May has arrived, and the summer blockbuster movie season is officially beginning. As the weather heats up, the next four weeks will see the final chapter of a beloved Marvel franchise, the second-to-last chapter of Dominic Toretto and his family, an adaptation of a worldwide hit anime, Disney’s newest live-action adaptation, and more.
Here are all the wide-release movies coming to theaters in May 2023. Get tickets here.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 – Release Date: Friday, May 5
Cast: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Bradley Cooper, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Karen Gillan, Sylvester Stallone, Pom Klementieff, Will Poulter, Elizabeth Debicki, Sean Gunn, Chukwudi Iwuji, Maria Bakalova
Director: James Gunn
In Marvel Studios’ Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 our beloved band of misfits are looking a bit different these days. Peter Quill, still reeling from the loss of Gamora, must rally his team around him to defend the universe along with protecting one of their own. A mission that, if not completed successfully, could quite possibly lead to the end of the Guardians as we know them.
Love Again – Release Date: Friday, May 5
Cast: Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Sam Heughan, Celine Dion, Russell Tovey, Steve Oram, Omid Djalili, Sofia Barclay, Lydia West, Arinzé Kene, Celia Imrie
Director: Jim Strouse
What if a random text message led to the love of your life? In Love Again, that’s exactly what’s explored. In the romantic comedy, dealing with the loss of her fiancé, Mira Ray sends a series of romantic texts to his old cell phone number…not realizing the number was reassigned to Rob Burns’ new work phone. A journalist, Rob is captivated by the honesty in the beautifully confessional texts. When he’s assigned to write a profile of megastar Celine Dion (playing herself in her first film role), he enlists her help in figuring out how to meet Mira in person…and win her heart.
Knights of the Zodiac – Release Date: Friday, May 12
Cast: Famke Janssen, Madison Iseman, Sean Bean, Mark Dacascos, Nick Stahl, Mackenyu, Diego Tinoco, David Torok
Director: Tomasz Baginski
Based on the international anime sensation, Knights of the Zodiac brings the Saint Seiya saga to the big screen in live-action for the first time. Seiya, a headstrong street teen, spends his time fighting for cash while he searches for his abducted sister. When one of his fights unwittingly taps into mystical powers he never knew he had, Seiya finds himself thrust into a world of warring saints, ancient magical training and a reincarnated goddess who needs his protection. If he’s to survive, he will need to embrace his destiny and sacrifice everything to take his rightful place among the Knights of the Zodiac.
Hypnotic – Release Date: Friday, May 12
Cast: Ben Affleck, Alice Braga, J.D. Pardo, Hala Finley, Jackie Earle Haley, William Fichtner, Dayo Okeniyi, Jeff Fahey, Kelly Frye
Director: Robert Rodriguez
In Hypnotic, Ben Affleck plays Austin detective Danny Rourke. Determined to find his missing daughter, Rourke instead finds himself spiraling down a rabbit hole while investigating a series of reality-bending bank robberies where he will ultimately call into question his most basic assumptions about everything and everyone in his world. Aided by Diana Cruz, a gifted psychic, Rourke simultaneously pursues and is pursued by a lethal specter – the one man he believes holds the key to finding the missing girl – only to discover more than he ever bargained for.
Book Club: The Next Chapter – Release Date: Friday, May 12
Cast: Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda, Candice Bergen, Mary Steenburgen, Andy Garcia, Don Johnson, Craig T. Nelson, Giancarlo Giannini, Hugh Quarshie, Vincent Riotta
Director: Bill Holderman
The follow-up to 2018’s Book Club hits theaters when Book Club: The Next Chapter opens this month, continuing the story. Four best friends take their book club to Italy for the fun girls trip they never had. When things go off the rails and secrets are revealed, their relaxing vacation turns into a once-in-a-lifetime cross-country adventure.
Fast X – Release Date: Friday, May 19
Cast: Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Jason Momoa, Brie Larson, Charlize Theron, Jason Statham, Sung Kang, Nathalie Emmanuel, Rita Moreno, Helen Mirren, Michael Rooker, Cardi B, Alan Ritchson
Director: Louis Leterrier
Over many missions and against impossible odds, Dom Toretto and his family have outsmarted, out-nerved, and outdriven every foe in their path. Now, in Fast X, they confront the most lethal opponent they’ve ever faced: A terrifying threat emerging from the shadows of the past who’s fueled by blood revenge, and who is determined to shatter this family and destroy everything—and everyone—that Dom loves, forever.
The Little Mermaid – Release Date: Friday, May 26
Cast: Halle Bailey, Daveed Diggs, Jacob Tremblay, Awkwafina, Jonah Hauer-King, Art Malik, Noma Dumezweni, Javier Bardem, Melissa McCarthy, Jessica Alexander
Director: Rob Marshall
The Little Mermaid is the beloved story of Ariel, a beautiful and spirited young mermaid with a thirst for adventure. The youngest of King Triton’s daughters, and the most defiant, Ariel longs to find out more about the world beyond the sea, and while visiting the surface, falls for the dashing Prince Eric. While mermaids are forbidden to interact with humans, Ariel must follow her heart. She makes a deal with the evil sea witch, Ursula, which gives her a chance to experience life on land, but ultimately places her life – and her father’s crown – in jeopardy.
About My Father – Release Date: Friday, May 26
Cast: Robert De Niro, Sebastian Maniscalco, Leslie Bibb, Kim Cattrall, David Rasche, Anders Holm
Director: Laura Terruso
The hottest comic in America, Sebastian Maniscalco joins forces with legendary Italian-American and two-time Oscar winner, Robert De Niro, in the new comedy About My Father. The film centers around Sebastian, who is encouraged by his fiancée to bring his immigrant, hairdresser father, Salvo, to a weekend get-together with her super-rich and exceedingly eccentric family. The weekend develops into what can only be described as a culture clash, leaving Sebastian and Salvo to discover that the great thing about family is everything about family.
Kandahar – Release Date: Friday, May 26
Cast: Gerard Butler, Bahador Foladi, Olivia-Mai Barrett, Rebecca Calder, Ross Berkeley Simpson, Vassilis Koukalani, Hakeem Jomah, Tom Rhys Harries, Ray Haratian
Director: Ric Roman Waugh
In Kandahar, an undercover CIA operative gets stuck in hostile territory in Afghanistan after his mission is exposed. Accompanied by his translator, he must fight enemy combatants as he tries to reach an extraction point in Kandahar while keeping himself and his translator safe.
The Machine – Release Date: Friday, May 26
Cast: Bert Kreischer, Mark Hamill, Jimmy Tatro, Iva Babic, Robert Maaser, Stephanie Kurtzuba, Jessica Gabor, Rita Bernard Shaw, Nikola Ðuricko, Oleg Taktarov
Director: Peter Atencio
Set 23 years after the original story which inspired it, The Machine finds Bert facing familial crisis and the arrival of his estranged father when the ghost of his booze-soaked past arrives: a murderous mobster hellbent on kidnapping Bert back to the motherland to atone for his crimes. Together, he and his father must retrace the steps of his younger self in the midst of a war between a sociopathic crime family while they attempt to find common ground.