May Movie Previews

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Cinco de Mayo, Mother’s Day and Memorial Day are just a few days of celebration during the month of May. The new releases that the studios have this month are even more reasons to be thankful for May. Below you can find a few previews of the upcoming blockbusters waiting for you.

The Hustle (PG-13)

On May 10, The Hustle will be released in theaters. The film is directed by Chris Addison and stars the hilarious duo of Anne Hathaway and Rebel Wilson. The Hustle is a remake of the 1988 film Dirty Scoundrels, which was also a remake of the 1964 film Bedtime Story. Hathaway and Wilson portray female scam artists, one more polished than the other, who set out to take down the dirty rotten men who have wronged them. I, for one, can’t wait for this beautifully crafted comedy to come out.

Godzilla: King of the Monsters (PG-13)

Finally, on May 31, Godzilla: King of the Monsters stomps into theaters, written and directed by Michael Dougherty. The film stars Kyle Chandler, Vera Farmiga, Millie Bobby Brown, Bradley Whitford and Sally Hawkins. This is the sequel to 2014’s Godzilla and the 35th film in the Godzilla franchise. This time, the world must use their terrifying enemy Godzilla as an ally to save itself against the likes of Mothra, Rodan and the three-headed King Ghidorah. For me, it brings up childhood memories and now Godzilla is becoming well known to the new generation.

Aladdin (PG)

The long-awaited Aladdin hits theaters on May 24. Directed by Guy Ritchie, the film stars Will Smith, Naomi Scott, Alan Tudyk, Billy Magnossen, Mena Nassoud and Marwan Kenzari. This live-action film is a remake of the classic animated film from 1992 featuring Robin Williams as the genie. Smith takes his own spin on the genie and magnificently succeeds. Aladdin follows a kind-hearted street brat, who falls in love with a princess and must fight against a merciless Grand Vizier to save their country. A must-see for everyone.

The Intruder (PG-13)

On May 3, The Intruder debuts, starring Meagan Good, Dennis Quaid and Michael Ealy with director credits going to Deon Taylor. This thriller promises to keep you on the edge of your seat throughout the film. Quaid perfectly portrays a creepy, dangerous ex-homeowner who doesn’t quite grasp the meaning of “selling your home.” Good and Ealy are the unsuspecting buyers who get a lot more than renovations and taxes from procuring their dream home.

A Dog’s Way Home (PG)

On May 17, A Dog’s Way Home debuts, directed by Charles Martin Smith and starring Ashley Judd, Alexandra Shipp and Jonah Hauer-King and featuring the voice of Bryce Dallas Howard. The movie is based on the book by W. Bruce Cameron and follows the story of a dog named Bella and her remarkable two-year journey through the wilderness of Colorado as she is determined to get back to her owner, Lucas. A wonderful family movie.

Ugly Dolls (PG)

May 3 also sees the premiere of Ugly Dolls, directed by Kelly Asbury and featuring the voices of Kelly Clarkson, Nick Jonas, Janelle Monae, Blake Shelton, Pitbull and Wanda Sykes, just to name a few. This animated film follows free-spirited “ugly dolls,” who must confront the likes of being diverse and castaways to the realization that who you are matters more than what you look like. Sure to be a hit for all ages.

So whatever your choice, grab your popcorn and soda and sit back and enjoy the movies.

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Cheryl Wadsworth
Cheryl Wadsworth is a writer for Long Island Weekly, specializing in movie previews.

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