With summer on its way we begin to head towards some of the most anticipated movie releases of the year. This month could be one where the guys are at the cinema more than the girls as Men in Black III, Battleship, and The Dictator are all set to hit the big screen within the next few weeks.
May 4th 2012
Director: Joss Whedon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel).
The first big movie release of the month will have lovers of Marvel Comics queuing out the doors. The latest superhero movie sees some of the most popular characters team up to defend the planet from the evil Loki and his army. With an all-star cast including Robert Downey Jr. and Scarlett Johansson, it is sure to be one of the higher grossing films of the year.
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May 11th 2012
May 11th 2012
Director: Tim Burton (Beetlejuice, Edward Scissorhands).
It’s another film for Team Burton, Depp, Bonham-Carter and Elfman and on this adventure we meet Barnabus Collins (Depp) a 200-year-old vampire who finds himself in the disco days of the 70’s, after being imprisoned underground by an evil witch. He returns to his former home where his descendants are now living and struggles to come to terms with the technological advances of the 70’s as well as the re-appearance of the very witch who cursed him in the first place. Hopefully this film will live up to the expectations that come with such a well-known team and provide us with another Tim Burton film to add to our list of favourites.
May 18th 2012
Director: Peter Berg (Friday Night Lights, Hancock).
Another one for the guys here and its Rihanna’s first big screen appearance. Judging by the trailer, Rihanna spends most of her time standing about looking pretty but it’s easy to be sceptical about her acting skills and with Liam Neeson (Taken) and Alexander Skarsgard (True Blood) as co-stars she will have a lot to live up to. Battleship follows the story of an alien army that is found under the sea by naval officers during a training exercise. In the usual sci-fi action film format the aliens then commence war against the humans for unknown reasons. Although the plot seems to be nothing new, from the looks of the trailer the special effects are quite amazing and teaming these with an interesting cast choice could make Battleship a rather enjoyable watch.
May 23rd 2012 (UK) May 18th 2012 (USA)
What to Expect When You’re Expecting
Director: Kirk Jones (Nanny McPhee, Everybody’s Fine)
Now onto the comedy of the month with a cast that includes many household names and some of my favourite actors. This film’s cast alone is enough to attract the audiences with Cameron Diaz (In Her Shoes), Jennifer Lopez (Monster in Law), Dennis Quaid (The Parent Trap), Chris Rock (Madagascar), Anna Kendrick (Twilight), Matthew Morrison (Glee), Joe Manganiello (True Blood), and Chace Crawford (Gossip Girl) all making an appearance. Inspired by the book of the same name, What to Expect When You’re Expecting follows the lives of five couples that are all connected to each other in different ways, think Love Actually but with pregnant hormonal women. By the looks of the trailer even the guys will be able to enjoy this film as comedy is provided for them by a Hangover-style group of newbie Dads known as ‘The Dudes’. A perfect film for couples.
May 25th 2012
Men in Black III
Director: Barry Sonnenfeld (The Addams Family, Men in Black)
Last but not least is the highly anticipated Men in Black III which features another singer turned actor crossover this time starring Lady Gaga and Nicole Scherzinger, (Justin Bieber is also rumoured to make an appearance but he has not been mentioned as part of cast on IMDb). In this instalment of the popular franchise we find Agent J (Will Smith) being sent back in time to prevent Agent K (Josh Brolin and Tommy Lee Jones) from being assassinated by an evil alien in 1969, an event which changed history and put Planet Earth at risk. It has been ten years since the last Men in Black movie and while that’s quite a long wait for a sequel, having a number of celebrity appearances may even attract a whole new generation of fans to the popular series.
Those are my top five films to look out for in May. Check back here next month for my pick of the films in June and with such a number of films that I’m already excited for I’m going to have a tough time narrowing it down to five.Until then TTFN Ta-Ta For Now x