Flashforward: May’s Most Anticipated Films

May is half-over but here are six movies to check out this month (and three to avoid):

Movie of the MonthCaptain America: Civil War

Release date: May 6, 2016

Director: Joe and Anthony Russo (Captain America: The Winter Soldier; Arrested Development (TV); You, Me and  Dupree)

Starring: Chris Evans, Robert Downey, Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Emily VanCamp, Don Cheadle, Jeremy Renner, Chadwick Boseman, Paul Bettany, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Rudd, Frank Grillo, Daniel Brühl, William Hurt

The Lobster

Release date: May 15, 2016

Director: Yorgos Lanthimos

Starring: Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz, Jessica Barden, Olivia Colman, Ashley Jensen, Ariane Labed, Angeliki Papoulia, John C. Reilly, Léa Seydoux, Michael Smiley

High Rise

Release date: May 18, 2016 (UK), September 13, 2015 (TIFF)

Director: Ben Wheatley

Starring: Tom Hiddleston, Jeremy Irons, Sienna Miller, Luke Evans, Elisabeth Moss, James Purefoy, Keeley Hawes

X-Men: Apocalypse

Release date: May 27, 2016

Director: Bryan Singer

Starring: James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Oscar Isaac, Nicholas Hoult, Rose Byrne, Tye Sheridan, Sophie Turner, Olivia Munn, Lucas Till

Last Days in the Desert

Release date: May 13, 2016 (US), January 25, 2015 (Sundance)

Director: Rodrigo García

Starring: Ewan McGregor, Tye Sheridan, Ciarán Hinds, Ayelet Zurer

Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising

Release date: May 20, 2016

Director: Nicholas Stoller

Starring: Seth Rogen, Zac Efron, Rose Byrne, Chloë Grace Moretz, Dave Franco, Ike Barinholtz

Check out the Flashback/Backslide review of the original HERE.


Money Monster

Reviewed HERE by Tom at Digital Shortbread

Release date: May 13, 2016

Director: Jodie Foster

StarringGeorge Clooney, Julia Roberts, Jack O’Connell

Angry Birds

Release date: May 20, 2016 (US)

Director: Fergal Reilly and Clay Kaytis

Starring: Jason Sudeikis, Josh Gad, Danny McBride, Maya Rudolph, Kate McKinnon, Sean Penn. Tony Hale. Keegan-Michael Key. Bill Hader. Peter Dinklage

Alice Through the Looking Glass

Release date: May 27, 2016 (US)

Director: James Bobin

Starring: Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway, Mia Wasikowska, Rhys Ifans, Helena Bonham Carter, Sacha Baron Cohen, Alan Rickman, Stephen Fry, Michael Sheen, Timothy Spall

6 thoughts on “Flashforward: May’s Most Anticipated Films

  1. Man I saw Money Monster and I really really enjoyed it. It’s getting a hard ride I don’t know why. . . but I agree with the rest here for sure. The Angry Birds movie looks utterly stOOPid


    • I’ve been burying my head in the sand a bit with Money Monster. Something about a trailer with George Clooney staring into the camera crying out against bank fraud turned me off early on. We usually get a few movies per year with big celebrities featured in movies that are somewhat issues based. The Big Short played it well last year and I liked that movie fairly well. The more blatant/direct ones can be tiresome. That made the talking into the camera a red flag plus I could see Roberts and Clooney using the movie as a podium or megaphone. I’m glad to see I was so wrong.

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      • No, I wouldn’t say you’re wrong at all. I even mention the fact that Jodie Foster’s choice of cast here makes it a little harder to buy into the sincerity of what’s going on. But I think where I thought it benefitted and managed to overcome the MANY cliches it was building on, was Jack O’Connell. He is fairly new on my radar and I have to say I’ve liked everything he’s been in so far and though I haven’t seen Unbroken yet he’d be the reason I would I think. Clooney and Roberts are good here though, their reputations serve them well.


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