I'm a little behind this month, but here are the movie releases I'm looking forward to in May. These are all theatre releases because there appear to be no good movies coming out on DVD this month.
Being released today (May 2) is The Amazing Spider-Man 2
We've always known that Spider-Man's most important conflict has been within himself: the struggle between the ordinary obligations of Peter Parker and the extraordinary responsibilities of Spider-Man. But in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Peter Parker finds that his greatest battle is about to begin.
It's great to be Spider-Man (Andrew Garfield). For Peter Parker, there's no feeling quite like swinging between skyscrapers, embracing being the hero, and spending time with Gwen (Emma Stone). But being Spider-Man comes at a price: only Spider-Man can protect his fellow New Yorkers from the formidable villains that threaten the city. With the emergence of Electro (Jamie Foxx), Peter must confront a foe far more powerful than he. And as his old friend, Harry Osborn (Dane DeHaan), returns, Peter comes to realize that all of his enemies have one thing in common: Oscorp.
I love a good superhero movie. And I really like Andrew Garfield as Spider-Man. Put those together and add Emma Stone, and I'm sold. I liked the first Amazing Spider-Man and I'm excited to see what the second installment has in store.
Released May 16 is Million Dollar Arm
In a last ditch effort to save his career as a sports agent, JB Bernstein (Jon Hamm) concocts a scheme to find baseball's next great pitching ace. Hoping to find a young cricket pitcher he can turn into a Major League Baseball star, JB travels to India to produce a reality show competition called "Million Dollar Arm." With the help of a cantankerous but eagle-eyed retired baseball scout (Alan Arkin) he discovers Dinesh (played by Madhur Mittal from 'Slumdog Millionaire') and Rinku (played by Suraj Sharma from 'Life of Pi'), two 18-year-old boys who have no idea about playing baseball, yet have a knack for throwing a fastball. Hoping to sign them to major league contracts and make a quick buck, JB brings the boys home to America to train. While the Americans are definitely out of their element in India - the boys, who have never left their rural villages - are equally challenged when they come to the States. As the boys learn the finer points of baseball - JB, with the help of his charming friend Brenda (Lake Bell) - learns valuable life lessons about teamwork, commitment and what it means to be a family.
I probably won't end up watching this in theatres (I'm very protective with my money when it comes to spending it on movies in theatres haha) but it looks like an interesting movie.
Coming out May 23 is another Marvel release, X-Men: Days of Future Past
The ultimate X-Men ensemble fights a war for the survival of the species across two time periods in 'X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST.' The beloved characters from the original 'X-Men' film trilogy join forces with their younger selves from the past, 'X-Men: First Class,' in order to change a major historical event and fight in an epic battle that could save our future.
Yay more X-Men! That's really all I have to say haha. It'll be fun to see the old and new characters in the same movie.
And finally, being released May 30 is Maleficent
From Disney comes 'Maleficent'- the untold story of Disney's most iconic villain from the 1959 classic 'Sleeping Beauty.' A beautiful, pure-hearted young woman, Maleficent has an idyllic life growing up in a peaceable forest kingdom, until one day when an invading army threatens the harmony of the land. Maleficent rises to be the land's fiercest protector, but she ultimately suffers a ruthless betrayal-an act that begins to turn her pure heart to stone. Bent on revenge, Maleficent faces an epic battle with the invading king's successor and, as a result, places a curse upon his newborn infant Aurora. As the child grows, Maleficent realizes that Aurora holds the key to peace in the kingdom - and perhaps to Maleficent's true happiness as well.
I like how this is sort of a remake but not. Obviously like the synopsis says, Sleeping Beauty came out in 1959, but they're not just making another Sleeping Beauty. This is the other side of the story. One that I would say the creators have a little more freedom with telling, because people have nothing to compare it to. I think Angelina Jolie will be a fabulous Maleficent, but I'm not as sold on Elle Fanning as Aurora. Either way, I think it will be an interesting movie to see.
So, those are the movie releases I'm looking forward to this month. What movies are you excited to see?