From Marvel to a long-awaited 80s sequel: What to watch at the cinema in May 2022

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28 Apr 2022, 14:01

(L) Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, (above) Top Gun Maverick, (below) Everything Everywhere, All At Once

Credit: Marvel / Paramount Pictures Studios / A24

We’re getting closer to a big blockbuster summer, and May is getting things heated up. 

From a new Marvel adventure, to spooky Stephen King revival, there is plenty to enjoy at the cinema this month. 

Here are the film releases to watch out for this May!

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (5th May)

Only a few months after the astronomical success of Spider-Man: No Way Home, Marvel is back with the latest in the Doctor Strange series. 

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness will see the return of the cloaked superhero as he deals with not one, but several portals to different universes following the dramatic end to the last Spider-Man film. 

Multiverse of Madness will also see the return of Benedict Wong's character, Wong, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Mordo, and Christine Palmer played by Rachel McAdams. We are also introduced to Xochitl Gomez as America Chavez and Michael Stuhlbarg’s Dr. Nicodemus West. 

Everything Everywhere, All At Once (13th May)

This thrilling sci-fi action film currently has everyone talking. 

Reportedly inspired by The Matrix, and directed by Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert, Everything Everywhere, All At Once stars Michelle Yeoh as a seemingly ordinary Chinese-American woman called Evelyn, who runs a struggling laundromat with her husband. 

She soon discovers, however, that she is the only person who can save the multiverse. When an interdimensional rupture unravels reality, it’s up to the unlikely hero to channel her newfound powers to fight bizarre and bewildering dangers.

It currently has a 97% Rotten Tomato’s critics score, so don’t be surprised if you’re watching this in a completely packed out cinema. 

Firestarter (13th May)

Zac Efron stars in the Blumhouse take on a Stephen King classic.

In Firestarter, Zac stars alongside Sydney Lemmon as parents of Charlie (Ryan Kiera Armstrong), who possesses otherworldly fire powers. The family have been on the run for over a decade from a federal agency who wants to use her gift for evil. Spooky stuff. 

The last time Firestarter appeared on screen was the 1984 thriller, which starred an 8-year-old Drew Barrymore.

Now, production company Blumhouse, who are behind some of horror’s most iconic franchises, including Halloween, is reimagining the frightening tale. 

Father Stu (13th May)

Mark Wahlberg is at the helm of American biographical drama Father Stu.

The actor plays Father Stuart Long, a boxer-turned-Catholic priest who goes on a journey of self-destruction and redemption, inspiring people with his story along the way. 

It’s based on a real story, and Marky Mark recently called it: “The greatest role that I ever got to play."

In a chat with The Today Show, he added: “It’s the first time I really had to go the extra mile to get a movie made. I've had many turning points, eye-opening experiences, things that I've learned that have just kind of touched me and helped me get to the position that I'm in now.”

The Road Dance (20th May)

In the mood for a period drama? 

The Road Dance, starring Hermoine Corfield and Mark Gattis, focuses on a young girl living in the Outer Hebrides just before the First World War.  

Kirsty, played by Hermoine, dreams of a better life away from the isolation of the small village. When her lover Murdo (Will Fletcher) is conscripted along with other young men into the army, the village hold a road dance in their honour before they leave, but Kirsty’s life takes a dramatic and tragic turn. 

Top Gun: Maverick (27th May) 

It’s finally here - the very, very long-awaited sequel to 1986 classic Top Gun.

In Top Gun: Maverick, Hollywood icon Tom Cruise returns as Pete ‘Maverick’ Mitchell in the high-octane pilot adventure, set over thirty years after the events of the very first film. 

This new movie comes with a host of new faces too, including Miles Teller as Bradley 'Rooster' Bradshaw, the son of Maverick’s late friend Goose, as well as Jennifer Connelly, John Hamm and Ed Harris. 

The movie's release date has been rescheduled seven times, and was originally meant to come out in July 2019 but had to push that date back due to allow more time to film the flight sequences.