The Fall of 2015 is looking to be very different than usual in the release of movies for teens and tweens. December is usually the biggest month of the fall season for releasing movies for teens, and yet this year there are barely any. The only reason I can find is what I would call “The Star Wars effect”. The movie studios are scared to go up against Star Wars.
1. Everest (9/18) – A 3D adventure movie based on the real events of the Mount Everest disaster when several climbers died. Starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Keira Knightley. PG-13
2. Maze Runner: Scorch Trials (9/18) – The sequel and second book of the dystopian The Maze Runner Book Series now a science fiction movie. PG-13
3. The Intern (9/25) – Robert De Niro stars as a 70 year old widower and retiree, who wants to go back to work. He takes a job as a senior intern at an online fashion site, founded and run by Anne Hathaway’s character. Also with Nat Wolff, Renee Russo, Adam DeVine and many more funny people you will probably recognize. PG-13
4. Hotel Transylvania 2 (9/25) – In this sequel to Hotel Transylvania, Dracula and his friends try to bring out the monster in his half human, half vampire grandson in order to keep Mavis from leaving the hotel. Voiced by Adam Sandler, Selena Gomez, Andy Samberg, Nick Offerman, Steve Buscemi and more. PG
5. The Martian (10/2) – Science fiction movie directed by Ridley Scott based on the Andy Weir novel The Martian (great read). Starring Matt Damon as an astronaut, stranded on Mars, struggling to survive.
6. The Walk (10/2) – Based on the real life story of French high-wire artist Philippe Petit’s attempt to cross the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in 1974. Starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Petit. PG
7. Freeheld (10/2) – Julianne Moore is New Jersey police lieutenant Laurel Hayes and Ellen Page is her registered domestic partner. When Laurel is diagnosed with terminal cancer, they must battle to make sure they get her pension benefits. Also starring Steve Carell. PG-13
8. Pan (10/9) – The story of Pan, from the time he was a young orphan and goes to Neverland and eventually discovers his destiny. Starring Hugh Jackman, Rooney Mara, Levi Miller and Amanda Seyfried. PG
9. Steve Jobs (10/9) – A biography of Jobs based on the Walter Isaacson book. Directed by Danny Boyle, with a screenplay by Aaron Sorkin, I have high hopes for this film. Starring Michael Fassbender as Steve Jobs, with Kate Winslet, Seth Rogen and Jeff Daniels.
10. Goosebumps (10/16) – Based on the Goosebumps book series, the movie is a combination of live-action and computer animation. Jack Black stars as R.L. Stine. PG
11. Bridge of Spies (10/16) – Steven Spielberg directed Bridge of Spies, a war drama in which Tom Hanks stars as an American lawyer who is recruited by the CIA during the Cold War to help rescue a pilot detained in the Soviet Union. Also starring Alan Alda and Amy Ryan. PG-13
12. Jem and the Holograms (10/23) – Live action film based on the 1980’s animated series, which had a very similar plot to Hannah Montana. The young owner of a music company uses revolutionary tech to disguise herself as a rockstar. Aubrey Peeples stars as Jerrica Benton/Jem. Also with Molly Ringwald and Juliette Lewis. PG
13. Suffragette (10/23) – This drama is about the early members of the British Suffragette movement during the early 20th century. When peaceful protests did nothing, these working women had to resort to violence. Starring Carey Mulligan, Helena Bonham Carter and Meryl Streep. PG-13 (See Review at Suffragette: Must See Movie For Mothers and Teen Daughters)
14. The Peanuts Movie (11/6) – The first feature film based on the Peanuts characters in 35 years, this 3D computer-animated film will celebrate the 65th anniversary of the Peanuts comic strip, starring Charlie Brown on an epic quest. G
15. The 33 (11/13) – Based of the real story of the 33 Chilean miners trapped underground for 69 days. Starring Cote de Pablo, Antonio Banderas, Rodrigo Santoro, Juliette Binoche and James Brolin. PG-13
16. Love the Coopers (11/13) – A holiday movie where 4 generations come together for Christmas eve dinner. Of course, things don’t go as planned, however they rediscover their family bonds. Starring Olivia Wilde, Amanda Seyfried, Marisa Tomei, Ed Helms, Diane Keaton and John Goodman.
17. Hunger Games Mocking Jay Part 2 (11/20) – The final installment of the The Hunger Games Trilogy. PG-13
18. Creed (11/25) – The 7th film in the Rocky series. Rocky Balboa is now the trainer for Apollo Creed’s son, Adonis Creed. Starring Sylvester Stallone and Michael B. Jordan.
19. The Good Dinosaur (11/25) – A friendly dinosaur and a little boy become friends in this sweet Pixar animated tale in which dinosaurs never became extinct.
20. Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens (12/18) – Episode VII is directed by J.J. Abrams and will take place about 30 years after Star Wars Episode VI: The Return of the Jedi. In addition to the actors of the original three episodes filmed, the new installments have added John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Max von Sydow and many others.
21. Daddy’s Home (12/25) – Will Ferrell stars as a step father in this comedy. When the kids father (Mark Wahlberg) shows up, he makes life difficult. Linda Cardellini stars as the wife and mother.
Which movies do you think your teens or tweens will be looking forward to?