13 must-see movies hitting cinemas in May
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From comedy bro-downs to epic fantasy fare, from country music biopics to video game adaptations, May has plenty to offer for cinema fans.

Those who like their dialogue heavy dramas are just as well catered for as those with a penchant for a bit more CGI spectacle, and you may even be tempted to put your phone down just long enough to catch Angry Birds.

Here are some of the most promising films to look out for.

Bad Neighbours 2

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Out May 6

The sequel to 2014’s noisy-house-next-door comedy sees Seth Rogen teaming up with former rival Zac Efron to tackle a similarly party crazy pad; only this time the offenders are a gaggle of girls led by Chloe Grace-Moretz’ scheming sorority leader.

I Saw The Light

Tom Hiddleston

Out May 6

Tom Hiddleston takes on Hank Williams in this biopic looking at the country music legend, which has already picked up rave reviews since releasing in America in March.

Knight of Cups

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Out May 6

Terrence Malick is a fairly sure thing in delivering evocative arthouse cinema, and Knight of Cups – his latest – features a strong ensemble cast, with Christian Bale as its central character. Natalie Portman and Cate Blanchett are among the other names featuring among eight complex chapters.

Angry Birds

Angry Birds Movie feature

Out May 13

When it was announced that an Angry Birds movie was in the works, we couldn’t really see how the birds vs. pigs mobile game would translate to the big screen. Things look promising though (if a little like your standard animation fare), so we’re hoping for a pleasant surprise.

Everybody Wants Some!!

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Out May 13

Director Richard Linklater describes this tale of 80s college baseball players as a spiritual successor to his Dazed and Confused, so we’re probably in safe hands. Sure, it wasn’t shot over 12 years like the amazing Boyhood, but Linklater is one of the most consistent directors in cinema right now.

Green Room

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In cinemas May 13

This edgy thriller features Patrick Stewart as a maniacal club owner who decides to dispense of a young punk band on his premises after they witness a murder. This is a fresh and surprising role for Stewart, in an ultra-tense film.

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X-Men: Apocalypse

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Out May 18

The X-Men films need very little introduction, and the last couple of releases featuring a ‘younger’ cast have been absolutely ace. This looks set to continue the trend, with Oscar Isaac’s Apocalypse forcing mutants everywhere to unite against his higher power.

A Hologram for the King

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Out May 20

After an amazing turn in Bridge of Spies last year, Tom Hanks is back in this adaptation of Dave Eggers’ 2012 novel of the same name. Hanks stars as Alan Clay, a washed-up corporate businessman who has had no success on a trip to Saudi Arabia to propose a business complex.

Sing Street

Sing Street

Out May 20

This musical-comedy has been getting a fair amount of attention (and some cracking reviews) since premiering at the Sundance Film Festival earlier in the year. Set in Dublin, it tells the story of a boy starting a band (the titular Sing Street) to impress a girl, and looks to be rib-tickling stuff.

Alice Through The Looking Glass

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Out May 27

Tim Burton’s Alice In Wonderland reboot was a pretty striking affair back in 2010, and though he’s not back to direct (that honour goes to James Bobin), he is on board as producer. Featuring the same wonderful art style and an array of intriguing characters, this one should tear up the box office.

Money Monster

Money Monster

Out May 27

George Clooney plays an outspoken finance expert for a TV news channel, whose day is ruined when viewer Kyle Budwell storms the studio and takes the presenter hostage after taking some bad monetary advice. Directed by Jodie Foster, early trailers indicate a suspenseful, compelling affair.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out Of The Shadows

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out Of The Shadows

Out May 30

The first Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie divided viewers, and this one looks like it could do the same. Then again, we’ve got WWE wrestler Sheamus as the villainous Rocksteady, so it’ll be interesting to see how the Irishman handles his first big Hollywood role. The next Dwayne Johnson? Maybe not…

Warcraft: The Beginning

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Out May 30

Far removed from his thinky sci-fi piece Moon, Duncan Jones turns to epic scale fantasy for this film based on the popular Warcraft video games. The trailers have already gotten fans’ backs up by soundtracking everything with pounding electro, but we’re hoping the finished product’s large scale swords and sorcery wins out.

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