The List: Summer Movie Preview: 13 we're looking forward to

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

While most of the big Hollywood offerings of the year have been “meh” — indies have fully ruled the year so far for me — it’s time to look ahead to the summer movie hype machine and see what looks good.

“Avengers: Age of Ultron” (May 1)

Joss Whedon’s first crack at superheroes was a home-run with 2012’s “Avengers.” Can the biggest movie of the summer live up to the impossible anticipation? I don’t see how.

“Mad Max: Fury Road” (May 15)

Here’s how you do a reboot. The original director of “The Road Warrior” and “Mad Max” returns to that world, and the trailers are among the most hyperventilating OMG-worthy ever. So stoked.

“Tomorrowland” (May 22)

Disney’s sci-fi blockbuster bait is a bit of a mystery, but it’s got enough of a pedigree for me to be on-board, with “Lost” co-creator Damon Lindelof co-writing the script with director Brad Bird (“The Iron Giant,” “Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol”)

“Aloha” (May 29)

What’s the opposite of a summer blockbuster? Probably a new Cameron Crowe movie. The director of “Say Anything” and “Almost Famous” has a fine cast led by Bradley Cooper and Emma Stone.

“Jurassic World” (June 12)

The promise of bigger dinosaurs — and more people for them to eat — is intriguing, as is putting Chris Pratt in the starring role. But no Spielberg directing and a trailer full of cornball dialogue has me worried.

“Terminator Genisys” (July 3)

The sporadically updated series gets its next chapter after “Salvation” proved more lackluster than blockbuster. Most intriguing here is the casting of Emilia Clarke in a female lead that should follow the badass steps of Linda Hamilton’s Sarah Connor.

“Ant-Man” (July 17)

Paul Rudd stars in another movie from the Marvel universe, but is the departure of original director Edgar Wright (“Shaun of the Dead,” “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World”) a bad omen?

“Trainwreck” (July 24)

In what looks like the most promising female-lead comedy since “Bridesmaids,” Amy Schumer stars as a commitment-phobic woman who reconsiders her ways after meeting a man (Bill Hader). Schumer wrote the script, and Judd Apatow directs.

“Poltergeist” (July 24)

What seemed like a blasphemous remake actually looks really promising, with a solid cast (Sam Rockwell, Rosemarie Dewitt, Jared Harris) and Sam Raimi producing.

“Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation” (July 31)

The Tom Cruise franchise got pretty awesome again under directors J.J. Abrams and Brad Bird, but we’ll see if the less-experienced Christopher McQuarrie can maintain the streak.

“Fantastic Four” (Aug.7)

Marvel never quite got this off the ground as a franchise, so they’re starting over with the talented Miles Teller (“Whiplash”) in the lead.

“Straight Outta Compton” (Aug.14)

I’m sorry, but music biopics can be dry, boring and over-reverent. I can’t imagine this telling of the rise of N.W.A. will be those things.

“Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens” full trailer (TBD)

Yes, the movie doesn’t come out until Christmas, but after those teaser trailers, I’ll be seeing whatever summer movie has this attached. Probably twice.