EXCLUSIVE: Summer 2015 Film Preview

It’s that time of year again … here are ten movies we can’t wait to see this summer!
[NOTE: Some trailer material may not be suitable for younger audiences.]

Avengers: Age of Ultron | May 1

Avengers Age of UltronGiven how 2012’s The Avengers finally sucked me into the Marvel frenzy, I’m quite excited for the long-awaited sequel hitting theaters next week. I know nothing of their basis in comics, only that the juggernaut featuring a band of superheroes looks to save the world—again. An artificial intelligence program designed by Tony Stark/Iron Man goes awry and it’s up to the rest of the gang (Thor, Captain America, Black Widow, Hulk, and Hawkeye) to protect the planet from his wrath. Looks pretty awesome and will probably end up being the quintessential blockbuster of the season.—DT

Mad Max: Fury Road | May 15

Mad MaxI grew up watching ’80s action movies with my dad, so stuff like the Mad Max franchise never fails to entertain me. The trailer for George Miller‘s newest entry in the series looks positively bat-shit insane, which is exactly what fans want from Mad Max. It’s also packed with actors I like, with Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron playing the leads.—JK

Pitch Perfect 2 | May 15

Pitch Perfect 2I saw Pitch Perfect with three of my girlfriends back in 2012 when I was living in NJ at the time. We went into it with low expectations. Two of us were fans of Glee and basically just in it for the musical aspect. I wasn’t exactly a full-fledged Anna Kendrick fan yet and Rebel Wilson kind of annoyed me. But we laughed until we cried and joined the masses that made this sleeper hit about college a cappella with a kickass soundtrack an overnight phenomenon. The sequel takes place three years later where the majority of the girls we met in the first one are now college seniors and about to take a shot at world domination. Directed by Elizabeth Banks who also plays the sassy judge, Gail, in her feature film directorial debut, it looks to be on par with the first, if not better.—DT

Jurassic World | June 12

Jurassic WorldBeing such a huge fan of the 1993 original, I had my doubts when a third sequel was finally announced (and I do mean finally—this thing has been 14 years in the making). When I heard the cast had finally been chosen, I had even more doubts (Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard aren’t really high on my list of blockbuster leads). But never fear when Steven Spielberg is near, because this. looks. insane. It looks to pay true homage to the film that started it all: “Twenty-two years after the events of Jurassic Park, Isla Nublar now features a fully functioning dinosaur theme park, Jurassic World, as originally envisioned by John Hammond. After ten years of operation and visitor rates declining, in order to fulfill a corporate mandate, a new attraction is created to re-spark visitors’ interest, which backfires horribly.” (IMDb) PASS THE POPCORN.—DT

Ted 2 | June 26

Ted2While I wasn’t a huge fan of the first MacFarlane farce about a crude teddy bear who gets animated like Pinocchio, it had its funny moments. I don’t enjoy overly-stupid humor, but I have a soft spot for Seth and his talents. This time around, Allentown’s own Amanda Seyfried, Liam Neeson, and Morgan Freeman join Marky Mark in Ted’s quest to be validated as a human being so that he can have a child. (See? Overly-stupid.) Eh, it might not be so bad and I don’t mind an hour or so of listening to Wahlberg’s BAWHston accent.—DT

Terminator: Genisys | July 1

TerminatorAnother movie coming out this summer that appeals to my affinity for ’80s action movies, the trailer for Terminator: Genisys has me cautiously optimistic after the McG-directed letdown that was Terminator Salvation. The former Governor of California reprises his role as the titular emotionless killing/protecting machine, which is pretty damn exciting. Also, Game of Thrones actress Emilia Clarke as Sarah Conner? Sign me up.—JK

Magic Mike XXL | July 1

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I wanna see this because I’m female, so sue me.—DT

Ant-Man | July 17

Ant-ManAfter last year’s Guardians of the Galaxy was a huge (and unexpected) critical and commercial success, it seems like Marvel Comics has become willing to mine their archives for more obscure heroes to feature in films. I think it’s awesome. I mean, how many times can you tell the Spider-Man origin story over and over again?  It’s going to be interesting to see Paul Rudd in a leading action role, playing thief and reluctant hero, Hank Pym.—JK

Fantastic Four | August 7

Fantastic FourAdmittedly, the Fantastic Four have never been my favorite superhero team. The comics would bore me when I was a kid and the earlier film adaptations ranged from somewhat passable to downright terrible. When I heard about this reboot, I was dubious at best, but the teaser trailer appealed to my inner comic book geek. At the very least, Kate Mara has to be better than Jessica Alba as the Invisible Woman.—JK

Sinister 2 | August 21

Sinister 2Most modern, CGI-heavy horror is pretty awful, but I thought the original Sinister transcended its genre a bit. The acting was better than usual, with Ethan Hawke as the lead and crazy-ass-conservative/reverse-mortgage-sales-guy Fred Thompson as the wise sheriff. The central conceit of Hawke’s character uncovering 8mm home movies depicting gruesome mass murders leads to some deeply unsettling moments. The sequel seems to be expanding on the Bughuul mythos.—JK

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