2015: The Year of the Big Blockbuster Sequel
You may have an eyeful of new films coming at you, including plenty of book adaptations brought to life, but 2015 is unofficially the year of the big blockbuster movie sequel with some of the most successful movie franchises resurfacing with a new era of films.
The Avengers: Age of Ultron (May 1)
The superhero squad is back for its second installment as super genius, Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.), creates a program that will take over for the Avengers, but things go wrong, forcing the team to put down the very system invented to replace them: Ultron, played by the majestic James Spader. The Avengers, of course, will deal with their inner turmoil, trying not to kill each other while simultaneously taking down their newest, cleverest opponent. Expect Hulk to smash.
Insidious: Chapter 3 (June 5)
Quinn Brenner (Stefanie Scott) and her father (Dermot Mulroney) are new to the building, and everything seems peachy with their new neighbors, but that’s right before things get creepy for the young teen. As the story circles back to the beginning, watch the prequel to the haunting of the Lambert family that has psychic Elise Rainier (Lin Shaye) attempting to save the little girl from the supernaturally dangerous in her new home. Expect pee in your pants.
Jurassic World (June 12)
The park has become a tourist-friendly environment where the dinosaurs of the prehistoric world are on show like whales at Sea World, but when their latest hybrid experiment becomes an intelligent monster, it breaks lose and starts hunting for sport. Owen Grady (Chris Pratt) becomes something of the dinosaur tamer and has to find a new way to save the park before everyone and everything in its path is killed. Expect Andy Dwyer to grow some balls, as well as a cool mustache.
Ted 2 (June 26)
Ted is back, and he’s more huggable than ever as he gets married in Seth MacFarlene’s clever “Family Guy” meets Snuggles meets…”Family Guy” sequel. On top of the marriage, Ted is looking to adopt, and since he’s not producing a whole lot of human DNA, he has to prove his humanity in order to be cleared as a viable father figure. Expect lots of laughs and plenty of bong rips.
Vacation (July 31)
Possibly one of the best family comedy franchise successes, the Griswolds are back, and they’re all grown up. With more focus on the kids and grand kids, Rusty (Ed Helms) takes his kids to Wally World to grow closer with his sons and hotter with his wife, Debbie (Christina Applegate). But with his clumsy pops (Chevy Chase), his implosive mom (Beverly D’Angelo) and his big sis (Leslie Mann), nothing is likely to go according to plan. Expect half the cast of “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” and the happ-happ-happiest family road trip you ever laid eyes on. Holy shit! Where’s the Tylenol?
Terminator: Genisys (July 1)
Arnold has returned after a quick dip in the indie pool with zombie thriller “Maggie,” but now he’s back in 1984 protecting Sarah Connor who’s a skilled fighter as Kyle Reese enters their world in an attempt to save his mother from her death. As Reese changes the past, the timeline is altered and he must reset the future. Expect a plot line that’s been done a million times.
Magic Mike XXL (July 1)
Three years after hanging up his banana hammock, Mike (Channing Tatum) gets the Kings of Tampa back for one final blow out, so to speak. Expect 90 minutes of bulges, and women to be calling their boyfriend Mike for a week.
Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation (July 31)
Bumped up in the calendar from Christmas to summer, hunky Tom Cruise is back as Ethan Hunt as the team goes up against an international rogue organization just like them, designed to take them down. Expect this mission to be a whole lot more impossible than the others, and expect Tom to continue his own stunts despite his doctor’s stern advise to take it easy at the age of 52.
Paranormal Activity: Ghost Dimension (October 23)
A newly moved couple and their daughter arrive in Palo Alto, California, along with their brother, but as they try to get comfortable in their new surroundings, they find their lives being invaded by a ghostly presence in the fifth installment of the “Paranormal Activity” franchise. Expect lots of grainy footage and lots of crying in horror while Hollywood milks another one with a cheaper debut director.
Spectre (November 6)
James Bond is back since his resurrection in “Skyfall” only to dwell into his past to uncover the meaning of a cryptic message to help bring down an evil organization. Daniel Craig returns for his fourth stint as 007 with Christoph Waltz as his opponent. Ralph Fiennes will be the new M. Expect a few explosions and a Bond Girl who’s way too hot for you.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part II (November 20)
Jennifer Lawrence is back as archer Katniss in the concluding pages of the concluding chapter of the Suzanne Collins book series as she – Jennifer, not Suzanne – takes on President Snow (Donald Sutherland) in a final showdown during the great war with the help of Gale Hawthorne (Liam Hemsworth) and Peeta (Josh Hutcherson). Expect Katniss to battle both physically and emotionally, as well as sexually and hopefully pretty nakedly.
Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens (December 18)
Old Veterans (Ford, Fisher, Hamill) reprise their roles as Han Solo, Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia for the first time in three decades along with new faces (Daisy Ridley, Andy Serkis, Adam Driver) in the seventh live action installment, which picks up with Han Solo returning home. Directed by J.J. Abrams, this is the first of a three-part trilogy, a three peat if you will, to the George Lucas franchise. Expect lasers, nostalgia and everyone chanting for Carrie Fisher to bust out that classic Princess Leia outfit.
BONUS: Alvin and the Chipmunks: Road Chip (December 23)
All we can tell you is that it’s chip-hunky. The fourth installment features Jason Lee as the voice of David and Justin Long, Matthew Gray Gubler, and Jesse McCartney as the voices of the chipmunks. Should make for a wonderful Christmas family film, and a real slam chip-dunk.