Want to know what’s coming to a cinema near you this May? Look no further…
FRIDAY 4 MAY
102 Not Out (Umesh Shukla)
Amitabh Bachchan and Rich Kapoor age up for this Indian comedy drama. Bachchan plays a 102-year-old intent on being the oldest man alive. He’s already one up on the Swedish senior citizen than climbed out of the window not so long ago.
I Feel Pretty (Abby Kohn and Marc Silverstein)
Lean on Pete (Andrew Haigh)
Based on the 2010 novel by Willy Vlautin, this is the coming of age tale of a teenager who crosses America with a fading racehorse called Lean on Pete.
Mary and the Witch’s Flower (Hiromasa Yonebayashi)
The first film from Studio Ponoc – a Japanese animation house founded by Studio Ghibli’s Hiromasa Yonebayashi and Yoshiaki Nishimura – Mary and the Witch’s Flower is based on Mary Stewart’s The Little Broomstick.
Modern Life is Rubbish (Daniel Jerome Gill)
Youthful angst and a love of music go hand in hand in this British romcom. The name comes from Blur’s 1993 Brit pop album whilst the film itself is drawn from Gill’s earlier short film of the same name.
New Town Utopia (Christopher Ian Smith)
Jim Broadbent portrays Lewis Silkin, the solicitor and MP who chaired London’s Town Planning and Public Health Committees in the 1920s and 30s, in Smith’s documentary about the power of art and architecture.
The Strangers: Prey at Night (Johannes Roberts)
A family of four staying at a secluded mobile home park for the night are stalked and then hunted by three masked psychopaths. Christina Hendricks stars.
The Young Karl Marx (Raoul Peck)
Vicky Krieps shot to fame playing Alma in Phantom Thread, and rightly so. Here, she returns to screens as Jenny von Westphalen-Marx, the wife of titular philosopher Karl. Together with Friedrich Engels, the trio travel Europe and found revolutionary ideas.
Tully (Jason Reitmah)
As presents go, a night nanny to look after your two tots and a new born is quite eccentric but that’s exactly what Marlo (Charlize Theron) gets from her brother.
FRIDAY 11 MAY
A Wizard’s Tale (Andrés Couturier)
Easy watching animation with Ian McShane, Toby Kebbell and Lily Collins – exclusively at Vue Cinemas.
Anon (Andrew Nicol)
A Netflix original, Anon comes from The Trueman Show writer Andrew Nicol. In a future America, the government is trying to fight crime by eliminating privacy. Think Minority Report meets present-day Facebook.
Breaking In (James McTeigue)
Gabrielle Union plays a woman who must fight to protect her family during a home invasion. Payback, the film’s poster declares, is a mother.
Entebbe (Jose Padilha)
Titled 7 Days in Entebbe in America, this film tells the true story of an Air France flight was hijacked en route to Tel-Aviv in July 1976. Hostages, anti-semitism and an airfield raid. With Rosamund Pike.
How To Talk To Girls At Parties (John Cameron Mitchell)
Elle Fanning and Alex Sharp lead this adaptation of a 2006 short story by Neil Gaiman. It’s a sci-fi romcom about a boy who gets more than he bargained for during a night out.
Life of the Party (Ben Falcone)
Melissa McCarthy’s latest comedy sees the Ghostbusters-star return to collage to complete her degree after her husband (Matt Walsh) asks for a divorce.
Mansfield 66/67 (P. David Ebersole, Todd Hughes)
Jayne Mansfield, early Playboy Playmate and Hollywood sex symbol of the 1950s, died in a swirl of mystery back in 1967. She had, allegedly, been cursed after a romantic dalliance with the head of the Church of Satan. Hughes and Ebersole have searched through archive material to find the truth.
Raazi (Meghna Gulzar)
Indian film adaptation of Harinder Sikka’s novel Colling Sehmat, about an Indian spy married to a Pakistani military officer during the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971.
Redoubtable (Michel Hazanavicius)
Louis Garrel stars as legendary French New Wave director Jean-Luc Godard in this Palme d’Or competitor from Cannes 2017.
Revenge (Coralie Fargeat)
Not to be confused with the 1990 Kevin Costner film, this Revenge is described as a ‘rape and revenge horror film’.
Sherlock Gnomes (John Stevenson)
Having spent years as a DreamWorks animator, John Stevenson had huge success with Kung Fu Panda in 2009. Sherlock Gnomes, the sequel to Gnomeo and Julliet, less so. Read our review here!
The Good Night (Eric Styles)
Based on the 1996 play by N. J. Crisp, The Good Night is notable as being the final film in the acclaimed career of the late John Hurt.
The Cured (David Freyne)
Sounding remarkably like the brilliant BBC drama In the Flesh of a few years ago, The Cured sees former zombies attempt to return to normal life in Ireland after a cure is found. With Ellen Page.
The Poetess (Stefanie Brockhaus and Andy Wolff)
Documentary about a Saudi woman, Hissa Hilal, who spoke out against religious extremism and hopes for a peaceful Islam.
The Wild Boys (Bertrand Mandico)
At the turn of the last century, on the island of La Réunion, five occult-obsessed teens commit a savage crime before voyaging the seas on a haunted ship.
TUESDAY 15 MAY
Deadpool 2 (David Leith)
Deadpool broke records in 2016 and anticipation is high for its similarly R-rated sequel. Josh Brolin plays time-traveling soldier Cable but can Deadpool (Ryan Reynolds) protect the young mutant he’s hunted?
FRIDAY 18 MAY
A Cambodian Spring (Chris Kelly)
Made over six years, Kelly’s film is a complex examination of the years leading to the Cambodian protests of 2013.
A Love That Never Dies (Jimmy Edmonds, Jane Harris)
How do we grieve? Why do we grieve? And why are we afraid of those that do grieve? Jimmy and Jane’s son Josh died seven years ago. They are now on a road trip across the USA to meet other bereaved parents in search of some answers.
Allure (Carlos Sanchez, Jason Sanchez)
Expect thrills, drama and romance in this story of a cleaner who runs away with a teenage girl. Featuring Westworld’s Evan Rachel Wood.
Filmworker (Tony Sierra)
After his acclaimed performance in Stanley Kubrick’s Barry Lyndon, Leon Vitali gave up fame for a life behind the camera. Filmworker enters the world of Leon Vitali and Stanley Kubrick from a unique perspective that highlights the nitty-gritty of the creative process.
Jeune Femme (Leonor Serraille)
French drama about a young woman making her way in the Parisian metropolis. Premiered at Cannes to great acclaim.
On Chesil Beach (Dominic Cooke)
The four-time Olivier Award winning theatre director Dominic Cooke makes his film debut here, with Ian McEwan adapting his own 2007 novella. It is the story of a couple who destroy their own marriage in fear of intimacy.
One Man’s Madness (Jeff Baynes)
Described as This is Spinal Tap remade as an Ealing Comedy, Baynes’ film is a lively look at the story of Lee Thompson in his beloved band. Madness.
Submergence (Wim Wenders)
Alicia Vikander hasn’t had a lot of luck with the reviews of her recent films. Wenders’ adaptation of the J.M.Ledgard novel hasn’t changed that.
THURSDAY 24 MAY
Solo: A Star Wars Story (Ron Howard)
The checkered production history of Disney’s latest Star Wars spin off has somewhat dampened expectations for this one. It remains to be seen whether the world needs a Han Solo origins tale.
FRIDAY 25 MAY
Bhavesh Joshi (Vikramaditya Motwane)
A Hindi-language superhero film with Harshvardhan Kapoor as a vigilante.
Edie (Simon Hunter)
Shelia Hancock plays Edie a woman who, liberated by the death of her controlling husband, sets out to fulfil a long-held dream of mountaineering in Scotland.
God’s Not Dead 3 (Michael Mason)
Part three in the Christian message trilogy. Originally meant for a March release.
Show Dogs (Raja Gosnell)
‘In a world where humans and sentient dogs co-exist…’ you already know if this one’s for you.
The Breadwinner (Nora Twomey)
Beautiful Oscar-nominated animation, based on the book by Deborah Ellis, from the team behind The Secret of Kells.
The Giant Pear (Amalie Naesby Fick, Jorgen Lerdam)
James and the Giant Peach meets the old woman who lived in a shoe in this Danish animation about a rescue mission that stumbles across a giant pear city.
The Little Vampire (Richard Claus, Karsten Killerich)
Remember Uli Edel’s comedy horror film The Little Vampire from 2000? It was based on the book by Angela Summer-Bodenburg and is getting an animated update.
The Rape of Recy Taylor (Nancy Buirski)
Aged 24, Recy Taylor was gang raped by six white boys in 1944 Alabama. Most would have kept quite, Remy spoke up. Remarkable story, powerful documentary.
This is Congo (Daniel McCabe)
Documentary about survival in the recent M23 rebellion in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Zama (Lucrecia Martel)
Based on Antonio Di Benedetto’s 1956 novel, this tells the story of seventeenth-century Spanish officer Don Diego de Zama. Mexican actor Daniel Giménez Cacho plays the titular soldier.