Here at Stage Right Secrets, we are all over the music scene, but sometimes we like to branch out too. Here are my Top 15 picks for “Most Anticipated Films of 2015.” As an actress, producer, and director myself as well as being a motion picture arts student at the University of Miami, I’d like to think I’ve got some expertise in this area. You tell me 😉
15. Jupiter Ascending
- Starring Mila Kunis and Channing Tatum, this sci-fi action film follows a human woman after she is targeted by the Queen of the Universe and her coming to terms with her destiny to become the next queen. Frankly I feel that this film can go either way. It is either going to be really good or really bad. However, its probably going to be worth a watch just for the special effects.
14. Mad Max: Fury Road
- This is the fourth film in the Mad Max franchise, the first to be made in 30 years. If you haven’t seen the original Mad Max movies, you should grab yourself a bucket of popcorn and set aside some time because they are incredible and totally worth it.
- So I definitely would have rather seen Marvel make a Black Widow movie but since they didn’t, I’ve opened myself up to Ant-Man. I think this film really has potential. At first I was like “eh, this looks kinda lame. No one cares about Ant-Man and the jokes in the trailer fall flat.” Then I realized that I thought the same thing about Guardians of the Galaxy the first time I saw a trailer for that and that film ended up being one of my favorites of 2014.
- Okay, I’ll admit that I’m a bit of a sucker for Peter Pan. That said, I really like this concept. There have been countless films and adaptations surrounding this story, but we’ve never heard someone tell Peter’s story. Color me intrigued.
11. Paper Towns
- Don’t hate me, but I actually wasn’t a fan of A Fault in Our Stars. That said, I still am very interested in seeing Paper Towns. Partly because I think the story is better and partly because the story partially takes place in my hometown. Like the kids in the book go to the high school I went to. John Green didn’t even change the name.
10. Unfinished Business
- Unfinished Business pretty much looks like your basic raunchy comedy, but everyone needs a laugh now and then and just by the trailer I can tell that this film will deliver. The all-star cast including Vince Vaughn, Dave Franco, and Tom Wilkinson doesn’t hurt either.
9. Kingsman: The Secret Service
- Based on a comic book series, this film follows a secret service veteran and the novice he takes under his wing. Also Samuel L. Jackson is in it. F*** yeah Samuel L. Jackson.
- This is literally a movie created from the concept of the Tomorrowland section in the Magic Kingdom at the Walt Disney World parks. No, I’m totally not jumping up and down like a small child in excitement right now. This is only my native Orlandonian childhood dreams coming to life.
7. Pitch Perfect 2
- Do I really need to write a blurb here or are we all good?
6. Star Wars: Episode VII-The Force Awakens
- I feel like this is another one where everyone should just already know about the film and understand where I’m coming from. Star Wars has pretty much entered the mainstream by now right? Or is it still nerdy? I can’t keep up.
5. Jurassic World
- Everyone loves Jurassic Park. If you don’t like Jurassic Park, you should probably re-evaluate your life a little bit. Or a lotta bit. Your call. But seriously, everything from the special effects to the fact that it is starring Chris Pratt (I’ve loved him since the beginning of Parks and Rec and I gained even more respect for him this past year with Guardians) is pretty much guaranteeing that my butt will be in a theater seat.
4. Avengers: Age of Ultron
- Dream team is back! Anyone who is a Marvel fan has watched the MCU as a whole (disregarding Guardians) become increasingly darker over the past couple of years. From what I’ve seen in the trailer, this film is really going to dive deep into the darkness and frankly I’m very excited about that. It is times like these when we really get to explore the characters in the Avengers, not just see some action. Of course I love the action and explosions as much as the next gal, but I like the increasing balance Marvel is striking between building relatable and emotional characters and still giving us our fix of crazy special effects and violence.
3. The Age of Adaline
- Starring Blake Lively and Harrison Ford, this film follows a young woman who, after an accident, stops aging and becomes immortal. It is a really interesting concept and I can’t wait to see what Blake Lively does with such a powerful and engaging character.
2. To Write Love On Her Arms
- Based on a true story, TWLOHA is about Renee Yohe, a young woman struggling with drug addiction and depression, and the people in her life who helped her get clean and get her life back on track. It is the story that started the movement that resulted in the founding of the To Write Love On Her Arms non-profit organization which works to spread awareness about mental illness and addiction and provide resources for those afflicted to get help. The movie stars Kat Dennings as Renee Yohe and Chad Michael Murray as Jamie Tworkowski, the founder of TWLOHA. This movie is especially close to my heart because back when it was filming (almost 4 years ago now) I was an extra in a bunch of different scenes, as the film was shooting on-location in my hometown. Also, the organization is based out of my hometown, and I remember when this story became viral on MySpace (those were the days) which was the very beginning of the movement. Everything about this story, from the locations, to the music, to the people, to the message hits really close to home.
1. True Story
- I’m a huge James Franco fan so this film immediately caught my eye considering he is starring in it. However, after I saw the trailer, it became so much more than that, and I was instantly hooked, then subsequently pissed because I have to wait until April to see it. The story revolves around journalist Michael Finkel (played by Jonah Hill) and his relationship with an F.B.I.’s Most Wanted convict (Franco) who lived outside the U.S. for years under Finkel’s name. Not only am I hooked by the story just from the two and half minute trailer, but I am also excited because this will be the first time I’ve ever really seen Jonah Hill take on such a serious and dramatic role.