If you listen carefully you can hear it: wind rustling, the leaves beginning their descent, and the all-around calming sound of autumn. Sure, we’re only a few days removed from Labor Day, but the kids are back in school, the grills are getting covered, and most notably, the summer 2014 movie season is officially over.
With that said, this year’s fall movie schedule looks fantastic (check back with us in a little while to find out why), and audiences are hardly going to miss a beat as we go from summer spectacle to the more thoughtful, rewarding side of mainstream cinema (and otherwise). Nonetheless, it can still leave any movie fan, particularly of the geek variety, a little desperate for their next fix of big screen genre fantasia. And while there is plenty of that coming this fall, there is no denying that eyes aren’t turning immediately to 2015.
And why not? Next year’s line-up of movies could potentially be excellent—or at the very least, avenging. Hence, we have compiled a list of the 25 Hollywood movies that you’ll most likely need to see in 2015. Without further adieu, here are the 25 Must See Movies of 2015!
Star Wars: Episode VII (December 18, 2015)
Avengers and Katniss will undoubtedly be two of the biggest movie events of 2015, but Star Warsremains a cultural event unto itself. Case in point, you probably could not stand a single one of the three previous Star Wars prequels. Yet, the idea of another visit to that galaxy far, far away probably has you as giddy as C-3PO after an oil bath. This is because for whatever else, George Lucas touched into an elemental entertainment that was both infinitely fanciful and immediately iconic in 1977.
Disney is willing to bet all our fantasies of more lightsabers, more X-Wings, and definitely more Han, Luke, and Leia will have us there opening day in December. And Mickey’s right. J.J. Abrams is tackling pop culture holy ground with this film, and every geek, cinephile, and child of the last 40 years will be there to bear witness with an “Amen!”
Inside Out (June 19, 2015)
It feels so painful to admit the truth: the closest Pixar movie is nearly a year away. With the delay of The Good Dinosaur taking it out of the 2014 line-up, we are left with a two-year gap between last summer’s Monsters University and Inside Out. However, for those fearing that Pixar has lost its ambition, Inside Out’s premise alone promises the most out-there Hollywood-produced animated effort in many years. Directed by one of Pixar’s original brain trust, Peter Docter (Monsters Inc., writer on Toy Story 2, Wall-E, Up), from an original story he had that has been scripted by Michael Arndt (Toy Story 3, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire), Inside Out goes big by entering the smallest, most confusing place imaginable: the brain of a young girl.
When Riley is forced to move from Minnesota to San Francisco, a cornucopia of new emotions boil to the surface of her mind, effecting every single action she makes. These include the emotions of Anger (Lewis Black), Fear (Bill Hader), Disgust (Mindy Kaling), Sadness (Phyllis Smith), and Joy (Amy Poehler). A tale that literally will take place in the battleground of a child’s mind, the next Pixar project ambitiously aims to explain from a fresh perspective why people’s emotions act the way they do. Right now, the thought of it is only bringing sounds of Poehler for us.
Avengers: Age of Ultron (May 1, 2015)
Likely destined to be the biggest movie of 2015, Avengers: Age of Ultron kicks the summer movie season of 2015 off in earnest with a picture that countless fans have been yearning for since May 2012. And with Joss Whedon at the helm, it might actually live up to the hype! Picking up on the tail-end of the mixed bag that was “Phase Two” (which saved its best two entries for last), Avengers: Age of Ultron examines what the super-team does when they get a little too complacent post-SHIELD. In a plot development that would do Sam Raimi proud, the heroes aren’t sure they want to be doing this full-time, so faster than you can say HAL 9000, they create an A.I. being to do their crime-busting for them: Ultron (James Spader). Clearly Tony Stark is not up on his Kubrick…or Scott…or the Wachowskis…or…
When Ultron decides to take over the world and kill us all with kindness in a plot that Whedon promises is a “touch” apocalyptic, the heroes are all tested in profound ways. Also, there is Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) and Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson). And did we mention the Hulkbuster?
Chappie (March 6, 2015)
If you’re like us, then you absolutely adored District 9. But if you’re also like us, then you were crushingly disappointed with writer/director Neill Blomkamp’s follow-up, the forgettable tale of two sci-fi clichés, Elysium. Nevertheless, that love for that original feature effort more than makes Chappie appointment science fiction come next March. Starring Sharlto Copley in a role that may finally take advantage of his untapped talent in the titular role, Chappie is about a robot—a robot stolen by Hugh Jackman and raised in a dysfunctional family. Add in a supporting cast that includes Sigourney Weaver, Hollywood science fiction’s seal of quality, and Dev Patel, and we’ll be there opening day.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 (November 20, 2015)
Like Reaping Day, it’s coming: the final adventure of Katniss Everdeen. While the first part of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay is almost on top of us in 2014, the real grand finale is still over a year away. In the culmination of four films and three books, Jennifer Lawrence’s iconic heroine must go from figurehead of a resistance from District 13 to actual leader and warrior. This is not a game, and there is no guarantee of any lone survivor. It will be the event that all of pop culture will coalesce around and might even give Avengers a box office run for its money (in the North American market, anyway). Gale or Peeta? It doesn’t matter; everyone will be there to see the Girl on Fire engulf a nation—and not just Panem.
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