“Shadow” (May 3)
After the colossal failure of the 2016 action movie “The Great Wall”, Chinese filmmaker Zhang Yimou looks to make a huge comeback with “Shadow”, a historical drama that has already received rave reviews from around the world. Expect the return of Yimou’s awe-inspiring fight choreography and visual mastery that made films like “Hero” and “House of Flying Daggers” international sensations.
“Long Shot” (May 3)
From the trailer of this romantic comedy about a Presidential candidate (Charlize Theron) falling in love with a reporter (Seth Rogen), Jonathan Levine’s latest seems genuinely sweet, if not a bit formulaic. It’s not clear if Rogen will be playing his usual bumbling stoner or if he will be aiming somewhat higher, but the best can always be expected of Charlize Theron, one of the finest actresses out there.
“The Hustle” (May 10)
After the respectable success of this year’s “Isn’t It Romantic”, the delightful Rebel Wilson will soon be back in theaters for a heist film about two con artists that become partners, co-starring Anne Hathaway. “The Hustle” has great talent supporting it, but the question is whether the film itself will rise to their level, and from the looks of the lame jokes in the trailer, the odds are not promising.
“Pokémon: Detective Pikachu” (May 10)
This is the first live action Pokémon movie, and it looks a little terrifying. Every major Pokémon from the popular anime and videogame series is represented, and from the trailers, some look adorable, like Pikachu (voiced by Ryan Reynolds). But there are others that are mind-bogglingly freaky, like the menacing-looking Psyduck and the taunting, nightmarish expression on Mr. Mime’s face. The production value looks stellar, and the whole package could very well be one of 2019’s most satisfying family films, but it could also be a disaster the likes of which we’ve never seen. Devotees of the series already know they’ll be seeing it, but for the casual moviegoer, Detective Pikachu will probably not be their cup of tea.
“John Wick: Chapter 3” (May 17)
The last two John Wick movies were amazing. They were popular action movies that had the decency to tell an interesting story about a former hitman while still being jaw-droppingly violent and extremely badass. These movies are a cross between “Mortal Kombat” and “The Raid”, and this third entry promises to the titular character’s biggest, craziest, most ambitious adventure yet.