May 2023 New Movies: What’s Coming to Theaters This Month

May 2023: New Movies in US Theaters and UK Cinemas


Welcome to May 2023, the month that brings an array of exciting new movies to theaters in the US and cinemas in the UK. From highly anticipated blockbusters to independent gems, there’s something for everyone! This month, we’ll be treated to a mix of genres, including action, comedy, drama, and fantasy. Get ready to be captivated by the magic of cinema with releases like “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3,” “Fast X,” and “The Little Mermaid.” But don’t limit yourself to just the well-known releases, as there are several hidden gems that deserve your attention. So, without further ado, let’s dive into the list of must-watch movies in May 2023!

New Movies in U.S. Theaters (and Global)

A Father’s Heart

Release: May 1

In “A Father’s Heart,” director Andrés Garrigó takes us on a captivating journey to uncover the mysteries surrounding Joseph of Nazareth, a figure often overlooked in the Bible. This powerful documentary explores the transformational impact of St. Joseph’s intercession through the stories of individuals who have witnessed miracles attributed to him. From radical conversions to miraculous healings, this film delves into the profound influence of St. Joseph in the lives of countless people around the world.

Giving Birth to a Butterfly

Release: May 1

Prepare yourself for a surreal and visually immersive road trip in “Giving Birth to a Butterfly.” This unique film follows the unexpected bond between a suburban mom, whose identity has been stolen, and her son’s pregnant girlfriend. As these two individuals embark on a journey to track down the culprits responsible for their troubles, they undergo personal transformation and discover the power of family, identity, and the unseen aspects of American life. Shot dynamically on 16mm film, this endearing and hauntingly strange cult classic in the making is sure to captivate audiences.

Anxious Nation

Release: May 3 (Global livestream rally/premiere event, in Select US Theaters and on Anxious Nation Virtual Cinema)

“Anxious Nation” is a remarkably honest and insightful exploration of anxiety and mental health crisis in America. Directed by Vanessa Roth, this film focuses on individuals aged 11-26 and their families, shedding light on their struggles and the duality of parents trying to understand and support them. Through raw and intimate storytelling, “Anxious Nation” aims to foster empathy and create a sense of community, providing solace to those facing similar challenges.

Slava Ukraini

Release: May 3

French intellectual Bernard-Henri Lévy returns to the big screen with “Slava Ukraini,” an ode to the courageous public and armed forces of Ukraine in their ongoing conflict with Russia. This powerful documentary stands as a call to action, urging the West to continue delivering support with increasing urgency and solidarity. Lévy’s film shines a light on the strength and resilience of the Ukrainian people, highlighting their unwavering determination to protect their country’s sovereignty.

The Taking

Release: May 3

Prepare to be enlightened by the illuminating new cinematic essay, “The Taking.” Acclaimed film documentarian Alexandre O. Philippe takes us on a journey through the history of cinema, focusing on the forced cultural appropriation of a world-famous landscape. This thought-provoking film explores the significance of Monument Valley, a landscape ripe with mythological connotations and intertwined with American Westerns. Through rich storytelling and captivating visuals, Philippe confronts the concept of ownership and raises questions about the cultural narratives we perpetuate.

Unconditional (Limited)

Release: May 3

Take a seven-year journey of self-discovery and emotional exploration in “Unconditional.” This documentary follows three families as they navigate the most pressing topics of our time – physical and mental health. Surprisingly, their journeys of hardship lead them to emerge stronger, ultimately revealing the capacity of love to heal. “Unconditional” offers a powerful reflection on the resilience of the human spirit and the transformative power of empathy and understanding.

Chile ’76 (Limited)

Release: May 5 at Film at Lincoln Center and IFC Center (NY), followed by a national rollout on May 19 at Laemmle Royal (LA)

“Chile ’76” takes us back to the early days of Augusto Pinochet’s dictatorship, offering a gripping suspense thriller intertwined with a character study. Set in tumultuous times, the film centers around Carmen, a sheltered upper-middle-class woman who inadvertently becomes involved in the Chilean political opposition. As she grapples with political engagement and faces unforeseen threats, her sheltered existence is shattered, putting her family in harm’s way. “Chile ’76” explores the consequences of standing up against oppression and the price one must pay for justice.

Double Life (Limited)

Release: May 5

Prepare for a gripping ride in “Double Life,” a thrilling film that follows a grieving widow on her quest for truth. When she discovers that her husband’s death was no accident, she joins forces with his mysterious mistress to uncover the truth behind his murder. This unlikely alliance leads them down a treacherous path filled with unexpected twists and turns, unmasking the true nature of the man they both loved. “Double Life” is a pulse-pounding exploration of trust, betrayal, and the lengths one will go to seek justice.

The Eight Mountains (Limited)

Release: May 5 at Landmark’s Nuart Theatre (LA), followed by a release on May 12, nationwide.

Journey through the picturesque mountains in “The Eight Mountains,” a heartwarming coming-of-age story directed by Felix van Groeningen and Charlotte Vandermeersch. The film follows the bond between Pietro, a city boy visiting the mountain village of Grana, and Bruno, a local herder boy. Their friendship blossoms over several summers, intertwining their lives, dreams, and relationships. As they navigate the challenges of life, they discover the power of friendship and the profound connection to nature.

Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 3

Release: May 5

Prepare to embark on another cosmic adventure with the beloved misfit superheroes in “Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 3.” Directed by James Gunn, this highly anticipated sequel follows Peter Quill and his team of Guardians as they rally to defend the universe. Facing the loss of Gamora and a mission that could mean the end of their group, the Guardians must summon all their courage and resourcefulness. Packed with action, humor, and a captivating storyline, “Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 3” is a must-see for Marvel fans.

Johnny & Clyde (Limited)

Release: May 5

Prepare for a thrilling crime spree in “Johnny & Clyde.” This unconventional love story follows two serial killers, Johnny and Clyde, who embark on a whirlwind adventure filled with danger and betrayal. When they set their sights on robbing a casino owned by the charismatic Alana, guarded by her demonic warrior, the duo finds themselves in a deadly game of cat and mouse. Filled with unexpected twists and turns, “Johnny & Clyde” explores the fine line between love and violence.

Land of Gold (Limited)

Release: May 5

Discover the power of compassion and connection in “Land of Gold,” a beautifully acted meditation on home, life, and family. Directed by Nardeep Khurmi, this heartfelt film follows Kiran, a truck driver who finds an injured young Mexican-American girl named Elena. Together, they embark on a journey to reunite Elena with her family, navigating the complexities of identity, love, and the search for a place to call home. “Land of Gold” is a poignant exploration of the bonds that transcend borders and the strength of the human spirit.

Love Again

Release: May 5

Prepare for a heartwarming romantic comedy in “Love Again.” Directed by Jim Strouse, this lighthearted film tells the story of Mira Ray, who, after losing her fiancé, sends a series of romantic texts to his old cell phone number. Little does she know that the number has been reassigned to Rob Burns, a journalist captivated by the honesty and vulnerability in Mira’s messages. Their journey to meet sparks a delightful and unpredictable chain of events, as they navigate the complexities of love and loss alongside the legendary Celine Dion.

The Melt Goes on Forever: The Art & Times of David Hammons (Limited)

Release: May 5 at Film Forum (NY)

Embark on an artistic exploration in “The Melt Goes on Forever: The Art & Times of David Hammons.” Delve into the life and work of this brilliant, subversive, and elusive art star and provocateur. Directed by Harold Crooks, this film captures the playful and no-nonsense spirit of David Hammons, shedding light on his bold vision of art and challenging the establishment. Through archival footage, interviews, and candid accounts from fellow artists, “The Melt Goes on Forever” offers a captivating glimpse into Hammons’s artistic philosophy and impact.

One Ranger (Limited)

Release: May 5

Enter the thrilling world of British Intelligence and Texas Justice in “One Ranger.” Directed by Jesse V. Johnson, this white-knuckle action-thriller follows a Texas Ranger on the trail of a bank robber with plans to detonate a bomb in the heart of London. When the ranger’s partner is killed, he teams up with a British intelligence agent and her boss to bring the outlaw to justice, dead or alive. Filled with high-stakes action and unexpected alliances, “One Ranger” is a pulse-pounding cinematic experience.

Queens of the Qing Dynasty (Limited)

Release: May 5 at Metrograph Theater (NY)

Prepare to be swept away by a tender love story in “Queens of the Qing Dynasty.” Directed by Ashley McKenzie, this poignant film explores the unlikely rapport between a neurodivergent teen and an international student volunteering at a hospital. As the two form a bond through candid conversations and nightly text messages, they navigate the complexities of their respective lives and find solace in their profound connection. “Queens of the Qing Dynasty” is a heartfelt exploration of friendship, identity, and the power of understanding.

Unrest (Limited)

Release: May 5

Dive into the complex world of Cyril Schäublin’s “Unrest.” Set in the hushed environs of the Swiss watchmaking town of Saint-Imier in the 1870s, this film follows the journey of Pyotr Kropotkin, a young anarchist and socialist philosopher. As Pyotr immerses himself in the bustling activity of the town, he finds inspiration in the organizing workers at the watch factory and the performances of the local collective at the watermill. “Unrest” is a visually captivating and intellectually stimulating exploration of social inequality and the power of grassroots movements.

What’s Love Got to Do With It?

Release: May 5

Join the romantic escapades of Zoe, a documentary-maker navigating the complexities of love in “What’s Love Got to Do With It?” Starring Lily James, this heartwarming comedy follows Zoe as she deals with the loss of her fiancé. In a twist of fate, her romantic texts meant for her deceased partner end up in the hands of Rob Burns, a journalist captivated by their sincerity. Together, they embark on an adventure to meet each other and discover the true nature of love. Plus, keep an eye out for a special appearance by megastar Celine Dion playing herself in her first film role!

You Can Live Forever

Release: May 5

In “You Can Live Forever,” director Mark Slutsky and Sarah Watts transport us into the world of a Jehovah’s Witness community, where a lost fairy and a boy cross paths. This enchanting animation tells the story of a young girl named Jaime, who finds herself in the human world after failing her tooth fairy exam. As she navigates this new realm, she forms a special bond with Maxie, a child yearning for acceptance and understanding. “You Can Live Forever” is a magical exploration of friendship and the universal desire to belong.


Release: May 12

Embark on a journey through technological history with “BlackBerry,” directed by Matt Johnson. This engrossing film documents the rise and fall of the iconic smartphone company by telling the story of Mike Lazaridis and Jim Balsillie, the minds behind the BlackBerry revolution. Witness their struggles and triumphs as they revolutionize the way we communicate, only to face unforeseen challenges that threaten to dismantle their empire. “BlackBerry” is a captivating tale of innovation, rivalry, and the perils of success.

Book Club: The Next Chapter

Release: May 12

Join the book club for a fun-filled adventure in “Book Club: The Next Chapter.” In this highly anticipated sequel, our four best friends embark on a trip to Italy for a girls’ trip like no other. From hilarious mishaps to surprising revelations, their relaxing vacation takes an unexpected turn, leading to a once-in-a-lifetime cross-country adventure. “Book Club: The Next Chapter” is a delightful comedy that celebrates friendship, self-discovery, and the importance of embracing new experiences.

Fool’s Paradise

Release: May 12

Indulge in a satirical comedy with “Fool’s Paradise.” Directed by Charlie Day, this film follows the life of a down-on-his-luck publicist who seizes his lucky break by discovering a man who looks just like a method actor refusing to leave his trailer. With the help of a powerful producer, the publicist launches the man into stardom, even orchestrating his marriage to a beautiful leading lady. However, fame and fortune come with a price, and the two men must navigate a world filled with drunken costars, unpredictable directors, and power-hungry moguls. “Fool’s Paradise” offers a hilarious and poignant exploration of the glamour and pitfalls of the entertainment industry.


Release: May 12

Prepare for a mind-bending thriller in “Hypnotic,” directed by Robert Rodriguez. This captivating film follows a determined Austin detective, Danny Rourke, as he investigates a series of reality-bending bank robberies. Little does he know that his search for his missing daughter will lead him down a rabbit hole of deception and immerse him in a world where nothing is as it seems. With the help of a psychic and the pursuit of a mysterious specter, Rourke must confront his assumptions and unravel the truth before it’s too late. “Hypnotic” is an adrenaline-fueled rollercoaster that will keep audiences on the edge of their seats.

It Ain’t Over

Release: May 12

Prepare for an emotional rollercoaster in “It Ain’t Over,” a documentary seven years in the making. Directed by Richard Lui, this film follows three families as they embark on a journey of self-discovery, tackling the most emotional topics of our day – physical and mental health. Surprisingly, they emerge stronger in the face of adversity, ultimately proving that love has the power to heal even the deepest wounds. “It Ain’t Over” offers a poignant and uplifting exploration of the human spirit.

Knights of the Zodiac

Release: May 12

Fans of the international anime sensation will be thrilled by “Knights of the Zodiac,” the first live-action adaptation of the Saint Seiya saga. Directed by Tomek Baginski, this epic film follows the journey of Seiya, a headstrong street teen searching for his abducted sister. Little does he know that his quest will lead him into a world of warring saints, ancient magical training, and a reincarnated goddess in need of his protection. Prepare for a visually stunning and action-packed adventure in “Knights of the Zodiac.”


Release: May 12

Escape into the enchanting world of “L’Immensita,” directed by Emanuele Crialese. Set in 1970s Rome during a time of transition, the film follows Clara, a woman whose life is marred by a troubled marriage and an unfaithful, abusive husband. Seeking solace and connection, Clara forms an unlikely bond with Adriana, her 13-year-old daughter who identifies as a boy. Together, they navigate societal expectations, gender identity, and the pursuit of unconditional love. “L’Immensita” is a lyrical reflection on family, self-discovery, and embracing one’s true nature.

Mercy (Limited)

Release: May 12

Prepare for a high-stakes action thriller in “Mercy.” Directed by Tony Dean Smith, this film follows Lucy, an ex-military doctor who becomes embroiled in a deadly battle when the Irish mafia takes control of the hospital where she works. When her son is taken hostage, Lucy must rely on her battle-hardened past and lethal skills to save the day. “Mercy” is a pulse-pounding ride filled with adrenaline-pumping action and suspense.


Release: May 12

Prepare for an intimate and introspective journey in “Monica.” Directed by Andrea Pallaoro, this thought-provoking film follows the return of Monica, a woman who confronts the wounds of her past after a long absence. Reconnecting with her mother and the rest of her family, Monica embarks on a path of healing and acceptance. “Monica” delves into the complex internal world of its protagonist, exploring her pain, fears, and desires, while shedding light on universal themes of abandonment and forgiveness.

Rally Road Racers

Release: May 12

Rev up your engines for an adrenaline-fueled race in “Rally Road Racers.” Directed by Ross Venokur, this film follows Zhi, a rookie race car driver thrust into a high-stakes competition against the reigning champion of the rally car circuit. With the help of a former driver-turned-mechanic, Zhi must overcome treacherous terrain, rival racers, and unexpected obstacles in his quest to prove his skills and become the next great racer. Buckle up for a thrilling ride in “Rally Road Racers.”

The Starling Girl (Limited)

Release: May 12

Prepare to be moved by the heartfelt story of Jem Starling in “The Starling Girl.” Directed by Laurel Parmet, this coming-of-age drama explores Jem’s struggle to find her place within her fundamentalist Christian community in rural Kentucky. Caught between her own desires and the expectations of her religious devotion, Jem navigates the tumultuous waters of adolescence, self-discovery, and the complexities of relationships. “The Starling Girl” is a tender exploration of identity, faith, and the challenges of embracing one’s true self.

Come Out Fighting

Release: May 19

Immerse yourself in the gripping world of WWII with “Come Out Fighting.” Directed by Steven Luke, this military adventure follows a specialized squad of U.S. Army African American soldiers on an unofficial rescue mission behind enemy lines. Their primary objective is to locate their missing commanding officer, but they soon find themselves facing more than they bargained for when they discover a downed U.S. Army fighter pilot. With the help of their friends at the 761st tank battalion, known as “The Black Panthers,” the squad must navigate a treacherous landscape and overcome formidable challenges to fulfill their mission. “Come Out Fighting” is a thrilling war film that highlights the bravery and resilience of those who fought for freedom.

The Cow Who Sang a Song into the Future

Release: May 19

Prepare to be enchanted by the poetic tale of “The Cow Who Sang a Song into the Future.” Directed by Francisca Alegría, this thought-provoking film tells the story of Magdalena, who rises from the depths of a polluted river and resurfaces with old wounds and family secrets. Her return sends ripples through her widowed husband and their daughter Cecilia, setting in motion a sequence of laughter and despair. As the story unfolds, “The Cow Who Sang a Song into the Future” becomes an ambitious proposal for healing and acceptance, capturing the essence of family and the power of resurrection.

Fast X

Release: May 19

Buckle up for a thrilling ride in the latest installment of the “Fast & Furious” franchise with “Fast X.” Directed by Louis Leterrier, this action-packed film reunites our favorite characters as they face their most formidable opponent yet. Dom Toretto and his family find themselves up against a terrifying threat fueled by blood revenge, hell-bent on tearing them apart. Join the race and experience the pulse-pounding excitement as the team fights to protect everything they hold dear. Get ready for high-speed chases, explosive action, and heart-stopping stunts in “Fast X.”

Master Gardener

Release: May 19

Enter a world of horticultural intrigue with “Master Gardener.” Directed by Paul Schrader, this gripping film follows Narvel Roth, a horticulturist devoted to tending the grounds of Gracewood Gardens. His meticulously maintained life is disrupted when his wealthy employer, Mrs. Haverhill, introduces her great-niece Maya into the mix. As secrets from a violent past resurface, Narvel’s tranquil existence gives way to turmoil and a fight for survival. “Master Gardener” is a visually stunning and emotionally charged drama that delves into the complexities of identity and the fragility of the human psyche.

It’s Quieter in the Twilight (Limited)

Release: May 19

Prepare for a captivating cinematic experience with “It’s Quieter in the Twilight.” Directed by Billy Miossi, this film immerses viewers in the unsettling world of a dystopian civilization on the fringes of a sanctuary. Witness as this fragile sanctuary crumbles under its oppressive prejudices, revealing the intricate web of human connections and the consequences of societal division. “It’s Quieter in the Twilight” is an inventive and surreal feature that challenges our understanding of identity and offers a poignant commentary on our world.

The Little Mermaid

Release: May 25

Venture under the sea once again with “The Little Mermaid,” a beloved Disney classic brought to life in a new adaptation directed by Rob Marshall. Join Ariel, the youngest daughter of King Triton, on her journey to discover love and navigate the challenges of life both beneath and above the waves. With a timeless soundtrack and captivating visuals, this enchanting tale will transport audiences to a world where dreams come true and love conquers all.

New Movies in U.K. Cinemas


Release: May 5

Discover the beauty of nature and the complexities of human connection in “Lakelands.” Directed by Robert Higgins and Patrick McGivney, this film follows Cian, a young Gaelic footballer seeking his place in a town where the sport is revered. As Cian grapples with a career-ending injury and searches for his own identity, he immerses himself in a world where Gaelic football defines individuals’ lives. “Lakelands” is a subtle and poignant exploration of resilience, self-discovery, and the search for purpose.

Return to Seoul

Release: May 5

Embark on an emotional journey of self-discovery in “Return to Seoul.” Directed by Davy Chou, this compelling film follows Freddie, a young woman who returns to South Korea, her birthplace, for the first time since being adopted and raised in France. As she explores her origins, Freddie delves into a world she knows little about, searching for her biological parents and seeking a sense of belonging. “Return to Seoul” is a poignant exploration of identity, family, and the complex emotions that come with understanding one’s history.

The Full Monty: Special 35mm Screening (London)

Screening: May 10

Step back in time with a special 35mm screening of the British smash-hit comedy “The Full Monty.” Join us for a night of laughter and nostalgia at the Prince Charles Cinema, where writer and creator Simon Beaufoy will make a special appearance for a Q&A session hosted by The Big Issue’s Adrian Lobb. Don’t miss this opportunity to relive the magic of a film that captured hearts worldwide and sparked endless laughter.

Brainwashed: Sex-Camera-Power

Release: May 12

Enter the mesmerizing world of “Brainwashed: Sex-Camera-Power,” a captivating documentary that explores the female gaze in cinema. Directed by Nina Menkes, this thought-provoking film delves into the subconscious impact of gendered techniques in filmmaking and their effect on the representation of women in society. Drawing inspiration from feminist film theorist Laura Mulvey’s groundbreaking thesis, “Brainwashed: Sex-Camera-Power” challenges viewers to confront and question the visual language of cinema and its consequences on our perceptions of gender.

Plan 75

Release: May 19

Step into a near-future Japan with “Plan 75,” a thought-provoking drama set in the aftermath of an aging society. Directed by Chie Hayakawa, this film follows the story of Michi, a woman who must contend with the government program Plan 75. This program encourages senior citizens to voluntarily euthanize themselves as a supposed solution to an aged society. Facing the loss of independence and grappling with difficult choices, Michi finds herself at a crossroads, challenging societal norms and redefining what it means to live.

Beau is Afraid

Release: May 19

Take a mind-bending journey into the unknown with “Beau is Afraid,” directed by Ari Aster. This baffling yet captivating film follows a paranoid man named Beau, who embarks on a quest to find his way back home to his mother. Starring renowned actors Joaquin Phoenix, Nathan Lane, Amy Ryan, Parker Posey, and Patti LuPone, “Beau is Afraid” takes audiences through a surreal landscape of twists and turns, blurring the lines between reality and imagination.

Under the Fig Trees

Release: May 19

Experience the immersive world of “Under the Fig Trees,” directed by Erige Sehiri. Set among the lush trees, this film explores the blossoming relationships and personal transformations that unfold among young workers during a summer harvest. As young men and women connect, flirt, and learn from each other, they confront the complexities of friendship, love, and self-discovery. “Under the Fig Trees” is a vivid portrayal of human connections and the joys and challenges that come with embracing new experiences.