May 2023 is another month full of blockbusters, blockbusters and binge-watches for Sky Cinema and NOW features a double header of original thriller films.
First, darkness and paranoia lurk on the streets of 1970s London in the Guard Brothers’ Dead Shot, which stars Colin Morgan as a retired Irish paramilitary hell bent on revenge. Then, in To Catch a Killer, Shailene Woodley stars opposite Ben Mendelsohn as a rookie detective who must overcome her traumatic past to… you know… catch a killer.
Speaking of killers, Jamie Lee Curtis’ Laurie Strode takes on horror’s most iconic killer Michael Myers one last time in Halloween Ends. The latest chapter in David Gordon Green’s bloody reboot trilogy has been available on demand since mid-May.
To know more: All new on Prime Video in May
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To know more: All new on Disney+ in May
Thankfully, there are no killers on the loose in George Clooney and Julia Roberts’ screwball romantic comedy Ticket to Paradise, which arrives on Sky Cinema earlier this month.
From a TV perspective, the original satirical miniseries White House Plumbers is set to delve into the true story of how President Nixon’s political saboteurs and masterminds of Watergate ended up overthrowing the presidency they were trying to protect.
Rounding out the month’s TV highlights are the highly anticipated second seasons of the bold Fresh Prince reimagining Bel-Air and the noir crime drama Perry Mason.
To know more: All coming to Netflix in May
Here’s everything we know is headed to Sky and NOW this month…
New films on Sky Cinema and NOW in May 2023
Ticket to Heaven | May 5th
George Clooney and Julia Roberts are a divorced couple in top form who team up to sabotage their daughter’s big day in Ticket to Paradise. A throwback to the rom-coms of yore that revolved around sizzling chemistry, blooper reels, and nothing but movie-star power, this destination wedding farce from Mamma Mia! director Ol Parker is an absolute riot from start to finish.
Dead Shot (Original Sky) | May 12th
Originally titled Borderland, starring John Boyega, The Guard Brothers’ Dead Shot took 11 years to go from script to screen. But now it’s here, with Merlin’s Colin Morgan playing the lead role of Michael, an Irish ex-paramilitary who embarks on an odyssey of revenge in 1970s London following the murder of his wife at the hands of an SAS officer (Aml Ameen). Felicity Jones and Mark Strong co-star in this taut thriller.
Mrs Harris goes to Paris | May 13th
Arguably the warmest film this side of Paddington 2, the well-mannered comedy Mrs Harris Goes to Paris stars a radiant Lesley Manville as a widowed cleaner who heads to the continent in search of a coveted gown Dior. An escapist delight with an incredible cameo by Isabelle Huppert, this Oscar-nominated gem revels in the simple pleasures of graciousness, fine fashion and beauty of the City of Light.
Halloween ends | May 19th
13 films in one of horror’s most storied franchises, the title promise of Halloween is worth taking ends with a pinch of salt. But if this really is Michael Myers’ last bow in the overalls, then it’s one hell of an ending. Set four years after the Halloween Kills, this trilogy comes to grips with the resident evil as a troubled youth (Rohan Campbell) picks up Myers’ bloody staff (well, knife), setting up a final showdown for the ages between the clan Strode and the black man of Haddonfield. .
Lyle, crocodile Lyle | May 26th
Shawn Mendes is the shy crocodile with a killer voice in Lyle, Lyle Crocodile, a musical adventure based on the classic American children’s book series by Bernard Waber. The Greatest Showman songwriters Benj Pasek and Justin Paul conjure up enough compositional magic to make your toes tap, while Javier Bardem’s inspired – and quite possibly possessive – performance as a cuckoo wizard with delusions of grandeur must truly be seen to be believed.
Catch a Killer (Sky Original) | May 27th
The committed performances of Shailene Woodley and Ben Mendelsohn lead To Catch a Killer, the latest original crime thriller from Sky. Here, Woodley plays Eleanor Falco, a promising young police officer with the Baltimore Police Department whose tortured mind becomes an invaluable tool when the FBI’s lead investigator (Mendelsohn) recruits her to help find a brutal serial killer with their mind seemingly unfathomable. This is definitely one for fans of the genre.
Smile (2022) | May 28th
Sosie Bacon finds her sanity faltering in Smile, Blumhouse’s latest horror blockbuster. Probably best known for its viral marketing campaign, Parker’s first feature film Finn is much more than her demonic grin might suggest. The director actually uses the idea of a mysterious entity occupying emotionally charged guests to explore the ways society demonizes and ignores those who need our love and understanding most.
New TV on Sky and NOW in May 2023
Perry Mason S2 | May 2nd
Set in early 1930s Depression-era Los Angeles, the first season of the neo-noir legal drama Perry Mason introduced us to Matthew Rhys’ titular private investigator as he tackled his first case as a defense attorney. Now, with secretary and lawyer Della Street (Juliet Rylance) and new private investigator Paul Drake (Chris Chalk) by his side, famed defense attorney Perry Mason begins to take on more recognizable form in this lavish, cinematic, and psychologically minded second season. complex.
Bel Air S2 | May 5th
For a show that started out as a YouTube how-to video, Bel-Air is the perfect example of how to reboot a beloved show. Focusing on the complicated journey that takes West Philadelphia born and raised Will (Jabari Banks) from the streets of Philly to princely Bel-Air, the series – now in its second season – transcends its sitcom origins to deliver a powerful comments on class, race and family conflicts.
Last King of the Cross | May 18th
Based on John Ibrahim’s best-selling autobiography, Last King of the Cross chronicles Ibrahim’s rise from an impoverished immigrant with nothing to his name, to being the most notorious nightclub tycoon in Sydney’s Kings Cross, a strip generously described as “a mecca of sin”. Lincoln Younes plays John Ibrahim, while Tim Roth appears alongside one of the crime bosses Ibrahim clashes with.
White House Plumbers | 30 May
Woody Harrelson and Justin Theroux play Watergate masterminds E. Howard Hunt and G. Gordon Liddy in White House Plumbers, a new satirical political drama from HBO.
To know more: The crazy true story behind Plumbers in the White House
The five-part miniseries lifts the lid on how Hunt and Liddy, tasked by President Nixon to plug government leaks by any means necessary, ended up accidentally catalyzing the downfall of the very presidency they were sworn to protect.
More movies/TV on Sky Cinema and NOW in May 2023
Mia & Me: Hero of Centopia (2022)
The Old Way (2023)
Together Alone (2022)
Confess, Fletch (2022)
The Ark (S1)
The Conners (S5)
Black Lady Sketch Show (S4)
Watch the trailer for Confess Fletch