As the weather (briefly) heats up, so does the competition at your local multiplex. Inevitably, this also leads to releases being carefully staggered to ensure the greatest chance of nabbing your dollars. Which brings us to May and some high profile titles circling each other like combatants in a Mexican stand off...
Saoirse Ronan stars in this grim fairytale about a deadly young woman who heads out on a dangerous mission across Europe as international agents track her every move. Dark and gripping, with a great score by the Chemical Brothers. Read our review
(Optional) 3D ass-kickery as Paul Bettany faces off against a horde of vampires in this film directed by Legion helmer Scott Stewart. Also starring Karl Urban, Cam Gigandet and Maggie Q. Read our review
Attack the Block:
Joe Cornish (of Adam and Joe fame) steps up for his directorial debut for a story about a bunch of South London teens who are forced to fight off an alien invasion. Sounds goofy, is actually pretty awesome. Check back for our review soon.
Take Me Home Tonight:
Filmed in 2007 and finally seeing an international release, Take Me Home Tonight stars a jarringly youthful looking Topher Grace (him from That 70s Show) in a movie which purposefully looks like it’s been lost in time since the 80s. It looks simply John Hughes-a-licious.
Emilio Estevez directs father Martin Sheen on the long El camino pilgrimage route across Europe in this heartfelt tale. Also starring Deborah Kara Unger and James Nesbitt. Read our review
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides:
You can’t keep a good pirate down and Johnny Depp is back as Captain Jack Sparrow on the trail of the legendary Fountain of Youth. Bloom and Knightley have bowed out for this fourth instalment, leaving room for the likes of Penélope Cruz and the fantastic Ian McShane.
Tired of blockbusters? You’ll want to check out this creepy Spanish horror from producer Guillermo del Toro and director Guillem Morales which deals with a woman going slowly blind while trying to deal with the death of her sister.
Paul Giamatti plays a downtrodden (what else?) attorney with a second job as a high school wrestling coach who sees some light at the end of the tunnel when lands a promising young athlete. Needless to say, things don’t go as planned.
Based on a book by Irish writer Ken Bruen, what you’ll find here is Jason Statham facing off against a serial killer with a penchant for killing cops (Aidan Gillen). Much kicking ensues.
The Hangover Part II:
The biggest comedy of the last decade lands a hardly surprising sequel. This time, the gang head to Bangkok for Stu’s (Ed Helms) wedding and inexplicably end up lost once more. The whole cast returns, as well as a monkey, for some highly familiar escapades that will do well to top the original.
X-Men: First Class:
After the critical and commercial failure of X-Men 3 and Wolverine, there’s a lot riding on First Class if Fox stands any chance of rebooting the series. Thankfully, they’ve nabbed Stardust and Kick Ass director Matthew Vaughn and a starry cast featuring the likes of James McAvoy and Micheal Fassbender. This could well be the best of the summer.
Check back for the latest reviews all through May. What are you most looking forward to?