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At the Movies – May Edition

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The nights are getting darker, so head out to a movie this May.

We’ve compiled a list of the four best films hitting our screens this month. May is going to be a great for both international and domestic films, so here are our picks for what flicks you need to see.

The Blockbusters

Alien: Covenant
Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi

One of the most anticipated films in sci-fi history, Alien: Covenant continues Sir Ridley Scott’s prequel/spin-off series leading up to the first Alien film. Beginning back in 2012 with Prometheus, a film that divided both critics and fans upon it’s release, the trailer for this film has presented a suspenseful, but grisly and action-packed affair, with some drawing a comparison to James Cameron’s more action packed Aliens.

Scott himself has been very hit-and-miss during this decade, with movies like The Counselor and Exodus: Gods and Kings being some of the worst movies of his career. However, in 2015 he returned to winning form with The Martian and looks to have found his way again as a director. This makes Alien: Covenant a very exciting proposition, not the least of which because it will see the return of characters Elizabeth Shaw (Noomi Rapace) and android David (Michael Fassbender) from Prometheus, but will also see many questions from that film answered.

Alien: Covenant tells the story of a ship colony of the same name landing on a planet they believe to be an uncharted paradise. However, upon the discovery of android David, it is soon revealed to be far from paradise, instead, inhabited by monstrous creatures that start to hunt them.

In cinemas 11th May 2017

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales 
Genre: Action, Fantasy, Swashbuckler

Okay, hear us out on this one. The last few outings of this franchise have been lacklustre to say the least. And many people, particularly here in Australia, only remember this film because of its troubled production, and by the fact that Johnny Depp got in trouble for bringing in his dogs, (and then for issuing an ‘extremely heartfelt’ apology for it). So this film might be the last thing that people may want to see.

So why is it on our list? Well, when the Pirates franchise got the formula right for producing entertaining cinema experiences, as it did with the first two film which were was proven by the box office numbers, consider the fact that early screenings for Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales have been positive and maybe we might finally have the Pirates sequel that replicates the amusement of Curse of the Black Pearl.

In this film, Captain Jack Sparrow (Depp) is being hunted by Armando Salazar (Javier Bardem), an old rival who is out to kill every pirate. To defeat him, Sparrow seeks the Trident of Poseidon, and runs into some familiar faces on the way, including Captain Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush) and Captain Will Turner (Orlando Bloom).

In cinemas 25th May 2017 

The Surprise Package

Get Out
Genre: Comedy, Horror

The world of dark comedy has produced some amazing films in recent years, from classics including Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzzto the more unconventional films like In Bruges and Cabin in the Woods. However, few compare to the spaced out, hilarious but chilling movie experience that is Get Out. This film has become a box office smash and has been almost universally acclaimed by both critics and fans.

The film tells the story of Chris (Daniel Kaluuya), who is on his way to meet his girlfriend Rose’s (Allison Williams) parents for the first time. At first, Chris reads her family’s accommodating behaviour as nervous attempts to deal with their daughter’s interracial relationship, but as time progresses he makes a series of disturbing discoveries that lead him to a truth he could have never imagined.

If you are into twisted, dark humour with a socially aware edge, look no further, we have found the Holy Grail.

In cinemas 4th May 2017

Australian-Owned

Whiteley 
Genre: Documentary

This remarkable visual journey looks at the life of one of Australia’s most controversial and celebrated artists, Brett Whiteley. Through detailed archives, drama and visual effects, this raw and intimate film shows Whiteley’s passion to express himself through art, and the many weird and wonderful places the art form took him.

Superbly crafted by director James Bogle, the film has been painstaking put together using excerpts from Whiteley’s diaries, interviews and behind-the-scenes footage. If you are an art buff who loves the story of how a great Australian artists became one of the most recognisable figures in painting, then this is the film for you.

In Cinemas 11th May 2017 

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