Unlike last summer, I'm excited for this year's box office to heat up in the next few months.
1. Hot Pursuit (May 8th)
Cooper (Reese Witherspoon) is a bumbling but well-meaning police officer put in charge of protecting Daniella (Sofia Vergara), the delightfully naive and glamorous widow of a drug dealer. Vergara + Witherspoon + chaotic shenanigans = big laughs? Hope so. It's time for more female-driven comedies! Pass the popcorn, I'm in.
2. Mad Max: Fury Road (May 15th)
In a a post-apocalyptic world, savage and void of societal order, Max (Tom Hardy) and Furiosa (Charlize Theron) form a band of rebels to travel across an area known as the Wasteland in search of peace, encountering the vicious henchmen of Immortan Joe (Hugh Keays-Byrne), a ruthless warlord, along the way.
I'm looking forward to this reboot and Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron are both brilliant actors, I cannot wait to see them in these unique roles. Wild, gritty action? Check. Bizarre adventure? Check. Body paint? Check.
3. Pitch Perfect 2 (May 15th)
Along with the phenomenal A Capella performances, we all loved the quirky, candid, dead-pan comedic chemistry between all the Bellas and I look forward to some more! This time, they take the competition international in an attempt to regain their glory after a disastrous performance.
And shout out to the Green Bay Packers cameo! Love my Pack...
4. Aloha (May 29th)
Bradley Cooper is a military contractor who returns to Hawaii to reminisce about the high-points of his career (smells like a midlife crisis). He seeks out his former flame (Rachel McAdams) to revisit what went wrong and finds himself drawn to the new Air force recruit (Emma Stone). Career crisis, old love, new love and self re-discovery.
Bradley Cooper has been choosing some great roles recently, and fresh off of American Sniper, it will be interesting to see how he approaches this lighter-hearted military role. Plus, he and Emma Stone seem to have great on-screen chemistry. Also, if you've ever watched a film starring Emma Stone (or even a cameo) you know she is an absolute delight. Cameron Crowe does a good job of creating a natural, dramatic storyline (remember Jerry Maguire?) so I'll trust him with this one.
5. San Andreas (May 29th)
Just kidding...LOL...I don't think anyone really wants to see this. If we want to hear about earthquakes in California, we'll just watch the news. But...I'll probably still find myself renting it when it comes out later.
5. Spy (June 5th)
Susan Cooper (Melissa McCarthy), is a mild-mannered desk agent for the CIA who goes undercover to help take down a lethal arms dealer. You know that feeling you had the first week on a new job when everyone knows everything but you're three steps behind, trying to jump ten steps ahead and inadvertently starting fires along the way? That's Susan...she reminds me of a female Inspector Clouseau (if you haven't seen the Pink Panther...look it up): trying way too hard but somehow saving the day.
Melissa McCarthy is such a great comedian and fully commits to her characters. Big laughs for sure...I hope I don't choke on my popcorn.
6. Jurassic World (June 12th)
Twenty-two years after the catastrophic events of Jurassic Park, with the prehistoric park suffering for visitors, scientist Claire Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howard) attempts to give the park a boost by experimenting in dinosaur genetics. To quote Owen (played by Chris Pratt) "you just went and made a new dinosaur? Probably not a good idea..." As expected, Claire's new, scaly lethal baby gets loose and everyone freaks out. Classic Jurassic.
Obviously we can see that Owen is sort of like Dr. Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum in our beloved, Jurassic Park) in his "stop messing around with science and nature" and Claire is like Richard Attenborough (John Hammond) in "oh, let's have fun and create stuff!"
Also, there's this megalodon thing...
I was apprehensive at first, but I'm honestly really looking forward to the resurrection of this series. There'll be action, there'll be adventure, there'll be scary, toothy things, there'll be Christ Pratt. It's shaping up to be a good time, folks.
7. Terminator Genisys (July 1st)
I know this one has gotten a lot of hate but I'm willing to give it a chance. We have Kyle Reese (Jai Courtney) in a new setting with John Connor (Jason Clarke) deciding to travel back in time to "save" Sarah Connor (Emilia Clarke). I throw quotations around "save" because, when Kyle travels back and finds Sarah, she seems to have a handle on things (see photo below).
Though a Terminator was sent back in time to kill Sarah, the Resistance intervened and sent their own cyborg back and, despite the fact that her parents were killed, Sarah is raised by the Resistance Machine (played by who else than Arnold Schwarzenegger) and learns from him...well...how to take care of herself.
Rumor has it that some major plot twists have been revealed through the latest poster for the film (shown below)...which seems like a poor marketing move to me.
All that to say, maybe Paramount will give us a surprise and treat the Terminator franchise with some respect this time? Fingers crossed...
8. The Gift (July 31st)
Simon (Jason Bateman) and Robyn are a young married couple living an idyllic life in the suburbs until Simon's "old friend" from high school, Gordo, (Joel Edgerton) shows up..and keeps showing up. Gordo continues to bombard the couple with unusually intimate gifts and seems to remember everything about Simon. Unnervingly, Simon can't remember the details of his past relationship with Gordo, he only remembers that everyone thought Gordo was strange. Fed up with Gordo showing up unannounced and weirding them out, Simon tells him to stay away. But Gordo snaps....and decides to take Simon and Robyn on a terrifying trip down memory lane.
The plot got me curious, the trailer made me mad curious. This is Joel Edgerton's directorial debut (he wrote it as well) and it just looks like a scary. Good. Time. *shivers*
9. The Fantastic Four (August 7th)
Yet another reboot (is it just me or is that the theme this year?), Fantastic Four begins again with four young (and my, they do seem young) scientists obtaining super powers through a teleportation experiment gone awry. After they adjust to their powers, the Invisible Woman (Kate Mara), The Human Torch (Michael B. Jordan), The Thing (Jamie Bell) and, of course, Mr. Fantastic (Miles Teller) must adapt to their new-found abilities and rise to defend the people of earth against a ruthless dictator.
When I first heard about this reboot, I wasn't too excited, but with a young, fresh cast and hopefully a fresh storyline, maybe it could be brought back to life.
10. Hitman: Agent 47 (August 21st)
Another interesting move by Hollywood is to take video game plot lines and turn them into films. Rupert Friend is the smooth cerebrumed hitman in Hitman: Agent 47. Though his genetically engineered makeup makes him icy, robotic and dazzlingly lethal, he seeks the assistance of a young woman, Katia (Hannah Ware) in his deathly activities. Agent 47 and Katia work together to target a large corporation that plans on revealing the truth behind his special abilities in order to create an army even more powerful than he is.
It will be very interesting to see Rupert Friend take on what seems to be a pretty hard-core role. The video game-to-film adaptation makes me slightly apprehensive but, once again, it's another chance to sit in a dark room with a giant bucket of popcorn and watch some (here's hoping) good action scenes...I'm a sucker for those.
11. Black Mass (September 18th)
Ok, I know this technically comes out in September, but if you have seen the recent Black Mass trailer (a crime/drama about the notorious Bostonian mobster, Whitey Bulger) and not been deliciously freaked out by what looks to be an edgy, hyper-sinister performance by Depp (and equally freaked out by his frigid, glassy blue eyes) then...watch it again! I smell an Oscar...
What about you guys..what's on your "must-see" list?