2016 May Movies

Captain America: Civil War (2016)

  • Rating: PG-13
  • -Genre: Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller

This third Captain America film adapts the “Civil War” storyline from Marvel Comics, and sees Steve Rogers and Tony Stark at an impasse over who governs super heroes and how. Captain America: Civil War pits two teams of Avengers against one another and introduces new superheroes Black Panther and Spider-Man.

The divide between the two perceived leaders of the Avengers caused the other members to choose sides. It all started when the UN decided to take control of the superheroes’ involvement in fighting crimes. Steve disagreed with the UN’s proposal while Tony supported the decision. Things turn for the worst when Steve’s friend Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan), also known as the Winter Soldier, becomes the prime suspect in a terrorist bombing.

On Iron Man’s side are Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), War Machine (Don Cheadle) and Vision (Paul Bettany). Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman) joined their side and Tony recruited Spider-Man (Tom Holland). On Captain America’s side are Falcon (Anthony Mackie), Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) and Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen). Bucky also fought alongside them, as did Ant-Man (Paul Rudd) who Falcon recruited.

A short-lived reconciliation happened between Tony and Steve until the former discovered a secret about his past that the latter knew of for some time. The movie ended with Captain America leaving his shield embedded in the Iron Man armor. 

Brothers Anthony and Joe Russo directed the film with screenplay written by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely. Captain America: Civil War is the third installment of the Captain America franchise, and the 13th film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), released on May 6, 2016.

In the post credit scenes, it is shown that Winter Soldier will be kept in a high-grade facility owned by Black Panther in Wakanda. Captain America, Iron Man and the rest of the Avengers will soon be seen in Avengers: Infinity War to be shown in May 2018.

X-Men: Apocalypse (2016)

  • Rating: PG-13
  • -Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy

Worshipped as a god since the dawn of time, the original mutant En Sabah Nur becomes immortal as he gathers the powers of other mutants and awakens after thousands of years in the 1980s. Unimpressed with the state of the world, he gathers a new Four Horsemen (Angel, Magneto, Psylocke, and Storm) to cleanse the world of the weak and lead it. It’s up to the surviving First Class of X-Men and new recruits, led by Raven (Jennifer Lawrence) and Professor X (James McAvoy), to save mankind from Apocalypse.

An ancient and very powerful mutant has awakened and wants to rule the world. En Sabah Nur ruled Egypt in the olden times until some of his worshippers decided to put an end to his rule. After being awakened in 1983 he sees the many changes and does not like that normal humans are ruling the world and mutants are in hiding. He recruits Storm, Psylocke, Angel and Magneto to serve as his four horsemen in his plans to cleanse the world of human which he considers inferior.

X-Men: Apocalypse is the sequel to X-Men: Days of Future Past where a new batch of Marvel Cinematic Universe X-Men were introduced to play the younger selves of the character introduced in 2000, for the first trilogy of the franchise. The film served as a reset to the story viewers have previously known to welcome a retelling of the X-Men adventures.

Actors James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Nicholas Hoult, Lucas Till and Josh Helman reprise their roles as Professor Charles Xavier, Magneto, Beast, Havok and Col. William Stryker respectively. Actresses Jennifer Lawrence and Rose Byrne reprise their roles as Mystique and Moira Mactaggert as well.

Actor Oscar Isaac plays the main villain En Sabah Nur, also known as the ancient mutant Apocalypse. Introduced in the film are Sophie Turner, Tye Sheridan, Kodi  Smit-McPhee, Ben Hardy, Alexandra Shipp and Olivia Munn as Jean Grey, Cyclops, Nightcrawler, Angel, Storm and Psylocke respectively.

The film was made under the direction of Bryan Singer who developed the story alongside Bryan Singer, Simon Kinberg, Michael Doughtery and Dan Harris. Sreenplay was written by Simon Kinberg. Another sequel is in the works titled, X-Men: Dark Phoenix which will deal largely on how the group will deal with the transition to the dark side of their very own, Jean Grey.

X-Men: Dark Phoenix is scheduled to debut on the big screen on November 2, 2018.

The Angry Birds Movie (2016)

  • Rating: PG
  • -Genre: Action, Animation, Comedy

Based on the popular mobile game. When an island home to happy birds is visited by three mysterious pigs, it’s up to three unlikely outcasts to find out what all the pigs are up to.

The Nice Guys (2016)

  • Rating: R
  • -Genre: Crime, Mystery, Thriller

A private eye investigates the alleged suicide of a fading porn star in 1970s Los Angeles and uncovers a conspiracy.

Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising (2016)

  • Rating: R
  • -Genre: Comedy

When a sorority moves next door and is even more outrageous than the fraternity before it, Mac and Kelly have to ask for help from their former enemy, Teddy.

Money Monster (2016)

  • Rating: R
  • -Genre: Thriller

An irate Wall Street investor takes the crew of the television program Money Monster hostage live on air after the stock market crashes. Host Lee Gates and producer Patty Fenn must find a way to stay alive while uncovering the truth behind a tangle of big money lies.