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May Movies Sneak Peek

By on May 16, 2016

New movies in May include “Captain America: Civil War,” “Alice Through the Looking Glass,” “X-Men: Apocalypse” and “The Angry Birds Movie.” Here’s a sneak peek at all the new movies in theaters in May. Note that release dates are subject to change.

by Jane Louise Boursaw


Captain-America-Civil-War-Poster Not yet rated; likely PG-13 | In Theaters 5/6 (2D, 3D, IMAX)

Ok for Kids 13+ | Disney/Marvel

Reel Preview: 4 of 5 Reels

This installment in the popular Marvel franchise finds Steve Rogers leading the newly formed team of Avengers in their continued efforts to safeguard humanity. But after another incident involving the Avengers results in collateral damage, political pressure mounts to install a system of accountability, headed by a governing body to oversee and direct the team. The new status quo fractures the Avengers, resulting in two camps.


Angry-Birds-Movie-PosterRated PG for rude humor and action

In Theaters 5/20

Ok for Kids 7+

Reel Preview: 3 of 5 Reels

In this 3D animated comedy, we’ll finally find out why those birds are so angry! The story takes us to an island populated entirely by happy, flightless birds – well, mostly. In this paradise, Red, a bird with anger issues, speedy Chuck, and the volatile Bomb have always been outsiders. But when the island is visited by mysterious green piggies, it’s up to these unlikely outcasts to figure out what the pigs are up to.


AliceposterRated PG for fantasy action/peril and some language

In Theaters 5/27 (2D, 3D, IMAX 3D)

Ok for Kids 8+ | Disney

Reel Preview: 4 of 5 Reels

Featuring the unforgettable characters from Lewis Carroll’s beloved stories, this sequel to 2010’s “Alice in Wonderland” finds Alice (Mia Wasikowska) returning to the whimsical world of Wonderland and her friends the White Rabbit, Absolem, the Cheshire Cat and the Mad Hatter (Johnny Depp). But the Hatter has lost his Muchness, so she embarks on a perilous race to save the Hatter before time runs out.


X-Men-Apocalypse-Poster-2Not yet rated; likely PG-13

In Theaters 5/27 | Ok for Kids 13+

Reel Preview: 4 of 5 Reels

Following 2014’s smash hit “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” director Bryan Singer returns with this installment. Since the dawn of civilization, Apocalypse, the first and most powerful mutant, has amassed the powers of many other mutants, becoming immortal and invincible. Upon awakening after thousands of years, he’s disillusioned with the world and recruits a team of powerful mutants, including a disheartened Magneto (Michael Fassbender), to cleanse mankind and create a new world order, over which he will reign.


One Reel – Even the Force can’t save it.
Two Reels – Coulda been a contender
Three Reels – Something to talk about.
Four Reels – You want the truth? Great flick!
Five Reels – Wow! The stuff dreams are made of.


Jane Boursaw is the film critic and editor-in-chief of Reel Life With Jane. Contact her at Images used with permission of the studios and distributors

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