The controversial rap group N.W.A got their story told in the biopic "Straight Outta Compton" which opened on August 14. N.W.A members Dr. Dre and Ice Cube produced the film which stars Ice Cube's son as his dad.
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In "Trainwreck," Amy Schumer plays a woman who steadfastly refuses to get herself involved in a relationship longer than a fling. Then she meets a sports doctor played by Bill Hader. If you've seen the trailers, you know that LeBron James has a role as himself -- and he's hilarious. Judd Apatow directs from Schumer's script. The film opened July 17.
Sherlock Holmes has been played, brilliantly, by such talents as Nicol Williamson, Jeremy Brett and Benedict, uh, Whatshisname. In "Mr. Holmes," he's much older and played by Ian McKellen, who has to solve a very personal mystery: that of himself, given his deteriorating mind. Bill Condon, who directed McKellen in "Gods and Monsters," helms the production. It opened July 17.
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Paul Rudd. "Ant-Man." Marvel. Michael Douglas. Corey Stoll. Evangeline Lilly. Physics. Costumes. Jokes. Ants. Possibilities. July 17.
"Mission: Impossible -- Ghost Protocol" managed to rejuvenate the "Mission: Impossible" franchise, so now there's "Mission: Impossible -- Rogue Nation." Tom Cruise is back as Ethan Hunt, leading a team that again includes Simon Pegg (left), Ving Rhames and Jeremy Renner. Directed by Christopher McQuarrie, who has worked with Cruise three times before. It opened July 31.
Wasn't there a "Fantastic Four" just a few years ago? Yes, there was. But gosh darn it, 20th Century Fox is going to do it again -- and in this reboot, the gang meets Dr. Doom. Huh? They met Dr. Doom in a previous movie? Well, this is a grittier Dr. Doom. Jamie Bell, Michael B. Jordan, Kate Mara and Miles Teller star. The film opened August 7.
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"Avengers: Age of Ultron" brings back Robert Downey Jr. and the rest of the Marvel crime-fighting gang, as well as writer-director Joss Whedon. The villain: Ultron, voiced by James Spader. The film opened May 1.
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Before there was "The Fast and the Furious," there was "Mad Max," a man racing cars through a post-apocalyptic landscape. (OK, so "Fast's" locales aren't post-apocalyptic ... yet.) The original films, including "The Road Warrior," made a star of Mel Gibson. Now comes "Mad Max: Fury Road," starring Tom Hardy in Gibson's role, as well as Charlize Theron. The film was directed and co-written by "Max" auteur George Miller. It opened May 15.
One of the surprise hits of 2012 was "Pitch Perfect," starring Anna Kendrick, center, and Rebel Wilson, right, as singers in a college a cappella group. Naturally, there's now a sequel, "Pitch Perfect 2," which finds the group entering a worldwide competition. Elizabeth Banks, who played a commentator in the first film, directed. It opened May 15.
Disney's "Tomorrowland," one of the summer's rare non-sequels, comes with a terrific pedigree: director Brad Bird ("The Incredibles," "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol"), co-writer Damon Lindelof ("Lost," "Star Trek Into Darkness") and star George Clooney ("The Descendants," two-time Sexiest Man Alive). It opened May 22.
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Melissa McCarthy as a spy? Well, in "Spy," when the usual posh agents -- the likes of Jason Statham, right, and Jude Law -- go missing, someone's gotta step into the breach. Paul Feig ("Bridesmaids," "The Heat") directs. The film opened June 5.
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"He's back," the posters proclaim, and it's obvious who "he" is: Arnold Schwarzenegger in his most iconic role, that sneaky scamp, the T-800. This time he gets to be fatherly, protecting a young Sarah Connor, who still faces that time line in which she becomes the mother of Resistance leader John Connor. It opened July 1.
"Magic Mike XXL" lacks Steven Soderbergh's presence behind the camera, but the sequel to "Magic Mike" does have Channing Tatum, front, reprising his role as male stripper "Magic Mike" Lane. (Tatum also co-wrote.) The plot can be reduced to two words: Road trip! It opened July 1.