Collider’s Most Anticipated Original Films, Sequels, Comedies, and Dramas of 2015

     January 4, 2015

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This year is shaping up to be a big one for film.  When all the studios started slating their franchises, sequels, and reboots, it seemed like a fair share of them fell into the 2015 release calendar.  Indeed, a number of high-profile studio releases will hit theaters this year (though 2015’s three superhero movies pales in comparison to 2016’s six), but we’re also poised to get a pleasant variety of dramas and comedies, from the high profile to the small-scale, and—gasp—even a couple of original stories!  And when it comes to talent, this year’s crop of films includes new works from Richard Linklater, Guillermo del Toro, Terrence Malick, J.J. Abrams, Judd Apatow, Danny Boyle, Robert Zemeckis, Steven Spielberg, Noah Baumbach, Cameron Crowe, Brad Bird, and many, many more.

With so much on tap for 2015, Adam, Matt, Perri, and Haleigh have put together a list of some of their most anticipated movies set for release this year, divided up into handy categories: original films, sequels, dramas, and comedies.  Peruse through the selection after the jump.

*Movies are listed in order of release date.

Most Anticipated Original Films

Chappie

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DirectorNeill Blomkamp

Cast: Sharlto Copley, Hugh Jackman, Dev Patel, Ninja and Yo-Landi Vi$$er, Jose Pablo Cantillo and Sigourney Weaver

Release Date: March 6th

Why I’m Excited: Chappie’s a self-aware robot who’s afraid of spilt milk, plays with dogs, watches Masters of the Universe and has an insanely sweet look on his face.  How can you not fall for him?  My thing for cute pet-like characters aside, Chappie looks to be powered by the vital thing that Elysium was sorely missing, a genuine, human connection to the main character.  Based on Chappie’s first trailer it seems as though there’s a good shot that the full feature will be much more in line with District 9, exploring a highly imaginative big scenario, but in a heartfelt, character-centric manner. – Perri Nemiroff

Tomorrowland

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Director: Brad Bird

Cast: Britt Robertson, George Clooney, Hugh Laurie, Kathryn Hahn, and Tim McGraw

Release Date: May 22nd

Why I’m Excited: Original stories are extremely hard to come by in Hollywood, especially of the big studio blockbuster variety.  But here we are, with an original screenplay co-written by Damon Lindelof and an ambitious, somewhat mysterious premise hinting at some sort of connection to the Disney theme park of the same name.  Bird absolutely knocked his live-action debut out of the park with Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, so I’m eager to see what he can do in the sci-fi realm with Tomorrowland.  And as a fan of Lindelof’s work as well, I’m looking forward to a story that’s equally affecting on both a plot and character/emotional level. – Adam Chitwood

Inside Out

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Director: Pete Docter

Voice Cast: Amy Poehler, Bill Hader, Phyllis Smith, Lewis Black, Mindy Kaling, Diane Lane, Kyle MacLachlan, and Kaitlyn Dias

Release Date: June 19th

Why I’m Excited: Can Pixar return to greatness, or has that time passed?  Toy Story 3 didn’t have the lasting impact of the first two, Cars 2 is abysmal, Brave is okay, and Monsters University is fun but doesn’t hold up well on repeat viewings.  Up was the last excellent Pixar movie, and the new film from its director Pete DocterInside Out, has a tremendous amount of potential.  The latest trailer hinted at the humor and cleverness we came to expect from Pixar movies, and while I don’t know if it will begin a new chapter for the studio, it still looks like it could be a terrific movie. – Matt Goldberg

Crimson Peak

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Director: Guillermo del Toro

Cast: Tom Hiddleston, Jessica Chastain, Charlie Hunnam, Mia Wasikowska, Doug Jones, and Javier Botet

Release Date: October 16th

Why I’m Excited: It’s been nearly a decade since Guillermo del Toro created mythology all his own and delivered a film aimed squarely at adults, and that has always been where his brilliance shines brightest.  For the first time since Pan’s Labyrinth we get to travel into the whimsical and grim mind of Del Toro, and I can’t wait.  This time he’s taking on the Haunted House and Gothic Romance subgenres, supported by a wonderful cast that includes, most importantly, Doug Jones and Javier Botet as the ghosts and specters of Crimson Peak; two men who are basically the Pacino and De Niro of being creepy on film. – Haleigh Foutch

Midnight Special

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DirectorJeff Nichols

Cast: Michael Shannon, Joel Edgerton, Kirsten Dunst, Adam Driver, Jaeden Lieberher, Bill Camp, Scott Haze, Paul Sparks, and Sam Shepard

Release Date: November 25th

Why I’m Excited: Look, I’ll watch anything Jeff Nichols and Michael Shannon do together.  Mud and Take Shelter are among my favorite films of their respective years, and like all the best director/actor duos, there’s something in each man that brings out the best in the other.  That said, Midnight Special has the makings to be my favorite of their collaborations yet.  Backed by a supporting cast that includes Joel Edgerton, Sam Shepard, and Kirsten Dunst, Midnight Special is Nichols’ first studio film and sounds like it’s shaping up to be his most accessible film to date.  Nichols has described it as a modern day sci-fi chase film inspired by the works of John Carpenter (particularly Starman).  That sounds amazing. – Haleigh Foutch

That’s What I’m Talking About

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Director: Richard Linklater

Cast: Wyatt Russell, Blake Jenner, Zoey Deutch, Will Brittain, and Glen Powell

Release Date: TBA

Why I’m Excited: If ever a filmmaker were on a roll, it would be Richard Linklater.  The guy has made three genuinely great films in a row, and to follow-up one of the most groundbreaking features ever made, Linklater is tapping into the movie that helped launch his career.  Described as a “spiritual sequel” to Dazed and Confused, That’s What I’m Talking About follows a college freshman over the course of a single weekend in the 1980s, and Linklater recently said the movie picks up directly where Boyhood leaves off, exploring the experience of entering college life in the filmmaker’s own unique way.  What isn’t there to be excited about? – Adam Chitwood

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