Must Watch Movies of 2015 (Part 1)

So here it goes, fellow movie buffs! The first wave of my Must Watch Movies of 2015, covering the first half of 2015. I am listing down the movies which I think shouldn’t be missed.

Note:  In (*) indicates my showing date forecast.

JANUARY

Spare Parts

Release Date: Jan 16 | *Jan 14 (Manila) / Genre: Drama, Family
Starring: Alexa PenaVega, Marisa Tomei, Jamie Lee Curtis
Director: Sean McNamara | Studio: Lionsgate

spare-parts-movie-2015

Plot: “A group of four Phoenix High School students win first place over M.I.T. in a national robotics competition. The team had only $800 and used car parts but won the competition over several highly funded university teams. All four American students were undocumented immigrants from Mexico.”

Mortdecai

Release Date: Jan 23 | *Jan 21 (Manila) / Genre: Action, Crime
Starring:  Johnny Depp, Ewan McGregor, Olivia Munn, Gwyneth Paltrow
Director: David Koepp | Studio: Lionsgate

mortdecai-movie-2015

Plot: “Juggling some angry Russians, the British MI5, his impossibly leggy wife and an international terrorist, debonair art dealer and part time rogue Charlie Mortdecai must traverse the globe armed only with his good looks and special charm in a race to recover a stolen painting rumored to contain the code to a lost bank account filled with Nazi gold.”

FEBRUARY

Jupiter Ascending

Release Date: Feb 6 | *Feb 4 (Manila) / Genre: Sci-fi
Starring:  Mila Kunis, Channing Tatum, Sean Bean, Eddie Redmayne
Director: The Wachowskis | Studio: Warner Bros.

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Plot: “In the future, a young destitute human woman gets targeted for assassination by the Queen of the Universe, and begins her destiny to finish the Queen’s reign.”

Seventh Son

Release Date: Feb 6 | *Feb 4 (Manila) / Genre: Fanstasy
Starring: Ben Barnes, Jeff Bridges, Julianne Moore, Alicia Vikander
Director: Serge Bodrov | Studio: Universal Pictures

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Plot: “Young Thomas is apprenticed to the local Spook to learn to fight evil spirits. His first great challenge comes when the powerful Mother Malkin escapes her confinement while the Spook is away.”

50 Shades of Grey

Release Date: Feb 13 | *Feb 11 (Manila) / Genre: Romance, Drama
Starring: Jamie Dornan, Dakota Johnson, Victor Rasuk, Eloise Mumford
Director: Sam Taylor-Wood | Studio: Universal Pictures

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Plot: “Literature student Anastasia Steele’s life changes forever when she meets handsome, yet tormented, billionaire Christian Grey.”

Kingsman: The Secret Service

Release Date: Feb 13 | *Feb 11 (Manila) / Genre: Action, Adventure
Starring: Colin Firth, Michael Caine, Samuel L. Jackson, Taron Egerton
Director: Matthew Vaughn | Studio: 20th Century Fox

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Plot: Kingsman: The Secret Service is based upon the comic book by Mark Millar, and depicts a veteran secret agent who leads a young protege into the world of espionage.”

Jane Got A Gun

Release Date: Feb 20 | *Feb 18 (Manila) / Genre: Action, Drama (Western)
Starring: Natalie Portman, Joel Edgerton, Ewan McGregor, Rodrigo Santoro
Director: Gavin O’Connor | Studio: Relativity Media

natalie-portman

Plot: “A woman asks her ex-lover for help in order to save her outlaw husband from a gang out to kill him.”

McFarland, USA

Release Date: Feb 20 | *Feb 18 (Manila) / Genre: Sports Drama
Starring: Kevin Costner, Maria Bello, Morgan Saylor
Director: Niki Caro | Studio: Walt Disney Pictures

McFarland-USA-movie-2015

Plot: “A track coach in a small California town transforms a team of athletes into championship contenders.”

Focus

Release Date: Feb 27 | *Feb 25 (Manila) / Genre: Comedy, Romance
Starring: Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Rodrigo Santoro
Director: Glenn Ficarra, John Requa | Studio: Warner Bros.

focus-movie-2015

Plot: “A veteran grifter takes a young, attractive woman under his wing, but things get complicated when they become romantically involved.”

MARCH

Chappie

Release Date: Mar 6 | *Mar 4 (Manila) / Genre: Sci-fi, Comedy
Starring: Sharlto Copley, Hugh Jackman, Sigourney Weaver
Director: Neill Blomkamp | Studio: Columbia Pictures

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Plot: “Every child comes into the world full of promise, and none more so than Chappie: he is gifted, special, a prodigy. Like any child, Chappie will come under the influence of his surroundings.”

Cinderella

Release Date: Mar 13 | *Mar 11 (Manila) / Genre: Family, Fantasy, Romance
Starring: Cate Blanchett, Lily James, Richard Madden, Helena Bonham Carter
Director: Kenneth Branagh | Studio: Walt Disney Pictures

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Plot: “A live-action retelling of the classic fairy tale about a servant step-daughter who wins the heart of a prince.”

In the Heart of the Sea

Release Date: Mar 13 | *Mar 11 (Manila) / Genre: Drama
Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Benjamin Walker, Cillian Murphy
Director: Ron Howard | Studio: Warner Bros.

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Plot: “Based on the 1820 event, a whaling ship is preyed upon by a sperm whale, stranding its crew at sea for 90 days, thousands of miles from home.”

The Divergent Series: Insurgent

Release Date: Mar 20 | *Mar 18 (Manila) / Genre: Sci-fi, Action
Starring: Shailene Woodley, Kate Winslet, Theo James
Director: Robert Schwentke | Studio: Summit Entertainment

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Plot: “Beatrice Prior must confront her inner demons and continue her fight against a powerful alliance which threatens to tear her society apart.”

Home

Release Date: Mar 27 | *Mar 25 (Manila) / Genre: Family, Animation
Starring: Jim Parsons, Rihanna, Jennifer Lopez, Steve Martin
Director: Tim Johnson | Studio: 20th Century Fox / DreamWorks Animation

home-movie-2015

Plot: “When Earth is taken over by the overly confident Boov, an alien race in search of a new place to call home, all humans are promptly relocated while all Boov get busy reorganizing the planet.”

APRIL

Furious 7

Release Date: Apr 3 | *Apr 1 (Manila) / Genre: Action
Starring: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez
Director: James Wan | Studio: Universal Pictures

furios-7-movie

Plot: “Ian Shaw seeks revenge against Dominic Toretto and his crew for the death of his brother.”

The Longest Ride

Release Date: Apr 10 | *Apr 8 (Manila) / Genre: Drama, Romance
Starring:   Britt Robertson, Oona Chaplin, Scott Eastwood
Director: George Tillman Jr. | Studio: 20th Century Fox

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Plot: Based on Nicholas Sparks’ novel of the same title features, “The lives of a young couple intertwine with a much older man as he reflects back on a lost love while he’s trapped in an automobile crash.”

The Moon and the Sun

Release Date: Apr 10 | *Apr 8 (Manila) / Genre: Adventure, Fantasy
Starring: Pierce Brosnan, Kaya Scodelario, Benjamin Walker
Director: Sean McNamara | Studio: Paramount Pictures

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Plot: “King Louis XIV’s quest for immortality leads him to capture and steal a mermaid’s life force, a move that is further complicated by his illegitimate daughter’s discovery of the creature.”

The Age of Adaline

Release Date: Apr 24 | *Apr 22 (Manila) / Genre: Drama, Romance
Starring: Blake Lively, Michiel Huisman, Harrison Ford
Director: Lee Toland Krieger | Studio: Lionsgate

the-age-of-adaline

Plot: “A young woman, born at the turn of 20th century, is rendered ageless after an accident. After years of a solitary life, she meets a man who might be worth losing her immortality.”

Rock the Kasbah

Release Date: Apr 24 | *Apr 22 (Manila) / Genre: Musical, Comedy
Starring: Bruce Willis, Kate Hudson, Scott Caan, Zooey Deschanel, Bill Murray
Director: Barry Levinson | Studio: Open Road Films

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Plot: “A washed-up music producer finds one last shot at redemption with a golden-voiced young girl in Afghanistan. However, when jealousy gets the better of a disgruntled ex-boyfriend, he decides to oppose the young star with talent of his own.”

MAY

Avengers: Age of Ultron

Release Date: May 1 | *May 1 or even a week earlier or later (Manila) / Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-fi
Starring: Robert Downey, Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner
Director: Joss Whedon | Studio: Marvel Studios

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Plot: “When Tony Stark tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and it is up to The Avengers to stop the villainous Ultron from enacting his terrible plans.”

Don’t Mess With Texas

Release Date: May 8 | *May 6 (Manila) / Genre: Action, Comedy
Starring: Reese Witherspoon, Sofía Vergara
Director: Anne Fletcher | Studio: Warner Bros. / New Line Cinema / MGM

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Plot: “A police officer goes on a run in Texas with a prisoner, wife of a drug dealer.”

Mean Moms

Release Date: May 8 | *May 6 (Manila) / Genre: Comedy
Starring: Jennifer Aniston
Director: Beth McCarthy-Miller | Studio: Warner Bros.

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Plot: “A happily married mother of two moves from small town America to the high class suburbs and is faced with confronting the cut throat world of competitive parenting.”

Mad Max: Fury Road

Release Date: May 15 | *May 13 (Manila) / Genre: Comedy
Starring:  Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult
Director: George Miller | Studio: Warner Bros.

mad-max-fury-road

Plot: “An apocalyptic story set in the furthest reaches of our planet, in a stark desert landscape where humanity is broken, and almost everyone is crazed fighting for the necessities of life.”

Pitch Perfect 2

Release Date: May 15 | *May 13 (Manila) / Genre: Comedy
Starring:  Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Elizabeth Banks, Brittany Snow
Director: Elizabeth Banks | Studio: Universal Pictures

Pitch-Perfect-2

Plot: “A sequel to the 2012 musical comedy that follows Fat Amy and Beca through their senior year at Barden University.”

Spy

Release Date: May 22 | *May 20 (Manila) / Genre: Action, Comedy
Starring:  Melissa McCarthy, Jason Statham, Nargis Fakhri, Rose Byrne, Jude Law, Nia Long
Director: Paul Feig | Studio: 20th Century Fox

jason-statham

Plot: “The misadventures of secret agent, Susan Cooper.”

Tomorrowland

Release Date: May 22 | *May 20 (Manila) / Genre: Sci-fi, Adventure
Starring: George Clooney, Hugh Laurie, Britt Robertson
Director: Brad Bird | Studio: Walt Disney Pictures

tomorrowland-movie

Plot: ” Bound by a shared destiny, a teen bursting with scientific curiosity and a former boy-genius inventor embark on a mission to unearth the secrets of a place somewhere in time and space that exists in their collective memory?

San Andreas

Release Date: May 29 | *May 27 (Manila) / Genre: Action, Adventure
Starring:   Dwayne Johnson, Alexandra Daddario, Carla Gugino
Director: Brad Peyton | Studio: Warner Bros. / New Line Cinema

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Plot: “In the aftermath of a massive earthquake in California, a rescue-chopper pilot makes a dangerous journey across the state in order to rescue his estranged daughter.”

*Deep Tiki (unofficial movie title)

Release Date: May 29 | *May 27 (Manila) / Genre: Romance, Comedy
Starring:  Bradley Cooper, Emma Stone, Rachel McAdams, Alec Baldwin, Bill Murray
Director: Cameron Crowe | Studio: Columbia Pictures

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Plot: “A celebrated military contractor returns to the site of his greatest career triumphs and re-connects with a long-ago love while unexpectedly falling for the hard-charging Air Force watchdog assigned to him.”

JUNE

B.O.O. : Bureau of Otherworldly Operations

Release Date: June 5 | *June 3 (Manila) / Genre: Comedy, Animation
Starring: Seth Rogen, Melissa McCarthy, Bill Murray
Director: Tony Leondis | Studio: 20th Century Fox / DreamWorks Animation

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Plot: “B.O.O. (Bureau of Otherworldly Operations) is the super classified agency you’ve never heard of and certainly never seen. Dedicated to protecting humans from evil hauntings, the agents of B.O.O. have a secret weapon: they are ghosts themselves! When newbie agents Jackson Moss and his odd-ball partner Watts uncover a plot to destroy B.O.O. by the agency’s Most Wanted Haunter, they must use every trick in their arsenal to defeat his powerful ghost army and save Earth from a ghostly fate.”

Jurassic World

Release Date: June 12 | *June 10 (Manila) / Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-fi
Starring:  Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Vincent D’Onofrio, Judy Greer
Director: Colin Trevorrow | Studio: Universal Pictures

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Plot: “It is the fourth installment in the Jurassic Park film series. Twenty-two years after the events of Jurassic Park, Isla Nublar now features a fully functioning dinosaur theme park, Jurassic World, as originally envisioned by John Hammond. This new park is owned by the Masrani Corporation. Owen, a member of Jurassic World’s on-site staff, conducts behavioral research on the Velociraptors. After many years, Jurassic World’s attendance rates begin to decline and a new attraction, created to re-spark visitor interest, gravely backfires.”

Inside Out

Release Date: June 19 | *June 17 (Manila) / Genre: Family, Comedy, Animation
Starring:  Lewis Black, Mindy Kaling, Bill Hader, Amy Poehler, Phyllis Smith
Director: Pete Docter | Studio: Walt Disney Pictures / Pixar Animation Studios

inside-out-movie-2015

Plot: “Told from the perspective of the emotions inside the mind of a little girl.”

Ricki and the Flash

Release Date: June 26 | *June 24 (Manila) / Genre: Comedy, Drama
Starring:  Meryl Streep, Kevin Kline, Mamie Gummer
Director: Jonathan Demme | Studio: TriStar Pictures

ricki-and-the-flash

Plot: “An aging rock star tries to connect with her estranged kids.”

Ted 2

Release Date: June 26 | *June 24 (Manila) / Genre: Comedy
Starring:  Mark Wahlberg, Seth MacFarlane, Amanda Seyfried, Liam Neeson
Director: Seth MacFarlane | Studio: Universal Pictures

ted-2-movie-2015

Plot: It is the sequel to MacFarlane’s 2012 film Ted.

So that was an overview of the upcoming movies for the first half of 2015. Please do take note that I did not include Horror movies, which I am not so fond of. I am now working on the sequel of this post so please stay tuned for it.

What movies will you surely go out to see? ♥

3 comments

  1. Liza says:

    I’m so excited for Unbroken and By The Sea..

    Looking forward to Into The Woods, Foxcatcher, Birdman, The Imitation Game, Selma, Big Eyes, Wild (if these films will be shown in here)

    Cinderella, Inside Out, PP2, In The Heart Of The Sea

    Seems you like mainstream movies….. You should try indie films….

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