The Must-Watch Movies In May

500 Days Of Film Reviews May’s Must-See Films

Post-Avengers: Endgame, I now really need to look forward. Having been anticipating the last chapter in the Infinity Saga for so long, I now feel rather lost on the cinema front. What else is there to look forward to…?


However, before we get into May’s film offerings, how was your April? Have you seen Endgame yet? Did you love it (here’s my spoiler-free Avengers: Endgame review)? What other movies did you enjoy watching during this month?  


My April at the cinema started with a trip to see Tim Burton’s remake of Dumbo. While this film had lots of enjoyable spectacle (and Dumbo is very cute), it just didn’t connect with me emotionally.


A complete change of pace followed with The Sisters Brothers. I love the book on which this film is based and really enjoyed the film. The casting (featuring John C. Reilly, Joaquin Phoenix, Riz Ahmed and Jake Gyllenhaal) is superb.


Next up was the fun fest that is Shazam! I had a blast with this movie, which stars Zachary Levi as the titular superhero. In addition to all the silly fun, I also appreciated some of the film's horror touches.


During April, I re-read Pet Sematary in readiness for the new adaptation of the (darker than dark) story by Stephen King. While the film looked good and the cast was strong, Pet Sematary was a disappointment (you can click the link to find out why).


The next film was far from a disappointment. I really enjoyed Wild Rose - largely down to the (often unlikeable, never unloveable) performance from Jessie Buckley. Julie Walters is also wonderful in this movie… not that we would expect anything else.


Avengers: Endgame followed… thanks to my brilliant cinema audience, this film experience will be a tough one to beat. All three hours and one minute flew by and I loved every second. I will need to see it again… and again!


Last but by no means least is Eighth Grade. It seems such a shame that this film is being eclipsed by the Marvel juggernaut. However, if it is showing on a screen near you, do go and see it… films such as this need our support :)


May’s Must Watch Movies!



Long Shot 

Director: Jonathan Levine 

Starring: Seth Rogen, Charlize Theron, O'Shea Jackson Jr., Andy Serkis, June Diane Raphael, Bob Odenkirk, Alexander Skarsgard


Vox Lux 

Director: Brady Corbet 

Starring: Natalie Portman, Jude Law, Stavey Martin, Christopher Abbott, Raffey Cassidy 


FRIDAY 10 MAY 2019


Amazing Grace 

Director: Alan Elliott, Sydney Pollack 

Starring: Aretha Franklin, Reverand James Cleveland, C.L.Franklin


High Life 

Director: Claire Denis 

Starring: Robert Pattinson, Juliette Binoche, Mia Goth, Andre Benjamin


Pokemon Detective Pikachu 

Director: Rob Letterman 

Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Justice Smith, Kathryn Newton, Suki Waterhouse, Omar Chaparro, Chris Geere, Ken Watanabe, Bill Nighy


Where Hands Touch 

Director: Amma Asante 

Starring: Amanda Stenberg, George Mackay, Abbie Cornish, Christopher Eccleston


FRIDAY 17 MAY 2019



John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum 

Director: Chad Stahelski 

Starring: Keanu Reeves, Halel Berry, Laurence Fishburne, Marck Dacascos, Asia Kate Dillon, Lance Reddick




Ad Astra

Director: James Gray

Starring: Brad Pitt, Ruth Negga, Tommy Lee Jones, Jamie Kennedy and Donald Sutherland



Director: Guy Ritchie

Starring: Will Smith, Naomi Scott, Billy Magnussen



Director: Dexter Fletcher 

Starring: Taron Egerton, Jamie Bell, Richard Madden, Gemma Jones and Bryce Dallas Howard


FRIDAY 24 MAY 2019


John McEnroe: In The Realm Of Perfection 

Director: Julien Faraud Starring: John McEnroe, Ivan Lendl, Mathieu Amalric


The Secret Life Of Pets 2

Director: Chris Renaud, Jonathan Del Val 

Starring: Patton Oswalt, Eric Stonestreet, Kevin Hart


XY Chelsea 

Director: Tim Travers Hawkins


MONDAY 27 MAY 2019




Director: Olivia Wilde 

Starring: Kaitlyn Dever, Beanie Feldstein, Jason Sudeikis, Billie Lourd




Godzilla: King Of The Monsters 

Director: Michael Dougherty

Starring: Kyle Chandler, Vera Farmiga, Milly Bobby Brown, Charles Dance, Sally Hawkins, Bradley Whitford, Thomas Middleditch, Aisha Hinds 


FRIDAY 31 MAY 2019


A Vigilante 

Director: Sarah Dagger-Nickson 

Starring: Olivia Wilde, Morgan Specktor



Director: Tate Taylor 

Starring: Octavia Spencer, Luke Evans, Missi Pyle, Juliette Lewis


Over To You…

What movies did you most enjoy in April? What films are you planning to see in May?


Let me know in the comments section below or over on Twitter. You can find me @500DaysOfFilm.

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