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10 Movies You Must See in May

10 Movies You Must See in May
Our picks of the most exciting movies coming to UK/ROI screens in May.

Love Lies Bleeding

Love Lies Bleeding - May 3rd, cinemas
British writer/director Rose Glass drew acclaim for her debut Saint Maud and now makes her US debut with Love Lies Bleeding, which she co-wrote with Weronika Tofilska. The film sees Kristen Stewart play a gym employee who gets caught up in a web of violence when she falls for a bodybuilder (Katy O'Brian).

Blackbird Blackbird Blackberry

Blackbird Blackbird Blackberry - May 3rd, cinemas
Eka Chavleishvili has won much acclaim on the festival circuit for her lead role in this Georgian drama from director Elene NaverianiChavleishvili plays Etero, a middle-aged woman who has spent her life happily single. When she unexpectedly falls for a man, she must decide if he's worth giving up her treasured independence.

Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes

Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes - May 9th, cinemas
Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes continues the hit reboot of the sci-fi series, picking up the action several years after the events of War for the Planet of the Apes. With Caesar now dead, his son Cornelius (Owen Teague) takes centre stage. With humans having regressed to a feral state, the apes have divided into rival clans. Cornelius teams up with a human girl, Nova (Freya Allan), to take on a tyrannical ape regime.

Our Mothers

Our Mothers - May 10th, cinemas
This Guatemalan drama is centred on a young anthropologist dedicated to tracing the dead and disappeared of the country's civil war. When he stumbles across a lead that might reveal the fate of his father, he's confronted with his family's past. Cesar Diaz's directorial debut won the Camera D'Or at Cannes back in 2019 and is finally arriving on UK screens.

La Chimera

La Chimera - May 10th, cinemas
Hot off his acclaimed turn in Challengers, Josh O'Connor collaborates with Italian auteur Alice Rohrwacher in this 1980s set comedy drama. O'Connor plays a British archaeologist who finds himself caught up in the illegal trade of stolen artifacts.


Hoard - May 17th, cinemas
Written and directed by Luna CarmoonHoard stars Saura Lightfoot Leon as Maria, a young woman living with a foster mother in 1990s London. The arrival of a stranger, Michael (Joseph Quinn), stirs up memories of a traumatic incident in Maria's life a decade prior.

Nightwatch: Demons are Forever

Nightwatch: Demons are Forever - May 7th, Shudder
Danish writer/director Ole Bornedal broke out in 1994 with his acclaimed thriller Nightwatch, which he subsequently remade in the US in 1997. Now Bornedal returns along with original cast members Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Kim Bodnia and Ulf Pilgaard for a belated sequel. Nightwatch: Demons are Forever sees medical student Emma (the director's daughter Fanny Leander Bornedal) take a job in the infamous forensic department that terrorised her parents in the original film. Seeking answers as to what happened to her parents, Emma unleashes a long dormant evil.

In Flames

In Flames - May 23rd, cinemas
The feature debut of writer/director Zarrar KahnIn Flames is a Pakistani horror-thriller that explores the struggle of women in a highly patriarchal society through a genre lens. The film sees a mother and daughter menaced by figures from their past following the death of their family's patriarch. It was Pakistan's submission for Best International Feature Film at the 2024 Academy Awards.


Furiosa - May 24th, cinemas
Director George Miller returns to the world of Mad Max with Furiosa, a prequel to Fury Road that sees Anya Taylor-Joy play a young version of the heroine previously played by Charlize Theron. The film, which Miller co-wrote with Nico Lathouris, sees a young enslaved Furiosa caught up in a battle between two tyrants as she tries to make her way home across the wasteland.

The Beast

The Beast - May 31st, cinemas
Inspired by Henry James' 1903 novella 'The Beast in the Jungle', writer/director Bertrand Bonello's latest is a romantic sci-fi drama that spans three time periods. Léa Seydoux plays a woman living in a future where emotions have become taboo. Using revolutionary technology, she experiences two of her past lives and encounters a man (George MacKay) with whom she feels a powerful connection.