May is here, and while this year’s summer blockbuster movie season won’t quite kick off with the bang we’re used to, more and more movie theaters are opening up around the country as Covid vaccines continue to roll out. Disney’s latest live-action movie about one of its iconic villains leads the way, along with two highly-anticipated horror franchises offering up their latest installments. Guy Ritchie is back with his latest action flick, as is Taylor Sheridan with his latest gritty thriller. Rounding it out, there are enough comedies and romances coming to theaters this month to offer something to entice any moviegoer.
Here are all the movies coming to theaters in May 2021.
Wrath of Man – Release Date: Friday, May 7
Cast: Jason Statham, Holt McCallany, Jeffrey Donovan, Josh Hartnett, Laz Alonso, Raúl Castillo, Deobia Oparei, Eddie Marsan, Scott Eastwood
Director: Guy Ritchie
Jason Statham stars as H, a cash truck security guard with a mysterious past in Wrath of Man. During an attempted heist of their armored truck, H surprises his coworkers by unleashing highly precise sharpshooter and combat skills. After that, speculation starts to swirl about who he is and where he comes from – and eventually, it becomes clear that working as a cash truck security guard is only a single step in a grander plan of revenge.
Mainstream – Release Date: Friday, May 7
Cast: Andrew Garfield, Maya Hawke, Nat Wolff, Jason Schwartzman, Johnny Knoxville, Alexa Demie, Colleen Camp, Marshall Bell, Pascale Coppola
Director: Gia Coppola
Mainstream tells the story of an unconventional love triangle in the digital age. When Frankie (Maya Hawke), Link (Andrew Garfield) and Jake (Nat Wolff), become intertwined in a three-way romance, they struggle to preserve their individual identities and hold onto their sense of self in a cautionary tale by Gia Coppola of the Coppola film dynasty.
Here Today – Release Date: Friday, May 7
Cast: Billy Crystal, Tiffany Haddish, Penn Badgley, Laura Benanti, Louisa Krause, Anna Deavere Smith, Nyambi Nyambi, Sharon Stone, Kevin Kline, Barry Levinson
Director: Billy Crystal
When veteran comedy writer Charlie Burnz (Billy Crystal) meets New York street singer Emma Payge (Tiffany Haddish), they form an unlikely yet hilarious and touching friendship that kicks the generation gap aside and redefines the meaning of love and trust in Here Today.
Spiral – Release Date: Friday, May 14
Cast: Chris Rock, Samuel L. Jackson, Max Minghella, Marisol Nichols, Nazneed Contractor, Zoie Palmer, Josh Stolberg, Dan Petronijevic
Director: Darren Lynn Bousman
Chris Rock stars as Detective Zeke Banks in Spiral, the latest installment in the Saw franchise. Less a gory horror as much as a thriller, it finds Banks’s detective up against a sadistic mastermind who has unleashed their own brand of twisted justice upon the city Banks loves.
The Djinn – Release Date: Friday, May 14
Cast: Ezra Dewey, Rob Brownstein, Tevy Poe, Donald Pitts, John Erickson
Director: David Charbonier, Justin Powell
Horror movie The Djinn finds a mute boy being trapped in his apartment with a sinister monster when he makes a wish to fulfill his heart’s greatest desire and opens a Pandora’s box of unintended and malevolent consequences. Horror fans, you’ll want to mark this one.
Finding You – Release Date: Friday, May 14
Cast: Rose Reid, Jedidiah Goodacre, Katherine McNamara, Patrick Bergin, Saoirse-Monica Jackson, Judith Hoag, Fiona Bell, Ciaran McMahon, Tom Everett Scott, Vanessa Redgrave
Director: Brian Baugh
Finding You follows the story of violinist Finley Sinclair, who travels to an Irish coastal village to begin her semester studying abroad after an ill-fated audition at a prestigious New York music conservatory. There, she encounters heartthrob movie star Beckett Rush, who is there to film a movie. As romance sparks between the unlikely pair, they’re both emboldened to break out of the boxes they’ve been put in. But when forces surrounding Beckett’s stardom threaten to crush their dreams, Finley must decide what she is willing to risk for love.
Those Who Wish Me Dead – Release Date: Friday, May 14
Cast: Angelina Jolie, Nicholas Hoult, Finn Little, Aidan Gillen, Medina Senghore, Tyler Perry, Jake Weber, Jon Bernthal, Tory Kittles, Lora Martinez-Cunningham
Director: Taylor Sheridan
Based on the book by Michael Koryta, Those Who Wish Me Dead stars Angelina Jolie as smoke jumper Hannah Faber. When a 12-year-old murder witness finds himself pursued by twin assassins in the Montana wilderness, Hannah finds herself unexpectedly in the position of his protector. Hannah and the boy must escape their pursuers – if the sudden forest fire threatening to consume them all doesn’t get them first.
The Killing Of Two Lovers – Release Date: Friday, May 14
Cast: Clayne Crawford, Sepideh Moafi, Chris Coy, Avery Pizzuto, Arri Graham, Ezra Graham, Barbara Whinnery, Noah Kershisnik
Director: Robert Machoian
The Killing of Two Lovers is Neon’s newest slow-burn family drama. Husband David desperately tries to keep his family together and save his troubled marriage during a trial separation from his wife. They both agree to see other people, but when his wife meets someone new, David struggles to grapple with her new relationship.
The Dry – Release Date: Friday, May 21
Cast: Eric Bana, Genevieve O’Reilly, Keir O’Donnell, Bruce Spence, Matt Nable, James Frecheville, BeBe Bettencourt, Sam Corlett, Jeremy Lindsay Taylor, John Polson
Director: Robert Connolly
Eric Bana stars in thriller The Dry as federal agent Aaron Falk returns to his hardscrabble hometown to attend the funeral of his childhood friend, Luke, who allegedly killed his wife and child before taking his own life. When Falk reluctantly agrees to stay and investigate the crime, it inadvertently opens up old wounds regarding the death of 17- year-old Ellie Deacon years ago. The deeper it goes, the more it seems the two crimes, separated by decades, are connected. As he struggles to solve both cases, Falk finds himself pitted against the pent-up rage of a terrified and exhausted community.
A Quiet Place Part II – Release Date: Friday, May 28
Cast: Emily Blunt, Cillian Murphy, Millicent Simmonds, Noah Jupe, Djimon Hounsou, John Krasinski, Wayne Duvall, Lauren-Ashley Cristiano, Okieriete Onaodowan
Director: John Krasinski
Following the deadly events at home in the first hit film, A Quiet Place Part II finds the Abbott family facing the terrors of the outside world as they continue their fight survival in silence. Forced to venture into the unknown, they quickly realize that the creatures that hunt by sound are not the only threats that lurk beyond the sand path as Evelyn (Blunt) struggles to keep her family together in the wake of losing her husband, Lee (Krasinski).
Cruella – Release Date: Friday, May 28
Cast: Emma Stone, Emma Thompson, Joel Fry, Paul Walter Hauser, Emily Beecham, Kirby Howell-Baptiste, Mark Strong, Jamie Demetriou, John Mccrea
Director: Craig Gillespie
Emma Stone stars as a young Cruella de Vil in a live-action prequel showing the iconic Disney villain’s rise to infamy. Before she was known as a villain who wanted to skin puppies, Cruella de Vil had a dream to become a famous fashion designer. But when life grinds her down, Cruella finds herself broke orphaned on the streets of London. When a chance encounter vaults her into the circles of the rich and famous, Cruella starts to wonder if she might be destined for more – and what she’s willing to do to achieve it.