2018 has generally been something of a hit or miss year for movies; other than a few key breakouts (i.e., Black Panther and Avengers: Infinity War), dozens of films have come and gone without leaving much of an impression (i.e., Rampage, A Wrinkle in Time, Pacific Rim: Resurgence), and it’s hard to pin down which films have had the largest impact of 2018. Surprisingly, other than the aforementioned Marvel behemoths, the films that have broken the mold and had the most lasting effects critically and commercially are smaller, original fare, like A Quiet Place, Blockers, and Isle of Dogs, all of which were huge hits at the box office mainly by virtue of their filmmaking craft, unique premises, and original storytelling. It’s a trend that indicates some form of blockbuster fatigue and a demand for more original stories, and one that might continue throughout the year given the slate of remaining big-budget summer movies and the independent movies on the way for the rest of the year.
Regardless of your feelings about summer blockbusters dominating your local theater, May 2018 offers up a pretty diverse set of films that look to give something different for everyone. From a highly-anticipated superhero sequel to a highly-anticipated space opera prequel to an updated remake of a classic 80s comedy, an independent sci-fi punk film and a family-friendly film where Ludacris plays a police dog, with a hefty dose of independent drama, thrillers, and biopics to boot, this month has a hefty variety of films that should keep everyone satisfied.
Here are the best new movies in theaters for May 2018.