Every month I’ll try to preview some of the upcoming interesting looking movies that will attempt to get your bums on seats in a dark, air-conditioned auditorium and dazzle your eyeballs and eardrums with cinematic spectacle. I can’t promise they’ll all be great, in fact some of them might be downright bad, I’m just putting them out there for your consideration.

With Avengers: Age of Ultron and Fast and Furious 7 riding high in the box office it’s pretty apparent that Summer 2015 blockbuster season is already upon us. So, this isn’t the season for cerebral, thought-provoking, beautiful and quiet; this is loud-shouty, face-punchy, car-smashy, building-explodey time.

Bring it on.

FRIDAY 15th

MAD MAX: FURY ROAD (BBFC Rating: 15)

Tom Hardy takes over the role of former police officer turned post-apocalyptic wanderer, Max, from Mel Gibson in, what might best be described as, a two-hour, breathless, operatic chase scene. If you’re a fan of all-out action movie making, Fury Road looks like it could well be your film of the year.

 

PITCH PERFECT 2 (BBFC Rating: 12)

Despite the fact that there wasn’t a single original idea or joke in Pitch Perfect, it was hugely enjoyable and consistently funny. That was down, mostly, to the likeable cast (most notably Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson) and engaging musical arrangements of some pretty cheesy pop songs. I don’t expect PP2 will tinker with the original’s winning formula and it probably shouldn’t, this could either be fun or it could be that difficult second album.

FRIDAY 22ND

POLTERGEIST (BBFC Rating: 15)

I was about to moan about remakes coming around far too soon but just did the math and (this’ll make you feel old) the original Poltergeist was released 33 years ago. This time Sam Rockwell plays the father of the family beset by, ahem, insidious nasties from ‘The Other Side’, whilst the directors reins have been handed to Gil Kenan, best known as the maker of animated movie, Ghost House. Expect haunted flat screen tellys, cute children in peril and, worst of all, scary clown dolls.

 

TOMORROWLAND – A WORLD BEYOND (BBFC Rating: 12A)

Shrouded in mystery, all we know of director Brad Bird’s Tomorrowland is what we can glean from the trailers and that’s not a lot. I’ll let you judge the trailer for yourself, this could be really good, it looks really good but it could also be really bad (it’s co-written by Damon Lindelof, writer of annoying tv phenomenon Lost and disappointing Alien prequel, Prometheus)

 

FRIDAY 29TH

SAN ANDREAS (BBFC Rating: 12A)

They still can’t make disaster movies as cheesily entertaining as those star-studded, Irwin Allen epics of the seventies, but if you like your destruction on a Roland Emmerich scale (just watch the trailer), San Andreas is the film for you. It’s Dwayne Johnson versus a California destroying earthquake or, if you prefer: It’s The Rock versus rolling. Let’s get ready to RUUUMMMMBLE!

 

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Andy Oliver

Andy Oliver