WTM?’s What’s on: May Cinema Releases (UK)

May your month be blessed with many a cinema trip…


I Feel Pretty

Director: Abby Kohn, Marc Silverstein
Cast: Amy Schumer, Michelle Williams, Emily Ratajkowski
Release date: May 4

Amy Schumer stars as a woman who wakes after a fall believing she is the most beautiful woman on the planet. Cue a sense of empowerment, confidence, and a bikini contest, of course. In other words, my Saturday night…


The Strangers: Prey at Night

Director: Johannes Roberts
Cast: Christina Hendricks, Martin Henderson, Bailee Madison, Lewis Pullman
Release date: May 4

Knocking, killing, and Bonnie Tyler. Read WTM?’s review here.


Lean On Pete

Director: Andrew Haigh
Cast: Charlie Plummer, Steve Zahn, Steve Buscemi, Chloë Sevigny
Release date: May 4

Boy and beast bond in Andrew Haigh’s touching tale of companionship. Lean on Pete is the name of the fading race horse – if it were Red Rum, this film might have quite a different feel…


Life of the Party

Director: Ben Falcone
Cast: Gillian Jacobs, Melissa McCarthy, Debby Ryan
Release date: May 10

After a marriage breaks down, middle-aged mum, Melissa McCarthy makes a return to college to finally finish her degree. This has (im)mature student written all over it!


Sherlock Gnomes

Director: John Stevenson
Cast: Johnny Depp, Emily Blunt, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Caine, Mary J. Blige
Release date: May 11

You’ve seen the ingenious posters; but can the film live up to the marketing?



Director: Coralie Fargeat 
Cast: Matilda Anna Ingrid Lutz
Release date: May 11

No one does visceral horror quite like the French. Rape and revenge is on the agenda here, as the hunter becomes the hunted when a female victim returns to exact bloody retribution upon the men who so violently assaulted her.



Director: Andrew Niccol
Cast: Clive Owen, Amanda Seyfried
Release date: May 11

A month at the cinema in the twenty-teens wouldn’t be complete without a generous dollop of sci-fi – Netflix sci-fi that is. In this futuristic entry, the world is free from anonymity and crime, but the security is soon threatened by a mysterious Amanda Seyfried.


Breaking In

Director: James McTeigue
Cast: Gabrielle Union, Billy Burke
Release date: May 11

You know the drill. Innocent family; abrupt home invasion; some serious ass-whooping. With Breaking In, let’s hope we won’t be breaking out – of the cinema screening, that is.


How to talk to Girls at Parties

Director: John Cameron Mitchell
Cast: Elle Fanning, Nicole Kidman, Ruth Wilson, Alex Sharp
Release date: May 11

Judging by the title alone, this is the film I’ve been waiting for – and been needing – my entire adolescent life. I’ll be taking a full pad of paper and 12 pens to this one…



Director: José Padilha
Cast: Rosamund Pike, Daniel Brühl
Release date: May 11

Based on the true story of the 1976 hijacking of an Air France flight en route to Paris in Entebbe, Uganda, José Padilha’s tale of counter terrorism and hostage rescue is sure to be one hell of a nail-biter. Plus, with Rosamund Pike and our man of the moment Daniel Brühl heading up the cast, this has the potential to be one of 2018’s greats.


The Cured

Director: David Freyne
Cast: Ellen Page, Sam Keeley
Release date: May 11

Let’s face it, zombies have been done to death. The whole end of the world, flesh-eating undead thing has infected our TV and cinema screens for many a year. This time around, however, there’s a sharp dose of social pertinence when a cure to the zombie disease causes frictions between the once-infected and the rest of society. This one looks fleshy in more ways than one.


Deadpool 2

Director: David Leitch
Cast: Ryan Reynolds, Josh Brolin, Zazie Beetz
Release date: May 15

All you spandex-wearing, sword-wielding, foul-mouthed folk, this one’s for you!



Director: Wim Wenders
Cast: Alicia Vikander, James McAvoy
Release date: May 18

Starring James McAvoy and Alicia Vikander as the central duo, Submergence has romance, followed by deep-sea dives and imprisonment by jihadist fighters. I wonder if they knew what they were in for when they first swiped right…


On Chesil Beach

Director: Dominic Cooke
Cast: Saoirse Ronan, Emily Watson, Anne-Marie Duff
Release date: May 18

Based on Ian McEwan’s novel, a young couple in 1960’s England first find idyllic romance; but imminent tensions and a fateful wedding night lurk on the horizon. It’s got the wonderful Saoirse Ronan though, so it’s not all doom and gloom!


Solo: A Star Wars Story

Director: Ron Howard
Cast: Alden Ehrenreich, Emilia Clarke, Woody Harrelson, Donald Glover
Release date: May 24

The one all you Nerf Herders have been waiting for. Will production hell make for one hell of a movie? We shall see…


Show Dogs

Director: Raja Gosnell
Cast: Alan Cumming, Stanley Tucci, Will Arnett
Release date: May 25

A macho police dog is tasked with going undercover as a glam show pup in a prestigious show to help avert disaster from happening. Woof…


The Breadwinner 

Director: Nora Twomey
Cast: Saara Chaudry, Soma Chhaya
Release date: May 25

Get a loaf of this! This striking, emotional film about female heroism in Afghanistan looks as though it could take the animated film sphere by storm with its beautifully crafted colour pallet and visuals. Plus, it’s got Angelina Jolie as Executive Director.




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