2015: THE YEAR OF MAD AS HELL MOVIES!

With every year of moviegoing, it’s rather difficult to know what films will be truly great and which ones won’t. Sometimes you get curveballs thrown at you, i.e. a film you really anticipated only to see it and feel let down. We also have our own tastes and ideas of what a great movie experience is. For some, it might be an exciting Hollywood genre picture. For others it’s a small indie arthouse film. Here at FC, we always try to keep open minds towards the world of cinema. If you love em, you don’t discriminate. That said, we do have to still pick and choose what we watch at the theater. Most people simply can’t go see every film that’s released. 2015 is sure to be filled with fantastic movies of all kinds. For now we’ve highlighted just some of the upcoming features that we’re really looking forward to or hold a genuine interest in.

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Avengers: Age of Ultron (Dir: Joss Whedon) – May 1

In this follow up to Marvel Studios’ 2012 smash hit, Earth’s Mightiest Heroes must take on one of their greatest foes from the comic books, an artificially intelligent psychopath called ULTRON (played by James Spader). Originally conceived to be a counter-terrorism support system to assist The Avengers, crazy ol’ ULTRON decides that to fully eradicate all future threats, humanity itself must be wiped out. Well, that definitely wasn’t the plan! So, Iron Man, Captain America and their colorful friends will be put through a torturous test of wills like never before to save the world. This is looking to be one of the best super hero subgenre films ever made.
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Ant-Man (Dir: Peyton Reed) – July 17

There’s been a big uproar about this movie due to Director Edgar Wright’s sudden departure this year after being connected to it since 2006. Luckily it was saved in the nick of time by Peyton Reed (Yes Man), an equally talented filmmaker who loves the character and felt he could bring his own unique vision to the film. Thanks to some script rehauling and smoothing of rough edges, I think Ant-Man has the potential to be one of Marvel’s best films yet. I have a very good feeling about it due to its exciting heist plot premise which will be combined with some extremely cool Special Effects via Ant-Man’s awesome size altering capabilities. Let’s Get Small! Starring Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Evangeline Lily, Corey Stoll.
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Star Wars: The Force Awakens (Dir: J.J. Abrams) – Dec 18

I think at this point, pretty much everyone loves Star Wars. You don’t have to be a total SW geek that dresses up in Jedi robes and makes lightsaber noises all day to love em. You just have to enjoy exciting action-adventure movies really. The new installment (which picks up 30 years after Return of The Jedi) will undoubtedly take us back to the massively entertaining experiences we all had with the original trilogy. Starring John Boyega, Adam Driver, Andy Serkis.
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The Hateful Eight (Dir: Quentin Tarantino) – December

A few years after The Civil War a group of bounty hunters and ex-soldiers get caught inside a Wyoming stagecoach stopover during a blizzard. Their shady agendas for being there are what’s in question. Who’s who and what’s what? Only Quentin Tarantino knows and he’s going to slowly unfold this highly suspenseful Western tale in glorious 70mm SuperCinemascope just to help keep celluloid alive and well in this digital age. Starring Kurt Russell, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Madsen, Tim Roth, Bruce Dern, Walton Goggins.
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Blackhat (Dir: Michael Mann) – Jan 16

Chris Hemsworth (Thor: The Dark World) stars in this thriller about a conspiracy involving a computer mastermind and a group trying to track him down. Michael Mann can be sort of hit or miss these days, but we’re still expecting a return to his best cinematic storytelling that made us fans to begin with. Co-starring Tang Wei, Viola Davis, Manny Montana.
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Kingsmen: The Secret Service (Dir: Matthew Vaughn) – TBA

Being a big fan of Vaughn’s X-Men: First Class, I’m really intrigued by this film based on a comic book by Mark Millar about secret agent Harry Hart (Colin Firth) who takes a new protege under his wing to teach him about the exciting world of espionage. Co-starring Michael Caine, Samuel L. Jackson, Mark Strong.
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Furious 7 (Dir: James Wan) – April 3

Dom (Vin Diesel), Brian (Paul Walker) & Co are back in this 7th sequel in a series that strangely enough has only gotten better each time out. Due to Paul Walker’s tragic death, the filmmakers had to perform a few technical tricks to complete the production. For all his fans this will be a highly thrilling farewell to the much loved actor. We can’t wait to hit the highway with the crew once again! This will be Furious baby! Co-starring Dwayne Johnson, Kurt Russell, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Jason Statham.
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Mad Max: Fury Road (Dir: George Miller) – May 15

We’ve been waiting for this film for so long now. I cant believe we’re actually going to finally see Mad Max (now played by Tom Hardy) ride across the Outback roads once again 30 years after Beyond Thunderdome. From the latest trailer, it looks like there’s nothing to worry about. High octane thrills aplenty await us! Co-starring Charlize Theron, Hugh Keays-Byrne.
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Terminator: Genisys (Dir: Alan Taylor) – July 1

I have to admit, I’ve actually enjoyed every Terminator film so far. Yes even Terminator: Salvation folks. I think the sci-fi universe of Terminator makes for very exciting movies, even if some aren’t perfect in every way. That’s why I’m gonna give this next one a chance too. Starring Arnold, Jason Clarke, Jai Courtney, Emilia Clarke, Matt Smith.
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Straight Outta Compton (Dir: F. Gary Gray) – Aug 14

If you love hip hop and grew up listening to N.W.A., theres no doubt you’ll want to see this biopic about the group’s formation and the controversy they stirred up with their bombastic urban street music. This will be a film made in part by the actual members who are telling their story with as much realism and truth as possible. Starring Aldis Hodge, Corey Hawkins, Jason Mitchell, O’Shea Jackson Jr.
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Black Mass (Dir: Scott Cooper) – Sep. 18

Johnny Depp, that quirky acting chameleon transforms into infamous Boston mobster Whitey Bulger in this story based on his violent life living outside the law. If you read this site, you already know we love crime movies so this is a must see for us. Co-starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Jesse Plemons, Joel Edgerton, Sienna Miller. From the director of Out of The Furnace.
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Spectre (Dir: Sam Mendes) – Nov. 6

A new James Bond movie with Christoph “Thats a Bingo” Waltz in it? Sold American! The 24th film in the long running 007 spy series will see elite MI-6 agent James Bond (Daniel Craig) dealing once again with the infamous evil organization known as SPECTRE. Co-starring Monica Bellucci, Ralph Fiennes, Dave Bautista.
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The Martian (Dir: Ridley Scott) – Nov. 25

After seeing Prometheus which I was dissapointed by, I’m a bit weary about getting another space themed movie from Ridley Scott. That said, I’m willing to give him another chance. Let’s hope this new adventure blows the pod bay doors off Interstellar too. Starring Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Jeff Daniels, Michael Pena.

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The Gunman (Dir: Pierre Morel) – March 20

An European action thriller starring Sean Penn as Martin Terrier, an assassin who wants to leave the life behind to be with his lover (Jasmine Trinca). Only his associates in the hitman biz won’t let him leave quite so easy. Terrier is forced to go on the lam to escape their wrath. It will be very cool to see Sean Penn back in the genre film arena after his many years of making more serious minded dramas. Co-starring Javier Bardem, Ray Winstone and Idris Elba.

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Triple Nine (Dir: John Hillcoat) – Sept. 11

The plot: A group of corrupt police officers are blackmailed into pulling off a daring heist. The cast: Woody Harrelson, Kate Winslet, Casey Affleck, Norman Reedus, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Aaron Paul, Anthony Mackie and Gal Gadot. Yep this is another one to keep your eye on. From the director of Lawless.

THE REVENANT

The Revenant (Dir: Alejandro González Iñárritu) – Dec 25

Based on true events, this Western thriller (from the director of BIRDMAN) stars Leonardo DiCaprio as Hugh Glass, a fur trapper who is viciously attacked by a bear, then robbed and left to die by his fellow hunters (Tom Hardy, Domnhall Gleeson, Will Poulter). Glass recuperates and sets out to get revenge. In the tradition of classic films like Man In The Wilderness and Jeremiah Johnson.

What films are you looking forward to in 2015? Let us know!

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Peter

Editor-In-Chief of The Grindhouse Cinema Database/Furious Cinema contributor. Pete is a rabid movie geek who enjoys everything from wild n' crazy exploitation/cult flix to big budget mainstream classics. His other interests include: graphic design, cartooning and music.

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