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Flaco's Spring 2015 Movie Preview

Flaco's Spring 2015 Movie Preview

The spring season in Hollywood has been shifting to some bigger budget pictures making their debut here instead of in the crowded summer marketplace. Since Alice in Wonderland was a huge hit 5 years ago, studios have been more and more willing to launch movies in March and April and it’s turned out hits every year, including last year’s Captain America sequel and the very first Hunger Games movie. Will any of this year’s spring releases strike box office gold? Let’s see what they have to offer.

MARCH 6

Chappie




Director Neill Blomkamp picked the perfect time to sign on to make the next movie in the Alien franchise because his newest film, about a robot learning to be more human, is getting a lot of mentions in the press release. Will this be closer in quality to the universally praised District 9 or the less successful Elysium? Either way, the effects should look great.

MARCH 13

Cinderella




Disney is methodically churning out live action versions of their hit animated classics, but unlike last year’s Maleficent which took countless liberties with the source material, this appears to be as by the book as can be. This story has been regurgitated a lot in Hollywood, but the Disney seal might be the difference between a bomb and a hit.

MARCH 20

The Divergent Series: Insurgent




The first film was a lot of setup with very little payoff, and the trailer for the latest chapter looks to add even more convoluted mythology. I want to be more fair but I couldn’t help but laugh at the “who will be able to open the Magical MacGuffin Box” story instead. 

MARCH 27

Home




I think DreamWorks Animation does a great job of making their movies look pretty, but I honestly haven’t been able to sit through one in a while. Even the How to Train Your Dragon movies didn’t do it for me. Hopefully, this movie is more than just Jim Parsons doing an alien version of his Sheldon character from The Big Bang Theory, but the trailer isn’t helping.

APRIL 3

Furious 7




An example of a movie that could very well make a ton of money in the summer, as the previous sequel did, but they are going for a less competitive spring release instead and could make even more money due to the lack of competition. Factor in that this is a series that knows how to keep their fans happy and features Paul Walker’s final role, and this movie is going to be huge.

APRIL 10

Ex Machina




While the April releases start to shift towards big comedies like Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2, I’m going to keep the focus here on the genre friendly options, even if they may not be the biggest hits. Ex Machina is a great example of a smaller scale sci-fi picture with some big ideas. It’s been getting raves from the people who’ve seen it, plus it gives another chance to watch Oscar Isaac before he becomes a household name in the new Star Wars sequel.

APRIL 17

Unfriended




This horror film was snatched up quickly after winning some big festival awards last summer. While the found footage sub-genre is growing stale, having the whole movie play out in series of browser windows is an interesting idea that could help, as long as the movie is more than just that one gimmick. 

APRIL 24

The Age of Adaline




Sort of a Benjamin Button but on pause, due to a fantastic accident worthy of a superhero the title character is conveniently stuck at the age of 29 forever, which everyone else already claims to be anyways. Lots of movies have tackled the immortality question before, but I always find that the difference is, appropriately enough, if the filmmakers can figure out how to resolve the story in a satisfying way.

Beyond the Brick: A LEGO Brickumentary




This movie has been in the can for a while, already having its festival debut last year, so I’m surprised they waited this long to release it since the boost from last year’s smash hit LEGO Movie may not be as strong. Then again it is LEGO, which has been proven to be a timeless commodity. As of this writing, there is no traditional trailer to be found for the movie, so I’ve posted a clip instead. The release date does appear to be legit according to a number of websites though, so I didn’t want to leave it off the list.


That’s all for the spring releases. Will it be the biggest spring ever, or a drop off following last year? Rank the movies below and don’t forget to check back in May for part 1 of the summer movie preview!

Flaco Jones is a former film school grad and current professional A/V nerd. You can follow him @flaco_jones on Twitter.

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Your Ranking

Which of these 2015 Spring films are you most looking forward to?

Flaco's previewed the 2015 Spring films, which of them are you MOST looking forward to seeing?

Based on 6 Participants

  1. Chappie
    (Average Rank: 2.66)

  2. The Divergent Series: Insurgent
    (Average Rank: 4.33)

  3. Furious 7
    (Average Rank: 4.33)

  4. Beyond the Brick: A LEGO Brickumentary
    (Average Rank: 4.83)

  5. Home
    (Average Rank: 5.00)

  6. Ex Machina
    (Average Rank: 5.00)

  7. Cinderella
    (Average Rank: 5.50)

  8. Unfriended
    (Average Rank: 6.16)

  9. The Age of Adaline
    (Average Rank: 7.16)

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Comments

DarkTetsuya
DarkTetsuya
3/5/2015 1:45 PM

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well everyone that knows me knows I'm all about the Fast and Furious series, from what I've seen of part 7 it looks like it will be a blast! nothing wrong with a fast cars and explosions movie once in a while, huh?

Also I'm kind of intrigued by Chappie, I'd read that the character design was somewhat inspired by the old anime Appleseed, so it might be fun to see!

Might look out for the LEGO documentary, though sounds interesting.

I saw the trailer for Unfriended though, I think I may just skip that one, thanks. :P
TigerClaw
TigerClaw
3/5/2015 1:00 PM

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I'm curious about how Chappie is going to do, Its the latest film from Neill Blomkamp, And hes going to direct the 5ith Alien movie, Which will be a direct sequel to Aliens.
act_deft
act_deft
3/9/2015 7:04 PM

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Chappie seems like a weird mixture of District 9 and Children of Men, but I'm definitely interested in seeing it.

I'm a sucker for the F&F films and I'm curious to see how they manage to finish the film without Paul Walker (yes, I know how they did it but I wanna how it turned out)

The rest of the movies... so-so, maybe Dreamworks Home since their movies are turning out great but we'll see. Though I'm curious on what the twist for Unfriended will be, I don't care about the gimmick at all though.
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