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The latest movies: What to see, what to skip

The best and worst movies in cinemas this May. Video: TND
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Don’t spend your money on a dud movie – here’s our guide to the good, the bad and the ugly films in cinemas this month.

The Fate of the Furious (April 12)

The eighth film in the Fast and the Furious franchise has all the cool cars and ridiculous action sequences we’ve come to expect and the fans will love it.

However, the plot is made entirely out of action blockbuster cliches, though the upside is newcomers don’t have to watch the whole series to enjoy the spectacle.

Verdict: Skip it

Get Out (May 4)

This genre-bending comedy-thriller will have you squirming awkwardly in your seat the whole way through – in a good way.

Packed with a mix of laugh-out-loud moments and lines to make you wince, it tackles the issue of casual racism head-on without becoming preachy.

Daniel Kaluuya is perfect as the hapless protagonist Chris, while Allison Williams’ sincerity as the enigmatic Rose keeps you guessing right to the end.

For lovers of thrillers and horror, there’s plenty of classic, skin-crawling suspense to endure on the way to a killer crescendo. Non-horror fans will find plenty to like here as well.

Verdict: See it

The Zookeeper’s Wife (May 4)

Moving and engrossing, The Zookeeper’s Wife tells the true story of zoo owners in Warsaw who use their animal enclosures to hide Jewish people during the horrors of World War Two.

Jessica Chastain is stunning in the lead role and a strong supporting cast also shines in a story that doesn’t shy away from the harsh realities of the Holocaust.

Beautiful, confronting and heartbreaking all at once, take plenty of tissues and prepare to witness the best and worst of humanity.

Verdict: See it

John Wick 2 (May 18)

Truly far-fetched and super violent, the sequel to 2014’s John Wick, about a retired assassin, doesn’t have much of a clear plot.

Keanu Reeves is excellent as the invincible John Wick, who just wants to be at home with his dog but unfortunately has to settle unpaid debts instead.

There is humour in the film, but the action sequences grow tiresome and the violence is extreme and unnecessary. One particular scene should perhaps come with a trigger warning, given its graphic content.

One last strike against John Wick 2 – there are only two women in the movie and one of them is a mute.

Verdict: Skip it

Alien: Covenant (May 11)

Creepy creatures and gory deaths star in this thriller about a group of people travelling to a remote planet.

They think they’re headed for uncharted paradise but, of course, they couldn’t be more wrong.

As per usual, Michael Fassbender steals the show but gets solid back-up from a feisty Katherine Waterson and Billy Crudup in an interesting role.

Scary and exciting, it’s a good bridge between the orange final films and Prometheus. Take a date and hold each other tight.

Verdict: See it

Snatched (May 11)

Goldie Hawn and Amy Schumer play a mother and daughter on a holiday that goes horribly wrong in the comedy Snatched.

A fun romp in the jungle that occasionally gets very, very dark, Snatched has moments of hilarity but is for the most part disappointing.

Those hoping for Schumer’s clever, Trainwreck-style humour will be disappointed by the movie falling back on cheap thrills and gross-out gags.

Verdict: Skip it

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