Anders Holm as Lucky and Brett Dier as Doug in About My Father. Photo Credit: Dan Anderson

Best new films in cinemas this May

We round up the newest films which will hit the big screens this month. Get yourself down to the cinema for live-action Disney classics, and long awaited film sequels.

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GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 3

Zoe Saldana as Gamora and Chris Pratt as Peter Quill/Star-Lord in Marvel Studios’ Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. Photo by Jessica Miglio. © 2022 MARVEL.

Fri 5 May

The much-anticipated movie directed by James Gunn will complete his trilogy for the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Following the events of Endgame and their Holiday Special, the team continues to search for Gamora in this movie. It also examines the underdeveloped founding member of the team’s genesis narrative. Some of the leftover storylines from the first two volumes will be revisited and resolved in the third, including the MCU’s unfinished business with Ayesha (Elizabeth Debicki).
The following Star-Lord (Chris Pratt) is more focused on reuniting with Gamora than with the status of the squad. However, he must come to grips with the version of Gamora who is now present in the MCU. Because of his recent hardships, Star-Lord is no longer the charismatic figure that people will remember.

BOOK CLUB: THE NEXT CHAPTER

(L-R) Diane Keaton stars as Diane, Jane Fonda as Vivian, Candice Bergen as Sharon and Mary Steenburgen as Carol. BOOK CLUB: THE NEXT CHAPTER, a Focus Features release. Credit: Riccardo Ghilardi / © Endeavor Content

Fri 12 May

The long-awaited sequel follows our four best friends as they take their book club to Italy for the fun girl’s trip they never had. When things go off the rails and secrets are revealed, their relaxing vacation turns into a once-in-a-lifetime cross-country adventure.

The first film showcased the four female characters (Jane Fonda, Diane Keaton, Candice Bergen, and Mary Steenburgen) attempting to make the most of their later-in-life dating and romantic experiences. In chapter 2 they are reading The Alchemist, and the book’s advice to follow your dreams sends them on some exciting excursions.

FOOL’S PARADISE

Fool’s Paradise in cinemas 12 May

Fri 12 May

A satirical comedy about a struggling publicist (ken Jeong) who finds a newly discharged mental health patient (Day) who resembles an unruly movie star. His inclusion in a movie by the publicist makes him a new star. However, fame and money are not what they seem to be. Ken helps the man become a major star with the assistance of a strong producer (the late Ray Liotta), even getting married to his stunning leading woman (Kate Beckinsale).

They meet erratic directors (Jason Sudeikis), irreverent action heroes (Common), irresponsible co-stars (Adrien Brody). As well as, a super-agent (Edie Falco), and power-crazed moguls (John Malkovich) as a result of their experiences. The two men must struggle to go back to the things that mean the most since fame and money are not all they’re cracked up to be.

ARE YOU THERE GOD? IT’S ME, MARGARET

Kathy Bates as Sylvia Simon in Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret. Photo Credit: Dana Hawley

Fri 19 May

The brilliant Kelly Fremon Craig (The Edge of Seventeen) directs this long-awaited adaptation of Judy Blume’s genre-defining novel. Rachel McAdams, Kathy Bates and Abby Ryder star in the story of sixth-grader Margaret Simon, as her family move from New York City to the suburbs of New Jersey.

One of her parents is Christian while the other is Jewish, leaving Margaret uncomfortable with her lack of religious affiliation. So, she goes on a quest to discover her identity. This is all set against a backdrop of anxiety, peer-pressure, coming of age and a new circle of seemingly more-sophisticated friends. Growing up is confusing enough, without comparing yourself to other people.

BEAU IS AFRAID

Beau is Afraid featuring Joaquin Phoenix as Beau Wassermann

Fri 19 May

Beau Wassermann, played by Joaquin Phoenix in the movie, is mild-mannered but anxious guy who experiences his worst anxieties after his mother passes away suddenly as he sets out on an epic, Kafkaesque journey to get home. That is until he is struck by a car and becomes stuck in the home of the drivers who hit him. We may picture that this sets off a bizarre, painful escape that lasts for a decade and puts Beau face to face with all of his biggest fears.

Director Ari Aster is best known for redefining horror as the deranged genius behind Hereditary and Midsommar. The comedy horror film is said to be more like a Jewish comedy. That strong paranoia and bizarre humour were essential components of the movie’s mood.

FAST X

Vin Diesel and Director Louis Leterrier on the set of FAST X

Fri 19 May

Fast X marks the 10th entry of the Fast & Furious franchise. Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) and his extended family make a comeback for more carnage. The franchise’s core ensemble will return for additional fun in the ninth film. Also expect some unexpected recurrent characters and some entertaining new cast members.

The antagonist of the sequel and the son of Fast Five’s wicked Hernan Reyes, who wants vengeance on Dom and the other characters for the murder of his father, will be played by Jason Momoa. Brian, the son of Dom’s crew, is among the victims of Dante’s targeting of them.

ABOUT MY FATHER

Leslie Bibb as Ellie and Sebastian Maniscalco as Sebastian in About My Father. Photo Credit: Dan Anderson/Lionsgate

Fri 26 May

In this upcoming dramedy, Salvo, an old-school Italian immigrant, insists on joining his daughter’s affluent parents for a weekend after Sebastian informs him that he is about to propose to his American girlfriend.

The main character of the movie is Sebastian (Maniscalco). He is persuaded by his fiancée Leslie Bibb to invite her extremely wealthy and eccentric family (Kim Cattrall, Anders Holm, Brett Dier, David Rasche) to a weekend get-together with his immigrant, hairdresser father Salvo (De Niro). Sebastian and Salvo learn that the best thing about family is everything about family. The weekend turns into what can only be characterised as a culture clash.
Laura Terruso is the director of the film About My Father, which was adapted from a script by Maniscalco and Austen Earl.

THE LITTLE MERMAID

Jonah Hauer-King as Prince Eric and Halle Bailey as Ariel in Disney’s live-action THE LITTLE MERMAID. Photo courtesy of Disney. © 2023 Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Fri 26 May

Renowned Disney animation The Little Mermaid will shortly be released in theatres after receiving the live-action adaptation. Halle Bailey will play the lead role in the movie, which will be helmed by Rob Marshall, who is best known for helming the motion picture musical adaptation of the Broadway play Chicago. Alan Menken, who originally composed the soundtrack for The Little Mermaid, will return to do so and will work with one of the movie’s producers, Lin-Manuel Miranda, to create brand-new songs.

The plot is essentially that in order to see the world above the water and win the heart of a prince, a young mermaid strikes a bargain with a sea witch in which she would exchange her lovely voice for human legs.

Can’t wait for May and want to go to the cinema now? Read our guide to the new films for April, in cinemas now!

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