Catch Aladdin, Pokemon Detective Pikachu, and More Films This May
by Jace Amodo, May 02, 2019 1:30pm
Art by Dani Elevazo
We often associate summers with swimming outings and beach trips, and the theater is hardly a marquee spot for this season. But truth be told, cinema can also offer a temporary escape from reality. So this May, squeeze in a film or two from this list of upcoming releases.
Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (May 3)
Directed by Joe Berlinger
High School Musical alumnus Zac Efron marks his debut on Netflix through this crime thriller film based on the American serial killer Ted Bundy. It tells the point-of-view of Elizabeth Kloepfer (Lily Collins), a single mother and former girlfriend of Bundy, from meeting Bundy until his trial. The film's title refers to the remarks of judge Edward Cowart (John Malkovich) as he sentences Bundy to death.
Tayo sa Huling Buwan ng Taon (May 8)
Directed by Nestor Abrogena
A sequel to the 2015 indie film Ang Kwento Nating Dalawa, Tayo sa Huling Buwan ng Taon takes place five years after Sam (Nicco Manalo) and Isa (Emmanuelle Vera) broke up. What happens when ex-lovers become friends? The film explores just that, topped with an amazing soundtrack performed by indie rock band December Avenue.
Pokémon Detective Pikachu (May 10)
Directed by Rob Letterman
A world where humans and pocket monsters a.k.a. "Pokémons" co-exist is exactly what we're getting in this first live-action Pokémon movie. If you've watched enough of its cartoons series, you know there's always a threat. Join Tim (Justice Smith) and Pikachu (Ryan Reynolds) as they unravel the mystery of Tim's missing father and see your favorite Pokemon come to life!
The Hustle (May 10)
Directed by Chris Addison
Pitch Perfect's Rebel Wilson strikes again in this female-centered remake of the 1988 film Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. Together with multi-awarded actress Anne Hathaway, these two women will "give dirty rotten men a run for their money" by scamming them. If the trailer is any indication, you're in for a hilarious, charming picture.
John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum (May 17)
Directed by Chad Stahelski
Immediately following the events of John Wick 2, Parabellum sees John Wick as an excommunicado with a million-dollar bounty on his head. Imagine transitioning from a legendary hitman to one that's hunted by assassins from all around the world—hard to fit our shoes on his, but it'll be thrilling to watch him fight his way out this boulder.
Aladdin (May 24)
Directed by Guy Ritchie
Another must-see live-action film from Disney, Aladdin takes us on the tale of the charming Aladdin's (Mena Massoud) encounter with a wisecracking genie (Will Smith) and Princess Jasmine (Naomi Scott). It's a perfect way for Aladdin fans to relive his story and for non-fans to embark on a life-changing journey.
Godzilla: King of the Monsters (May 31)
Directed by Michael Dougherty
Creators of 2014 film Godzilla and 2017 film Kong: Skull Island further expands the “MonsterVerse,” their cinematic universe featuring some of the most popular giant monsters in pop-culture history. So far, we've seen giant versions of a buffalo, a spider, a squid, a mantis, and bats. In Godzilla: King of the Monsters, we'll be introduced to Mothra (giant moth), Rodan (Pteranodon), and Godzilla's ultimate nemesis, King Ghidorah (three-headed dragon).
The current cinema scene is filled with remakes, sequels, and, most notably, franchises—with the success of the “Marvel Cinematic Universe” (MCU) and all. We've contributed to the culture of watching titles we're accustomed to; This model comes as no surprise. Who can blame these studios? These films are entertaining and geek flag-raising!