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New films and DVDs for May 2018

Written by · Published Apr 30, 2018

Early Man, The Greatest Showman, Coco

The Greatest Showman

“Biographical musical drama starring Hugh Jackman as American showman P.T. Barnum.

“After being dismissed from his place of work due to the company’s bankruptcy, Barnum struggles to make ends meet and give his family the life they deserve. After a moment of genius while entertaining his two daughters with a homemade light ornament, he decides to construct the very meaning of show business itself.

“Procuring a selection of performers, all with unique talents, abilities and individual characteristics, Barnum launches a popular touring circus, ‘The Barnum & Bailey Circus’ and changes what we now know as the show business forever.”

Coco

“This animated film follows Miguel Rivera (voice of Anthony Gonzalez), a 12-year-old aspiring musician desperate to become a star like his idol Ernesto de la Cruz (Benjamin Bratt), Mexico’s most famous music and film star. Despite being banned from playing music by his family, Miguel sets off on an epic adventure to the Land of the Dead with his dog Dante and trickster Hector (Gael García Bernal) in a bid to find Ernesto and unlock the secrets behind his mysterious family history.”

Early Man

“British animated adventure from director Nick Park featuring the voice talents of Eddie Redmayne, Tom Hiddleston and Maisie Williams.

“With the future of his tribe threatened by the advancing forces of the evil Lord Nooth (Hiddleston) and his Bronze Age army, young caveman Dug (Redmayne) sets off on an epic adventure to the big city in a heroic attempt to save the day. Accompanied by his loyal sidekick Hognob, Dug soon comes across local girl Goona (Williams) who vows to help him with his quest.”

The Post

“In 1971, Washington Post publisher Katharine Graham (Meryl Streep) faces the difficult decision of whether to publish documents surrounding the American government’s communications during the Vietnam War, brought to her by military analyst Daniel Ellsberg (Matthew Rhys). Within the papers are the communications of Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara (Bruce Greenwood) in which he revealed his belief of the war being unwinnable but stood by his decision to send American men to Southeast Asia and their certain death.”

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

“American dark comedy drama in which a mother becomes frustrated at the local police force’s ineptitude to solve her daughter’s murder. When no potential perpetrators have been identified and the investigation slowly grinds to a halt, Mildred (Frances McDormand) takes matters into her own hands to ensure that the media, local citizens and the police take her plight seriously and find her daughter’s killer.”

Maze Runner: Death Cure

“Sci-fi action thriller sequel directed by Wes Ball and starring Dylan O’Brien, Kaya Scodelario and Thomas Brodie-Sangster.

“Thomas (O’Brien) and the Gladers return for the most dangerous mission of their lives as they attempt to break in to the infamous Last City where they discover WCKD have been experimenting on a group of children they refer to as Immunes. As they learn that the organisation is using the Immunes to extract a cure to a deadly virus called Flare that is killing the human race, Thomas and the Gladers must decide what’s more important to save: their friends or all humanity.”

Brandon King

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