13 Movies You Definitely Don’t Want to Miss in May
May is just around the corner, and we are well on our way to summer! This month, we get our first taste of this year's summer blockbusters, a tragic documentary and enough comedies to keep you laughing all month long. There are plenty of options to see with your mom for Mother's Day, and even a few selects you'll be able to enjoy from the comfort of your own home. That being said, we have a feeling you'll be spending quite a bit of time at the theater this month (three words: Shirtless Zac Efron!). Read on for the pics we're most excited to see.
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Read on for the pics we're most excited to see.
I Am Heath Ledger
May 3 (One Night Engagement)
For one night only, you can take a glimpse into the life and career of late actor Heath Ledger, who tragically lost his life to a drug overdose in 2008 at the tender age of 28. The full-length documentary provides an intimate look into the lesser-known aspects of the actor’s life through home-video footage and even interviews from those who knew him best. This one will one will only play in select theaters, so check your local listings for availability. If you can’t see it in theaters, don’t worry—it will make its way to SpikeTV later in the month.
Based on Herman Koch’s international bestselling novel of the same name, this psychological thriller follows two sets of parents who share an intense evening together in a fancy restaurant to hash out a pressing family matter. Richard Gere plays Stan Lohman, who along with his wife Katelyn (played by Rebecca Hall) must go toe-to-toe with his estranged brother Paul (played by Steve Coogan) and his wife Claire (played by Laura Linney) during an evening filled with twists, turns and chilling revelations.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
This is the big-budget actioner you’ve got to see this month! Chris Pratt is back as Peter Quill aka Star Lord, the leader of our favorite motely crew of intergalactic do-gooders. This time, the team is thrown for a loop when a man named Ego appears, claiming to be Peter’s father. Zoe Saldana returns as Gamora and Dave Bautista as Drax, and you’ll of course recognize the voices of Vin Diesel and Bradley Cooper as Baby Groot and Rocket, respectively.
Handsome: A Netflix Mystery Movie
Curb Your Enthusiasm star Jeff Garlin stars as the oblivious L.A. homicide detective Gene Handsome, a man whose propensity for cracking cases is matched only by his hopelessness when it comes to his own life’s issues. Natasha Lyonne stars as his trusty side-kick Detective Fleur Scozzari, and Kaley Cuoco, Leah Remini, and Amy Sedars round out the cast of this light-hearted comedy. Bonus: You can stream this one from your couch!
This touching dramedy follows three generations of a family as they navigate the nuances of being transgender—which the youngest member of their clan is. When the teenager, Ray (played by Elle Fanning), makes the decision to transition, his single mom Maggie (played by Naomi Watts) must get in touch with Ray’s estranged biological father for legal consent. It’s a poignant and all too relevant tale. Susan Sarandon also stars as the family’s matriarch, Dolly.
King Arthur: Legend of the Sword
Check out InStyle’s May cover girl Amy Schumer in this funny Mother’s Day romp. She plays Emily Middleton, a girl who’s recently been dumped by her boyfriend, and then convinces her overly-cautious mom Linda (played by Goldie Hawn) to accompany her on an exotic vacation. But it’s not all sun tans and Mai Tais, as things get pretty hairy! This is the perfect flick to see with your mom if she’s a comedy fan—and doesn’t mind a few expletives.
A follow up to 2012’s Prometheus, the crew of the colony ship Covenant is back for more deep space exploration. When they land on a remote, uncharted planet on the far side of the galaxy, they soon learn that they’re not alone. Spooky! Katherine Waterston, James Franco, Michael Fassbender and Noomi Rapace star.
Bring your tissues, because this one’s going to get emotional! It stars Amandla Stenberg as Maddy Whittier, a teen who can’t leave her home because of a rare illness. But the deepening bond with the boy next door, Olly (played by Nick Robinson), leads her to risk everything so they can be together. Think The Boy in the Plastic Bubble meets The Fault in Our Stars.
The Wizard of Lies
HBO can do no wrong in our book, so we’ll definitely be tuning in for this TV movie about stockbroker Bernie Madoff and the massive and infamous Ponzi that garnered national attention. Robert De Niro plays the shamed financier, and Michelle Pfeiffer plays his wife, Ruth.
Say hello to the new generation of sexy lifeguards, here to save the bay in those famous red swimsuits! Honestly, a shirtless Zac Efron, running in slow-mo is enough to get us to the theater! Dwayne Johnson, Alexandra Daddario and Kelly Rohrbach also star. And don’t worry—OG Baywatch cast members David Hasselhoff and Pamela Anderson also appear!
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
Oh, how we’ve missed you, Captain Jack Sparrow! Johnny Depp returns as our favorite slick-talking, drunken pirate. This time, he’s on the hunt for the trident of Poseidon, which he needs in order to survive an attack from an old nemesis and his crew of deadly ghost sailors. The star-studded cast also includes Keira Knightley, Kaya Scodelario, Orlando Bloom, Brentown Thwaites, and Javier Bardem.
Brad Pitt and Anthony Michael Hall star in this satire on the US military occupation in Afghanistan. Based on Michael Hastings’s book, The Operator: The Wild and Terrifying Inside Story of America's War in Afghanistan, it tells of the conflict from the perspective of those leading the military campaign. And, hooray, you’ll be able stream this one at home!