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January 7 2015

The Movies of 2015 – 3rd Quarter

The Movies of 2015 3rd Quarter

Welcome to the third of four parts of an analysis of every major film release of 2015.

Following up on last year’s product, I’m back with a look at the films of 2015. Something different I’m trying this year is you will first get the quarterly breakdowns, and then an overall post will be like a part five that looks at the year as a whole.

There are some clear, “What in the world were they thinking?” projects coming out this year, and there are some that I think will surprise all of us.

Hopefully you enjoy this as it is a huge undertaking each year, but one I enjoy doing.

Please note that titles and release dates can change at any time, none of these are written in stone.

July

Magic Mike XXL

Release Date: July 1
Synopsis:

The strippers take a road trip from Tampa to Myrtle Beach for a stripping convention.

Analysis: Okay, I had to laugh at the plot. Why? Let us not forget that the plot for Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 has him headed to Las Vegas to attend a Security Guard Expo. Road trip movies are back! Kidding aside, the first movie wasn’t horrible, it’ll be interesting to see how this one does.

Terminator: Genisys

sarah-connor-terminator-genisys
Release Date: July 1
Synopsis:

The year is 2029. John Connor, leader of the resistance, continues the war against the machines. At the Los Angeles offensive, John’s fears of the unknown future begin to emerge when TECHCOM spies reveal a new plot by Skynet that will attack him from two fronts, past and future, and will ultimately change warfare forever.

On the verge of winning the war against Skynet, Connor sends his trusted lieutenant Kyle Reese back through time to save his mother’s life and ensure his own existence. But what he finds on the other side is like nothing he ever expected. After being orphaned at age nine by a Terminator, Sarah Connor has been brought up by another Terminator programmed to protect her. This Terminator has then trained her to face her destiny, which she adamantly tries to reject.

Analysis: I really have no clue how this film will do. I know I’m tired of the Terminator series, but what about the rest of the world?

Minions

Minions - 1
Release Date: July 10
Synopsis:

The story of Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment’s Minions begins at the dawn of time. Starting as single-celled yellow organisms, Minions evolve through the ages, perpetually serving the most despicable of masters. After accidentally killing off so many of them—from T. rex to Napoleon—the Minions find themselves without a master to serve and fall into a deep depression.

Analysis: This one should be a no-brainer. They were the breakout stars of Despicable Me and Despicable Me 2. The trailer is funny as well. Expect big things from this.

Ant-Man

Ant-Man Paul Rudd
Release Date: July 17
Synopsis:

The next evolution of the Marvel Cinematic Universe brings a founding member of The Avengers to the big screen for the first time with Marvel Studios’ Ant-Man. Armed with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, master thief Scott Lang must embrace his inner-hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym, protect the secret behind his spectacular Ant-Man suit from a new generation of towering threats. Against seemingly insurmountable obstacles, Pym and Lang must plan and pull off a heist that will save the world.

Analysis: I thought Guardians of the Galaxy was a risk for Marvel, so I’ve given up trying to guess how Marvel films will do. More than likely it will do well.

Pan

PAN
Release Date: July 17
Synopsis:

Offering a new take on the origin of the classic characters created by J.M. Barrie, the action adventure follows the story of an orphan who is spirited away to the magical Neverland. There, he finds both fun and dangers, and ultimately discovers his destiny—to become the hero who will be forever known as Peter Pan.

Analysis: Really not sure how this work out. Isn’t the character of Pan pretty much played out?

Pixels

Release Date: July 24
Synopsis:

When aliens misinterpret video-feeds of classic arcade games as a declaration of war, they attack the Earth, using the games as models for their various assaults. The President of the United States, William Cooper (Kevin James), calls upon his childhood best friend, former 1980s video game champion Sam Brenner (Adam Sandler), who is now a home theater installer and had a previous relationship with William’s wife (Jane Krakowski), to lead a team of old-school arcaders (Peter Dinklage and Josh Gad) to defeat the aliens and save the planet.

Analysis: While a cute idea, it stars James and Sandler, neither of which are tearing up the box office as of late.

Poltergeist

Release Date: July 24
Synopsis:

Not released yet.

Analysis: The original from 1982 is a classic. Do we really need this? Nope.

Grimsby

Release Date: July 31
Synopsis:

A story about a British black-ops spy (Mark Strong) whose idiotic brother is a football hooligan (Sacha Baron Cohen).

Analysis: Another hitman movie? And Sacha Baron Cohen’s track record is mixed. I don’t expect much from this.

Point Break

Release Date: July 31
Synopsis:

A remake of the 1991 film.

Analysis: For whatever reason the original is a cult classic. I hate it. No clue how this will do.

Self/Less

Release Date: July 31
Synopsis:

An extremely wealthy elderly man, dying from cancer, undergoes a radical medical procedure that transfers his consciousness to the body of a healthy young man, but all is not as it seems when he starts to uncover the mystery of the body’s origin and the secret organization that will kill to protect its cause.

Analysis: Body swap movies don’t do well, but they keep trying for whatever reason.

August

The Fantastic Four

Release Date: August 7
Synopsis:

When four people teleport to an alternate universe, which alters their physical form and gains them new abilities, they must learn to harness their abilities and work together as a team to save the Earth from a familiar enemy.

Analysis: They’ve changed the origins. They’ve changed the family element. They’ve made Doctor Doom a computer nerd. I smell a trainwreck.

The Man From U.N.C.L.E.

The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
Release Date: August 14
Synopsis:

Set against the backdrop of the early 1960s, at the height of the Cold War, “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.” centers on CIA agent Solo and KGB agent Kuryakin. Forced to put aside longstanding hostilities, the two team up on a joint mission to stop a mysterious international criminal organization, which is bent on destabilizing the fragile balance of power through the proliferation of nuclear weapons and technology. The duo’s only lead is the daughter of a vanished German scientist, who is the key to infiltrating the criminal organization, and they must race against time to find him and prevent a worldwide catastrophe.

Analysis: I really don’t know why they keep trying to bring this property back. It doesn’t work anymore.

Masterminds

Release Date: August 14
Synopsis:

A night guard at an armored car company in the Southern U.S. organizes one of the biggest bank heists in American history.

Analysis: Not that engaging of a premise, but it stars an all-star cast of the last 10 years of Saturday Night Live. It may work… or it may fall apart.

Straight Outta Compton

Straight Outta Compton
Release Date: August 14
Synopsis:

In the mid-1980s, the streets of Compton, California, were some of the most dangerous in the country. When five young men translated their experiences growing up into brutally honest music that rebelled against abusive authority, they gave an explosive voice to a silenced generation. Following the meteoric rise and fall of N.W.A, Straight Outta Compton tells the astonishing story of how these youngsters revolutionized music and pop culture forever the moment they told the world the truth about life in the hood and ignited a cultural war.

Analysis: N.W.A. was a huge touchstone for many people, this will have a good first weekend, but don’t expect it to have legs.

Criminal

Release Date: August 21
Synopsis:

The memories and skills of a deceased CIA agent are implanted into an unpredictable and dangerous criminal to find some criminals and finish the job.

Analysis: Another body swap movie? Seriously? Can we not get over this concept.

Max

Release Date: August 21
Synopsis:

A dog that helped soldiers in Afghanistan returns to the U.S. and is adopted by his handler’s family after suffering a traumatic experience.

Analysis: Kudos to this film, hope it does well, I won’t be watching it. (I can’t take animal movies… it isn’t pretty to watch me sob uncontrollably)

Me Before You

Release Date: August 21
Synopsis:

A small town girl is caught between dead-end jobs. A high-profile, successful man becomes wheelchair bound following an accident. The man decides his life is not worth living until the girl is hired for six months to be his new caretaker. Worlds apart and trapped together by circumstance, the two get off to a rocky start. But,the girl becomes determined to prove to the man that life is worth living and as they embark on a series of adventures together, each finds their world changing in ways neither of them could begin to imagine.

Analysis: Based on a book, but that doesn’t always mean anything these days, especially when it comes to romance stories.

Sinister 2

Sinister 2
Release Date: August 21
Synopsis:

A young mother and her twin sons move into a rural house that’s marked for death.

Analysis: The first one did $77.7 million off of a $3 million dollar budget. Good grief I want to be in the low-budget horror business.

Hitman: Agent 47

Hitman Agent 47
Release Date: August 28
Synopsis:

Based on the top-selling, award-winning videogame franchise, “Agent 47” is an all-new motion picture about an elite and genetically engineered assassin, known only by the last two digits – 47 – of a barcode tattooed on the back of his neck. His latest target is a young woman on the run from powerful and clandestine forces. The mission brings startling revelations about the lethal agent and his prey, hurtling them on a collision course with their pasts. And this time, his number may be up.

Analysis:

Regression

Release Date: August 28
Synopsis:

No info yet.

Analysis: Ethan Hawke and Emma Watson star… neither is a huge box office draw, but they are both excellent.

September

Jane Got a Gun

Release Date: Sept. 4
Synopsis:

Jane Got a Gun centers on Jane Hammond (Portman), who has built a new life with her husband Bill “Ham” Hammond (Noah Emmerich) after being tormented by the Bishop Boys gang. She finds herself in the gang’s cross-hairs once again when Ham stumbles home riddled with bullets after dueling with the Boys and their relentless leader, Colin (McGregor). With the vengeful crew hot on Ham’s trail, Jane has nowhere to turn but to her former fiancé Dan Frost (Edgerton) for help in defending her family against certain death. Haunted by old memories, Jane’s past meets the present in a heart-stopping battle for survival.

Analysis: This film has had a heck of a time reaching the big screen: Changing directors, a rotating cast and so on. It’ll be interesting to see it out of a morbid curiosity.

Kitchen Sink

Release Date: Sept. 4
Synopsis:

In the town of Dillford, it used to be that vampires, humans and zombies used to get along, but then something unexpected arrived and now it’s humans vs. vampires vs. zombies in all-out mortal combat. Now three teenagers must try to get things back to “normal.”

Analysis: A good cast (Patton Oswalt, Joan Cusack, Dennis Leary etc), but when an odd concept.

Triple Nine

Release Date: Sept. 11
Synopsis:

A group of corrupt police officers are blackmailed into pulling off a seemingly impossible heist. They plot the murder of a rookie police officer in order to orchestrate a “999”, code for ‘officer down’, to pull off the heist across town.

Analysis: While the premise sounds a bit weak, but it has an awesome cast with Kate Winslet, Norman Reedus, Aaron Paul and more.

The Visit

Release Date: Sept. 11
Synopsis:

A single-parent mother finds that her family’s lives go awry after her two young children visit their grandparents.

Analysis: A horror comedy film written and directed by M. Night Shyamalan… just shoot me now.

Everest

Release Date: Sept. 18
Synopsis:

A story based on the real events of 1996 Mount Everest disaster which led to the deaths of several climbers.

Analysis: Some big names such as Jake Gyllenhaal are attached, could be good.

The Maze Runner: Scorch Trials

Release Date: Sept. 18
Synopsis:

The Gladers have escaped the Maze, but now they face a new set of challenges on the open roads of a world ravaged by solar flares and disease.

Analysis: The first one didn’t do so hot in the U.S., but it did well globally. That trend will probably continue.

Untitled Whitey Bulger Film

Release Date: Sept. 18
Synopsis:

No info yet.

Analysis: It’s an interesting story, but more info is needed for sure.

The Disappointments Room

Release Date: Sept. 25
Synopsis:

A mother and her young son release unimaginable horrors from the attic of their rural dream home.

Analysis: Kate Beckinsale isn’t a household name, this one will be held up ons tory.

Hotel Transylvania 2

Hotel Transylvania 2
Release Date: Sept. 25
Synopsis:

When the old-old-old-fashioned vampire Vlad arrives at the hotel for an impromptu family get-together, Hotel Transylvania is in for a collision of supernatural old-school and modern day cool.

Analysis: I finally caught the first one and enjoyed it. It wasn’t a huge financial success, so the follow-up surprises me a bit.

The Intern

Release Date: Sept. 25
Synopsis:

Jules Ostin (Anne Hathaway), founder of a fashion based e-commerce company, agrees to a community outreach program where a senior Ben Whittaker (Robert De Niro) will intern at the firm.

Analysis: Good cast, but I can predict all three acts blindfolded.



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