I know that it is only the end of March, but its time to look forward to one of my favorite seasons of the year: Summer movie season.
But after Captain America: The Winter Soldier was released in early April last year, the blockbuster window is much wider.
Here is a list, with a few brief thoughts of my own, including on a scale of 1-5 stars my likelihood of seeing it in theaters (1 being “Not at all” 5 being “Cannot wait!”).
So here is what is on the horizon:
Furious 7 (**) - This is a franchise I have never gotten into. But if I have time to catch up with the other 6, I might check this out.
The Longest Ride (*) - I am disturbed by the Saw-like body count found in the typical Nicholas Sparks movie.
True Story (**) - The trailer looks slightly interesting, but I don't like the principle actors.
Ex Machina (**) - I think I figured out that there is going to be a big twist to this sci-fi thinker.
Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 (**) - The first was incredibly low-brow. And though I love Kevin James, this one looks even more mindless.
The Age of Adaline (*) - Even Harrison Ford in this can't help wipe away the sense of "boring."
Little Boy (***) - I found the trailer surprisingly moving. A story about child-like faith. I might check it out.
Avengers: Age of Ultron (*****) - I might end up going to a midnight showing of this!
Hot Pursuit (*) - I actually find Sophia Vergara annoying and Reese Witherspoon does not look funny in this.
Mad Max: Fury Road (**) - I have never been fan of this series. The Road Warrior is super-dark and Beyond Thunderdome is an ugly mess. I don't see the updated technology as a big improvement.
Pitch Perfect 2 (****) - The sequel will probably not capture the same fun and spirit of the first, but it has built up enough good will for me to give a try.
Tomorrowland (****) - I don't have a strong sense of the story, but Brad Bird has earned my trust.
Spy (***) - Melissa McCarthy comedies are hit or miss for me, but the unrated trailer made me laugh.
San Andreas (**) - This doesn't appeal to me.
Aloha (***) - I am incredibly suspicious of Cameron Crowe. His movies are incredibly tedious. But the cast looks really good so I am curious.
Insidious: Chapter 3 (*) - I don't like horror movies.
Entourage (*) - Didn't watch the show.
Jurassic World (*****) - Star Lord riding on a motorcycle leading a pack of trained raptors. I'm there.
The Transporter Refueled (*) - Not a fan of the series.
Inside Out (****) - This PIXAR outing looks original and moving
Ted 2 (****) - I am fairly certain this will be much, much worse than the first. But the original made laugh more than most movies I've seen in the theater.
Big Game (*) - This movie looks so awful I cannot believe that it isn't a parody.
Terminator: Genysis (**) - All of my instincts are telling me that this will actually be the worst entry in the Terminator Franchise. But I am curious.
Magic Mike XXL (*) - I don't know what's more disturbing: that this movie about pornographers got a sequel or the long lines of ogling women who are going to see it.
Minions (****) - Hands down, the minions are the best part of the Dispicible Me movies. This movie is like having a cake made of only frosting.
ANT-MAN (****) - The trailers haven't sold me, but Marvel has been solid.
Trainwreck (**) - I don't care for Amy Schummer, but there is a small possibility it could be good.
Pixels (****) - The trailers weren't as good as I hoped. But the concept is fun and I love the cast.
Poltergeist (*) - Another pointless remake.
Pan (*) - A pointless prequel
Paper Towns (*) - Looks angsty and pretentious
Mission Impossible - Rogue Nation (****) - The trailer looked fun and I loved the last one.
Self/Less (*) - I'll wait for Netflix
The Fantastic Four (****) - I haven't seen a lot of compelling footage, but it's a comic movie so I'll be there.
The Man from UNCLE (**) - It looks fine, but forgettable