What Dreams In May Comes

The best cultural experiences coming this month…

Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga
In cinemas 24 May

Fury Road redefined what the Mad Max franchise was all about, evolving from post-apocalyptic Mel Gibson looking grubby to a man wearing a jumpsuit wielding a flame-throwing guitar during one of cinema’s greatest car chases. Furiosa is a prequel to Fury Road without Max, but with Anya Taylor-Joy portraying a younger version of Charlize Theron’s Furiosa. With more epic action scenes, sensational cinematography, and the potential of future Max in the franchise, this is an IMAX watch for sure.

The Fall Guy
In cinemas 2 May

Ryan Gosling’s star continues to shine in a post-Ken world, where he’s embracing the faux-macho persona once more as stunt man Colt Steavers who’s between the rock and hard place of wanting to impress a film director, played by Emily Blunt, and saving the actor he performs stunts for (Aaron Taylor-Johnson). It’s a different tone to the original Saturday tea time Fall Guy TV series, and if we’re honest Gosling is no Lee Majors. But it’s a light-hearted, action-packed adventure (directed with flair by Deadpool 2/Bullet Train’s David Leitch) with a bonus Taylor Swift’s All Too Well appearance. 

The Idea Of You
On Amazon Prime 3 May

When Soléne (Anne Hathaway) takes her teenage daughter to Coachella, the last thing she expects is to catch the eye of boyband icon Hayes Campbell (Mary & George’s Nick Galitzine). If you think this sounds suspiciously like fanfiction, you’re not the only one. Rumours have flown that Robinne Lee’s original book was a fanfiction starring the one and only Harry Styles before its publication, and the film adaptation struggled to gain credibility because of those rumours. After premiering at SXSW in March, it appears that writer/director Michael Showalter has managed to craft a gentle story that touches on a woman regaining her spark later in her life.

Love Lies Bleeding
In cinemas 3 May

Set in 1989, Love Lies Bleeding dives into the hardcore gym culture of the time whilst exploring the burgeoning love affair between Lou (Kristen Stewart) and Jackie (Katy O’Brian). Directed by Rose Glass, fresh off of the critically acclaimed Saint Maud, it’s a mixture of body horror, action and surprisingly, comedy.

Kingdom Of The Planet Of the Apes
In cinemas 9 May

Following on from the acclaimed Planet Of The Apes remakes from the 2010s, and continuing 2024’s ape-obsessed cinema catalogue, comes more monkey madness. Set in the same world as the previous films, but without any familiar faces (although we know Andy Serkis is doing his mo-cap schtick again), the kingdom faces unparalleled challenges when a younger ape starts to learn too much about its past and its relationship with humans. We’re hoping the popcorn bucket for this one isn’t too Temple of Doom.

The Strangers: Chapter 1
In cinemas 17 May

The first entry in a trilogy of films that are all set to release in 2024, The Strangers: Chapter 1 is reintroducing us to the three masked killers who first darkened our doorstep in 2008. The film follows a couple who get stranded in a remote AirBNB and their brutal fight for survival against Pin-Up Girl, Dollface and The Man with a Mask. It’s kind of like the Masked Singer in a remote house but without the singing or Rita Ora. 

In cinemas 17 May

Fresh off of the silent horror of A Quiet Place Parts I and II, John Krasinski returns to the comedy genre with If. When a young girl gets the power to see people’s imaginary friends (IF’s for short), it sets her off on a journey of self discovery alongside her next door neighbour (Ryan Reynolds). A fresh take on the Imaginary Friend trope, with a host of Krasinski’s pals (and wife) taking voice roles – Steve Carrell, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Emily Blunt, Sam Rockwell, Matt Damn – we’ll see if Krasinski can do comedy as well as he can a decent scare.

Dark Matter
On Apple+ from 8 May 

If your mind has been bent enough with 3 Body Problem prepare for my neuron melting with this sci-fi series starring Jennifer Connelly and Joel Edgerton.  “Dark Matter” is a story about the road not taken. The series follows Jason Dessen (Edgerton), a physicist, professor, and family man who – one night while walking home on the streets of Chicago – is abducted into an alternate version of his life. In this labyrinth of realities, he embarks on a harrowing journey to get back to his true family and save them from the most terrifying, unbeatable foe imaginable: himself. Cue dramatic music. 

On Netflix from 30 May

Benedict Cumberbatch in a new mystery series? Sign us up. The Oscar nominee stars in this six part series created by the award-winning Abi Morgan (The Iron Lady/The Split). He plays Vincent (Cumberbatch) one of New York’s leading puppeteers and creator of the hugely popular children’s television show Good Day Sunshine. But his life unravels when his nine-year-old son goes missing on the way to school. Struggling to cope with the loss of his son, Edgar, Vincent becomes increasingly distressed and volatile. Full of self-loathing and guilt over Edgar’s disappearance, he clings to his son’s drawings of a blue monster puppet, Eric, convinced that if he can get Eric on TV, then Edgar will come home.