Whether you’re a fan of MCU superheroes, fighter aces, adult cartoons or Stephen King horrors, we’ve rounded up the must-see films you need to see this month.
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DOCTOR STRANGE IN THE MULTIVERSE OF MADNESS (12A)
Release date: 5 May
In Marvel Studios’ Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, the MCU unlocks the Multiverse and pushes its boundaries further than ever before. Journey into the unknown with Doctor Strange, who, with the help of mystical allies both old and new, traverses the mind-bending and dangerous alternate realities of the Multiverse to confront a mysterious new adversary. Book tickets.
Release date: 13 May
Rosalind Ross’s directorial debut is a powerful snapshot of heartlands America, as seen through the eyes of real-life cult hero Stuart Long. Born in Seattle in 1963, the boxer-turned-priest led a short but eventful life where cruel twists of fate – from a near-fatal motorbike crash to his diagnosis with a degenerative muscular disease – didn’t stop him caring for his flock and becoming a beacon of hope.
We know Mark Wahlberg from Boogie Nights, Daddy’s Home and Ted as one of Hollywood’s biggest movie stars. But we’ve arguably never seen the actor flex his dramatic skills as he does in Father Stu, not only transforming himself through weight gain, but bringing a twinkle to the lead role that ensures Long’s hard road is also paved with heart and humour. With Mel Gibson in a supporting role as Long’s alcoholic father, and Teresa Ruiz as the kind heart who sees the good man behind the booze and bruises, Father Stu might be the most moving film you watch this month.
Release date: 13 May
Stephen King and Blumhouse Productions is a team-up to make anybody’s flesh creep – or should that be sizzle? Adapted from the horror novelist’s classic 1980 book, Firestarter tells the story of a troubled pre-teen named Charlie, whose telekinesis takes the terrifying form of face-torching flames. A gift/curse like that can’t stay hidden, and when shadowy government spooks seek to channel Charlie’s pyrotechnics, her family become desperate fugitives.
Firestarter was first adapted for the big screen back in 1984, but Keith Thomas’s new reboot is in a different league, capturing both the blowtorch intensity and the moral questions at the heart of King’s novel. Meanwhile, off the back of his career-shifting performance as the serial killer Ted Bundy in Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil And Vile, Zac Efron excels as a seemingly protective father who might be hiding a shadowy past.
TOP GUN: MAVERICK
Release date: 27 May
With his flightsuit, shades and scoundrel’s smile, Tom Cruise’s fighter ace was a permanent fixture on the bedroom walls of the ’80s. Thirty-six years later, in director Joseph Kosinski’s long-awaited sequel, Maverick returns to the Top Gun flight academy to train a fresh intake of rough-diamond dogfighters under the watchful eye of his old rival, Admiral Tom ‘Iceman’ Kazansky.
Put Maverick in an F-16 cockpit and he’s still the king of the skies – with Kosinski’s revolutionary in-flight filming techniques capturing all the speed, sweat and crushing G-force of a life-or-death aerial scramble. But the director set out to make Top Gun 2 just as much of a drama as an action movie, and as Maverick faces down his demons – not to mention the bitter son of his fallen wingman, Goose – the great aviator’s headspace might be the greatest danger zone of all. Tickets available to book from 5 May.
THE BOB’S BURGERS MOVIE
Release date: 27 May
Hands off our cartoons, kids. Spinning off from the Emmy-winning adult animation, The Bob’s Burgers Movie supersizes the laughs and adds side orders of snark, satire and social commentary. Fans of the show will recognise the Belcher family’s madcap burger restaurant as the backdrop for this big-screen adventure. But when the clan’s summer trade is threatened by a sinkhole appearing outside, it’s down to the three kids to save the day.
The TV show’s core voice cast are all onboard for The Bob’s Burgers Movie – plus celebrity cameos including Kevin Kline and Zach Galifianakis – while creator Loren Bouchard has dreamt up a “bigger” story that combines “optimism, grit and hope”. Whether you’ve been a fan since 2011 – or you’re just starting to ketchup now – chow down on the best animation showing at ODEON this month.