By Collin Ward, Staff Writer
2015 has barely begun.
While Hollywood is still awarding and celebrating the films released last year, now seems like a good, albeit early, time to look at the films coming our way in 2015.
If there is a theme to the most anticipated films coming out in 2015 it is heavily focused on great directors returning to the screen.
There are a handful of movies that are too huge and too anticipated to ignore. They will draw a huge box office hull, they will be talked about endlessly, and seen multiple times, so here are those ones before we dive into the lesser known releases coming out this year.
Probably the most anticipated movie of the year is J.J. Abrams “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” coming out on Dec. 18.
Another adventure into the Marvel universe comes with “Avengers: Age of Ultron” on May 1.
The a-cappella comedy “Pitch Perfect 2” will be taking the stage on May 15. And “Furious 7” staring the late Paul Walker will come out on April 3.
Here is a list of some not so well known films coming our way in 2015.
“Knight of Cups” – After being in a postproduction since 2013, Terrence Malik’s latest film will finally be released this year. If the actors Christian Bale, Cate Blanchet, and Natalie Portman don’t do it for you, it is shot by arguably the best cinematographer working today, Emanuel Lubezki (“Gravity,” “Birdman”). Set in the urban sprawl of Hollywood we know this film revolves around Bale’s character getting caught up in fame, celebrity, drugs, alcohol, and women. The notoriously secretive Malik has kept the plot under wraps but check out breathtaking first trailer to further your curiosity.
Release Date: It will premiere at the Berlin Film Festival; look for a release late 2015.
“The Walk” – A dramatic retelling of the feature length documentary based on the life of Philippe Petit’s high wire walk between the twin towers. A mouthful? Yes. But it could prove to be a thrilling 3-D drama. Directed by Robert Zemeckis (“Flight” and “Forest Gump”) and starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, it could bring the work of Petit to a larger audience. Check out James Marsh’s documentary “Man on Wire” to get excited for this film.
Release Date: Oct. 2.
“Everest” – Based on the best seller “Into Thin Air” by Jon Karakauer, Everest boasts a mighty cast in Jake Gyllenhaal, Josh Brolin, Keira Knightley, Sam Worthington, and Robin Wright and tells the story of the doomed attempts to climb the beast of a mountain in 1996. The film is also being shot with 3-D cameras to give us a fully immersed thrill of the ride.
Release Date: Sept. 18
Untitled Steve Jobs Film – The Aaron Sorkin penned “Jobs” has had a bumpy few months. David Fincher was going to direct, he dropped out. Leonardo DiCaprio was going to play Steve Jobs, he dropped out. Christian Bale was offered the role, he declined. So now we have Danny Boyle directing (“Slumdog Millionaire”) and Michael Fassbender starring as the Apple cofounder, not a bad transition. Kate Winslet, Seth Rogen, and Jeff Daniels round out the cast. We are fully expecting another sharp tongue Aaron Sorkin script. This could be a fantastic project that once seemed absolutely doomed.
Release Date: Look for a Christmas time release.
“Crimson Peak” – Innovative director Guillermo del Toro (“Pan’s Labyrinth”, “The Devils Backbone”) has a horror flick coming out just in time for Halloween. Enough said. Plot details are sparse but it stars Jessica Chastain, Tom Hiddleston, and Mia Wasikowska. Given del Toro’s knack for creating some of the greatest modern horror stories this is definitely a must.
Release Date: Oct. 16
“Silence” – Martin Scorsese’s first film since 2013’s “The Wolf of Wall Street” is said to be a real passion project for the director, so it will be the real exciting to see what he has up his sleeves. The story revolves around two 17th-century priests who travel to Japan to spread Catholicism. It is there they witness the violent persecution of Christians by their own government. Scorsese departs from long time acting collaborator Leonardo DiCaprio but the cast is still stellar, Liam Neeson, Andrew Garfield, and Adam Driver are all on board.
Release Date: Christmas 2015
“St. James Place” (Working Title) – After laying low for a few years after 2012’s “Lincoln”, Steven Spielberg is back with this cold war thriller starring Tom Hanks. Need we say more? Well, we can. The script touched up by the Cohen brothers. The music is by the iconic John Williams. Spielberg’s go to cinematographer Janusz Kaminski is behind the camera. With the films subject matter we are hoping this film harkens back to Spielberg’s 2005 masterful “Munich.”
Release Date: Christmas 2015
“Inside Out” – Amy Poehler, Mindy Kaling, Bill Hader, and Lewis Black star as the emotions joy, disgust, fear, and anger, all of which inhabit a little girls head. Directed by Pete Doctor, who is known for the films “Up” and “Monsters Inc.,” did we forget to mention this is the latest Disney Pixar collaboration? It is. The concept of this one could be an instant classic and after a few disappointing films from the company we are hoping this puts them back on track. Check out the recently released trailer and see for yourselves.
Release Date: June 19
“By the Sea” – This is actress turned director Angelina Jolie’s third film behind the camera. While her first two films were not well received by critics they did praise her ambitious vision and took note of her promise as a filmmaker. Jolie will be starring in her own film opposite her husband Brad Pitt, in fact, Jolie shot this film while the couple was on their honeymoon in France. Academy award nominated cinematographer Christian Berger is using mostly natural light from a reflective lighting system he developed himself. If the films still photos are any indications it will be a beautiful looking film.
Release Date: Expect it sometime in Fall 2015
“The Revenant” – Leonardo DiCaprio. Tom Hardy. Directed by Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu. I’m in. This adaptation of Michael Punke’s novel is about a fur trapper (DiCaprio) who is left for dead by his fellow trappers. He makes it out alive and vows to take revenge on the men who betrayed him. Coming off last years thrilling experimental film, “Birdman,” Iñárritu is one of those directors you can’t wait to see what they do next. And with Emmanuel Lubezki behind his camera again we are fully expecting for our eyes to be in ecstasy.
Release Date: December 2015
“Spectre” – If you were ready to give up on James Bond after 2008’s “Quantum of Solace,” you were not alone. Then “Skyfall” happened. With an academy award winning director Sam Mendes (“American Beauty”) back directing and all the main players back for the action (Ralph Fiennes, Ben Whishaw, Naomi Harris, and of course Daniel Craig as 007), as well as Monica Bellucci and Léa Seydoux as bond girls. If that wasn’t enough, Christoph Waltz is playing the villain.
Release Date: Nov. 6
“The Hateful Eight” – Anytime Quinten Tarantino releases a film it becomes an event. After a script leak early last year the project seemed to be abandoned. Luckily, the script received rave reviews after a staged script reading and Tarantino decided he would make the film after all. Set in a post-Civil War Wyoming, a group of eight deadly bounty hunters become stranded in a cabin during a blizzard; deception, murder, and betrayal ensue. Tarantino gathered a handful of familiar faces including Samuel L Jackson, Tim Roth, Michael Madison, Kurt Russell, as well as Tarantino newcomers Jennifer Jason Leigh and Channing Tatum. Tarantino is shooting this on actual film and will be presented in Cinemascope. Should be a bloody good site to see it.
Release Date: Nov. 13