5 Upcoming New Movies to Be Excited About in 2015

2015 has been one of the biggest years for blockbuster sci-fi movie releases in recent memory. Jurassic World, Ant-Man, and Avengers: Age of Ultron have already landed in theaters, while Star Wars: The Force Awakens  is scheduled to premiere on December 18. But the big sci-fi blockbusters aren’t the only movies worth seeing. Coming up is a slew of exciting and unique releases that go far beyond your everyday superhero or space adventure flick. Instead, many of them tell real, human stories set to a world that would make your jaw drop. The age of remakes and reboots may be upon us, but there’s still plenty out there that define themselves as far more than either of those categories.

There’s no better way to get acquainted with these movies than with their most recent trailers, giving us a peek inside what’s to come later this year. From post-apocalyptic drama to movies depicting spectacular (and real) feats of strength and courage, it’s proof positive that there’s still a world outside of comic book adaptations and fantasy franchises.

1. Z For Zachariah (August 21, 2015)

There never seems to be a shortage of movies set in the era directly following a global apocalypse. What separates the wheat from the chaff though is the way each one manages to tell an old story in a new way. Z for Zachariah is just that, as a cerebral think-piece focused more on interpersonal relationships than with the chaos of fighting for humanity’s survival. Z for Zachariah takes us inside a valley of the last survivors of a global catastrophe, as two men (Chris Pine and Chiwetel Ejiofor) find themselves at odds with each other over Margot Robbie.

2. Everest (September 18, 2015)

Traditionally, movies about climbing Mt. Everest have never failed to be absolutely gorgeous to look at, and terrifying to watch. This one is based off the true story of one particular group that reaches the top of the world’s tallest peak, only to find the way back down to be a treacherous fall through a horrible storm. In just the three minutes of the trailers runtime, you can feel the tension and stakes, as each character finds themselves right on the brink of death. The movie will be available to see in IMAX 3D, getting us that much closer to the action once it hits theaters.

3. 99 Homes (September 25, 2015)

Andrew Garfield may no longer be Spider-Man, but that doesn’t mean he’s going to fade away anytime soon. With 99 Homes, we see him in a juicy role as a down-on-his-luck father who finds himself and family foreclosed on by the bank and kicked out of their home. In order to support his wife and children, he takes on work for the man responsible, doing essentially the same job that resulted in his own eviction. It too is based on real events, further taking us out of the direction of fantasy and into the world we exist in.

4. The Walk (October 2, 2015)

The true story train continues to ride on, with The Walk. Anyone who saw the breathtaking documentary Man on Wire back on 2008 knows this one all too well. It’s the tale of Philippe Petit, the man who devised a scheme to tightrope-walk across a wire strung between the two towers of the World Trade Center back when they still stood in New York City. Now we get a dramatization, led by Joseph Gordon-Levitt, starring as Petit himself. The movie will track the story of how Petit came to the U.S., and his subsequent struggles in finding his way to the top of the WTC to perform his historic stunt.

5. Macbeth (December, 2015)

There’s never been a shortage of movies adapting the plays of William Shakespeare, but whenever a new one hits theaters there’s always something special about it. With this version of Macbeth starring powerhouse performers Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard, it’s certainly no exception. Our first look in the teaser tells us that it’ll be as insane and thrilling as the original play, thought to be a cursed production by those within the theater industry. It hits box offices this December, so keep an eye out for what’s sure to be yet another exhilarating ride through one of Shakespeare’s greatest plays.

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