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What looks good for the rest of 2015?…

Posted on August 21st, 2015
Posted on August 21st, 2015

by Coop Cooper

Straight Outta Compton” about the rise of gangster rap group N.W.A. has been a critical and commercial success with impressive box office numbers this past weekend, and it also marks the end of the summer movie season. Here are ten other highly anticipated movies audiences have to look forward to for the rest of 2015…

Black Mass” (Sept. 18) – Johnny Depp once again makes a bizarre physical transformation to play real-life murderous mobster-turned FBI informant, Whitey Bulger. Depp seems most comfortable when he finds a role he can disappear into, but he always walks the line between drama and parody. Could this be a sincere attempt by the actor to gain the attention of the Academy?

The Martian” (Oct. 2) – Matt Damon plays an astronaut left for dead on Mars who must survive long enough for a rescue party to arrive. Although he received critical jeers for playing a similar role in “Interstellar”, this loose remake of “Robinson Crusoe on Mars” looks interesting enough for Damon to possibly redeem himself.

Bridge of Spies” (Oct. 16) – Steven Spielberg once again puts Tom Hanks in a starring role as the lawyer recruited by the CIA to help obtain the release of American U2 spy plane pilot Francis Gary Powers detained after being shot down over the Soviet Union in 1960. Spielberg is hit-and-miss with his historical dramas but usually succeeds when Hanks is involved (and I still think “Terminal” is an underrated film).

Spectre” (Nov. 6) – Daniel Craig’s fourth turn as 007 has him coming face-to-face with Franz Oberhauser (Christoph Waltz) and the insidious terrorist organization known as Spectre. Craig’s transformation into the iconic secret agent, which is now complete following the events in “Skyfall”, comes full circle as he goes up against one of his most iconic foes. Hopefully Waltz will impress considering he seems to play the exact same character over and over again.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2” (Nov. 20) – With this film, the “Hunger Games” saga comes to an end and it should put all of the pieces together to finish the story after “Part 1” felt so incomplete. “Catching Fire” raised the bar pretty high and while “Mockingjay” wasn’t as beloved as the other Hunger Games novels, no doubt fans of the books will show up for the saga’s finale. Like the upcoming Harry Potter spinoff “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”, perhaps the lucrative “Hunger Games” may still have life in cinema beyond the books.

Creed” (Nov. 25) – Michael B. Jordan plays Adonis Creed, son of the late boxer Apollo Creed, who wants to follow in his father’s footsteps. In order to achieve this, he enlists the help of retired champion Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) to train him for a shot at the title. While the marketing is being surprisingly coy about promoting the film as a “Rocky” spinoff, it might attract viewers when they figure out what the movie is actually about. Plus, who woulda thunk we’d see Stallone play Rocky again?

Star Wars: The Force Awakens” (Dec. 18) – Since Disney bought the “Star Wars” franchise from George Lucas, the mouse studio has hit the ground running to develop a long-awaited continuation of the original trilogy, complete with Luke, Han, Chewy and Princess Leia. Since Lucas took his sweet time with the prequels, the creation of this next trilogy seems a bit too hasty to give the franchise its due, but Disney isn’t stopping there. They already have spinoffs in production, starting with “Rogue One” (about the Rebel team that stole the original Death Star plans) and standalone Han Solo, Yoda and Boba Fett films. If Disney pays these films the proper respect, the future looks promising for Star Wars fans.

Point Break” (Dec. 25) – A reboot of the cheesy yet brilliant surfers-turned-bankrobbers movie starring Keanu Reeves and Patrick Swayze? No one asked for it, but it is happening and without Reeves or Swayze, this could be another bad Hollywood remake that audiences are tiring of.

The Hateful Eight” (Dec. 25) – Quentin Tarantino through a tantrum when the script for his Western film leaked onto the internet and he vowed not to make it. Eventually he changed his mind, and even though it is shot in the nearly extinct and extravagant 70mm film format, the effort seems like overkill for a film so talk-heavy, it could easily belong on an off-Broadway stage. It is starting off in limited release which could be some sort of Oscar-qualifying strategy or it could be a sign that theater chains don’t have much faith in Tarantino’s increasingly verbose and fetishistic tastes..

The Revenant” (Dec. 25) – This beautifully shot period thriller stars Leonardo DiCaprio as real-life frontiersman Hugh Glass who was left for dead by his hunting party after a bear attack and had to go to extraordinary lengths to survive the elements and attacks by Natives. Director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu reportedly put his crew through hell to complete the film in such harsh conditions but the effort could make this film the sleeper hit of the winter.


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