Y’all ready for this? These May movies are full of intrigue, emotional stories and some really good jump scares.
GET OUT – MAY 4
What’s worse than meeting your girlfriend’s family and finding out that they’re casual racists? Realising that they’re ready to hypnotise and kill you at a moment’s notice. A+. Marriage material. This movie is tempered by some lighter humour so you won’t be tense for the entire hour and 44 minutes, but I did accidentally read spoilers and it still scared me in cinema so… good luck.
PORK PIE – MAY 4
Three strangers accidentally team up to become outlaws on the run. If you were a fan of the original New Zealand classic Goodbye Pork Pie, you should be in pretty good hands; the director’s son is at the helm of this remake.
THE ZOOKEEPER’S WIFE – MAY 4
In 1939 Poland, Antonia Zabinski strives to protect Jews from the Nazi invasion by housing them in the once-filled cages of the Warsaw Zoo. This one isn’t getting great critical reception, but I know many people who say the novel by Diane Ackerman ripped out their heart so I’m all for it.
ALIEN: COVENANT - MAY 11
“Oh, there’s already a crop of wheat on this planet that we’ve just arrived to colonise? What a great coincidence.” Wrong. Aliens are waiting to kill you and everyone you love. Rest in space.
SNATCHED – May 11
Goldie Hawn returns to the big screen as Amy Schumer’s mother, only to be abducted in South America. This is the perfect Mother’s Day movie and probably exactly how you would act if you were taken hostage and you weren’t Liam Neeson.
KING ARTHUR: LEGEND OF THE SWORD – MAY 18
Your mother was a hamster and your father smelt of elderberries. Also, there’s another King Arthur movie coming out. There’s a lot of supernatural stuff going on here, just in case a magical sword of destiny was not enough for you. Starring Jude Law’s aesthetically-pleasing face and someone who is not (but who looks very much like) the guy from Vikings. OK, fine. His name’s Charlie Hunnam.
VICEROY’S HOUSE – MAY 18
While Hugh Bonneville is busy as the master of a grand house, his servants are busy leading far more interesting lives. But this is not Downton Abbey Goes to India; it’s the tale of what happens as India transitions to independence.
THE SENSE OF AN ENDING – MAY 25
Jim Broadbent stars as Tony, an elderly man forced to examine how time alters memories. If you’re looking for a word-perfect adaptation of the book, you’d best look elsewhere – author Julian Barnes told the screenwriters to “go ahead and betray me.”
PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES – MAY 25
Aussie Brenton Thwaites plays Henry, the son of Will Turner and Elizabeth Swann. Pretty much all your original faves are back for their 10-year reunion. And if Davy Jones and Cutler Beckett had a love child, it would probably be the new villain, Captain Armando Salazar.
A curated combination of American cinematic classics and new releases, the American Essentials film festival will be held at Palace Centro from May 17 to May 28. You can look forward to 20th Century Women (which has been getting rave reviews from critics), as well as classics such as The Graduate and Annie Hall. Find out more here.
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