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Most anticipated films of summer 2015…

Posted on March 20th, 2015
Posted on March 20th, 2015

by Coop Cooper

The summer movie season is nearly upon us and here are a few of the most anticipated films that could rake in the big box office bucks…

“The Avengers: Age of Ultron” (May 1) – In this sequel the superhero team fights Ultron, an omnipotent robot villain born from Tony Stark’s technology. This film will greatly expand the Marvel mythology and introduce some new heroes and villains who are sure to appear in future films.

“Mad Max: Fury Road” (May 15) – This will be the first “Mad Max” movie in thirty years and according to the spectacularly chaotic trailer, this franchise rebooting may be worth the wait. Tom Hardy plays the new Max who faces off against two warring clans of survivors, one of which is lead by a one-armed Charlize Theron.

“Tomorrowland” (May 22) – Based on the Disneyland/World theme land of the same name, the story involves a girl (Britt Robertson) who discovers an alternate world of humans where technology has reached far beyond our own. George Clooney plays an exile from this future world who teams up with the girl to save… something. It’s not clear since the plot details are secret but the trailer for it hints it could be something special.

“Poltergeist” (May 22) – The original is considered the “Star Wars” of ghost movies and many fans (including myself) don’t think it should have been remade but the new trailer promises a more serious tone, bigger scares and a journey to the spirit world that went unseen in the original. This may warrant a closer look.

“Jurassic World” (June 12) – Set years after the original film/sequels, Jurassic Park has been rebuilt and has finally opened to the public. Supposedly, new technological security measures ensure all visitors are safe, but the creation of new hybrid species of dinosaurs threatens to destroy everyone on the island. With a darker tone, this film could be the intense thriller that “Jurassic Park” was always meant to be. Add Chris Pratt as a park ranger commanding a pack of trained velociraptors and this could be a hit.

“Terminator Genisys” (July 1) – A wrinkle in time changes the entire storyline of the “Terminator” franchise, sending characters back to the previous events in the “Terminator” movies in an attempt to change the outcome. This is a gutsy, yet risky gamble to reboot the series but Arnold is back as the Terminator alongside Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones) as a young Sarah Conner and Jai Courtney as a Kyle Reese. I’d say this has a 50/50 chance of becoming a critical failure or success.

“Ant-Man” (July 17) – This might seem like a silly side-film by Marvel but in actuality, Ant-Man has always been an important Avenger. Genius inventor Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) wills down his ‘shrink’ technology to lowly thief Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) to pull off a heist which could save the world. While there are no plans to integrate “Ant-Man” into “The Avengers” anytime soon, here’s to hoping he will definitely add something positive to the ever-expanding Marvel Universe.

“Mission Impossible 5” (July 31) – While I’ve never been a big fan of this over-the-top franchise, I admire how each sequel updates its style to stay modern and keep its edge. They always entertain and perform well at the box office.

“Fantastic Four” (August 7) – While the first two goofy films failed miserably to bring any sort of edge or dignity to the venerable Marvel superhero team, this reboot plans to portray the characters in a darker tone. Focusing more on the bizarre and creepy science behind their transformation and the freakishly dangerous nature of their powers, director Josh Trank claims he wanted the mood of this film to be reminiscent of David Cronenberg’s “The Fly”. Sounds like a smart move and I hope they get it right this time.

“Straight Outta Compton” (August 14) – The much anticipated biography of N.W.A., one of the most controversial rap groups of all time, will chronicle their rise to infamy as they introduce gangster culture into the burgeoning music genre. Definitely not for everyone, but when you consider how heavily Dr. Dre, Eazy-E and Ice Cube influenced modern music and culture, it might be fascinating to see how it all started.

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