May Movie Preview

Syfy's May Movie Preview: Pirates! Aliens! Guardians!

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Apr 29, 2017, 5:11 PM EDT (Updated)

May sees the return of three huge franchises with Star Lord and the gang back for a second Guardians of the Galaxy, Ridley Scott connecting the dots between Prometheus and Alien, and Johnny Depp exploring his inner Keith Richards one more time for a fifth Pirates of the Caribbean

We'll also get another retelling of King Arthur with Charlie Hunnan taking the lead, as well as a handful of low budget indy horror movies. This month we'll also get a pretty worthy looking documentary featuring many of the most notable scientists of our time and their Fight For Space.

Here's May's list organized by theatrical release date:

The Autopsy of Jane Doe
Opens in limited release on Tuesday, May 2, as well as On Demand, Blu-Ray and DVD
Directed by André Øvredal
Written by Ian Goldberg
Starring: Brian Cox, Emile Hirsch, Ophelia Lovibond 
Storyline: Set in a small-town family-owned mortuary, father and son coroners begin an autopsy on a beautiful young "Jane Doe,” who's the victim of a homicide. But their bizarre findings uncover terrifying secrets, the kind you don't want to find out about when you work in a mortuary late at night.

The Shadow Effect
Opens in limited release on Tuesday, May 2, , as well as On Demand, Digital HD and DVD
Directed by Obin Olson, Amariah Olson
Written by Chad Law, Evan Law
Starring: Cam Gigandet, Michael Biehn, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Brit Shaw
Storyline: When the young owner of a local diner has terrorizing dreams of himself assassinating people his life is turned upside down when those dreams blend into his comfy small town life. 


Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
Opens wide Friday, May 5
Written and directed by James Gunn
Starring: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Kurt Russell
Storyline: It's Awesome Mix #2 as the adventure continues when the team has to save the universe all over again. And yes, Star Lord's dad is played by Kurt Russell.

Enter the Warriors Gate
Opens in limited release on Friday, May 5, as well as On Demand
Directed by Matthias Hoene
Written by Luc Besson and Robert Mark Karmen
Starring: Mark Chao, Ni Ni, Dave Bautista
Storyline: A hotshot teen gamer named Jack finds himself transported to an ancient empire that's being terrorized by WWE superstar Dave Bautista (aka a cruel barbarian king). All Jack has to do now is turn those gaming skills into real kickass-ary as he attempts to defeat the barbarian, save a beautiful princess and get back home.

Another Evil
Opens in limited release on Friday, May 5
Directed and written by Carson Mell
Starring: Steve Zissis, Mark Proksch, Jennifer Irwin, Dan Bakkedahl
Storyline: After encountering a ghost in his family's vacation home, Dan and his wife Mary hire an "industrial-grade exorcist" named Os to get rid of the spirits. But Dan soon realizes that ridding the home of evil won't be as simple as it seems. 

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword
Opens wide Friday, May 12
Directed by Guy Ritchie
Written by Joby Harold, Guy Ritchie and Lionel Wigram
Starring: Charlie Hunnan, Jude Law, Annabelle Wallis, Elizabeth Olsen, Katie McGrath
Storyline: Guy Ritchie goes big with this King Arthur origin story. When Arthur's father is murdered by Jude Law (aka his Big Bad uncle in the movie) so he can steal his crown, Arthur grows up hard in the back alleys of the city. But there's a sword in a stone in his future and I'm guessing Uncle Big Bad is going to be none to happy when his nephew pulls Excalibur out of that rock.

7 Witches
Opens in limited release on Friday, May 12
Directed by Brady Hall
Written by Ed Dougherty and Brady Hall
Starring: Megan Hensley, Macall Gordon, Persephone Apostolou, Rory Ross, Gordon Frye
Storyline: A couple decides to get married on an island they've rented for a day and bring their family in for the festivities. What could possibly go wrong? How about having the bad luck to get married on the same day a 100-year-old curse involving a coven of witches comes due? 

Dead Awake
Opens in limited release on Friday, May 12
Directed by Phillip Guzman
Written by Jeffrey Reddick
Starring: Jocelin Donahue, Lori Petty, Jesse Bradford, Brea Grant, Jesse Borrego, James Eckhouse
Storyline: Freddy's back! No, not really. But social worker Kate Bowman finds that sleep is her enemy when she starts to investigate a series of mysterious deaths caused by sleep paralysis, a condition that immobilizes people as they dream. Suddenly Kate finds herself in the battle to the death against a nasty supernatural ancient evil that's haunting her dreams and as well as those of her friends and loved ones. 

Opens in limited release on Friday, May 12
Directed and written by Dax Phelan
Starring: Jason Tobin, Byron Mann, Eugenia Yuan, Glen Chin, Sarah Lian
Storyline: A successful Hong Kong businessman becomes obsessed with a mysterious stranger be believed killed his wife a year earlier. After losing his job, his friends, and all sense of order in his life, he begins traveling the world trying to find the stranger, all the while as people keep dying everywhere he goes.

Alien: Covenant
Opens wide on Friday, May 19
Directed by Ridley Scott
Written by John Logan and Dante Harper
Starring: Michael Fassbender, Noomi Rapace, Katherine Waterston, Billy Crudup, Danny McBride
Storyline: Ridley Scott returns to his Alien roots with the second chapter in the Prometheus trilogy, Alien: Covenant. In the film, the crew of the colony ship Covenant discover what appears to be a uncharted paradise. Not! Instead they land on a dark and dangerous world and run into Prometheus survivor, “synthetic” David, along with a whole bunch of alien eggs and aliens. You just know this is not going to bode well for the Covenant folk. Considering all the doomed and ill-fated Alien expeditions, you'd think humans would just stop exploring space.

Fight for Space
Opens in theaters on Friday, May 19, as well as On Demand
Directed by Paul Hildebrandt
Starring: Neil deGrasse Tyson, Bill Nye, Michio Kaku, Jim Lovell
Storyline: It's been four decades since humans set foot on the moon and that's something the scientists and astronauts in this documentary find very disturbing. Space experts delve into the past, present and future of the U.S. space program and argue the economic and cultural benefits of expanding our exploration efforts. Nope, it's not fiction and there are no Groots, aliens or pirates in it. If you care about science and space exploration, this may be worth a watch.

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
Opens wide on Friday, May 26
Directed by Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg
Written by Jeff Nathanson and Terry Russio
Starring: Johnny Depp, Keira Knightley, Orlando Bloom, Kaya Scodelario, Geoffrey Rush, Kaya Scodelario, Javier Bardem
Storyline: Johnny Depp and the gang are back for another spirited adventure. Captain Jack Sparrow is joined by Keira Knightley's Elizabeth Swann and Orlando Bloom's Will Turner when a down-on-his-luck Captain Jack finds himself at odds with Captain Salazar and his ghost pirates who plan to hunt down and kill every pirate at sea. The only thing that will save Captain Jack is finding a legendary artifact, the Trident of Poseidon, which will give him total control over the seas.