie return to his old home in Indiana, where his mother convinces him to rekindle a magical Christmas of yore.
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While not strictly a Christmas movie, Disenchanted is a no-brainer to watch during the silly season. It uses the genius idea of turning the pure and loving Giselle into an evil stepmother – technically, she became a stepmother in 2007’s Enchanted. This sequel brings back Amy Adams, Patrick Dempsey, James Marsden and Idina Menzel, and adds Maya Rudolph.
Strange World (November 23 in theaters, Disney Plus TBA release)
This rare pure sci-fi Disney adventure could be coming to Disney Plus just in time for Christmas. Strange World follows a family of explorers who travel through a world crawling with monsters. There, they investigate the cause of a dying plant, while massaging some family differences along the way. If Strange World follows the same pattern as Encanto, it could arrive on Disney Plus 30 days after its theatrical release – just in time for Christmas.
Violent Night (December 2 in theaters)
Not all Christmas tales are bloodless. This dark comedic action flick stars David Harbor as an action hero, Santa Claus, who steps in to save the day when a group of mercenaries raid the estate of a wealthy family.
Yes, it’s another adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, but this one stands out for its star-studded voice cast, including Jessie Buckley, Olivia Colman, Luke Evans and Jonathan Pryce. Netflix says it’s a “supernatural, time-traveling musical adaptation.” A good one for kids, that’s for sure.
Netflix’s Christmas Day deal doesn’t take place over Christmas, but it has everything you could ask for in a Christmas movie. Matilda the Musical by Roald Dahl is based on Tim Minchin’s hit musical. Fill your living room with barnstorming tunes and the classic tale of a young girl (Alisha Weir) using her magical imagination to outsmart an evil headmistress (Emma Thompson). The film will also have a limited release in theaters starting December 9.
Movies coming in 2022 from Marvel, Netflix, DC and more
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