Top 10 Movies To Look Forward To In 2015

By  //  January 4, 2015

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Which movie are you most excited for this year?

 Sam Mendes, director of 2012’s excellent Skyfall, is back at the helm for the 24th installment in the newly reinvigorated Bond franchise. Daniel Craig returns as 007, with Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Ben Wishaw, and Rory Kinnear also reprising their Skyfall roles. And while nobody can fill the Judi Dench-shaped hole in our hearts, we’re excited for the debut of some new Bond characters, including Christoph Waltz (who was pretty much born to play a Bond villain), Monica Bellucci, and Blue Is the Warmest Color’s Lea Seydoux. — Gwynne Watkins

Sam Mendes, director of 2012’s excellent Skyfall, is back at the helm for the 24th installment in the newly reinvigorated Bond franchise. Daniel Craig returns as 007, with Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Ben Wishaw, and Rory Kinnear also reprising their Skyfall roles. And while nobody can fill the Judi Dench-shaped hole in our hearts, we’re excited for the debut of some new Bond characters, including Christoph Waltz (who was pretty much born to play a Bond villain), Monica Bellucci, and Blue Is the Warmest Color’s Lea Seydoux. — Gwynne Watkins (See more below)

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – With a New Year, brings new movies and 2015 could be exactly what the movie theatre industry is looking for.

In 2014, movie theatre admissions, after the third quarter, were the lowest since 1995.

When you have giant movie franchises going head-to head this year, it will get people’s attention.

Which movie are you most excited for this year?

Here is the Top 10 list of the years most anticipated films for 2015:

10. In the Heart of the Sea

Release Date: March 13
Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Cillian Murphy, Benjamin Walker
Director: Ron Howard

The Scoop: Hearkening back to his ’90s-era men-in-peril movies like Apollo 13 and Backdraft, director Ron Howard tackles the true story of a whaling ship’s crew attacked by an underwater leviathan — the 1820 incident was one of the inspirations for Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick. The trailer for the bleak sea epic is pretty dazzling. Though is it wrong that, after seeing Blackfish, we’re kind of rooting for the whale? — Gwynne Watkins

9. Terminator Genisys

Release Date: July 1
Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Emilia Clarke, Jason Clarke
Director: Alan Taylor

The Scoop: Terminator Genisys plays with the space-time continuum — showing events from both 1984 and 2029 — allowing us to see Sarah Connor (Game of Throne’s Clarke) and Kyle Reese (Jai Courtney) as young adults. Arnold Schwarzenegger is back, of course, playing an aged version of his iconic cyborg assassin. With Arnie back on board, expect plenty of shoot-outs, punch-outs, and more than a few catchy one-liners. — Meriah Doty

8. Everest

Release Date: Sept. 18
Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Keira Knightley, Robin Wright
Director: Baltasar Kormákur

The Scoop: Using firsthand accounts of the 1996 Mount Everest disaster that claimed eight lives, this high-altitude adventure epic was shot in locales around the world, from a London soundstage to the mountain itself. Gyllenhaal and Jason Clarke play the leaders of the two ill-fated expeditions that attempted to scale the world’s highest peak. — Wook Kim

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7. Untitled Steven Spielberg Drama

Release Date: Oct. 16
Starring: Tom Hanks, Amy Ryan, Mark Rylance, Billy Magnussen
Director: Steven Spielberg

The Scoop: This film is the fourth pairing of Hanks and Spielberg, following their work together in Saving Private Ryan, Catch Me if You Can, and The Terminal. In the based-on-real-life St. James Place, the Oscar-winning actor plays James Donovan, the real-life New York lawyer who, in 1962, negotiated with the Soviet Union to secure the release of captured CIA pilot. — Jordan Zakarin

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6. Jurassic World

Release Date: June. 12
Starring: Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Ty Simpkins, Vincent D’Onofrio
Director: Colin Trevorrow

The Scoop: After 14 years frozen in box-office amber, the T. rex-sized blockbuster franchise roars back to life with a new director (Safety Not Guaranteed’s Trevorrow) and a cast of next-gen movie stars like Pratt and Howard. Set two decades after the events of the Spielberg-directed original, World takes place at the titular theme park, built on the same dinosaur-populated island where John Hammond and Alan Grant once roamed. Unlike Jurassic Park, which closed before it ever opened, Jurassic World has been operating smoothly for years… that is, until now. (Insert ominous music and angry dino roars here.) — Ethan Alter

5. Furious 7

Release Date: April 3
Starring: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham
Director: James Wan

The Scoop: It will be a bittersweet seventh ride for this seemingly unstoppable series, as the movie marks the final screen appearance of its beloved co-lead Paul Walker, who perished in a 2013 car accident. The Fast flicks have always been just as much about family as they are about lightning-quick whips, heists, and getaways, so expect a poignant send-off for Walker. — Kevin Polowy

4. Avengers: Age of Ultron

Release Date: May 1
Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Mark Ruffalo, Jeremy Renner, James Spader, Samuel L. Jackson
Director: Joss Whedon

The Scoop: How do you top Loki and an army of aliens? This time around, Earth’s mightiest heroes fight a menace much closer to home — Ultron (Spader), a near-omnipotent android sprung from Tony Stark’s lab with its site set on eradicating the human race. Joss Whedon re-assembles his all-star super troupe from the 2012 blockbuster and adds some new firepower via Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson), Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen), and Vision (Paul Bettany), promising an epic comic-book clash that will keep the Marvel movie machine humming. — Marcus Errico

3. American Sniper

Release Date: Jan. 16
Starring: Bradley Cooper and Sienna Miller, Luke Grimes
Director: Clint Eastwood

The Scoop: Based on the real life of Chris Kyle, the film depicts Kyle’s tour of duty in Iraq and his struggles to be a good father and husband despite his deployment.

2. SPECTRE

Release Date: Nov. 6
Starring: Daniel Craig, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris
Director: Sam Mendes

The Scoop: Sam Mendes, director of 2012’s excellent Skyfall, is back at the helm for the 24th installment in the newly reinvigorated Bond franchise. Daniel Craig returns as 007, with Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Ben Wishaw, and Rory Kinnear also reprising their Skyfall roles. And while nobody can fill the Judi Dench-shaped hole in our hearts, we’re excited for the debut of some new Bond characters, including Christoph Waltz (who was pretty much born to play a Bond villain), Monica Bellucci, and Blue Is the Warmest Color’s Lea Seydoux. — Gwynne Watkins

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1. Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Release Date: Dec. 18
Starring: Oscar Isaac, John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Domnhall Gleeson, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford, Andy Serkis
Director: J.J. Abrams

The Scoop: All we needed was that 88-second adrenaline jolt of J.J. Abrams’s teaser trailer to make us believe the Force has roused the Star Wars cinematic universe from a decades-long creative slumber, rendering those Jar Jar years a distant bad dream. Set 30 years after Luke, Leia, and Han saved a galaxy far, far away, Force Awakens enlists old friends and new recruits to combat the latest Sith-and-stormtrooper threat. Toss in the Millennium Falcon and a John Williams score and The Force Awakens has all the makings of the year’s most thrilling ride. We’ve got a good feeling about this. — Marcus Errico


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