New Movie Releases: May 2016
By now you have the release date for Captain America: Civil War tattooed on your brain, but — shocker! — there are other movies hitting theaters next month, believe it or not. In addition to Marvel’s latest, we also have a new film from Shane Black, the sequel to Neighbors and, lest you forget, X-Men: Apocalypse. There’s plenty more in our guide to May’s new movie releases.
Captain America: Civil War: Directed by Joe and Anthony Russo. Starring Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr. and Scarlett Johansson. Political interference in the Avengers’ activities causes a rift between former allies Captain America and Iron Man.
A Bigger Splash: Directed by Luca Guadagnino. Starring Tilda Swinton, Ralph Fiennes and Dakota Johnson. The vacation of a famous rock star and a filmmaker is disrupted by the unexpected visit of an old friend and his daughter.
Mothers and Daughters (Limited): Directed by Paul Duddridge and Nigel Levy. Starring Christina Ricci, Selma Blair and Susan Sarandon. Interwoven stories of what it is to be a mom seen through the lens of photographer Rigby Gray.
Being Charlie (Limited): Directed by Rob Reiner. Starring Nick Robinson, Cary Elwes and Common. Charlie is a troublesome 18-year-old who breaks out of a youth drug treatment clinic, but when he returns home to Los Angeles, he’s given an intervention by his parents and forced to go to an adult rehab. There, he meets a beautiful but troubled girl, Eva, and is forced to battle with drugs, elusive love and divided parents.
Elstree 1976 (Limited): Directed by Jon Spira. Actors and extras reminisce about their time on the set of Star Wars and how making the film affected their lives.
Money Monster: Directed by Jodie Foster. Starring George Clooney, Julia Roberts and Jack O’Connell. In the real-time, high stakes thriller Money Monster, financial TV host Lee Gates and his producer Patty are put in an explosive situation when an irate investor takes over their studio.
The Darkness: Directed by Greg McLean. Starring Kevin Bacon, Jennifer Morrison and Lucy Fry. A family returns from a Grand Canyon vacation with a supernatural presence in tow.
High-Rise (Limited): Directed by Ben Wheatley. Starring Tom Hiddleston, Jeremy Irons and Luke Evans. Life for the residents of a tower block begins to run out of control.
The Lobster (Limited): Directed by Yorgos Lanthimos. Starring Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz and John C. Reilly. In a dystopian near future, single people, according to the laws of The City, are taken to The Hotel, where they are obliged to find a romantic partner in forty-five days or are transformed into beasts and sent off into The Woods.
Love & Friendship (Limited): Directed by Whit Stillman. Starring Kate Beckinsale, Chloe Sevigny and Xavier Samuel. Lady Susan Vernon takes up temporary residence at her in-laws’ estate and, while there, is determined to be a matchmaker for her daughter Frederica — and herself too, naturally.
Last Days in the Desert (Limited): Directed by Rodrigo Garcia. Starring Ewan McGregor, Ciaran Hinds and Tye Sheridan. An imagined chapter from Jesus’ forty days of fasting and praying in the desert. On his way out of the wilderness, Jesus struggles with the Devil over the fate of a family in crisis.
Search Party (Limited): Directed by Scot Armstrong. Starring Thomas Middleditch, T.J. Miller and Adam Pally. A pair of friends embark on a mission to reunite their pal with the woman he was going to marry.
Dheepan (Limited): Directed by Jacques Audiard. Starring Jesuthasan Antonythasan, Kalieaswari Srinivasan and Claudine Vinasithamby. Dheepan is a Sri Lankan Tamil warrior who flees to France and ends up working as a caretaker outside Paris.
Sunset Song (Limited): Directed by Terence Davies. Starring Mark Bonnar, Agyness Deyn and Peter Mullan. The daughter of a Scottish farmer comes of age in the early 1900s.
What We Become (Limited): Directed by Bo Mikkelsen. Starring Mille Dinesen, Marie Hammer Boda and Troels Lyby. A family of four is quarantined in their home as a virulent strand of the flu spreads into town and they are forced to the extreme to escape alive.
Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising: Directed by Nicholas Stoller. Starring Seth Rogen, Rose Byrne and Chloe Moretz. After a sorority moves in next door, which is even more debaucherous than the fraternity before it, Mac and Kelly have to ask for help from their former enemy, Teddy.
The Nice Guys: Directed by Shane Black. Starring Russell Crowe, Ryan Gosling and Kim Basinger. A private eye investigates the apparent suicide of a fading porn star in 1970s Los Angeles and uncovers a conspiracy.
Angry Birds: Directed by Clay Kaytis and Fergal Reilly. Starring Peter Dinklage, Jason Sudeikis and Kate McKinnon. Find out why the birds are so angry. When an island populated by happy, flightless birds is visited by mysterious green piggies, it’s up to three unlikely outcasts — Red, Chuck and Bomb — to figure out what the pigs are up to.
Maggie’s Plan (Limited): Directed by Rebecca Miller. Starring Greta Gerwig, Ethan Hawke and Julianne Moore. Maggie’s plan to have a baby on her own is derailed when she falls in love with John, a married man, destroying his volatile marriage to the brilliant Georgette.
Holy Hell (Limited): Directed by William Francesco Allen. An inside look at a West Hollywood cult formed by a charismatic teacher in the 1980s that eventually imploded.
X-Men: Apocalypse: Directed by Bryan Singer. Starring Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy and Jennifer Lawrence. With the emergence of the world’s first mutant, Apocalypse, the X-Men must unite to defeat his extinction level plan.
Alice Through the Looking Glass: Directed by James Bobin. Starring Mia Wasikowska, Johnny Depp and Anne Hathaway. Alice returns to the whimsical world of Wonderland and travels back in time to save the Mad Hatter.
Chevalier (Limited): Directed by Athina Rachel Tsangari. Starring Giannis Drakopoulos, Kostas, Kostas Filippoglou and Yiorgos Kendros. In the middle of the Aegean Sea, six men on a fishing trip on a luxury yacht decide to play a game. During this game, things will be compared. Things will be measured. Songs will be butchered, and blood will be tested. Friends will become rivals and rivals will become hungry. But at the end of the journey, when the game is over, the man who wins will be the best man. And he will wear on his smallest finger the victory ring: the Chevalier.