What's on at the cinema? May '15

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Welcome to May! April was a good month with fast cars (Furious 7), moustaches (Mortdecai) and aliens (Home) - these ones may well still be out as you read so click the link to check!

Enough of April though, that was SO last month (I can't believe I just wrote that, but it's staying in). On with the show, here's what to look forward to in May, and if you make it all the way to the end of the article there's a discount code in it for ya ;)

Chappie

Starring: Sharlto Copley, Dev Patel, Hugh Jackman

Release date: 8th May

"In the near future, a mechanized police force patrols the streets and deals with lawbreakers -- but now, the people are fighting back. When one police droid is stolen and given new programming, he acquires the ability to feel and think for himself." (IMDB)

OK, so the storyline is a little played out, we've seen it all before. Still, I'm excited about this. Neil Blomkamp directed District 9 so that alone should be a reason to go and see this, if it's even only half as good it will be a great film.

The cast is also pretty exciting, with Dev Patel's first big role since the massively popular Slumdog Millionaire. As someone who witnessed his break into acting in the first series of Skins (UK) I am willing him not to be a one-hit-wonder in Hollywood. South Africans out there will no doubt enjoy the inclusion of Ninja and Yolandi of obscure rap outfit Die Antwoord, although having not seen them act past a couple of bizarre shorts I'm afraid I can't comment on whether or not this casting choice will pay off. Another South Aftrican in the main cast is Sharlto Copley, who gave a fantastic performance in the Blomkamp's District 9.

I admit, I would much rather be writing about the release of the much debated District 10 (is it ever going to happen!?). However, I am happy to give Chappie a go, and hopefully it doesn't dissapoint!

Avengers: Age of Ultron

Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo

Release date: 12th May

"When Tony Stark tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and it is up to the Avengers to stop the villainous Ultron from enacting his terrible plans." (IMDB)

First of all I'll be upfront with you, I'm not a big fan of the super hero genre. I think it's been done to death. Any avid fan would probably tell me that this is the reason they are so good, each one is pushing the boundaries and they are getting better and better. Touche.

Despite my personal feelings about the genre, I will defineitely be going to see this film, probably being dragged kicking and screaming by my friends (as I do seem to be the minority here). To be fair, this is the king of Super Hero movies, with not one, not two but ... I don't know. Loads of Super Heroes. It's like porn for Magic The Gathering players.

Anyway, despite what I say this film will be HUGE in China and who knows, maybe it will change my mind on the Super Hero genre for ever?

Good People

Starring: James Franco, Kate Hudson, Tom Wilkinson

Release date: ?? May

"Discovering a cache of cash in their dead tenant's apartment, a couple in debt take the money and find themselves the target of a deadly adversary-the thief who stole it." (IMDB)

In James Franco's first serious role since... 127 Hours? He and Kate Hudson find a load of money and find that no good comes from finding a fortune in money that seems to have dropped into your lap.

This could be an interesting one, although perhaps not being the top of it's game, it stands out as being a rare choice for the Chinese censors to allow onto the big screen, who usually opt for the big harmless blockbusters.

I'm not promising real quality, but this one could be worth checking out just to see something a little different at the cinema.

I, Frankenstein

Starring: Aaron Eckhart, Bill Nighy, Miranda Otto

Release date: 29th May

"Frankenstein's creature finds himself caught in an all-out, centuries old war between two immortal clans."

This dude on YouTube REALLY liked it (VPN required). Not going to lie to you, some other people weren't so enthusiastic.

The plot seems to be a bit all over the place, here's an extract from the IMDB synopsis ...

"Dr Victor Frankenstein dies frozen to death and the creature buries him at the cemetery of his family. However he is attacked by demons but he kills one of them and Gargoyles save him and take him to a Cathedral where the Gargoyles Order gathers. The Queen of the Gargoyles Leonore keeps Dr. Frankenstein's journal together with the treasures of the Order and gives the name of Adam to the creature"

It doesn't really sound like they know what's going on either. However, many user reviews have labelled it as 'entertaining' and it seems to have many average film goers scratching their heads as to why it's received some bad press from the big boys. Either way, I'm sure it will be a good way to spend a couple of hours on a rainy Sunday and, who knows? You might end up agreeing with the slightly odd chap from YouTube!

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