We’re coming up on summer blockbuster season and, in some cases, the party is arriving a little early. May presents a nice little starter of some great movies. Whether you’re into comedy, drama or big Hollywood movies, there’s a little bit of everything this month!
“Overboard” (May 4)
This remake of the 1987 Goldie Hawn rom-com is the perfect jumping off point to a promising summer of movies! Spoiled and selfish Leonardo (Eugenio Derbez), a billionaire and Kate (Anna Faris), a working class single mom, find their paths hilariously crossed when Leonardo falls overboard from his yacht and gets amnesia. Kate remembers his unjustly firing her from a cleaning job and a refusal to pay her and she seizes the opportunity to teach him a lesson! Read my review here.
“RBG” (May 4)
Directed by Betsy West and Julie Cohen, “RBG” offers a previously unseen look into the life of the notorious 84-year-old U.S. Supreme Court Justice. Justice Ginsburg is equal parts remarkable legal legacy and snappy cultural icon. This documentary will be flying under the radar, with limited release, but promises a story and a presentation that just can’t be missed.
“Life of the Party” (May 11)
When her husband dumps her, dedicated housewife Deanna (played by Melissa McCarthy) decides to go back to college… in the same class and school as her daughter. McCarthy’s Deanna intends to make up for lost time by getting the very most out of her college experience! When Melissa McCarthy is involved, you know it’s gonna be a good time. This really looks like a role that suits her and this looks like a film that you absolutely can’t miss!
“Breaking In” (May 11)
Suspenseful thriller? Sign me up! Gabrielle Union stars as a mother who is on a mission to rescue her two children, that are being held in an impenetrable house. No trap, trick, or man can match a mama protecting her children. This has got some serious “Acrimony” and “ The Perfect Man” vibes. It’s gonna be dramatic. Some ass is getting kicked. And I can’t wait to see it!
“Deadpool 2” (May 18)
Of course you had made up your mind to go to this one! It’s superhero movie meets hilarious must-see comedy. Ryan Reynolds captured lightning in a bottle with his original performance in “Deadpool” and we’re all excited to see if lightning strikes twice! Not convinced? Take a look at the film’s “synopsis”: “After surviving a near fatal bovine accident, a disfigured cafeteria chef struggles to fulfill his dream of becoming Mayberry’s hottest bartender… Wade must battle ninjas, and a pack of sexually aggressive canines, as he journeys around the world to discover the importance of family, friendship, and flavor – finding a new taste for adventure and earning the coveted coffee mug title of World’s Best Lover.”
All rise to salute “Deadpool” and their marketing team!
“Book Club” (May 18)
Take your mom out to this one… or maybe you had better not. “Book Club” boasts a star-studded cast of Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda, Candice Bergen, and Mary Steenburgen; four silver foxes that are feeling a major slump in their respective sex lives. Their world is turned upside down when they read “50 Shades of Grey” and the girls get their groove back. With a cast like this, I DARE you to try and not have a good time!
“Pope Francis – A Man of His Word” (May 18)
Keeping it educational here, this documentary prides itself not on being a biographical depiction of the beloved Pope but rather a personal journey. The film is built upon a foundation of the Pope’s ideas and messages. “Pope Francis” is a rarity in that it is co-produced by the Vatican and offers a rare opportunity, in which the Pope addresses the camera (audience) directly.
“Solo: A STAR WARS Story” (May 25)
Oh boy!! A rocky start in filming has finally taken off and we’re now inbound for a galaxy far, far away with director Ron Howard. Through a series of daring escapades, Han Solo befriends his future copilot, Chewbacca, and meets Lando Calrissian. The dream team is coming together, y’all! It’s a STAR WARS movie. It’s gonna be the movie that everyone is talking about. If you’re a regular on this site, you’re probably the type of person who has very strong opinions in this area. Need I say more? Go out and see it!
What movie are you looking forward to this month? Let us know in the comments below!
Caitlin is a lean, mean writing machine based in Austin, TX. Her love of film began when she was shown “Rosemary’s Baby” way too early in life. Bylines include The Financial Diet and Film Inquiry. Caitlin is a member of the Online Association of Female Film Critics and the Women Film Critics Circle.