From Voltes V: Legacy, The Little Mermaid, Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse, and more, you’re missing out if you don’t catch these new titles.
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While May has only three letters in its name, the month is chock-full of content over its thirty-one days. From blockbusters to K-dramas, sci-fi epics, rousing musicals, anticipated animated sequels, and more, May 2023 doesn’t look to disappoint in the new movies and shows department. The month nearly has it all if you think about it. So, as you look to make the most of the waning weeks of the summer season, watch out for these exciting new titles.
THE RAIN IN ESPANA
The small-screen adaptation of Gwy Saludes’ seminal Wattpad novel is finally here. This May, fans get to see Luna and Kalix’s love story brought to life. Whether or not it meets expectations remains to be seen. The Rain In Espana series adaptation made its premier on Viva One, Viva’s newest streaming service, on May 1.
THE GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 3
It’s an end of an era in the MCU, at least, when it comes to the Guardians of the Galaxy. For the trilogy’s final installment, the Guardians go on a desperate mission to save Rocket Raccoon after an attack leaves him near death’s door. What happens next is a tale of how the Guardians learn to manage their expectations of each other all while unveiling the curtain on Rocket’s tragic past. With some reviewers calling the MCU film the best in the entire Guardians trilogy, the film is not to be missed. It began screening in local cinemas on May 3.
QUEEN CHARLOTTE: A BRIDGERTON STORY
While a new season of Bridgerton is still a ways off, we are getting the first spin-off of the entire series, which is honestly nothing to complain about. Centered on Queen Charlotte’s rise to prominence and power, this Bridgerton prequel tells the story of how the young Queen’s marriage to King George went from arranged affair to a moving love story that shifted society. See how it all goes down when the limited series streams on Netflix beginning May 4.
ALL THAT WE LOVED
High-school best friends played Sehun and Cho Jun-young get entangled in a triangular love relationship with Jang Yeo-bin. After Joon-hee receives a kidney transplant from Go Yoo, the two best friends fall into a love triangle with a transfer student, So-yeon, due to cellular memory syndrome. The teen romance K-drama makes its premiere on May 6
VOLTES V: LEGACY
After three long years in development, the local adaptation of Voltes V is finally here. On May 8, three brothers, Steve Armstrong (Miguel Tanfelix), Big Bert (Matt Lozano), and Little Jon Armstrong (Raphael Landicho), and their friends, Jamie Robinson (Ysabel Ortega) and Mark Gordon (Radson Flores) will begin their quest to defend Earth from humanoid alien invaders known as Boazanians. An action-packed drama that’s a touching story of love for family, prepare for one thrilling and heartwarming experience unlike anything Philippine TV has seen before.
EVIL DEAD RISE
Horror movies buffs, we rise at dawn! The latest entry to the iconic Evil Dead series, this film changes setting as we follow two estranged sisters in an apartment complex whose reunion is cut short by the rise of flesh-possessing demons, thrusting them into a primal battle for survival as they face the most frightening version of their family imaginable. Expect the blood and gore to be at a 10/10, and we advise you to skip the popcorn before you see the film. Evil Dead Rise screens exclusively on Ayala Malls’ cinemas beginning May 10.
BIG GEORGE FOREMAN
Big George Foreman: The Miraculous Story of the Once and Future Heavyweight Champion of the World rightfully brings to life the legendary fighter’s improbable rise from poverty to win the title, his decision to abandon the ring to preach from the pulpit, and his ultimate return at the age of 45 to become the oldest boxing champion in the sport’s history. Moving beyond the headlines, it’s also an intimate portrait of the man himself, which you can catch exclusively on Ayala Cinemas on May 10.
Jennifer Lopez is mother, literally, in her latest action film. When her work begins to bleed into her personal life, an assassin, simply referred to as The Mother, leaves behind her daughter to protect her. But, years later, when her daughter finds herself in harm, The Mother must come to her rescue. It streams on Netflix on May 12.
A new dystopian K-drama on Netflix? Sign us up. Set in 2071, this series center on a group of people called Black Knights, the delivery men who endanger their lives to transport essentials to people in a polluted and dystopian world. The main plot will follow the journey of refugee Sa-wol, and the legendary deliveryman 5-8 (played by Kim Woo-bin), as he takes on the all-powerful Cheonmyeong Group. The series streams on Netflix on May 12.
It’s the last ride for Dom and his extended family as part one of the finale for the Fast & Furious franchise sees the team go up against Dante (Jason Momoa), a villain with ties to the fifth film, who is hell-bent destroying Dom and everything he’s built. While the crew may not be flying to space this time, at least we’ll be getting more high-octane action. The movie speeds onto local cinemas on May 17.
ANG MGA KAIBIGAN NI MAMA SUSAN
From director Chito Roño comes this adaptation of Bob Ong’s 2010 novel of the same name. Joshua Garcia stars as Galo, a university student whose life is shown through his journal entries that chronicle his unsettling and mysterious experiences he has while living with his grandmother, Mama Susan. When Mama Susan falls ill, Galo returns to his hometown on an island where he grew up, only to be faced with the haunting mysteries that will shake him to his core. It’s been over three years since this movie was first announced, so we’re more than excited to finally see it released. The film streams on Prime Video beginning May 18.
This To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before spin-off puts the spotlight on Laura’s little sister, Kitty Song Covey, as she travels to South Korea to reunite with her long-distance boyfriend. Soon, she’ll realize that relationships are a lot more complicated when it’s your own heart on the line. It’s been a while since we got a good teen rom-com so Kitty’s adventure is one to keep a watch for. The film streams on Netflix on May 18.
THE LITTLE MERMAID
Disney’s latest live-action adaptation of their beloved animated movies is finally here as The Little Mermaid finally rises to the shore. While a lot has been said about this film, we can’t wait to see Halle Bailey kill it as Ariel and blow the roof of the cinema with her pipes. See Ariel’s tale come to life on the big screen when it swims onto local theaters on May 24.
From Black Sheep Studios comes Sparks Camp, the first BL reality show in the country. Hosted by Mela Habijan, the show follows a group of men on a stunning summer getaway looking for love. The questions is though, will they find it? Find out when the series premiers on YouTube on May 24.
AMERICAN BORN CHINESE
On plot alone, this Disney+ series has us hooked as it follows two high school students who become a part of a battle between two ancient Chinese Gods that will determine the fate of the world. But the fact that Michelle Yeoh, Ke Huy Quan, Stephanie Hsu, and James Hong are all set to appear in the show has us feeling we hit the jackpot. Shang-Chi director Destin Daniel Cretton helming most of the show’s episodes is the cherry on top. This Asian-centric fantasy tale will make its premiere on the streaming platform on May 24.
BAKIT DI MO SABIHIN
After making a splash at last year’s Cinemalaya, this movie about the struggles of deaf people is finally hitting a streaming release. Starring Janine Gutierrez and JC De Vera, the film follows a young deaf couple who navigate the challenges of life in a predominantly hearing world. It will be made available for streaming on Prime Video beginning May 25.
UNBREAK MY HEART
It only felt like it was yesterday that we learned that ABS-CBN and GMA were collaborating on their very first teleserye together. Now, the show is set to premiere this month. Featuring an A-list cast that includes Jodi Sta. Maria, Richard Yap, Gabbi Garcia, and Joshua Garcia, Unbreak My Heart looks to tell a dramatic tale of love and loss across the Philippines and Europe. The trailer screams big teleserye energy, and honestly, we don’t mind it. You can catch this seminal teleserye on GMA beginning May 29 and a few days early on May 27 on Viu.
SPIDER-MAN: ACROSS THE SPIDER-VERSE
In just a few weeks, we’ll be able to see one of the most anticipated movies of 2023. Miles Morales is back for more multiverse adventures as he meets Spider-People from across the universes. But while they may all be related, that doesn’t mean they share the same goals, as seen in the brewing tension between Miles and Miguel O’Hara. Into the Spider-Verse was everything we could have asked for and more, which is why we’re ready for the sequel to blow us away. The film swings onto local cinemas on May 31.
BITCH X RICH
If Red Velvet’s Yeri starring in a K-drama called Bitch X Rich isn’t enough to get you excited, then know that the show will center on two high school students going against one another in a game of cat and mouse following a high-school murder case. The intriguing thriller premiers on May 31.
While the following shows aren’t new, they are premiering new seasons this month that make for a great weekend of weekday watch. Star Wars: Visions Volume 2 (May 4), RuPaul’s Drag Race All-Stars Season 8 (May 12) Queer Eye Season 7 (May 12), Fear the Walking Dead Final Season (May 14), Prehistoric Planet Season 2 (May 22).
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