Over the next 12 months, we will be bombarded with all manner of proposed cinematic spectacle. Here are the 20 films we are most looking forward to.
While the stars are brushing off their formal wear and brushing up on their acceptance speeches, we bid a fond farewell to 2014... and almost immediately focus on the films that will have us giddy with anticipation between now, the dog days of cinema, and December, when we'll play "What's the Best?" all over again. There are literally hundreds of offerings up for grabs, from unknown works of independent art to big, brawny, wannabe blockbusters. Each one hopes to tap into that tricky well of public appreciation. Some will succeed in billion dollar designs; others will open and never be heard from again.
In this regard, here are the 20 films we are most looking forward to in the next 12 months. Most are well publicized titles; Hollywood has been advertising them relentlessly since... well, since the movie this sequel is based on was still in theaters. A few are new entries. Of course, there's almost a guarantee that, like Avatar 2, more than a couple will disappear from the schedule only to show up on the 2016/2017/2018 lists of anticipated films.
By the way, that a film is on the list below doesn't mean that it will necessarily be good. Instead, given their pedigree and, in the case of sequels, previous performance, we sense these might end up the names still discussed come New Year's Eve.
Here are the flicks to keep on your cinema radar in 2015, in alphabetical order: