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Best movies to see on the big screen in May

Seth Rogen Charlize Theron Long Shot
White House politics and romance mix for Seth Rogen and Charlize Theron in Long Shot. Photo: Point Grey Pictures
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While the hottest movie ticket in town right now is Marvel’s record-breaking behemoth Avengers: Endgame there is plenty of other big screen power hitters, from runaway brides to big blue wish-fulfillers.

The unlikely rom-com: Long Shot 

In the midst of a scrappy election campaign in Australia, it might be hard to buy a politician falling for a journalist, even more so when that Presidential nominee is Charlize Theron and the flack is, um, Seth Rogen. But all the signs point to this unlikely pairing being a real heart winner, with Alexander Skarsgård as a Justin Trudeau-like Canadian Prime Minister.
Out May 2

The local hero: Top End Wedding

With the southern states beginning to feel the chill, this sweet local rom com doubles up as a seriously appealing holiday prompter. Teaming up again with The Sapphires director Wayne Blair, Miranda Tapsell stars opposite Bohemian Rhapsody’s Brian May (Gwilym Lee) as a couple trying to tie the knot and their families back together.
Out May 2

The family-friendly adventure: Pokémon Detective Pikachu

Deadpool leading man Ryan Reynolds leaves the swearwords and the scary scar make-up behind to voice everyone’s favourite Pokémon in this adorably dorky-looking live action adventure also starring Justice Smith as a teenager searching for his missing father.
Out May 9

The Shakespearean biopic: All Is True

Kenneth Branagh has played several of Shakespeare’s big names, from Macbeth to Hamlet and Othello, but this time he plays the Bard in a bittersweet look at his final days away from the fame game. Branagh also directs from a screenplay by Ben Elton, with Judi Dench and Ian McKellen adding extra star power.

Out May 9

The grey dollar: Poms

Speaking of stalwarts, if, like me, you dig movies that skew older, The Battle of the Sexes doco filmmaker Zara Hayes recruits Diane Keaton, Pam Grier, Cheers star Rhea Perlman and local legend Jacki Weaver in this gentle comedy about retirement home residents forming a cheerleading squad.
Out May 9

The corny con job: The Hustle

Not content with heisting as Catwoman to Christian Bale’s Batman and in Ocean’s Eight, Anne Hathaway’s back at it in this dumb but possibly fun Dirty Rotten Scoundrels remake co-starring Pitch Perfect’s Rebel Wilson and helmed by Veep director Chris Addison.
Out May 9

The action thriller: John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum

Before the new Bill & Ted movie arrives, Keanu Reeves returns to the unstoppable assassin role that turbo-charged his mid-career renaissance. Directed by former stuntman Chad Stahelski, Wick’s on the run with a huge bounty on his head after killing a colleague on neutral ground.
Out May 16

The Disney re-do: Aladdin

The sight of an electric blue Will Smith may have terrorised the internet, but despite Dumbo disappointing we’re strangely looking forward to Disney’s lamp rubbing re-do. Bizarrely, it’s directed by Madonna’s ex Guy Ritchie, better known for cockney gangster flicks. Presumably this one will keep it kid-friendly.
Out May 23

The eye-opening documentary: 2040

If That Sugar Film scared you off of the sweet stuff, then Australian director Damon Gameau’s latest doco is a bit less alarming. Which is an odd thing to say about a movie looking at the end of the world, but the focus is firmly on how we prevent ecological disaster with positive steps.
Out May 23

The superhero horror: Brightburn

If Endgame left you wanting more superhero smackdowns, then turn to the dark side with this terrifying horror crossover from The Hive director David Yarovesky, asking what if a Superman-like kid (Jackson A Dunn) went real bad, Omen-style?
Out May 23

The musical fantasy: Rocketman

Given the mammoth success, merited or not, of multiple Oscar winner Bohemian Rhapsody, it’s likely this Elton John early days biopic starring Kingsman’s Taron Egerton and directed by Dexter Fletcher, the man who wrapped up the Queen movie when Bryan Singer was fired, will leave audiences feeling the love.
Out May 30

The monster mash-up: Godzilla: King of the Monsters

We’ve literally lost count of how many Godzilla movies there are rampaging out there, and even how many go by this exact name (it’s a lot), but this one’s recruited Stranger Things’ Millie Bobby Brown and Game of Thrones’ Charles Dance and sees three-headed dragon King Ghidorah muscling up against the big green meanie-turned-Earthly saviour. Again.
Out May 30

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