And the 2022 Braddies go to … Peter Bradshaw’s film picks of the year
While the Guardian’s Top 50 countdown, as voted for by the whole film team, announces its No 1 today, here are our chief critic’s personal choices, in no particular order
Read the US Top 50 movies of 2022
Read the UK Top 50 films of 2022
More of the best culture of 2022
It is time once again for me to unveil the Braddies – my strictly personal awards (distinct from the film section’s collegiate best of the year selection) for the calendar year.
This time last year, I somewhat naively said that the industry was emerging from its pandemic woes. And in fact, there was some optimistic talk this year about the industry resuming its pre-pandemic annual turnstile target of 200m admissions. Big films such as Doctor Strange and particularly Tom Cruise’s barnstorming blockbuster Top Gun: Maverick filled cinemas to bursting. (A cinema manager told me excitedly: “Why on earth should we schedule anything else when Top Gun will always pack out our venue?”)