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CinemaCon 2022: Universal Pictures, Focus Features

Universal Pictures paid tribute to the theater workers by having them join the stars. Jordan Peele with a Baltimore theater owner presented Nope, due out July 22. This new trailer offers a little bit more info to an interesting mystery as it looks like aliens are afoot at a ranch. Jamie Lee Curtis complete with a “fuck the bit” attitude brings out 19-year-old twins from San Antonio for a first look at Halloween Ends, the last (?) chapter in the trilogy by David Gordon Green.

Allison Williams and Valerie Lucas, operations manager from Oakdale, MN, shows off Megan. Set for January 13, 2023, producers Jason Blum and James Wan team for this story about a freaky robot who kills to protect. Apparently Asimov’s Three Laws of Robotics doesn’t apply. Idris Elba stars in Beast, as a widowed father protects his children in the wilds of Africa from lions on the loose. Looks to deliver some scary jungle action/horror.

Star Jo Koy and a young lady from Regal’s LA Live presents Easter Sunday, a Filipino family comedy. Koy revealed Spielberg saw his Netflix special. They met and got movie made. What looks like a fun film that all families can identify with is skipping the obvious Easter weekend and rather releasing it on August 5.

Set for January 27, 2023, The Last Voyage of the Demeter sounds so fascinating it’s surprising it taken this long to get made. Based on a chapter from Bram Stoker’s Dracula, this film tells of the Count’s passage across the ocean. Vampire on a boat sounds worse than snakes on a plane. ,

Steve Carrell was on hand for Minions: The Rise of the Gru, which is coming July 14. This exclusive look shows Minions Airlines in action. Billy Eichner stars in Bros, the first major studio gay rom-com and features an all openly gay cast. The trailer is amusing but will middle America be ready by September 30?

Ticket to Paradise stars George Clooney and Julia Roberts, as a formerly married couple of 25 years who unite to stop the wedding of their daughter. Coming to theaters on October 21. She Said stars Zoe Kazan and Carrie Mulligan as New York Times reporters Jody Kantor and Megan Twohy who broke the story about Harvey Weinstein’s abuses, which helped lead his downfall. It is set for release on November 18.

Focus Features celebrates their 20th year with a wide variety of titles.

B.J. Novak is a triple threat directing himself in the black comedy Vengeance from a script he wrote. Out July 29. Spoiler Alert is based on Michael Aussiello memoir’s Spoiler Alert: The Hero Dies about the loss of his partner to cancer. Jim Parsons plays Aussiello and Sally Fields plays his mother in law. Woody Harrelson coaches a Special Olympics basketball team in Champions.

Based on a novel, Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris tells the story of a maid who follows her dreams after she receives a large payment for being a war widow. Lesley Manville stars. Dubbed a “first glimpse” rather a than a “trailer,” the audience got to see something from Armageddon Time, an autobiographical coming-of-age story about James Gray pursuing the American Dream. Set for a fall release, the film stars Anthony Hopkins, Anne Hathway, and Jeremy Strong.

After a 16-year absence, writer/director Todd Field returns with Tar, a film featuring Cate Blanchett as a famed conductor working in Germany. It is hitting theaters on October 7. After just a three-year absence, the Downton Abbey gang make their return in a film subtitled, A New Era. Members of the Crawley family and staff leave the estate when Violet Crawley (Maggie Smith) mysteriously inherits a villa in Southern France as seen in the trailer.

The folks behind John Wick and Nobody deliver a Christmas movie in Violent Night, out December 2. When a rich family is taken hostage, Santa Claus shows up and unleashes his John McClane.

Jeff Goldblum and Bryce Dallas Howard came out to close the presentation with one of Universal’s most anticipated films of the year, Jurassic World: Dominion. Set for release on June 10, the footage shown reveals the new and old casts uniting after the dinosaur Blue has a baby that is captured by nefarious individuals.

About Gordon S. Miller

Gordon S. Miller is the artist formerly known as El Bicho, the nom de plume he used when he first began reviewing movies online for The Masked Movie Snobs in 2003. Before the year was out, he became that site's publisher. Over the years, he has also contributed to a number of other sites as a writer and editor, such as FilmRadar, Film School Rejects, High Def Digest, and Blogcritics. He is the Founder and Publisher of Cinema Sentries. Some of his random thoughts can be found at twitter.com/GordonMiller_CS

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