There’s something for everyone to love at the movies this summer, including a brand new “Avengers” movie, a new installment in the “Terminator” franchise, and of course, those adorable “Minions.”
Here’s a sneak peek at what’s due out in theaters for the May kickoff of the official ‘blockbuster’ movie season. Note that release dates may change.
AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON
PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi action, violence and destruction, and for some suggestive comments | In Theaters 5/1 | Ok for Kids 13+ | Disney, Marvel | Reel Preview: 4.5 of 5 Reels.
This epic follow-up to the biggest superhero movie of all time finds Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.) trying to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program. But things go awry and Earth’s mightiest heroes, including Iron Man, Captain America (Chris Evans), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), The Incredible Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), are put to the ultimate test as the fate of the planet hangs in the balance. When the villainous Ultron (James Spader) emerges, it’s up to The Avengers to stop him, as uneasy alliances form.
Along with Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) and Cobie Smulders (Agent Maria Hill), the team reassemble to defeat the terrifying techno-villain. Along the way, they encounter two powerful newcomers, Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen) and Pietro Maximoff (Aaron Taylor-Johnson), and meet an old friend in a new form known as Vision (Paul Bettany).
FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD
PG-13 for some sexuality and violence | In Theaters 5/1 | Ok for Kids 13+ | Fox Searchlight | Reel Preview: 4 of 5 Reels.
Based on the literary classic by Thomas Hardy, this romantic drama is directed by Thomas Vinterberg and follows the story of independent, beautiful and headstrong Bathsheba Everdene (Carey Mulligan), who attracts three very different suitors: Gabriel Oak (Matthias Schoenaerts), a sheep farmer, captivated by her fetching willfulness; Frank Troy (Tom Sturridge), a handsome and reckless Sergeant; and William Boldwood (Michael Sheen), a prosperous and mature bachelor. This timeless story of Bathsheba’s choices and passions explores the nature of relationships and love – as well as the ability to overcome hardships through resilience and perseverance.
PITCH PERFECT 2
PG-13 for innuendo and language | In Theaters 5/15 | Ok for Kids 13+ | Universal | Reel Preview: 4.5 of 5 Reels.
The Barden Bellas are back in this follow-up to 2012’s smash hit. This time, the collegiate a cappella group is singing in an international competition that no American team has ever won. Directed by Elizabeth Banks, co-star and producer of “Pitch Perfect,” the movie stars Brittany Snow, Anna Kendrick, Katey Sagal, Anna Camp, Rebel Wilson, Alexis Knaff, Adam DeVine and Hailee Steinfeld.
PG for sequences of sci-fi action violence and peril, thematic elements, and language | In Theaters 5/22 | Ok for Kids 10+ | Disney | Reel Preview: 4 of 5 Reels
From Disney comes two-time Oscar winner Brad Bird’s riveting adventure starring Academy Award winner George Clooney. Bound by a shared destiny, former boy- genius Frank (Clooney), jaded by disillusionment, and Casey (Britt Robertson), a bright, optimistic teen bursting with scientific curiosity, embark on a danger-filled mission to unearth the secrets of an enigmatic place somewhere in time and space known only as “Tomorrowland.”
What they must do there changes the world — and them — forever. Also stars Judy Greer, Tim McGraw, Hugh Laurie, and Kathryn Hahn.
PG-13 for intense disaster action and mayhem throughout, and brief strong language | In Theaters 5/29 | Ok for Kids 13+ | New Line, Warner Bros., Village Roadshow | Reel Preview: 4 of 5 Reels.
It’s been a while since we’ve had a good disaster movie, and I love disaster movies! Especially starring Dwayne Johnson! After the infamous San Andreas Fault finally gives, triggering a magnitude 9 earthquake in California, a search and rescue helicopter pilot (Johnson) and his estranged wife (Carla Gugino) make their way together from Los Angeles to San Francisco to save their only daughter (Alexandra Daddario). But their treacherous journey north is only the beginning.
Directed by Brad Peyton (“Journey 2: The Mysterious Island”), this action thriller also stars Kylie Minogue, Ioan Gruffudd, Archie Panjabi and Paul Giamatti.
What do you think about these movies due out in May? Sound off in the comments section below!
JANE’S REEL RATING SYSTEM
One Reel – Even the Force can’t save it.
Two Reels – Coulda been a contender.
Three Reels – Something to talk about.
Four Reels – You want the truth? Great flick!
Five Reels – Wow! The stuff dreams are made of.
Jane Boursaw is a well-known film critic and editor-in-chief of Reel Life With Jane. Images used with permission of the studios and distributors.