Terminators, IMF agents and superheroes by the barrel full will blitz the box office this summer in what is sure to be one of the most competitive and entertaining movie bonanzas in recent memory. A lot of other big films were originally tipped for this sunny release window (Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Star Wars: The Force Awakens) but vacated for various reasons, with even films like Warner Bros. Pictures blockbuster Pan exiting the competitive summer fray right before this preview went live.
That’s not to say this slate isn’t still packed to the gills with huge tentpoles the likes of Avengers: Age of Ultron or Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation, long-awaited sequels including Mad Max: Fury Road and Jurassic World, and new, original potential franchises like Pixels or Tomorrowland. With our finger firmly on the pulse of what’s generating serious buzz, we will point out the must-sees as well as the potential sleepers, and give fair warning on a few that might not deliver. Start marking your calendar now because you will need to plan accordingly to get the most from your moviegoing dollar, so squirt on some SPF 100 and let us ease you into the hottest cinema season of 2015!
Check out our 2015 Summer Movie Previews Part 2 below!
Poltergeist (May 22)
It’s heeeeeere. In 2006, director Gil Kenan made the brilliant animated movie Monster House, and now he’s remaking the ultimate haunted house story. This time around, the family, led by Sam Rockwell and Rosemarie DeWitt, calls upon the talents of a TV ghost chaser (Jared Harris) to help rid their home of the spirits that have taken hold of their young daughter.
Aloha (May 29)
Cameron Crowe’s Hawaii-set romantic dramedy stars Bradley Cooper as a military contractor overseeing a satellite launch who falls for a high-energy Air Force watchdog (Emma Stone). The leads are at the peak of their powers, the supporting cast (Rachel McAdams, Bill Murray, Danny McBride, Alec Baldwin) is aces, but rumors of this being a problematic film have dogged it since it was initially greenlit in 2008 under the title “Deep Tiki” and starred Ben Stiller and Reese Witherspoon. Let’s hope it’s more Almost Famous than Elizabethtown.
San Andreas (May 29)
From lions to Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson has fought many opponents onscreen, but in this action-adventure he goes toe-to-toe with a magnitude 9 earthquake that just might have the upper hand. Carla Gugino and Alexandra Daddario co-star for director Brad Peyton (Journey 2: The Mysterious Island).
Entourage (June 3)
Vinnie Chase and the boys pick up where their HBO show left off. Superagent-turned-movie-producer Ari Gold (Jeremy Piven) bankrolls Vincent (Adrian Grenier) on his directorial debut to the tune of $100 million, but complications ensue when the actor takes his responsibilities a little too lightly. Kevin Connolly, Kevin Dillon and Jerry Ferrara fill out the entourage along with a host of celeb cameos, including series producer Mark Wahlberg.
Insidious Chapter 3 (June 5)
The Insidious saga rewinds for a prequel set before the terror of the Lambert family. A still-alive Elise Rainier (Lynn Shaye) uses her psychic gifts to ward off a demon that has inhabited the body of a teenage girl, with a little help from her dynamic duo of Tucker (Angus Sampson) and Specs (Leigh Whannell). Franchise writer Whannell takes over directing duties from James Wan, who remains a producer.
Check out our 2015 Summer Movie Previews Part 3