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Film Friday: 5 Trending Movies of This Week!

Get ready for a diverse cinematic experience this Film Friday! Our selection spans various genres, from science fiction and action comedy to thrilling adventure and drama with a touch of comedy. Let Tama, our expert WhatsOn editor, guide you to the top films that will make your weekend truly enjoyable.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, the Marvel Studios film based on the superhero team, premiered on April 22, 2023. It was released in the United States on May 5, 2023, as part of Phase Five of the MCU. With positive reviews, it has grossed over $547 million worldwide, ranking as the fourth-highest-grossing film of 2023.

The unforgettable misfits of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 bid farewell as their remarkable journey in the MCU reach its conclusion. From unlikely heroes to Marvel standouts, this surprising saga propelled a talented cast from diverse backgrounds. With the final mission at hand, they unite to protect Rocket and safeguard the universe’s fate. As the curtain falls on this extraordinary team, emotions run high in this cinematic farewell.

Fast X

Fast X (Fast & Furious 10) is a 2023 American action film directed by Louis Leterrier. It premiered on May 12, 2023, and was released in Europe on May 17 and in the United States on May 19. The movie received mixed reviews, praising the cast performances and action sequences. It serves as the sequel to F9 and the tenth main installment in the Fast & Furious franchise.

The Fast and Furious family, an inseparable bond, stands as a paramount force. From the humble origins of street racers stealing electronics to the spectacle of F9’s space mission, the franchise has evolved. In Fast X, the 10th installment, Dom Toretto (Vin Diesel) confronts Dante Reyes (Jason Momoa), seeking vengeance for his father’s death. Teaming up with Cipher (Charlize Theron), they target Dom and his loved ones. The trailer assures the classic mix of thrilling action and family-driven narrative.


Benedetta (2021) is a biographical psychological drama and Paul Verhoeven is the director. Starring Virginie Efira as Benedetta Carlini, the film depicts her journey as a nun in a 17th-century Italian convent, exploring her lesbian love affair and religious visions. It premiered at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival, competing for the Palme d’Or.

Verhoeven’s Benedetta fulfills the desire for a lesbian nun thriller. Virginie Efira portrays Benedetta Carlini, a 17th-century novice nun engaged in a scandalous love affair. It’s an intriguing journey into forbidden desires and the path to damnation.

The Kerala Story

The Kerala Story (2023) is a Hindi-language drama film and Sudipto Sen is the director. Starring Adah Sharma, Yogita Bihani, Sonia Balani, and Siddhi Idnani, it tells the fictional tale of a group of women from Kerala who are converted to Islam and join ISIS. The film explores the conspiracy theory of “love jihad” and has achieved significant commercial success, grossed over ₹210.19 crore (US$26 million) and ranked as the third highest-grossing Hindi film of 2023.


Vidyut Jammwal and Anupam Kher unite in IB71, an engaging spy thriller based on a true story. Set in the early ’70s, the film follows IB agent Dev Jammwal as he plays a crucial role in India’s defense during the 1971 India-Pakistan war. Facing unexpected threats from Pakistan and China, Dev strategizes to safeguard the nation by securing Indian airspace.

IB71, Vidyut Jammwal’s debut film as a producer, and the film released on May 12, 2023.

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