May is one of the strongest movie months of the year. Filled with sequels to fan favorite properties, the films include the next entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, a long awaited sequel, and the next part of a PBS favorite. There are also plenty of new movies that range from true crime to romantic comedy. Here are some of the movies we are looking forward to this month.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (Theaters: May 6)
The latest entry in the MCU sees horror icon Sam Raimi return to superhero movies. The trailer promises the excitement that MCU fans are accustomed to and it will be interesting to see what direction the franchise is headed in.
Our Father (Netflix: May 11)
True crime seems to have found a permanent place in our daily media consumption. Our Father moves away from grisly serial kidnappings to fertility clinic. Patients came to Donald Cline wanting his help. Instead of inseminating patients with sperm for their desired donor, he used his own. This documentary explores how it has affected the lives of all involved and how Cline remains a free man.
The Innocents (Select theaters, digital, VOD: May 13)
Creepy kids have left a huge impression on horror. The Innocents is a Nordic horror movie about a group of children with mysterious powers. Things start off innocent enough, but it is not long before things take a dark turn.
Pleasure (Theaters: May 13)
Great acting and storytelling mixed with an emotionally powerful story made this uninhibited look at a woman trying to become the biggest star in the adult film industry one of the standouts from Sundance 2021. Gender inequality and race also factor into a movie that holds nothing back.
The Valet (Hulu: May 20)
Samara Weaving has proven herself to be one of the most versatile actors today. From genre to comedy, the Australian actress has been a consistent highlight. Her latest film is a romantic-comedy about a movie star who enlists a parking valet to be her boyfriend. You can guess what happens next, but that should not prevent this rom-com from being lots of fun.
Downton Abbey: A New Era (Theaters: May 20)
The latest installment of the popular franchise sees the Crawley family head to the south of France. Violet has inherited a villa and no one seems to know why. In Downton, a film crew has arrive throwing everything into disarray.
Emergency (Theaters: May 20; Prime Video: May 27)
One of the surprises from this year’s Sundance Film Festival, this poignant comedy examines racial tensions and relations through the lens of a college comedy. Kunle (Donald Elise Watkins) and Sean (RJ Cyler) are set to become the first Black students to finish their college’s Legendary frat party tour. Before they can head out, they make a stop at their house where they find a white girl passed out on the floor. Calling the police seems out of the question due to the optics, but what else can they do?
The Middle Man (Theaters: May 27)
A dark comedy about one of the most unlucky places in America. A small town plagued by accidents hires a middle man to deliver the bad news whenever something goes wrong. It is an absurd premise that can be incredibly funny if it gets the tone down.
Top Gun: Maverick (Theaters: May 27)
After years of delays and rumors, the much anticipated sequel to one of the 1980s most iconic movies finally has a firm release date. The early reviews have been positive and Tom Cruise has been box office gold for decades now. The sequel follows Cruise’s Maverick as he takes a group of Top Gun trainees on a special mission.
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