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10 Films to See In May

Written by on May 2, 2013 

After providing an outlook for the summer movie season, it’s time to hone in on the month of May. While the month’s biggest cinema-related event will be the 66th annual Cannes Film Festival – which we’ll be covering in a few weeks – it also marks the beginning of the summer movie season. Mostly featuring sequels, we’ve also got a particularly lavish adaptation and one film that will be hard to top for the next seven months. Check out the rundown below and let us know what you are looking forward to most in the comments.

Matinees: Post Tenebras Lux (5/1), Love is All You Need (5/3), What Maisie Knew (5/3), Pieta (5/17), Populaire (5/17), We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks (5/24), Fast & Furious 6 (5/24), The Hangover Part III (5/24), Now You See Me (5/31), Shadow Dancer (5/31)

10. The East (Zal Batmanglij; May 31st)

Synopsis: An operative for an elite private intelligence firm finds her priorities irrevocably changed after she is tasked with infiltrating an anarchist group known for executing covert attacks upon major corporations.


Why You Should See It: While Zal Batmanglij‘s sophomore effort is not as involving as his stunning debut, Sound of My Voice, it’s still a well-crafted thriller. Produced by Ridley Scott, The East even has studio sensibilities with its ratcheting up of tension and scope until the final moments. With a cast including Brit Marling, Alexander Skarsgård, Ellen Page, Julia Ormond and Patricia Clarkson, it’s more than worth your time. Check out our Sundance review.

9. The Kings of Summer (Jordan Vogt-Roberts; May 31st)

Synopsis: Three teenage friends, in the ultimate act of independence, decide to spend their summer building a house in the woods and living off the land.


Why You Should See It: Clearly influenced by Steven Spielberg‘s early works, with a touch of Wes AndersonThe Kings of Summer has an Amblin-esque approach that’s much appreciated. The film is an examination of the seemingly-eternal feeling of freedom a teenager can possess and what happens when one must face the truths of life. While it could use some tightening, it is a convincing declaration that Jordan Vogt-Roberts has a style like few other directors in this genre, and one can only hope he can bring new life to Hollywood’s conventional comedic landscape. Read our Sundance Film Festival review.

8. Iron Man 3 (Shane Black; May 3rd)

Synopsis: When Tony Stark’s world is torn apart by a formidable terrorist called the Mandarin, he starts an odyssey of rebuilding and retribution.


Why You Should See It: If you were set on seeing Marvel’s latest blockbuster, there’s just about nothing I can say here that would change your mind — and according to our review, there is no reason to convince you otherwise. We’ve been waiting for Shane Black to follow up Kiss Kiss Bang Bang for a great deal of time and we’ll get it anyway we can take it, even if it means Robert Downey Jr. suiting up once again.

7. Sightseers (Ben Wheatley; May 10th)

Synopsis: Chris wants to show girlfriend Tina his world, but events soon conspire against the couple and their dream caravan holiday takes a very wrong turn.


Why You Should See It: Following his twisted Kill List, Ben Wheatley segues into comedic terrotory for his latest film — but his fans have no need to worry, as there’s still an unsettling darkness bubbling beneath the surface of this road trip. With a crescendo of violence, Sightseers is a hilarious and surprisingly emotional adventure that’s unlike anything you’ll see this year. Check out our Cannes review.

6. Star Trek Into Darkness (J.J. Abrams; May 17th)

Synopsis: After the crew of the Enterprise find an unstoppable force of terror from within their own organization, Captain Kirk leads a manhunt to a war-zone world to capture a one man weapon of mass destruction.


Why You Should See It: Before he jumps aboard the Millennium Falcon, J.J. Abrams will be commandeering the Enterprise one more time with this highly-anticipated sequel. We’re eager to see how Benedict Cumberbatch fares as our villain, and while early buzz has been mixed, it’s nice to have Captain Kirk and his crew back.

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