Best New Films: May

From the latest Star Wars blockbuster to the Amy Schumer film everyone’s already talking about, grab the popcorn and get your film fix with our pick of the very best of the silver screen this month.


A science fiction thriller directed and written by Andrew Niccol (The Truman Show, The Terminal), Anon explores a world where constant surveillance has resulted in zero crime. Enter Amanda Seyfried, a hacker named The Girl. The trailer sees detective Sal Frieland (Clive Owen) getting his eyeballs cut open – not one for the squeamish, then.

In cinemas 11th May

I Feel Pretty

A woman who struggles with feelings of insecurity and inadequacy on a daily basis (Amy Schumer) wakes from a fall believing she’s suddenly the most beautiful and capable woman on the planet. With this newfound confidence, she’s empowered to live her life fearlessly and flawlessly, but what will happen when she realises her appearance never changed? This one has already courted controversy – we’re intrigued to see it.

In cinemas on 4th May

Lean on Pete

Charley (Charlie Plummer), a teen living with his single father, finds work caring for an ageing racehorse named Lean on Pete. When he learns Pete is marked for the slaughterhouse, the two embark on a journey across the States in search of a place to call home. Also stars Steve Buscemi and Chloë Sevigny.

In cinemas 4th May


Marlo (Charlize Theron), an overworked mother of three, is given a night nanny by her brother. Hesitant at first, Marlo comes to form a real bond with the thoughtful, surprising, and sometimes challenging young nanny named Tully (Mackenzie Davis). Written by Diablo Cody (Juno, Young Adult), we’re expecting a film with heart.

In cinemas 4th May

Life of the Party

Dumped by her husband, long-time housewife Deanna (Melissa McCarthy) decides to head back to college. Ending up at the same school as her daughter (no drama there, then), Deanna throws herself into the full campus experience – embracing fun, freedom and frat boys along the way. Gillian Jacobs (Love, Girls), Maya Rudolph (Bridesmaids) and Julie Bowen (Modern Family) bolster the laughs.

In cinemas 5th May

How to Talk to Girls at Parties

Enn (Alex Sharp) and his friends stumble upon a bizarre gathering of teenagers from another planet, visiting Earth to complete a mysterious rite of passage. Together, they embark on a delirious adventure through the punk rock world of 1970s London, inadvertently setting off a series of events that leads to the ultimate showdown between punks and aliens. Nicole Kidman, Elle Fanning, Ruth Wilson and Matt Lucas star.

In cinemas 11th May


Clinging to life in a cell in Africa, Scotsman James (James McAvoy) is brutally interrogated by jihadis. Worlds away, Danielle (Alicia Vikander) prepares to descend into the Arctic Sea. Facing life-or-death ordeals, they must rely on their deep emotional connection, built one year prior after a chance meeting on a beach in France.

In cinemas 18th May

Solo: A Star Wars Story

The first in a series of official prequels, this fast-paced sci-fi thriller takes us through a glut of daring escapades, as young Han Solo (Alden Ehrenreich) meets his future co-pilot Chewbacca and encounters the notorious gambler Lando Calrissian (Donald Glover). Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke and Phoebe Waller-Bridge also star.

In cinemas 25th May

The Seagull

Based on the Anton Chekhov comi-tragic play, The Seagull centres on a circle of friends and lovers in 19th-century Russia, all of whom are in love with the wrong person. Saoirse Ronan, Elisabeth Moss and Annette Bening hit the mark as three very different female leads, while House of Cards star Corey Stoll intrigues as ‘Toast of Moscow’ Boris Trigorin.

In cinemas 11th May

On Chesil Beach

Saoirse Ronan partners up with her Seagull co-star Billy Howle for this Ian McEwan retelling of a tale set in 1962. They play newlyweds Edward and Florence, both in their early 20s and both virgins, who spend their honeymoon preoccupied and terrified by the upcoming consummation of their marriage. Anne-Marie Duff, Emily Watson and Adrian Scarborough also star.

In cinemas 18th May

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