5 Must-See Movies in Metro Phoenix This May

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Stock up on snacks and dig up a cardigan, because this month you're heading to the movies. Jackalope Ranch has rounded up five must-see flicks this May. From arty vampires and time-traveling mutants to the prime of Miss Lindsay Lohan, here's what's worth heading to the theater to watch.

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Only Lovers Left Alive

Auteur Jim Jarmusch's take on vampires is unsurprisingly Twilight averse. Starring Tom Hiddleston (Thor, The Avengers) and Tilda Swinton (We Need to Talk About Kevin, Moonrise Kingdom), the romantic drama centers on the a pair of eternal bloodsuckers named Adam and Eve and how they survive in the shadows of society -- and miles apart. Adam's depression reunites the couple, but sunny days aren't exactly ahead.

As of this writing, the film is scheduled to open Friday, May 9, at Harkins Camelview 5. However, the opening has been pushed back twice before.

Mean Girls

It was 10 years ago that we had ourselves a Lindsay Lohan so full of promise that she passed as a cool, vaguely upstanding role model for youngish girls. Now? Not so much. But we can relive those brief yet splendid days with a screening of what's arguably Lohan's best film: the Tina Fey-penned Mean Girls.

As part of its School's Out Film Series, FilmBar screens the seminal high school comedy at 9:15 p.m. on Thursday, May 9, promising a ladies night replete with wine coolers and protein bars (because, hate to break it to you, Kalteen Bars are not a thing). Tickets are $12 to the 21-and-over event and available via www.thefilmbarphx.com. Long live Janis Ian.

Mercedes Sosa: The Voice of Latin America

This documentary looks at the formative years and rise to fame of Argentine singer Mercedes Sosa, also known as La Negra. The late singer served as a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador and was involved in Latin American politics throughout her career.

The free screening is presented by Big Brain Award winner Mary Stephens and Casandra Hernandez in conjunction with Pablo Helguera's exhibition, "Librería Donceles," at Combine Studios. Beginning at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 15, the film will be shown outdoors.

X-Men: Days of Future Past

What would May be without some major superhero action? This month promises the release of a slightly complicated and massively casted installation in the X-Men canon, using time travel to unite two sets of actors seen in 2011's X-Men: First Class and 2006's X-Men: The Last Stand. Our one true Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) brings 'em all together. Can they change the past to save the future? Good question. You'll have your answer when the film opens on Friday, May 23.


Our favorite Disney villain gets the live-action Wicked treatment with a feature film focused on what led her down a path of cursing baby princesses because she wasn't invited to their christenings. Angelina Jolie portrays the Mistress of All Evil, and, while her take on the evil fairy as shown in the trailer doesn't exactly ring true to us, we're willing to give this flick a shot based on the elaborate costuming alone.

Find out why her wings were stolen from her (and other things that presumably will make you like/relate to her) when Maleficent opens Friday, May 30.

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