Update September 2015 – See 21 Movies For Teens Tweens and Parents Fall 2015 for updates of the fall movie schedule
Update May 2015 – For updates on the 2015 Summer Movie schedule, make sure to visit 18 Summer Movies for Teens 2015!
Here is my annual list of movies for teens and tweens. I’ve added parents to my 2015 list since I’m sure that many, if not most of these movies, parents will also want to see.
1. Paddington Bear (1/16) – A British film based on the character Paddington Bear from the Michael Bond books. A young bear finds himself all alone at Paddington Station until the Brown family take him in.
2. Spare Parts (1/16) – Based on a true story about how a group of four high school students, undocumented immigrants from Mexico with very little money, won first place in a national robotics competition, beating M.I.T.
3. Strange Magic (1/23) – An animated fairy tale musical inspired by A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Full of popular songs and great animated effects from Lucas Films, both kids and parents will enjoy this hilarious adventure. Voices from Alan Cumming, Evan Rachel Wood, Kristin Chenoweth and Maya Rudolph.
4. Mortdecai (1/23) – In this comedy adventure, Johnny Depp stars as art dealer Charles Mortdecai, as he searches for a stolen painting that’s reportedly linked to a lost bank account filled with Nazi gold. Also starring Gwyneth Paltrow, Ewan McGregor, Paul Bettany, Olivia Munn and Aubrey Plaza.
5. Jupiter Ascending (2/6) – A science fiction film written, produced and directed by The Wachowskis, starring Mila Kunis and Tatum Channing. Mila Kunis is Jupiter, a lowly janitor who learns that she has a great genetic destiny.
6. The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water 2/6 – In a combined animated/live action film, SpongeBob goes on a quest to discover a stolen recipe that takes him to our world, where he tangles with a pirate. Antonio Banderas stars as the live action Burger-Beard the Pirate.
7. McFarland USA (2/20) – Kevin Costner stars in this real life story as a high school coach in an economically challenged town in 1987. Novice runners help the coach build a cross-country team.
8. Chappie (3/6) – Science fiction movie about an experimental robot, designed to learn and feel, that is kidnapped by gangsters. The film stars Hugh Jackman, Dev Patel, and Sigourney Weaver.
9. Cinderella (3/13) – A live action Cinderella film from Walt Disney starring Cate Blanchett, Lily James (Cinderella), Richard Madden, Helena Bonham Carter, Holliday Grainger, Stellan Skarsgård and Derek Jacobi.
10. The Divergent Series: Insurgent (3/20) – The second book and movie in The Divergent Trilogy. Tris tries to figure out the intention behind Erudite’s insurrection as well as information the Abnegation are trying to protect.
11. Home (3/27) – This DreamWorks Animation 3D computer-animated buddy film is based on the children’s book The True Meaning of Smekday. A banished member of the alien Boov race, now on Earth, and a resourceful human girl go on the road trip of a lifetime.
12. Monkey Kingdom (4/17)- A documentary by Disneynature, starring Maya, a clever and resourceful monkey. Filmed in the jungles of South Africa, we see how Maya’s life is changed when she has a son. Other characters include a mongoose, langur monkeys, predatory leopards and monitor lizards.
13. Avengers: Age of Ultron (5/1) – After Tony Stark jump-starts a peacekeeping program, the Avengers must battle to save the planet from destruction by the villain Ultron. Directed by Joss Whedon, and starring Robert Downey, Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Don Cheadle, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bettany, Cobie Smulders, Stellan Skarsgård, James Spader and Samuel L. Jackson.
14. Pitch Perfect 2 (5/15) – A sequel to the surprise hit Pitch Perfect about college A Cappella competitions. Returning are stars Anna Kendrick, Skylar Astin, Rebel Wilson, Brittany Snow and Adam DeVine.
15. Tomorrowland (5/22) – A mystery adventure from Walt Disney Studios, with Damon Lindelof (Lost) as one of the writers and producers. A jaded scientist (George Clooney) and an optimistic teen (Britt Robertson) embark on a dangerous mission to uncover the secrets of a place somewhere between time and space. Also starring Hugh Laurie. (See Tomorrowland Review)
16. Jurassic World (6/12) – It has been 14 years since the third Jurassic Park film. In this movie, a small island off Costa Rica’s coast now features a fully functioning dinosaur theme park. The corporation that owns the park asks the park’s geneticists to create a genetically modified hybrid dinosaur to boost visitor attendance, but it soon runs wild on the island. Starring Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard.
17. Inside Out (6/19) – The new Pixar movie we’ve been waiting for. It is set inside the head of a young girl, where five emotions—Joy (Amy Poehler), Anger(Lewis Black), Disgust(Mindy Kaling), Fear(Bill Hader) and Sadness(Phyllis Smith), try to lead her through life. (Read review of Inside Out)
18. Terminator: Genisys (7/1) – The fifth film in the series is somehow a sequel, prequel and a reboot that is said to reset the series. Arnold Schwarzenegger is back.
19. Minions (7/10) – This 3D computer-animated comedy is both a spinoff and prequel to Despicable Me and Despicable Me 2. Sandra Bullock and Jon Hamm voice the villains.
20. Ant Man (7/17) – A new Marvel Hero film based on characters never before seen on film, Scott Lang and Hank Pym, played by Paul Rudd. Master thief Scott Lang must embrace his mentor and inner-hero, Hank Pym, and help protect the secret behind the Ant-Man suit and help save Earth. Also starring Evangeline Lilly, Corey Stoll, Bobby Cannavale, Michael Peña, Judy Greer and Michael Douglas.
21. Pan (7/24) – The origin story of Peter Pan and Captain Hook starring Levi Miller as Peter Pan, Hugh Jackman as Blackbeard, Garrett Hedlund as Hook, Rooney Mara as Tiger Lilly and Amanda Seyfried as Mary Darling.
22. Pixels (7/24) – Pixels is a 3D live-action/computer-animated science fiction comedy in which video game experts are recruited by the military to fight 1980’s era video game characters who’ve attacked New York.
23. Fantastic Four (8/7) – A reboot of the Marvel Comics Fantastic Four film franchise, now starring Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Bell and Toby Kebbell.
24. The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (8/14) – Based on the 1960s TV series of the same name, with Henry Cavill as Napolean Solo, Armie Hammer as Illya Kuryakin and Hugh Grant as Waverly. A CIA agent and a KGB operative work together against a mysterious criminal organization.
September – Many changes have been made in the fall movie schedule since this has been posted. Go to 21 Movies For Teens Tweens and Parents Fall 2015 for the completely updated schedule for September through December.
25. 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.
26. Maze Runner: Scorch Trials (9/18) – The sequel and second book of the The Maze Runner Book Series.
27. 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.
28. The Jungle Book (10/9) – This new Disney version of The Jungle Book is part live-action adventure about Mowgli and photorealistic CGI animals and environments. Ben Kingsly, Bill Murray, Idris Elba, Scarlett Johannsson, Lupita Nyong’o, Giancarlo Esposito and Christopher Walken are the voices of the jungle animals.
29. Vacation 10/9 – A Vacation reboot, with Ed Helms and Christina Applegate, now as Rusty and Debbie Griswold, Leslie Mann is Rusty’s sister and Chris Hemsworth is Rusty’s brother-in-law. Chevy Chase and Beverly D’Angelo make a small appearance as the grandparents.
30. 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.
31. 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.
32. Hunger Games Mocking Jay Part 2 (11/20) – The final installment of the The Hunger Games Trilogy.
33. 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.
34. The Martian (11/25) – Science fiction movie directed by Ridley Scott based on the Andy Weir novel The Martian. Starring Matt Damon as an astronaut, stranded on Mars, struggling to survive.
35. 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.
36. Mission: Impossible 5 (12/25) – Tom Cruise is back for a fifth Mission Impossible.
I think that 2015 looks like it has some great movies for teens, tweens and families coming up. What do you think. I will be publishing new posts for both summer and fall 2015 movies, since schedules change throughout the year.
Be sure to see 18 Summer Movies for Teens 2015 for updates!