5 Movies We Can’t Wait to See in May 2019
From Sharon Cuneta’s first horror movie role to Ryan Reynolds as the most famous Pokémon
Think entertainment post-Avengers: Endgame is doomed to come to a standstill? Well, think again. Hot off the heels of the billion-dollar MCU hit, we’ve already got our eye on some standout summer movies. A light comedy, something kid-friendly and the Filipino-made movie to see this season: the strengths of May’s movie lineup lie in its variety but offer up something more.
There’s the return of Academy Award winner Charlize Theron in an unlikely rom com pairing with comedian Seth Rogen. Then there’s Aladdin, the highly anticipated live-action adaptation of the Disney classic. Back home, horror fanatics have Kuwaresma to look forward to as well, an Erik Matti (BuyBust, On the Job and Honor Thy Father) directed masterpiece touted as his scariest film yet.
All these and more are just about to get into full swing. And with a major premiere happening each week, expect an action and excitement-packed May. Here, our top movie picks for the month ahead and five reasons to head back to the cinemas.
Starring: Charlize Theron, Seth Rogen, June Diane Raphael, O'Shea Jackson Jr., Bob Odenkirk
A contender for rom com of the year, Long Shot is the refreshing break we need from the cookie-cutter format deployed by recent romantic comedies.
The Jonathan Levine directed movie brings together an out-of-the-workforce journalist Fred Flarsky (Seth Rogen) and the United States Secretary of State Charlotte Field (Charlize Theron), two polar-opposite adults bound by a childhood experience––Field was once Flarsky’s babysitter. The two, after reuniting, decide to work together: a goofy, newly-minted speech writer for potentially one of the most powerful women in the country.
In cinemas: May 8
Pokémon Detective Pikachu
Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Justice Smith, Kathryn Newton, Bill Nighy, Chris Geere, Suki Waterhouse
The Nintendo 3DS video game springs to life in the first-ever live-action adaptation of Pokémon.
Set in Ryme City, Pokémon Detective Pikachu follows the adventure of 21-year-old Tim Goodman (Justice Smith), a former Pokémon trainer who finds himself answering the call to solve the mystery surrounding his estranged father’s disappearance. He must work alongside Pikachu (Ryan Reynolds) to uncover the truth and crack the case.
In cinemas: May 9
Starring: Sharon Cuneta, John Arcilla, Kent Gonzales, Pam Gonzales, Guila Alvarez
Consider this the family horror drama of the summer. Kuwaresma is the spine-chilling tale of Luis (Kent Gonzales), who travels back home from college upon learning about the death of his twin sister Manuela (Pam Gonzales). Unnerved by the tight-lipped demeanor of his parents Arturo (John Arcilla) and Rebecca (Sharon Cuneta), he sets out to get answers…but not before experiencing violent hauntings by his dear twin. Luis eventually comes face-to-face with the malevolent history of the place he calls home and the dark past of his family that goes with it.
In cinemas: May 15
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Starring: Mena Massoud, Naomi Scott, Will Smith, Marwan Kenzari, Navid Negahban
Disney’s 1992 animated film Aladdin gets the Guy Ritchie (The Man from U.N.C.L.E., Sherlock Holmes and Snatch) treatment in this live-action adaptation.
Aladdin (Mena Massoud) who’s lived his whole life on the streets stumbles into adventure and, along the way, across a magic lamp with a genie (Will Smith) inside. With an opportunity to wish his way into a better life, he encounters Princess Jasmine (Naomi Scott), a member of the royal family steadfast about going against the grain.
In cinemas: May 24
Godzilla: King of the Monsters
Starring: Millie Bobby Brown, Vera Farmiga, Sally Hawkins, Charles Dance, Bradley Whitford, Ziyi Zhang
Godzilla: King of the Monsters picks up where its 2014 prequel leaves off and sees crypto-zoological agency Monarch coming face-to-face with an eco-terrorist group. The scientists along with the rest of the human race are caught in the middle of the battle of monsters as Godzilla squares off with Mothra, Rodan and his nemesis, the three-headed King Ghidorah. The fate of humanity hangs in the balance.
In cinemas: May 30
We’re definitely blocking off our May weekends for these flicks. Plan on doing the same?
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