The Jungle Book ran away with April as Disney landed it’s second big hit of the year. With Zootopia over $300 million and The Jungle Book headed there, Disney will likely have their biggest hit of 2016 so far in Captain America: Civil War. Welcome to the summer season! With 21 films slated for release in the month of May, here’s the trailers for all of them, ranked by anticipation:
1. Captain America: Civil War (May 6th)
The hype is huge on Captain America: Civil War. It’s hard to believe I’ve avoided every movie into the Marvel Expanded Universe with the exception of Ant-Man. (X-Men doesn’t count yet, right?) The buzz about the early reviews is so good, I can’t deny this one.
2. The Nice Guys (May 20th)
Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling in a 70s throwback buddy action/comedy? I’m in! PS, this retro trailer is great!
3. Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising (May 20th)
Neighbors 2 has Seth Rogen, Zac Efron AND Selena Gomez. This could be a silent video of them reading a newspaper in black & white and I’d still have to watch. It’s not even a want to watch, I’d have to watch it. They are my kryptonite. Don’t judge me. (Trailer is NSFW.)
4. X-Men: Apocalypse (May 27th)
Until that adamantium claw appeared, I wasn’t as excited but now, it’s must see!
5. Money Monster (May 13th)
Money Monster officially starts the second tier of films to see in May. The trailer feels like it gives us way too much. Note to the studio: You have GEORGE CLOONEY AND JULIA ROBERTS! You don’t need to oversell it!
6. Alice Through the Looking Glass (May 27th)
This feels like a cash grab but you can’t blame Disney after the success of the first.
7. The Angry Birds Movie (May 20th)
Speaking of cash grabs…
8. The Lobster (May 13th)
A trailer for The Lobster has been floating around for a year. Internationally, the film has made the rounds but it’s U.S. release has taken forever.
9. High-Rise (May 13th)
High-Rise stars Tom Hiddleston and starts in limited release. May 13th sees a pile of limited releases and we’re pulling for this one to expand.
10. Elstree 1976 (May 6th)
A Kickstarter funded documentary on the actors and extras of the original Star Wars will probably never get to triple digit screens but this one might be worth hunting down. Just make sure you shoot first.
11. Last Days in the Desert (May 13th)
Ewan McGregor plays Jesus and The Devil.
12. Search Party (May 13th)
Originally scheduled to release almost two years ago, Search Party hasn’t been able to find the light of day. It’s been in development hell bouncing between studios and will finally find it’s way to the big screen after nearly three years since the movie wrapped filming. (Trailer NSFW)
13. A Bigger Splash (May 4th)
Hollywood isn’t bothering with a sacrificial lamb to get annihilated by Captain America: Civil War. A Bigger Splash starts small in New York and Los Angeles on Wednesday and won’t expand for a few weeks.
14. Maggie’s Plan (May 20th)
Good cast (Greta Gerwig, Ethan Hawke, Julianne Moore, Bill Hader, Maya Rudolph) but nothing Earth shattering in the idea department. Rebecca Miller (wife of Daniel Day-Lewis) wrote and directed the movie in her first big screen movie since 2009’s The Principal Lives of Pippa Lee.
15. Manhattan Night (May 20th)
The 90s called, they wanted their movie back. Movies like Manhattan Night used to come out every other week in the 90s. Adrien Brody stars.
16. The Darkness (May 13th)
Family terrified by a supernatural phenomenon is a genre, right? Kevin Bacon and Radha Mitchell play the parents.David Mazouz — the kid who plays Bruce Wayne on Gotham — and Lucy Fry are the kids. “Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon” just got a little bit easier.
17. The Ones Below (May 27th)
Last month, The Invitation ruined dinner parties. Now, The Ones Below is here to ruin neighbors.
18. Mothers and Daughters (May 6th)
Hey, look! A competing shitty mother ensemble movie for Mother’s Day. Get it out of your system, Hollywood!
19. Sunset Song (May 13th)
Considered one of the most important Scottish novels of the 20th century, the film looks underwhelming.
20. Love & Friendship (May 13th)
Period piece that is killing it with critics (100% on Rotten Tomatoes after 24 reviews) looks like critic porn and not much else.
21. The Trust (May 13th)
When’s the last time you looked forward to a Nicholas Cage movie? I’ll wait…