Before I go into the second half of this list—I’ve got to give a shout out to Erik Matti and team for the work on Kubot: The Aswang Chronicles 2. I saw Tiktik and thought this one was even more hilarious and crazy with an even better story and better visuals.
It has a great cast—Lotlot and Joey Marquez are deserving of their awards and KC Montero and Isabel Daza were revelations.
Now on to my list.
9. Avengers: Age of Ultron (May 1, 2015): Geeks around the world are lining up already! Hawkeye, Thor, Black Widow, Captain America, The Hulk and Iron Man are back. James Spader is a big draw as Ultron. This is a total popcorn film and we all hope it delivers just like the rest of the Marvel movies.
10. Crimson Peak (no release date yet): Guillermo del Toro’s big movie for 2015 looks promising. Del Toro favorites Charlie Hunnam, Burn Gorman (Pacific Rim), Doug Jones (Pan’s Labyrinth, Hellboy) return; they’re joined by Jessica Chastain and Tom Hiddleston.
11. Mad Max: Fury Road (May 15, 2015): What makes 2015’s Mad Max so interesting is that George Miller who directed the Mad Max movies from 1979, 1981 and 1985 is also helming this one. The trailer is all about the adrenaline. Tom Hardy and CharlizeTheronstar.
12. Black Mass (September 18, 2015): A gangster film with Benedict Cumberbatch and Johnny Depp playing brothers who are not always on the same side of the law (Bill and Whitey Bulger). Joel Edgerton (Exodus, The Great Gatsby), Adam Scott and Kevin Bacon also star.
13. Chappie (March 6, 2015): District 9’s Neil Blomkamp teams up with Real Steel’s Hugh Jackman and Alien’s Sigourney to tell the tale of robot adoption. Sharlto Copley from District 9 and Elysium does an Andy Serkis (motion capture work) as Cappie.
14. Pan (July 17, 2015): Yet another telling of the Peter Pan story with Hugh Jackman as Blackbeard (how did he get there?) Joe Wright (Pride and Prejudice) directs.
15. Silence (November 2015): Martin Scorsese directs Liam Neeson, Andrew Garfield and star du jour Adam Driver in a film about Jesuits in 17th century Japan. Makes me think about Roland Joffe’s 1986 film The Mission—two Jesuits in 18th century South America.
More sequels: Mission Impossible 5, Taken 3, Hot Tub Time Machine 2, The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2, Pitch Perfect 2, Ted 2, Magic Mike XXL, Sinister 2, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon II: The Green Destiny, The Maze Runner: Scorch Trials, Insurgent, Mockingjay Part 2.
More franchise continuations: Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension, Transporter Legacy, Minions