Intermission: 2015: 9x4

There's a lot of great -- or at least interesting -- movies to look forward to in 2015.

The New Year brings two things: The promise of a year's worth of new films to look forward to (or dread...) and at least one week where absolutely nothing newsworthy or interesting happens in Entertainment News. With both of those in mind, here's a breakdown of how your 2015 in film is shaping up from the vantage point of... well, right now.

Enjoy!

JUPITER ASCENDING (February 6)
An original epic space-opera from The Wachowskis -- what more reason do you need? A pair of superpowered human/animal hybrids (Channing Tatum, Sean Bean) protect a seemingly-ordinary woman (Mila Kunis) unknowingly destined to claim sovereignty of Earth itself from an alien corporation looking to hijack her birthright. Looks big, bold and bizarre. Sold.

KINGSMAN: THE SECRET SERVICE (February 13)
James Bond meets XXX (the Vin Diesel movie -- don't act like you remember it existed) by way of Harry Potter, in which a London street punk is given the opportunity to join an elite fraternity of secret agents by a family friend (Colin Firth). Matthew Vaughn (Kick-Ass, X-Men: First Class) directs.

FOCUS (February 27)
Will Smith and Margot Robbie play con-artists, but let's not pretend anyone is going to see this other than to look for signs that this is a "thing" or to get a sense of their chemistry before they re-team for Suicide Squad.

CHAPPIE (March 6)
District 9's Neil Blomkamp is back after the disappointing reception of Elysium with another gritty sci-fi feature, this one about a robot torn between a life of crime or nobility. Looks very promising, and no one else is doing sci-fi of this type right now.

IN THE HEART OF THE SEA (March 13)
Ron Howard, the most consistently under-appreciated big-budget filmmaker working, goes to sea for this muscular survival epic based on the true accounts of a whaling ship allegedly destroyed by an unusually large, unusually aggressive rogue whale that inspired the writing of Moby Dick. Call it "Monster & Commander." Sold.

FURIOUS 7 (April 3)
Modern action-cinema's most improbably-evolving franchise (started awful, turned into ironic fun, then turned legit-good, somehow) heads for the finish line (supposedly the studio is looking to end on Part 10) in what will be the final appearance for the late Paul Walker's Brian O'Connor. New villains include Kurt Russell and Jason Statham, presumably because even Jason Statham agrees there's no good reason for him to not be in this series.

RELATED CONTENT
Comments on