10 original movies to look for in Hollywood's sequel season

2015-04-22 22:00

New York - The movie season isn't just sequels and reboots. OK, well, it mostly is. But there are originals trying to squeak through, too.

Here are 10 to look for this summer:

1. Inside Out

By June, it will have been two years since the last Pixar release (Monsters University). They have been missed. The pressure will be on Pixar's latest, about the voices inside the mind of a young girl, to rekindle absolute faith in the animation studio. But with one of Pixar's top talents, Pete Docter (Up, Monsters, Inc.), directing, hopes are deservedly high for Inside Out.

2. Spy

Melissa McCarthy stumbled last summer with the poorly received Tammy, but in Spy, she's back with writer-director Paul Feig (Bridesmaids, The Heat) for a European spy spoof. Expect a lot of wigs.

3. Aloha

Writer-director Cameron Crowe (Jerry Maguire, Almost Famous ) can be counted on for something hard to come by in the summer: funny, heart-warming tales about humans. His latest stars Bradley Cooper as a defense contractor in Hawaii, along with Emma Stone and Rachel McAdams.

4. Ricki and the Flash

Meryl Streep stars as the aging lead singer and guitarist in a cover band, playing everything from Springsteen to Lady Gaga. Enough said?

5. Straight Outta Compton

With Death Row Records co-founder Mario "Suge" Knight awaiting trial for murder, there should be plenty of off-screen drama surrounding this film about the emergence of the revolutionary hip-hop group NWA.

6. Me and Earl the Dying Girl

This cancer drama, based on Jesse Andrews' novel, has more laughter than you'd expect and was a hit at the Sundance Film Festival.

7. Southpaw

A bulked-up Jake Gyllenhaal enters the ring in this gritty boxing drama from director Antoine Fuqua.

8. Trainwreck

That this is the first film Judd Apatow has directed that he hasn't also written is probably a testament to his faith in Amy Schumer. The Inside Amy Schumer star transitions to the big screen in this comedy Schumer also wrote about a commitment-averse woman.

9. Good Kill

In Andrew Niccol's drama, Ethan Hawke stars as an Air Force drone pilot, leading missions from a base outside Las Vegas.

10. Dope 

One of the buzziest films at Sundance, Rick Famuyiwa's indie teen caper comes with the backing of producers Forest Whitaker and Pharrell Williams.

Others to remember: Infinitely Polar Bear; Love and Mercy; Far From the Madding Crowd; Slow West.

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