It’s already the fifth month of 2022, believe it or not. This year, May has got some two of the biggest blockbusters of the year with a new entry to the MCU and a sequel to one of the most famous movies of the 80s, alongside plenty of great smaller films. Whether you’re looking for weird horror scares, zany cartoon adventures or a trip through parallel universes, our round up of this month’s best in cinema caters to all tastes.

The Bob’s Burgers Movie

Bob’s Burgers became something of a cult hit after it first began airing back in 2011, and now the Belcher family is crossing from the small screen to the big screen in The Bob’s Burgers Movie. If you don’t know the series, it’s central premise is simple: The Belcher family (consisting of Bob, Linda, Tina, Gene and Louise) own and run a burger restaurant business and go on wild adventures. In the upcoming movie, a huge sinkhole opens up in front of Bob’s Burgers, disrupting the family’s summer plans and creating a business problem for Bob and Tina. The kids meanwhile discover a mystery that could help save their restaurant. Not only is it a full length film, The Bob’s Burgers Movie is set to be a musical as well, so get ready to sing along when it releases on 27th May.




Coming from renowned horror studio A24, Men looks to be one of the weirdest horror films released in recent years: a young woman decides to go on holiday to the English countryside after the death of her ex-husband. However, this seemingly idyylic setting is far from what it appears: someone or something in the surrounding woods seems to be following and watching her. Things are made further unsettling when she realises that the village is surrounded by men who all have a similar appearance to one another (and they’re all played by Rory Kinnear). Her worst memories and fears come back to haunt her in this unconventionally odd horror film. Jessie Buckley (I’m Thinking of Ending Things, The Lost Daughter) plays central character Harper, Paapa Essiedu (I May Destroy You) plays her husband, and the film is directed by Alex Garland (director of Ex Machina and Annihilation).



Top Gun: Maverick

It was one of the biggest movies of 1980s and helped define the decade, and now Top Gun is finally getting a sequel 36 years later: after many rumours and delays, Top Gun Maverick will release on 27th May. Returning to the role that shot him to Hollywood superstardom, Tom Cruise will once again play Pete “Maverick” Mitchell, US navy aviator with a need for speed. Having purposefully dodged an advancement in rank after 30 years of service, Mitchell is put in charge of training a class of Top Gun graduates for a special mission, under the command of Mitchell’s former rival, Tom “Iceman” Kazansky, played again by Val Kilmer. Miles Teller also stars in the film as Lt Bradley “Rooster” Bradshaw, the son of Mitchell’s late friend Nick “Goose” Bradshaw. It’s set to be one of the biggest blockbusters of the summer, riding a wave of 80s nostalgia sequels that have been huge hits in recent years.




Another horror film for May, Firestarter features Zac Efron in his first film in the genre. It’s based on a novel by Stephen King and directed by Keith Thomas (The Vigil). A young girl suddenly discovers she has the power of pyrokensis (setting things on fire), and she becomes hunted by a government agency determined to capture, examine and control her. Efron plays Andy McGee, her father, who must protect her from harm. It’s a rebooted version of a previous adaptation made in 1984, and it looks to be one of the hottest (pardon the pun) horror films of the year.



Doctor Strange In The Multiverse of Madness

It’s only May, but Doctor Strange In the Multiverse of Madness will almost certainly be a strong contender for the highest grossing film of the year: not only is it an MCU film, it’s one of the most anticipated blockbusters of 2022. Benedict Cumberbatch reprises his role as Dr Strange, the former surgeon who became a Master of the Mystic Arts and hugely powerful sorcerer. Though a sequel to the first Doctor Strange, this new film follows on from the events of last year’s Spider-Man No Way Home and sees Strange delve into the dangerous and unpredictable multiverse in order to face a mysterious new enemy. But he’s not alone: joining him is Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen), who was last seen in her own Disney+ series WandaVision, and Strange’s mentor Wong (Benedict Wong). There’s been a lot of speculation online as to whether certain characters from other universes may be appearing, and to cap off the hype, the film is directed by acclaimed horror maestro Sam Raimi, who helmed the hugely successful original Spider-Man trilogy in the early 2000s.



Father Stu

Father Stu is a true life tale, starring Mark Whalberg as a former boxer who was forced to retire after an injury. He decides to travel to LA to pursue a career in showbiz, and meets Carmen, a Sunday school volunteer, and after some back and forth the two begin dating. However, a drunken motorbike crash leaves Stuart severely injured. After recovering (and a vision from the Virgin Mary), he decides to turn his life around and believes he has found his true calling: becoming a Catholic priest. Despite his previous Agnosticism and skepticism of his parents and the Church, he pursues his new life goal undeterred.



Everything Everywhere All At Once

You don’t have to be Marvel to make a film about parallel universes: the sci-fi comedy film Everything Everywhere All At Once has been creating a buzz online after its release in America earlier this year. It stars Michelle Yeoh as a struggling laundromat owner, who finds that she must connect with parallel versions of herself in order to stop a powerful being causing their collective destruction. Appearing alongside Yeoh are Stephanie Hsu, Ke Huy Quan, James Hong, Jamie Lee Curtis and Jenny Slate. There’s a ton of talent behind the camera too: it’s directed by Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert (Swiss Army Man), produced by the Russo brothers (who made several MCU films like Infinity War and Endgame) and has musical contributions from Mitski, Andre 3000 and David Byrne. The film has received huge critical acclaim, and we in the UK will be able to see what the fuss is about when it releases on 18th May.



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