IMDb Picks: 10 Editors' Suggestions for May

by IMDb-Editors | last updated - 3 months ago

This month, as the summer movie season begins and the world of television continues to offer hundreds of options, IMDb's editorial team hones in on the films and shows they most want to watch.

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Bradley Cooper and Chris Pratt in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

Star-Lord and the gang return in a bigger, brighter, and louder sequel that ramps up the ambition and spectacle of the first movie. Vol. 2 may not be able to deliver the same element of surprise as the sleeper hit of 2014, but the laughs come thick and fast, the visuals are astonishing, and the Guardians’ universe is expanded in a way that will spark more standalone adventures as well as crossover into the wider Marvel Cinematic Universe. It also, as you'd expect, has an awesome soundtrack. — Michael

Opens in wide release on Friday, May 5

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Charlie Hunnam in King Arthur: Legend of the Sword (2017)

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword

Charlie Hunnam is having himself quite the year. Fresh off The Lost City of Z, where he portrays real-life British explorer Col. Percy Fawcett, he now tackles one of western culture's most enduring and fascinating legendary characters. It's no small order to play a personage that's been revisited numerous times on the big and smalls screens. But Hunnam looks up to the challenge. Thankfully, he has director Guy Ritchie helping to set the paces and an able supporting cast that includes such formidable talents as Annabelle Wallis, Eric Bana, Djimon Hounsou, and Jude Law (who, it should be said, is having a pretty good year for himself, too). And if those names don't grab you, there's a notable cameo from another legend -- of the sporting kind: soccer star David Beckham. — Bret

Hits U.S. theaters Friday, May 12

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Alien: Covenant (2017)

Alien: Covenant

Ridley Scott wants to put Prometheus haters in their place and through their paces with Alien: Covenant's hard-R gore and a story that leads right up to his original masterpiece. We spent a day on the set and were properly terrified, and even though we don't need our questions about this franchise's mythos answered, we are looking forward to Scott's straight horror approach and meeting these neomorphs. — Arno

Opens in wide release on Friday, May 19

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Ellie Kemper in Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (2015)

"Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt"

Since the end of "30 Rock," this is the closest thing we have to that brand of quirky comedy from creator Tina Fey. So it’s great to see Kimmy back with her motley crew as she heads off to college. Honestly, we’re most looking forward to seeing the return of Titus (Tituss Burgess), who is always hilarious and promises his own unique take on Beyonce’s "Lemonade." — Michael

Season 3 available on Netflix from May 19

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Joanne Froggatt in Dark Angel (2016)

"Dark Angel"

Joanne Froggatt might forever be known as Anna Bates from "Downton Abbey," but who could pass up seeing her portray the Victorian Era serial killer Mary Ann Cotton, who poisoned her husbands and children with arsenic and met a gnarly end herself. — Arno

Premieres Sunday, May 21, at 9 p.m. ET/PT on PBS.

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Twin Peaks (2017)

"Twin Peaks"

There have certainly been many notable reboots of '90s-era television series in the past two years. But there is perhaps none that is as intriguing and as potentially satisfying as Showtime's return to "Twin Peaks," which picks up 25 years after the murder of Laura Palmer. The original series was truly a groundbreaking affair when it debuted in 1990, introducing an array of unforgettably eccentric characters, ensnared in a soap-opera of a story spun with relish by David Lynch. The relaunched series continues for a limited run. Says Lynch, "It's a feature film in 18 parts." Returning are Kyle MacLachlan and a slew of familiar faces from the original cast, such as David Duchovny. They join some notable new faces including the likes of Naomi Watts, Michael Cera, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and more. Fire up those coffee pots. — Bret

Premieres Sunday, May 21, on Showtime

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Norbert Leo Butz in Bloodline (2015)

"Bloodline"

This will be the final chapter for "Bloodline" and after last season's explosive ending, it will be very difficult for John, Kevin, and Meg from to hide the dark secrets they have been struggling to keep. When we first met the Rayburn family in Season 1, it was easy to view Danny (Ben Mendelsohn) as the "problem child" and source for all troubles. But last season, as we as watched his siblings come undone layering one lie over another, it's clear those troubles run deep. To me, this is one of the most underrated shows on TV right now, and I can't wait to how it ends. — Michelle

Season 3 premieres Friday, May 26, on Netflix

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Jerry Garcia, Bill Kreutzmann, Phil Lesh, and Bob Weir in Long Strange Trip (2017)

Long Strange Trip

Deadheads unite!

Producer Martin Scorsese and director Amir Bar-Lev’s epic documentary about The Grateful Dead premiered at Sundance earlier this year to rave reviews. Featuring never-before-seen interviews and concert footage, Bar-Lev chronicles the 30-year history of the band and the psychedelic subculture that surrounded it. "Long Strange Trip gives you a glimpse into the artists who risked their lives in search of a transcendental moment via the right combo of chords and camaraderie,” wrote Rolling Stone’s David Fear, and at four hours long, “It's not nearly long enough.” —Matt

Coming to select theaters Friday, May 26 and to Prime Video on June 2

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Kevin Spacey in House of Cards (2013)

"House of Cards"

The Underwoods are back, the country is at war and the press is seeking to expose Frank's past. Is this the beginning of the end? It could easily go either way, but I can't wait to see how Francis and Claire manipulate, threaten and possibly kill to keep things going in their favor, or witness the fallout as their truly shady past finally catches up to them. Both outcomes equal great television. — Vanessa

Season 5 premieres Tuesday, May 30, on Netflix

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Jonathan Tucker, Frank Grillo, and Nick Jonas in Kingdom (2014)

"Kingdom"

"Kingdom" returns for its third and final season, and I am truly sad to see it end. It's always been an intense watching experience as nothing ever comes without a battle for anyone on this show, and tragedy and hardship seem to be lurking around every corner. But the story is always compelling, the MMA fights nail-biting, and the performances of Frank Grillo, Nick Jonas, and Jonathan Tucker as the dysfunctional Kulina family are brilliant. I've always been a Frank Grillo fan, but his nuanced portrayal retired MMA legend Alvey Kulina is perhaps my favorite performance of his to date. — Vanessa

Season 3 premieres Wednesday, May 31, on the Audience Network