2015 Summer Movie Preview

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After a long winter, spring has finally sprung! At the movies, that means one thing: blockbusters. As we take our winter coats to the dry cleaners, Hollywood is preparing for four more months of superheroes, spies, comedies, explosions, and stuff for the kids. With a few clever indies usually sprinkled throughout, this is the time of year when going to the movies doesn’t imply anything. To help you navigate that giant variety on the horizon, we’ve picked five movies from each summer month to help narrow your trips down. Get the popcorn ready, it’s finally summer!

 

May:

MV5BMTkyNzk0MTU2Ml5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwNDExNzMyNTE@._V1_SX214_AL_5. Maggie

While a The Last of Us film is still in development, it appears Lionsgate has taken things into their own hands. This indie stars Arnold Schwarzeneggar and Abigail Breslin as a father and daughter trying to survive a zombie apocalypse. The script comes from the Black List, so this thing has a real chance at being good. This could be the movie that truly revives Arnie’s acting career. (May 8)

 

MV5BNTYxNDA5ODk5NF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwNzMwMzIwNTE@._V1_SX214_AL_4. Slow West

Here’s a Sundance hit that’ll surely be making waves again at Tribeca Film Festival later this month. After that, this indie western will get an independent release to show off the incredibly talented Michael Fassbender. It could also be a career making film for up-and-comer Kodi Smit-McPhee, whose had a lot of supporting roles in excellent films, as well as director John Maclean. (May 15)

 

MV5BMTQ4OTgzNTkwNF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwMzI3MDE3NDE@._V1_SX214_AL_3. Tomorrowland

Disney has been sitting on this one for a while now. Brad Bird’s supposed passion project has been in development since 2011, with the hailed director (if you’re unaware, he did The Iron GiantThe IncrediblesRatatouille, and Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol) hired back in 2012. Throw in George Clooney and some snazzy effects, and you have one of the most promising looking non-sequels of the summer. (May 22)

 

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Here’s a film that’s been in development hell for over two decades. Yup, two decades. This franchise resurrection looks absolutely mad. Explosions, crazy makeup, desert car chases, and two great leads in Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron are more than enough to get us excited again about a series we once thought to be long dead. (May 15)

 

MV5BMTU4MDU3NDQ5Ml5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwOTU5MDUxNTE@._V1_SY317_CR1,0,214,317_AL_1. Avengers: Age of Ultron

The Big Kahuna of summer 2015.  There’s no arguing what this film is going to do at the box office, but can Joss Whedon pull off a sequel that looks to be just plain bigger in every way? If Marvel has proven anything over these past few years, it’s safe to bet with them. James Spader is Ultron, a robotic villain born out of Tony Stark’s technology. There are rumors of a big death on the horizon too. I don’t have to tell you that this is the big one not to miss this summer, as a lot of you likely already have your tickets bought. (May 1)

 

June:

Photo Credit:http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2637276/5. Ted 2

Because, why not, right? Yeah, A Million Ways To Die in the West sucked, but Seth MacFarlane’s directorial debut, Ted, was such a surprise success that the sequel might make last summer’s western crapfest feel little bit better. That said, this sequel could also be a complete trainwreck, which would also be fun to watch on some level. Like, after a few drinks. Even if its not a trainwreck, just have a few drinks before this one. (Jun. 26)

 

MV5BMjA2NzQ0Njk5MV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwOTQzOTMyNTE@._V1_SX214_AL_4. Infinitely Polar Bear

After Mark Ruffalo Hulks out in Avengers: Age of Ultron earlier in the season, he’ll go back to the indie work he’s proved so good at over the years. This film looks to examine depression and bipolar disorder in a heartfelt, comedic way. Ruffalo is one of the most gifted actors out their at the moment, so there’s no question that he’ll be worth watching in this challenging and important role. (Jun. 19)

 

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Could this be the indie answer to last summer’s manipulative sobfest The Fault in Our Stars. This is a movie where the starts aren’t “hot” sick kids, just normal folks going through difficult things. Aside from the teenagers, this film also stars Connie Britton, Nick Offerman, and Molly Shannon. Can’t go wrong there. (Jun. 12)

 

Photo Credit:http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2096673/?ref_=fn_al_tt_12. Inside Out

Pixar is in desperate need of a comeback to uphold its name. With a project as ambitious as this, Inside Out could be a return to form for the studio. Considering it comes from Pete Doctor, the director of Monsters Inc. and Up, two of the studio’s masterpieces, there’s a pretty good chance for this one to succeed. Throw in the voice of Amy Poehler as the lead, as well as a number of other well-known comedians, and Pixar may once again be Pixar. (Jun. 19)

 

Photo Credit:http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0369610/?ref_=nv_sr_11. Jurassic World

Tapping into ’90s nostalgia while its at its highest, one of the most popular films of that decade is expanding into a new world. From indie director Colin Trevorrow comes Jurassic World, the evolution of one of the most beloved franchises of all time into the modern era. Chris Pratt, Hollywood’s next Harrison Ford, stars as a park worker that apparently has Velociraptors trained. The park is open, and this is an event you’ll want to be there opening night for. (Jun. 12)

 

 

July:

MV5BMTQ1NDI2MzU2MF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwNTExNTU5NDE@._V1_SX214_AL_5. Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation

The writer of last summer’s surprise hit Edge of Tomorrow is at the helm of the fifth Mission: Impossible entry. This one involves a group of spies attacking the IMF. Alec Baldwin joins the fray as the director of the CIA. But you’re really here to see Tom Cruise kicking butt in the only way he knows how for the fifth time as Ethan Hunt. (Jul. 31)

 

MV5BMTQ4MjgwNTMyOV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwMTc1MjI0NDE@._V1_SX214_AL_4. Trainwreck

Judd Apatow returns to the director’s chair after a few years spent writing to bring renowned comedian Amy Schumer to leading lady material. With Schumer having written the script, and Bill Hader as the male lead, this is a film surely to live up to the Apatow name. Also, LeBron James plays himself and Tilda Swinton plays Schumer’s eccentric boss. (Jul. 17)

 

MV5BMTQ3OTY2ODY4NV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwNjA1ODQyNDE@._V1_SX214_AL_3. Terminator Genisys

Nope, this franchise ain’t dead yet. Just one film was released while Arnold Schwarzeneggar was governor of California, and it was awful. Now he’s back (heh) to breathe some life into the franchise. Joining him are Game of Thrones director Alan Taylor and star Emilia Clarke. From the trailers, Genisys looks to harken back to the two films that built this franchise. Liquid metal and all. (Jul. 1)

 

MV5BMTc3NzgxNTM0N15BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwNTMwMDI5MzE@._V1_SY317_CR0,0,214,317_AL_2. Ant-Man

After Avengers: Age of Ultron melts the faces of nerds everywhere in May, Marvel will introduce a new hero. Paul Rudd plays Ant-Man, a superhero whose suit allows him to shrink to the size of an insect. The film looks goofy, with the most recent trailer inserting self-aware jokes to give a Guardians of the Galaxy vibe. (Jul. 17)

 

MV5BMjAwMTc3MTc0Nl5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwNDE1NDg2NDE@._V1_SX214_AL_1. Mr. Holmes

In a summer full of names like the Hulk, Mad Max, the Human Torch and Sarah Connor taking the screen, the most recognizable hero to grace the silver screen this summer is none other than Sherlock Holmes. Sir Ian McKellan plays the iconic detective in his old age as he takes on one final case. There’s no doubt this will be one of the most sought after indies of the summer. (Jul. 17)

 

 

August:

Photo Credit:http://www.impawards.com/2015/regression.html5. Regression

Look, some late-summer crapshoot of a horror film isn’t my cup of tea either. But this comes from the director of The Others and has two very strong leads. Ethan Hawke and Emma Watson star in what looks like a haunted house version of Eyes Wide Shut. So perhaps the time of release is just a little off and we’ll get the rare summer horror gem just as the seasons change. (Aug. 28)

 

Photo Credit:https://ajourneythroughcinema.wordpress.com/2015/02/06/diary-of-a-teenage-girl-sundance-2015/4. The Diary of a Teenage Girl

Another Sundance hit hitting the indie scene this summer is this adaptation of a graphic novel about a teenager having an affair with her mother’s boyfriend. Kristen Wiig plays the mother while Alexander Skarsgaard plays the boyfriend. There’s very little in terms of a trailer or poster, but the premise and cast are interesting enough to put this one on our radar as summer closes out. (Aug. 7)

(Note: no official trailer for this one yet.)

 

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20th Century Fox has a lot riding on this one. Their previous Fantastic Four efforts weren’t nearly as well received as their X-Men mega-franchise (which has pulled off a miraculous comeback since the decade started). If fans don’t embrace the film, Marvel’s first family may end up back in its original home. To its benefit, Chronicle director Josh Trank is at the helm with the writer of X-Men: Days of Future Past, Simon Kinberg, writing the script. So, we’ll see. (Aug. 7)

 

Photo Credit:http://www.vlicious.org/2015/04/first-international-trailer-for-salma.html2. The Prophet

Based on the book by Kahil Gibran, The Prophet will likely be the most ambitious animated film of the year. Featuring various animation styles from around the world, the art is absolutely stunning (just watch the trailer below). Tying this project together is Roger Allers, director of The Lion King, who leaves his more traditional work behind to create something truly inventive. (Aug. 7)

 

Photo Credit:http://www.odeoncinemas.ie/now-showing/1. Ricki and the Flash

I don’t usually like to put so much faith in films in these previews without a trailer to back me up a little, but my god this film has everything going for it. Directed by Jonathan Demme (The Silence of the Lambs, Philadelphia) and written by Diablo Cody (Juno, Young Adult), Meryl Streep stars as an aging rock-star trying to win back her family’s love. There probably won’t be a more fun movie this summer. Avengers included. (Aug. 7)

(Note: no official trailer for this one yet.)

 

 

Which summer movies are you most excited for? Let us know below!

 

By Matt Dougherty

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