The Reel World

By Michael Benninger

Avengers: Age of Ultron
Action | Adventure
Starring: Robert Downey, Jr., Scarlett Johansson, James Spader

In Theatres: May 1

When an evil entity known as Ultron sets out to destroy life on Earth, Ironman, Captain America and the rest of the Avengers come to the rescue

She’s Funny That Way
Comedy | Drama
Starring: Owen Wilson, Imogen Poots, Jennifer Aniston

In Theatres: May 1

In this tale of intersecting love triangles, the director of a Broadway play pays a call-girl-slash-aspiring-actress for sex, and then gives her an onstage role alongside one of her former paramours and his (the director’s) wife.

Far from the Madding Crowd
Drama | Romance
Starring: Carey Mulligan, Matthias Schoenaerts, Tom Sturridge

In Theatres: May 8

Set in Victorian England and based on the 1874 book by Thomas Hardy, this film tells the tale of a spirited young woman and her struggle to choose only one of the three men courting her.

Misery Loves Comedy
Starring: Tom Hanks, Jimmy Fallon, Judd Apatow

In Theatres: May 8

In this sidesplitting documentary, actor and impressionist Kevin Pollak interviews more than 60 celebrated comedians to discover how they got started in the business and what drives them to continue making strangers laugh.

Pitch Perfect 2
Comedy | Musical
Starring: Elizabeth Banks, Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson

In Theatres: May 15

The a cappella all-stars from Barden University enter an international singing competition, taking on Europe’s best singers.

Hot Pursuit
Action | Adventure
Starring: Reese Witherspoon, Sofía Vergara, Robert Kazinsky

In Theatres: May 8

A perky Southern policewoman is tasked with protecting a saucy, loudmouthed Latina who witnessed a crime and is at risk of being killed by dirty cops and drug dealers.

Mad Max: Fury Road
Fantasy | Action
Starring: Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult

In Theatres: May 15

In a lawless world where life is cheap and resources are scarce, a loner roaming through a desolate landscape joins forces with a female fugitive fighting to survive.

I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story
Documentary Starring: Caroll Spinney

In Theatres: May 15

This documentary chronicles the life of the octogenarian puppeteer who’s continuously played Sesame Street‘s Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch since the show’s inception over four and a half decades ago.

Fantasy | Sci-Fi | Mystery
Starring: George Clooney, Britt Robertson, Hugh Laurie

In Theatres: May 22

After finding a mysterious pendant that transports her to another realm, a young girl becomes determined to discover the truth about her destiny.

San Andreas
Action | Drama
Starring: Dwayne Johnson, Alexandra Daddario, Carla Gugino

In Theatres: May 29

In the wake of a cataclysmic earthquake, a helicopter pilot strives to save his daughter, but the worst of the devastation is yet to come.

Drama | Romance
Starring: Emma Stone, Rachel McAdams, Bradley Cooper

In Theatres: May 29

An embattled military man is torn between a stunning, but straight-laced Air Force major and the one who got away in this exploration of relationships and the virtues of commitment