You may still be reeling from Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Endgame, but May is marching on with a pretty decent slate of movies. From action-thrillers like Hotel Mumbai and Godzilla: King of the Monsters, to Disney’s live-action Aladdin and a subversive superhero movie produced by Guardians of the Galaxy alumni James Gunn – there’s something that you’ll surely want to watch.

 

Hotel Mumbai

Release date: May 2, 2019
Cast: Dev Patel, Armie Hammer, Jason Isaacs, Nazanin Boniadi, Anupam Kher
Genre: Drama/Thriller

Academy-award nominee Dev Patel stars in Hotel Mumbai. Photo credit: IMDB

Based on the true events, Hotel Mumbai recounts the 2008 siege of the famed Taj Mahal Palace Hotel in Mumbai, India by a group of terrorists. Director Anthony Maras brings the horrific event to life, focusing on the stories of the guests and staff trapped inside Taj Hotel for days as four armed terrorists wreaked havoc, killing at random. Among the dedicated hotel staff is the renowned chef Hemant Oberoi (Anupam Kher) and a waiter (Dev Patel) who chose to risk their lives to protect their guests. As the world watches on, a desperate couple (Armie Hammer and Nazanin Boniadi) is forced to make unthinkable sacrifices to protect their newborn child.

 

Blank (Hindi)

Release date: May 3, 2019
Cast: Sunny Deol, Karan Kapadia, Ishita Dutta
Genre: Drama/Mystery

Speak and you shall be forgiven. Photo credit: In.com

Director Behzad Khambata makes his directorial debut with action-thriller Blank, starring veteran actor Sunny Deol as the ATS Chief SS Dewan, who leads a team to save the country from extremists. 25-year-old Hanif (Karan Kapadia) is tasked to carry out a massive multiple suicide bomb attack alongside 24 other suicide bombers in the city of Mumbai. Finding Hanif will lead to the whereabouts of the locations of the other 24 bombs. The ATS has to crack this complex case or else the country is in danger.

 

Uyare (Hindi)

Release date: May 3, 2019
Cast: Parvathy Thiruvothu, Asif Ali, Tovino Thomas, Siddique, Prathap Pothen
Genre: Drama/Thriller

Attention! Photo credit: IBTimes

Drama-thriller Uyare has been receiving positive reviews for its inspirational story. It features Parvathy Thiruvothu as Pallavi Raveendran, an aspiring pilot who has had big aviation dreams since her youth. But the cruellest act from her lover shatters her dreams, leaving her stuck in this toxic relationship with an over-possessive man. Uyare (meaning “heights” or “high” in Malayalam) is a moving, beautiful and powerful story of human will and the inner strength to succeed and soar.

 

Pokemon Detective Pikachu

Release date: May 9, 2019
Cast: Ryan Reynolds, Justice Smith, Kathryn Newton, Ken Watanabe
Genre: Adventure/Fantasy

“Pika, pika”. Do you understand me? Photo credit: IMDB

Gotta catch em’ all! Pokemon Detective Pikachu is an upcoming live-action fantasy movie directed by Rob Letterman. The storyline is separate from the mainline video games and anime series. Starring Ryan Reynolds as the voice and facial motion capture of the titular character, the hyper-realistic live-action movie also features a diverse cast of Pokemon characters such as Snorlax, Jigglypuff and Psyduck.

A 21-year-old Tim (Justice Smith) sets out to find out the reason behind his father’s disappearance. To aid in his search is his Pokemon partner, Pikachu, a wise-cracking and adorable Pokemon who is a puzzlement even to himself. Finding that they are on the same unique wavelength which enables them to understand each other, Tim and Pikachu join forces on a thrilling adventure to unravel the tangled mystery.

 

The Hustle

Release date: May 9, 2019
Cast: Anne Hathaway, Rebel Wilson, Tim Blake Nelson, Ingrid Oliver
Genre: Comedy

Time for revenge? Photo credit: IMDB

The Hustle is a gender-swapped remake of the 1988 comedy Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, in which two down-and-out con artists engage in a “loser leaves town” contest. The new comedy stars Anne Hathaway and Rebel Wilson as two scam artists – one low rent and the other high class – who team up to take down the dirty rotten men who have wronged them.

 

Brightburn

Release date: May 9, 2019
Cast: Elizabeth Banks, David Denman, Jackson A. Dunn, Matt Jones, Meredith Hagner
Genre: Horror

Superhero gone rogue. Photo credit: IMDB

Produced by James Gunn (director of Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy) from a script written by his brother Brian and cousin Mark Gunn, Brightburn is a sinister and subversive take on the superhero genre – superhero horror.

A kind-hearted couple adopts an alien baby who crash-landed on Earth, but the troubled child soon develops incredible powers it uses for sinister reasons.

 

John Wick: Chapter 3

Release date: May 16, 2019
Cast: Keanu Reeves, Halle Berry, Laurence Fishburne, Mark Dacascos, Asia Kate Dillon, Lance Reddick
Genre: Action/Adventure

John Wick is back. Photo credit: IMDB

Keanu Reeves is back as the super assassin John Wick in the third instalment of the adrenaline-fueled action franchise. With a$14 million price tag on his head and an army of bounty hunters on his trail, Wick is forced to fight his way out of New York City. After killing a member of the shadowy international assassin’s guild, the High Table, John Wick has been given a one-hour grace period before he’s “excommunicado” – meaning that his membership will be revoked and he is banned from all services. He is forced to seek the help from a hitwoman (Halle Berry) who still trusts him.

 

A Dog’s Journey

Release date: May 16, 2019
Cast: Marg Helgenberger, Betty Gilpin, Henry Lau, Kathryn Prescott, Dennis Quaid, Josh Gad
Genre: Family

“Here doggie, doggie…” Photo credit: YouTube

Dog lovers, this is one movie you have been waiting for. A Dog’s Journey is based on the novel of the same name and is the sequel to A Dog’s Purpose (2017), featuring Josh Gad (voice of Bailey the dog), Dennis Quaid, Marg Helgenberger and Henry Lau.

Set after the events of the first film, Bailey lives his happy life on the Michigan farm of his “boy” Ethan, his wife Hannah, and their granddaughter Calista Jane “CJ”. The problem is that CJ’s mom (Betty Gilpin) decides to take and steal CJ away. As Bailey’s soul prepares to leave this life for a new one, he makes a promise to Ethan to find and protect CJ at any cost. Thus begins an adventure with CJ filled with love, friendship, heartbreak and a few good belly rubs.

 

The Sun Is Also A Star

Release date: May 16, 2019
Cast: Yara Shahidi, Charles Melton, John Leguizamo
Genre: Drama/Romance

Fall in love in a day. Photo credit: IMDB

Based on the Young Adult (YA) novel of the same name written by Nicola Yoon, The Sun Is Also A Star features Yara Shahidi, Charles Melton as a young couple in a modern day story about finding love against all odds.

College-bound romantic Daniel Bae and Jamaica-born pragmatist Natasha Kingsley meet and fall for each other over one magical day amidst the fervour and flurry of New York City. Sparks immediately fly between these two strangers, who might never have met had fate not given them a little push. Natasha is fighting against her family’s deportation as fiercely as she’s fighting her budding feelings for Daniel, who is working just as hard to convince her they are destined to be together.

 

Disney’s Aladdin

Release date: May 23, 2019
Cast: Will Smith, Mena Massoud, Naomi Scott, Marwan Kenzari, Navid Negahban, Nasim Pedrad, Billy Magnussen, Numan Acar
Genre: Action/Adventure

What will your three wishes be? Photo credit: IMDB

A whole new world imagined in Disney’s Aladdin, the much-anticipated live-action musical fantasy film, a remake of Disney’s 1992 animated classic. The exciting tale tells the story of the charming street rat Aladdin (Mena Massoud), the courageous and self-determined Princess Jasmine (Naomi Scott ) and the Genie (Will Smith) who may be the key to their future. Aladdin hopes to win the heart of Princess Jasmine, but isn’t able to do it alone without magical assistance from the Genie for a magical carpet ride.

 

The Intruder

Release date: May 23, 2019
Cast: Michael Ealy, Meagan Good, Joseph Sikora, Dennis Quaid
Genre: Thriller

Dennis Quaid is the creepy dude in The Intruder. Photo credit: IMDB

Psychological thriller The Intruder tells a story about a young married couple (Michael Ealy and Meagan Good) who buy their dream house in the Napa Valley. They think that they have found the perfect home and want to start a family right away. But when the strangely attached seller (Dennis Quaid) continues to infiltrate their lives, they begin to suspect that he has hidden motivations beyond a quick sale.

 

Godzilla: King Of The Monsters

Release date: May 30, 2019
Cast: Vera Farmiga, Millie Bobby Brown, Ken Watanabe, Sally Hawkins, Kyle Chandler, Bradley Whitford
Genre: Action/Adventure

Ready to fight the titans. Photo credit: IMDB

Godzilla: King Of The Monsters will be the 35th film in the Godzilla franchise and the sequel to 2014’s Godzilla. It is also the third film in Legendary’s MonsterVerse and stars Vera Farmiga, Millie Bobby Brown, Ken Watanabe and Sally Hawkins.

The new story follows the heroic efforts of the crypto-zoological agency Monarch as its members face off against a battery of god-sized monsters, including the mighty Godzilla, who collides with other titans like Mothra, Rodan, and his ultimate nemesis, the three-headed King Ghidorah. When these ancient super-species, initially thought to be mere myths – rise again, they all vie for supremacy, leaving humanity’s very existence hanging in the balance.

 

The Secret Life Of Pets 2

Release date: May 30, 2019
Cast: Lake Bell, Hannibal Buress, Dana Carvey, Harrison Ford, Tiffany Haddish, Kevin Hart, Pete Holmes
Genre: Animation

“Woof. Woof! Save me?” Photo credit: IMDB

The fun-loving talking pets from The Secret Life Of Pets (2016) are back in this animated sequel directed by Chris Renaud and co-directed by Jonathan Del Val. The film depicts the lives of our pets lead after we leave for work or school each day. In this follow-up, Jack Russell Terrier Max (Patton Oswalt) faces some major changes after his owner Katie (Ellie Kemper) gets married. She now has a child named Liam, whom he becomes overly protective of. On a family trip to the countryside, Max meets a farm dog named Rooster (Harrison Ford in his first animated film role), and both attempt to overcome their fears.

Eric Stonestreet, Kevin Hart, Jenny Slate and Lake Bell reprise their roles from the film, whilst new cast members include Tiffany Haddish and Nick Kroll.

 

Sources: IMDB, IBTimes, in.com, YouTube

 

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