Starring: Tom Cruise, Simon Pegg, Jeremy Renner, Paula Patton, Ving Rhames, Alec Baldwin
Directed by: Christopher McQuarrie
Why We Care: Although we know next to nothing about the fifth Mission: Impossible movie, the franchise has delivered three fantastic entries thus far, each with cool gadgets and stunning stunts. With Christopher McQuarrie (Jack Reacher) at the helm, it seems likely that Mission: Impossible 5 will follow suit and deliver the goods.
Starring: Aubrey Peoples, Stefanie Scott, Ryan Guzman, Hayley Kiyoko, Juliette Lewis, Molly Ringwald
Directed by: Jon M. Chu
Why We Care: "Because it's Jem and the Holograms" is a perfectly good response. Fans of the show are eagerly awaiting the return of the pop star who is also a hologram, and who tortures her boyfriend with a completely unnecessary love triangle. But we're hearing superlative things about this movie from our sources in the industry, so it just might appeal to Jem virgins as well. Jon M. Chu is directing, and he already blew us away with his Step Up movies (because we're actually into that kind of thing), so our hopes are high.
Starring: Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan, Jennifer Ehle, Max Martini, Marcia Gay Harden
Directed by: Sam Taylor-Johnson
Why We Care: Whether you love the book or hate it (or hate it without having read it), a lot is riding on Fifty Shades of Grey. The best-selling S&M novel is coming to the big screen with an huge Valentine's Day push, and if it does well, it could signal the return of sexuality to the cinemas. Remember when movies had sex in them, before every successful motion picture had to be rated PG-13? We hope to see a return to those days, and Fifty Shades of Grey could get us there.
Starring: Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Ty Simpkins, Vincent D'Onofrio, Omar Sy, Jake Johnson
Directed by: Colin Trevorrow
Why We Care: There have been three Jurassic Park movies already, and only one of them has been great. Will Jurassic World buck the trend? It sure looks like it might, with Chris Pratt apparently teaming up with tamed velociraptors to save the park's new patrons from genetically mutated dinosaurs which promise tons of surprises. It doesn't look groundbreaking but by golly, it looks entertaining.
Starring: Diane Lane, Kyle MacLachlan, Amy Poehler, Bill Hader, Mindy Kaling, Lewis Black
Directed by: Pete Docter & Ronaldo Del Carmen
Why We Care: Pixar used to have a spotless track record full of original concepts and brilliant motion pictures. In recent years, however, they've been churning out sequels that have left many audiences with mixed feelings. Inside Out looks like the film that could put the studio back on track, with a fun premise - the inner thoughts of a normal family, personified - that could have a lot to say about the human condition, and which could (if the trailer is any indication) also be funny as hell.
Starring: Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Douglas, Corey Stoll
Directed by: Peyton Reed
Why We Care: There haven't been many scandals in the history of Marvel Studios, but Edgar Wright departing Ant-Man - a film he'd been developing since the birth of the studio - was a big one. All eyes are on Ant-Man, a film audiences weren't sure they wanted in the first place, to see if Bring It On director Peyton Reed can pick up where Wright left off and deliver a film that's as exciting as Marvel's best, or that at least turns out better than Iron Man 2.
Starring: Mila Kunis, Channing Tatum, Eddie Redmayne, Sean Bean
Directed by: Wachowski Starship
Why We Care: There aren't many original big budget productions coming in 2015, but Jupiter Ascending looks pretty damned original. Mila Kunis has the genetic makeup necessary to rule the universe, which jeopardizes the evil elite's status and forces a dog person played by Channing Tatum to protect her. Sounds weird, sounds like a hoot. Jupiter Ascending got pushed back from 2014 but that doesn't necessarily mean it's bad... does it?
Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jai Courtney, Emilia Clarke, Jason Clarke, Matt Smith, Byung-hun Lee
Directed by: Alan Taylor
Why We Care: Stupid title, iffy premise, AWESOME TRAILER. The fifth Terminator movie appears to actually be having fun with the franchise rather than focusing on its grim apocalyptic themes, subverting the iconography much in the same way Terminator 2 did. And while that doesn't make it look "great," necessarily, it does at least look like a blast.
Starring: Daniel Craig, Christoph Waltz, Dave Bautista, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Ben Whishaw, Lea Seydoux, Monica Bellucci
Directed by: Sam Mendes
Why We Care: It took three films, but James Bond finally appears to be back and doing all the James Bond stuff that made him so popular in the first place. But can SPECTRE incorporate all the funky old elements and still retain the exciting new flair that Casino Royale and Skyfall injected into the long-running franchise? We're guessing the answer is "yes," but if we've learned anything from watching two dozen Bond films it's that this franchise is anything but infallible.
Starring: Paul Walker, Vin Diesel, Jason Statham, Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Djimon Hounsou, Lucas Black
Directed by: James Wan
Why We Care: Furious 7 was going to be one of the most anticipated movies of the year anyway, after the enormously fun and successful Fast Five and Furious 6, but after the untimely passing of Paul Walker in mid-production, now it's also bound to be a curiosity. Were the filmmakers able to shoot around the actor without it becoming a distraction? Will audiences be able to watch the vehicular action without being reminded of the actor's tragic death? Under the circumstances, can Furious 7 possibly be as much fun as the last two? Fingers crossed...
Starring: Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Jamie Bell, Michael B. Jordan, Toby Kebbell, Tim Blake Nelson
Directed by: Josh Trank
Why We Care: 20th Century Fox's upcoming reboot of The Fantastic Four has a great cast and a great director, so why haven't we seen ANYTHING yet? No official stills, no posters, no trailers. Is Fox being stealthy or do they know something we don't (like, for example, that maybe the movie sucks)? We'll find out in August but we couldn't be more intrigued.
Starring: Britt Robertson, George Clooney, Hugh Laurie, Judy Greer
Directed by: Brad Bird
Why We Care: Brad Bird turned down Star Wars to make Tomorrowland, so he must have something exciting up his sleeve. The mystery project released a genuinely beautiful trailer that seemed to capitalize on the promise of a better future, something people all over the world seem to have largely given up on. If Tomorrowland delivers, it'll deliver something special.
Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Samuel L. Jackson, Andy Serkis, James Spader
Directed by: Joss Whedon
Why We Care: The second Avengers movie looks to be even more ambitious than the original, introducing big new characters, screwing with the status quo for everyone involved and setting the stage for Marvel Studios' ambitious Phase Three. If anyone can pull it off, it's Joss Whedon, but can ANYONE pull this off? It's either going to be the biggest movie of the year or an enormously mixed bag.
Starring: John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Oscar Isaac, Adam Driver, Lupita Nyong'o, Max Von Sydow, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill
Directed by: J.J. Abrams
Why We Care: The first Star Wars movie made without the direct influence of George Lucas is bound to be one of the most heavily anticipated, heavily debated movies of 2015. With a great cast, a mysterious storyline and the hopes of Star Wars fans worldwide resting on its shoulders, The Force Awakens seems likely to either make or break the franchise. Will they pull it off? Gosh, we sure hope so...
Starring: Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult
Directed by: George Miller
Why We Care: Holy crap, have you seen the trailer? George Miller's long-awaited Mad Max sequel looks like it's going to up the ante on movie action, the same way The Road Warrior did way back in 1981. Nothing about this movie raises any red flags, and everything about it looks incredible. Bring it on, 2015!