Although “Avengers: Endgame,” which opens April 26, will continue to be a big draw at Camana Bay Cinema in May, the United States Memorial Day holiday on the 27th this month will bring with it the traditional summer blockbuster season — and many highly anticipated films.
Memorial Day weekend is widely considered the unofficial start of summer in the United States and in the past, was seen as a prime time to release new films. In recent years, however, studios have released good films even earlier than Memorial Day weekend and this year will see several open in early May, starting with “The Intruder” on May 3. In this psychological thriller, Dennis Quaid plays a man with a mysterious past who can’t let go of his house in Napa Valley that he sells to a young married couple.
In “Long Shot,” also opening on May 3, Seth Rogan plays a journalist who falls for his former babysitter (Charlize Theron), who just happens to be running for president. An unlikely romance develops when he becomes her speech writer on the campaign trail.
On May 10, Anne Hathaway (“The Princess Diaries” and “The Devil Wears Prada”) portrays a scam artist who teams up with Rebel Wilson (“Pitch Perfect” and “Bridesmaids”) in “The Hustle,” a female-centric remake of the 1988 Steve Martin/Michael Caine comedy, “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.”
Also coming on May 10 is “Pokémon: Detective Pikachu,” the first live-action/animated film in the Pokémon film universe. Ryan Reynolds lends his voice to the animated Detective Pikachu character, who, with the help of a real-life human named Tim, played by “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” actor Justice Smith, unravels a mystery in this action comedy.
In a sequel to the 2017 film, “A Dog’s Purpose,” Josh Gad is back as Bailey the Dog in the heartwarming comedy-drama adventure film, “A Dog’s Journey,” opening May 17. This time, after he dies, Bailey embarks on a journey across several lives as several different breeds of dog as he seeks to love and protect his human friends.
Also on May 17, Keanu Reeves returns as super assassin John Wick in the third installment of the film series. The action picks up where “John Wick: Chapter 2” left off, as Reeves must kill his way out of New York City to escape a $14 million global kill-for-hire contract put on him for breaking the Continental Hotel’s rules against killing on site. The film also stars Halle Berry and Laurence Fishburne.
Brad Pitt is out of this world in “Ad Astra” — literally. Pitt plays Roy McBride, an Army Corps engineer who hops on a spaceship and travels through the solar system to find out what happened to his father, played by Tommy Lee Jones, on a failed mission to Neptune 20 years earlier. The film is scheduled to open on May 24, but might be delayed.
Another film scheduled to open on May 24 is the musical fantasy “Aladdin,” Walt Disney Pictures’ live-action remake of the 1992 animated classic of the same name. This time Will Smith takes the role of Genie, voiced by Robin Williams in the first film.
In a monster mash-up to end all monster mash-ups, Godzilla makes his 35th film appearance in “Godzilla: King of the Monsters,” opening on May 31. The film also stars monsters Mothra, Rodan and the three-headed flying dragon monster, King Ghidorah. Kyle Chandler (“Game Night”) and Vera Farmiga (“Up in the Air”) are the human stars of the film.
Following up on the success of last year’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” about former Queen frontman, Freddie Mercury, another biographical musician film, “Rocketman,” opens on May 31. The musical fantasy starring Taron Egerton (“Kingsman: The Secret Service” and “Robin Hood”) follows the early days of Elton John’s career and his eventual musical partnership with Bernie Taupin.
Highlights of the Tuesday night “Classics at the Cinema” features in May include 1967’s “Bonnie and Clyde,” starring Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway, and 1985’s Oscar-winning Best Picture, “Out of Africa,” starring Robert Redford and Meryl Streep.
In the monthly Culture at the Cinema feature on May 18, Gillian Anderson (“X-Files”) and Lily James (“Baby Driver” and “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again”) star in “All About Eve,” recorded live from the West End theatre in London.
The Saturday morning Kids Club features in May include “Yogi Bear” on May 11; “The Rugrats Movie” on May 18; and “Rango” on May 25.