Angie’s Most Anticipated Films of 2015

The Little Prince

5. The Little Prince

There’s been a special place in my heart for The Little Prince ever since the first time I read Antoine de Saint-Exupéry‘s book as a child. The odds of any movie adaptation doing justice to this delicate classic felt low, but that first trailer moved me half to tears. Hand-crafted stop-motion animation looks like a perfect fit for the story’s wistful tone, and the CG-animated framing device seems to draw the 70-year-old fable into the modern world.

Avengers Age of Ultron
4. Avengers: Age of Ultron

If Avengers: Age of Ultron was just a two-hour version of that amazing superhero party scene, it’d probably be battling for the #2 slot on my list. As it is, I’m happy to settle for an amazing superhero party scene plus lots of big expensive blow-‘em-up action. The Marvel formula has become a familiar one, but damned if I’m not looking forward to hanging out with all my favorite superheroes again — especially since the Civil War saga is about to blow the group back up again.

Happy Endings drama

Hunger Games Mockingjay - Katniss

3. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2

Cinemas are positively clogged with dystopian YA franchises these days, and yet none of them hold even a candle to The Hunger Games. For that matter, few action franchises of any origin are as smart and dynamic as The Hunger Games. This year’s Mockingjay, Part 1 was the darkest, deepest, most evocative entry yet, and I can’t wait to see the Lawrences Francis and Jennfier take this story to its thrilling conclusion.

Spectre

2. Spectre

Skyfall was big-budget action filmmaking at its finest. It put the twinkle back into James Bond’s eye after two mopey installments (one great, one not so great), introduced one of the most memorable Bond baddies of all time, made the stakes intensely personal for our iconic hero, and did it all with tons of style. Spectre promises much of the same cast and crew, plus the addition of Christoph Waltz as (we’ve heard) a certain iconic Bond villain.

Richard Linklater's 'That's What I'm Talking About

1. That’s What I’m Talking About

Richard Linklater’s Before Midnight was my most highly anticipated film of 2013, and then my favorite film of 2013. His Boyhood was my most anticipated of 2014, and then my favorite film of 2014. It should come as no surprise that That’s What I’m Talking About — touted as a “spiritual sequel” to Dazed and Confused, one of my favorite movies of all time — is my most highly anticipated film of 2015. And if the pattern holds, we’ll probably be talking about it again in about a year when I name it my favorite film of 2015.

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[For additional looks forward to movies in 2015, see our additional staff lists from Peter ScirettaRuss Fischer, and Germain Lussier.]

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