It’s been a pretty big year for moviegoers. “Furious Seven” was the first big release of the year, and many sci-fi fans are anticipating the release of “Star Wars: Awakening” at the end of the year. But there are a lot of hit titles to see in the meantime. Here are five you won’t want to miss:
“AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON”
This sequel to Marvel’s biggest superhero crossover feature sees the Avengers saving Earth from an advance AI android called Ultron and his robot minions. Marvel fans were eagerly waiting after the film’s announcement at Comic Con. Joss Whedon returns along with everyone from previous Marvel films minus Agent Coulson. Other characters set to appear include Iron Patriot (Warmachine), Peggy Hill, Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch. The movie takes a much darker tone than part one. “Age of Ultron” drops on May 1.
“MAD MAX: FURY ROAD”
The famous dystopian action series returns after decades of sleep. Mad Max tells a story where an energy crisis looms in Australia. It spawned two sequels and all were directed by George Miller. He returned to direct “Fury Road,” which stars Tom Hardy as Mad Max (originally played by Mel Gibson), Charlize Theron and Nicholas Hoult. The film is not a remake, but a continuation taking place between parts two and three. It will be released May 15.
A science-fiction film based on the famous attraction world at Disneyland, “Tomorrowland” stars George Clooney and Britt Robertson and is directed by Brad Bird. “Tomorrowland” is Bird’s second sci-fi film after his 1999 animated feature, “The Iron Giant.” Storywise, Robertson’s character is given a pen that transports her back and forth between our world and Tomorrowland. Disney originally opened its futuristic theme park in 1955 and later replaced it with a “Star Wars”-themed park. It hits theaters May 22.
This origin story from Warner Brothers is directed by Joe Wright. Peter Pan (Levi Miller) is kidnapped at night along with several other children. He finds himself in Neverland, run by the pirate Blackbeard (Hugh Jackman) and his men. Other familiar characters appear such as Tiger Lily (Rooney Mara), James Hook (Garret Hedlund) and Smee (Adeel Akhtar). This retelling is different than most Peter Pan adaptations; however, it still retains the original content found in various Pan novels. It’s another film for those who are interested in fantasy movies. It opens July 24.
Guillermo del Toro is finally making a new horror movie after the sci-fi cult hit “Pacific Rim.” “Crimson Peak” stars Mia Wasikowska as Edith, a young author who suspects her husband, Sir Thomas Sharpe, played by Tom Hiddleston, is hiding secrets from her. I have been looking forward to “Crimson Peak” ever since the first trailer dropped last month. It looks stylish, creative and does not take itself too seriously. “Crimson Peak” is set to release on Oct. 16.