This is going to be a big summer for movies. This fact coupled with the fact that I’m itching for summer weather and the drive in, has me looking forward to all awesome movies. The list goes from May-September. The list goes in order of release date.
The Avengers: Age of Ultron (May 1)
They are starting with the best. The first Avengers movie was one of the biggest and best summer action movies ever released. When I say that it was one of the biggest, I mean it is the 3rd highest grossing movies in history. The Ultron storyline from the comics is one of the best storylines in the history of Marvel comics. I’m going to guess this Avengers movie will do better than the first.
Mad Max: Fury Road (May 15)
I was very sad to see that they were making a Mad Max without Mel Gibson. I know Mel has had his issues, but I was a big fan of the first series. It was the original end of the world movie, one of a kind really when it came out. I wasn’t going to put it on this list until I saw they have Tom Hardy playing Mad Max. Tom Hardy is one of those actors who is shows up in the most unusual places, you hardly recognize him, and he does an amazing job. He is in some of my favorite movies as of last, The Dark Knight Rises, Lawless, and Peaky Blinders! I would expect Mr. Hardy to be an even better Mad Max. A must see.
Jurassic (June 12)
This looks like the first fun Jurassic movie since the original, and JP was always about great special effects. Basically we need a remake or a reboot. The first JP movie was released 23 years ago. Adding some better FX can’t be a bad thing.
Inside Out (June 19)
The last Pixar film was Monster’s University. I wouldn’t say it was a great film, so everyone is itch for a really great Pixar release. Inside Out looks to be one of those great Pixar films. It has a quirky premise like Monster Inc. Let’s hope it turns out that way.
Ted 2 (June 26)
Funny, funny, funny. I’m not a huge fan of the first, but it was fun. It’s a great summer movie.
Terminator: Genisys (July 1)
You can say a lot of things about the Terminator series, but being dull is not one of them. I thought they were done. The last one with Christian Bale was outstanding, but I guess when Arnold is able to make a comeback, why not make a new Terminator? Either way the previews look big, and will certainly be a good summer blockbuster.
Minions (July 10)
The most fun you will have with your kids at the movies this year. Minions, if you’ve seen the previews, looks to be as or even more entertaining than the Despicable Me movies. Indeed they are looking for the most despicable master they can find and keep….
Ant-Man (July 17)
It’s hard to say how good Ant-Man will be. He is a classic comic book character. I wouldn’t say he is out of date. Hank Pym in the comics is the inventor of Ultron if you want to know how this all goes together. He is also Giant Man and a longtime member of the Avengers. I guess they feel that he doesn’t really fit the new team, so they’ve given him own show. The movie looks good even though it stars Paul Rudd. I’ve never seen a sincere moment from Rudd in any movie he has played in. He is always the jokey straight man, and to be honest, I’m not looking forward to for this movie. It will be filled with many FX fights and explosions, and Ant-Man, a classic Marvel character, certainly deserves a look.
Poltergeist (July 24)
The original Poltergeist was one of the best, and really first, big budget horror movies. It is a great film. If the remake can be half as good (more updated I’m sure) it will be worth watching. The only problem here is: not in the wildest stretches of my imagination can I think that this remake will be better than the original.
Pan (July 24)
This movie looks great. After some horrible attempts over the last few years this movie looks like they at least have the special effects right. The problem with doing Pan in the past is that this story represents a child’s imagination. If you are going to do that you have to have some great FX. It just did not exist when the other movies were made.
Mission Impossible 5 (July 31)
The movie has spent a bunch of time in productions and editing, but all of the MI movies have been a fun summer event. I’m not saying they are all Oscar worthy, but they are fun. That’s what a summer movie should be. Tom Cruise is back as Ethan Hunt, but that’s about it when it comes to details about this movie.
The Fantastic 4 (Aug 7)
The Fantastic 4 is one of the great superhero teams ever created. The Fantastic 4 movies are some of the worst superhero team movies ever, but just the chance of them getting it right is worth going. If they do it will be great, if not, well it has to be better than the last 2 they made, I hope.
Crouching Dragon Hidden tiger 2: The Green Destiny (Aug 28)
I was shocked to see them making this film. My wife and I saw the original in theaters and it was stunning. It was the first “kung fu” movie that was ever done with so much grace and beauty and fighting that it was entertaining for both of us. That was 15 years ago, and many of the tactics they used in the movie to capture the magic of martial arts and culture in the movie are now outdated. It will be interesting to see if they can employ anything new to sell us on the magic and beauty of the ancient culture.
Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials (Sept 18)
Not a huge Maze Runner fan. Teen novels don’t float my boat so much. Divergent, Twilight, and the Hunger Games were very hard for me to get into. I didn’t like the books and I wasn’t crazy about the movies, but it doesn’t mean that people aren’t excited about this film. It made over 100 million at the box office domestically, and I know a lot of people who are fans of the book. This one’s for you.
Hotel Transylvania 2 (Sept 25)
On a fluke, as a family, my kids and my wife all went to see the first one in theaters. The previews didn’t look great. It has Adam Sandler in it, so you know it had a lot of things going against this film. As it turned out it is one of the best, and I mean best, cartoon movies of all time. I’m putting the first one in the top 10 of children’s movies. We are all really looking forward to this just in time to kick off the Halloween season, yet still be a summer hit.