The Hobbit: There And Back Again
If you’ve never read The Hobbit, you probably assume Peter Jackson’s trilogy climaxes with hobbit hero Bilbo Baggins’ face-off against the dragon Smaug. Not so. “Everyone looks at The Hobbit as being ‘the dragon story,’ but he’s not the actual point,” says Jackson. In fact, J.R.R. Tolkien’s novel culminates in one of literature’s grandest clashes of good and evil — the Battle of Five Armies — so expect the finale to deliver Middle-earth warfare on a massive scale. As Jackson says, “We’re not making a BBC drama.” —Josh Rottenberg
The last time director Christopher Nolan brought original material to the screen was in 2010’s Inception, an Oscar-nominated hit that took us into the inner space of dreams. Now, with the Batman franchise behind him, he heads to outer space with a film about which we know…nothing. “I will say this: Interstellar is more ambitious than anything he’s ever done,” says Matthew McConaughey, who stars with Anne Hathaway and Jessica Chastain. —Jeff Jensen
Edge of Tomorrow
It’s no spoiler to say that Tom Cruise dies in Edge of Tomorrow. And he does it more than once. As a soldier fighting Earth-invading aliens, Cruise enters a time loop and relives his battles (and his death), learning more about the aliens’ weaknesses each time. Those exoskeleton suits aren’t CG, says Emily Blunt, who plays a fellow soldier: “The action in this film is so authentic because we were put on wires and flipped around wearing these enormous suits.”
More Sci-Fi Movies
Transformers: Age of Extinction (6/27)
Robots are still pummeling Earth, but there’s extra shape-shifting happening now as Mark Wahlberg takes over for Shia LaBeouf.
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (7/11)
Humanity must render unto Caesar what’s his in a new sequel pitting Andy Serkis’ simian leader against the last of mankind.
Jupiter Ascending (7/18)
The destinies of Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis are written in the stars (and genetic codes) in the Wachowskis’ futuristic vision.