After a bit of a break from the blog (courtesy of a wonderful 85-degree spring break in Florida and some exciting news that I'll be announcing in the near future), I'm back on track with my first installment of the 2015 Summer Movie Preview. Over the next week I'll be highlighting some of the most intriguing films arriving in theaters throughout the summer months, but today I begin with May.
Honorable Mention: The beloved Barden Bellas return to shock the a cappella world by trying to become the first American team to win a prestigious organized worldwide singing competition in Pitch Perfect 2 (May 15th). George Miller debuted his post-apocalyptic Mad Max franchise in 1979 on the shoulders of star, Mel Gibson. More than three decades later the auteur returns to its universe with the highly anticipated prequel, Mad Max: Fury Road (May 15th), starring Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron. After taking a trip on the festival circuit, Andrew Niccol's ethical drama, Good Kill (May 15th), stars Ethan Hawke as a drone pilot who begins to question the morality of his profession. Horror fans will have to welcome another 80s remake to the genre with Gil Kenan's Poltergeist (May 22nd), thankfully Sam Rockwell is in the leading role which the idea of a return to the franchise stomach-able. May's closing weekend boasts the highly anticipated action-thriller, San Andreas (May 29th), which features Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson as a rescue-pilot who seeks to save his estranged daughter after violent earthquakes destroy California.
Avengers: Age of Ultron (May 1st)
After grossing more than an unfathomable $1.5 billion in worldwide box office revenue in 2012, Marvel delivers the massively buzzed-about sequel, Avengers: Age of Ultron. The film begins with Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) attempting to revive a peacekeeping movement. Yet, when one of his powerful creations, a robot named Ultron with impeccable Artificial Intelligence capabilities, goes rogue and turns on his creator, the Avengers must battle this villainous foe. Initial sneak peaks into the film support a dark-tone and a summer blockbuster for the ages.
Tomorrowland (May 22nd)
Based on a theme park world known throughout the Disney landscape, Brad Bird's Tomorrowland makes for an optimistic early summer treat. With a script from Lost's writer Damon Lindelof, the films follows a science-loving teen (Britt Robertson) and a former boy genius (George Clooney) who hope to unmask all of the secrets surrounding a shocking new world that they discover. Expectations continue to grow with Tomorrowland but, despite my reservations, we're guaranteed a visually-pleasing treat.
Aloha (May 29th)
As a huge fan of the entire cast surrounding Cameron Crowe's latest effort, Aloha, I can say with all sincerity that there are few people as excited as I am for its release. Bradley Cooper stars as Brian Gilcrest, a disliked US Weapons consultant who returns to a military base in Hawaii for a job. While there he finds himself caught up in the difficult task of receiving permission from locals to proceed the mission, as well as a love triangle between a former girlfriend who he let get away (Rachel McAdams) and the spry female soldier (Emma) assigned to assist him with his job. Co-starring Bill Murray, Alec Baldwin and Danny McBride, on the surface Aloha possesses all the makings of a spectacular romantic comedy.
*** Check out the previews for June, July and August