It really is hard to believe that we are heading into May already and we have another month of great movies to look forward to - there really as some exciting films on the horizon.

Florence Foster Jenkins

Florence Foster Jenkins

We take a look at some of the movie that we are looking forward to the most... some are promising to be huge hits at the box office as we edge closer to another blockbuster summer.

- Florence Foster Jenkins - released 6th May

It is always exciting when there's a Meryl Streep movie on the horizon and she is set to return to the big screen this month with her latest film Florence Foster Jenkins.

The Oscar-winning actress will take on the title role as she teams up with filmmaker Stephen Frears for the first time. The movie is based on a true story and has been adapted for the big screen by Nicholas Martin.

Streep plays Florence, who dreams of becoming and opera singer, despite being terrible. She is joined on the cast list by Hugh Grant, Rebecca Ferguson, and Simon Helberg.

Frears is no stranger to the biopic picture with the likes of The Queen and Philomena already under his belt. Florence Foster Jenkins is his first feature since The Program last year.

Florence Foster Jenkins tells the inspirational true story of the eponymous New York heiress who obsessively pursued her dream of becoming a great singer. The film celebrates the human spirit, the power of music and the passion of amateurs everywhere.

The voice Florence (Streep) heard in her head was divine, but to the rest of the world, it was hilariously awful. At private recitals, her devoted husband and manager, St Clair Bayfield (Grant), managed to protect Florence from the truth. But when Florence decided to give her first public concert at New York's Carnegie Hall, St Clair realised he had perhaps bitten off more than he could chew.

Florence Foster Jenkins is already winning over audiences and I cannot wait to see Streep in action in what is set to be another fantastic leading role.

Florence Foster Jenkins

- I Saw The Light - released 6th May

Tom Hiddleston has already whipped up a storm on the small and big screen so far this year with The Night Manager and High-Rise under his belt. He is returning to the big screen this May with new film I Saw The Light.

The movie sees the popular actor take on the role of music icon Hank Williams in this new biopic about his life and rise to fame. The movie will allow Hiddleston to show off his singing ability as well as hit acting skills.

I Saw the Light sees Marc Abraham back in the director's chair for his first feature since he made his debut with Flash of Genius back in 2008. As well as being in the director's chair, Abraham has also penned the film's screenplay, which is based on the book by Colin Escott, George Merritt, and William MacEwen.

The director has assembled a great cast as Elizabeth Olsen, Bradley Whitford, and Cherry Jones are just some of the names that are lining up alongside Hiddleston.

I Saw The Light tells the story of the iconic, tormented singer-songwriter Hank Williams who revolutionized country music with his raw charisma, haunting voice and original songs.

Hank Williams (Hiddleston) emerged from the local Alabama music scene after World War II. Wife Audrey (Olsen) was desperate to sing by his side despite being of lesser talent, which fuelled an extremely turbulent home life. But Williams' ability to write songs covering a wide range of emotions, using his own personal troubles as inspiration, became the essence of country music.

Hiddleston is one of the best actors around and 2016 is another very busy year for the in-demand star.

I Saw The Light

- Green Room - released 13th May

Jeremy Saulnier is one of the most exciting filmmakers around and it is great to see him back in the director's chair for the first time since the fantastic Blue Ruin.

Blue Ruin was one of the best films to hit the big screen in 2014 and Green Room looks set to be another must-see film from Saulnier - who has also penned the film's screenplay.

Anton Yelchin is set to take on the central role of Pat and is joined on the cast list by Imogen Poots, Alia Shawkat, Joe Cole, Macon Blair, Callum Turner, and the terrific Patrick Stewart. Saulnier worked with Macon Blair on Blue Ruin two years ago and it is great to see them reuniting for this new crime/thriller.

Down-on-their-luck punk rockers The Ain't Rights agree to a last-minute gig in a backwards Oregon roadhouse. The gig soon takes a sinister turn as the band members stumble upon a grisly murder scene and find themselves targeted by a ruthless club owner and his associates, determined to eliminate all witnesses.

Green Room is a movie that has been winning over critics and audiences on the festival circuit and I am really looking forward to seeing what Saulnier delivers this time around. Having been such a big fan of Blue Ruin, my expectations are really high.

Green Room

- X-Men: Apocalypse - released 18th May

The X-Men franchise has been one of my favourite comic book series of movies in recent years and X-Men: Apocalypse is the May movie that I am looking forward to the most.

X-Men: Apocalypse comes two years after the HUGE success of X-Men: Days of Future Past and sees Bryan Singer back in the director's chair for his fourth film of the franchise.

James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, and Evan Peters are some of the familiar faces on the cast list as they reprise their roles as Charles Xavier, Magneto, Mystique, Beast, and Quicksilver.

However, there are some great new additions to the cast list as Oscar Isaac, Sophie Turner, Tye Sheridan, Alexandra Shipp, Kodi Smith-McPhee, and Olivia Munn are on board as Apocalypse, Jean Grey, Cyclops, Storm, Nightcrawler, and Psylocke.

Since the dawn of civilization, he was worshiped as a god. Apocalypse, the first and most powerful mutant from Marvel's X-Men universe, amassed the powers of many other mutants, becoming immortal and invincible. Upon awakening after thousands of years, he is disillusioned with the world as he finds it and recruits a team of powerful mutants, including a disheartened Magneto (Fassbender), to cleanse mankind and create a new world order, over which he will reign.

As the fate of the Earth hangs in the balance, Raven (Lawrence) with the help of Professor X (McAvoy) must lead a team of young X-Men to stop their greatest nemesis and save mankind from complete destruction.

With every movie the X-Men franchise had got bigger and bigger and X-Men: Apocalypse looks on course to be one of the most successful films in the series to date. I really cannot wait to see where Singer takes the story and the characters this time around.

X-Men: Apocalypse

- Money Monster - released 27th May

We haven't seen Jodie Foster in the director's chair since The Beaver back in 2011... this May she is back with her latest film Money Monster. It is exciting to see her back.

Money Monster sees George Clooney reunite with fellow Oscar-winner Julia Roberts for their first film together since Ocean's Twelve as they tackle the thriller genre together.

Clooney is set to take on the role of TV host Lee Gates and Roberts will play his producer Patty Fenn - whose working day is turned upside when their studio is invaded. They are joined on the cast list by Jack O'Connell, Dominic West, Giancarlo Esposito, Caitriona Balfe, and Greta Lee.

In the taut and tense thriller Money Monster, Lee Gates (Clooney) is a bombastic TV personality whose popular financial network show has made him the money wiz of Wall Street. But after he hawks a high-tech stock that mysteriously crashes, an irate investor (O'Connell) takes Gates, his crew, and his ace producer Patty Fenn (Roberts) hostage live on air.

Unfolding in real time, Gates and Fenn must find a way to keep themselves alive while simultaneously uncovering the truth behind a tangle of big money lies.

Money Monster really is promising to be an edge of your seat ride and I cannot wait to see what Foster delivers with her fourth feature film behind the camera.

Money Monster

- Warcraft: The Beginning - released 30th May

May really is a month of work by exciting filmmakers and Duncan Jones is another that you need to watch out for.

Jones grabbed everyone's attention with his fantastic directorial debut Moon back in 2009, before following that up with Source Code two years later. Now, Jones is set to give up his biggest film yet with Warcraft: The Beginning.

Warcraft: The Beginning is inspired by the hit computer game and looks set to be one of the biggest films to hit the big screen this spring. While computer game movies haven't always had the biggest success at the box office, I am hoping that this film will buck that trend.

Travis Fimmel is set to take on the central role of Anduin Lothar and is joined on the cast list by Paula Patton, Ben Foster, Clancy Brown, Dominic Cooper, Toby Kebbell, Ruth Negga, Robert Kazinsky, and Daniel Wu.

The peaceful realm of Azeroth stands on the brink of war as its civilization faces a fearsome race of invaders: Orc warriors fleeing their dying home to colonize another. As a portal opens to connect the two worlds, one army faces destruction and the other faces extinction.

From opposing sides, two heroes are set on a collision course that will decide the fate of their family, their people, and their home. So begins a spectacular saga of power and sacrifice in which war has many faces, and everyone fights for something.

This is the first blockbuster project for Jones and I am really looking forward to seeing how he has made the leap into this genre of film.

Warcraft: The Beginning

Other May movies not to miss include Alice Through The Looking Glass, A Hologram for the King, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, and Angry Birds.


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