The 10 best films to watch on BT TV this May
Summer is fast approaching – even with flurries of snow, thunderstorms and the occasional hurricane – hey, it’s Britain. As a gift to help us pass the time, BT TV is giving us a drama-filled goodie bag of films for May. If you didn’t get the chance to see all of the Oscar winners when they were in the cinemas, now is your chance!
Daddy’s Home (2015)
Brad (Will Ferrell) is just trying to be a good stepfather to his wife’s kids, but when their biological father rolls in to town, things change. Dusty (Mark Wahberg) is a prime example of a man: athletic, generous, and with an air of danger about him. Brad just can’t compete – but he will try. This comedy is a loving look at what truly makes a good parent. Check out our review of the film here.
Available on 18.04.2016
Dad’s Army (2016)
Taking the beloved classic British comedy to the big screen, this war comedy sees the hopeless Home Guard in 1944 Britain. A glamorous journalist (Catherine Zeta Jones) comes to visit Walmington-on-Sea, and whilst she is there, MI5 discover a spy is hiding out in the seaside town. Cue hapless attempts at capturing the suspect! The film is a charming revival of a much loved sitcom and is sure to warm your heart as well as tickle your funny bone.
Available on 30.05.2016
When teen Zach has to move to the suburbs he is slightly cheered by discovering the beautiful Hannah will be his new neighbour. Things become even more intriguing when Zach finds out Hannah’s father is “Goosebumps” author, R.L. Stine. When Zach accidentally unleashes all of Stine’s fantasy monsters, it is up to the trio to round them up and get them back where they belong – in the fictional world.
Available on 30.05.2016
In the Heart of the Sea (2015)
The truly terrifying story that inspired Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick is told in this epic film directed and produced by Ron Howard. The crew of the Essex fight for their lives when a mammoth-sized sperm whale attacks the ship leaving them adrift at sea. Their fight for survival is a disturbing but fascinating tale. The film stars Chris Hemsworth, Cillian Murphy and Ben Whishaw.
Snoopy & Charlie Brown: The Peanuts Movie (2015)
One for the kids (and big kids), this is the fifth Peanuts feature film. When the Little Red-Headed Girl moves into Charlie Brown’s neighbourhood, he is desperate to win her affections. Meanwhile, Snoopy creates his own fantasy story and stars in it as a World War I pilot trying to save his love Fifi from the Red Baron.
Available on 13.05.2016
Ma and Jack have been held captive in “room” for years. When the opportunity presents itself to escape, they grasp it. Jack has never been outside in the real world before and is overwhelmed with what he finds. Jacob Tremblay excels as Jack and Brie Larson gives an Oscar-winning performance as “Ma” in this stunning yet harrowing film.
The Best Picture Oscar winner, Spotlight takes a look at the explosive uncovering of sexual abuse in the Church. In 2001, journalists at The Boston Globe were sent out with the task of investigating allegations against an unfrocked priest accused of child molestation. What they found was a much bigger problem which they endeavoured to prove to the world.
The Big Short (2015)
In 2008 a Wall Street guru, Michael Burry (Christian Bale), notices that the US housing market is extremely unstable due to a number of high risk subprime loans. In a daring move, he bets against the housing market and attracts interest from banker Jared Vennett (Ryan Gosling) and hedge-fund specialist Mark Baum (Steve Carell). The men profit immensely from the economic collapse.
Available on 16.05.2016
The Danish Girl (2015)
Inspired by true events, this is the visually stunning depiction of the story of Gerda (Alicia Vikander) and Einar Wegener (Eddie Redmayne). When a model doesn’t show up for portrait artist Gerda, her husband Einar steps in. This gives Einar the freedom to inhabit the role in which he always felt most comfortable – as Lili Elbe. The film tells of the struggle Lili has to be accepted as well as the strain placed on the couple’s marriage. The film received overwhelming critical acclaim and Vikander was awarded an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress.
Available on 02.05.2016
The Revenant (2015)
Finally winning Leo that Oscar, this is the epic tale of a man’s journey back to civilisation. Inspired by real life, Hugh Glass (DiCaprio) barely escapes with his life after a bear attack. Then, after a member of his hunting team (Tom Hardy) kills his son, he is left alone, forced to rely on his survival skills. The film won Oscars for both Best Director and Best Cinematography as well as DiCaprio’s Best Actor accolade.
Available on 23.05.2016