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May 2013

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May 2013

We all know that The Great Gatsby will be coming to theaters this month. But there are a number of other films releasing in May that you may want to check out, including Iron Man 3, The Iceman, Epic and Shadow Dancer. If you want to stay inside and need some options for TV viewing, try Behind the Candelabra, which premieres May 26th on HBO, or pop in a DVD of Jack Reacher, Safe Haven, or Cloud Atlas.


In Theaters:

Iron Man 3
Cast: Robert Downey Jr,, Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Guy Pearce, Ben Kingsley
Director: Shane Black
Distributor: Walt Disney Studio Motion Pictures
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Release Date: May 1st (wide)
Based On: IRON MAN: EXTREMIS by Warren Ellis and Adi Granov

Marvel's Iron Man 3 pits brash but brilliant industrialist Tony Stark/Iron Man against an enemy whose reach knows no bounds. When Stark finds his personal world destroyed at his enemy's hands, he embarks on a harrowing quest to find those responsible. This journey, at every turn, will test his mettle. With his back against the wall, Stark is left to survive by his own devices, relying on his ingenuity and instincts to protect those closest to him. As he fights his way back, Stark discovers the answer to the question that has secretly haunted him: does the man make the suit or does the suit make the man?


The Iceman
 Michael Shannon, Winona Ryder, James Franco, Ray Liotta, Chris Evans
Director: Ariel Vromen
Distributor: Millennium Entertainment
MPAA Rating: R
Release Date: May 3rd (limited)
Based On: THE ICE MAN: Confessions of a Mafia Contract Killer by Philip Carlo

Inspired by actual events, the film follows notorious contract killer Richard Kuklinski from his early days working for the mob through his arrest for the murder of over 100 men. Appearing to be living the American dream as a devoted husband and father; Kuklinski was also a ruthless killer-for-hire and when he was finally arrested in 1986, neither his wife nor daughters have any clue about his real profession.


What Maisie Knew
Cast: Julianne Moore, Alexander Skarsgård, Onata Aprile, Joanna Vanderham, Steve Coogan
Director: Scott McGehee and David Siegel
Distributor: Millennium Entertainment
MPAA Rating: R
Release Date: May 3rd (limited)
Based On: WHAT MAISIE KNEW by Henry James

An aging rock star and a contemporary art dealer, Susanna and Beale, are too self-involved even to notice their neglect and inadequacy as parents; their fight for Maisie is just another battle in an epic war of personalities. As they raise the stakes by taking on inappropriate new partners, the ex-nanny Margo and the much younger bartender Lincoln, the shuffling of Maisie from household to household becomes more and more callous, the consequences more and more troubling. Always watchful, however, Maisie begins to understand that the path through this morass of adult childishness and selfish blindness will have to be of her own making.


The Great Gatsby
Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, Carey Mulligan, Joel Edgerton
Director: Baz Luhrmann
Distributor: Warner Bros. Pictures Distribution
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Release Date: May 10th (wide)
Based On: THE GREAT GATSBY by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Would-be writer Nick Carraway leaves the Midwest and comes to New York City in the spring of 1922, an era of loosening morals, glittering jazz, bootleg kings, and sky-rocketing stocks. Chasing his own American Dream, Nick lands next door to a mysterious, party-giving millionaire, Jay Gatsby, and across the bay from his cousin, Daisy, and her philandering, blue-blooded husband, Tom Buchanan. It is thus that Nick is drawn into the captivating world of the super rich, their illusions, loves and deceits. As Nick bears witness, within and without of the world he inhabits, he pens a tale of impossible love, incorruptible dreams and high-octane tragedy, and holds a mirror to our own modern times and struggles.


Cast: Beyoncé Knowles, Colin Farrell, Josh Hutcherson, Amanda Seyfried, Christoph Waltz.
Director: Chris Wedge
Distributor: 20th Century Fox Distribution
MPAA Rating: PG
Release Date: May 24th (wide)
Based On: THE LEAF MAN by William Joyce

EPIC tells the story of an ongoing battle between the forces of good, who keep the natural world alive, and the forces of evil, who wish to destroy it. When a teenage girl finds herself magically transported into this secret universe, she teams up with an elite band of warriors and a crew of comical, larger-than-life figures, to save their world…and ours.


Shadow Dancer
Cast: Andrea Riseborough, Clive Owen, Gillian Anderson
Director: James Marsh
Distributor:  Magnolia Pictures
MPAA Rating: R
Release Date: May 31st (limited)
Based On: SHADOW DANCER by Tom Bradby

A conspiracy thriller set around an act of betrayal within a tight knit family, the story centers around single mother Collette McVeigh --- a Republican living in Belfast with her mother and hardliner IRA brothers. When she is arrested for her part in an aborted IRA bomb plot in London, an MI5 officer (Owen) offers her a choice: lose everything and go to prison or return to Belfast to spy on her own family.

With her son’s life in her hands, Collette chooses to place her trust in the MI5 and return home. When her brothers’ secret operation is ambushed, suspicions of an informant are raised and Collette finds both herself and her family in grave danger. With informants working on both sides, Collette’s psychological and personal turmoil builds.


On TV:

Behind the Candelabra
Cast: Michael Douglas, Matt Damon
Network: HBO
Air Date: Sunday, May 26th at 9 pm ET
Based On: BEHIND THE CANDELABRA: My Life With Liberace by Scott Thorson and Alex Thorleifson

Before Elvis, before Elton John, Madonna and Lady Gaga, there was Liberace: virtuoso pianist, outrageous entertainer and flamboyant star of stage and television. A name synonymous with showmanship, extravagance and candelabras, he was a world-renowned performer with a flair that endeared him to his audiences and created a loyal fan base spanning his 40-year career. Liberace lived lavishly and embraced a lifestyle of excess both on and off stage. In summer 1977, handsome young stranger Scott Thorson walked into his dressing room and, despite their age difference and seemingly different worlds, the two embarked on a secretive five-year love affair. Behind the Candelabra takes a behind-the-scenes look at their tempestuous relationship --- from their first meeting backstage at the Las Vegas Hilton to their bitter and public break-up.


"Game of Thrones"
Cast: Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Emilia Clarke, Michelle Fairley, Maisie Williams, Sophie Turner, Kit Harington, Harry Lloyd
Network: HBO
Air Dates: Sundays at 9:00 pm ET
Based On: A STORM OF SWORDS: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 3 by George R.R. Martin

Summers span decades. Winters can last a lifetime. And the struggle for the Iron Throne has begun.

It will stretch from the south, where heat breeds plots, lusts and intrigues; to the vast and savage eastern lands; all the way to the frozen north, where an 800-foot wall of ice protects the kingdom from the dark forces that lie beyond. Kings and queens, knights and renegades, liars, lords and honest men...all will play the "Game of Thrones."


Cast: Jonny Lee Miller, Lucy Liu

Network: CBS

Season 1 Finale: Thursday, May 16th at 10 pm ET/PT
Based On: The Sherlock Holmes Mysteries by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

In a modern-day take on Sherlock Holmes, the iconic detective is taking on New York. Just out of rehab, he's been assigned to live with his worst nightmare-sober coach, Dr. Joan Watson. Holmes's unsurpassed skills of deduction and Watson's medical expertise come together to create a dream team for solving the NYPD's most impossible cases.



Jack Reacher
Cast: Tom Cruise, Rosamund Pike, Robert Duvall, Werner Herzog, Richard Jenkins.
Director: Christopher McQuarrie
Distributor: Paramount Pictures
MPAA Rating: PG-13
DVD Release Date: May 7th
Based On: ONE SHOT by Lee Child

Ex-military investigator Jack Reacher leaps off the pages of Lee Child's bestselling novel and onto the big screen in this explosive thriller. When an unspeakable crime is committed, all evidence points to the suspect in custody who offers up a single note in defense: "Get Jack Reacher!"


Safe Haven
Cast: Josh Duhamel, Julianne Hough, Irene Ziegler, Jon Kohler
Director: Lasse Hallström
Distributor: Relativity Media
MPAA Rating: PG-13
DVD Release Date: May 7th
Based On: SAFE HAVEN by Nicholas Sparks

A young woman with a mysterious past movies to Southport, North Carolina. She plans to try to move on and forget her past, but when she finds herself falling in love with a widower, she will be forced to confront the secrets that haunt her.


Cloud Atlas
Cast: Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Jim Broadbent, Hugo Weaving, Jim Sturgess.
Director: Andy Wachowski, Tom Tykwer
Distributor: Warner Bros. Pictures
MPAA Rating: R
DVD Release Date: May 14th
Based On: CLOUD ATLAS by David Mitchell

Drama, mystery, action and enduring love thread through a single story that unfolds in multiple timelines over the span of 500 years. Characters meet and reunite from one life to the next. Born and reborn. As the consequences of their actions and choices impact one another through the past, the present and the distant future, one soul is shaped from a killer into a hero, and a single act of kindness ripples across centuries to inspire a revolution. Everything is connected.


Beautiful Creatures
Cast: Alden Ehrenreich, Alice Englert, Jeremy Irons, Viola Davis, Emmy Rossum, Thomas Mann, Emma Thompson
Director: Richard LaGravenese
Distributor: Warner Brothers Entertainment
MPAA Rating: PG-13
DVD Release Date: May 21st
Based On: BEAUTIFUL CREATURES by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

Seventeen-year-old Ethan Wate has a recurring dream where he is trying to reach a mysterious girl on a Civil War battlefield. Every time he has this dream, he feels an unknown danger, and before he can reach her, he is always killed by a lightning bolt. However, this dream is preferable to Ethan’s real life with his withdrawn father in a small, behind-the-times South Carolina town. At least until Lena Duchannes arrives. Lena is a Caster, and a curse looms for her as she approaches her 16th birthday. Will this curse drag Lena and Ethan into a web from which they cannot escape?


Cast: Jason Statham, Jennifer Lopez
Director: Taylor Hackford
Distributor: FilmDistrict
MPAA Rating: R
DVD Release Date: May 21st
Based On: FLASHFIRE by Richard Stark (Donald Westlake)

Parker is a professional thief who lives by a personal code of ethics: Don't steal from people who can't afford it and don't hurt people who don't deserve it. But on his latest heist, his crew double crosses him, steals his stash, and leaves him for dead.

Determined to make sure they regret it, Parker tracks them to Palm Beach, playground of the rich and famous, where the crew is planning their biggest heist ever. Donning the disguise of a rich Texan, Parker takes on an unlikely partner, Leslie, a savvy insider, who's short on cash, but big on looks, smarts and ambition. Together, they devise a plan to hijack the score, take everyone down and get away clean.


Struck by Lightning
Cast: Chris Colfer, Rebel Wilson, Christina Hendricks
Director: Brian Dannelly
Distributor: Tribeca Films
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
DVD Release Date: May 21st
Based On: STRUCK BY LIGHTNING by Chris Colfer

After a high school student is killed by a bolt of lightning, flashbacks chronicle his exploits as he blackmails his classmates into contributing to a literary magazine he's publishing.