Coming Soon: Movie Preview May-June 2015

Written by Graeme Wood


As we head towards summer it’s that time of the year when distributors start the build up to what has traditionally become blockbuster season, full of often overblown special effects and family friendly releases. So let’s take a look ahead to some of these and the other notable big screen offerings coming up in the next week few weeks.

First up on the 1st May brings “BAD LAND: ROAD TO FURY”, director Jake Paltrow’s futuristic drama of a time when water is hard to find and a teenage boy sets out on a quest to survive the wastelands and protect his family. Starring Nicholas Hoult (X-Men), Michael Shannon (Man of Steel) and Elle Fanning.


Also opening on 1st May is Thomas Vinterberg’s interesting take of Thomas Hardy’s FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD starring Carey Mulligan, Michael Sheen and Tom Sturridge. For those who enjoy their period drama with an edge this Victorian tale of the independent and headstrong Bathsheba Everdene and her suitors will provide sumptuous enjoyment.


The sequel to 2010’s sci-fi thriller “MONSTERS – DARK CONTINENT is also in cinemas from 1st May, set ten years after the original film and this time directed by Tom Green. The film stars Johnny Harris, Sam Keely and Joe Dempsie. It’s all out war this time around as Infected Zones have now spread worldwide and in the Middle East a new insurgency has begun. At the same time there has also been a proliferation of Monsters in the region forcing the Army to draft in more troops in order to deal with the onslaught.


Celine Sciamma’s “GIRLHOOD finally hits theatres on May 8th, the film saw a lot of interest at last year’s Cannes and BFI Film Festival’s. This dark thriller tells the story of Marieme and her search for identity in the suburbs of Paris Oppressed by her family setting, dead-end school and future prospects Marieme joins an all-girl gang, falling under their influence she begins to make brave and foolish choices.


TV’s spy thriller Spooks gets this big screen treatment in this follow up to the decade long running series – “SPOOKS-THE GREATER GOOD”, directed by Bharat Nalluri. It stars Kit Harrington (Game of Thrones), Peter Firth (Spooks), Jennifer Ehle and Elyes Gabel. When a terrorist escapes custody during a routine handover, Will Crombie (Harrington) must team up with disgraced MI5 head Harry Pearce (Firth) to track him down before an imminent terrorist attack on London. On general release from May 8th.


As you should know by now if you are a regular user of this site on general release from May 8th is the Chris Rock’s long awaited “TOP FIVE” movie, written and directed by Rock, this thoughtful comedy also stars Rosario Dawson, Gabrielle Union, Cedric The Entertainer, Tracy Morgan and Kevin Hart. A box office and critical smash in the US this should be worth checking out.

May 15th
sees the arrival of ‘LAMBERT AND STAMP a documentary film of the unlikely partnership of Chris Stamp and Kit Lambert. In the early ‘60s the aspiring duo set out to make a documentary about London’s dissatisfied youth, instead they discovered and mentored the volatile young R&B band that would later become The Who. Featuring contributions from the band themselves and historical footage this should prove a fine contribution to The Who’s 50th Anniversary celebrations and celebration of the duo who helped launch what many feel were the greatest rock’n’roll band who ever toured.


The sequel to 2012’s comedy hit ‘PITCH PERFECT 2’, directed by Elizabeth Banks, also arrives in UK Cinemas on May 15th and reunites most of the original cast, Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson and Brittany Snow. The film sees the Barden Bellas enter an international a cappella competition that no American team has ever won before with, no doubt, hilarious consequences!


George Miller’s re-imagined “MAD MAX-FURY ROAD” hits IMAX 3D screens the same weekend starring Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron and Nicholas Hoult. Set in a post-apocalyptic world, in which people fight to the death, Max teams up with a mysterious woman, Furiousa, to try and survive. With breathtaking New South Wales vistas and some impressive vehicles and hardware there should be thrills and spills aplenty but the film has a lot to live up to for those who enjoyed the original trilogy.


Superior 80s horror “POLTERGEIST” gets the reboot/remake treatment on 22nd May this time in 3D for added jump out of your seat frights. Directed by Gil Kenan the film stars Sam Rockwell, Rosemarie DeWitt and Jane Adams.


Heralding the start of summer blockbusters season comes Disney’s hotly anticipated “TOMORROWLAND: A WORLD BEYOND” on May 22nd, starring George Clooney, Britt Robinson and Hugh Laurie. This Sci-Fi adventure sees a curious teen and former boy-genius inventor unite to embark on a mission to unearth the secrets of a place somewhere in time and space that exists in their collective memory. The trailer doesn’t reveal much but is enigmatic enough to make want you to see more!


Also on general release May 22nd is director Shion Sono’s cult hit ‘TOKYO TRIBE, set in an alternate Japan where territorial street gangs form opposing factions, known as the Tokyo Tribes. When Merra, leader of the Wu-Ronz tribe crosses the line to conquer all of Tokyo – all out martial arts war ensues.


Rounding off on May 29th is the disaster movie “SAN ANDREAS” directed by Brad Peyton (Mysterious Island/Cats and Dogs) and starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Alexandra Daddario and Carla Gugino. In the aftermath of a massive Californian earthquake a rescue-chopper pilot makes a dangerous journey across the state in order to rescue his estranged daughter.


June 5th brings the third chapter of the “INSIDIOUS” horror strand, this time around it’s a prequel set before the haunting of the Lambert family and following gifted psychic Elise Rainer as she uses her abilities to contact the dead. Directed by Leigh Whannell, the film starts Dermot Mulroney, Stefanie Scott and Angus Simpson.


June 5th also finally brings Writer/Director Debbie Tucker Green’s “SECOND COMING” to general release. Starring Idris Elba and Nadine Marshall. Tucker’s feature film debut poses a bold question – what if a modern day, middle class British woman found herself miraculously pregnant? The film challenges the audience and boasts riveting performances from the cast particularly Francis Lewis as Marshall’s young son Jerome.


June 12th sees the hotly anticipated ‘JURASSIC WORLD opening, directed by Colin Trevorrow and starring Chris Pratt, Judy Greer, Bryce Dallas Howard and Ty Simpkins. This continuation of the Jurassic Park franchise is set 22 years after the original’s events and in a fully functional theme park but when visitor rates fall the corporate mandate to increase profits results in a hybrid attraction being created – naturally this backfires with disastrous results!


The ‘ENTOURAGE” movie arrives June 19th, picking up where the TV series left off, written by Doug Ellin and Rob Weiss and directed by Doug Ellin. The film reunites Adrian Grenier, Jeremy Piven, Kevin Connolly together with an all star guest cast as Vincent Chase is back in business and back with his boys and navigating Hollywood’s cut-throat world.


The intriguing horror ‘KNOCK, KNOCK’ arrives on June 26th, from a screenplay by Eli Roth, Nicholas Lopez and Guillermo Amoedo and directed Eli Roth. The film stars Keanu Reeves, Colleen Camp, Ana de Armas and Lorenza Izzo. Two nubile women reveal a sinister agenda after they spend the night with a married architect and proceed to turn his life upside down.