A new year is upon is, which means we have a whole new year of films to look forward to! I’ve already round up my favorite movie moments and favorite films of 2014, and now it’s time to look at the year ahead and plot out the movies I’m most looking forward to in 2015.
10. Jurassic World (June 12)
2015 will be the year of nostalgia, as several iconic film franchises (including Mad Max, Terminator, Cinderella, The Transporter, Poltergeist, Point Break, Fantastic Four, The Jungle Book, Peanuts, Friday the 13th, Mission: Impossible, and of course Star Wars) are getting sequels and reboots throughout the year. Only time will tell if audiences respond well to these films, or if the blockbuster bubble will finally burst.
One such film I’m most looking forward to is Jurassic World, the upcoming sequel/relaunch of the iconic dinosaur adventure franchise. The Lost World: Jurassic Park and Jurassic Park 3 may have been disappointments, but I have a lot of faith in director Colin Trevorrow after his great debut film Safety Not Guaranteed, and have liked what I’ve seen and heard of the film so far. Like many, I adore the first Jurassic Park film, and am excited for the giant wooden doors to swing back open and for the dinosaurs to rule the big screen once more.
Watch the trailer here.
9. Chappie (March 6)
I am a huge fan of Neil Blomkamp’s directorial debut, District 9, and consider it one of the greatest science fiction films ever made. He didn’t quite stick the same landing with his 2013 follow-up, Elysium, but that hasn’t put me off his next project, Chappie.
Chappie has been described as more of a comedy than his past two films, but it still employs Blomkamp’s signature style and once again stars Sharlto Copley, this time as a robot who’s adopted by a couple of criminals. In a year chock full of familiar franchises and properties, it’s refreshing to see a director continue to make films based on original concepts.
Watch the trailer here.
8. Furious 7 (April 3)
Few (if any) could have predicted how successful and fun the Fast and Furious franchise would become when it first started back in 2001. Fast-forward fourteen years and six installments, and the series has become Universal’s most popular franchise of all time, and an surprising hit with critics as well.
The films have successfully raised the bar with each and every coming installment, and never take their wacky and over-the-top premise for granted, delivering an incredibly fun theatrical experience time and time again.
Watch the trailer here.
7. The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (August 14)
I have one reason for being excited about The Man From U.N.C.L.E.: it’s directed by Guy Ritchie. I’m a huge fan of Ritchie’s past work, namely Snatch and Sherlock Holmes, and will see The Man From U.N.C.L.E. based on that criteria alone. Add the fact that its a Cold War-set spy thriller starring Henry Cavill (Man of Steel) and Armie Hammer, and I’m there.
6. Spectre (November 6)
After the glorious installment that was Skyfall, I absolutely cannot wait to see what director Sam Mendes has planned for James Bond this time around in Spectre. Daniel Craig is surrounded yet again by a fantastic cast, including Christoph Waltz, Lea Seydoux, Monica Bellucci and returning players Ralph FIennes, Naomie Harris and Ben Whishaw, and is set to go up against one of the most famous organizations in the Bond franchise. Bring. It. On.5. Inside Out (June 19) As a tremendous fan of Pixar, I couldn’t be more excited about the two films they have planned for 2014. The first out the gate, Inside Out, comes from Up and Monsters Inc. director Pete Docter, and looks delightfully fun and original. Many may criticize the studio for their last few films, but I sense a big renaissance coming, and it starts here. Watch the trailer here. 4. The Good Dinosaur (November 25) 2015 marks the first year we’ll be getting two Pixar films. How awesome is that?! The Good Dinosaur was supposed to come out last year but was delayed after some production woes, but the gears are back in motion and all systems are go for a November release. We have yet to see anything but concept art for the film, but the fact that it’s a Pixar film about dinosaurs puts it slightly above Inside Out on my most-anticipated list. 3. The Martian (November 25) It looks like I’ll be turning November 25 into a double feature, as Ridley Scott’s new film, The Martian, hits theaters the same day as The Good Dinosaur. Based on the book of the same name by Andy Weir, The Martian stars Matt Damon as an astronaut stranded on Mars after he and his crew are forced to abandon their mission during a terrible dust storm. He must then find a way to survive until the next planned mission – four years from now – with no way to contact Earth and a single year’s supply of food. The Martian was one of the best books I read in 2014, and I couldn’t be more excited about it getting a film adaptation. I’m a bit nervous about having Ridley Scott at the helm, as he hasn’t made a great film in quite some time, but with Weir’s story as his guide and a cast that includes Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Kate Mara, Michael Pena, Jeff Daniels, Donald Glover, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Sebastian Stan, and Sean Bean, he’s got the tools at his disposal to make a memorable science fiction tale. 2. Tomorrowland (May 22)