Upcoming Movies That You Have To Watch April 2, 2015 The sun is once again warming the back of our necks and while it may not be time for shorts and t-shirts, it’s not too far off. It seems as soon as you put your shorts on you are treated to the summer blockbusters. This year’s filling is one of the best yet. The winter blues are gone and with them the dreary films that often fall in those dreaded months. We no longer want slow-burning romance films or black comedies that Hollywood bigwigs like but the everyday Joe just doesn’t get – Academy Award-winning film Birdman certainly falls into this category – we want blockbusters! Now we have the proper comedies. These are the one’s that make you laugh out loud rather than think, “oh that’s a clever one”. Now we have the action blockbusters that burst your eardrums and get you on the edge of the seat, something that is devoid in the admittedly brilliant Theory of Everything. Now we have the proper romantic comedies, rather than however you want to class the crass Fifty Shades of Grey. The season of art-house is over. We are entering blockbuster season. So, let us look at some of the most exciting movies that are coming out in the future. Avengers: Age of Ultron – May 1 (North America) by W_Minshull There is no other place that we could start. People were sceptical of whether the first Avengers movie would be any good. There were fears that there were just too many superheroes in one place, which would detract from the film rather than better it. How wrong they were. The original Avengers movie was superb. The cast meshed together perfectly, giving us brilliant bits of comedy as well as some of the best action scenes the besieged city of New York has ever fallen victim to. It is little wonder that the film went on to gross over a billion dollars at the box office. If you thought the cast of the first film was nuts, the second is just crazy. Joining Marvel stalwarts Robert Downey Jr., Samuel L. Jackson, Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson and Jeremy Renner are Elizabeth Olsen, Idris Elba, and Aaron Taylor Johnson. Big names come with big contracts so Marvel Studios better hope they are in the money. The basic premise is that S.H.I.E.L.D has been destroyed and the Avengers are taking a well-earned break. Tony Stark (Downey Jr.), who else, sets himself to work creating Ultron, which is a self-aware, self-teaching, artificial intelligence programme that should ensure international peace. You guessed it, Ultron decides that humans are the enemy and starts waging a robotic war against the planet earth. This is a war that only the Avengers can prevent. Trailers can so often be deceiving. Here’s hoping the trailer for the second Avengers does not fall into this category as it looks spectacular. Fast and Furious 7 – April 10 by Mic V. The death of Paul Walker in a car crash halfway through filming understandably set the release date back on Fast and Furious 7 from last July to this April. Walker’s character will still feature in the film, thanks to clever CGI trickery and movie doubles, where he will be joined by Vin Diesel, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and new additions Jason Statham and Kurt Russell. In the cut scene of the previous instalment, we saw how Han was killed at the hands of Statham’s new character, who plays the elder brother of the previous film’s primary antagonist. The basic plot is that Statham is out seeking vengeance against the gang for his brother, while the group are seeking retribution for the death of one of their own. But who will catch who first? With filming taking place in Tokyo, Abu Dhabi and the United States, we should be treated to some exhilarating action scenes in some underutilised filming locations. If they manage to make a better action scene than the aeroplane set-piece we saw in the last one… look out. Hopefully this film will be able to serve as a fitting and poignant memorial to the late Walker. Pawn Sacrifice – September 18 by frankblacknoir September still has enough of the sun to warrant its inclusion in the list. In fact, the month is often blessed with some of the best films of the calendar year. This year promises to be no different. The film is centred around the true story of Bobby Fischer and Boris Spassky, two chess players who go up against each other during the height of the Cold War. Tobey Maguire will be playing the role of the Fischer, America’s great chess hope, while Liev Schreiber will be playing his Russian counterpart. Tension is going to be the key ingredient to this film, as it was for the real thing. Back in 1972, animosity between America and the Soviet Union was pretty high. This match meant more than just who would become the Grand Master of chess, it was practically a proxy war between the two countries. Chess and action is rather like chalk and cheese. But trust that it will pay off. If director Edward Zwick – Love and Other Drugs, The Last Samurai – sticks as close as possible to the true story, then it should be an epic. Maguire has proven before that he is not just a former Spider Man. His performance in horse racing epic Seabiscuit was highly commended, as were his star turns in The Great Gatsby and Brothers. If Maguire’s performance is anything less than perfect, it will be more of an upset than Seabiscuit’s victories – the fiery race horse had a knack for upsetting horse racing betting odds. Mad Max: Fury Road – May 15 by Tamsin Slater Anyone who is into their action movies should be more than familiar with Mad Max. The original movies introduced us to Mel Gibson. The fourth instalment from George Miller does not see Gibson return. Is that a bad thing? Probably not. In place of Gibson you have the prodigal talent of Tom Hardy and he will be joined by the stunning Charlize Theron and Nicholas Hoult. Technology has advanced considerably in the 30-year gap between this film and the third, yet despite this Miller has tried to avoid CGI wherever he can, which considering this is a car-based action movie is very brazen. The director talks about his disdain for green screen films and is aghast to using it in his movie for anything other than landscape purposes. Every stunt you see is real, while the amount of cars that got totalled does not bear thinking about. In a film world where authentic action is drying up fast, it will be refreshing to see Mad Max bring a sense of realism to the on-screen action. Pitch Perfect 2 – May 15 by RedCarpetReport – Anna Kendrick The original was a prime example of unexpected summer hit back in 2012, going on to earn $117 million in box office revenues – it is second only to the School of Rock in regards to most successful musical comedies. Although Elizabeth Banks only occupied a supporting role in the original, she was instrumental as a producer, fighting tooth and nail to get the movie made. Not only did the film make the studios some serious change at the cinemas, it also spawned two successful soundtrack albums. Banks’ commitment to the film has seen her rewarded. This time around she will be occupying the other side of the camera in what will be her directorial debut. Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson and Skylar Astin all return to the film as the Barden Bellas enter an international acapella tournament, hoping to be the first American group to ever win it. Expect a plethora of foot tapping tunes and full cinema sing-alongs. As long as it is as fun as the previous instalment, Banks will have a well-received maiden film. Jurassic World – June 12 by ffg After years in “development hell”, the Jurassic Park franchise will once again return to our screens. The early signs look promising. In the lead role you have man of the moment Chris Pratt. The actor is the perfect semblance of action and comedy, as witnessed with his brilliant performances in Guardians of the Galaxy and The Lego Movie. Pratt should be in top form when fighting off dinosaurs, whilst bringing his own blend of comic relief. Colin Trevorrow as director also fills one with confidence ahead of the film. The 38-year-old struck gold with indie movie Safety Not Guaranteed, crafting a sentimental movie with bags of humour. Thankfully Universal Pictures have allowed Trevorrow complete control of the script, allowing him to inject his own quirky writing style into a film genre that is too often lacking in true comedic value. Combining Trevorrow and Pratt together should be a masterstroke. Far more importantly, though, we will be treated to a brand new dinosaur: the Indominus Rex. Scientists, as per, just could not leave it alone. In order to combat dwindling attendance figures for Jurassic Park, they created a dinosaur hybrid. At first glance it resembles a T-Rex, but the creature also has the bony head structure of an Abelisaur, while it also has horns! Other terrifying dinosaurs’ DNA was also used, such as the Giganotosaurus, Rugops, Carnotaurus, and a Majungasaurus. This beast is a genetic freak of a dinosaur. We already know that the unmodified ones can be troublesome at best, but this thing is going to take the biscuit. Fantastic Four – August 7 by alijahvillian The original Fantastic Four franchise came out in the last decade. It was a bit of a damp squib, to say the least. As a result, this version doesn’t have to be that great to better it. However, Marvel have big plans for the Marvel Cinematic Universe. If Fantastic Four does fail, it will be throwing a pretty big spanner in the works. With Miles Teller and Kate Mara in the mix, it should have some solid acting. But will the audience catch on to the storyline? We didn’t like it last time, but, with the comic book world becoming a lot more prevalent than in 2005, it may have a chance of surprising us. Terminator Genisys – July 1 by Dick Thomas Johnson A reboot that isn’t a reboot is probably the best way of describing the upcoming Terminator Genisys. The film sets about resetting the franchise, much like how John Connor resets Arnold Schwarzenegger‘s T-800 Terminator in the second film. It is a sequel, prequel and a reboot. It is pretty hard to get your head around. Emilia Clarke of Game of Thrones fame plays the all-important role of Sarah Connor, while Jai Courtney takes the role of Kyle Reese, and of course Arnie is back in his most famous role. For anyone who has seen the original film franchises, the premise is pretty confusing. It will probably be better for those watching it for the first time. That said, it is Hollywood so it can’t take too much effort to get to grips with. As long as the film can recapture the magic of the first two movies then we should be on to winner. Expect action to be an ever present in the movie. Others It really is the best blockbuster season in history. Entourage finally makes its big screen debut, while Pixar are back in the mix once again, so are the Minions, and everyone’s favourite foul-mouthed Teddybear will also be gracing the silver screen. Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.