The Ultimate 2015 Summer Movie Guide
Ahh, summer. What a glorious time to play outdoors, go camping, take a beautiful hike… or avoid all of those activities and sit in an air-conditioned movie theater! It’s blockbuster movie season baby — and we’re excited to see what 2015 has in store for us.
Without further ado, we present you our ultimate summer movie guide! Enjoy you film geeks!
Mad Max: Fury Road – May 15
We return to George Miller’s post-apocalyptic wasteland in this latest incarnation of the Mad Max franchise. The story follows the titular character Max, played by Tom Hardy, as he roams alone following the loss of his wife and child in the aftermath of the apocalyptic chaos. Eventually he runs into Furiosa (Charlize Theron) and a group fleeing across the wasteland from a tyrannical leader. Expect this one to be an outlandish, crazy ride.
Tomorrowland – May 22
Based on the “Tomorrowland” themed land at Disney theme parks, Tomorrowland tells the story of teenager Casey Newton (Britt Robertson) and a former boy-genius inventor (George Clooney) as they embark on a mission to unearth the secrets of a place somewhere in time and space. Directed by Disney sweetheart Brad Bird (The Incredibles, Ratatouille) this promises to be a fun, family-friendly sci-fi adventure.
Poltergeist – May 22
Remember back in 1982 when the original Poltergeist scared the pants off of everyone? It seems like the time has come to reimagine the classic, haunted suburban-home tale for a new generation. The remake is directed by Gil Kenan (Monster House) and produced by the legendary Sam Raimi (Evil Dead, Spider-Man).
Entourage – June 5
The boys are back at it. A continuation of the popular HBO series, Entourage takes place right where the series left off. We’ll follow movie star Vincent Chase (Adrien Grenier) and his posse Eric (Kevin Connolly), Turtle (Jerry Ferrara), Drama (Kevin Dillon) and agent-turned-studio head Ari Gold (Jeremy Piven) as they live the dream in Hollywood once more.
Jurassic World – June 12
One of the most anticipated movies of 2015, Jurassic World takes place 22 years after the events depicted in Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park. Isla Nublar now has a fully functioning dinosaur theme park. After ten years of operation and declining visitor rates, a new genetically-modified dinosaur is created to spark visitor’s interest, which of course, backfires in horrific fashion. Directed by relative newcomer Colin Trevorrow (Safety Not Guaranteed) and starring Hollywood’s main man Chris Pratt, it’s hard to contain the excitement for returning to the Jurassic universe.
Inside Out – June 19
Pixar is back! 2014 was the first time in eight years that Pixar didn’t release a feature-length film. It plans to come back in a big way in 2015 with Inside Out. The film is set in the head of a young girl name Riley. She is guided by her emotions: Joy (Amy Poehler), Disgust (Mindy Kaling), Fear (Bill Hader), Sadness (Phyllis Smith), and Anger (Lewis Black) — who live in ‘control center’ inside her mind. It is a fun and unique concept that is sure to include the amazing Pixar storytelling we have all grown to love.
Terminator: Genisys – July 1
The fourth movie in the Terminator installment stars Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones), Jason Clarke (Zero Dark Thirty), and Arrrrnold! It will be fun to see where they take the story next, and to see if audiences are willing to embrace the franchise again, after the underwhelming Terminator Salvation.
Magic Mike XXL – July 1
Channing Tatum. Abs.
Minions – July 10
Everyone’s favorite yellow helpers are back with their own standalone film. Sure to be an entertaining summer film with fun for both kids and adults alike.
Ant-Man – July 17
Marvel’s most ambitious film to date features Paul Rudd as the titular Ant-Man. After the departure (over creative differences) of writer/director Edgar Wright, Peyton Reed (Bring It On) has stepped in to bring the tiny superhero to the big screen. It will be fun to see how this pint-sized hero translates onto a feature film. For fans of Edgar Wright, this film will always be a reminder of what might have been. But in the hands of Reed and Rudd, I think we’re in for one wild adventure.
Pan – July 24
Who’s ready for another trip to Neverland? This film follows the origins of a young orphan who ultimately becomes Peter Pan. With a stellar cast featuring Hugh Jackman, Rooney Mara, Garrett Hedlund and Amanda Seyfried, it looks like Pan will once again hook us with the magic of Neverland.
Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation – July 31
It wouldn’t be summer without a little Tom Cruise sprinkled in! The fifth movie in the Mission Impossible franchise continues the streak of sequels and reboots this summer. This movie will certainly be as implausible as movies can get, but I’ll be darned if it’s not entertaining.
Fantastic Four – August 7
The classic comic book team gets a fresh reboot this year. This time around, the team is comprised of young, exciting Hollywood talent. Starring Miles Teller as Mr. Fantastic, Kate Mara as The Invisible Woman, Michael B. Jordan as The Human Torch and Jamie Bell as The Thing.
The Man From U.N.C.L.E. – August 14
A feature film adaption of the popular NBC spy series from the 1960s, The Man From U.N.C.L.E. centers on a CIA agent who teams up with a KGB operative to thwart a terrorist threat. Guy Ritchie (Snatch, Sherlock Holmes) directs a talented cast featuring Henry Cavill (Man of Steel), Armie Hammer (The Social Network), and Hugh Grant (Notting Hill).
Straight Outta Compton – August 14
Straight Outta Compton tells the story from the mid-1980s of N.W.A’s rise to become one of the most popular rap groups of all time. Produced by Dr. Dre and Ice Cube and directed by F. Gary Gray, who directed Ice Cube in the comedy Friday, you can rest assured that this story is in the hands of those who lived it.
Movies Flying Under the Radar
Slow West – May 15
An exciting new addition into the Hollywood Western genre, Slow West is a stirring new movie from director John Maclean in his feature-film debut. Starring Michael Fassbender (the guy is everywhere!), the story follows a 16-year-old boy on a journey across the American frontier in the 19th Century in search of the woman he loves, while accompanied by a mysterious traveler (Fassbender). Early reviews have been positive on this under-the-radar film, so head down to your local art-house theatre and check it out!
Aloha – May 29
Cameron Crowe has returned! The director from Jerry Maguire and Almost Famous is back with a story of a celebrated military contractor who re-connects with a long-lost love while unexpectedly falling for an Air Force watchdog assigned to him. With an all-star cast including Emma Stone, Bradley Cooper, Rachel McAdams, John Krasinski and Bill Murray, this might prove to be the rom-com of the summer.
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl – June 12
Claiming both the U.S. Dramatic Grand Jury Prize and the U.S. Dramatic Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival in 2015, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl will finally be available for us normal folk this summer. After the Oscar success of Boyhood, which was debuted at the festival in 2014, this film looks poised to accomplish the same feat one year later.
Mr. Holmes – July 17
Bill Condon and Ian McKellen have teamed up again for another film in the Sherlock Holmes dynasty — albeit an older version of the classic character. Mr. Holmes tells the story of an aged, retired Holmes looking back on his life and grappling with an unsolved, 50-year-old case. Portraying classic characters such as Gandalf and Magneto with acclaimed success, it will be fun to see McKellen’s take on the legendary sleuth.
Irrational Man – July 24
It wouldn’t be a true summer without a Woody Allen film to enjoy. Starring Emma Stone and Joaquin Phoenix, Irrational Man is about a tormented philosophy professor who finds a will to live when he commits to an existential act.
Southpaw – July 31
Are you a fan of the TV show Sons of Anarchy? The creator of the popular motorcycle club drama, Kurt Sutter, penned the screenplay for the upcoming boxing movie Southpaw. It stars Jake Gyllenhaal as Billy Hope, a boxer who fights his way to the top, only to find his life falling apart around him.
Which movies are you most looking forward to? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!