Staying In – May 22

Arts & Culture

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Adam Gunton

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

Released: 5 May

Benedict Cumberbatch is back as the man with the magic in Marvel and he’s still got that dodgy American accent. Directed by Sam Raimi (a master of classic horror and director of the Tobey Maguire Spider-Man films) Multiverse of Madness sees Doctor Stephen Strange being caught up by the consequences of messing with multiple universes. Returning alongside Strange are fan favourites Wong (Benedict Wong) and the Scarlet Witch herself, Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen). There’s rumours of all sorts of cameos and characters in this film so it’s going to be a big one for the Marvel fans.

Top Gun: Maverick 

Released: 27 May

Well, take my breath away, Top Gun is back! Tom Cruise returns as Maverick, one of the Navy’s top aviators. He’s brought in by his old competitor, Iceman, to train the best new pilots for a daring mission. But one of these pilots is the son of his former wingman, Goose, who met his untimely fate in the original film. Goose’s son is holding some serious resentment towards Maverick, blaming him for his father’s death. Can Maverick finally grow up a little to push these pilots to be the best they could possibly be? Expect breath-taking flight sequences and if there’s not another scene where they play volleyball on the beach, I think we’ll all be disappointed. 

The Bob’s Burgers Movie 

Released: 27 May

The burger-flipping family of the Belchers hit the big screen for their first film. Bob’s luck continues on its terrible streak as a sinkhole forms in front of their restaurant, putting the business on the edge of closing and tumbling into the abyss. While Bob and his wife Linda try to save the restaurant from shutting down, the children Tina, Gene and Louise embark on a mystery that could be the family’s salvation. The film is sure to have the same quick wit that show has always had. Bob’s Burgers has always proved that animation for adults doesn’t have to be rude for the sake of it. It can have heart, zany characters, jokes and troubles that we can all relate to.


Released: 20 May

Alex Garland, director of the brilliant Ex Machina and Annihilation bring us this tale of terror from the excellent studio A24. Harper (played by Jessie Buckley) takes a holiday in the English countryside after the death of her ex-husband. She soon finds her holiday less than relaxing as she feels someone is stalking her and all the men in the village are decidedly unhelpful and extra creepy. Sounds like a standard horror film premise, right? Well, the interesting thing is that all the men in the village are played by the same person, Rory Kinnear (who starred in the recent Bond films). Based on Garland’s previous works, this film is sure to linger with you for a while to come.

Did you know? 

In the Star Wars films, Mace Windu is the only Jedi to have a purple lightsaber. The actor playing Windu, Samuel L. Jackson wanted his blade to be purple because he was “the second baddest Jedi in the universe” and so he could find himself amongst all the other Jedi in a big battle scene!

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