|Written by Erin Maxwell|
A Reese Witherspoon starmaker, another Madea romp, undead beavers, QT at his very best and all the reality programming you can shake a stick at is available this month on Netflix. Here’s a look at their latest offerings:
The ultimate movie about teen movies, Beyond Clueless examines a generation affected by 90-minute romcoms. Narrated by Fairuza Balk.
Jimi: All Is by My Side
Andre 3000 plays the legendary guitarist in this biodrama that was deemed “a complete work of fiction” by friends and family. A perfect film for people who hate the truth and the music of Jimi Hendrix, since none was allowed for use in the film.
The movie that made Reese Witherspoon a star and taught us all the Bend & Snap.
Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde
More Reese, more small doggies, more pink.
No No: A Dockumentary
The docu on legendary Pittsburgh Pirate, Doc Ellis, whose claims on pitching a no-hitter while high on LSD is the stuff of legend.
The Last Waltz
Rock doc on the Band’s supposed “farewell performance” in 1976 at the Winterland Ballroom in San Fran. Direct by Martin Scorsese.
The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio
Julianne Moore stars in the true story a housewife who supports her family through the many, many contests she enters.
Nick Cannon stars in this unimaginative take on 21 Jump Street.
Lalaloopsy: Festival of Sugary Sweets
Kiddie program with enough sappy dialogue to make anyone a diabetic. The bright colors are perfect for people who just came home from a long night and the drugs have yet to wear off.
LeapFrog Letter Factory Adventures: Amazing World Explorers
For the kids. Or the drunk roommate. Your choice.
A doc on the outspoken Anita Hill and a look at the consequences and experience after she accused Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment.
A Few Best Men
Rebel Wilson plays second fiddle to a groom and his three mates in this Aussie version of The Hangover.
The Longest Week
Olivia Wilde, Jason Bateman and Billy Crudup star in this romantic comedy (sort of) about a former rich kid who is disinherited by his parents after a lifetime of great wealth.
Grace & Frankie
Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin host their own little 9 to 5 reunion in this little comedy about former rivals who turn to each other for comfort after their hubbies come out as a couple. A Netflix original.
Tyler Perry’s A Madea Christmas
If you watch this, you are a bad person.
A horror/thriller thing about a forgotten race of man-beasts who….Ok, you know what. This got an 11% on Rotten Tomatoes. That’s all you need to know.
A docudrama about Simon Bolivar, a Venezuelan aristocrat who freed South American countries from Spanish rule.
Extraterrestrial (AKA The Visitors)
Sci-fi move blah blah blah friends blah blah blah camping blah blah blah UFO.
Directed and written by Ryan Coogler, this true story follows the final day of Oscar Grant, a family man looking to make good before he dies at the hands of BART cops. Deeply moving and thought provoking, the film won the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award at the Sundance Film Fest in 2013.
A look into the art and artistry of Al Carbee, a recluse who is best known for his work with Barbie dolls.
Set in the 1950s, identical twins separated have their paths suddenly collide when one brother rebels against his religious parents and begins a career in music…by emulating his rock star twin.
A ton of TV shows find a home on Netflix on May 14. Good news if you wish to spend the day binging on bearded hillbillies, stage moms and people with more cats than bars of soap:
- American Restoration
- Counting Cars
- Dance Moms
- Duck Dynasty
- Modern Marvels
- The Universe
Old folks learn the Internet.
Former fighter Dhafir “Dada 5000” Harris transforms his backyard into a grandstand of bare-knuckle batters as he gives rise to the illegal backyard fighting scene in Perrine, Florida.
Boy play girls in this comedy that tackles the teen movie cliche of the unpopular becoming popular.
Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast
Tink and the gals of Pixie Hollow find an adorable and completely marketable creature.
Before I Disappear
Compelling quirky film about a clinically depressed man whose suicide is interrupted by the drama that erupts around him, including a sister behind bars, a neglected niece and a mysterious dead woman.
A Parisian teen falls under the sway of a trio of girls in an effort to escape her bleak reality.
Evil beavers terrorize a small town and it is NOT a porno film. Really.
Tarantino’s masterpiece of a World War II movie. While he takes a few liberties with the facts, screw it. When was the last time you got to watch Hitler get blown away by Eli Roth?
The Other One: The Long, Strange Trip of Bob Weir
Tribeca pic that follows the life and influence of the legendary musician.
Antarctica: A Year On Ice
A doc that will have you grasping for more blankets.
The other Academy Award nominated film that wasn’t either How To Train Your Dragon 2 or Big Hero 6. About a young lad who is raising among the trash trolls. Like Tarzan, but with abject filth.
Love and Honor
Soldier returns home from Vietnam to win back his lady.
Welcome to the Punch
Starring Jame MacAvoy, crime thriller is a cat and mouse story of a detective who is given a chance to catch a notorious crime boss. Screenplay was once on the Brit List of best unproduced pics.
Before I Go to Sleep
Nicole Kidman plays a woman who suffers from anterograde amnesia after a violent attack. As she struggles to remember the past, harsh truths about her life begin to come into focus. Think Memento san the tattoos or the unconventional storytelling. Or 50 First Dates without the humor…I guess that would just be 50 First Dates.
Hot Girls Wanted
An in-depth look at the modern business model of today’s sex trade.