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“Captain America: Civil War” and “The Nice Guys”: Films to see in May

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Ahoy! Whether you can believe it or not, we’re officially done with a full third of the year folks. I’ll be doing a run down of the best of the first third later on this week, but that’s looking back, and today we’re looking forward. As such, I have once again taken the opportunity of the first part of a new month to go over some new releases worth looking out for. It’s May now, so much like the seasons are still evolving, so to are the films coming out. Yes, we’re almost at blockbuster time, give or take if you’re steadfast in waiting to christen that in June, with the overt studio dumping ground in the rearview mirror. We might even start to see some awards hopefuls begin to hit theaters sporadically. Time will tell in that regard, but it’s actually a fairly encouraging part of the year. This month might not immediately jump out at you, quality wise, much like last month, but looks again can be deceiving, especially in this case. Read on to find out what I mean by that…

Here now are what I feel are the ten best bets for May’s cinematic viewing options:

10. Being Charlie – I know we haven’t seen Rob Reiner really knock it out of the park in some time, but I’m actually somewhat optimistic about this one. I have a link that I haven’t watched yet, though I know I’ll get around to it soon enough. The political undertone to this one is in Reiner’s wheelhouse, so hopefully this is a return to form for him. Fingers crossed, at least.

9. A Bigger Splash – I’m seeing this one later today and I must say, I’m looking forward to it. Reviews from colleagues have been solid, while the cast is pretty top notch, headlined by Tilda Swinton. I might be writing more about this one later on this week, depending on how I feel about it, so stay tuned there. If there’s something to be said, I’ll surely say it to you all.

8. Maggie’s Plan – I’ve already seen this flick, way back at last year’s New York Film Festival. It’s a charming enough indie rom com, with a solid cast, including Greta Gerwig, Ethan Hawke, and Julianne Moore, that helps to elevate a sometimes generic story. It’s nothing to go crazy over, but it played at NYFF for a reason. Little things in Rebecca Miller’s film set it apart, so keep an eye out for it.

7. X-Men: Apocalypse – There isn’t quite as much hype for this new sequel as you might expect, but that doesn’t mean a whole lot. I suspect it will still be a huge hit, and I’m kind of interested in how Oscar Isaac plays the title villain. Especially if this is the last go around for some of the players, including Jennifer Lawrence, it could do some huge business. We shall see…

6. Money Monster – I really liked the Trailer for this conspiracy thriller, though I admit that I’m a sucker for whenever Bruce Springsteen music is effectively utilized. Jodie Foster is an underrated filmmaker too, so I trust in her to deliver something good. The Beaver, for example, is criminally under seen. Sit tight for more on this one once I see it.

5. Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising – As a fan of the first one, I’m totally game for a sequel. Zac Efron and Seth Rogen absolutely nailed their parts, making for a memorable comedy. A sequel isn’t necessary at all, but all things considered, it should still make for a good time. Flipping from fraternity shenanigans to sorority shenanigans should be a boost too.

4. Weiner – Tomorrow I see this documentary on a certain politician who should have avoided Twitter. Anthony Weiner fascinates me to no end, so I’m really looking forward to this inside look at his campaign. The doc won an award at the Sundance Film Festival, so this might even be an under the radar early Academy Award contender. I can’t wait for Tuesday morning.

3. The Lobster – This is one of my favorite films of the year so far, without question. I’ll have plenty more to say about it later on this month, but for now just know that all the hype is justified. It’s weird, touching, and very unique. Colin Farrell is excellent in Yorgos Lanthimos’ latest near masterpiece. Count on me writing more about this one in a few weeks…

2. Captain America: Civil War – We’re only a few days out now from this super sequel hitting theaters. I plan to write up something more substantial in a day or two, but I’m sure you all know about this one. Honestly, I’m especially looking forward to seeing Tom Holland debut as Spider-Man, but the enthusiastic early word has me just excited in general.

1. The Nice Guys – Easily one of the movies I’m most looking forward to over the rest of the year, this could be an absolute riot. Shane Black is a top notch filmmaker, I love Ryan Gosling in basically anything, and the Trailers so far have been a hoot. I’d be shocked if it’s not tremendous. Stay tuned, since once I see it, I might just have to come back and rave about it…

Honorable Mentions: Alice Through the Looking Glass, The Angry Birds Movie, Dheepan, High-Rise, Last Days in the Desert, and Love & Friendship

Be sure to check out these various films all throughout the month of May!

About Joey Magidson

A graduate of Stony Brook University (where he studied Cinema and Cultural Studies), resides in Brooklyn, New York. He contributes to several other film-related websites and is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association.

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