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TMW's 2016 Movie Preview - Part Five: May

The fifth part of our look ahead to the movies coming our way in 2016.

Words by Eric Hillis (@hilliseric)

All dates are based on the current UK release calendar and are subject to change.

Our Kind of Traitor
If 2015 didn't give you enough spy movies, here's another espionage thriller. Ewan McGregor and Naomie Harris are a British couple who become involved with a Russian money launderer (Stellan Skarsgard) in this adaptation of the John Le Carre novel.

Five young orphan girls come of age in the conservative environs of a rural Turkish village in this highly acclaimed drama from director Deniz Gamze Erguven. The film is France's entry to the Oscars.

X-Men: Apocalypse
With a star studded cast to rival Captain America: Civil War, Bryan Singer's latest mutant drama moves the action from Days of Future Past's '70s setting to the '80s. Oscar Isaac plays the titular villain in make-up that prompted much laughter upon its first reveal.

Alice Through the Looking Glass
It's easy to forget just how much money Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland made, and so we get a sequel. Luckily, source material exists in Lewis Carroll's second Alice novel. Will it make as much money as its predecessor? Don't bet against it.

The Free State of Jones
Matthew McConaughey leads a band of confederate deserters in this Civil War drama. Gugu Mbatha-Raw is the slave who becomes his wife. The Hunger Games' Gary Ross writes and directs this story based on true events.

Arabian Nights
Portuguese filmmaker Miguel Gomes's three part loose adaptation of the Arabian 1001 Nights hits theatres with the first two parts releasing in late April and concluding in May. The trilogy has found its way onto the end of year lists of most critics who got to see it at 2015 festivals.

Bad Neighbours 2
Releasing under the title of Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising, Bad Neighbours 2 adds Chloe Moretz and Selena Moretz to the cast as members of a sorority who go to war with the now united Seth Rogen and Zac Efron.

Angry Birds
Adapting a smart-phone game for the big screen sounds like a pretty dumb idea, but in this post Lego Movie world, let's not rush to judgement. Voice talent includes Jason Sudeikis, Josh Gad and Maya Rudolph.

The Clan
Pablo Trapero's thriller is based on the true life Puccio family, who terrorised Argentina in the early '80s with a string of kidnappings and murders. Guillermo Francella is said to be astounding as the patriarch of 'the clan'.

Everybody Wants Some
Billed as a spiritual sequel to Dazed and Confused, Linklater's latest follows the lives of a group of baseball playing college buddies in the '80s, played by a largely unknown cast.

Green Room
The members of a punk band find themselves trapped in the venue by a gang of white supremacist skinheads, led by Patrick Stewart. Blue Ruin's Jeremy Saulnier directs, while Anton Yelchin and Imogen Poots star.

Money Monster
Jodie Foster directs this political thriller in which Jack O'Connell's disgruntled viewer takes George Clooney's personality hostage after following some of his financial bad advice. Julia Roberts, Dominic West and Patrick Stewart (he's busy) co-star.

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