Most Anticipated Movies of 2015

There’s a whole heck load of movies coming out this year. Like, more than a dozen. I’m planning to watch a few, here and there, so here’s a handy-dandy little plan for my 2015 cinematic calendar. I’ve included the UK release date (some of these films have already been released elsewhere some time ago), as well as an idea of how excited I am to see them based on how I’ll actually probably see them. The key is here:
Cinema – Fairly straightforward, I’ll be seeing this in the theatre. The highest possible acclaim.
LoveFilm: High Priority – LoveFilm, my DVD rental service, has three different levels of priority. This is the highest.
LoveFilm: Medium Priority – This is the middle priority level.
LoveFilm: Low Priority – And this, somewhat predictably, is the lowest priority, reserved only for those films in which I have a passing interest but wouldn’t care if I didn’t see them. There are exceptions to some of these rankings, which I’ll get into, but this is a fairly straightforward guide.

UK Release Date: 02/01/15, Cinema
We’re kicking things off with a big one, and one that I’ve heard nothing but great things about when it was released in the rest of the world months ago. When I started writing this post I was really looking forward to this movie, but now I’m not looking forward to it, because I went to see it yesterday. Look out for my thoughts on it soon.

UK Release Date: 02/01/15, LoveFilm: High Priority
Another film that’s been well received elsewhere. I really liked Denis Villeneuve’s Prisoners from 2013, plus the plot of Jake Gyllenhall’s character meeting his exact doppleganger has me intrigued. Alas, it was released here yesterday and hasn’t appeared at a theatre near me, so I’ll have to wait for this to hit DVD, it would seem.

The Theory of Everything
UK Release Date: 02/01/15, Cinema
Up until yesterday, this wouldn’t have been listed as something I was desperate to see in the cinema. It’s not that I don’t think it looks good, and the buzz over the performances by Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones has been great, but it looks rather depressing. Then, a couple of hours ago, I went to go see it with my partner. My expectations were correct, but there was also a lot more comedy. Again, more thoughts to come, and this is the last film on this list that I’ve actually already seen, I promise.

Taken 3
DM-03656 – Liam Neeson and Forest Whitaker in TAKEN 3.
UK Release Date: 08/01/15, LoveFilm: Low Priority
I feel bad about putting this on here when I’ve not even seen part 2 in this unexpected trilogy, but number three shows a bit of promise, with Liam Neeson’s character being the one on the run. This will depend on reviews, but I’m tentative.

UK Release Date: 09/01/15, LoveFilm: High Priority
Based on the trailers and everything else I’ve heard, this has some really wonderful performances, which will undoubtedly be nominated come the Academy Awards. I’m not familiar with the real life events based on this, and I’m making an effort not to read into them before seeing it.

Into the Woods
UK Release Date: 09/01/15, LoveFilm: Medium Priority
More trepidation, because what I’ve heard isn’t entirely positive, but the strength of the cast and, despite Rob Marshall’s directorial efforts since, I still hold out some hope that he’ll give us another Chicago. Also, when did James Corden become a thing?

American Sniper
UK Release Date: 16/01/15, LoveFilm: High Priority
I’m going to watch this based entirely upon the first trailer, with Bradley Cooper’s sniper having to make the call on whether to kill a child supposedly carrying a bomb. If two minutes can get me on the edge of my seat, imagine what a couple of hours can do. That being said, it’s been a while since Clint Eastwood directed something particularly good. I look forward to finding out.

UK Release Date: 16/01/15, Cinema
J. K. Simmons in a role that seems guaranteed a Supporting Actor Oscar nomination? Count me in, regardless of Miles Teller’s starring role.

UK Release Date: 16/01/15, LoveFilm: Medium Priority
I thought Dallas Buyers Club had some great performances in an otherwise fairly standard film, which is what I’ve heard could also be said about Jean-Marc Vallée’s next film, Wild, with a stellar performance from Reese Witherspoon as a woman who feels the need to go on a long trek somewhere. I liked Tracks, from last year, and this seems very similar, so there’s that.

A Most Violent Year
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UK Release Date: 23/01/15, LoveFilm: Medium Priority
J.C. Chandor has made two films I’ve seen before this, Margin Call and All Is Lost. Both are great in their own ways, although I’ve been quite vocal about my hatred for All Is Lost’s ending in the past. A Most Violent Year looks set to be great too, if only because it stars Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain, and Albert Brooks is in there somewhere too.

UK Release Date: 23/01/15, LoveFilm: High Priority
Speaking of Oscar Isaac, he’s got another film out the same day as A Most Violent Year, which sees him as some kind of tech genius developing an A.I. creation and inviting Domhnall Gleeson to come round and test it. I’m in because of the robots, but it also just looks plain interesting.

UK Release Date: 23/01/15, LoveFilm: Low Priority
Consider this one to be included based purely on the cast and curiosity. It looks a little bit terrible, and if all the reviews agree then I’ll cross it off, but if a few people say it;s not bad then I’ll be prepared to do the same. Also, Olivia Munn as a nymphomaniac. Sold.

Kingsman: The Secret Service
UK Release Date: 29/01/15, Cinema
Matthew Vaughn is one of my favourite newer directors, so when he comes out with a new film I’m going to go see it. Plus, the trailers look like tremendous fun, with shedloads of action and comedy. Samuel L. Jackson looks a bit silly as the villain, but we’ll see.

Big Hero 6
UK Release Date: 30/01/15, LoveFilm: High Priority
I do love my animated films (more on them later) and this one seems to have taken the world by storm, particularly the giant bouncy marshmallow robot thing Baymax. I’ve been looking forward to this since the trailers.

Inherent Vice
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UK Release Date: 30/01/15, Cinema
Paul Thomas Anderson! Yay! I’ll be seeing this in the cinema opening weekend specifically for a Lambcast episode, but even if I didn’t have to I’d probably see it in the cinema anyway, because the trailer looks like a great deal of fun.

Son of a Gun
Son of a Gun Movie (5)
UK Release Date: 30/01/15, LoveFilm: Medium Priority
A prison movie that becomes a heist film? That’s two of my favourite kind of films, right there.

Jupiter Ascending
UK Release Date: 06/02/15, LoveFilm: Medium Priority
This is another one I’m a little concerned about, because it’s directed by the Wachowski siblings and their patchy resume, it’s being released in Feburary and it’s been pushed back a long way for various reasons, all of which are warning signs, as are the lead roles being Mila Kunis and Channing Tatum, but I have hopes. It could be a mess, but if so it’ll be a big, shiny, spectacular mess.

UK Release Date: 06/02/15, LoveFilm: High Priority
Selma is a film I probably wouldn’t care too much about if it weren’t for the buzz surrounding David Oyelowo’s lead performance as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. It looks a little dry otherwise, but I’ve heard enough good things to want to check it out.

Shaun the Sheep Movie
UK Release Date: 06/02/15, LoveFilm: Medium Priority
I love Aardman, although I’ve never seen the kids’ TV show. This is definitely one I’ll wait to watch at home, but it looks fun, if a little childish.

Love is Strange
UK Release Date: 13/02/15, LoveFilm: High Priority
Alfred Molina and John Lithgow are two character actors I’m generally grateful for appearing in anything. Here they play a gay couple who, after getting married, find themselves homeless and are forced to burden themselves upon friends and family. Sounds like a whimsical comedy drama that I’ll enjoy.

UK Release Date: 20/02/15, LoveFilm: Medium Priority
Michael Mann is a good director, whose Heat is a particular favourite of mine. Blackhat, on the other hand, irks me from the off because it stars Chris Hemsworth – a man who has been cast, let’s not forget, as a god – as a hacker. I’ve known people who would consider themselves hackers, and as a rule they don’t look like Chris Hemsworth. There’s a reason why, in The Core, a similar character was played by DJ Qualls. That’s the point I can’t get past with this movie. I’m sure I’ll still see it, but I won’t approve of Hemsworth’s casting unless it’s revealed he’s some kind of front for a far nerdier computer nerd behind the scenes, hopefully played by Qualls.

UK Release Date: 20/02/15, LoveFilm: High Priority
Time travel! Yay! Supporting turn from Noah Taylor! Yay! Ethan Hawke! Meh.

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
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UK Release Date: 26/02/15, Cinema
I liked the first one, even after a few repeat viewings. This seems to promise more of the same kind of light-hearted comedy about old folk in foreign climates, with the whole cast returning, plus David Strathairn and Richard Gere. The reason this is marked as a cinema release is because my other half will probably want to go see it. I don’t mind at all.

UK Release Date: 27/02/15, LoveFilm: Medium Priority
I like heist movies, and at times the glossier the better, so one starring Will Smith and Margot Robbie sounds fine to me. I just hope it doesn’t get too convoluted under the weight of its own twists and turns and who-do-we-believes.

UK Release Date: 06/03/15, LoveFilm: Medium Priority
Neill Blomkamp made District 9, which was awesome. Then he made Elysium, which was significantly less so. He seems to have learned that he thrives with a more limited scope and budget, which Chappie, about an A.I., seems to have.

UK Release Date: 20/03/15, LoveFilm: High Priority
And now we’ve got to the first film on this list that I genuinely don’t want to see, but will anyway. You see, it features Kate Winslet, and I’m reviewing all of her films, so regardless of how much I disliked the first film in this young adult series, I’ll carry on until Winslet stops appearing in them. I really hope her character gets killed off in this movie.

Top Five
UK Release Date: 20/03/15, LoveFilm: High Priority
I’ve heard a lot of goof things about Chris Rock’s latest film. I’m generally hit or miss with the guy in terms of him making me laugh, and seeing as this doesn’t appear to be an out-and-out comedy I think that will be fine.

Get Hard
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UK Release Date: 27/03/15, LoveFilm: Low Priority
Will Ferrell as a soft businessman trying to train himself to survive in prison with the help of Kevin Hart’s supposedly jail-hardened mentor? Could be funny.

The Spongebob Movie: Sponge Out of Water
UK Release Date: 27/03/15, LoveFilm: Low Priority
As with Shaun the Sheep, I’ve never seen an episode of SpongeBob. However, the trailer had me grinning.

Furious 7
UK Release Date: 03/04/15, LoveFilm: Medium Priority
I didn’t like Fast and Furious 6. These are not films that are made for me. They are, however, very popular, so for the same reasons I saw The Amazing Spider-Man 2 last year, I’ll be seeing Furious 7 this year.

A Little Chaos
A Little Chaos (1)
UK Release Date: 17/04/15, LoveFilm: High Priority
Another film I’d have no interest in if it didn’t feature Kate Winslet. However, it’s also directed by Alan Rickman, so that’s interesting, but it’s about a gardener, which isn’t.

The Avengers Age of Ultron
UK Release Date: 24/04/15, Cinema
Holy fucking shit Avengers 2 comes out this year. And the villain is a robot voiced by James Spader. Counting down the days to this one.

Mad Max: Fury Road
UK Release Date: 15/05/15, Cinema
When a fourth Mad Max movie was announced, like a lot of people I asked “Why?” Then the trailer came out, and we all got our answer. This looks freaking awesome, with Tom Hardy in the lead role in this post-apocalyptic wasteland.

Pitch Perfect 2
UK Release Date: 15/05/15, LoveFilm: High Priority
I really liked the first one (I picked it up on Blu-Ray in the January sales the other day) but I’m a little hesitant because it’s being directed by Elizabeth Banks, whose only other major directing credit is a segment in Movie 43, my worst film from 2013. Also, Rebel Wilson is going to be in it again, and she annoys me intensely.

UK Release Date: 22/05/15, Cinema
I know very little about this, other than it might be the origin story to a segment of Disney’s Magic Kingdom park. The trailer looks great, and Brad Bird is an awesome director.

San Andreas
UK Release Date: 29/05/15, LoveFilm: Medium Priority
The Rock versus an earthquake? If this is a throwback to the classic disaster movies of Irwin Allen’s days, then count me right in.

Jurassic World
UK Release Date: 12/06/15, Cinema
I feel like I don’t really need to say anything more here. This was a given.

UK Release Date: 26/06/15, LoveFilm: High Priority
Yes, it’s animated, but I haven’t been a huge fan of the previous two films involving the nightmarish yellow henchmen. My partner, on the other hands, eats this shit up, so I’ll see it eventually, I’m sure.

Absolutely Anything
UK Release Date: July, LoveFilm: High Priority
This could be the closest thing we get to another Monty Python movie. It’s being directed by Terry Jones and features voice cameos from all five surviving Python members, so colour me excited. Simon Pegg’s mild mannered schoolteacher is granted the power to do, well, absolutely anything. Understandably, Kate Beckinsale crops up shortly afterward.

Terminator Genisys
UK Release Date: 03/07/15, LoveFilm: Medium Priority
I was intrigued when a new Terminator film was announced (I didn’t actually hate Salvation, despite Sam Worthington), but then Schwarzenegger signed on as an old robot, and they released some plot details, and then that trailer rolled around and, well, now I’m kind of dreading it. This could be a car crash I can’t tear myself away from.

UK Release Date: 14/07/15, LoveFilm: High Priority
Based on the popular short, this sees a bunch of video game nerds taking on giant video game characters that are attacking the world. Adam Sandler’s involvement has me concerned, but it seems like too big of a project for him to derail on his own. Plus, Peter Dinklage with a mullet.

UK Release Date: 17/07/15, LoveFilm: High Priority
If this still had Edgar Wright at the helm it would have a shot at being my most anticipated movie of the year. Alas, with Yes Man’s Peyton Reed in the directing chair I may not even see it in theatres. That being said, early word says it could be better than everyone’s low expectations would have you believe.

Inside Out
UK Release Date: 24/07/15, Cinema
Pixar! It’s been so long since we’ve had a Pixar film! I’m not sold on the teaser trailer, but just the fact that Pixar are making it and it doesn’t have the word “Cars” in the title means this will probably be amazing.

Triple Nine
UK Release Date: 11/09/15, LoveFilm: High Priority
Winslet again, but this time in a film I may actually enjoy, about a team of dirty police officers who are forced to kill one of their own. It also features Aaron Paul, Norman Reedus, Woody Harrelson, Casey Affleck, Clifton Collins Jr., Anthony Mackie and Chiwetel Ejiofor, which is a pretty sweet cast, and it’s directed by The Proposition’s John Hillcoat.

The Dressmaker
UK Release Date: 01/10/15, LoveFilm: High Priority
Winslet again again, back to her ways of being in films I don’t like the sound of. This sounds like Chocolat, but with dresses instead of delicious chocolate.

Victor Frankenstein
UK Release Date: 02/10/15, LoveFilm: Medium Priority
James McAvoy may be playing Dr. Frankenstein, but I’m interested in this because Daniel Radcliffe will be Igor.

B.O.O.: Bureau of Otherworldly Operations
UK Release Date: 16/10/15, LoveFilm: Medium Priority
Hopefully this animated supernatural comedy will be a darn site better than R.I.P.D., which had a similar premise but absolutely zero entertainment value.

Crimson Peak
Crimson Peak
UK Release Date: 16/10/15, Cinema
Guillermo del Toro. Jessica Chastain. Tom Hiddlestone. Need I go on?

The Jungle Book
UK Release Date: 16/10/15, LoveFilm: Medium Priority
Jon Favreau’s needless adaptation will be the first of two warring Jungle Book movies out in the near future – Andy Serkis’ project has been pushed back to 2017. However, this one has an amazing cast, with Scarlett Johansson as Kaa, Bill Murray as Baloo, Ben Kingsley as Bagheera, Christopher Walken as King Louie, and the almighty Idris Elba as Shere Kahn.

UK Release Date: 23/10/15, Cinema
I loved Skyfall. Therefore, I look forward to Spectre. Christoph Waltz as maybe-Blofeld? Yes please, plus Dave Bautista as undoubtedly some kind of henchman and the none-more-beautiful Monica Bellucci.

Scouts vs Zombies
UK Release Date: 30/10/15, LoveFilm: Low Priority
It’s got zombies in it, being fought by boy scouts. What’s not to like?

The Kitchen Sink
UK Release Date: 06/11/15, LoveFilm: Low Priority
Similarly, more young people fighting zombies, but with added vampires too. Could be a mess, could be fun.

UK Release Date: 13/11/15, LoveFilm: Medium Priority
Christmas Vacation is hallowed ground around these parts, so they better tread carefully in this reboot.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2
UK Release Date: 20/11/15, Cinema
It’s going to be one of the most successful films of the year, so I’ll probably have to see it at some point. I missed 3a, but I’ll catch up with it before seeing this.

The Good Dinosaur
the good dinosaur
UK Release Date: 27/11/15, Cinema
Inside Out maybe the first Pixar film in ages, but they’re giving us another one in the same darn year, and this one has dinosaurs in it. That’s right; Pixar + dinosaurs = ecstatic Jay.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens
star wars
UK Release Date: 18/12/15, Cinema
Well, it’s Star Wars, isn’t it? I loved the trailed, and whilst part of me keeps saying “But what about The Phantom Menace?” I just can’t seem to stop myself getting excited about this.

Mission Impossible 5
UK Release Date: 26/12/15, Cinema
Ghost Protocol was far better than expected, so part 5 has some big shoes to fill. I’ve not seen either Jack Reacher of The Way of the Gun, so Christopher McQuarrie’s directing abilities are as yet unknown to me, but I look forward to finding out.

UK Release Date: ?, LoveFilm: High Priority
The new Ben Wheatley movie. That’s all I need to know.

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
UK Release Date: ?, LoveFilm: Medium Priority
It’s kind of in the title, I think.

The Interview
UK Release Date: ?, LoveFilm: Low Priority
With all the furore and hoopla surrounding this, I found myself wondering why everyone was getting so hung up over a film that, to be honest, looked pretty run of the mill and not terribly funny. It’s made such waves that I guess I’ll have to see it, but I don’t think I’d care if I didn’t.

NAYA: Legend of the Golden Dolphin
UK Release Date: ?, LoveFilm: High Priority
And finally, Winslet again, this time narrating something about a shiny dolphin.

Did I miss anything? Is there something I should be looking out for that I forgot? What are you looking forward to the most? Let me know in the comments!

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