Get ready for one of the most promising movie years ever! (NOTE: all release dates subject the change):
The Force Awakens in the Star Wars universe on December 18 as J.J. Abrams (Star Trek, Mission Impossible III) takes the helm for Episode VII. Other sci-fi releases will include the delayed Jupiter Ascending (Feb. 6), Chappie (March 6), Project Almanac, Ex Machina, Self/Less, Midnight Special (Nov. 25), The Martian, and Pixels (July 24) where video game experts must help fight video game characters who’ve attacked New York.
The amazing amount of high profile sequels continue with The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 (Nov. 20), Ted 2 (June 26), Pitch Perfect 2 (May 15), Mad Max: Fury Road (May 15), Jurassic World (June 23), Terminator Genisys (July 1), Maze Runner: The Scorch Trails (Sept. 18), Taken 3 (Jan. 9), The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, The Transporter Legacy, London Has Fallen (Oct. 2), Vacation (Oct. 9), Hotel Transylvania 2 (Sept. 25), and Mission Impossible 5. Minions (July 10) shows the origins of the fun yellow creatures from the Despicable Me animated comedy film series while Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Green Legend that will be the first feature film to release simultaneously on Netflix and IMAX theaters on Aug. 28.
Set in a futuristic Chicago, The Divergent Series: Insurgent (March 20) builds on the initiating Divergent action-adventure fantasy on March 20 which will be followed by Allegiant Part 1 (2016) and Part 2 (2017). Vin Diesel doubles down with Furious 7 (April 3) and The Last Witch Hunter (Oct. 23) while Kevin Costner continues cranking out multiple releases with Criminal (August 21) with Tommy Lee Jones and Gary Oldman, family drama Black or White and McFarland, USA (Feb. 20) where he stars as a cross country coach.
Comedies hoping for big laughs include The Wedding Ringer (Jan. 16), Get Hard (March 27), Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 (April 17), Trainwreck (July 17), Mortdecai (Jan. 23) and Don’t Mess With Texas (May 8) starring Reese Witherspoon/Sofia Vergara. Acme reboots the Warner Brothers’ Looney Tunes cartoon crew on Oct. 30. More animated features will include Alvin and the Chipmunks 4 (Dec. 23), Home (March 27), The Good Dinosaur (Nov. 25), Monster Trucks (May 29), The Peanuts Movie (Nov. 6), and the latest from Disney & Pixar Inside Out (June 19).
Suspense will be high in Blackhat (Jan. 16) and Child 44, based on the first novel in author Tom Rob Smith’s best-selling trilogy, starring Tom Hardy, Gary Oldman, and Noomi Rapace releasing on April 17. Spy-related films like the Melissa McCarthy-Jason Statham action comedy Spy, Grimsby (July 31), Kingsmen: The Secret Service (Feb. 13) and the next James Bond film Spectre (Nov. 6) will be a big theme next year.
Audiences will revisit familiar franchises in Pan (July 24), Goosebumps (Aug. 7), Disney’s The Jungle Book (Oct. 9), and The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (Aug. 14) starring Henry Cavill, Armie Hammer, and Hugh Grant.
Superheroes won’t be in short supply with Ant-Man (July 17), Fantastic Four (August 7), and Avengers: Age of Ultron (May 1). Disneynature’s annual Earth Day documentary will be Monkey Kingdom (April 17) while the live action Cinderella (March 13) stars Cate Blanchett as the stepmother and rising star Lily James. Disney will also take audiences to Tomorrowland on May 22 with George Clooney, newcomer Britt Robertson, and Hugh Laurie starring.
Director Robert Zemeckis and star Joseph Gordon-Levitt take The Walk on October 2 based on Philippe Petit’s attempt to cross the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in 1974. Tom Hanks and director Steven Speilberg team up again for a Cold War spy thriller on October 16.
The earthquake disaster movie San Andreas (May 29) stars Dwayne Johnson as a helicopter pilot searching for his daughter amid the chaos while A Little Chaos (March 27) stars Kate Winslet as the landscape-gardnener creating the grand gardens at Versaillers with Alan Rickman co-starring and directing.
In the drama romance The Age of Adaline (April 24), Blake Lively stars as a beautiful woman who miraculously stops aging at 29 finally finds true love eight decades later. Harrison Ford, Kathy Baker and Ellen Burstyn also star. More holiday Joy will come on December 25 as director/writer/filmmaker David O. Russell reassembles Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper, and Robert De Niro for an inspiring story about a single mom who transforms into a successful entrepreneur. Max (August 21) tells the tale of a heroic dog that assists U.S. soldiers while Ricki and the Flash (June 26) features Meryl Streep and Kevin Kline in this drama about an aging rock star trying to reconnect with family. Upcoming epic dramas include the Russell Crowe headliner The Water Diviner (April 24) and In the Hearts of the Sea (March 13).
Hope you have a great 2015!