Special Feature: New to cinemas this May-August

The month of May is almost upon us, and even though we’ve had some fantastic cinema releases already this year – Quentin Tarantino’s blood-spattered western Django Unchained, Kathryn Bigelow’s tense ‘War on Terror’ manhunt Zero Dark Thirty and Steven Spielberg’s presidential biopic Lincoln, to name but a handful – there’s so much more to be excited about in the next couple of months. Below, we’ve listed four of our most-anticipated late spring and early summer cinema releases for your reading pleasure. In addition, we want to hear which films you’re most looking forward to in the upcoming weeks, so please send us through your thoughts by using the the comment section below.

21 and Over
21 and Over is the next instalment in the teen comedy genre, directed by Jon Lucas and Scott Moore who you may recognise from their directing of The Hangover trilogy. Goody two-shoes Jeff Chang (Justin Chon) is taken out to celebrate his 21st birthday by best buds on what just happens to be the night before his most important medical school interview. The premise and structure of the film will come as no surprise to viewers that are familiar with this particular type of US comedy, but let’s see if 21 and Over offers anything different to the usual. Released 3 May

The Great Gatsby
After a series of shorts, Baz Luhrmann is back with his adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s 1920s novel The Great Gatsby. Originally destined for release some months back, our waiting is almost over as this much awaited film hits our screens in the next couple of weeks. The familiar tale tells the story of Nick Carraway (Tobey Maguire) and his unlikely friendship with extravagant showman and neighbour Jay Gatsby (Leonardo DiCaprio). The more Carraway delves into Gatsby’s history, the more intrigue and mystery there seems to be. Carey Mulligan and Isla Fisher also star as characters Daisy Buchanan and Myrtle Wilson. Released 16 May

The Iceman
Directed by Ariel Vromen, whose past films include Danika and Simple Lies, The Iceman depicts the true story of contract killer Richard Kuklinski. Kuklinski was a hit man born in New Jersey and between the years of 1948-1986 joined the mafia whereby he apparently murdered over one hundred men. Vromen tells his story with an all-star cast, including Michael Shannon as Kuklinski, Winona Ryder, Chris Evans, Ray Liotta and David Schwimmer. Released 7 June

Kick-Ass 2
Kick-Ass was a storming success when it was released in 2010, consequently catapulting Chloe Moretz playing teenage Hit-Girl Mindy Macready into the Hollywood A-list. Kick-Ass 2 follows up from the aftermath of the first film, by showcasing a new wave of self-made heroes who have been inspired by Kick-Ass and Hit-Girl. This amateur super group are then targeted by a new brand of bad guys formally known as ‘Red Mist’. Other cast members include, Jim Carrey and Aaron Taylor-Johnson. Expect strong violence and pervasive language. Released 14 August

You can catch all of these upcoming movies at a Showcase cinema near you soon.