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Six Hollywood films to watch for in 2015

It’s almost time to return to a galaxy far, far away.

Avengers: Age of Ultron (May 1) The Marvel cinematic universe reaches its next climax with this massive superhero team-up, featuring Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, the Hulk, Black Widow, Hawkeye and new characters Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch. Writer-director Joss Whedon, who made the first Avengers movie into such a fun, rousing time at the movies, returns for the second installment.

Tomorrowland (May 22) This sci-fi adventure from director Brad Bird (The Incredibles, Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol) has been shrouded in mystery, even after debuting its first teaser trailer. But with Bird, Lost co-creator Damon Lindelof and star George Clooney onboard, chances are it will deliver on its sense of wonder and intricate plotting.

Trainwreck (July 17) After stumbling a bit with This Is 40, director Judd Apatow has teamed up with comedian Amy Schumer for what looks like a perfect collaboration, a raunchy, over-the-top female-driven romantic comedy, written by and starring Schumer, along with Bill Hader, Brie Larson and Tilda Swinton. With her stand-up and her Comedy Central series Inside Amy Schumer, Schumer is on the verge of superstardom, and this may be the vehicle to take her there.

Crimson Peak (October 16) Guillermo del Toro returns to his horror roots with this creepy-looking haunted house tale set in 19th-century England, featuring Mia Wasikowska as a young woman who encounters some terrifying secrets when she moves in with her new husband (Tom Hiddleston). After the bombast of Pacific Rim, this should recall the quieter scares of del Toro films like The Devil’s Backbone and Pan’s Labyrinth.

The Hateful Eight (November 13) Quentin Tarantino has already created a stir for his next film, first when the script leaked, then when he vowed not to make the movie, then when he staged a live script reading and finally when he decided to make the movie after all. The final product, a dark Western starring Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell and many more, should be quite a culmination.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens (December 18) Perhaps the most anticipated movie of the past decade, the start of a new Star Wars trilogy will feature original stars Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher, plus a cast of fresh faces. Director J.J. Abrams did wonders for the Star Trek franchise, and the early glimpses of this movie indicate the same excitement and creativity on the way for George Lucas’ creations.

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