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Ten Summer Movies To Excite In 2015

Thanks to the likes of Jaws and Star Wars, the summer months have long been established as the time when studios wheel out their big guns. But it’s not all spandex and Young Adult adaptations this year.  Join Editor Alex Moss as he looks at Ten Summer Movies To Excite in 2015.

Mad Max: Fury Road – 15th May 2015
It has been thirty years since we last saw Max Rockatansky in The Thunderdome but it seems that Mad Max writer-director George Miller hasn’t lost any of his appetite for vehicular mayhem. Original Max Mel Gibson is presumably too long in the tooth to reprise his role as the strong-silent-vengeful type so in steps Tom Hardy. Hardy has a bit of experience behind the wheel of a car albeit in the much slower-paced drama of last year’s excellent Locke. This time, Fury Road sees Max team with a fellow rebel Furiosa, in the grungy looking shape of a shaven-headed Charlize Theron to rescue The Wives – a group of women who seem to be immune to a rapidly spreading disease. This film looks set to take the violent ways of the early Mad Max films and inject them with a healthy dose of glorious CGI to really up the ante.
Watch the Trailer for Mad Max: Fury Road HERE.

Jurassic World – 12th June 2015
Another re-boot / re-imagining / come sequel of a much loved franchise, Jurassic World hopes to dispel the slight disappointment of the original two sequels and get back to the genetic DNA that made Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park the biggest grossing film of all time until Titanic came along. Chris Pratt continues his recent trend of being Hollywood’s go-to-man for all big-budget movies while Colin Trevorrow, in only his second feature directing gig after the brilliant Safety Not Guaranteed, will call the shots. This time we’ll see a fully functional Jurassic Theme Park but crucially it looks as though there will be a fully-fledge dino-villain too. In the original films there was a sense that these man-eating creatures were to be protected but this time we have a genetically invented dinosaur, called Indominus Rex who kills for sport. In other words we’ve got a big, nasty dinosaur for Chris Pratt, and his team of tamed velociraptors, to go and hunt. Bring on the carnage.
Watch the Trailer for Jurassic World HERE.

Tomorrowland – 22nd May 2015
A film based around a theme-park world? That surely won’t work will it? Well they made four films out of The Pirates Of The Caribbean with a fifth slowly making sale in the winds so box office history would indicate otherwise. Furthermore Tomorrowland comes jam packed with some of Hollywood’s finest. Brad Bird, who can spin a great story injected with stunning set-pieces (see his Pixar The Incredibles and Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol) while the likes of George Clooney and Hugh Laurie bring some gravity to an otherwise young cast led by Britt Robertson who recently starred opposite Jennifer Aniston in Cake. The film sees Robertson’s plucky young science boff tracking down Clooney’s reclusive inventor to help her find the titular world that exists somewhere in time and space. The trailer looks endlessly inventive, funny and exciting. Beam us up.
Watch the Trailer for Tomorrowland HERE

Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation – 30th July 2015
Tom Cruise returns to the franchise that has served him so well over the years with the latest installment Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation. You know what you’re getting with a Mission Impossible film and Rogue Nation looks like it will deliver in spades. You’ve got an intriguing plot; the IMF team must track down The Syndicate, an organisation of spies determined to wipe out all other agents, and breathtaking action and stunts that will make your jaw drop. The trailer alone, which shows Cruise actually hanging from the side of a plane taking-off, is enough to make you bite your nails to nubs. Add to this that Rogue Nation is written and directed by Cruise’s Jack Reacher cohort, and Oscar winning writer of The Usual Suspects, Christopher McQuarrie and this one has potential written all over it, in giant sky letters.
Watch the Trailer for Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation HERE

The Man From U.N.C.L.E. – 14th August 2015
Speaking of films adapted from cult TV shows here’s another; The Man From U.N.C.L.E. But for every Mission Impossible there is an A-Team or Charlie’s Angels, or Dark Shadows, or Dukes of Hazard or… you get the idea. But The Man From U.N.C.L.E. has at least three aces up its’ sleeve to keep it looking tantalisingly good. The first is that of director Guy Ritchie who always brings a kinetic energy to his films and certainly knows how to do a good caper after his work on Sherlock Holmes. Then there’s the leads; Armie Hammer and Henry Cavill are both actors who have carried big-budget films, but felt wasted behind a plethora of CGI and clunky plotting. But more than anything it’s the appearance of Alicia Vikander, one of films’ most exciting young actresses thanks to a remarkable turn in Ex Machina and Testament Of Youth, that gets the pulse racing. Throw in a retro ‘60s setting, a buddy chemistry between Hammer’s Russian spy and Cavill’s suave agent and you’ve got a film that looks like it could be a bit of light relief with a tongue-in-cheek humour.
Watch the trailer for The Man From U.N.C.L.E. HERE

Inside Out – 24th July 2015
What would a summer be without a good old Pixar animation? Nothing you shout, and you’d be right. But the house of Pixar has been quiet since 2013’s Monsters University and they’ve been missed. Thankfully, Inside Out not only looks to fill that void but it looks to do it in typically smart and funny ways, as only Pixar can. The film, co-directed by Up’s Pete Doctor, literally takes us into the mind of a young girl going through an emotional time following a family move. Inside her mind we get to see all her emotions trying to come to terms with what is going on in her young life. As with all the best Pixar movies this one looks like a treat for the kids with enough subtle adult jokes to keep all ages thoroughly engaged.
Watch the trailer for Inside Out HERE.

A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night – 22nd May 2015
Amid all the typical over-the-top nature of the summer season there’s always space for something a little more thought provoking and off-beat. Step forward A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night. Debuting at last year’s Sundance Film Festival the film is being called “The first Iranian vampire Western” and if that doesn’t peak your interest what will? The reviews thus far have pointed at writer-director Ana Lily Amirpour capturing a sense of atmosphere that is both seductive and evocative. This is a film that could prove to be a tonic for all those big budget yet forgettable blockbusters.
Watch the trailer for A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night HERE.

Self/less – 17th July 2015
What? Not a sequel, remake, reboot or anything else but something based on an original script? Do such things exist in mainstream movies anymore? It’s for this reason that Self/less is on this list; because it is an original film from a filmmaker who has always been at his best when dealing with slightly off-kilter stories. The filmmaker in question is Tarsem Singh, the man behind The Fall, The Cell and Immortals. So you can expect plenty of mind-bending visuals and suspense. It stars Ben Kingsley as a man dying of cancer who transports his consciences into the body of a young man; Ryan Reynolds. Well, if you could you probably would, no? But it turns out the procedure did not fully take and Reynolds’ personality is still lurking beneath the surface trying to get out. This one has the potential to be a sleeper hit of the summer and something to get your head around rather than turning it off for a couple of hours.
Watch the trailer for Self/less HERE.

Welcome To Me – (No official release date yet)
Okay now we’re just messing with you aren’t we? Another original film this summer? Yup, that’s right and this stars the always dependable Kristen Wiig. The former Bridesmaids star plays a woman who, when she wins millions on the lottery, quits taking her psychiatric medication and buys her own talk show. Early word is this is comedy of the darkest kind that peaks the interest even more. Better still, some are even saying it is this generations’ Network, and if that doesn’t make you giddy at the prospect then tune-out now.
To watch the trailer for Welcome To Me click HERE.

Ant-Man – 17th July 2015
You thought we were going to leave superheroes off the agenda? Frankly after the brilliance of Avengers: Age Of Ultron we could have done but there’s a whiff of hope about Ant-Man. For a while there it all looked very doom and gloom for Marvel’s smallest hero, what with original writer-director Shaun of The Dead’s Edgar Wright jumping ship over those troublesome “creative differences” but then the trailer dropped and hope was restored. Into the directors chair stepped Peyton Reed, whose work worryingly includes The Break-Up and Jim Carrey starrer Yes Man but also the excellent teen comedy Bring It On, with Anchorman writer Adam McKay coming in to fine tune Wright’s script. But while behind the scenes it all looks a bit of a mess, the trailer showcases one key ingredient that could be the best bit of the summer and that is Paul Rudd. For a long time one of Hollywood’s most dependable funny men, seeing him as con-man Scott Lang who inherits a suit that allows him to shrink and gain in strength, gives us a tingly buzz about this one. For years fans demanded that Nathan Fillion of Firefly fame be given a superhero role. While he may have missed out, Rudd looks like he’s got just as many skills in his arsenal to rival Robert Downey Jr in the entertaining superhero quips routine.   Small may well be mighty.
Watch the trailer for Ant-Man HERE.

Alex Moss Editor

Alex Moss’ obsession with film began the moment he witnessed the Alien burst forth from John Hurt’s stomach. It was perhaps ill-advised to witness this aged 6 but much like the beast within Hurt, he became infected by a parasite called ‘Movies’. Rarely away from his computer or a big screen, as he muses on Cinematic Deities, Alex is “more machine now than man. His mind is twisted and evil”. Email:

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