Every year I make a list of films I’m looking forward to. Being a cinephile, I make an effort to seek out not only those movies that I know will be surefire hits (I’m looking at you, Avengers 2), but also those dark horses (Chappie, perhaps?).
2015 looks like our best year in film yet. It’s got one of the most anticipated films of the past decade (Star Wars Episode VII), the gritty setup for Marvel Phase III with Avengers 2, and a host of reboots that I can’t wait to get into the cinema and watch.
Without further ado, here’s my pick of films to look out for this year.
(Films marked with an asterisk are my must-see items of the year).
- Mortdecai (Jan 23)
- Jupiter Ascending (Feb 6)
- Kingsman: The Secret Service (Feb 13)
- *Chappie (Mar 8)
- The Gunman (Mar 13)
- Furious 7 (Apr 3)
- *Avengers: Age of Ultron (May 1)
- Mad Max: Fury Road (May 15)
- Tomorrowland (May 22)
- *Jurassic World (Jun 12)
- Inside Out (Jun 19)
- Ted 2 (Jun 26)
- Terminator Genisys (Jul 1)
- Minions (Jul 10)
- *Ant-Man (Jul 17)
- Pan (Jul 24)
- Pixels (Jul 24)
- Hitman: Agent 47 (Aug 28)
- Everest (Sep 18)
- Victor Frankenstein (Oct 2)
- St. James Place (Oct 16)
- *Spectre (Nov 6)
- *The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 (Nov 20)
- The Good Dinosaur (Nov 25)
- The Martian (Nov 25)
- Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens (Dec 18)
- Mission: Impossible 5 (Dec 25)
A lot of exciting films coming out this year, but a few notable mentions regarding this year’s selection: this is the first year that Pixar Animation Studios will be releasing two films in one year. Perhaps this will make up for last year’s lack of a single film from Emeryville, CA. I do hope they regain their classic touch, something I feel they’ve lost in recent releases.
Star Wars will be the biggest movie of this year. Yes, even bigger than Marvel’s “Avengers” sequel. That’s because there’s so much riding on this movie, such anticipation, and most of all: the great mysteries surrounding this release are sure to compel fans new and old to this franchise to check out what director J.J. Abrams has in store.
Then there’s Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight, which will release sometime later this year (no official date yet). This revenge western set around the Civil War is another film I’m really excited about.
I will once again post my thoughts on some of the films above once I’ve seen them, and this year I will also write a few posts a month on cinema, the technical aspects of the industry and my thoughts on some of these upcoming releases, in anticipation of watching them.