[WARNING: POSSIBLE SPOILERS AHEAD]
#1: Furious 7 // April 3, 2015
Fast cars, pretty ladies, guns of all sizes, rich men, and lots of action. As the seventh installment of the Fast and Furious movie approaches the theaters this year, it’s clear from the trailer and from the plot that this movie will not stray from the same factors that have been shown consistently through the entire series. Many of these anticipated movies seem to be sequels or additions to already existing movie worlds, and the Furious 7 is not to be left out of the mix. The last movie that Paul Walker will be starring in, the co-stars and fans of this franchise were devastated with the actor’s sudden passing in November of 2013.
However, he becomes immortalized on the big screen as the Fast and Furious gang are back together again, the story continuing from the end of Fast and Furious 6 when Owen Shaw dies. In Furious 7, Shaw’s brother, Ian Shaw, is back to seek revenge of the team by first murdering Han Seoul-Oh, a member of the Dominic Torretto’s team who was currently situation in Tokyo as seen in the movie The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift. Partially to avenge Han’s death, but also to eradicate the threat that comes with Shaw, the team work together to fight against him while trying to protect the group that came to be known as family.
#2: Avengers: Age of Ultron // May 1, 2015
When the first Marvel’s Avengers released in May of 2012, it broke box office records in countries all across the world. According to the Box Office Mojo, it beat Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2’s opening weekend stats, reaching a cool $207.4 million in record time. Since then, a number of single Avengers movies have come out: Iron Man 3, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Thor: The Dark World, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (a TV show on ABC), and recently, Marvel’s Agent Carter, a TV show spin-off of the first Captain America movie.
And now, after much waiting and constant teasers in Comic Con, not one, but two trailers of Marvel’s next movie, Avengers: Age of Ultron, have been released.
According to Entertainment Weekly, The Avengers 2 movie is about a villainous Ultron, a peacekeeping Artificial Intelligence created by Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) gone awry, who tries to destroy Earth and mankind. The plot does seem a bit bland, and almost like any other superhero movie, but knowing the chemistry between the returning cast members, the two new cast member and super heroes (Elizabeth Olsen as Scarlet Witch, Aaron Taylor Johnson as Quicksilver), and the knowledge by Marvel that this movie will set up for the next Marvel movie, Captain America: Civil War, we’re pretty sure it won’t disappoint. Let’s hope it’s worth all the hype!
#3: Tomorrowland // May 22, 2015
Todayland is pretty bad so Tomorrowland must be pretty good! –Austin Kim (’16)
Austin couldn’t be more correct. It’s possible that the name sounds familiar if you’ve ever visited Disneyland, as there is a section of the park with this exact same name. The movie itself is related to the attractions in the theme park, but it’s better. You know why? Because it stars George Clooney. I could end it there, since I believe that’s reason enough for this movie to be labeled as one of the most anticipated movies of 2015, but I’d be selling this movie short if I did.
Tomorrowland is about a scientifically gifted, curious young teenager whose fate brings her and a has-been boy genius inventor together. The two embark on a journey to an other-worldly place called “Tomorrowland”, but it is there that they discover things that change their lives and ultimately the world.
Like the plot for Avengers 2, the plot for Tomorrowland seems a bit blasé, but the star studded cast and the fact that this movie will reveal the behind story, inspiration, and structure for the creation of Tomorrowland puts this in the #6 position of the most anticipated movies of 2015.
#4: Pitch Perfect 2 // May 25, 2015
With the incredible popularity that came with Pitch Perfect circa 2012, the trend of Anna Kendrick’s Cup Song, and attaching the term “a ca” in front of every single word (i.e. a ca-amazing, a ca-shut up, etc.), Pitch Perfect 2 is finally back, and you better believe Fat Amy’s is coming along (or was it Fat Patricia?) as well as its newest cast member, Hailee Steinfeld.
For this installment, the Barden Bellas are back, and go for a nearly impossible mission to win an international competition that no American-originated team has ever won before because, as Gail (Elizabeth Banks) and John (John Michael Higgins) so eloquently put it, “They hate us. The whole world.”
With rumors that there will be yet another Riff Raff (the first one was aca-amazing, so to speak), return of almost all the cast members, and (apparently) a “death-defying stuntwork” done by Rebel Wilson herself, according to Entertainment Weekly, this movie is definitely one to be looking forward to. And there could be a third Pitch Perfect if the second one is a success!
#5: Jurassic World // June 12, 2015
Chris Pratt seems to be everywhere nowadays, from the silver screen to the big screen. Although he debuted from his lovable role as Andy Dwyer of the popular TV show Parks and Recreation, Pratt found his debut on the big screen as the main character of the Marvel movie Guardians of the Galaxy. And now he’s returning with a slightly different role in the highly anticipated addition to the Jurassic Park franchise, Jurassic World.
Jurassic Park has been a film essential to many, and considered one of Steven Spielberg’s most timeless creation. However, Jurassic World will take a more modern spin off to the original idea. Taken place 22 years after the first Jurassic Park movie (1993, so it would be in modern day), the island of Isla Nublar is the host of a now fully operational dinosaur-themed park, Jurassic World as dreamed of by John Hammond. But after nearly a decade has gone by and there is a clear decrease in customer attraction, members of the on-site staff geneticists take part in creating a genetically modified dinosaur by the name of Indominus Rex, but the plan backfires when the dinosaur becomes out of control and runs free in the park.
Since it has been 14 years since the release of the last movie in the Jurassic Park franchise, it is not hard to guess why this movie is so well anticipated. And if the plot hasn’t intrigued you, the intense trailer will catch your attention for sure — make sure to check it out.
#6: Inside Out // June 19, 2015
What’s the last good movie Pixar has released? Frozen? That’s not a Pixar movie. Neither is Brave, nor is Tangled. Disney has released its fair share of animated movies, but strangely enough none of them came from their Pixar department. In fact, many fans have had thoughts that Pixar seems to have been on a bit of a decline of decent movies since, possibly by coincidence, the passing of Steve Jobs, Pixar’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. But not all hope is lost! Pixar released the trailer of their latest project, Inside Out, and it’s adorable but in a way that makes people our age feel okay to watch it.
Inside Out features the voices of many well-known actors and actresses, including Amy Poehler (Parks and Recreation), Mindy Kaling (The Mindy Project), Bill Hader (Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs), and Phyllis Smith (The Office).
The movie is told from a Riley’s perspective, but quite literally—there are emotions inside her head that are really the main characters, and they include Fear (Bill Hader), Anger (Lewis Black), Joy (Amy Poehler), Disgust (Mindy Kaling), and Sadness (Phyllis Smith), as announced on the Pixar website. Riley is a young girl who’s had to recently move to San Francisco, and is faced with the classic challenges of being the ‘new girl’ in a school or a neighborhood, and the emotions that deal with these challenges are taken care of in The Headquarter, where all the emotions—Fear, Anger, Joy, Disgust, and Sadness—must operate together to help Riley get through.
#7: Minions // July 10, 2015
From the people that bought you the lovable Despicable Me franchise comes the spin-off movie, Minions, which entirely focuses on the characters that won the hearts of millions of fans across the world. These yellow creatures who speak a dialect we cannot understand are notoriously famous for their cuteness, and even a year after the Despicable Me 2 movie there are still more than enough products portraying these ‘Minions’, from phone cases to pouches.
According to IMDb, Minions will focus on the origins of the cute alien-like characters, way, way back to the time of the dinosaurs. It explains the urge that the Minions posses to serve only the world’s most evil, including everyone from the T-Rex to Dracula. But the real journey and story of this spin-off begins when the Minions meet Scarlet Overkill (Sandra Bullock), the world’s first female super-villain. The Minions have, quite literally, found reason and purpose to live once more.
#8: Fantastic 4 // August 7, 2015
You may have watched the first interpretation of this Marvel comic in 2005 featuring Jessica Alba and Chris Evans (who now plays Captain America!), but fans of this fantastic superhero group were initially excited find out that this comic will be revived this year with a fresh new cast of Hollywood’s up-and-comers such as Michael B. Jordan as Human Torch (Chronicle, That Awkward Moment), Miles Teller as Mister Fantastic (That Awkward Moment, Whiplash, Divergent), Kate Mara as Invisible Woman (House of Cards), and Jamie Bell as Thing (Snowpiercer). The movie was met with disapproval when the casting list and synopsis came into play, upset that the people cast for their respective roles were much younger than portrayed in the comic series, and there was much controversy surrounding Michael B. Jordan’s addition to the bunch (which, I personally can’t quite understand, seeing as how stupendous of an actor he is).
Furthermore, director Josh Trank’s interpretation of the movie was met with displeasure as well. According to IGN, this movie will “center on four young outsiders who teleport to an alternate and dangerous universe, which alters their physical form in shocking ways. Their lives irrevocably upended, the team must learn to harness their daunting new abilities and work together to save Earth from a former friend turned enemy.” But the roles are still the same, the group still together, and the anticipation is still very much heated from all the buzzing fans and non-fans who are curious as to how this movie will fare.
#9: The Hunger Games: Mocking Jay – Part 2 // November 20, 2015
The book-series-turned-movie-franchise responsible for a heart wrenching love triangle, curious ship names, and the frequently asked question: “Team Peeta or Team Gale?”, The Hunger Games: Mocking Jay – Part 2 will make the final installment to the extremely popular movie series starring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, and Liam Hemsworth.
This last movie is following the trend set by the Harry Potter franchise to divide the last movie into two, a pattern also followed by The Twilight Saga’s last movie Breaking Dawn. The Hunger Games: Mocking Jay – Part 1 set quite a stir with the (literally) painful cliff hanger, Josh Hutcherson’s amazing acting, the make up artists’ stunning work, and Jennifer Lawrence’s as always Oscar-worthy performance. Although true fans to the series have already read every single book and know the ending, they still can’t help but anxiously wait for the final installment, which will focus on the final revolution led by Katniss and District 13 against the ever oppressive President Snow and the Capitol.
#10: Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens // December 18, 2015
The Force Awakens indeed! Just the announcement of this new installment to the Star Wars franchise itself was enough to awaken Star Wars fans everywhere, who expressed their excitement on Facebook and Twitter. Since Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith in 2005, the hype on Star Wars has definitely cooled down, as Lucasfilm and Twentieth Century Fox adequately tied any loose ends of the movie and brought the entire series together—but a decade’s worth of hiatus was not nearly enough to kill the entire fanbase. Disney ended up purchasing Lucasfilm for a whopping $4.05 billion according to Cinema Blend, in October of 2012.
Episode VII is to be directed by J.J. Abrams, a renowned director on the Hollywood scene. Does the name sound familiar? It could be because you’ve heard his name alongside Star Trek, Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, Lost, and Super 8. Fans, however, are worried that Abrams could quite possibly ruin what is one of the longest running movie franchises of all time with Episode VII, especially as it was pretty clear that the Star Wars chapter had satisfyingly closed with Episode III.
This episode will focus on the Star Wars world 30 years after the Battle of Endor, and post-events as seen in The Jedi Awakens, according to Cinema Blend. But perhaps what is most exciting about this return is that many of the cast member from The Jedi Awakens will be returning, such as Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker) and Harrison Ford (Han Solo). If the movie is no good, at least we get to see most of the original cast back on the big screen again.
– Faith Choi (’16)
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