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Best Movies in Theaters in May 2018 – Top Movie Releases This Month
Avengers: Infinity War is here to rule the global box-office with an iron fist (er, I mean, Infinity Gauntlet). And with its success more or less preordained, the rest of the studios will be saving their A-list summer efforts until later in the month. Nonetheless, while Marvel’s surefire blockbuster dominates the multiplex, moviegoers will have plenty of other limited limited-release options from which to choose.
Before June arrives, there’ll be even more larger-than-life franchise entries to keep cinephiles satisfied, courtesy of Ryan Reynolds’s foul-mouthed Deadpool and Alden Ehrenreich’s swashbuckling Han Solo.
Overboard (May 4)
Anna Faris is a working-class single mother who tricks her wealthy amnesiac boss (Eugenio Derbez) into thinking he’s her husband in this remake of the 1987 Kurt Russell-Goldie Hawn cult classic.
Tully (May 4)
Charlize Theron is a harried wife and mother whose life is transformed by the arrival of a young nanny in this comedy from the team behind Juno and Young Adult, writer Diablo Cody and director Jason Reitman
RBG (May 4)
Julie Cohen and Betsy West’s documentary presents an up-close-and-personal portrait of the life and career of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
Breaking In (May 11)
There’s nothing more fearsome than a mother on a rampage, as Gabrielle Union proves in this thriller about a mom trying to rescue her kidnaped kids from a high-security home.
Life of the Party (May 11)
Melissa McCarthy responds to her husband’s departure by going back to college—at the same school attended by her daughter—in this big-budget comedy.
Revenge (May 11)
A young woman’s (Matilda Lutz) vacation with her husband is destroyed by the arrival of his scummy friends, whose wretched behavior compels her to become an avenging angel, in this thriller from director Coralie Fargeat.
Filmworker (May 11)
Stanley Kubrick may have been a cinematic genius, but he was only able to accomplish his later masterworks thanks to the devoted assistance of his right-hand man Leon Vitali, who receives his due in this sterling documentary—one of the year’s best.
Terminal (May 11)
Vaughn Stein’s neo-noir thriller stars Margot Robbie as a femme fatale involved with two assassins, a sick schoolteacher (Simon Pegg), and a janitor (Mike Myers).
Dark Crimes (May 11)
Jim Carrey goes dark for this grim thriller, in which he plays a detective investigating a homicide that resembles a crime found in a best-selling author’s (Marton Csokas) latest book.
The Seagull (May 11)
Anton Chekhov’s famed 1896 play about romantic entanglements at a country estate gets a lavish big-screen adaptation starring Saoirse Ronan, Annette Bening, Corey Stall, and Elisabeth Moss.
Deadpool 2 (May 18)
Ryan Reynolds’ fourth wall-breaking Marvel hero returns for more wise-cracking insanity in this sequel to 2016’s R-rated hit, which is directed by Atomic Blonde’s David Leitch and co-stars Josh Brolin as time-traveling badass Cable.
First Reformed (May 18)
Ethan Hawke is a former military chaplain whose own post-traumatic guilt is complicated by his relationship with a woman (Amanda Seyfried) in Paul Schrader’s acclaimed drama.
How to Talk to Girls at Parties (May 18)
A 1970s London punk rocker (Alex Sharp) meets, and falls in love with, a teenage extraterrestrial (Elle Fanning) in John Cameron Mitchell’s wild period-piece musical co-starring Nicole Kidman.
Solo: A Star Wars Story (May 25)
Han Solo’s origins are revealed—including how he first befriended Chewbacca and Lando Calrissian—in this stand-alone adventure starring Alden Ehrenreich, Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke, Donald Glover, and Thandie Newton.
Mary Shelley (May 25)
Mary Shelley’s romance with poet Percy Bysshe Shelley—which inspired her to write her classic horror novel Frankenstein—is the basis for this gothic romance.