May Releases

Here are the movies being released in May, as the summer movie season begins.

1.
Iron Man 3 (2013)
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When Tony Stark's world is torn apart by a formidable terrorist called the Mandarin, he starts an odyssey of rebuilding and retribution. (130 mins.)
Director: Shane Black
“ Release date: May 3, 2013

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The Buzz: Tony Stark faced an unbeatable foe the last time out: The Sophomore Slump. Having succumbed to an ill-advised storyline that turned much of the spotlight on Stark's narcissism (or RDJ's, perhaps), the franchise first shook things up by bringing in fan-favorite Shane Black to write and direct this installment, which looks to be moving to mainland China for a showdown with Mandarin, Iron Man's toughest-ever opponent. ” - IMDb Editors
 
2.
The Iceman (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
The true story of Richard Kuklinski, the notorious contract killer and family man. When finally arrested in 1986, neither his wife nor daughters have any clue about his real profession. (106 mins.)
Director: Ariel Vromen
“ Release date: May 3, 2013

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The Buzz: Just think: When Man of Steel makes Michael Shannon a household name, people will be able to sift through his other films and find gems like this true story of a husband, father, sociopath, and killer. We hear the director makes a wise decision to keep the focus on Shannon, and that David Schwimmer (who is piecing together an admirable indie-film resume) is barely recognizable in his role. ” - IMDb Editors
 
3.
What Maisie Knew (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
In New York City, a young girl is caught in the middle of her parents' bitter custody battle. (99 mins.)
“ Release date: May 3, 2013

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The Buzz: Finding a modern adaptation of a Henry James novel onscreen is a little unusual during the summer, but we'll count it as a nice piece of counter-programming to the weekend's blockbuster release. While there's something intriguing about the idea of Julianne Moore and Steve Coogan as battling exes, we hear that the performances to watch here are Joanna Vanderham and Alexander Skarsgard as their new significant others, and especially the subtle, amazing work of young Onata Aprile as the titular character. ” - IMDb Editors
 
4.
Kiss of the Damned (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  
The vampire Djuna resists the advances of Paolo, but soon gives in to their passion. When her trouble-making sister unexpectedly comes to visit, Djuna's love is threatened, and the whole vampire community becomes endangered. (97 mins.)
Director: Xan Cassavetes
“ Release date: May 3, 2013

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The Buzz: Finding a modern adaptation of a Henry James novel onscreen is a little unusual during the summer, but we'll count it as a nice piece of counter-programming to the weekend's blockbuster release. While there's something intriguing about the idea of Julianne Moore and Steve Coogan as battling exes, we hear that the performances to watch here are Joanna Vanderham and Alexander Skarsgard as their new significant others, and especially the subtle, amazing work of young Onata Aprile as the titular character. ” - IMDb Editors
 
5.
The Great Gatsby (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A Midwestern war veteran finds himself drawn to the past and lifestyle of his millionaire neighbor. (143 mins.)
Director: Baz Luhrmann
“ Release date: May 10, 2013

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The Buzz: Our love for certain novels doesn't desire to see them confined to the page or protected from being interpreted on film; take for example Cary Fukunaga's Jane Eyre, a perfect adaptation of Charlotte Bronte's dreary, soot-eyed romance, and an example of underdog cast and director choices at their most winning. When it comes to Leonardo DiCaprio reteaming with Baz Luhrmann to interpret F. Scott Fitzgerald's second-best novel, I often think that the people who have the power to green light (Gatsby reference) major projects aren't necessarily the best fit to star in them. Or act as their director. As respected as he aims to be, Leonardo DiCaprio is at his least effective handling serious drama; Luhrmann, with all of his mega-budget entitlement, has bewitched the industry, but let's see how his latest epic plays out in terms of audience appeal. ” - IMDb Editors
 
6.
Peeples (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  
Sparks fly when Wade Walker crashes the Peeples annual reunion in the Hamptons to ask for their precious daughter Grace's hand in marriage. (95 mins.)
“ Release date: May 10, 2013

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The Buzz: Tyler Perry expands his brand by mentoring screenwriter Tina Gordon Chism (Drumline, ATL) for her directorial debut, which definitely sounds like it will ride the line between Perry's full-bore family-centric comedy and his penchant for slightly more serious life lessons. But, hey, anyone who sees more in Craig Robinson than an ensemble or background player has my vote of confidence. ” - IMDb Editors
 
7.
Aftershock (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  
In Chile, a group of travelers who are in an underground nightclub when a massive earthquake hits quickly learn that reaching the surface is just the beginning of their nightmare. (89 mins.)
Director: Nicolás López
“ Release date: May 10, 2013

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The Buzz: Eli Roth writes, produces, and stars in his new filmmaking buddy Nicolas Lopez's indie disaster movie, which follows a Hostel-like narrative structure where unwitting tourists have to battle against Mother Nature at her most nefarious. Selena Gomez -- suddenly so interesting -- makes a cameo appearance only. ” - IMDb Editors
 
8.
Star Trek Into Darkness (2013)
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After the crew of the Enterprise find an unstoppable force of terror from within their own organization, Captain Kirk leads a manhunt to a war-zone world to capture a one-man weapon of mass destruction. (132 mins.)
Director: J.J. Abrams
“ Release date: May 16, 2013

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The Buzz: With Benedict Cumberbatch (aka Sherlock Holmes) playing a new Khan and Peter Weller (aka RoboCop) reportedly joining the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise in a major way, what else do we need to make J.J. Abrams's return to Roddenberry space the most anticipated sequel of 2013? A Klingon subplot? You got it. More Spock Prime? Check. William Shatner cameo? Unlikely, but we'll hold out for it, again. ” - IMDb Editors
 
9.
Frances Ha (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A story that follows a New York woman (who doesn't really have an apartment), apprentices for a dance company (though she's not really a dancer), and throws herself headlong into her dreams, even as their possibility dwindles. (86 mins.)
Director: Noah Baumbach
“ Release date: May 17, 2013

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The Buzz: Looks like Greta Gerwig gets to star in a Greenberg of her own making, as she and director Noah Baumbach co-wrote this screenplay together in secret, and have created a work that has been as well received as Baumbach's first two films, Kicking and Screaming and The Squid and the Whale. We still don't know if Gerwig will ever have a genuine breakthrough; that said, she's earning most of the praise here. ” - IMDb Editors
 
10.
Fast & Furious 6 (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Hobbs has Dom and Brian reassemble their crew in order to take down a mastermind who commands an organization of mercenary drivers across 12 countries. Payment? Full pardons for them all. (130 mins.)
Director: Justin Lin
“ Release date: May 24, 2013

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The Buzz: Dwayne Johnson didn't have to save or reignite this franchise (which is becoming his specialty); he was brought in to make the enduring and morally ambiguous adventures of Dominic Torreto and Brian O'Conner even more appealing to worldwide audiences. And that certainly worked, as Fast Five's all-world box-office tally can attest. Elsewhere, we are anticipating the soap opera-like narrative device that will bring Letty (Michelle Rodriguez) back into the story. And we're wondering if this means we'll get to see a sequel to Seth Rogen and Andy Samberg's hysterical parody of the series. ” - IMDb Editors
 
11.
The Hangover Part III (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
When one of their own is kidnapped by an angry gangster, the Wolf Pack must track down Mr. Chow, who has escaped from prison and is on the lam. (100 mins.)
Director: Todd Phillips
“ Release date: May 23, 2013

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The Buzz: The Hangover Part II was essentially a carbon copy of The Hangover, but it made enough money (almost $600 million worldwide) that Warner Bros. broke out the checkbook to get the principal cast and director Todd Phillips back on board to conclude the "trilogy" with one last outing. Rumor has it that the boys will be spending time in Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Tijuana, which seems much more entertaining than their dreary Bangkok outing in Part II. Still, it's concerning that they are once again working on a tight schedule - putting only two years between sequels is rarely a good idea - and it's hard to imagine they will ever be able to successfully reproduce the unique alchemy of dark comedy and mystery that worked so well the first time. ” - IMDb Editors
 
12.
Epic (2013)
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A teenager finds herself transported to a deep forest setting where a battle between the forces of good and the forces of evil is taking place. She bands together with a rag-tag group of characters in order to save their world -- and ours. (102 mins.)
Director: Chris Wedge
“ Release date: May 24, 2013

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The Buzz: Chris Wedge has been immersed in the Ice Age universe since its inception, alongside his co-director, Carlos Saldanha. Like Saldanha, who ventured out on his own with Rio, Wedge is going solo for Epic, which was first announced as an adaptation of the children's book The Leaf Men and the Brave Good Bugs by William Joyce, though the plot seems to have morphed into something slightly more akin to the work of Hayao Miyazaki. ” - IMDb Editors
 
13.
Before Midnight (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
We meet Jesse and Celine nine years on in Greece. Almost two decades have passed since their first meeting on that train bound for Vienna. (109 mins.)
“ Release date: May 24, 2013

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The Buzz: The most unexpected trilogy (said with love) was shot in secret last year and announced a few months before its debut at Sundance 2013. Given the 9-year gaps between each film, it might just become the fictional equivalent of Seven Up documentary series; we'd happily follow Jesse and Celine until death does them part. ” - IMDb Editors
 
14.
Now You See Me (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
An FBI agent and an Interpol detective track a team of illusionists who pull off bank heists during their performances and reward their audiences with the money. (115 mins.)
Director: Louis Leterrier
“ Release date: May 31, 2013

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The Buzz: The Chemical Brothers scoring a Louis Leterrier movie about magicians who redistribute the wealth from their heists? The French director is certainly finding ways to trafficking in the fun, borderline absurd type of entertainment he learned while making movies with Luc Besson. There are many bigger names on screen and behind the scenes here, and one imagines the budget will be on the higher end of the scale as the worldwide marketing kicks in. Like it or not, the key here is going to be in the marketing; get people excited by the potential awesomeness of Morgan Freeman, Jesse Eisenberg, Isla Fisher, Woody Harrelson, and others matching wits and the winter box office returns could be mighty. ” - IMDb Editors
 
15.
After Earth (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.0/10 X  
A crash landing leaves Kitai Raige and his father Cypher stranded on Earth, a millennium after events forced humanity's escape. With Cypher injured, Kitai must embark on a perilous journey to signal for help. (100 mins.)
“ Release date: May 31, 2013

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The Buzz: In this era of Tumblr production blogs and actors tweeting during breaks, the quieter a set is, the more we're intrigued by the movie. Even if it's an M. Night Shyamalan project - his first time directing someone else's screenplay. Toss around your wildest ideas in terms of alien races and environmental themes and hopefully the Will Smith/Sony thinktank will surpass your imagination and expectations. ” - IMDb Editors
 
16.
The East (2013)
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An operative for an elite private intelligence firm finds her priorities changing dramatically after she is tasked with infiltrating an anarchist group known for executing covert attacks upon major corporations. (116 mins.)
Director: Zal Batmanglij
“ Release date: May 31, 2013

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The Buzz: Brit Marling's second project with her co-writer/director Zal Batmanglij might seem a bit more conventional with its structure when compared to their first film, Sound of My Voice, a triumph that saw Marling exhibit her true promise as both an actress and a screenwriter. Here, she plays an outsider trying to infiltrate a group of freegan anarchists under Alexander Skarsgard's influence. Also worth noting is Ellen Page's performance - her best in years. ” - IMDb Editors
 
17.
The Kings of Summer (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Three teenage friends, in the ultimate act of independence, decide to spend their summer building a house in the woods and living off the land. (95 mins.)
“ Release date: May 31, 2013

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The Buzz: Nick Offerman and Alison Brie might be two of the most recognizable names in this cast, but Jordan Vogt-Roberts's feature debut is centered on a trio of young actors, and we hear that one of them -- Moises Arias -- might enjoy a Christopher Mintz-Plasse-like breakout for his work as Biaggio, the most curious and loyal friend two runaway boys could ask for. ” - IMDb Editors