2015 Winter and Spring Movie Preview

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The year may not be over yet, but we’re looking forward to the beginning of 2015. The early months of the year are typically a difficult time to find quality cinema, but that’s why we do these previews. There seems to always be a few films that sneak up on us before the summer season. Here are ten we think could be worth watching out for in the winter and spring.

 

 

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Michael Mann, the director behind Heat, has a new technothriller to start off 2015. Chris Hemsworth plays a imprisoned hacker being taken out of prison to find a cyber-terrorist wreaking havoc on the government. The film also stars Viola Davis, ensuring that some good acting will most definitely be present in the film. (Jan. 16)

 

Photo Credit:http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2279373/?ref_=nv_sr_1The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water

It’s been just over a decade since Nickelodeon’s current flagship character, SpongeBob SquarePants, hit the big screen. While the TV series has hardly been at is creative peak in the years since the movie, these characters are still hilarious. Given a new CGI coat, SpongeBob and his friends are becoming superheroes to fight Antonio Banderas playing a pirate. It’ll be silly, but it’ll undoubtably be fun. (Feb. 6)

 

Photo Credit:http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1617661/?ref_=nv_sr_1Jupiter Ascending

The Wachowskis have had to sit on their latest film for a while. Back in June, barely a month before the film’s planned release, Warner Bros. delayed the film until February. It’s rare for a summer blockbuster to make such a jarring move to a winter month, and not necessarily the best sign, but the Wachoswkis remain interesting filmmakers. For that, this may be worth a look. (Feb. 6)

 

Photo Credit:http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2802144/?ref_=nv_sr_1Kingsman: The Secret Service

Matthew Vaughn is a really fun director, having made underrated films like Layer CakeKick-Ass, and X-Men: First Class. His new film is a spy movie based on a comic book starring Colin Firth, Samuel L. Jackson, Mark Strong, and Michael Caine. But the lead is the relatively untested Taron Edgerton. I trust Vaughn as a filmmaker to go in that risky direction. (Feb. 13)

 

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Another interesting filmmaker seemingly condemned to the winter and spring months is Neill Blomkamp, the man behind the recent Elysium and his far superior debut, District 9. His latest is another special effects marvel starring a robot that seemingly learns how to think. The cast includes Sharlto Copley, Dev Patel, Hugh Jackman, and Sigourney Weaver. (Mar. 6)

 

Photo Credit:http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1661199/?ref_=nv_sr_1Cinderella

In line with recent live-action fairy tale reimaginings, Disney is putting out Cinderella, a retelling of the classic tale. Perhaps the most exciting things about this film are Cate Blanchett as the horrid step-mother and Helena Bonham Carter as the Fairy God Mother. But it’s Kenneth Branagh’s direction that is most exciting, as he is a proven storyteller of period pieces and costume dramas. (Mar. 13)

 

Photo Credit:http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1390411/?ref_=nv_sr_1In the Heart of the Sea

Based on the true story that lead to the writing of Moby Dick, Ron Howard directs this biographical action epic. Starring Chris Hemsworth, Cillian Murphy, Ben Whishaw, and Brendan Gleeson, the film will chronicle the dangerous trip across the sea, also starring one large and angry whale, and the horrific events afterward. With Howard directing, this won’t be your run of the mill special effects extravaganza. (Mar. 13)

 

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Who’d have thought back in 2001 when the first movie came out that this franchise would survive this long and only improve over time? The last two entries were the series best, turning them into full-on action blockbusters with cool cars and huge explosions. This seventh entry carries some tragic extra weight as the late Paul Walker’s final film. If the awesome trailer is any indication, Furious 7 will be a worthy sendoff. (Apr. 3)

 

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This British sci-fi tale has serious potential. Alex Garland, writer of 28 Days Later and several other acclaimed films, makes his directorial debut with a thriller about artificial intelligence. Starring Gomhnall Gleeson, Oscar Issac, and Alicia Vikander, this could be the surprise hit of the season before the summer blockbusters start rolling out. (Apr. 10)

 

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Not much has been revealed yet about the upcoming comedy, without even a poster. But what we do know is that it has one hell of a cast. Bill Murray, Bruce Willis, Kate Hudson, Zooey Deschanel, and Danny McBride all star in the film about a music producer discovering a great new voice from a girl from Afghanistan. All this coming from Barry Levinson, director of Good Morning, Vietnam and Rain Man. We’ll keep you informed when a trailer becomes available. (Apr. 24)

 

 

What movies are you looking forward to in the coming months? Let us know in the comments below!

 

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