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The 15 Most Anticipated Movies in The Second Half of 2015

13 July 2015 | Features, Film Lists | by Ryan Anderson

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We’ve had some pretty good movies come out this year. From Mad Max: Fury Road to Inside Out, the first portion of 2015 has been pretty great. Looking forward to the rest of the summer and the award season, there are some highly anticipated features that will be hitting our screens. Franchises will continue, franchises will end, and maybe we’ll see a few award winners.

The rest of 2015 should be a treat. Here are some of the films to look out for from now until the end of the year. Some of these may already be out by the time this list is released. If they are out, go see them, or don’t, it’s your decision.


15. Straight Outta Compton (Dir. F. Gary Gray)

Release Date: August 14th, 2015

Straight Outta Compton

A film that has raised as much controversy as it has anticipation, Straight Outta Compton revolves around the rise and fall of the Compton, California hip hop group N.W.A. The film borrows the title from the group’s 1988 debut studio album and song from the same album. It is set for a theatrical release on August 14th.

The film follows the background history of the group and the dynamics of the of their relationships with each others. It will follow their success and eventual disbanding. The film will star O’Shea Jackson as his father Ice Cube, Jason Mitchell as Eazy-E and Corey Hawkins as Dr. Dre.

There have been several controversies surrounding the film. During the first week of filming, there was a drive-by shooting in front of the cast and crew on set. Suge Knight, who will be portrayed in the film by R. Marcus Taylor, was involved in a hit-and-run which supposedly was started by a fight over the film. MC Ren was upset that in the film’s trailer that his role in the group was downplayed. Hopefully, the film can get past these controversies and deliver the honest story of the group.


14. Sisters (Dir. Jason Moore)

Release Date: December 18th, 2015


Previously known as The Nest, Sisters follows two estranged sisters, played by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, who throw one last party at their home, which their parents are about to sell. Maya Rudolph, Josh Brolin and Rachel Dratch co-star among others. This, probably more than any other film on this list, is the one that I am hoping is good. Mostly because if it is anything like Amy Poehler and Tina Fey’s last film, Baby Mama, we are in for a waste of money.

Written by Saturday Night Live and 30 Rock writer Paula Pell, and directed by Jason Moore, who directed Pitch Perfect, Sisters will be released on December 18th.


13. Southpaw (Dir. Antoine Fuqua)

Release Date: July 24th, 2015


Jake Gyllenhaal will have quite the end of 2015. This is one of two anticipated movies he will star in (Everest). In Southpaw, Gyllenhaal plays Billy Hope, a one-time boxer at the height of his fame. His wife (Rachel McAdams) wants him to quit so he can spend more time with his daughter (Oona Laurence). Soon his world falls apart and he has to turn back to the world of boxing with the help of his trainer Titus “Tick” Wills (Forest Whitaker).

Jake Gyllenhaal has gained weight and has really bulked up for the role. Eminem will cover the soundtrack. The film debuted at the Shanghai Film Festival in June and has so far received mixed reviews. Hopefully Southpaw can be as good as it looked. The film will be released in theaters on July 24th.


12. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 (Dir. Francis Lawrence)

Release Date: November 20th, 2015

The Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 2

It’s time for full scale war! That is what Katniss Everdeen and her friends are entering into for the last film of the adaptations of the Suzanne Collins written trilogy. Starring, just like the three previous films, Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth. The cast also features Philip Seymour Hoffman as Plutarch Heavensbee, his final film role before his death. Francis Lawrence is back to direct. He also directed Catching Fire and Mockingjay Part I.

It will also be shot in 3D. Katniss must solve President Snow’s game and risk not only her life but the lives of many to save the people of Panem. We will get to see how it all unfolds on November 20th. This might not be the last film of the Hunger Games Franchise, Lionsgate is thinking about writing a sequel or prequel to the franchise, we’ll have to see on that.


11. Steve Jobs (Dir. Danny Boyle)

Release Date: Octorber 9th, 2015

Steve Jobs

Not to be confused with Jobs, the film starring Ashton Kutcher as Jobs, Steve Jobs is the upcoming biographical drama directed by Danny Boyle and starring Michael Fassbender as Steve Jobs. Produced by Scott Rudin and written by Aaron Sorkin, whose screenplay was adapted from Walter Isaacson’s biography of the same name, Steve Jobs will be released on October 9th, roughly four years after Steve Jobs’ death.

The film sets the background of three major product launches, ending with the launch of the iMac in 1998. Sorkin has revealed that the film will consist of three 30 minutes scenes spreading across sixteen years of Job’s’ life. Let’s just hope that it is better than the other Jobs film.


10. The Good Dinosaur (Dir. Peter Sohn & Bob Peterson)

Release Date: November 25th, 2015

The Good Dinosaur

The 16th feature film from Pixar, The Good Dinosaur will be released on November 25th, the first time Pixar will have two films released in the same year (Inside Out). Bob Peterson, who came up for the idea of the story directed the film until August 2013, when he was removed from the film. Peter Sohn, who was the original co-director of the film, became the new director in October 2014.

The Good Dinosaur follows an alternate timeline where dinosaurs never went extinct. A young Apatosaurus named Arlo loses his father in a tragic accident then gets lost away from home. He befriends a cave-boy named Spot and tries to find his way home. After all of the developmental hell this film went through and the fact that it is Pixar, we would expect greatness.


9. Joy (Dir. David O. Russell)

Release Date: December 25th, 2015


Director David O. Russell brings back his dream team of Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper and Robert De Niro in this film about Joy Mangano, a single mother of three who invented the Miracle Mop and is the President of Ingenious Design LLC. Lawrence and Cooper worked and received plenty of acclaim, including an Oscar for Lawrence, from their two previous collaborations, Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle.

If it is as good as their previous collaborations, expect to see this among the award nominees. Co-written by David O. Russell and Annie Mumolo, one of the Oscar nominated women behind Bridesmaids, Joy is set for a Christmas Day release.



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  • Wyatt W.B

    I get excited just reading this!!!

  • Cinde Campbell

    Great lineup. You have us all salivating! But you must find an editor to get a 2nd pair of eyes on your writing.

  • Snoopy – Your Friendly Neighbo

    I know lots of people who are going to be disappointed with Quentin Tarantino doing another period piece.

  • Carley Stewart

    I think you are missing The Martian with Director Ridley Scott, starring Matt Damon.

    • Rob H.

      I wish I’d missed the book…

  • Uh… no Knight of Cups by Terrence Malick?

  • Iván Solorio

    I’d add Malick’s Knight of Cups.

  • Patrick Dillon

    The most anticipated film of this year and possibly of the new century is Star Wars: The Force Awakens, let us just get over that!

  • Henrik Vinther Sørensen

    It’s probably just me, but with the exception of The Revenant, none of these movies really get me excited. I’m sure some of them will be nice, but from the information we got already most of them seem like they will disappoint.
    It’s of course always interesting when Tarantino makes a new movie, his last 3 movies have all disappointed me a bit though, especially Django, which lacked the originality and escapism of his previous films in my opinion.
    His new one sounds better with the Morricone score and the lack of a racism subject. We’ll see.

    Also James Bond + Sam Mendes is a bad mix in my opinion.
    I have a hard time seeing how they can make Star Wars interesting again.
    Spielberg is at his best when he makes more adventurous movies.
    When was the last time Oliver Stone made a great movie?

  • M.a. Seliman Adam

    Why just a lot of awesome movies gonna be released on 25th December !?

    • Mariam MH

      Oscar race?

  • I’d definitely add “Macbeth”, starring Fassbender and Cotillard. On IMDb it says it will be released in the UK on October 2.

  • Mariam MH

    Crimson Peak
    The Hateful Eight
    The Revenant
    I Saw The Light
    Knight of Cups
    Star Wars

  • Mäts Verschueren

    Nothing non-english?? La Isla Minima maybe! out in cinemas now and looks amazing!!! Deephan, Macbeth, la tete haute , come on 😀 broathen ur movieminds a bit boys 😀 Mountains May Depart bia Jia Zhangke!

  • V.C. Privitera

    The Revenant is the only one on this list that I’m looking forward to. I’ve been wanting to see this since the announcement. I still can’t quite shake off DiCaprio’s performance in The Wolf of Wall Street, and now working with Innaritu on this Revenge Western seems like it will hopefully be DiCaprio’s finest performance…also can’t wait to see Tom Hardy in the film as well.
    I find it quite Ironic that The Revenant is being released the same day as The Hateful Eight, although, Tarantino will pull in an audience, I think I’ll wait to see that since Django was such a mess & a completely overrated let-down.
    Why does everybody act like 70mm hasn’t been used in a long time, Paul Thomas Anderson used 70mm perfectly with The Master, so quit acting like he’s some “genius” to do so.

    What’s Missing:
    Black Mass – I truly hope Depp will surpass his recent realm of hate and bring us a vulgar look into Whitey Bulger.

    Legend – I hope the Trailer lives up to the full-feature, the look of the film seems aesthetically pleasing

    ….and for the those mentioning Knight of Cups; I don’t see that film being released in a wide-distribution, it’s Malick, while he has his core group of fans, he repeats the same style all too often and is more of an Art-House filmmaker.
    I could be wrong, his film could get a wide-release, but I just don’t see that happening.

    I actually was on the fence about Skyfall when it came out, but I was shockingly very pleased with the film overall. I’m NOT a Bond-Fan, so I can see why those that are would hate on Mendes tackling the last Daniel Craig/Bond franchise….but I actually think Mendes & Craig work well together, sure it might NOT be Casino Royale, but here’s to hoping for a decent conclusion, since Craig has really brought a more realness to the famous character that I felt was becoming a parody of itself by Bronson’s last few attempts.

    I’m NOT a hater of Spielberg, and while it’s basically a guarantee that he’ll once again occupy a lot of Nominations come Award Season, I don’t really find Bridge of Spies that compelling enough to see it in Theaters.

    Who cares for The Hunger Games on this Site…..really?
    Can’t wait for that series to end, completely overrated

    Star Wars will no doubt dominate the Box-Office making this year one of the more Successful years for Movies……but I’m NOT a Star Wars fan, I think keeping Lucas out of the Franchise could give a glimmer of hope for something substantial, but it’s all in how JJ Abrams approaches the whole project.

    After “American Hustle,” I will no longer attempt to watch David O Russell’s films….that film was THE most Overrated crap I’ve seen in awhile. I’m also tired of watching Jenifer Lawrence, she’s NOT bad, but I’m over her collaborations with Russell & Bradley Cooper.

    Ron Howard making a Moby Dick type flick is not my cup of tea.

    Everest could be something to watch in a theater-setting and Jake Gyllenhaal seems to always surprise me with his acting chops….I think Southpaw also looks promising, while a little melodramatic, Gyllenhaal looks to really bring it hard in that film.

    Oliver Stone, the man was a force to reckon with in the 80s and early 90s, but yeah, he kind of fell apart after that. I still respect Stone as a Filmmaker, but he’s sadly turning into a Tony Scott type by making his films ultra grainy and utalizing quick-editing cuts & chops that takes away from the overall feel to his features. Although, Snowden – while we haven’t seen more than a few photos, I actually am hoping Stone can bring us something worthy of a picture that will give the audience an in-depth insight into Snowden’s story and Joseph Gordon-Levitt playing the title role is also a draw.
    Surprised no mention of Gordon-Levitt’s other biopic about the Tight-Rope walker between the twin-towers.

    I’m also looking forward to The Martian.

  • Abhishek

    The walk by Robert Zemeckis

  • Dan Sheehan

    That’s “anamorphic” lens not “atmospheric.” What’s the name of this website again?

  • Daniel C