MOST ANTICIPATED MOVIES OF SUMMER 2015
MAY 2015 RELEASES
Avengers: Age of Ultron
The summer movie season starts off with a bang! The 11th movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, this sequel to the 2012 blockbuster reassembles Marvel’s Avengers and then some. Not only are all the familiar heroes returning, but expect a few new faces to join the team as well. Elizabeth Olsen (talented little sister of Mary-Kate and Ashley) and Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Kick-Ass, Godzilla) co-star as Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver (the same character played by Evan Peters in last summer’s X-Men Days of Future Past), Paul Bettany as Vision, and James Spader as the villain, Ultron. The ever-brilliant Joss Whedon returns as writer/director.
Mad Max: Fury Road
First there was Mad Max in 1978, then Mad Max 2 in 1981, and Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome in 1985. All three movies starred Mel Gibson as the eponymous Mad Max. Thirty years later we have Mad Max: Fury Road, starring Tom Hardy (The Dark Knight Rises) in the title role. Charlize Theron co-stars as intriguingly named Imperator Furiosa. I confess to never having seen the original Mad Max movies, but fans of the series seem excited.
Pitch Perfect 2
The original was fun and fresh. Pitch Perfect 2, directed by one of the first film’s producers/co-stars Elizabeth Banks (Effie from The Hunger Games movies), looks to recapture the magic. The Bella girls are back this time to compete in an international accapella competition. Oscar nominee Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit) joins the cast for a sequel sure to be on pitch with its successful predecessor.
Conceived by Brad Bird (Pixar’s The Incredibles), Damon Lindelof (LOST), and Jeff Jensen (senior writer for Entertainment Weekly), Tomorrowland aims to do for science what Harry Potter did for magic. A young girl (Britt Robertson) is whisked off to Tomorrowland by an inventor, played by George Clooney.
Talented writer/director Cameron Crowe (Jerry Maguire, Almost Famous) is back with this new dramedy, set around an Air Force base in Hawaii. Bradley Cooper, Emma Stone, Rachel McAdams, Alec Baldwin, Billy Murray, Danny McBride, and John Krasinski star. Expect Crowe’s signature laughs and tears.
JUNE 2015 RELEASES
Based on the popular HBO series, Entourage brings back the boys for the big screen. Vinny, E, Turtle and Drama navigate Hollywood with the help of Ari Gold (three-time Emmy winner Jeremy Piven), the industry’s most entertaining dirtbag. Need I say more?
In summer 2011, Paul Feig’s Bridesmaids introduced the world to funny-lady Melissa McCarthy. McCarthy was so good in Bridesmaids she was nominated for Best Supporting Actress at the Academy Awards! Spy brings Feig and McCarthy together again for the third time (after 2013′s The Heat), If the idea of Melissa McCarthy as a secret agent sounds funny, then Spy should be a hit.
Three words: I. CAN’T. WAIT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Last summer Guardians of the Galaxy turned Chris Pratt into a bonafide leading man. Pratt stars alongside Bryce Dallas Howard, but the real attraction here are the dinosaurs. Especially the much hyped INDOMINUS REX, the “first genetically modified hybrid” dinosaur. Jurassic World is definitely the movie I’m most excited about this summer.
Pixar’s most unusual premise to date, Inside Out is about the little voices inside all of us. Specifically, five voices inside the head of a little girl. Each voice represents a different emotion: Joy (Amy Poehler), Disgust (Mindy Kahling), Fear (Bill Hader), Sadness (Phyllis Smith from The Office), and Anger (Lewis Black). Pixar can do no wrong in my opinion, so Inside Out should be one of summer’s most fulfilling treats.
I’m sad to see that Mila Kunis isn’t returning for Ted 2. Instead, Ted and his BFF Mark Wahlberg team up with a lawyer played by Amanda Seyfried, as Ted fights for his civil rights after he gets married and tries to have a baby.
JULY 2015 RELEASES
Magic Mike XXL
The biggest mistake they made here is the horrible title, Terminator Genisys. The best thing they did here was cast TV goddess Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones ) as sci-fi heroine Sarah Connor. Arnold Schwarzenegger returns as the Terminator. The franchise’s last movie, 2009′s Terminator Salvation, was a total piece-of-shit, so there’s really nowhere to go but up.
First, if you haven’t seen Amy Schumer’s hilarious Comedy Central show, Inside Amy Schumer…. drop everything you’re doing and go laugh with Amy. She’s one of the funniest voices in comedy right now.
Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation
AUGUST 2015 RELEASES
Personally, I’m dreading this movie. They just can’t seem to figure out how to translate this property to the big screen. The previous Fantastic Four movies, starring Jessica Alba and Chris Evans, were slightly amusing but childish. This interpretation by director Josh Trank (2012′s Chronicle) pulls a Christopher Nolan and goes darker with the iconic superheroes, played this time by Miles Teller (so good in last year’s Whiplash), Kate Mara (House of Cards, sister to Rooney Mara), Jamie Bell as The Thing, and Michael B. Jordan as The Human Torch. All great actors in their own right, but casting seems to be a consistent problem with the Fantastic Four movies. As a big fan of FF, I’m worried about this one.
Ricki and the Flash
Three huge talents lend their voice to Ricki and the Flash: screenwriter Diablo Cody, who won on oscar for sleeper hit, Juno; oscar-winning director Jonathan Demme (Silence of the Lambs); and with 19 Oscar nominations, greatest-living-actress, Meryl-friggin-Streep. Streep plays a rock-n-roll guitarist who reunites with her daughter (played by Streep’s real-life daughter Mamie Gummer) during a time of crisis.