As the new year beckons, we're looking back at the highlights from 2022. It was a truly amazing year for Cineworld Unlimited members with a host of diverse preview screenings, ranging from multiversal madness to hilarious romcoms.
We've curated some of our favourite reactions from some of the year's biggest Unlimited screenings. Scroll down to find out what they are.
1. Belfast Secret Unlimited Screening
Kenneth Branagh's Oscar-winning ode to his Northern Irish upbringing proved to be a stirring hit with Cineworlders.
Avantika confessed to being stunned by newcomer Jude Hill's performance.
#secretscreening at @cineworld tonight was @BelfastMovie - got to see it over 2 weeks early thanks to #CineworldUnlimited - what a beautiful, poignant film - everyone was brilliant but wee #JudeHill was an absolute star! Definitely a good choice for the first film for 2022— Avantika (@maryjanesdesk) January 5, 2022
2. Parallel Mothers
Celebrated Spanish director Pedro Almodovar intertwines the personal and the political across two timelines in this visually rapturous melodrama.
Longtime Almodovar fan Paul Shotton confessed to being dazzled by the film.
Brilliant film. I’ve been a huge fan of Almodóvar since I saw Live Flesh and All About My Mother in the late 90s and this film continues that fine tradition, with Cruz being especially on top form. Highly recommended. 😃— Paul Shotton (@PlexShaw) January 20, 2022
3. The Phantom of the Open
Mark Rylance is on rousing form as 'the world's worst golfer' Maurice Flitcroft in this endearing adaptation of an unlikely true story.
Jess Kebbell encourages those who haven't heard of Flitcroft to seek out the movie ASAP.
Loved it! It was funny, heartfelt and very charming. Hadn’t heard of Maurice Flitcroft before this, but his life is definitely something I think everyone should know about! Would highly recommend people go and see the film.— Jess Kebbell (@JessKebbell) March 7, 2022
4. Everything Everywhere All At Once
This dazzling multiversal treat was both a showcase for the tremendous Michelle Yeoh and an astonishing demonstration of the imagination that can be achieved on a low budget.
Jack Rafferty lauded it as one of the most original movies he'd ever seen.
My word, #EverythingEverywhereAllAtOnce was one of the craziest, most incredible, life affirming films I’ve ever seen. Properly hilarious and not scared to be completely bloody daft, but so well made. I loved it so much. #EverythingEverywhere @cineworld pic.twitter.com/zA2M5GIkAp— Jack Rafferty (@JackRaff) May 10, 2022
5. Where the Crawdads Sing
Daisy Edgar-Jones cemented her position as a rising star in this atmospheric adaptation of Delia Owens' bestselling novel.
Katie Samuel was a huge fan of Edgar-Jones' performance as the mysterious marsh girl Kya.
Really enjoyed it. Haven’t read the book so couldn’t comment on how accurate it was - but as a stand-alone film I thought it was very good. @DaisyEdgarJones was exceptional, rest of the cast were also amazing. Great #UnlimitedScreening.— Katie Samuel (@KatieSamuel) July 19, 2022
6. Bodies Bodies Bodies
Indie movie maestros A24 had another hit on their hands with this sly and scary takedown of the TikTok generation, filtering it through the prism of an Agatha Christie-style murder mystery.
George Clark declared the movie another winner from the increasingly impressive A24 stable.
#BodiesX3 is the definition of why you shouldn’t jump to conclusions…it’s a blast from start to finish with fun performances and a genuinely brilliant screenplay. One of the best “who done it’s” in recent memory! @A24 are having quite the year! pic.twitter.com/L2jujPF48e— George Clark (@GeorgeAlexClark) August 23, 2022
7. The Woman King
Oscar winner Viola Davis is on typically commanding form as Dahomey tribal leader General Nanisca in this full-blooded and fascinating take on a tumultuous period in African history.
Emma raved about the movie, saying it was an all-round triumph from the period design to the performances.
Everything about #TheWomanKing worked for me. The cast excelled in every scene, with Davis, Atim and Lynch giving powerful performances. Camera work to singing, there wasn’t anything that didn’t help build the story and atmosphere, a must see when it’s on general release.— Emma @ the Movies (@EmmaAtTheMovies) September 20, 2022
One of this year's biggest sleeper hits, Smile spins a genuinely terrifying series of events from the deceptively simple image of a curse that causes people to grin inordinately.
Daniel believed that, for once, this was a movie that lived up to its compelling trailer.
Very enjoyable, just like the trailer it had me interested, the film instantly had me hooked and exceeded my expectations completely. A must watch for anyone into this genre of film it will definitely not disappoint.— Daniel (@iiBainzyy) September 26, 2022
Billy Eichner writes and stars in this sweet and perceptive story of a gay single New Yorker who stumbles across Mr. Right when he's least expecting to.
Bench Smith praised the movie as a refreshingly honest and relatable addition to the rom-com genre.
A hilariously funny yet brutally honest film and told in such a real and relatable way. I laughed, cried, gasped and laughed lots more. #loveisloveislove #loveisuniversal #lovenotlove #lgbtq+ #BrosMovie @UniversalPics— bench smith (@benchsmith) October 18, 2022
That's our round-up of the dazzling movies we brought to Unlimited audiences in 2022. So, what will 2023 bring?
Well, we're getting things started on an exciting note with five Unlimited screenings in January, beginning with the moving and impassioned Till. Click here to discover our Cineworld Unlimited screenings in January.
Already an Unlimited member? Happy days – you can soak up all of the Unlimited screenings at the start of the new year.
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