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This Is Cool: Summer Movie Preview 2015

Not intended to be an all-inclusive list — just a look ahead to the ten movies I’m most looking forward to this summer, divided into originals and sequels. Release dates in parenthesis. Enjoy!

Originals:

Tomorrowland (May 22)
With “The Incredibles” and “Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol,” director Brad Bird has earned our trust. At first glance the trailer looks like another glossy sci-fi futuristic action adventure, but in Bird’s capable hands and with George Clooney leading the way this could be something truly special. And who knows? Something (or someone) from the movie could end up inside the Tomorrowland at Disney!



Aloha (May 29)
Come on, Cameron Crowe! We miss your good movies. It feels like “Almost Famous” and “Jerry Maguire” were a hundred years ago and you’ve been totally off the map since. For this film Crowe has a great cast, what looks like an interesting story, and no doubt a great soundtrack to keep emotions high, so here’s hoping he’s returned to form and is better than ever.



Spy (June 5)
A lot of people love “Bridesmaids.” I do not. So when you tell me “Bridesmaids” and “The Heat” director Paul Feig and star Melissa McCarthy are reuniting, I really don’t care. Then I watched the red-band trailer for “Spy” and laughed my ass off. This could and should be the funniest movie of the summer, and if nothing else it’s worth a look just to see McCarthy play something other than an obnoxious slob.



Inside Out (June 19)
In Pixar we trust. Always. Looks like another pure winner. How does one studio barely make a misstep in 20 years? Amy Poehler and Bill Hader provide voices this time around.



Trainwreck (July 17)
Amy Schumer’s humor may be too risque for some, but I think she’s hilarious. She wrote the script for this film, and Judd Apatow (“Knocked Up”) is directing, which means she’s in good hands. If they pull this off it should be raunchy excellence at its best.

 Sequels:

Avengers: Age of Ultron (May 1)
The sequel to the third highest-grossing movie of all time promises more action, in-fighting, joking, total chaos and all-around awesomeness. Remember, “The Avengers” was legitimately a darn good movie, not just a good action movie. To say “Age of Ultron” has big shoes to fill would be a Hulk-sized understatement, but the entire team — including director Joss Whedon — is back to try to pull it off.
 



Pitch Perfect 2 (May 15)
The first “Pitch Perfect” surprised everyone in 2012 with a $117 million worldwide gross (on a $17 million budget), so it’s only natural that the Barden Bellas are headed to a world championship competition this time around. The songs, dancing and humor all seem stepped up a notch here, and as a result I’m aca-eager to see what they’ve come up with.



Jurassic World (June 12)
By “Jurassic Park 3” (2001) we’d tired of the same old tricks with the dinosaurs and innocent (and sometimes stupid) humans who became part of their meal plan. Perhaps that’s why it’s taken 14 years to bring a new “Jurassic” to the screen, but it appears the wait has been worth it: The effects look top notch (albeit glossy), the dinosaurs are bigger and badder than ever — are velociraptors on our side now? — and the story seems to have a brain behind it. I can’t be sure that it’ll be good, but it looks darn entertaining.



Ted 2 (June 26)
Ted, America’s favorite (and only) foul-mouthed teddy bear, is back with best bud John (Mark Wahlberg), this time fighting for Ted’s rights to be recognized as a person. Okay, it’s all stupid and vulgar, but as any fan of Seth MacFarlane knows, that’s 100 percent the reason to be excited. If all are on top of their game we could laugh harder here than at any movie this year.



Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation (July 31)
“Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol” was the best action movie of the year in 2011, so the pressure is on director Christopher McQuarrie with this much-anticipated followup. The trailer looks solid as it plays, then completely blows you away as Tom Cruise hangs off the side of an airplane as it takes off. I can’t wait!

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