7 Biggest Movies of May 2017

Movies of May 2017

Which movies should you have on your radar this month?

The month of May is here, and the with Summer hitting the northern hemisphere (and winter easing its way down here in the Republic), the release schedule is beginning to heat up. This May sees the return of some of Marvel’s motley heroes, a terrifying space creature which has haunted our dreams for decades, and everyone’s favourite bumbling pirate. Here’s our picks for the movies releasing in May 2017:

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

Release date: 5 May 2017

The undeniably charming Guardians of the Galaxy gets its highly-anticipated sequel this month, which will continue the thread of Marvel’s intergalactic misfit heroes. Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, and Dave Bautista reprise their roles, with Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel returning to voice Rocket and Groot respectively. Kurt Russell is also set to make an appearance, although there’s some mystery surrounding his role, along with Sylvester Stallone coming aboard. Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn returned to helm this one, which will see the film take an important step in moving the MCU into the meat of Phase 3 to link up with the Avengers: Infinity War Part 1.

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword

Release date: 12 May 2017

Guy Richie makes his directorial return with King Arthur: Legend of the Sword – a gritty reboot of sorts for the classic story of King Arthur’s origin. The film stars Pacfic Rim‘s Charlie Hunnam, along side Astrid Bergès-Frisbey, Djimon Hounsou, Aidan Gillen, Jude Law, and Eric Bana. The fantasy adventure film explores the influence and events that unfold after Arthur gets his hands on Excalibur, along with some serious family drama that he’s dealing with along the way. It looks to be an interesting and fresh take on the popular tale, and with Richie’s successful reboot of Sherlock Holmes, we have high hopes for this one.

Alien: Covenant

Release date: 19 May 2017

The anticipated follow-up to Prometheus arrives this month, with Michael Fassbender and Noomi Rapace reprising their roles from the first film, while director Ridley Scott once again steps behind the camera. Alien: Covenant tells the story of the crew of the colony ship Covenant that lands on a remote planet where an android named David David (Fassbender) is the sole inhabitant. Katherine Waterston, Danny McBride, Jussie Smollett, Demian Bichir, Callie Hernandez, Alexander England also star. The film is being touted as far scarier than Prometheus, harking back to the original high-tension Alien trilogy, and of course, given the name, the sequel will tie up with the original Alien films in a much more cohesive way.

The Founder

Release date: 19 May 2017

irected by John Lee Hancock (Saving Mr. Banks), The Founder features the true story of how Ray Kroc (Michael Keaton), a struggling salesman from Illinois, met Mac and Dick McDonald, who were running a burger operation in 1950s Southern California. Kroc was impressed by the brothers’ speedy system of making the food and saw franchise potential. Writer Robert Siegel (The Wrestler) details how Kroc maneuvered himself into a position to be able to pull the company from the brothers and create a billion-dollar empire. The film also stars Laura Dern as Ray Kroc’s first wife Ethel; John Carroll Lynch as Mac McDonald and Nick Offerman as Dick McDonald.

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales

Release date: 26 May 2017

Johnny Depp returns as Captain Jack Sparrow with Geoffrey Rush back on board as Barbossa, Orlando Bloom resurfacing as Will Turner, and a terrifying new adversary, Captain Salazar, played by Javier Bardem, in the mix for another Pirates of the Caribbean adventure. After being hunted down by his old nemesis, Captain Jack’s only hope of survival lies in seeking out the legendary Trident of Poseidon, a powerful artefact that bestows upon its possessor total control over the seas.


Release date: 26 May 2017

We’re fans of psychological thrillers, and Unforgettable could be one of those diamonds in the rough this month. In Unforgettable, Heigl stars as Tessa Connover, who is barely coping with the end of her marriage when her ex-husband, David (Stults), becomes happily engaged to Julia Banks (Rosario Dawson). Fuelled by jealousy and rage, Tessa’s anguish takes a pathological turn until she will stop at nothing to turn Julia’s dream into her ultimate nightmare.

Song to Song

Release date: 26 May 2017

Song to Song has been flying under the radar, but it has the cast to end up being something memorable. Starring Christian Bale, Michael Fassbender, Ryan Gosling, Natalie Portman, Rooney Mara, Cate Blanchett, Val Kilmer, Benicio Del Toro, and Holly Hunter, Song to Song is a modern love story set against the Austin, Texas music scene. Two entangled couples—struggling songwriters Faye (Mara) and BV (Gosling), and music mogul Cook (Fassbender) and the waitress whom he ensnares (Portman) — chase success through a rock ‘n’ roll landscape of seduction and betrayal.

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