New movies in May include “Captain America: Civil War,” “Alice Through the Looking Glass,” “X-Men: Apocalypse” and “The Angry Birds Movie.” Here’s a sneak peek at all the new movies in theaters in May. Note that release dates are subject to change.
CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR
Not yet rated; likely PG-13 | In Theaters 5/6 (2D, 3D, IMAX) | Ok for Kids 13+ | Disney/Marvel | Reel Preview: 4 of 5 Reels
This installment in the popular Marvel franchise finds Steve Rogers leading the newly formed team of Avengers in their continued efforts to safeguard humanity. But after another incident involving the Avengers results in collateral damage, political pressure mounts to install a system of accountability, headed by a governing body to oversee and direct the team. The new status quo fractures the Avengers, resulting in two camps. One is led by Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) and his desire for the Avengers to remain free to defend humanity without government interference. The other follows Tony Stark’s (Robert Downey, Jr.) surprising decision to support government oversight and accountability. Directed by Anthony Russo and Joe Russo, this movie also stars Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie and Jeremy Renner.
A BIGGER SPLASH
Rated R for graphic nudity, some strong sexual content, language and brief drug use | In Theaters 5/13 | Ok for Kids 17+ | Fox Searchlight | Reel Preview: 3.5 of 5 Reels
In “A Bigger Splash,” rock legend Marianne Lane (Tilda Swinton) is recuperating on the volcanic island of Pantelleria with her partner Paul (Matthias Schoenaerts). When iconoclast record producer and old flame Harry (Ralph Fiennes) unexpectedly arrives with his daughter Penelope (Dakota Johnson), he interrupts their holiday, bringing with him an A-bomb blast of nostalgia from which there can be no rescue. Directed by Luca Guadagnino, “A Bigger Splash” is a sensuous portrait of desire, jealousy and rock and roll, under the Mediterranean sun.
Rated PG-13 for thematic elements, some disturbing violence, brief sensuality and language | In Theaters 5/13 | Ok for Kids 14+ | High Top Releasing | Reel Preview: 3.5 of 5 Reels
From the director of the cult classic, “Wolf Creek,” Greg McLean, comes this supernatural thriller. As a family returns home from vacation at the Grand Canyon, they innocently bring home a supernatural force that preys on their own fears and vulnerabilities, threatening to destroy them from within, while consuming their lives with terrifying consequences. Kevin Bacon, Radha Mitchell, Lucy Fry and David Mazouz star in this horror flick.
Not yet rated | In Theaters 5/13 | Ok for Kids 14+ | TriStar/Sony | Reel Preview: 4 of 5 Reels
In this high stakes thriller, George Clooney and Julia Roberts star as financial TV host Lee Gates and his producer Patty. The pair find themselves in an explosive situation when an irate investor who has lost everything (Jack O’Connell) forcefully takes over their studio. During a tense standoff broadcast to millions on live TV, Lee and Patty must work furiously against the clock to unravel the mystery behind a conspiracy at the heart of today’s fast-paced, high-tech global markets. Directed by Jodie Foster, this movie also stars Giancarlo Esposito and Dominic West.
THE ANGRY BIRDS MOVIE
Rated PG for rude humor and action | In Theaters 5/20 | Ok for Kids 7+ | Columbia/Sony | Reel Preview: 3 of 5 Reels
In this 3D animated comedy, we’ll finally find out why those birds are so angry! The story takes us to an island populated entirely by happy, flightless birds – well, mostly. In this paradise, Red (voiced by Jason Sudeikis), a bird with anger issues, speedy Chuck (Josh Gad), and the volatile Bomb (Danny McBride) have always been outsiders. But when the island is visited by mysterious green piggies, it’s up to these unlikely outcasts to figure out what the pigs are up to. Directed by Fergal Reilly and Clay Kaytis, this cute family movie also features the voices of Maya Rudolph, Kate McKinnon and Keegan Michael Key.
NEIGHBORS 2: SORORITY RISING
Not yet rated; likely R | In Theaters 5/20 | Ok for Kids 7+ | Universal | Reel Preview: 4 of 5 Reels
Now that Mac (Seth Rogen) and Kelly Radner (Rose Byrne) have a second baby on the way, they’re ready to make the final move into adulthood: the suburbs. But just as they thought they’d reclaimed the neighborhood and were safe to sell, they learn that the new occupants next door are a sorority even more out of control than Teddy (Zac Efron) and his brothers ever dreamed of being. Tired of their school’s sexist, restrictive system, the unorthodox ladies of Kappa Nu have decided to start a house where they can do whatever they want. When Shelby (Chloe Grace Moretz) and her sisters, Beth (Kiersey Clemons) and Nora (Beanie Feldstein), find the perfect place just off campus, they won’t let the fact that it’s located on a quiet street stand in their way of parties as epic as the guys throw. The Radners retaliate by bringing in their secret weapon – Teddy.
THE NICE GUYS
Rated R for violence, sexuality, nudity, language and brief drug use | In Theaters 5/20 | Ok for Kids 17+ | Columbia/Sony | Reel Preview: 4 of 5 Reels
Oscar winner Russell Crowe and Oscar nominee Ryan Gosling star in this action comedy from director Shane Black, who also directed “Kiss Kiss Bang Bang” and “Iron Man 3.” The story takes place in 1970s Los Angeles, when down-on-his-luck private eye Holland March (Gosling) and hired enforcer Jackson Healy (Crowe) must work together to solve the case of a missing girl and the seemingly unrelated death of a porn star. During their investigation, they uncover a shocking conspiracy that reaches up to the highest circles of power. This movie also stars Matt Bomer, Kim Basinger, Ty Simpkins and Keith David.
ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS
Rated PG for fantasy action/peril and some language | In Theaters 5/27 (2D, 3D, IMAX 3D) | Ok for Kids 8+ | Disney | Reel Preview: 4 of 5 Reels
Featuring the unforgettable characters from Lewis Carroll’s beloved stories, this sequel to 2010’s “Alice in Wonderland” finds Alice (Mia Wasikowska) returning to the whimsical world of Wonderland. She’s spent the past few years following in her father’s footsteps and sailing the high seas. Upon her return to London, she comes across a magical looking glass and returns to the fantastical realm of Wonderland and her friends the White Rabbit (Michael Sheen), Absolem (Alan Rickman), the Cheshire Cat (Stephen Fry) and the Mad Hatter (Johnny Depp). But the Hatter has lost his Muchness, so Mirana (Anne Hathaway) sends Alice on a quest to borrow the Chronosphere, a metallic globe inside the chamber of the Grand Clock which powers all time. Returning to the past, she crosses paths with friends and enemies at different points in their lives, and embarks on a perilous race to save the Hatter before time runs out.
Not yet rated; likely PG-13 | In Theaters 5/27 | Ok for Kids 13+ | 20th Century Fox | Reel Preview: 4 of 5 Reels
Following 2014’s smash hit “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” director Bryan Singer returns with this installment in the “X-Men” franchise. Since the dawn of civilization, Apocalypse, the first and most powerful mutant, has amassed the powers of many other mutants, becoming immortal and invincible. Upon awakening after thousands of years, he’s disillusioned with the world and recruits a team of powerful mutants, including a disheartened Magneto (Michael Fassbender), to cleanse mankind and create a new world order, over which he will reign. As the fate of the Earth hangs in the balance, Raven (Jennifer Lawrence) with the help of Professor X (James McAvoy) must lead a team of young X-Men to stop their greatest nemesis and save mankind from complete destruction. This movie also stars Oscar Isaac, Nicholas Hoult and Rose Byrne.
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.
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