Top 10: Most Anticipated Film Releases Coming in May

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Another month, another slate of films to dive into! While fans are still drying their eyes from Avengers: Endgame,” there’s more in store this month. Netflix will be streaming new titles, film festival favorites will finally hit theaters, and there’s no shortage in big box office juggernauts. Below are ten of the most anticipated titles for the month. Leave a comment on what titles you may be looking forward to.

“The Sun Is Also a Star” (2019)
dir. Ry Russo-Young

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Nicola Yoon, who wrote the novels “Everything, Everything” and “The Sun Is Also a Star,” will now have both books adapted for the screen. The former was released in 2017, while the latter is prepped to release later this month. The young adult novel follows the story of Natasha, a Jamaican-American girl, who falls in love with Daniel, a Korean-American boy, on the day her family is to be deported. Yoon’s story, directed here by Ry Russo-Young, thoughtfully examines love and fate, as they clash and coexist. Among the confines of time, the two characters also confront common prejudices. The film stars Yara Shahidi and Charles Melton and hits theaters May 17.

“Wine Country” (2019)
dir. Amy Poehler

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A group of longtime girlfriends takes a weekend trip to Napa Valley where they’ll celebrate one of their own’s 50th birthday. In her first feature-length effort, Amy Poehler directs and stars in this sizzling comedy about female friendship, the good times and tensions that rise to the surface. “Friendship is a trip,” and in the upcoming film, these funny ladies will be having a wine-laden ball. Poehler stars alongside comedy powerhouses Tina Fey, Maya Rudolph, Maya Erskine, Rachel Dratch, Paula Bell, and Jason Schwartzman. “Wine Country” is written by Liz Cackowski (“The Last Man on Earth”) and Emily Spivey (“Saturday Night Live”). The comedy hits Netflix’s streaming platform on May 10.

“Long Shot” (2019)
dir. Jonathan Levine

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“Long Shot,” starring Seth Rogen and Charlize Theron, is a romantic comedy with quirky political chops to boot. It stars Rogen as the scruffy Fred Flarsky, a crude and droll investigative journalist whose publication is bought out by a media tycoon. Soon he comes in contact with Charlotte Field (Theron), presidential hopeful and Fred’s babysitter from their youth. The stars seem to have aligned, as Charlotte asks Fred to be her speechwriter on the campaign trail.

Directed by Jonathan Levine (“50/50,” “Warm Bodies”), the upcoming comedy is bound to have a sharp wit and great chemistry between its two stars. Theron can do drama and comedy with ease, while Rogen, who hasn’t dabbled into drama as frequently as his comedic turns, can find a nice middle ground with Theron on screen. “Long Shot” comes out in theaters May 3.

“Godzilla: King of the Monsters” (2019)
dir. Michael Dougherty

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The marketing for “Godzilla: King of the Monsters” has felt like poetic foreshadowing. There’s no doubt the film is going to be of epic proportion. As the gargantuan Godzilla rises to the occasion after other titans emerge onto Earth, the cryptozoological agency Monarch must stand by as the titans fight it out across the Earth. The film is directed by Michael Dougherty, who’s helmed “Krampus” and “Trick ’r Treat.” The film stars Millie Bobby Brown, Kyle Chandler, Vera Farmiga, and Bradley Whitford. Fans will see Godzilla clash with Mothra, Rodan and King Ghidorah in theaters May 31.

“Pokémon Detective Pikachu” (2019)
dir. Rob Letterman

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Somehow, molding Ryan Reynolds’ voice into the iconic Pokémon Pikachu, just works. The film has become a hot ticket since the trailers premiered and show no sign of lackluster. “Pokémon Detective Pikachu” will even fare well with some noir fans and the Pokémon fandom alike. Rob Letterman directs the film with previous credits including “Shark Tale” and “Monsters vs. Aliens.” This take on the world of Pokémon could very well pay off, especially overseas. The film stars Ryan Reynolds, Justice Smith and Kathryn Newton and hits theaters May 10.

“John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum” (2019)
dir. Chad Stahelski

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Keanu Reeves returns as John Wick, the highly-skilled assassin who has a penchant for revenge. In Chad Stahelski’s “John Wick: Chapter 3- Parabellum,” audiences find the reformed assassin as he’s on the run from the $14 million price on his head. He’s just killed one of his guild’s own at the turn of the previous chapter and is off to face the consequences. For the adrenaline-fueled action, these films have given audiences, fans are in good hands if Reeves is pumping out another Wick appearance. Along with Reeves, the film stars Halle Berry, Ian McShane, Asia Kate Dillon, Laurence Fishburne, and Jerome Flynn. The third chapter in the John Wick series hits theaters May 17.

“The Souvenir” (2019)
dir. Joanna Hogg

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Joanna Hogg’s “The Souvenir” premiered at Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, and it marks the director’s fourth film to be released theatrically. Hogg writes and directs the film, which follows a young film student in the ‘80s who becomes romantically involved with an enigmatic, stubborn man. The film stars Honor Swinton-Byrne, Tilda Swinton and Tom Burke. A24 acquired distribution rights to “The Souvenir” with the film arriving just 12 years after Hogg’s directorial and screenwriting debut, “Unrelated.” Hogg’s latest film will release in theaters May 17.

“Brightburn” (2019)
dir. David Yarovesky

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“He’s not here to save the world.” In what is bound to be a curious R-rated film, David Yarovesky’s “Brightburn” takes the center of an alternate Superman origin story. Produced by James Gunn (“Guardians of the Galaxy”) and Kenneth Huang, “Brighburn” follows the story of a couple who parent a baby who’s fallen mysteriously from the skies. As the child grows, he begins to develop unique abilities, inviting the boy’s sinister motives. The film stars Elizabeth Banks, David Denman, and Jackson A. Dunn. The dark superhero tale is written by Brian and Mark Gunn and flies into theaters May 24.

“Booksmart” (2019)
dir. Olivia Wilde

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Olivia Wilde’s directorial debut“Booksmart,” which premiered at SXSW to great acclaim, looks to be a sharp-witted coming-of-age tale. The story is about two best friends and academic stars who vow to have the fun they missed out on in high school in the final days before graduation. Amy and Molly take the fun on their own terms, with Wilde’s directorial debut written by Katie Silberman, along with Susanna Fogel, Emily Halpern, and Sarah Haskins. The film stars Kaitlyn Dever, Beanie Feldstein, Billie Lourd, Lisa Kudrow, and Jason Sudeikis. “Booksmart” hits in theaters May 24.

dir. Dexter Fletcher

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Dexter Fletcher, the director who had to pick up the pieces left on the production of “Bohemian Rhapsody,” returns to the musical genre with the Elton John biopic “Rocketman.” Starring Taron Egerton as the iconic singer and songwriter, the film chronicles his rise to fame and struggles from his early beginnings, into the peak of his popularity. The film stars Egerton, Richard Madden, Bryce Dallas Howard, and Jamie Bell. Simply by the trailers, Egerton’s charisma is infectious, which bodes well for the film’s draw among fans of all ages. “Rocketman” sings its way into theaters May 31, following its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival.

What are your most anticipated May releases? Comment below!


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Written by Jessica Peña

Jessica Peña studied journalism at Volunteer State Community College before she began writing about film on a personal blog that sprouted from an electronic media course. She is now a film journalist for Awards Circuit, as well as a content editor and writer for the UK-based site JumpCut Online. She also loves the Child's Play/Chucky franchise with no end in sight.


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