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2015 Disney Preview!

Disney had an absolute bang-up year for 2014, taking 2nd overall of the market share with 15.6% with $1.6 billion in ticket sales. Their Marvel films, GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY and CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER were the top earners, with MALEFICENT and BIG HERO 6 adding to the fire. 2015 is primed to be their biggest year yet with the much-anticipated AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON, a continuation of the Star Wars saga with THE FORCE AWAKENS, the mysterious TOMORROWLAND, two all-new, original Pixar flicks, and a Steven Spielberg/Tom Hanks collaboration thrown in for good measure. Surely, the live-action CINDERELLA will find an audience as well and a Kevin Costner led sports drama has potential for a spring season hit. All in all, Disney has some serious contenders for 2015, arguably the best line-up of any studio, offering something for everyone.

Let us know which Disney flicks you're most excited for in the strikebacks!

Strange Magic (January 23)

STRANGE MAGIC, a new animated film from Lucasfilm Ltd., is a madcap fairy tale musical inspired by "A Midsummer Night's Dream." Popular songs from the past six decades help tell the tale of a colorful cast of goblins, elves, fairies and imps, and their hilarious misadventures sparked by the battle over a powerful potion. Lucasfilm Animation Singapore and Industrial Light & Magic bring to life the fanciful forest turned upside down with world-class animation and visual effects.

Starring Alan Cumming, Evan Rachel Wood, Kristin Chenoweth, Maya Rudolph, Sam Palladio, Meredith Anne Bull, Alfred Molina, Elijah Kelley, Bob Einstein, and Peter Stormare. Directed by: Gary Rydstrom.

Read our review HERE!

McFarland USA (February 20)

Based on the 1987 true story, McFARLAND USA follows novice runners from McFarland, an economically challenged town in California, as they give their all to build a cross-country team under the direction of Coach Jim White (Kevin Costner), a newcomer to their predominantly Latino high school, with whom they ultimately bond to build not only a championship cross-country team, but an enduring legacy as well.

Starring Kevin Costner, Maria Bello, Morgan Saylor, Martha Higareda, Michael Aguero, Sergio Avelar, Hector Duran, Rafael Martinez, Johnny Ortiz, Carlos Pratts, Ramiro Rodgriguez, Danny Mora, Valente Rodriguez, Vanessa Martinez, Chris Ellis, and Diana Maria Riva.

Cinderella (March 13)

A live-action feature inspired by the classic fairy tale, CINDERELLA brings to life the timeless images from Disney's 1950 animated masterpiece as fully-realized characters in a visually-dazzling spectacle for a whole new generation.

Starring Cate Blanchett, Lily James, Richard Madden, Stellan Skarsgard, Holliday Grainger, Derek Jacobi, and Helena Bonham Carter. Directed by: Kenneth Branagh.

Disneynature: Monkey Kingdom (April 17)

Life is an adventure for Maya, the clever and resourceful blonde-bobbed monkey in MONKEY KINGDOM, Disneynature's new feature film set among ancient ruins in the jungles of South Asia. Maya's world is forever changed when she welcomes her son, Kip, into her complicated extended family. Like all families, Maya's has more than its share of colorful personalities - and she's determined to give her son a leg up in the world. When their longtime home at Castle Rock is taken over by powerful neighboring monkeys, Maya's whole family is forced to relocate, and she uses her street smarts and ingenuity to lead them to untapped resources amidst strange new creatures and unsettling surroundings. Ultimately, they will all have to work together to reclaim Castle Rock, where May can hopefully realize her dreams for her son's future.

Directed by: Mark Linfield.

Avengers: Age of Ultron (May 1)

When Tony Stark jumpstarts a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and Earth's Mightiest Heroes, including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Black Widow, and Hawkeye, are put to the ultimate test as they battle to save the planet from destruction at the hand of the villainous Ultron.

Starring Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Mark Ruffalo, Jeremy Renner, Don Cheadle, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bettany, Cobie Smulders, Stellan Skarsgard, James Spader, Idris Elba and Samuel L. Jackson. Directed by: Joss Whedon.

Tomorrowland (May 22)

In Disney's riveting mystery adventure TOMORROWLAND, a jaded scientist and an optimistic teen embark on a danger-filled mission to unearth the secrets of an enigmatic place somewhere in time and space.

Starring George Clooney, Hugh Laurie, Britt Robertson, Raffey Cassidy, Tim McGraw, Judy Greer, Kathryn Hahn, Keegan-Michael Key, Thomas Robinson. Directed by: Brad Bird.

Inside Out (June 19)

From an adventurous balloon ride above the clouds to a monster-filled metropolis, Academy Award-winning director Pete Docter (MONSTERS, INC., UP) has taken audiences to unique and imaginative places. In Disney-Pixar's original movie INSIDE OUT, he will take us tot he most extraordinary location of all - inside the mind.

Growing up can be a bumpy road, and it's no exception for Riley, who is uprooted from her Midwest lifew when her father starts a new job in San Francisco. Like all of us, Riley is guided by her emotions - Joy (Amy Poehler), Fear (Bill Hader), Anger (Lewis Black), Disgust (Mindy Kaling), and Sadness (Phyllis Smith). The emotions live in Headquarters, the control center inside Riley's mind, where they help advise her through everyday life. As Riley and her emotions struggle to adjust to a new life in San Francisco, turmoil ensues in Headquarters. Although Joy, Riley's main and most important emotion, tries to keep things positive, the emotions conflict on how best to navigate a new city, house, and school.

Starring Amy Poehler, Bill Hader, Mindy Kaling, Lewis Black, Phyllis Smith, Diane Lane, Kyle MacLachlan, and Kaitlyn Dias. Directed by: Pete Docter.

Ant-Man (July 17)

The next evolution of the Marvel Cinematic Universe brings a founding member of The Avengers to the big screen for the first time with Marvel Studios' ANT-MAN when master thief Scott Lang must embrace his inner-hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym, protect the secret behind his spectacular ANT-MAN suit fro a new generation of towering threats.

Starring Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Corey Stoll, Michael Douglas, Bobby Cannavale, Michael Pena, Judy Greer, Tip "Ti" Harris, David Dastmalchian, Wood Harris, and Jordi Molla. Directed by: Peyton Reed.

The Finest Hours (October 9)

The Coast Guard makes a daring rescue attempt off the coast of Cape Cod after a pair of oil tankers are destroyed during a blizzard in 1952.

Starring Chris Pine, Casey Affleck, Eric Bana, Ben Foster, Holliday Grainger , Graham McTavish, Josh Stewart, and Kyle Gallner. Directed by: Craig Gillespie.

Untitled Steven Spielberg Cold War Spy Thriller (October 16)

Tom Hanks stars in Steven Spielberg's Untitled Cold War spy thriller, which is the true story of James Donovan, and attorney who finds himself thrust into the center of the Cold War when the CIA sends him on the near-impossible mission to negotiate the release of a captured American U-2 pilot. "This is one of the more astonishing stories about the Cold War I'd ever heard. James Donovan is a hero to me and Tom made him so completely accessible. I've always wanted to make a spy movie and this is that and then some!"

Starring Tom Hanks, Mark Rylance, Amy Ryan, Alan Alda, Billy Magnussen, Eve Hewson. Directed by: Steven Spielberg.

The Good Dinosaur (November 25)

THE GOOD DINOSAUR asks the generations-old question: What if the asteroid that forever changed life on Earth missed the planet completely and giant dinosaurs never became extinct? In theaters November 25, 2015, the film is a humorous and exciting original story about ARlo, a lively Apatosaurus with a big heart. After a traumatic event unsettles Arlo's family, he sets out on a remarkable journey, gaining an unlikely companion along the way - a human boy. THE GOOD DINOSAUR is an extraordinary journey of self discovery full of thrilling adventure, hilarious characters and poignant heart.

Directed by: Peter Sohn

Star Wars: The Force Awakens (December 18)

Lucasfilm and visionary director J.J. Abrams join forces to take you back again to a galaxy far, far away as "Star Wars" returns to the big screen with STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS.

Starring Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Andy Serkis, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong'o, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, Domhnall Gleeson, and Max Von Sydow. Directed by: J.J. Abrams.

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7:51PM on 01/30/2015
I'm looking forward to The Force Awakens and Age of Ultron the most. Joss Whedon stunned me with the first Avengers movie and now I'm a big fan. As for The Force Awakens... J.J. Abrams and Star Wars, that's all that needs to be said. We all know what he did for the Star Trek franchise.
I'm looking forward to The Force Awakens and Age of Ultron the most. Joss Whedon stunned me with the first Avengers movie and now I'm a big fan. As for The Force Awakens... J.J. Abrams and Star Wars, that's all that needs to be said. We all know what he did for the Star Trek franchise.
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10:02AM on 01/30/2015

Great cast, great scriptwriters, great director

what could go wrong?
what could go wrong?
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10:01AM on 01/30/2015

I'm really getting a LAND BEFORE TIME vibe from this synopsis

I hope Pixar brings something new to the table. They've done so much for CGI animation, and Hollywood storytelling in general.
I hope Pixar brings something new to the table. They've done so much for CGI animation, and Hollywood storytelling in general.
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9:59AM on 01/30/2015

I was sorry to see Edgar Wright go

but Paul Rudd and Michael Douglas in the same film definitely intrigues.
but Paul Rudd and Michael Douglas in the same film definitely intrigues.
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9:57AM on 01/30/2015
I hope this is a return to form for Pixar after the last couple of years.
I hope this is a return to form for Pixar after the last couple of years.
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9:55AM on 01/30/2015

In Brad Bird I trust

Clooney also has a nose for interesting projects. This movie looks like it'll be a great time.
Clooney also has a nose for interesting projects. This movie looks like it'll be a great time.
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9:48AM on 01/30/2015

It's Joss Whedon, it's Avengers

It's all good.
It's all good.
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2:48AM on 01/30/2015
May, July, December, check.
May, July, December, check.
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