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Exciting May movie releases

‘Top Gun: Maverick,’ ‘Downton Abbey: A New Era,’ ‘Father Stu,’ ‘Memory’ and ‘Senior Year’ are some of this month’s exciting titles

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The world has bounced back to pre-pandemic times, though still with protective masks. Cinemas have reopened, film festivals are in full swing, and the month of May has exciting titles for movie buffs.

MONICA Barbaro is a female pilot in ‘Top Gun.’ | PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY OF PARAMOUNT

‘Top Gun: Maverick’

Set for a 25 May release, the sequel to 1986’s Top Gun (directed by Tony Scott) has Tom Cruise back as test pilot Captain Pete “Maverick” Mitchell.

In the sequel directed by Joseph Kosinski (Tron Legacy, 2010), Maverick is given a special mission to train Top Gun graduates.

Its theme song, “Hold My Hand,” is written and recorded by Lady Gaga.

The movie was shot in IMAX format, so watch this action-drama in the best possible way — in an IMAX theater.

Hugh Bonneville and Michelle Dockery in ‘Downton Abbey: A New Era.’ | PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY OF universal pictures

‘Downton Abbey: A New Era’

Opening on 18 May is another anticipated sequel.

A New Era, the second part of 2019’s Downtown Abbey, is directed by Simon Curtis (who helmed the 2011 drama My Week with Marilyn.

Getting a critics’ approval rating of 79 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, this cinematic return of the cult television series from the award-winning Julian Fellowes is about the mystery of the Dowager Countess’ newly inherited villa in the South of France.

MARK Whalberg as Stuart Long. | PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY OF SONY

‘Father Stu’

Rosalind Ross’ directorial debut is a biographical drama about a boxer-turned-Catholic priest.

Mark Wahlberg (who also produces) plays Fr. Stuart “Stu” Long, who suffers from muscle weakness, which leads to the wasting of leg and arm muscles.
Catch it on 18 May in cinemas.

LIAM Neeson portrays Alex, a hitman with early dementia. | PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY OF RICO TORRES/BRIARCLIFF ENTERTAINMENT

‘Memory’

Liam Neeson fans will be delighted to see him again in an action-thriller. This time, the Taken star plays Alex, a hitman with early dementia.

He is about to retire, but when he learns that his next target is a young girl, he moves to save her despite his waning memory.

The movie is based on the novel De Zaak Alzheimer by Jef Geeraerts. It is a remake of the novel’s previous adaptation, the Belgian movie The Alzheimer Case.

This action-thriller by Martin Campell, known for the James Bond flicks Casino Royale (2006) and Golden Eye (1995), seems like a rehash of Taken due to the child sex trafficking angle.

But it still looks promising. Catch it on 18 May in Philippine cinemas.

REBEL Wilson as cheerleader Stephanie. | PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY OF NETFLIX

‘Senior Year’

Rebel Wilson is back in another goofball comedy, Senior Year, which drops on Netflix on 13 May.

The feature directorial debut of Alex Hardcastle, Senior Year is about Stephanie (Wilson), a high-school cheerleader who slips into a coma following a head injury before her senior prom.

Emerging from the coma at age of 37, Stephanie is bothered that she didn’t finish high school and decides to re-enroll.

Also in the cast is Alicia Silverstone.

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