Movies We Can’t Wait to See in 2015

2014 was a year full of highlights for us geeks, and 2015 promises to continue in much the same way. We’ve seen the trailers. We’ve read the spoilers. We’ve freaked out in anticipation. But what’s coming up? The GeekyNews staff has compiled a list of the 13 movies we’re most excited to see next year. Beware though: there may be spoilers ahead as we discuss what releases we’re anticipating

Jupiter Ascending

This is one of those movies that can either be incredibly good or extremely, painfully awful…and I’m really hoping it’s good. I had no idea this movie even existed until I saw the trailer before The Hobbit and, honestly, I’m not sure why. It has an all-star cast and centers around Mila Kunis as Jupiter Jones, a down-on-her-luck housekeeper, and Channing Tatum (yep) as Caine Wise, an interplanetary warrior who informs Jones that her destiny extends beyond Earth. It’s brought to us by the Wachowskis, marking their first return to science fiction since The Matrix trilogy. The plot seems interesting enough – planet Earth is one of many planets “seeded” by families of alien royalty in order to be harvested once they reach a “Darwinian state of perfection” in order to create a youth serum that allows them to live forever. When the matriarch of the House of Abraxas (the most powerful dynasty in the universe) dies, her children Balem (Eddie Redmayne), Kalique (Tuppence Middleton), and Titus (Douglas Booth) are at war over the inheritance. There’s another heir to be considered, though – Jupiter Jones has a genetic signature that makes her royalty and the heir to planet Earth. It’s up to Caine to protect her from Balem, who would rather see the Earth harvested than hand it over to her. Basically, the trailer looks really neat and Mila Kunis seems like a total badass in it. The biggest plus for me? It’s a sci-fi movie that isn’t also horror, which is a trend that makes it hard for a squeamish sci-fi fan like me to see anything in theaters lately. It definitely has all the makings of a summer blockbuster, especially considering it was originally meant to be released in July 2014, only to be pushed back to this coming spring because it needed more time to be completed. In any case, the people behind it have quite the reputation preceding them, so I don’t feel even a little bit foolish being excited for a Channing Tatum-led action movie. Plus, Sean Bean is in it. Jupiter Ascending hits theaters February 6, 2015. - Audri

Kingsman: The Secret Service

Another comic book adaptation coming to cinemas this year is Matthew Vaughn’s Kingsman: The Secret Service. Starring Colin Firth as Harry Hart and Samuel L. Jackson as Valentine, the movie’s two stars have acting credits that could not be more different. Jackson is a veteran of action movies and is well-known in geeky circles for roles such as Nick Fury and Mace Windu. Firth, however, is better know for non-actions roles in romantic comedies or dramas, which means that this is new territory for him. He seems to be enjoying it though, if the trailer is anything to go by. The movie revolves around a secret service agent, Harry Hart, who takes on a young protégé and introduces him to the world of spying. A new threat in the form of Valentine is just starting to emerge and puts the spies and the world in danger, leaving the Kingsman to try and save the day. The movie looks like it’s going to be hilarious and I’m excited to see how the movie will incorporate the humor we can see in the trailer into the action and fight scenes. Mostly, though, I look forward to Colin Firth in such a different role. Mr Darcy as an action hero? Yes please! Kingsman: The Secret Service is coming to cinemas on February 13, 2015. - Alice

CHAPPiE

It might not be getting the hype like some other 2015 movies are already getting, but CHAPPiE looks like it’s going to be a solid film. With the writer and director of District 9 and a score written by Hans Zimmer, it already has a lot going for it. It’s got the hyper-realism that Niell Blomkamp’s other films have, which means it has robots that look like you could actually hug them. CHAPPiE is about a robot named, of course, CHAPPiE, who can not only learn because of his artificial intelligence, but can feel emotions as well. I’m a big fan of robots, but unfortunately it seems that a lot of movies about robots are either about them fighting each other, or them going haywire and on a murderous rampage. But CHAPPiE’s feelings make him a nonthreatening, cartoon-watching sweetheart. Kind of like a grownup Wall-E. And who doesn’t want to come out of a robot movie not fearing for their life for a change? At one point, CHAPPiE pets a dog, and you can always trust a robot who pets a dog. It does have the tried-and-true fear of intelligent tech that most movies about robots end up having, but hopefully there will be a happy ending for CHAPPiE. The movie hits theaters on March 6. - Summer