2015 looks to be a great year for movies. If you’re worrying about which films to watch, don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! In order of release, here are the films you’ll definitely want to check out this year.
9. Inside Out
Ever wondered why exactly you feel the way you do in certain situations? This is exactly what Pixar explores in Inside Out. Set inside teenager Riley’s head, the film gives life to her emotions, seeing how they (and through them, Riley) react to her moving, and going through the trials and tribulations of growing up. With the five emotions of Joy, Sadness, Disgust, Anger and Fear being the key players of the film, the concept seems very entertaining. From the trailer alone, this film looks fantastic – a great idea with real potential for both the comedic and emotional heights audiences expect from Pixar. To make things more exciting, Inside Out will be joined by the delayed The Good Dinosaur. Two Pixar films in one year? Fantastic!
Inside Out will be released on June 19th 2015.
10. Terminator Genisys
A prequel to the sequel, but it’s actually more of a reboot, Genisys will serve as the fifth film in the science fictional franchise, as whoever owns the property rights this time looks to press the reset button yet again on the Terminator timeline.While the war between Skynet and the Resistance continues, leader John Connor (Jason Clarke) is forced to send Kyle Reese (Jai Courtney) back in time to save John’s mother Sarah (Emilia Clarke). However, an alternative timeline in the past causes a new T-800 and T-1000 to emerge in a hunt for Kyle and the unexpectedly aware Sarah, who try and escape with the help of the old T-800 (in Arnold Schwarzenegger’s reprisal of the role).
As Genisys plans to revitalise the AI franchise in the same way last year’s time-travelling, trailblazing Days of Future Past did for X-Men, we’ll have to wait until its release later this year in order to compute the success Genisys will have in booting up a new trilogy.
Terminator Genisys will be released on June 26th.
Prequels to beloved childhood tales don’t always work. Oz: The Great and the Powerful, for example, was poor to say the least. However, Pan looks intriguing. Set as a prequel to Peter Pan, after Peter is snatched from his orphanage and taken by flying pirate ship to Neverland. Here, he teams up with James Hook against Hugh Jackman’s villainous Blackbeard. Though we all know how this alliance will end, the journey of the pair, including meeting Princess Tiger-lily and riding an out-of-control cable car, is definitely an exciting concept. I also look forward to the re-imagining of Neverland – the mines seen in the trailer are a darker side to the fantasy land than we have seen before and further exploration will almost certainly take place during the course of the film. Director Joe Wright’s previous directing credits include Pride and Prejudice and Atonement, and it will be exciting to see him turn his hand to the fantasy genre.
Pan is released on July 17th 2015.
12. Fantastic Four
Why should you be excited when the last round of Fantastic Four was so dull? For that exact reason. The previous Fantastic Four films were mediocre at best and this is a reboot that is rather needed. With a younger cast including Miles Teller (Divergent) and Michael B. Jordan (Chronicle) it is set to appeal to a brand new audience and hopefully not make The Thing (Jamie Bell) look like a mindless American Phil Mitchell. The Thing is one of the main draws as to why there is excitement surrounding this film. 2015’s Fantastic Four will debut the first motion captured Ben Grimm as The Thing and will hopefully make use of the 8 years in technological advancements since ‘Rise of the Silver Surfer’. If, after reading this, you still have no confidence in this film, then rely on the studio’s ambition as they have already set a sequel due for release in June 2017. Flame on.
Fantastic Four is released on August 7th 2015.
13. The Hunger Games : Mockingjay – Part 2
Let’s be honest, Mockingjay – Part 1 made us feel woefully incomplete and seemed to serve only as a ‘filler’ movie. But if you watched Part 1, it’s almost mandatory that you would have to see Part 2, the last and final movie of The Hunger Games series. Why not finish the journey?
In Part 2, Katniss and the surviving rebels of District 13 take a stand and unite the districts against the Capitol. It’s time for all-out war, and it’ll be interesting to see how the conclusion of Suzanne’s Collin’s series is played out. Let’s just hope it’s better than Part 1.
Mockingjay – Part 2 will be released on November 20th 2015.
14. Star Wars VII – The Force Awakens
Set 30 years after the events of Return of the Jedi, fans are left with an awful lot of questions. Did Luke ever rebuild the Jedi Order? Did Leia and Han live happily ever after? And (for the fans of the comic book) did Chewy get killed by a moon? With a returning cast of Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford, it appears that all these questions will be answered. Yet with the arrival of this teaser trailer a month ago, fans were faced with even more questions. Who are these new characters? Why is one dressed as a Stormtrooper? And who is that hooded figure with the controversial lightsaber? With the new trailer being one of the highest watched trailers of 2014, anticipation for this new instalment is high.
Star Wars VII – The Force Awakens is released December 18th 2015.
15. Mission : Impossible 5
Mission: Impossible 5 will be the latest instalment in Tom Cruise’s spy series which follows his character, Ethan Hunt and a smattering of others as they take on highly dangerous missions together. Frustratingly little is known about the plot, but it follows the same key protagonists as its predecessor: obviously Cruise’s main man Ethan, plus Jeremy Renner and Simon Pegg as fellow agents. Always-cool Ving Rhames returns once again along with some surprising calls in the form of Alec Baldwin and Sean Harris. Scenes have been reported to have been filmed in London, Monaco, Vienna and Morocco, and clearly, the glamour and crazy scope of the series remains strong. Brad Bird’s effective handling of the fourth film only increases the anticipation for this film, and box-office records are sure to be smashed.
The film is set for release on December 25th 2015.