May 2016 Cinema Adaptations

May 2016 Cinema Adaptations


I Saw the Light – Based on the book ‘Hank Williams: The Biography’ by Colin Escott

I Saw the Light Movie Poster

Singer and songwriter Hank Williams rises to fame in the 1940s, but alcohol abuse and infidelity take a toll on his career and marriage to fellow musician Audrey Mae Williams.

Director – Marc Abraham
Stars – Tom Hiddelston, Elizabeth Olsen, Maddie Hasson, Bradley Whitford
Release Date – 6th May 2016
Rated – PG



Robinson Crusoe – Based on the book of the same name by

Robinson Crusoe movie poster

On a tiny exotic island, Tuesday, an outgoing parrot, lives with his quirky animal friends in paradise. After a violent storm, Tuesday and his friends wake up to find a strange creature on the beach: Robinson Crusoe.

Slowly but surely, they all start living together in harmony, until one day, when their comfortable life is overturned by two savage cats. A battle ensues between the cats and the group of friends but Crusoe and the animals soon discover the true power of friendship up against all odds (even savage cats).

Director – Ben Stassen, Vincent Kesteloot
Stars – Matthias Schweighöfer, Dieter Hallervorden, Aylin Tezel, Kaya Yanar

Release Date – 6th May 2016
Rated – PG



X-Men Apocalypse – Based on the comic of the same name by Terry Kavanagh

X-Men Apocolypse Movie Poster

Worshiped as a god since the dawn of civilization, the immortal Apocalypse becomes the first and most powerful mutant. Awakening after thousands of years, he recruits the disheartened Magneto and other mutants to create a new world order. As the fate of the Earth hangs in the balance, Professor X and Raven lead a team of young X-Men to stop their seemingly invincible nemesis from destroying mankind.

Director – Bryan Singer
Stars – Jennifer Lawrence, Sophie Turner, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender
Release Date – 19th May 2016
Rated – 12A



A Hologram for a King – Based on the book of the same name by David Eggers

A Hologram for a King Movie Poster

In a rising Saudi Arabian city, far from weary, recession-scarred America, a struggling businessman pursues a last-ditch attempt to stave off foreclosure, pay his daughter’s college tuition, and finally do something great. A Hologram for the King, takes us around the world to show how one man fights to hold himself and his splintering family together in the face of the global economy’s gale-force winds.

Director – Tom Tykwer
Stars – Tom Hanks, Sarita Choudhury, Alexander Black, Tom Skerritt
Release Date – 19th May 2016
Rated – 12A



Thomas and Friends: The Great Race – Based on the books by Reverend Wilbert Awdry

Thomas and Friends the great race movie poster

Everybody’s favourite tank engine dreams of representing Sodor at the Great Railway Show on the mainland. But the bigger engines refuse to take Thomas seriously, insisting that he’s not big, strong or fast enough to join in the Great Race. He would certainly be up against some serious competition from the world’s very best engines. These include Raul from Brazil, Yong Bao from China, Ivan from Russia and brightly decorated Ashima from India. But plucky Thomas refuses to be deterred and is determined to find a way to join in – even after his plans go wrong and the devious Diesel threatens his chances to compete. Ever-popular Thomas the Tank Engine’s latest musical adventure is certain to win him new fans around the globe.

Director – David Stoten
Stars – Tina Desai, Rasmus Hardiker, John Hasler, Kerry Shale (voices of)
Release Date – 20th May 2016
Rated – U



Alice through the looking glass – Based on the book of the same name by Lewis Carroll

Alice through the looking glass movie poster

Sequel to Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. After slipping through a mirror, Alice finds herself back in Underland with the White Queen, the Cheshire Cat, the White Rabbit, Tweedledee and Tweedledum. Her friends tell her that the Mad Hatter is depressed over the death of his family. Hoping to save his loved ones, Alice steals the Chronosphere from Time to travel into the past. While there, she encounters the younger Hatter and the evil Red Queen.

Director – James Bobin
Stars – Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway, Mia Wasikowska, Helena Bonham Carter
Release Date – 27th May 2016
Rated – PG



Love & Friendship – Based on the book Lady Susan by Jane Austin

Love and friendship movie poster

Lady Susan Vernon finds herself at something of a disadvantage in polite Regency society on account of having no money and no husband. So this enterprising widow turns up at her wealthy in-laws’grand estate bent on rectifying the situation. Cunning, egotistical and flirtatious, she sets about finding a suitable match for her timid daughter Frederica and for herself. To this end, she solicits the assistance of her American friend and confidante Alicia Johnson. Before long, Frederica is being courted by the wealthy but dim Sir James Martin, while Lady Susan enjoys the attentions of handsome young Reginald DeCourcey.

Director – Whit Stillman
Stars – Kate Beckinsale, Morfydd Clark, Chloe Sevigny, Xavier Samuel
Release Date – 27th May 2016
Rated – U



Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows – Based on the comics by Mirage Studios

Teenage mutant ninja turtles 2 movie poster

Michelangelo, Donatello, Leonardo, and Raphael return to theatres this summer to battle bigger, badder villains, alongside April O’Neil, Vern Fenwick, and a newcomer: the hockey-masked vigilante Casey Jones. After super-villain Shredder escapes custody, he joins forces with mad scientist Baxter Stockman and two dimwitted henchmen, Bebop and Rocksteady, to unleash a diabolical plan to take over the world. As the Turtles prepare to take on Shredder and his new crew, they find themselves facing an even greater evil with similar intentions: the notorious Krang.

Director – Dave Green
Stars – Megan Fox, Will Arnett, Tyler Perry, Johnny Knoxville
Release Date – 30th May 2016
Rated – 12A


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