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Killing Time’s 15 Most Anticipated Films of 2015

2015

It’s over!  It’s finally over!  The worst year in films that I can remember is over!  Usually I do my Top 10 of the year before I look ahead to the next year, but this year, I’m really struggling.  There are some holiday films and smaller films I haven’t seen, but by and large….2014 was an epic disaster of quality film making.  Thankfully, people avoided the weak offerings (mostly) and box office receipts were down 20%.  The public knows there’s plenty of worthwhile adventures to be had on TV, in books and online.  Fortunately, 2015 has some very promising offerings, undoubtedly surprise hits and other things to keep us distracted when we’re not thinking about Episode VII.  These are Killing Time’s most anticipated films of the year and may it be a great one!

1. Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens (December 19)

The most anticipated film in over a decade.  Hopefully JJ Abrams will kick off a new era of fun in a galaxy far, far away.
The most anticipated film in over a decade. Hopefully JJ Abrams will kick off a new era of fun in a galaxy far, far away.

2. Avengers: Age of Ultron (May 1)

avengers-2-age-of-ultron-it-s-going-to-be-bigger-better-and-with-a-lot-more-hawkeye-27a0fae2-4330-484c-9560-6fdb3afc2408
Whedon will raise the bar and the MCU will never be the same!

3. SPECTRE (November 6)

Daniel Craig.  Sam Mendes.  Bond 24.  Cannot wait.
Daniel Craig. Sam Mendes. Bond 24. Cannot wait.

4. Inside Out (June 19)

Pixar, Inside Out
Pixar’s most promising film since Toy Story 3.

5. The Martian (November 25)

Matt Damon and Ridley Scott adapt the best book of 2014.  Go out and get it today!  NOW!
Matt Damon and Ridley Scott adapt the best book of 2014. Go out and get it today! NOW!

6. Untitled Cold War Thriller (October 16)

Tom Hanks
Tom Hanks. Stephen Spielberg. Coen Brothers. All-star liine-up for what is hopefully a great historical thriller.

7. Minions (July 10)

Where minions go; I will follow!
Where minions go; I will follow!

8. Terminator: Genisys (July 1)

Terminator, Terminators, T5, James Cameron
It’s got Game of Thrones talent on board; please let there be even half of Game of Thrones’ quality.

9. The Hateful Eight (November 30)

Tarantino and westerns worked out pretty well the last time.
Tarantino and westerns worked out pretty well the last time.

10. Jurassic World (June 12)

If Chris Pratt can manage to right this ship; he's a superstar.  But at the very least....people gonna get et.
If Chris Pratt can manage to right this ship; he’s a superstar. But at the very least….people gonna get et.

11. In the Heart of the Sea (March 13)

2015's first great film or another Ron Howard disappointment?
2015’s first great film or another Ron Howard disappointment?

12. Crimson Peak (October 16)

Guillermo del Toro directs a haunted house movie for modern times?  I am there.
Guillermo del Toro directs a haunted house movie for modern times? I am there.

13. Mission: Impossible 5 (December 25)

The last two entries in this series were phenomenal.  Can Christopher McQuarrie deliver a third?
The last two entries in this series were phenomenal. Can Christopher McQuarrie deliver a third?

14. The Walk (October 2)

Robert Zemeckis and Joseph Gordon Levitt team to tell the story of the man who crossed between the Twin Towers on a tight rope.  Early Best Picture bet?
Robert Zemeckis and Joseph Gordon Levitt team to tell the story of the man who crossed between the Twin Towers on a tight rope. Early Best Picture bet?

15. Ant-Man (July 17)

C'mon.  You know you want to see just what the heck this thing is going to turn out to be.
C’mon. You know you want to see just what the heck this thing is going to turn out to be.

Those are certainly not the only films 2015 has to offer (and let’s remember that at least a few of these will inevitably jump to 2016).  Other films that I’m looking forward to: Blackhat, Focus, Chappie, Mad Max: Fury Road, Pan, The Fantastic Four, The Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials, Jungle Book, Peanuts, and The Good Dinosaur.  It looks like a packed year, gang.  I’ll see you at the theater!

8 thoughts on “Killing Time’s 15 Most Anticipated Films of 2015”

  1. No mention of Jupiter Ascending anywhere. Sigh. That’s just typical. I saw the coming attraction in a theater a few weeks ago, and it looks absolutely incredible. Yet if incoming bombs were this easy to spot during wars, wars would be a lot easier to win.

    Regarding Steve’s latest opus, it’s refreshing to see a major motion picture without a title this close to its release date. The last time Steve got synergistic the results were polarizing, but I guess this time the weird collaborators are still alive, and problems can get ironed out.

    Scott and Tarrantino have lost me forever, but Howard and Pixar have a chance to win me back, and that park needed to open a long, long time ago. And speaking of a long time ago… BRING THIS YEAR ON.

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    1. Scott wouldn’t be there if I wasn’t so all fired up about the book and how fantastic it was. Jupiter I’ll see because I just want to know WTF it is after all this time, but big delays never bode well and the Wachowskis haven’t had the track record with me that they have with you.

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      1. I call people who have lost interest in the Wachowskis “the rest of the universe.” I wouldn’t be surprised if I’m the only enthusiastic fan of theirs left on the planet.

        If The Martian is as good as you say it is I’ll pick up a copy.

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    1. 50 Shades isn’t really a phenomenon that’s up my alley, but with the business the books did, that’s certain to be a huge opener in February. I felt let down by the first half of Mockingjay. I just didn’t feel there was a reason to stretch it over two films, but I’ll be there to see Katniss bring it to a close. 2015 actually has an abundance of films to look forward to, whereas last year’s crop was so thin that I doubt I’ll have seen more than one or two of the Best Picture nominees. It looks like a great year!

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      1. THANKS for the abundance tips..
        It is indeed true that this year has an abundance of films to look forward to. Because when I visit your site, I really fell already the abundance…ahaha!
        Well, what’s the reason why I am really looking forward for Hunger Games because that movie gives me and my family an extra bonding time every year and we make sure we have one movie to look for!.
        Anyways..I like some of your list here. Makes me more excited to watch!!ahahah..Your opinion is highly appreciated!!

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