The Month in Movies: What's in Theaters This May

The Month in Movies: What's in Theaters This May

May 01, 2019

We're already past the endgame and fully entering the summer movie season. This May, the multiplex will be filled with giant monsters, ugly dolls, magical genies and musical biopics. Dog lovers will delight mid-month, whether they prefer their canines taking existential journeys or being avenged by Keanu Reeves. And let's not forget all the Bulbasaurs, Charizards, Greninjas and other Pokémon flying into theaters very soon. 

Below is our guide to all the major titles coming to theaters in May and how to get your tickets now. 

 

May 3:

Long Shot

Starring: Charlize Theron, Seth Rogen, O'Shea Jackson

Charlize Theron plays an influential diplomat making a bid for the White House. Seth Rogen is a journalist she used to babysit in their youth. When they reconnect and hit things off, she hires him as a speechwriter, and their relationship grows from just a professional pairing in this romantic comedy where opposites attract.  

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UglyDolls

Starring (voices) Kelly Clarkson, Nick Jonas, Janelle Monae

Based on the popular plush toys, UglyDoll follows a bunch of unseemly felt-and-stuffing monsters through their animated adventure to the land of perfection. When one of the "perfect" dolls (Janelle Monae) meets the leader of the "ugly" dolls (Kelly Clarkson), everyone learns the value of just being themsleves in this musical featuring new songs by Clarkson, Monae, Nick Jonas, Blake Shelton and others. 

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The Intruder 

Stars: Dennis Quaid, Meagan Good, Michael Ealy

Buyer beware: if you close on your new home and the seller wants to stick around a while, he might just be a violent antagonist in a psychological thriller plot. That's Dennis Quaid in this movie as the guy more than reluctant to let go of his house when it's bought by a young couple (Meagan Good and Michael Ealy). The Intruder will remind all new home owners to immediately change the locks.

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May 10:

Pokémon: Detective Pikachu 

Starring: Justice Smith, Kathryn Newton, Ryan Reynolds (voice)

Could this become the most successful video game adaptation ever? Based on the Pokémon game of the same name, Detective Pikachu follows the unlikely pairing of the titular character (voiced by Ryan Reynolds) and a young man (Justice Smith) looking for his missing father. Catch all your favorite Pokémon on screen in this partly animated mystery adventure. 

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The Hustle 

Starring: Anne Hathaway, Rebel Wilson, Tim Blake Nelson 

In this gender-swapped remake of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (itself a remake of Bedtime Story), Anne Hathaway and Rebel Wilson play a pair of mismatched con artists who scam the scamming men who cheated them first. This feminist take on the classic story was scripted by Jac Schaeffer, who previously co-wrote Captain Marvel

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Poms 

Starring: Diane Keaton, Pam Grier, Jacki Weaver

How old is too old to be a cheerleader? This comedy, which is the narrative directorial debut of documentary filmmaker Zara Hayes, stars Diane Keaton, Pam Grier and Jacki Weaver among a group of women in a retirement community who form a squad. Bring it on, because we can't wait to see these ladies show us how it's done regardless of your age.

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The Biggest Little Farm

Starring: John Chester, Molly Chester

John Chester directed and is the subject of this crowdpleasing and award-winning documentary that follows the filmmaker as he and wife Molly and dog Todd relocate from Los Angeles to a diverse and sustainable farm.  The Biggest Little Farm follows the Chesters and a number of lovable animal friends over eight years as they attempt to create a utopian existence together. 

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May 17:

A Dog's Journey

Starring: Dennis Quaid, Marg Helgenberger, Josh Gad (voice)

Dennis Quad's second movie this month is a sequel to A Dog's Purpose, which followed a canine through his many reincarnations leading to the present. Josh Gad again voices the inner thoughts of the main character, a dog who now embarks on a quest to find the meaning of his existence, in this adaptation of the W. Bruce Cameron bestseller.  

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John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum 

Starring: Keanu Reeves, Halle Berry, Laurence Fishburne

John Wick is back, and now he's got a huge price on his head for breaking the assassins' code in the previous installment of the action franchise. Fortunately, as he attempts to make his way out of New York City, he gets some help from an old friend (Halle Berry) and an elite member of their underground world (Anjelica Huston). The sequel's other colorful characters include a killer played by Jason Mantzoukas and the returning Bowery King (Laurence Fishburne).   

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The Sun is Also a Star

Starring: Yara Shahidi, Charles Melton, Faith Logan

From the director of Before I Fall and based on the young adult novel by Nicola Yoon, The Sun is Also a Star follows a quantum physics student (Yara Shahidi) as she enters a romantic relationship with a new exchange student (Charles Melton). At the same time, though, she must deal with her family facing deportation. 

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May 24:

Aladdin

Starring: Will Smith, Mena Massoud, Naomi Scott 

The latest live-action reimagining of a Disney animated classic revisits 1992's Aladdin. Will Smith plays the iconic blue Genie who grants wishes to the titular thief (Mena Massoud) as he woos Princess Jasmine (Naomi Scott) and faces the villainous sorcerer Jafar (Marwan Kenzari). Animal friends Abu and Iago are also back for this fantasy based on the Arabic folktale. 

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Booksmart

Starring: Kaitlyn Dever, Beanie Feldstein, Lisa Kudrow

Actress Olivia Wilde makes her feature directorial debut with this teen comedy, which had audience in stitches at the SXSW Film Festival and has been referred to as a female-led Superbad. It even stars Jonah Hill's sister, Beanie Feldstein, alongside Kaitlyn Dever as perfect students who decide they finally need to let loose and party before high school graduation.  

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Brightburn

Starring: Jackson A. Dunn, Elizabeth Banks, David Denman

Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn produced this sci-fi horror movie that basically takes the Superman origin story and turns it on its head. Elizabeth Banks and David Denman play a couple who take in a baby who landed on Earth from outer space and then raise the super-powered kid to be good -- but the boy becomes a supervillain instead. 

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May 31:

Godzilla: King of the Monsters

Starring: Vera Farmiga, Millie Bobby Brown, O'Shea Jackson Jr. 

The iconic titular king of the monsters returns in this sequel to the 2014 Godzilla reboot, and now he's up against a few more classic creatures, including Mothra, Rodan and King Ghidorah. Does the planet have any hope when thees titans are unleashed? Human characters played by Vera Farmiga, Kyle Chandler and, as her daughter, Stranger Things' Millie Bobby Brown sure would like the answer to be yes. 

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Ma

Starring: Octavia Spencer, Juliette Lewis, Luke Evans

In this psychological thriller, Octavia Spencer plays a woman who seems as nice as can be. Especially to the local teens who ask her to buy them booze. She offers them a place to hangout as they drink, so long as they call her "Ma." But soon, that nice lady with that nice place to party becomes the kids' worst nightmare.  

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Rocketman

Starring: Taron Egerton, Jamie Bell, Bryce Dallas Howard

From the makers of Bohemian Rhapsody comes another biopic of a British music icon who broke out in the 1970s. Taron Egerton portrays and performs his own vocals as Elton John with Jamie Bell as longtime songwriting partner Bernie Taupin. Bryce Dallas Howard co-stars as the singer/songwriter's mother. 

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