So here’s the 2015 version of my yearly list of movies I want to see. This year’s lineup is incredible, featuring some of the most anticipated movies in years. Either this year will be the year that reignites Hollywood (after an apparently down 2014), or it will be the year that sees the end of certain genres. I can’t wait to find out!
January 9 – Taken 3 – Or Tak3n, if you prefer… Stretching the definition of what can be Taken from Neeson’s Brian Mills, this final installment sees Neeson taking down the US government, or something. Who cares? Explosions!
January 9th – Predestination – If this is actually based on All You Zombies, it will be amazingly weird.
January 16th – Blackhat – Thor is undercover as a cybercriminal, the likes of which hasn’t been seen since Wolverine in Swordfish. May feature actual computer use, since it’s directed by Michael Mann.
January 16th – Paddington – Hopefully, not all the good scenes are used in the trailer.
January 23rd – Mortdecai – This is either going to be hilarious or awful. I’m hoping for the former.
January 23rd – Strange Magic – Not sure what to make of this George Lucas animated pop musical.
January 30th – Project Almanac – A found-footage time-travel story? Colour me intrigued. Previously titled Welcome to Yesterday, and scheduled for 2014.
January 30th – Wild Card – A Jason Statham film with semblance of a plot? Oh, nope. Revenge movie, okay.
January 30th – Alien Outpost – Like a cross between District 9 and Battle: Los Angeles.
February 6th – Jupiter Ascending – Pushed back from July last year could be bad, but the new trailer looks so good! Wachowski space opera! Elven-eared Channing Tatum!
February 6th – Seventh Son – This looks flat-out ridiculous, and Jeff Bridges has had a rough couple of years, but I’ll probably still see it. Pushed back from 2013.
February 6th – SpongeBob: Sponge Out of Water – I’m blaming my kids if I see this in theatre, but it looks like enough fun that I might catch it anyway.
February 13th – Kingsman: The Secret Service – I’ve heard good things about the graphic novel on which this is based, and the trailer looks amazing.
February 27th – Focus – Will Smith in a caper movie? I’m in!
March 6th – Chappie – Like a Short Circuit for the new millennium, Neill Blomkamp’s film about a learning artificial intelligence looks sweet and fun.
March 13th – Cinderella – Disney’s live-action remake of their classic animated film looks fantastic.
March 20th – The Gunman – Sean Penn adds to the number of actors trying to make an action movie comeback. Looks all right.
March 20th – Tracers – Bike messenger turns to parkour to pull off heists? Could be good.
March 27th – Home – Silly fun.
May 1st – Avengers: Age of Ultron – One of my most anticipated movies of the year, this one will have to work hard to top the expectations set sky-high after the first one.
May 15th – Mad Max: Fury Road – This one is also becoming one of my most anticipated films of the year.
May 15th – Pitch Perfect 2 – While not a theatre movie for me, I’ll try to catch this one because I enjoyed the first.
May 22nd – Tomorrowland – Brad Bird has an impressive track record, so I will be there for this one! Very excited!
May 29th – San Andreas – Disaster movie starring Dwayne Johnson? I’m so there!
June 12th – Jurassic World – I badly want this one to succeed, but I’m also worried the franchise has its best days behind it.
June 19th – Inside Out – Pixar has yet to make a film that hasn’t entertained me, and this year, we get two!
June 19th – The Transporter Legacy – I am a fan of this franchise. Hoping for good things with the reboot.
July 3rd – Terminator Genisys – Awful name aside, the trailer gives me hope that this one will be good.
July 10th – Minions – Hopefully the little funny guys survive the transition to starring roles.
July 17th – Ant Man – We’re supposed to get a full trailer next week, but I’m stoked already for this Marvel movie!
July 17th – Pan – An origin story for Peter Pan? Oh, ok.
July 24th – Pixels – The logline of this film sounds so dumb, it might just be genius. I like Chris Columbus’ work generally, so I’ll give it a chance.
July 31st – Selfless – Intriguing premise by a visually astounding director. Could be good…
August 7th – The Fantastic Four – More worrisome than the idea of a “grounded” look at the Marvel team is the fact that no trailer or even publicity still has escaped this production. However, I enjoyed Chronicle, so I’m willing to give Trank a chance.
August 14th – The Man from U.N.C.L.E. – Seems to have been pushed back from 2014, and landed in August. May not be a good sign.
August 28th – Hitman: Agent 47 – I enjoyed the first film, so I’m hoping this one is fun, too.
August 28th – Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Green Legend – The first one was amazing, so high hopes for the second.
September is a barren wasteland, much like The Scorch Trials, which opens this month, but I have no interest in seeing.
October 2nd – Victor Frankenstein – The cast alone makes me want to see this retelling of the story from Igor’s perspective.
October 2nd – London Has Fallen – Apparently, Olympus Has Fallen did so well, the powers that be thought it needed a sequel. Hurray?
October 9th – The Jungle Book – A live-action remake of a Disney animated classic… where have I heard this before?
October 16th – Untitled Cold War Spy Thriller – Killer title, but with Spielberg at the helm and Hanks starring, they probably don’t need a title.
October 23rd – The Last Witch Hunter – Vin Diesel and Elijah Wood in a movie about a modern witch hunter? I’ll see that!
November 6th – Spectre – Daniel Craig returns in this second Sam Mendes-helmed Bond film.
November 20th – Mockingjay Part 2 – The fourth film in the trilogy, this will cap off the series.
November 27th – The Martian – The book is amazing, so I have high hopes for this Ridley Scott film, starring Matt Damon.
November 27th – The Good Dinosaur – The second Pixar film this year, this one apparently had problems that required going back to the drawing board. I’m trusting they got it right this time.
December 18th – Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens – Soooooooooooooooooooooooooooo excited! So so so so so so so excited!
December 25th – Mission Impossible 5 – Ethan Hunt is back, with the help he picked up in the last film. Yay!
December 25th – Kung Fu Panda 3 – Every animated story apparently needs a trilogy, so here’s this one.
I’m guessing more films will be announced later in the year, but it’s a pretty stacked lineup as it is: Avengers 2, Star Wars 7, MI5, Bond 24 and so on and so forth. I’m pretty stoked!