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May Film & Blu-Ray Tip Sheet

Huzzah, the warm weather is here and now every weekend there will be a new sequel, reboot, reimagining, prequel or adaption coming out! There will be more than enough films that allow you to turn your brain off and enjoy the air conditioning but just enough interesting and thought provoking ones coming out too. I will try to limit the amount of blockbusters being talked about over the next few months, as you probably already know they are coming. Plus how will I get a chance to sound all self-important because I Googled some smaller movies that are coming out too?

New Theatrical Releases

Avengers: Age Of Ultron

Release Date: May 1st 

Directed By: Joss Whedon (The Avengers, Serenity, Much Ado About Nothing)

Starring: Seriously, who in Hollywood isn’t starring in this? Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, James Spader, Samuel L. Jackson, Don Cheadle, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bettany, Cobie Smulders, Anthony Mackie, Hayley Atwell and many more. Seriously, who isn’t in this thing?

IMDb Summary: Does it even matter? When Tony Stark tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and it is up to the Avengers to stop the villainous Ultron from enacting his terrible plans.

Why I Am So Excited: I’ve seen just about every Marvel movie so far so I don’t plan on stopping now. It’s one of those things where you either hate comic book/action movies or you love them. I usually don’t love, love them, but there is something about the charm and playfulness that is irresistible about this hulking franchise. Speaking of which, when is Mark Ruffalo going to get a stand-alone movie? He was easily the best part of the first Avengers. 

Watch the trailer HERE

Welcome To Me

Release Date: May 1st 

Directed By: Shira Piven (Fully Loaded)

Starring: Kristen Wiig, James Marsden, Linda Cardellini and Wes Bentley

IMDb Summary: When Alice Klieg wins the Mega-Millions lottery, she immediately quits her psychiatric meds and buys her own talk show.

Why I Am So Excited: Take one part EdTV, one part The Oprah Winfrey Show and add the funniest working female today doing dead pan and you have a crazy little movie that just might be worth your time. This continues a run of movies that Wiig is doing that takes away from her Bridesmaids leading lady persona by working in small indie films that are more serious than funny. Still with her presence it is hard not to be excited for a Wiig film. The clever and new subject matter should make for an inventive showing even if it isn’t perfect.

Watch the trailer HERE

Spy

Release Date: May 22nd 

Directed By: Paul Feig (Bridesmaids, The Heat)

Starring: Melissa McCarthy, Jason Statham, Rose Byrne, Jude Law and Allison Janney

IMDb Summary: A desk-bound CIA analyst volunteers to go undercover to infiltrate the world of a deadly arms dealer, and prevent diabolical global disaster.

Why I Am So Excited: After Bridesmaids I was all aboard the McCarthy and Feig hype train, after The Heat not so much. But after seeing this trailer the two of them look like they are back on their A-game. After many boring action films having Statham doing a bit of comedy work (something he was great at in the early Guy Ritchie films) I look forward to a change in character for him, all while doing action scenes. If this movie bombs then I will instantly be wary of Feig’s new Ghostbusters movie that he is working on starring who else but Melissa McCarthy. If Spy hits a homerun, then I will go back to being cautiously optimistic about the reboot. 

Watch the trailer HERE

New On Blu-Ray

Ballet 422

Release Date: May 26th  

Directed By: Jody Lee Lipes (NY Export: Opus Jazz)

Starring: Justin Peck

IMDb Summary: From first rehearsal to world premiere, Ballet 422 takes us backstage at New York City Ballet as emerging choreographer Justin Peck crafts a new work.

Why I Am So Excited: As a former dancer seeing the trailer for a documentary about the creation of a prestigious ballet show caught my attention. The mix of blood and pain contrasted with the beauty of creating art is a fascinating subject. Director Jody Lee Lipes is best known as the cinematographer for Martha Marcy May Marlene and working on Girls, which is certainly a bit of pedigree. A film about the creation of a dance piece may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but if you like documentaries it is certainly worth checking out. 

Watch the trailer HERE

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Music Editor at Live in Limbo and Host of Contra Zoom podcast. Dakota is a graduate of Humber College's Acting for Film and Television. He now specializes in knowing all random trivia. He writes about music, sports and film. Dakota's life goal is visit all baseball stadiums, he's at 7.