This year has already been a treat for moviegoers as we are just cruising into May and already have been treated to multiple blockbusters. And this month, it only gets better. In previous years, getting two superhero flicks in a summer would have been an achievement. Just this month we get to see both the X-Men and Avengers battle on-screen, a sequel to a hit comedy, a video game adaption, and a whole lot more! We don’t want you going to your multiplex unprepared. So sit back and check out the movies that you want to see this May!
Captain America: Civil War
Stars: Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Anthony Mackie, Sebastian Stan, Chadwick Boseman, Scarlett Johansson, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bettany, Paul Rudd
Captain America: Civil War” picks up where “Avengers: Age of Ultron” left off, as Steve Rogers leads the new team of Avengers in their continued efforts to safeguard humanity. After another international incident involving the Avengers results in collateral damage, political pressure mounts to install a system of accountability and a governing body to determine when to enlist the services of the team. The new status quo fractures the Avengers while they try to protect the world from a new and nefarious villain.
This is looking to be the biggest movies of the year and the early word on the superhero blowout is through the roof. It seems that Marvel still holds the keys to their fans’ hearts, as their cinematic universe continues to expand. The Captain America franchise has continued to gain popularity with each successive installment and one of my least favorite comic book characters has become one of my most anticipated live-action movies.
Stars: Tom Hiddleston, Luke Evans, Jeremy Irons, Sienna Miller
“High-Rise” stars Tom Hiddleston as Dr. Robert Laing, the newest resident of a luxurious apartment in a high-tech concrete skyscraper whose lofty location places him amongst the upper class. Laing quickly settles into high society life and meets the building’s eccentric tenants: Charlotte (Miller), his upstairs neighbor and bohemian single mother; Wilder (Evans), a charismatic documentarian who lives with his pregnant wife Helen (Moss); and Mr. Royal (Irons), the enigmatic architect who designed the building. Life seems like paradise to the solitude-seeking Laing. But as power outages become more frequent and building flaws emerge, particularly on the lower floors, the regimented social strata begins to crumble and the building becomes a battlefield in a literal class war.
Tom Hiddleston is on his way to stardom by steadily building his career with high-profile roles, as well as indie flicks like the upcoming, High-Rise. The movie looks to be a high-minded examination of classes and the bubbling anarchy lurking under the surface of society. This one will be available in limited theatrical release and VOD as well.
Stars: Kevin Bacon, David Mazouz, Radha Mitchell
From the director of the cult classic, WOLF CREEK, Greg McLean, comes the supernatural thriller THE DARKNESS, opening nationwide May 13th, 2016. As a family returns home from vacation at the Grand Canyon, they innocently bring home a supernatural force that preys off their own fears and vulnerabilities, threatening to destroy them from within, while consuming their lives with terrifying consequences.
This one has a couple of points of interest for geeks if you are in the mood for a scare. First off, it’s hard to turn down any project with Kevin Bacon. The Darkness also stars Gotham’s David Mozouz, aka Baby Bruce Wayne, who gets to flex his acting muscles while getting possessed by an evil demon. That’s not enough to get me into theaters…but it’s a nice bonus if you are already there.
The Nice Guys
Stars: Russell Crowe, Ryan Gosling
Oscar winner Russell Crowe (“Gladiator,” “Man of Steel”) and Oscar nominee Ryan Gosling (“Half Nelson,” “The Big Short”) star in Silver Pictures’ action comedy “The Nice Guys,” from director Shane Black (“Kiss Kiss Bang Bang,” “Iron Man 3”). “The Nice Guys” takes place in 1970s Los Angeles, when down-on-his-luck private eye Holland March (Gosling) and hired enforcer Jackson Healy (Crowe) must work together to solve the case of a missing girl and the seemingly unrelated death of a porn star. During their investigation, they uncover a shocking conspiracy that reaches up to the highest circles of power.
Director and writer Shane Black has made his mark on multiple generations, whether it was the Lethal Weapon movies in the 80’s, The Long Kiss Goodnight in the 90’s, or his work in Iron Man 3, it’s hard to be a movie fan and not be somehow influenced by his work. In 2005, Shane revitalized Robert Downey Jr’s career with his black comedy Kiss Kiss Bang Bang and The Nice Guys looks to be cut from the same cloth. While Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe don’t necessarily need career revitalizations, it seems that Shane will inevitably redefine the perception of both actors. Can they pull off comedy? It certainly seems like it from the trailers. There’s only one way to find out…
Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising
Stars: Seth Rogen, Rose Byrne, Zac Efron, Chloe Grace Moretz
Now that Mac (Rogen) and Kelly Radner (Byrne) have a second baby on the way, they are ready to make the final move into adulthood: the suburbs. But just as they thought they’d reclaimed the neighborhood and were safe to sell, they learn that the new occupants next door are a sorority even more out of control than Teddy (Efron) and his brothers ever dreamed of being.
Tired of their school’s sexist, restrictive system, the unorthodox ladies of Kappa Nu have decided to start a house where they can do whatever the hell they want. When Shelby (Moretz) and her sisters, Beth (Kiersey Clemons) and Nora (Beanie Feldstein), find the perfect place just off campus, they won’t let the fact that it’s located on a quiet street stand in their way of parties as epic as the guys throw.
Forced to turn to the one ex-neighbor with the skills to bring down the new Greeks next door, the Radners—alongside best friends Jimmy (Ike Barinholtz) and Paula (Carla Gallo)—bring in charismatic Teddy as their secret weapon. If he can infiltrate the sorority and charm his way through it, the thirtysomethings will shutter the Kappas’ home. But if they think that their neighbors are going down without a fight, they have severely underestimated the power of youthful ingenuity and straight-up crazy.
Neighbors was a solid hit in the early summer of 2014. It felt like it had the same energy, raunchy humor, and charm, that was found in 1980’s movies such as Bachelor Party and Revenge of the Nerds. Seth Rogen always brings his trademark brand of comedy, but the biggest surprises of the movie were Zac Efron and Rose Byrne. So seeing the three reunite to go up against the potty-mouthed antics of Chloe Grace (Kick-Ass) could be entertaining. As long as it isn’t a carbon copy of the original…
The Angry Birds Movie
Stars: Jason Sudeikis, Josh Gad, Bill Hader, Danny McBride
In the 3D animated comedy, “The Angry Birds Movie,” we’ll finally find out why the birds are so angry. The movie takes us to an island populated entirely by happy, flightless birds – or almost entirely. In this paradise, Red (Jason Sudeikis, “We’re the Millers,” “Horrible Bosses”), a bird with a temper problem, speedy Chuck (Josh Gad in his first animated role since “Frozen”), and the volatile Bomb (Danny McBride, “This is the End,” “Eastbound and Down”) have always been outsiders. But when the island is visited by mysterious green piggies, it’s up to these unlikely outcasts to figure out what the pigs are up to.
It was simply a matter of time before they made a movie out of one of the most popular games in recent memory. Rovio’s Angry Birds mobile game was made completely free to play and resulted in billions of downloads, so there definitely is a huge fanbase to cater to. The addition of comedic talents like Bill Hader, Jason Sudeikis, and Danny McBride among others, is a good sign. However, it’s still yet to be seen if this is a simple cash grab that’s simply designed as another merchandising channel for the property, or if they have come up something fresh and original.
Stars: James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Oscar Isaac, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Rose Byrne, Alexandra Shipp, Tye Sheridan, Sophie Turner, Olivia Munn, Evan Peters, Kodi Smit-McPhee
Following the critically acclaimed global smash hit “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” director Bryan Singer returns with “X-Men: Apocalypse.” Since the dawn of civilization, he was worshipped as a god. Apocalypse, the first and most powerful mutant from Marvel’s X-Men universe, amassed the powers of many other mutants, becoming immortal and invincible. Upon awakening after thousands of years, he is disillusioned with the world as he finds it and recruits a team of powerful mutants, including a disheartened Magneto (Michael Fassbender), to cleanse mankind and create a new world order, over which he will reign. As the fate of the Earth hangs in the balance, Raven (Jennifer Lawrence) with the help of Professor X (James McAvoy) must lead a team of young X-Men to stop their greatest nemesis and save mankind from complete destruction.
There has been a surprising amount of ambivalence towards the upcoming sequel to X-Men: Days of Future Past, which began with a misguided reveal of the movie’s villain Apocalypse. This will be Bryan Singer’s fourth time in the X-Men director’s chair and he has not yet disappointed, after delivering one of the best installments in 2014. There have been whispers that there is much more to X-Men: Apocalypse than has been marketed and finally seeing the X-Men in their classic costumes on-screen will hopefully be worth the two decade wait.
Alice Through the Looking Glass
Stars: Mia Wasikowska, Johnny Depp, Sacha Baron Cohen, Alan Rickman
Alice Kingsleigh (Wasikowska) has spent the past few years following in her father’s footsteps and sailing the high seas. Upon her return to London, she comes across a magical looking glass and returns to the fantastical realm of Underland and her friends the White Rabbit (Sheen), Absolem (Rickman), the Cheshire Cat (Fry) and the Mad Hatter (Depp), who is not himself. The Hatter has lost his Muchness, so Mirana (Hathaway) sends Alice on a quest to borrow the Chronosphere, a metallic globe inside the chamber of the Grand Clock which powers all time. Returning to the past, she comes across friends – and enemies – at different points in their lives, and embarks on a perilous race to save the Hatter before time runs out.
Am I excited for this sequel? Not at all. However, it’s hard to argue that Disney didn’t at least cut an entertaining music video for a trailer. It’s also a bold move for the studio to release the movie against X-Men: Apocalypse. Despite it being one of Tim Burton’s worst movies, the Alice in Wonderland remake made over one billion dollars worldwide. Clearly they are banking on the sequel to bring in the family dollars and knock the other mutant movie to the wayside. Can you expect to see me on opening weekend? Not a chance…
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