Coming off a great 2014, it’s upsetting that we’ve had to struggle through the worst movie months of the season. With the exception of “Kingsman: The Secret Service,” there hasn’t been much quality so far this year, which is to be expected, especially during January and February. That doesn’t mean I can’t get bored, and hope the summer movie season comes as fast as possible. Thankfully, summer movies have started to come out in early April. Last year, we got lucky with “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” which opened April 4 to kick off the summer movie season early. In 2016, “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice” will stretch the summer movie season even more when it comes out in late March. “Furious 7” comes out tomorrow so who cares about the upcoming warmer months? Let’s talk movies.
Pitch Perfect 2 – May 15
My only interest in this movie lies in the fact that the Green Bay Packers, led by Clay Matthews, will be in the film. Other than that, I really don’t care.
Terminator Genisys – July 1
This does not look good, but I’m giving it the benefit of the doubt because I generally enjoy the franchise, with “Terminator 2” being the best and “Terminator Salvation” as the worst. Also, it does have Emilia Clarke and Jai Courtney, who gets more hate than I think he deserves. P.S. why is the title spelled that way?
Pan – July 24
This film is intriguing. Anything that Hugh Jackman stars in should not be overlooked, but I’ll have to wait for the reviews on this one.
Ted 2 – June 26
This is tough. I love Seth MacFarlane. I love “Family Guy.” I love “Ted.” But make no mistake about it, “A Million Ways to Die in the West” was a huge step back. I hope he can recover, and complete the difficult task of created a solid sequel.
10. Ant Man – July 17
This has potential, but that’s mostly based on the fact that I trust Marvel. I would love to see another trailer on this because right now I fear that after the studio’s phenomenal success, “Antman” will underwhelm.
9. Tomorrowland – May 22
This movie is marketing itself very well. I’m very intrigued, and absolutely loved that first trailer where she touches the pin for the first time. What sells me most about the film is the fact that Hugh Laurie is in it. Where has Dr. House been? He is phenomenal, and will no doubt elevate this movie.
8. Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation – July 31
A solid franchise, with “Mission Impossible 2” being the only misstep, “Mission Impossible” is coming off the very fun and entertaining “Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol.” No matter what you think of him, Tom Cruise is rarely in a bad movie, and continues to take this franchise to new heights. “Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation” looks prime to do the same.
7. Minions – July 10
It was only a matter of time before this movie was made, and I’ll admit that I was skeptical at first. I found it difficult to believe that they could create a movie without humans as the main characters. However, the trailer is great, and the Super Bowl spot was also great. I have to stop doubting this franchise’s ability to continue to make phenomenal films.
6. Mad Max: Fury Road – May 15
I love Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron, so I was already sold there. The trailers also look pretty awesome. Although I’ve never seen the original “Mad Max” films, this movie looks pretty damn entertaining. It is also rumored that the first “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice” trailer will be released with it, which just adds to the intrigue.
5. Fantastic 4 – Aug. 7
I honestly don’t know how I should feel about this, but I have to be intrigued when somebody wants to reboot the horrendous franchise that was “Fantastic Four” (2005) and “Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer.” Coming off of “Whiplash,” Miles Teller is a huge plus to have in this franchise. I also love Jamie Bell, and really like Michael B. Jordan and Kate Mara. How good will it be? I don’t know. But I do know that all the pieces are in place for a solid superhero franchise.
4. Jurassic World – June 12
Chris Pratt is so hot right now, but he has his work cut out for him in trying to recapture the magic of the first “Jurassic Park” movie. That being said, Pratt is definitely the right man for the job. I think the trailers look great, and the storyline is actually very intriguing. Could it all fall apart? Yes, but it looks really cool right now, and the first trailer ends with Chris Pratt riding a motorcycle into battle alongside velociraptors. Tell me that doesn’t look awesome.
3. Inside Out – June 19
It really looks like Pixar will return to form here. “Inside Out” looks like it will conjure up many different emotions, and this is a brilliant storyline. I really can’t see a negative about the film. The trailer makes you laugh, and hints at the fact that you will cry as well. It honestly has a chance to be one of the greatest animated films of all time. I can’t wait.
2. Furious 7 – April 3
Every movie somehow manages to ramp up the impossible…and I can’t get enough of it. This is arguably the most sure bet of all the summer movies. It just looks awesome, and more than any other franchise out there, it knows what it is. I have no doubt that this movie will be one of the most fun of the year. Don’t believe me? Watch the trailers. Vin Diesel drives out of a skyscraper into a another skyscraper and then jumps out of the car before it falls out the other side of said skyscraper. Who doesn’t want to see that?
1. Avengers: Age of Ultron – May 1
Did any of you really doubt that this would be number one? Marvel is on a role, and these trailers look badass. The only thing I’m afraid of is that they showed us too much of the movie in the trailers. They don’t even have to advertise. I was sold on this sequel when Samuel L. Jackson appeared in the end credits of the first “Iron Man.” May can’t come fast enough. I don’t want to wait a second longer.