A new year is upon us, and a peek ahead at 2015’s cinematic offerings is… well, kinda depressing, I gotta tell you. As you peruse the many 2015 preview pieces on movie and pop-culture sites, there’s a noticeable sameness — namely because they’re chock full of sequels. And some of those sequels (The Avengers, Mad Max, The Hunger Games, Pitch Perfect, Magic Mike, Mission: Impossible, and, yes, Star Wars) might be great! But their domination of said lists speaks to the weakness of said lists; we’re banking anticipation almost exclusively on known quantities, from earlier films and filmmakers (there’s a new Nancy Meyers called The Intern, starring Anne Hathaway and Robert DeNiro, but he’s playing the intern CAN YOU IMAGINE IT). And with Sundance and the rest of the spring festivals still on the horizon, we can’t yet guess at the smaller sleepers. BUT, nonetheless, we present this look at a few slightly off-the-grid and out-of-the-box movies that might be worth talking about this year.
Release Date: February 6
Directors: Andy and Lana Wachowski
Cast: Channing Tatum, Mila Kunis, Eddie Redmayne
The latest sci-fi mind-bender from the Matrix creators was originally pegged for a summer release, before being shuttled off at the eleventh hour to a comparatively low-profile February slot. The official excuse was visual effects, but nobody bought it; word was the Wachowski’s had followed up Cloud Atlas with another weirdo exercise that would alienate mainstream moviegoers. To which I say, more power to ‘em — the action/sci-fi tentpole movie has grown tired and repetitious, and these two are bananas enough to give it a much-needed shot of gonzo peculiarity.