May 2011 Movie Guide

May is just the beginning of Summer and we are just getting warmed up for what’s coming in the next three month. However, there are of course plenty to be excited about this month.

We have prepared a list of movies coming out this month in order of release date. Let’s get ready to watch some movies!

 
 
BRIDESMAIDS – May 13

Our take: It’s really rare to see an all-female cast comedy, and so you almost owe it to yourself to go see it. So far the comedy has gotten some positive feedback, could this become the female “Hangover”?

Synopsis: Kristen Wiig leads the cast as Annie, a maid of honor whose life unravels as she leads her best friend, Lillian (Maya Rudolph), and a group of colorful bridesmaids (Rose Byrne, Melissa McCarthy, Wendi McLendon-Covey and Ellie Kemper) on a wild ride down the road to matrimony.

Annie’s life is a mess. But when she finds out her lifetime best friend is engaged, she simply must serve as Lillian’s maid of honor. Though lovelorn and broke, Annie bluffs her way through the expensive and bizarre rituals. With one chance to get it perfect, she’ll show Lillian and her bridesmaids just how far you’ll go for someone you love.

 
 
PRIEST – May 13

PRIEST

Our take: Could this be a vampire version of Paul Bettany’s Legion? It sure looks like it. But gosh darn it, we still want to check it out. And you know what? Killer vampires are cool!

Synopsis: PRIEST, a post-apocalyptic action thriller, is set in an alternate world — one ravaged by centuries of war between man and vampires. The story revolves around a legendary Warrior Priest (Paul Bettany) from the last Vampire War who now lives in obscurity among the other downtrodden human inhabitants in walled-in dystopian cities ruled by the Church. When his niece (Lily Collins) is abducted by a murderous pack of vampires, Priest breaks his sacred vows to venture out on an obsessive quest to find her before they turn her into one of them. He is joined on his crusade by his niece’s boyfriend (Cam Gigandet), a trigger-fingered young wasteland sheriff, and a former Warrior Priestess (Maggie Q) who possesses otherworldly fighting skills.

 
 
HESHER – May 13 (Limited)

Hesher movie photo

Our take: Strong cast, which also includes Natalie Portman, but Hesher might not be for everyone. It definitely has an independent feel and if that’s not your type of thing you might be better to skip it. However, the trailer has left us quite intrigued, so it might be worth a try.

Synopsis: Loud music. Pornography. Burning shit to the ground. These are a few of Hesher’s favorite things. And they are what Hesher (Joseph Gordon Levitt) brings into the lives of TJ (Devin Brochu) and his father, Paul (Rainn Wilson) when he takes up residence in their garage uninvited.

Grief-stricken by the loss of TJ’s mother in a car accident, Paul can’t muster the strength to evict the strange squatter, and soon the long-haired, tattooed Hesher becomes a fixture in the household. Like a force of nature, Hesher’s anarchy shakes the family out of their grief and helps them embrace life once more.

 
 
EVERYTHING MUST GO – May 13 (Limited)

Everything Must Go movie photo with Will Ferrell

Our take: A quirky independent film starring Will Ferrell as a man who lost his job the same day his wife left him and locked him out of the house? Sounds right up our alley. Will Ferrell has just the right amount of pathetic which could make this movie a winner.

Synopsis: Adapted and directed by Dan Rush, and based on a short story by Raymond Carver, EVERYTHING MUST GO tells the story of NICK PORTER (WILL FERRELL) a career salesman whose days of being on top are long gone. The same day Nick gets fired, for falling off the wagon one last time, he returns home to discover his wife has left him, changed the locks on their suburban home and dumped all his possessions out on the front yard. Faced with his life imploding, Nick puts it all on the line – or more properly, on the lawn – reluctantly holding a yard sale that becomes a unique strategy for survival.

 
 
SKATELAND – May 13 (Limited)

skateland movie photo

Our take: This one we actually saw at Sundance back in 2010. It’s coming of age film taking place in the 1980s. Nothing too mind blowing about it, but it was enjoyable.
Bonus: Shiloh Fernandez from Red Riding Hood and Ashley Greene from the Twilight Saga star.

Synopsis: Skateland, set against the landscape of upstart malls, Jordache jeans and iconic hang outs, is as much a story about embracing who you are as it is about moving on. The personal drama marks the poignant transition of a group of high school friends into adulthood. Set in the early 1980s, in small town Texas, it is genuine, touching and candid snapshot of the lives of a close-knit group of friends who are confronted with the realities of the precarious world around them. The film revolves around a charismatic young skating rink manager named Ritchie Wheeler (Shiloh Fernandez), brother and sister Brent and Michelle Burkham (Heath Freeman, Ashley Greene) and the legendary, wise-cracking, Kenny Crawford (Taylor Handley) as their dreams and carefree lives start to fade into an uncertain future.

 
 

PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: ON STRANGER TIDES movie

Our take: Jack Sparrow is back! And while the previous two sequels left a lot to be desired, there is no way we could stay away from this one. Here’s hoping this new venture into the Pirates of the Caribbean will be a success, and should it fail? Well at least there’s Johnny Depp.

Synopsis: Produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and directed by Rob Marshall, “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” captures the fun, adventure and humor that ignited the hit franchise-this time in Disney Digital 3DT. Johnny Depp returns to his iconic role of Captain Jack Sparrow in an action-packed tale of truth, betrayal, youth and demise. When Jack crosses paths with a woman from his past (Penelope Cruz), he’s not sure if it’s love-or if she’s a ruthless con artist who’s using him to find the fabled Fountain of Youth. When she forces him aboard the Queen Anne’s Revenge, the ship of the formidable pirate Blackbeard (Ian McShane), Jack finds himself on an unexpected adventure in which he doesn’t know who to fear more: Blackbeard or the woman from his past.

 
 
MIDNIGHT IN PARIS – May 20 (Limited)

midnight in paris

Our take: The latest Woody Allen movie. If you are a fan of his work, there’s probably no need to convince you to see this one. For the rest of you, on the one hand the movie takes place in Paris and features lots of great actors, including Rachel McAdams, Marion Cotillard, Michael Sheen, Owen Wilson, Adrien Brody, Kathy Bates and Carla Bruni. On the other hand, it’s a Woody Allen movie which usually means it’s either hit or miss. As for us, we’ll give this one a chance based on the fun trailer.

Synopsis: A romantic comedy about a family traveling to the French capital for business. The party includes a young engaged couple forced to confront the illusion that a life different from their own is better.

 
 
KUNG FU PANDA 2 – May 26

Kung Fu Panda 2

Our take: Po and his friends are back and ready to fight new evil. This one is for the family and with the first movie being lots of fun, we say why not?!

Synopsis: Po is now living his dream as The Dragon Warrior, protecting the Valley of Peace alongside his friends and fellow kung fu masters, The Furious Five – Tigress, Crane, Mantis, Viper and Monkey. But Po’s new life of awesomeness is threatened by the emergence of a formidable villain, who plans to use a secret, unstoppable weapon to conquer China and destroy kung fu. It is up to Po and The Furious Five to journey across China to face this threat and vanquish it. But how can Po stop a weapon that can stop kung fu? He must look to his past and uncover the secrets of his mysterious origins; only then will he be able to unlock the strength he needs to succeed.

 
 

the hangover part 2

Our take: It’s The Hangover revisited… who wouldn’t want to see that? Did we mention there’s a monkey this time?

Synopsis: In the follow-up to the record-breaking hit comedy “The Hangover,” Phil (Bradley Cooper), Stu (Ed Helms), Alan (Zach Galifianakis) and Doug (Justin Bartha) travel to exotic Thailand for Stu’s wedding. After the unforgettable bachelor party in Las Vegas, Stu is taking no chances and has opted for a safe, subdued pre-wedding brunch. However, things don’t always go as planned. What happens in Vegas may stay in Vegas, but what happens in Bangkok can’t even be imagined.

 
 
THE TREE OF LIFE – May 27 (Limited)

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Our take: The Tree of Life not only looks like a beautiful movie visually, but from what we can tell of the trailer, this drama will not be told conventionally, and we like that. Definitely a movie at the top of our list.

Synopsis: From Terrence Malick, the acclaimed director of such classic films as Badlands, Days of Heaven and The Thin Red Line, The Tree of Life is the impressionistic story of a Midwestern family in the 1950’s. The film follows the life journey of the eldest son, Jack, through the innocence of childhood to his disillusioned adult years as he tries to reconcile a complicated relationship with his father (Brad Pitt). Jack (played as an adult by Sean Penn) finds himself a lost soul in the modern world, seeking answers to the origins and meaning of life while questioning the existence of faith. Through Malick’s signature imagery, we see how both brute nature and spiritual grace shape not only our lives as individuals and families, but all life.

 
Also released this month…
 

Go For It! – May 13 (Limited)
The Big Bang – May 13 (Limited)
The First Grader – May 13 (Limited)
The High Cost of Living – May 13 (Limited)
True Legend – May 13 (Limited)
Cost of a Soul – May 20 (Limited)