May flowers are here and the summer movie season at the box office officially begins with a familiar franchise and frequent family factors while home video and streaming options should satisfy all aged audiences (all release dates are subject to change).
On May 1st the Netflix streaming service will begin the month with the 1994 classic Forrest Gump directed by Robert Zemeckis and starring Tom Hanks, Robin Wright, and Gary Sinise.
Home video releases on Tuesday May 2nd will include the drama The Resurrection of Gavin Stone, a family comedy-drama starring Brett Dalton (Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) as a former child star who finds redemption and a life changing performance while doing community service at a church.
Other releases include the unique animated tale The Red Turtle with no dialogue; The Oscar® nominated documentary I Am Not Your Negro featuring writer/activist James Baldwin and narration from Samuel L. Jackson and A Dog’s Purpose starring Dennis Quaid, Josh Gad and Peggy Lipton.
Friday May 5 will again feature a Marvel Studios superhero release with Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2.
The star-filled cast expands from the following base – Peter Quill (a.k.a. Star Lord), played by Chris Pratt (Jurassic World, The LEGO Movie); Gamora, played by Zoe Saldana (Avatar, Star Trek Into Darkness) the adopted daughter of tyrannical Titan being, Thanos; Drax, played by former pro wrestler Dave Bautista (Man With the Iron Fists, Spectre); the wonderfully endearing Groot, voiced by Vin Diesel (The Fate of the Furious, Riddick) and the wise-cracking, but brilliantly strategic Rocket, voiced by Bradley Cooper (Silver Linings Playbook).
Based the comic book series that began in 1969, this sequel also stars Michael Rooker (Yondu), Pom Klementieff (Mantis) and Karen Gillan as Gamora’s sister Nebula plus some surprise actors.
Other releases on this summer season opening weekend will include the marriage comedy The Lovers starring Debra Winger and Tracy Letts and The Dinner, which is based on the 2009 Herman Koch novel. This family drama stars Richard Gere and Rebecca Hall with Laura Linney and Steve Coogan.
The Amazon Prime video service will releases their original movie Manchester by the Sea starring Oscar® winner Casey Affleck, Michelle Williams, and young Oscar nominee Lucas Hedges.
On May 9th there will not be many notable new home video releases besides the digital release of director Zhang Yimou’s The Great Wall so be sure to catch the classic Heat: Director’s Definitive Edition. Michael Mann’s classic 1995 crime drama stars Al Pacino, Robert DeNiro, Val Kilmer, Jon Voight, Natalie Portman, Ashley Judd, Diane Venora, Wes Studi, Ted Levine and Dennis Haysbert.
On May 11 Netflix will release the fifth and final season of the family drama Switched at Birth starring Katie Leclerc and Vanessa Marano.
Theatrical releases on the 12th will include the next epic adventure from British director Guy Ritchie (Sherlock Holmes, Man From U.N.C.L.E.) – King Arthur: Legend of the Sword. Charlie Huunam (TV’s Sons of Anarchy) stars as King Arthur who faces off against the villainous Vortigern, played by Jude Law.
Amy Schumer and Goldie Hawn team up for the comedy Snatched as their South American vacation turns into a kidnapping scenario while the family drama Lowriders features the unique car culture and is set in East Los Angeles.
Other limited releases will include the military thriller The Wall where John Cena and Aaron Taylor-Johnson face-off against a vicious Iraqi sniper and the romance Paris Can Wait starring Diane Lane, Alec Baldwin and actor/director Arnaud Viard. Francis Ford Coppola’s wife Eleanor takes the directing helm at 80 years old in her feature film debut.
Netflix will also offer the second season of Master of None starring comedian Aziz Ansari (TV’s Parks and Recreation) then, on the 15th, series 4 of Sherlock starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman and the famous detective team of Holmes and Watson.
May 16 home video releases will include the drama The Space Between Us starring Asa Butterfield (Ender’s Game) as a young man who visits Earth after only knowing life on Mars, the action thriller Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, the television mini-series Kennedys: After Camelot and the huge international hit xXx: Return of Xander Cage starring Vin Diesel, Donnie Yen (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story), Deepika Padukone, Ruby Rose, Tony Jaa, Nina Dobrev, Toni Collette, Samuel L. Jackson and Ice Cube who starred in the second installment.
Also on May 16, the first season of the new, high-impact crime series ICE hits home video in a 3-disc set. This original Original DIRECTV Series centers on the diamond trade and stars Cam Gigandet, Jeremy Sisto, Ray Winstone and Donald Sutherland and is executive produced by Antoine Fuqua (The Magnificent Seven).
May 19 will feature several theatrical releases lead by the sci-fi thriller Alien: Covenant where director Ridley Scott shapes another chapter in this popular film series. Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston (Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them), Danny McBride and Billy Crudup star.
Based on the best-selling Nicola Yoon novel, Everything, Everything features The Hunger Games star (as Rue) Amandla Stenberg as a young girl with special medical conditions who begins a romance with her neighbor Olly played by Nick Robinson (Jurassic World).
The Diary of a Wimpy Kid movie series will continue with the fourth installment The Long Haul as the family travels for Meemaw’s 90 birthday celebration.
The drama Wakefield stars Bryan Cranston as a husband in crisis who seems to flee his family but stays in the nearby garage attic. Jennifer Garner as his wife and the story is based on a short story by E.L. Doctorow.
Netflix will release the third season of comedy series Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt produced/created by Tina Fey and Robert Carlock and stars Ellie Kemper, Jane Krakowski, Tituss Burgess and Carol Kane. The LEGO Batman Movie will also release on digital.
On May 23 epic action film The Great Wall, starring Matt Damon, will release on home video along with the thriller Get Out and the animated My Life as a Zucchini.
The R-rated TV adaptation of Baywatch will debut in theaters on May 25 as Dwayne Johnson and Alexandra Daddario reteam after the disaster movie San Andreas as part of a life guard group that gets a new recruit played by Zac Efron.
The assassin thriller sequel John Wick 2 starring Keanu Reeves will also release on digital on May 23 along with the home video release of VIXEN: The Movie that combines the first two seasons plus new content.
Next on the 26th, Johnny Depp will reprise his role as Captain Jack Sparrow in the fifth Pirates of the Caribbean movie, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.
Geoffrey Rush also returns as Captain Barbosa with Keira Knightley as Elizabeth Swann and Orlando Bloom as Will Turner plus many other familiar faces like Kevin McNally as Gibbs. Javier Bardem (Skyfall) plays the main antagonist Captain Salazar while newcomer Brenton Thwaites plays Henry Turner.
War Machine will also launch in theaters as stars Brad Pitt as a general in this dark satire set in the war in Afghanistan.
May 30th will feature the home video releases school teacher comedy Fist Fight, thriller Before I Fall and action-thriller Collide starring Nicholas Hoult, Anthony Hopkins and Felicity Jones.
Netflix will also release Marvel’s Doctor Strange and the fifth season of the political drama House of Cards starring Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright.
Copyright © Michael Siebenaler