Ultimate 2015 Movie Preview Part 2

Welcome to the Ultimate 2015 Movie Preview Part 2. In this section we will take a look at some of the films coming out in the second half of 2015. For the Ultimate 2015 movie preview part 1 click here

Since posting part 1 there have been a few changes to the schedule, with the announcement from the team behind Mission: Impossible 5, now titled Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, that the film will be moving from its December slot to July 31 I’m this has absolutely nothing to do with the plot effectively being exactly the same as Bond 24, which sees our super-spy hero go up against an evil spy agency.

 

JULY

With summer now well under way things are definitely heating up on the big screen, as Arnold Schwarzenegger returns as everyone’s favourite time-travelling, hunter-killer robot in Terminator: Genysis. This film has already been lambasted online over its plot following news that an early draft of the script had leaked online. The trailer also does little to inspire hope, but I will leave it for you to decide if seeing the film is something you want to do. I am willing to give any film that features a robot Arnie taking out one helicopter by leaping out of another.

 

Next up is Marvel’s second cinematic outing of the year and they are looking to make it big (or small) with Ant-Man starring Paul Rudd as the titular hero. This is a new franchise so it will be interesting to see how audience take to another costumed character entering the already crowded super-hero scene. It will also be fun to watch out for all the easter eggs and connections to the ever expanding Marvel cinematic Universe, and if we have learned anything from last year’s Guardians of the Galaxy it’s that Marvel can do no wrong.

 

Minions is next out, a prequel to the very entertaining Despicable Me series. This time around the little, giggling, Yellow tictacs go it alone as we see how they got on with life before Gru. Hugh Jackman looks all set for the panto in Pan, an origin story for Peter Pan, will this spin-off into a franchise? Wait and see.

August

August sees the release of one of Marvel’s “other” cinematic universes, this time in the shape of a rebooted Fantastic Four. The new look FF promises to be darker and edgier (the only two ingredients that Hollywood Chef’s choose to use) and stars a whole new line up consisting of Miles Teller as Reed Richards, Kate Mara as Susan Storm, Michael B. Jordan as Johnny Storm, Jamie Bell as Ben Grimm and Toby Kebbell takes on the role of bad guy, Victor Domashev. Expect to see the same but different when this gets released.

 

Also out this month is Guy Ritchie’s Spin on classic 60’s spy show The Man from U.N.C.L.E. This looks like it could be a lot of fun. I like how they maintained the 60’s cold-war vibe and not revamped it with a modern setting. The film boasts a great cast including The Man of Steel, Henry Cavill as Napoleon Solo and Armie Hammer playing Russian agent Iliya Kuryakin, Hugh Grant and Alicia Vikander also feature.

 

September

The first film to catch my eye this month due to it’s interesting casting is action-thriller No Escape starring Owen Wilson and Pierce Brosnan. Wilson plays a family man who is forced to take action and protect his family when they get caught in the middle of a violent coup in Southeast Asia. The trailer looks quite intense, a world away from Zoolander 2. It’ll be interesting to see how this plays out.

Western fans get something new this month with Jane Got a Gun starring Natalie Portman as a woman forced to team up with her ex-fiance to take on the band of outlaws who gunned town her husband.

For people looking for an ensemble cast that aren’t playing superheroes Triple Nine could be the film for you. The Heist movie stars an A-list cast including Woody Harrelson, Kate Winslet, Aaron Paul, Norman Reedus, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Casey Affleck, Anthony Mackie, Gal Gadot, Teresa Palmer and Michael Peña. The Film is about a group of corrupt cops blackmailed in to pulling off a big heist. No trailer yet but judging from the cast definitely one to keep an eye out for.

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Big films with big casts is very much in fashion this month as we see another ensemble piece this time with Black Mass Which takes a look at the true story of an alliance between the Irish mob in Boston and the FBI. The film boasts a fantastic cast including Johnny Depp, Kevin Bacon, Benedict Cumberbatch, Joel Edgerton, Sienna Miller and Dakota Johnson. No sign of a trailer yet.

Next up is Everest a film defined by Wikipedia as an “American 3D historical biography action adventure disaster thriller film”. The film centers on the 1996 Mount Everest disaster and stars Jake Gyllenhaal, Keira Knightley, Jason Clarke, Sam Worthington, Josh Brolin, Robin Wright, and Emily Watson. No trailer yet, but there are a few images popping up online.

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Sequels abound with the next entry in the Maze Runner franchise with Maze Runner: Scorch Trials and animated fare in the shape of Hotel Transylvania 2.

Chess drama Pawn Sacrifice sees Tobey Maguire as American chess player Bobby Fischer confront his demons to take on Soviet grandmaster Boris Spassky, played by Liv Schreiber.

Crime drama Sicario sees Emily Blunt’s FBI agent team up with a pair of mercenaries and go over the border to Mexico to hunt a drug lord. Benicio Del Toro and Josh Brolin also star.

October

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As Halloween approaches a selection of scary movies for both young and old take to the silver screen. First up is Victor Frankenstein an origin story for the titular scientist, played by James McAvoy, and told from the perspective of his assistant Igor, played by Daniel Radcliffe. Up next is Goosebumps the big screen adaptation of the popular children’s books series. Shaky DV cam horror shenanigans return with Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension. It wouldn’t be scary movie season without at least one zombie movie and that box gets ticked thanks to Scouts Vs. Zombies, not much to report on this yet but it does promise to feature both scouts, and zombies. It’s only claim to fame at the moment is that Arnie junior, Patrick Schwarzenegger is listed in the cast. The Last Witch Hunter, Sees Vin Diesel as an immortal witch hunter doing battle with a coven in New York to stop a plague from wiping out humanity. Anyone who says they don’t want to see that is a liar. The most exciting film for the Halloween season has to be Guillermo del Toro’s Crimson Peak staring Mia Wasikowska and Tom Hiddleston

Apart from scary movies October sees some of Hollywood’s heavy hitters return to the big screen, Robert Zemeckis’ The Walk Stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Ben Kingsley. The film tells the true story of Phillippe Petit, a high-wire artist, who in 1974 walked between the twin towers of the World Trade Center.

 

The long gestating Steve Jobs biopic reaches the big screen with Danny Boyle in the director’s chair and Aaron Sorkin on scripting duties. The Apple founder is played by Michael Fassbender and features a supporting cast of Seth Rogen, Kate Winslet, Jeff Daniels and Michael Stuhlbarg.

Cold war thriller Bridge of Spies is looking to be one of the year’s big films, directed by Steven Spielberg and a script by the Coen brothers it tells the tale of lawyer James Donovan who is tasked with negotiating the release of downed U-2 pilot, Francis Gary Powers, from the Soviet Union. The film stars Tom Hanks and Alan Alda. The film has been noted as one of the small number of films that won’t feature a score from John Williams, who will be busy awakening the force for JJ Abrahms, Williams has passed the baton to Thomas Newman.

Those of you who remember the golden age of Saturday morning animated entertainment that was the 1980’s can rejoice, following on from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Transformers, Jem and the Holograms is getting the big screen reboot treatment. If they can make a film better than the opening titles of the original cartoon I’d be impressed.

 

November

There are quite a few big movies coming out in November, the biggest of them all is Spectre the next instalment in the Bond series. Sam Mendes looks after directing duties with Daniel Craig returning as Bond. Also returning are Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Ben Whishaw and Jesper Christensen. New to the series are Christoph Waltz, Monica Bellucci, Lea Seydoux, and Dave Bautista. The teaser gives a brief yet tantalising glimpse at the shadowy organisation that is Spectre, the return of Mr. White suggests a plot that carries on from the expanding story featured in Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace. This storyline had seemed abandoned after the lacklustre Quantum, but with the new-found confidence resulting from Skyfall’s Billion dollar box office haul the vision for what they had envisioned for Craig’s Bond seems back on track.

One for the whole family next as Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the rest of the gang take over multiplexes with The Peanuts Movie.. This has a unique look and from the trailers really seems to capture the characters and spirit of the comic book, but we will have to wait and see the finished project. Also out is the final instalment of the Hunger Games saga with The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2. After the somewhat slow part 1 we expect a lot more action as everything is up for grabs between Jennifer Lawrence’s Katniss Everdeen and the Capital.

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One more film to look out for is The Hateful Eight from Quentin Tarantino. This is a film that courted controversy before it was even officially announced after the script was leaked online, leading Tarantino to threaten abandoning making the film all together. Fortunately for us Mr. Tarantino gave the idea further thought and decided he would make the film. It stars Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, Channing Tatum, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Walton Goggins, Demián Bichir, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen and Bruce Dern.

December

Out of all the films coming out this month there is only one that people will be talking about, and that is of course Alvin and the Chipmunks: Road Chip, there is also a small-scale space opera called Star Wars: The Force Awakens from the teaser trailer I think this will prove to be a popular film, and is certainly going to be better (one hopes) than the bloated mess that was Jupiter Ascending.



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