Top Ten May New Releases

maytoptenMovie maniacs and television tragics, gather round. We’ve got some seriously impressive titles due for release this month. We could go on all day…but to keep things simple, we’ve selected just ten of our most exciting new releases to tell you a little more about….

Here they are, in no particular order. Click on the title or image for a closer look.

Hidden Figureshidden figures

Genre: Drama
Classification: PG
Audience: Adult
Release Date: May 31

As the United States raced against Russia to send a man into space, NASA found untapped talent in a group of female African-American mathematicians. This is their amazing, true story.

Hidden Figures is based on the book of the same name by Margot Lee Shetterly. Of the movie adaptation, Shetterly says, “That great spirit that the space program has – that sense of adventure and drama – they brought all of that to this movie”.

Hidden Figures has won not only hearts, but a trophy room full of awards. Here’s the amazing Janelle Monae talking about her role in the film:

We reviewed Hidden Figures here on the Digitales blog earlier this year! Click or tap here to take a look.


 

LionLiom

Genre: Drama
Classification: PG
Audience: Adult
Release Date: May 3

Five-year-old Saroo becomes lost on the streets of Calcutta, 1500 miles away from his home in rural India, he struggles to survive on the streets. Eventually, he is taken into an orphanage, and is adopted by a couple in Tasmania. 25 years later, Saroo sets out to find his lost family – with a little help from Google.

Lion is based on Saroo Brierley’s memoir, A Long Way Home. The film was developed by Australian producers, Andrew Fraser and Shahen Mekertichian, who steadfastly refused to change the Australian setting of part of the film to America – even after the film was rejected by numerous American production companies. Lead actor, Dev Patel, spent eight months to prepare for his role as Saroo. He changed his physique, grew a beard, visited Saroo Brierley’s orphanage in India – and, of course, learned how to speak with an Australian accent. He can drop by the Digitales office and say g’day to us any time.

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La La Landla la land

Genre: Musical
Rating: M
Audience: Adult
Release Date: May 3

Mia, an aspiring actress, serves lattes to movie stars in between auditions. Sebastian, a jazz musician, scrapes by playing cocktail party gigs in dingy bars. As success beckons, Mia and Sebastian are faced with decisions that begin to fray the fragile fabric of their love affair, and the dreams they worked so hard to maintain in each other threaten to rip them apart.

La La Land is the third film in which lead actors, Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling have appeared together. It also holds the record for the most Oscar nominations a film has ever received without winning Best Picture – though thanks to a now-famous Oscars slip up, it came pretty close!

A strange bit of Hollywood synchronicity: Harry Potter star, Emma Watson turned down the role of Mia in La La Land to appear in Beauty and the Beast. Ryan Gosling turned down the role as the Beast in Beauty and the Beast so he could star as Sebastian in La La Land.

Want to know what we thought of La La Land? Take a look at our Fast Five review.


 

Fifty Shades Darkerfifty shades darker

Genre: Drama
Rating: MA15+
Audience: Adult
Release Date: May 24

Christian and Ana decide to rekindle their relationship, except this time there are no more rules or punishments. As they begin to get used to their newfound relationship, Christian’s past begins to haunt Ana as Christian struggles with his innermost thoughts.

Yep, it’s the much-anticipated sequel to 2015’s Fifty Shades of Grey, based on the series of books by E L James. Unlike the first film in the series, the screenplay for Fifty Shades Darker was written by film and television writer, Niall Leonard…who also happens to be E L James’ husband.

Star Jamie Dornan had only five weeks to prepare for his role in the first Fifty Shades film, and reportedly wasn’t happy with his appearance. Christian Grey, after all, is meant to be in exceptional physical shape. This time around, Dornan had years to prepare for his role, and spent much more time working out. We’ll leave you to judge the results.

Fifty Shades Freed, the final film in the trilogy, is due to hit cinemas in February, 2018.

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A Street Cat Named Boba street cat named bob

Genre: Drama
Rating: PG
Audience: Adult
Release Date: May 10

When London busker and recovering drug addict James Bowen finds injured ginger street cat Bob in his sheltered accommodation, he has no idea just how much his life is about to change.

It seems May is a month for films based on true stories! A Street Cat Named Bob is based on the bestselling book of the same name by James Bowen.

The role of Bob is, for the most part, played by himself – the real Bob! James Bowen also makes a cameo appearance – you can spot him in a scene towards the end of the film. The film’s (human) star, Luke Treadaway, was cast because he’s a singer and plays the guitar. His busking scenes in the film are the real deal!


The Great Wallthe great wall

Genre: Action
Rating: M
Audience: Adult
Release Date: May 31

When a mercenary warrior is imprisoned within the Great Wall, he discovers the mystery behind one of the greatest wonders of the world. As wave after wave of marauding beasts besiege the massive structure, his quest for fortune turns into a journey toward heroism as he joins a huge army of elite warriors to confront the unimaginable and seemingly unstoppable force

With a whopping $150 million budget, The Great Wall is the most expensive movie ever filmed in China. However, there’s no amount of money that can buy the rights to film on the actual Great Wall of China. The Great Wall in the film was added in later, using a little CGI magic.

the great wall matt damon


Manchester by the Seamanchester by the sea

Genre: Drama
Rating: MA15 +
Audience: Adult
Release Date: May 17

An uncle is obliged to return home to care for his nephew after his brother dies. Not knowing that he has been named guardian, he struggles with the decision.

Matt Damon was due to direct and star in Manchester by the Sea, but had to pull out due to scheduling commitments. He was able to take on a behind-the-scenes role as the film’s producer though. Busy guy!

Manchester by the Sea took home two Oscars, as well as a pile of other awards. Including Best Original Screenplay at the BAFTAs and Movie of the Year at the AFI Awards in America. Not bad for a film shot in 32 days!


Brian Cox – Life of a Universebrian cox life of a universe

Genre: Documentary
Rating: PG
Audience: Adult
Release Date: May 3

Professor Brian Cox tackles the biggest story of them all — the beginning and the end of everything. How did the universe come into being? What existed before the big bang? Do the laws of physics for our universe inexorably lead to the existence of us? When will the last day on Earth be? When will the stars die and the sky go dark? What will be left at the very end of the everything? Is the end of the Universe really even the end?

Trust the dreamiest genius around, Professor Brian Cox, to have the answers to all the biggest questions in the Universe. This two part special for the ABC documents Cox’s travels around Australia, and explores the southern sky and Aboriginal creation stories and so much more. You’ll be able to feel your brain expanding!

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Resident Evil – The Final Chapterresident evil the final chapter

Genre: Action
Rating: MA15+
Audience: Adult
Release Date: May 17

Alice is the only survivor of what was meant to be humanity’s final stand against the Undead. Now, she must return to the place the nightmare began — The Hive in Raccoon City, where the Umbrella Corporation is gathering its forces for a final strike against the only remaining survivors of the apocalypse.

The first Resident Evil film came out in 2002, which makes the franchise fifteen years old this year! With the release of The Final Chapter, the Resident Evil series is now officially the highest grossing horror film franchise of all time.

If you’re in dire need of more Resident Evil, you’re in luck: there’s word that a TV series might be on the way!

resident evil


The Kettering Incidentthe kettering incident

Genre: Drama
Rating: MA15+
Audience: Adult
Release Date: May 3

Anna Macy left Kettering when she was just 14, shortly after her best friend, Gillian Baxter mysteriously disappeared. 15 years on, Anna returns to find the town struggling to survive. As painful memories start to surface, Anna is drawn to discover what really happened the night Gillian disappeared.

If you’re a fan of Twin Peaks, Top of the Lake – or any Scandi crime series, you’re going to love The Kettering Incident. Filmed in and around Kettering, Tasmania, The Kettering Incident is Australian television as you’ve never seen it before. You’ll be on the edge of your seat…we promise!

Keen to see more of our May New Release titles? Take a look!

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