MAY 2016: The Best of Film & TV

Summer's just around the corner, but the blockbusters are already here! Below, I've selected some of the most notable films and TV shows debuting in May 2016. If you think there’s anything missing, please mention in the comments below.

PENNY DREADFUL — Season 3

1 May — Starz • 3 May — Sky Atlantic
Return of the Anglo-American co-production; a Gothic horror featuring literary characters from Victorian literature, such as Mary Shelley’s Dr. Frankenstein (Harry Treadaway) and Oscar Wilde’s Dorian Gray (Reeve Carney). The third season will also introduce Robert Louis Stevenson’s Dr. Jekyll (Shazad Latif), while actress Patty LuPone returns in a new role as Bram Stoker’s Dr. Seward, a therapist treating psychic Vanessa Ives (Eva Green).

PEAKY BLINDERS — Series 3

5 May — BBC2
Return of the 1920s gangster drama set in Birmingham, revolving around the titular ‘Peaky Blinders’ gang led by Tommy Shelby (Cillian Murphy).

BAD NEIGHBOURS 2

6 May — UK Cinemas 20 May — US Cinemas
Sequel to the 2014 comedy about a married couple with kids who find themselves living next-door to a rowdy fraternity. In Bad Neighbours 2, Mac (Seth Rogen) and Kelly (Rose Byrne) are expecting their second child and enlist the help of fratboy Teddy (Zac Efron) when a noisier sorority moves into the neighbourhood.

ELVIS & NIXON

6 May — UK Cinemas
Comedy-drama based on the time Elvis Presley (Michael Shannon) arrived at the White House in December 1970, requesting President Richard Nixon (Kevin Spacey) make him an undercover agent in the Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs. Co-starring Colin Hanks, Evan Peters, Alex Pettyfer & Johnny Knoxville.

SLASHER — Season 1

10 May — Pick TV
New American-Canadian horror anthology series, telling a single story over the course of each season. The first eight-part run concerns a woman, Sarah Bennett (Katie McGrath), moving back to the childhood home where her parents were murdered on Halloween 1988. After arriving home with her husband, their presence seems to trigger a spate of copycat murders.

BILLIONS — Season 1

12 May — Sky Atlantic
New drama about a ruthless US attorney (Paul Giammatti) who resolves to take down hedge fund manager and 9/11 survivor “Axe” Axelrod (Damian Lewis). Co-starring Maggie Siff, Malin Akerman, David Costabile & Toby Leonard Moore.

THE ANGRY BIRDS MOVIE

13 May — UK Cinemas  20 May — US Cinemas
Film based on the popular video game, about a community of flightless birds of paradise who are suddenly invaded by pigs. Voices of Jason Sudeikis, Josh Gad, Danny McBride, Maya Rudolph, Bill Hader, Peter Dinklage, Kate McKinnon, Sean Penn, Tony Hale & Titus Burgess.

EVERYBODY WANTS SOME!!

13 May — UK Cinemas
Sports comedy about 1980s baseball players, directed by Richard Linklater. Starring Will Brittain, Zoey Deutch, Ryan Guzman, Tyler Hoechlin & Blake Jenner.

GREEN ROOM

13 May — UK Cinemas
Horror-thriller about a punk band who find themselves at the mercy of a group of neo-Nazi skinheads after witnessing a murder at a remote club in the Pacific Northwest. Starring Anton Yelchin, Imogen Poots, Alia Shawkat & Patrick Stewart.

X-MEN: APOCALYPSE

18 May — UK Cinemas  27 May — US Cinemas
Another instalment of the X-Men franchise, this time following the younger ‘First Class’ characters into the 1980s, to defeat ‘Apocalypse’—the first ever mutant, born in the time of Ancient Egypt. Starring James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Oscar Isaac, Nicholas Hoult, Rose Byrne, Sophie Turner & Olivia Munn.

PREACHER — Season 1

22 May — AMC  23 May — AMC Global
Adaptation of the supernatural horror comic-book series from the 1990s, about a Texan preacher (Dominic Cooper) endowed with the ability to verbally impose his will on others, who teams up with his sharpshooter ex-girlfriend (Ruth Negga) and a drunk Irish vampire (Joe Gilgun) to find God.

WAYWARD PINES — Season 2

25 May — Fox
Return of the sci-fi drama about a community created to survive an apocalypse of mutants, populated by people from the early 21st-century who were put into stasis against their will. Jason Patric takes over as the lead, playing a new character re-awoken into this bizarre situation.

ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS

27 May — US & UK Cinemas
Sequel to Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland, adapting the second of Lewis Caroll’s books. James Bobin (The Muppets) takes over the directorial reigns, with Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway, Mia Wasikowska & Helena Bonham Carter all returning. Co-stars Sacha Baron Cohen, Alan Rickman, Stephen Fry, Michael Sheen & Timothy Spall.

BLOODLINE — Season 2

27 May — Netflix
Return of the dark comedy about a wealthy family living in Florida, who hide a variety of secrets from their past. Starring Kyle Chandler, Ben Mendelsohn, Linda Cardellini & Sissy Spacek. This season, John Leguizamo and Andrea Riseborough also join the cast.

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