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Looking ahead: Summer 2015

By DANIELLE L. KIRACOFE | STARS AND STRIPES Published: May 18, 2014

I must confess: I could skip ahead to next summer’s box office offerings.

This summer, there’s not much that excites me. Not being a 10-year-old boy, I don’t care about “How to Train Your Dragon 2.” Not being a 15-year-old boy, I don’t have “Godzilla” and a new Transformers flick high on my list. I’m a little bit fairy-taled out thanks to “Once Upon a Time” and the incessant playing of the music from “Frozen,” so “Maleficent” doesn’t really appeal, either. And the new X-Men movie feels like a retread of sci-fi storytelling.

But next summer? Even with “Superman vs. Batman” moved to 2016, summer 2015 is shaping up to be the best box office season ever.

Here’s what I’m saving up for to see next summer — which now starts in April:

• “The Avengers: Age of Ultron”: Even though it won’t have Loki (Tom Hiddleston), it will have Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) and Hulk (Mark Ruffalo). And for the guys, Scarlett Johansson returns, and Elizabeth Olsen joins the cast as Scarlet Witch.

• “Tomorrowland”: A sci-fi flick starring Hugh Laurie and George Clooney.

• “The Minions”: An origin story about the little yellow critters that were the true stars of the previous “Despicable Me” movies. Here’s hoping they can carry an entire movie.

• “Pitch Perfect 2”: The first one was a feel-good riot, featuring the talented Anna Kendrick and the fantastically funny Rebel Wilson. Can’t wait for the Barden Bellas to reunite.

• “Magic Mike XXL”: I went to see the original thinking it would be nothing but impressive visuals (Whoo shirtless Channing Tatum!), and was pleasantly surprised by the plot and knocked over by the performance by Matthew McConaughey — now an Oscar winner! His character was something to behold — and just not because McConaughey was in incredible shape.

Here are a few other highly anticipated 2015 summer movies:

• “Entourage”: The TV hit makes it to the big screen.
• “Assassin’s Creed”: Movie based on the video game stars Michael Fassbender.
• “Fast & Furious 7”
• “Ted 2”
• “Ant-Man”
• “Terminator: Genesis”
• “Fantastic Four”
• “Mad Max: Fury Road”
• “Jurassic World”

Danielle L. Kiracofe
COURTESY DANIELLE L. KIRACOFE/STARS AND STRIPES

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