It hardly feels like we're just now getting into the summer blockbuster season, seeing how we've already had a couple of massive blockbusters thanks to the unstoppable, uh... marvel that is the Marvel Cinematic Universe! But it's May, which means summer is coming. Get your popcorn ready!
On the big blockbustery front this month: Deadpool 2, hopefully bringing even more of the snarky, wise-cracking, ass-kicking, potty-mouthed comic book hilarity we all loved so much in the first one. And for Star Wars lovers everywhere, Han Solo finally gets his own movie (but not until the end of the month, instead of the obvious May the 4th, which was a missed opportunity if you ask me).
As for smaller screens, if you're into a post-apocalyptic dystopian vibe, you're in luck! This week brings Netflix original The Rain, a Danish post-apocalyptic import, as well as the season 3 return of Colony, USA's alien invasion drama set in a dystopian LA. I'm most excited for later in the month when HBO brings us its adaptation of Ray Bradbury's iconic novel Fahrenheit 451, starring some of the best Michaels in Hollywood right now: Michael B. Jordan and Michael Shannon.
Here are the best SFF movies & shows to check out this month on screens big and small...
On the big screen:
The Cleanse (May 4)
Johnny Galecki (TV's Big Bang Theory) plays Paul Berger, an unemployed, down and out, heartbroken man searching for happiness. When Paul sees an ad for a spiritual retreat promising to restart your life, he immediately signs up, hoping to cleanse himself and fix his broken life. But after only a few days, he discovers the cleanse is releasing more than just everyday toxins... a lot more. A darkly humorous, weird, and soulful fantasy that examines the inner demons in all of us. Also starring Anna Friel, Oliver Platt and Anjelica Huston.
Watch this if you... are in the mood for an offbeat, sweetly funny, lowkey kind of horror film; like Johnny Galecki, Angelica Huston or Oliver Platt; want to see a unique take on releasing one's "inner demons".
Higher Power (May 11)
When the Universe decides what it wants, it's pointless to resist. With his family's life at stake, Joseph Steadman finds himself the unwilling test subject of a maniacal scientist in a battle that could save the world, or destroy it. Starring Ron Eldard.
Watch this if you... want to see a sci-fi thriller featuring striking superpowers that looks like a big blockbuster, but is actually a low-budget indie film made on a shoestring budget.
Deadpool 2 (May 18)
After surviving a near fatal bovine attack, a disfigured cafeteria chef (Wade Wilson) struggles to fulfill his dream of becoming Miami's hottest bartender, while also learning to cope with his lost sense of taste. Searching to regain his spice for life, as well as a flux capacitor, Wade must battle ninjas, the yakuza, and a pack of sexually aggressive canines, as he journeys around the world to discover the importance of family, friendship, and flavor - finding a new taste for adventure and earning the coveted coffee mug title of World's Best Lover. [side note: this synopsis is hilarious]
Watch this if you... loved the first Deadpool and can't wait for more of that snarky fun; can't get enough of villainous Josh Brolin for whatever reason; saw Avengers: Infinity War and really just need a lighter comic book movie (and possibly a hug) to cheer you up.
Solo: A Star Wars Story (May 25)
Board the Millennium Falcon and journey to a galaxy far, far away in Solo: A Star Wars Story, an all-new adventure with the most beloved scoundrel in the galaxy. Through a series of daring escapades deep within a dark and dangerous criminal underworld, Han Solo meets his mighty future copilot Chewbacca and encounters the notorious gambler Lando Calrissian, in a journey that will set the course of one of the Star Wars saga's most unlikely heroes. Directed by Ron Howard. Starring Aldren Ehrenreich, Emilia Clarke, Thandie Newton, Woody Harrelson, Donald Glover.
Watch this if you... love all things Star Wars (I mean, duh, as if that's not a given); have always been Team Solo (or even Team Chewie) and want to see how the iconic Han Solo came to be.
On smaller screens:
Colony (May 2 on USA | TV Show)
In the wake of a mysterious alien invasion, a family fights to stay together in a new world order.
Watch this if you... love dystopian or alien invasion stories; love Sawy... I mean, Josh Holloway from Lost (sorry, but he'll always be Sawyer to me).
The Rain (May 4 on Netflix | TV Show)
Netflix's Danish import about siblings who emerge from the safety of their bunker six years after a rain-carried virus wipes out almost everyone in Scandinavia; they join a group of survivors and set out on a dangerous quest through the abandoned land, searching for signs of life.
Watch this if you... love post-apocalyptic stories; enjoyed Netflix's other imported show, Dark; don't mind watching shows with either dubbed English or subtitles.
Cargo (May 18 on Netflix | Movie)
Stranded in rural Australia in the aftermath of a violent pandemic, an infected father desperately searches for a new home for his infant child and a means to protect her from his own changing nature.
Watch this if you... are in the mood for a lowkey horror survival movie; want to see Martin Freeman do something a little different; love thoughtful zombie movies that are more about human connection than the guts and gore of the undead.
Fahrenheit 451 (May 19 on HBO | Movie)
In a future society where books are banned and burned, a fireman begins to read in secret and discovers an underground rebellion committed to protecting literature.
Watch this if you... loved the book and want to see HBO's modern take on this iconic classic; love thought-provoking dystopian fiction in general; are a fan of either Michael Shannon or Michael B. Jordan and want to see them show off their acting chops in this Cannes Film Festival entry.