Mad Max: Fury Road
Did they show everything in the trailer? Probably. Will it still be awesome on the big screen? Most likely. Tom Hardy picks up where Mel Gibson left off nearly 30 years ago in a dystopian future where they are apparently low on plot lines. Fury Road might have a new set of characters, but it remains the vision of original director George Miller (whose other claims to fame include—no judgment here—Babe: Pig in the City and Happy Feet).
Chris Pratt extends his pop-culture dominance to another era completely. In this film, scientists have decided to create a new dinosaur entirely, as if bringing back to life giant prehistoric lizards wasn’t dangerous enough. If we have learned anything from King Kong, or any of the other films in the Jurassic series for that matter, it’s that it is always best to leave nature alone.
Likable hero and con man Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) is given another shot at life as he is tasked with a heist that could save the world. Lang is given a suit with the extraordinary ability to shrink in size while granting strength, hopefully without taking away from Paul Rudd’s charm.
Seen through the eyes of Frankenstein’s assistant Igor (played by Daniel Radcliffe), Victor Frankenstein will shed a unique perspective on how the troubled young medical professional became the legend he is today. The fact that there is no trailer for this yet makes it that much more ominous.
Guillermo del Toro is a master at making his dark visions a reality, and Crimson Peak appears to be no different. Possibly his creepiest film yet, Crimson Peak describes a house that is so old that it becomes a living thing. Audiences learn of the house’s grudges in a voiceover: “It may have timber for bones and windows for eyes, and sitting here all alone it can go slowly mad.”
The Hateful Eight
Tarantino has mentioned that he will only do ten films, and while he’ll have two more after this one, he seems to be calling in all favors early. The cast includes Channing Tatum, Kurt Russell, Michael Madsen, Bruce Dern, Tim Roth, and, of course, Samuel L. Jackson. In post-Civil War America, the eight get trapped in a blizzard and begin to expose a plot of betrayal and deception.
The Hunger Games: Mocking Jay Part II
Our thirst for tween films cannot be quenched, but our love affair with Katniss Everdeen is coming to an end. For those of us who don’t necessarily “read books,” the finale is still a mystery, while those of us who do say it’s pretty good.
The Good Dinosaur
The PG version of Jurassic World explains what would happen if dinosaurs not only still existed, but if they also kept humans as pets—or at least that is the first draft of the film, after an account that the voices have apparently been reanimated and rerecorded. Although this news would normally be a cause for concern, PIXAR’s stellar track record and the fact that they have had all of 2014 to achieve perfection gives us all hope for this one.
With his three previous films—Shotgun Stories, Take Shelter, and Mud—Jeff Nichols has proven that he is a master filmmaker capable of extracting amazing performances by Michael Shannon while being partially responsible for Matthew McConaughey’s reacceptance in film since Dazed and Confused. Nichols, known for depicting family tensions and characters on the fringe of society, embarks on his next film about a father and son going on lam after the son’s special powers are exposed.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Probably one of the most viewed trailers (at least in this office), The Force Awakens has the exact same power as the prequels to either impress or depress die-hard Star Wars audiences. Directed by J.J. Abrams, we can easily say that the film has less of a potential to drive hard-core fans nuts.
Brian Platt writes about film theory, movie trailers, and all sorts of dinosaurs for VideoBlocks.