In chronological order, by release date:
Release Date: February 6, 2015
The Wachowskis’ Jupiter Ascending was originally schedule to open in 2014 but production issues forced it to be pushed back to February 2015. Financially, it’s a bad sign. But we love hard sci-fi and, considering the 6-month delay, we’re interested to see the special effects. Plus, it’s entirely original, whereas 2015 is full of reboots, remakes, and sequels. Jupiter Ascending stars Mila Kunis, Channing Tatum, Sean Bean, Eddie Redmayne, Douglas Booth, Doona Bae, and Gugu Mbatha-Raw.
Kingsman: The Secret Service
Release Date: February 12, 2015
The trailer was pretty entertaining, we love Colin Firth and Samuel L. Jackson, and spy gadgets are always neat. “A veteran spy (Colin Firth) of a super-secret organization recruits an unrefined but promising street kid (Taron Egerton) into the agency’s ultra-competitive training program just as a global threat emerges from a twisted tech genius.”
Release Date: April 3, 2015
The last two movies in the Fast & Furious franchise blew us away and Furious 7 promises to do more of the same, even with a different director and the dark cloud of Paul Walker’s untimely passing hanging over the movie. The first trailer showed that Furious 7 will feature even more gravity defying stunts and we have faith that James Wan will be a worthy successor to the director’s chair now that Justin Lin has moved on to other projects. Hopefully Furious 7‘s goodbye to Paul Walker and his character Brian will honor his legacy and importance to the franchise, as well as provide some semblance of closure to the fans.
Avengers: Age of Ultron
Release Date: May 1, 2015
This is kind of a no brainer. The second Avengers team-up movie is one of the most anticipated movies of 2015, especially after the huge success of Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Avengers: Age of Ultron will feature the return of all our favorite Marvel superheroes plus newcomers Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) and Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen). The bit we saw of Ultron in the first trailer looked amazing, with James Spader doing his best gravely robot-villain voice.
Mad Max: Fury Road
Release Date: May 15, 2015
The trailer for Mad Max: Fury Road was one of the best things we saw all year. We have no idea what’s going on but it looks beyond cool. Huge sandstorms, badass Charlize Theron with a robotic arm, amazing vehicle designs, and lots of explosions. What more can you ask for? “The post-apocalyptic action film is set in the furthest reaches of our planet, in a stark desert landscape where humanity is broken, and most everyone is crazed fighting for the necessities of life.”
Release Date: May 22, 2015
We were huge fans of Paul Feig’s Bridesmaids and The Heat, both of which starred Melissa McCarthy. Spy is Feig’s third movie to star McCarthy, and this time she plays a secret agent named Susan Cooper. The inclusion of Jason Statham as an overconfident but clumsy spy makes this even better. McCarthy’s character starts out as a CIA analyst who goes into the field after her lover, played by Jude Law, is killed. Spy also stars Bobby Cannavale, Nia Long, Morena Baccarin, Allison Janney, Rose Byrne, Zach Woods, and Bollywood’s Nargis Fakhri.
Release Date: May 22, 2015
Casey Newton (Britt Robertson) discovers a magical pin that takes her to Tomorrowland. Co-writer Damon Lindelof made a lot of comparison to Harry Potter when describing the plot of the movie. “What Hogwarts is to magic, Tomorrowland is to science.”
Release Date: June 19, 2015
The recent slate of Pixar films have critically underperformed and the company has now taken the Dreamworks route by resorting to sequels, with the announcements of Toy Story 4, Finding Dory, The Incredibles 2, and Cars 3. But Inside Out could be the movie to pull Pixar from their creative slump. Directed by Pete Docter, Inside Out centers around a young girl and her five emotions: Joy (Amy Poehler), Anger (Lewis Black), Disgust (Mindy Kaling), Fear (Bill Hader), and Sadness (Phyllis Smith). Not only is this a talented voice cast, but the concept is very unique. And Inside Out marks only the second Pixar film to feature a female lead.
Release Date: July 17, 2015
Of all the Marvel movies scheduled through 2019, Ant-Man is probably the least talked about. But its on this list just by virtue of being a Marvel Studios property. We’re not thrilled about Janet Van Dyne, The Wasp, being written out of the movie (although it’s possible that role is being filled by Evangeline Lilly, if she’s not just a throwaway love interest) or how the movie had trouble finding a replacement for director Edgar Wright. Director Peyton Reed’s resume doesn’t give us a lot of confidence, either. But… Marvel.
The Fantastic Four
Release Date: August 7, 2015
Fantastic Four is probably the least interesting superhero team in Marvel’s comic roster, and the earlier movies with Chris Evans and Jessica Alba were a disaster. But the 2015 version has a few things working in its favor. We like the unorthodox casting; the team is younger than what we’re used to and Johnny Storm is played by Michael B. Jordan, a black actor. We also really liked Chronicle, once again starring Michael B. Jordan, so we’re excited to see what director Josh Trank does with a bigger budget. We’re a little more iffy on Doctor Doom (Toby Kebbell) being an evil blogger, but we’re willing to keep an open mind; online trolls are the worst.
Release Date: October 16, 2015
Director Guillermo Del Toro describes Crimson Peak as a “Gothic horror romance” that is “completely character-driven” and “has a lot of kinky moments”. Mia Wasikowska and Tom Hiddleston play the two leads, Edith Cushing and Sir Thomas Sharpe, with Jessica Chastain as Thomas’ sister Lady Lucille Sharpe. You had us at “Del Toro” and “Gothic horror romance”.
Release Date: November 6, 2015
Filming hasn’t even started for the next James Bond film, but Skyfall was so good, we can’t wait for the follow-up. Director Sam Mendes and screenwriter John Logan are coming back, with singer Adele once again providing the theme song (she won the Oscar for Best Original Song for “Skyfall”). French actress Lea Seydoux (Blue Is the Warmest Color, Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol) was also cast as the newest Bond girl. Daniel Craig only has two more Bond films under his belt — this one and Bond 25. Ralph Fiennes, Ben Whishaw, and Naomie Harris are all returning to reprise their characters.
Release Date: December 18, 2015
It’s not the greatest title in the world, but Tina Fey and Amy Poehler play sisters. It has Maya Rudolph, Samantha Bee, Rachel Dratch, Kate McKinnon, and John Cena. Enough said.
Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens
Release Date: December 18, 2015
We have enough faith in director J.J. Abrams and the casting for Episode VII that The Force Awakens will blow all of the Star Wars prequels out of the water. It’s refreshing to see that the movie isn’t relying on a bunch of A-list actors. Instead, the only people we see in the first teaser trailer for Star Wars: Episode VII is John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, and Oscar Isaac. Boyega is a relatively unknown actor who’s work includes Attack the Block and 24: Live Another Day, while Ridley is a complete newcomer. Isaac, of course, generated lots of awards buzz last year for Inside Llewyn Davis and has recently been cast as the villain in X-men: Apocalypse.
Mission: Impossible 5
Release Date: December 25, 2015
The fourth Mission: Impossible movie, Ghost Protocol, had some of the most amazing stunts and action sequences we’ve seen. There was Tom Cruise scaling Dubai’s Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world, and chasing one of the bad guys through a breathtaking dust storm. There was also that really tense scene in the Kremlin where Cruise and Simon Pegg trick the guards using a computer with head tracking. Unfortunately, director Brad Bird isn’t returning for the sequel, but hopefully Mission: Impossible 5 can continue what he started. Director Christopher McQuarrie is bringing back Pegg and Jeremy Renner, so that’s a plus. Paula Patton, the sole female on the team, seems to be replaced by Swedish actress Rebecca Ferguson.