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Ten new movie releases you need to know about this month

May's biggest, best and trending films


Sing Street

Basically, this is 'The Commitments' with eyeliner. A musical comedy about a kid starting a garage band in Dublin in the mid-'80s, 'Sing Street' is the brainchild of John Carney, the man behind ‘Once’ and ‘Begin Again’. Full of warmth and generosity, it will make your heart ache.

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Close Encounters of the Third Kind

Steven Spielberg’s breathtaking 1977 story of alien contact is one of the few films ever to create such intense excitement without the threat of violence. An adventure in sound and light that remains a high water mark of practical special effects, it’s also an intimate, deeply moving character study. It's back on the big screen this month. 

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Release date: Friday May 27 2016

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot

After Killing it on TV in ‘30 Rock’, Tina Fey’s transition to movies has been a non-starter. Is that about to change? In war comedy-drama ‘WTF’ (as we’re abbreviating ‘Whiskey Tango Foxtrot’) she plays real-life journalist Kim Barker, who volunteered for reporting duty in Afghanistan and got hooked to the adrenaline of the front line. 

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X-Men: Apocalypse

Everyone’s second-favourite comic book franchise returns. And judging from the trailers, ‘Apocalypse’ should be a whole lot of fun, with Michael Fassbender and James McAvoy returning as the young(ish) Magneto and Professor X. The cast is rounded out by Jennifer Lawrence, Hugh Jackman and Oscar Isaac, who appears to be playing a giant angry smurf (seriously, watch the trailer).

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A few years back, online fantasy role-playing adventure ‘World of Warcraft’ was so popular that rich Americans paid poor Chinese people to mine virtual gold so they could buy better non-existent weaponry. Thankfully, those days have passed. So why a ‘Warcraft’ movie now? 'Moon' director Duncan Jones is a good choice for the material. But the trailers have us worried – this looks suspiciously like ‘Game of Thrones’ with the intelligence level dialled way down. Time will tell… 

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Release date: Friday June 3 2016

Our Kind of Traitor

If there is a hole about the size of ‘The Night Manager’ in your Sunday nights, fear not – there’s another John le Carré adaptation just around the corner. This film version of his 2011 novel ‘Our Kind of Traitor’ stars Ewan McGregor and Naomie Harris as tourists in Morocco who become embroiled in a diplomatic incident when they meet a Russian money-launderer on the run from the mafia.

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Everybody Wants Some

In 1993, Richard Linklater’s terrific second film ‘Dazed and Confused’ mythologised his own teenage years in 1970s Texas. Now along comes ‘Everybody Wants Some!!’, a 'spiritual sequel' set in 1980 and named after a Van Halen song. This time our sort-of-heroes are a group of house-sharing college baseball players who booze, brawl and flirt their way through a hot Texas night. Think ‘Animal House’ with just a little more going on upstairs.

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Love & Friendship

This is Jane Austen, but not as we’ve seen her before. ‘Love and Friendship’ is an adaptation of ‘Lady Susan’, a short novel written when Austen was in her late teens. The book was never published in her lifetime. Later in life, Austen is said to have disapproved of her leading lady, the spiteful and hilarious Lady Susan, a noteworthy early literary cougar. The new film is directed by the master of elegant comedies Whit Stillman and stars Kate Becksale. 

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Release date: Friday May 27 2016 Now Showing

Florence Foster Jenkins

Meryl Streep has clearly decided the downstairs loo has enough Oscars. Instead she is continuing her run of life-affirming comedies. Here, directed by Stephen Frears, she plays Florence Foster Jenkins, the filthy-rich American socialite who sang at private recitals in the 1930s blissfully unaware of her terrible singing voice. 

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The plot sounds depressing. Five orphaned sisters raised by their predatory uncle and grandmother in a tiny village in Turkey become prisoners in their own home after being caught innocently larking around with a gang of boys. But this Oscar-nominated debut film by Deniz Gamze Ergüven is fierce and funny and totally righteous. 

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I was lucky enough to catch an advance screening of this movie, and I was extremely glad I did. After watching the previews I felt as though a lot of the movie was given away, but I was blown away by the performances on screen. The movie was centered around a champion prize fighter hitting rock bottom, and slowly climbing his way back into the ring. It was an emotional journey that cannot simply be categorized as a movie about boxing, but rather, an inspiring and riveting tale of parenthood and a father's love for his daughter. The cast was excellent and everyone excelled in their roles. I wouldn't have expected to like Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson in a role as much as I did. Jake Gyllenhaal and Forest Whitaker had Oscar worthy performances. Everyone did a great job with their roles. The cinematography was fantastic, and the fight scenes gave some great first person shots that made you feel as though you were there in the ring fighting along side the actors. Overall, this movie is an experience that is not to be missed

Chris jones
Chris jones

Schoenarts is amazing in 'Rust and Bone' as well, with Marainne Cotillard. By the way he's Belgian, not Dutch, and it not too hard to pronounce if you ignore the spelling - shone (rhymes with bone) arts - shone-arts .