April may have been the month that The Fate of the Furious sped to an easy $1 billion (and counting) worldwide box office gross, but Dominic Toretto and his crew aside, few films managed to connect with audiences. Sure, Colossal earned rave reviews amid its limited theatrical run, but films like Free Fire fell flat, and the Emma Watson-Tom Hanks thriller The Circle debuted behind less prominent releases like How to Be a Latin Lover and Indian film Baahubali 2: The Conclusion. Thankfully, May brings a ton of promising new features to the foreground, including several hotly anticipated franchise films. The 2017 summer movie season is upon us.
So, as always, here are 10 films to check out in May 2017:
Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 2 (Release Date: May 5)
If you even casually visit the site, then you know how much anticipation surrounds Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. The first film proved that Marvel Studios has such powerful goodwill from fans that it can take chances on riskier, more obscure titles and, in the process, transformed characters like Star-Lord, Gamora, Drax, Groot and Rocket Raccoon into household names.
Now that these characters are so beloved, writer/director James Gunn has the task of continuing their story in a way that lives up to its predecessor while expanding the cosmic side of the Marvel Cinematic Universe in fun, surprising ways. After all, this is likely our last chance to catch up with the Guardians prior to that Infinity War we keep hearing about. So here’s hoping those a-holes are up to the challenge.
Check out the latest trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.
3 Generations (Release Date: May 5)
Despite some early controversy surrounding the casting of Elle Fanning in the lead, 3 Generations looks like it will provide an engrossing tale of family and self-discovery from a transsexual perspective. The film tells the story of Ray (Fanning), a teenager who begins to pursue his true identity as a male, and The Weinstein Company campaigned heavily to secure a PG-13 rating for the film.
Released to select theaters this month, 3 Generations delves into the effects Ray’s decision has on his relationships with his mother (Naomi Watts) and grandmother (Susan Sarandon). It’s a story that will likely resonate with many moviegoers who have thus far been severely underrepresented on the big screen and may relate to director Gaby Dellal’s film.
Check out the latest trailer for 3 Generations.
The Lovers (Release Date: May 5)
A24 has a near-flawless track record for intriguing releases, and The Lovers – which arrives in limited release this month – is no exception. From director Azazel Jacobs, the film follows a married couple (Debra Winger and Tracy Letts) who are cheating on each other but find themselves falling in love all over again.
The romantic comedy offers a fresh new take on the complications of love and might serve as shrewd counter-programming to the more expensive Hollywood fare this month will bring. Following its premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival last month, The Lovers is already poised to be a critical darling and could expand into more theaters if word of mouth builds.
Check out the latest trailer for The Lovers.