Continuing on from Part 1, Part 2 contains our most anticipated films from June – December
Jurassic World – June 12
Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Ty Simpkins, Nick Robinson
The trailer that made nerds everywhere squeal with joy, Jurassic World returns us to Isla Nublar to a now up and running theme park featuring living, breathing dinosaurs. When the scientists in the lab decide to use a genetic manipulation to create a new dinosaur, nature does what it is want to do.
Inside Out – June 19
Amy Poehler, Mindy Kaling, Bill Hader, Phyllis Smith, Lewis Black
With a star studded cast of voice actors, Inside Out looks like it will have Pixar’s signature lighthearted humor and feel good message. Though very different than the other films on this list, Pixar always delivers fantastic films worth seeing in theater.
Terminator: Genisys – July 1
Arnold Schwarzenegger, Emilia Clarke, Jai Courtney
With the Terminator franchise recent sale, the new owners are looking to reboot the films rather than let the franchise die gracefully. Smart money is on a flop, but Schwarzenegger in a starring role, return of the T1000, and a release for the July 4th weekend could mean we’ll be seeing the rebirth of the franchise whether we like it or not.
Ant-Man – July 17
Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Corey Stoll
After years of rumors, leaks, and production hell, we’ve finally gotten our first look at Ant-Man. Tying in to the events of Age of Ultron, this film will feature a new set of Marvel heroes, and kick off phase 3 in the MCU. The trailer looks to bring the humor, high stakes, and action the MCU has become famous for.
Pan – July 24
Hugh Jackman, Amanda Seyfried, Levi Z Miller
A retelling of the origins of Peter Pan, this film shows us the rise of the famed our titular hero and his nemesis, Captain Hook. Bringing a distinct visual flair and high adventure, this film looks to be one of the more surprising offerings of 2015.
Fantastic Four – August 7
Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Bell
With no trailer and little to no marketing yet, not much is known about the Fantastic Four reboot beyond odd casting choices. However, Josh Trank, director of 2012’s Chronicle promises a gritty, dark take on the characters while reportedly ignoring the majority of the source material. Sounds like Fantastic Four may just be the World War Z of 2015.
Crimson Peak – October 16
Tom Hiddleston, Jessica Chastain, Charlie Hunnam, Mia Wasikowska
While we’re not getting a Pacific Rim sequel in 2015, that doesn’t mean Guillermo del Toro has forgotten us. He’s treating us to a Gothic horror film set in a crumbling old mansion out in the country. Seemingly more in the vein of Pan’s Labyrinth than his robots v monster masterpiece, del Toro is sure to use his signature aesthetic and creativity to craft a haunting, visually stunning horror film.
The Hateful Eight – November13
Kurt Russell, Channing Tatum, Samuel L. Jackson, Tim Roth
It’s been a rocky road, but audiences will get to see Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight in theaters after all. Another Western for Tarantino (thankfully), the film follows a group of bounty hunters stuck in an inn during a blizzard. Tarantino has earned his pretentiousness, and this looks to be another great film.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 – November 20
Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Julianne Moore
With this final installment, The Hunger Games series comes to a close. Though based on a young adult book series, these films have been incredibly good movies, helping to catapult Jennifer Lawrence into stardom and ensuring massive box office takes. Part 2 continues the war against The Capital, while Lawrence’s character wrestles with PTSD and survivor’s guilt.
The Martian – November 25
Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Jeff Daniels, Michael Peña, Kristen Wiig, Kate Mara, Sebastian Stan, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Sean Bean
Based on the best selling novel of the same title, The Martian follows an astronaut stranded on the red planet as he struggles to survive. With Ridley Scott directing a star studded cast, this film already has a lot going for it. Keep an eye out for this one as the year progresses.
The Good Dinosaur – November 25
Neil Patrick Harris, Judy Greer, Frances McDormand
Yes, I’ve got two Pixar films on this list. I love Pixar, who doesn’t? After several delays, audiences will finally get to experience this film about an Apatasaurus named Arlo who befriends a human boy he names Spot.
Star Wars Episode 7: The Force Awakens – December 18
Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, John Boyega, Andy Serkis and way too many more to name
The other trailer that made nerds everywhere squeal with joy, we can only be thankful the year is so full of great films to keep us from standing in line already. Despite my best efforts to remain cynical and aloof, when that theme music swells, so does my heart. December cannot come quickly enough.
Iron Sky: The Coming Race
Tom Green, Julia Dietze, Udo Kier
Sequel to 2012’s Iron Sky, this film features the world reeling from the events of an invasion of Nazi’s from the moon and gets crazier from there. The trailers out for this feature a race of lizard men at the center of the hollow earth, Hitler riding a T-Rex, Jesus dual wielding machine guns, and tons of pulpy goodness. No exact release date on this yet, but hopefully we’ll be able to watch in fascinated confusion in 2015.