The 5 cinema releases that you need to watch in May

  •  The 5 cinema releases that you need to watch in May

With Hollywood films eyeing-up summer blockbuster season, the films out in May are more intellectual than the festival of action and explosions that will be hitting the cinemas in subsequent months (apart from X-Men, obviously).

So here are our top tips for the films that you will be talking about in May, while you have your thinking cap on...

X-Men: Apocalypse -  20th May

Those pesky mutants are back, and they could be facing the biggest threat to themselves and all of mankind, as the first-ever mutant, Apocalypse, who has caused many of mankind's greatest disasters, rises again with the intention of destroying Professor X and his super-powered pals.

With loads of familiar faces, as well as exciting new mutants, Oscar Isaac plays the all-powerful Apocalypse joined by his 'four horsemen' intent on destroying the world with all of the spectacular special effects and wonderful mutant abilities that you've come to know and love.

Money Monster - 27th May

George Clooney plays a smug TV personality who presents the show 'Money Monster' dishing out stock advice only to find himself and his show being held hostage by a desperate, gun-toting viewer who lost all of his money on a bad tip from the show.

With Brit rising star Jack O'Connell playing the frantic viewer and a great cast including Julia Roberts and Dominic West, this thriller plays on everyone’s' fears regarding the economic crisis and could be one of the surprise hits of 2016.

Our Kind of Traitor - 13th May

Another thriller with an impressive cast as Naomie "Moneypenny" Harris and Ewan McGregor play a couple holidaying in Marrakech who find themselves involved in a Russian money launderer who is seeking sanctuary in London.

The couple find themselves stuck between the Russian Mafia and British Secret Service - neither of whom they can trust.

Adapted from the novel by John le Carré, the author behind Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, The Constant Gardener and more than a few other espionage flicks - Our Kind of Traitor has all the ingredients for a tense and high-quality thriller.

Florence Foster Jenkins - 6th May

The next King's Speech perhaps? Meryl Streep stars as Florence Foster Jenkins, the real-life New York heiress who was determined to be a famous opera singer despite her voice sounding like she was receiving root canal surgery without anaesthetic.

Hugh Grant plays her manager and partner - who wouldn't let FFJ hear what the world had to say about her terrible voice... after the world had heard her terrible voice.

Expect laughs, smiles and those heart-warming tears that you have to subtly wipe away when you think no-one is looking.

Alice through the Looking Glass - 27th May

Alice goes tumbling through a looking glass and finds herself back in the whimsical world of Wonderland only to discover that the evil Lord of Time wants to turn forward the clock and leave Wonderland as a barren, lifeless world.

Along with her old friends including The Mad Hatter, the White Rabbit and the Cheshire Cat, plus some new ones, Alice must retrieve the Lord of Time's magical sceptre to stop him.

With the 2010 live-action Alice in Wonderland landing over $1 billion worldwide, it was only a matter of time before a sequel was released, but with The Muppets director James Bobin taking over Tim Burton in the director's chair, will it have the same magic as the first?

Also out in May

Angry Birds - 13 May

Famous names lend their voices to the cartoon based on the phenomenally successful smartphone game.

Bad Neighbours 2 - 6 May

The Radners go through the same neighbourhood hassles again, but this time it's a ladette-laden sorority that movies next door.

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot - 13 May

Tina Fey plays a war correspondent in Afghanistan and Pakistan, who comes face-to-face with America's War on Terror™ in hilarious fashion.

I Saw the Light - 6 May

Tom Hiddleston plays famed country-western singer Hank Williams in the tale which recounts his rise to fame and then troubled times.

A Hologram for the King - 20 May

Taken from the acclaimed 2010 novel, Tom Hanks plays a washed-up American businessman who travels to Saudi Arabia to make his fortune by selling his idea to a wealthy monarch.

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