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01.15.2015by: Paul Shirey

2015 Lionsgate Preview!

Lionsgate had a decent year for 2014, despite dropping two spots to seventh place in the studio spread for the year, taking 7.1% of the market share with $736.9 Million in ticket sales. This year sees a smaller slate from the growing studio, which will continue it's next YA franchise series to the sequel test with THE DIVERGENT SERIES: INSURGENT, while closing out its cash cow, THE HUNGER GAMES. There's potential franchise potential with Vin Diesel's THE LAST WITCH HUNTER and some riskier fare such as the long-delayed CHILD 44, CRIMINAL, and the secretive project AMERICAN ULTRA. While not as explosive a line-up as last year, there's still a few select choices among this list that may well be surprise hits.

Take a look at the line-up and let us know which ones you're looking forward to the most!

Spare Parts (January 16)

Four Hispanic high school students form a robotics club under the leadership of their school's newest teacher, Fredi. With no experience, 800 bucks, used car parts and a dream, this rag tag team goes up against the country's reigning robotics champion, MIT. On their journey, they learn not only how to build a robot- they learn to build a bond that will last a lifetime.

Starring: George Lopez, Marisa Tomei, Jamie Lee Curtis, Alexa PenaVega, and Esai Morales. Directed by Sean McNamara.

Mortdecai (January 23)

Juggling some angry Russians, the British Mi5, his impossibly leggy wife and an international terrorist, debonair art dealer and part time rogue Charlie Mortdecai must traverse the globe armed only with his good looks and special charm in a race to recover a stolen painting rumored to contain the code to a lost bank account filled with Nazi gold.

Starring: Johnny Depp, Gwyneth Paltrow, Ewan McGregor, Olivia Munn, Paul Bettany, and Jeff Goldblum. Directed by David Koepp.

The DUFF (February 20)

Bianca is a content high school senior whose world is shattered when she learns the student body knows her as 'The DUFF' (Designated Ugly Fat Friend) to her prettier, more popular friends. Now, despite the words of caution from her favorite teacher, she puts aside the potential distraction of her crush, Toby, and enlists Wesley, a slick but charming jock, to help reinvent herself. To save her senior year from turning into a total disaster, Bianca must find the confidence to overthrow the school's ruthless label maker Madison and remind everyone that no matter what people look or act like, we are all someone's DUFF.

Starring: Mae Whitman, Bella Thorne, Allison Janney, Robbie Amell, and Ken Jeong. Directed by Ari Sandel.

The Divergent Series: Insurgent (March 20)

THE DIVERGENT SERIES: INSURGENT raises the stakes for Tris as she searches for allies and answers in the ruins of a futuristic Chicago. Tris (Woodley) and Four (James) are now fugitives on the run, hunted by Jeanine (Winslet), the leader of the power-hungry Erudite elite. Racing against time, they must find out what Tris’s family sacrificed their lives to protect, and why the Erudite leaders will do anything to stop them. Haunted by her past choices but desperate to protect the ones she loves, Tris, with Four at her side, faces one impossible challenge after another as they unlock the truth about the past and ultimately the future of their world.

Starring: Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Miles Teller, Jai Courtney, Kate Winslet, Ansel Egort, Zoe Kravitz, Naomi Watts, Maggie Q, Ray Stevenson, Jonny Weston, and Octavia Spencer. Directed by Robert Schwentke.

Child 44 (April 17)

A disgraced member of the military police investigates a series of nasty child murders during the Stalin-era Soviet Union.

Starring: Tom Hardy, Gary Oldman, Noomi Rapace, Joel Kinnaman, Charles Dance, Jason Clarke, and Vincent Cassel. Directed by Daniel Espinosa.

The Age of Adaline (April 24)

After miraculously remaining 29 years old for almost eight decades, Adaline Bowman has lived a solitary existence, never allowing herself to get close to anyone who might reveal her secret. But a chance encounter with charismatic philanthropist Ellis Jones reignites her passion for life and romance. When a weekend with his parents threatens to uncover the truth, Adaline makes a decision that will change her life forever.

Starring: Blake Lively, Harrison Ford, Michiel Huisman, Amanda Crew, and Ellen Burstyn. Directed by Lee Toland Krieger.

Criminal (August 21)

The memories & skills of a deceased CIA agent are implanted into an unpredictable and dangerous convict.

Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Kevin Costner, Alice Eve, Gal Gadot, Gary Oldman, Michael Pitt, Antje Traue, Tommy Lee Jones, Jordi Mollà, and Scott Adkins. Directed by Ariel Vromen.

The Last Witch Hunter (October 23)

The last remaining witch hunter battles against an uprising of witches in modern day New York.

Starring: Vin Diesel, Rose Leslie, and Elijah Wood. Directed by Breck Eisner.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 (November 20)

After being symbolized as the 'Mockingjay' Katniss Everdeen and District 13 engage in an all-out revolution against the autocratic Capitol.

Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Julianne Moore, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jeffrey Wright, Stanley Tucci, Donald Sutherland, Toby Jones, Sam Claflin, Jena Malone, Natalie Dormer, and Gwendoline Christie. Directed by Francis Lawrence.

American Ultra (TBD)

A stoner and his girlfriend's sleepy, small-town existence is disrupted when his past comes back to haunt him in the form of a government operation set to wipe him out.

Starring: Kristen Stewart, Jesse Eisenberg, Walton Goggins, Connie Britton, Topher Grace, John Leguizamo, and Bill Pullman. Written by Max Landis. Directed by Nima Nourizadeh.

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8:37AM on 01/20/2015
Which one is the 'DUFF' in that photo - they all seem attractive/not overweight?
Is the one on the right supposed to be the ugly and fat one, 'cos she really isn't.
Which one is the 'DUFF' in that photo - they all seem attractive/not overweight?
Is the one on the right supposed to be the ugly and fat one, 'cos she really isn't.
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8:37PM on 01/19/2015
That is one epic looking beard. Doesn't even look like Diesel.
That is one epic looking beard. Doesn't even look like Diesel.
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12:48PM on 01/19/2015
WTF is this crap?
WTF is this crap?
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9:35AM on 01/19/2015
A Ryan Reynolds thriller? Pass!
A Ryan Reynolds thriller? Pass!
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8:17AM on 01/19/2015

I liked the first one

I thought it was a cerebral hunger games. It was definitely better than Mockingjay Part 1
I thought it was a cerebral hunger games. It was definitely better than Mockingjay Part 1
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8:16AM on 01/19/2015

Looks ok

Won't pay for it but may catch it on tv later in the year. He basically is playing his version of JAcques Costeau (Pink Panther, horrible spelling)
Won't pay for it but may catch it on tv later in the year. He basically is playing his version of JAcques Costeau (Pink Panther, horrible spelling)
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8:10AM on 01/19/2015
I really liked Adventureland, but now find these two more annoying than [link] Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig were agents all along and are now sent to finish the job, then I'll pass on this.
I really liked Adventureland, but now find these two more annoying than [link] Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig were agents all along and are now sent to finish the job, then I'll pass on this.
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6:05AM on 01/19/2015
I love the title. It's so bad.
I love the title. It's so bad.
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6:02AM on 01/19/2015
The trailer was amusing. Sure.
The trailer was amusing. Sure.
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6:02AM on 01/19/2015
A government operation to wipe out Jesse Eisenberg (with Kristen Stewart as collateral damage)?
Sounds too good to be true.
A government operation to wipe out Jesse Eisenberg (with Kristen Stewart as collateral damage)?
Sounds too good to be true.
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5:58AM on 01/19/2015
"I hate grown-ups! I hate them, I HATE THEM!"
"I hate grown-ups! I hate them, I HATE THEM!"
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4:08AM on 01/19/2015

pass

Yasss.
Yasss.
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4:06AM on 01/19/2015

yawn

The first was crap, the second was surprisingly good and the third was awful. This will either be ok or an insult to the viewer.
The first was crap, the second was surprisingly good and the third was awful. This will either be ok or an insult to the viewer.
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4:03AM on 01/19/2015
I doubt Goldman and Jones can save this.
I doubt Goldman and Jones can save this.
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4:02AM on 01/19/2015

great cast

Hopefully its great.
Hopefully its great.
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4:00AM on 01/19/2015

pass

Looks pretty awful.
Looks pretty awful.
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3:52AM on 01/19/2015
"On their journey, they learn not only how to build a robot- they learn to build a bond that will last a lifetime."

Oh brother...
"On their journey, they learn not only how to build a robot- they learn to build a bond that will last a lifetime."

Oh brother...
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3:05AM on 01/19/2015

First One Was Bad

Hey look at us, even though we shampoo and gel each other's hair we're still badass because we dress in all black.
Hey look at us, even though we shampoo and gel each other's hair we're still badass because we dress in all black.
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12:44AM on 01/19/2015
Before I saw the list of people who are starring in this movie I thought that was a pic of Tom Hanks.
Before I saw the list of people who are starring in this movie I thought that was a pic of Tom Hanks.
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