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Stream On: What to Watch on Netflix in May

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We go from feast to famine in the month of May. While April brought us a bevy of Oscar winning movies, treasured films from our childhood and beautiful films meant to be watched again and again, May brings us Bring It On: All or Nothing.

That’s not to say there aren’t a few winners…like Bring It On (the original). But there is also Pleasantville and Sixteen Candles.

Here are this month’s offerings from Netflix.

Hope you like Kevin Hart.

MAY 1

A Study in Sherlock (2016)

Are you a crazed Sherlock fan? Consider yourself a Cumberbitch? Well, take a deeper dig into the hit series as co-creator Mark Gatiss chat about the show.

Admiral (2015)

Charles Dance and Rutger Hauer star in this historical pic about the military man who become the hero of the Netherlands after the nation came under attack by Brit, German and French foes.

Ava’s Possessions (2015)

Louise Krause, Carol Kane and Dan Fogler star in the indie thriller about a girl who looks to move on after a demonic possession.

Bring It On (2000)

I’m sexy, I’m cute,
I’m popular to boot,
I’m bitchen, great hair,
The boys all love to stare!
I’m wanted, I’m hot
I’m everything your not
I’m pretty, I’m cool
I dominate the school
Who am I? Just guess!
Guys wanna touch my chest!

Bring It On: All or Nothing (2006)

Not the first movie and the cheers are lame.

Easy Living (Seasons 1-3)

Crime drama about a man who is forced into a life of crime due to his family’s spending habits.

El Crítico (2013)

Film critic Victor realizes he’s living his own romantic comedy when he falls for a Manic Pixie Dream Girl of his very own. And like any good critic, he’s slightly amused but feels the story is repetitive and formulaic.

FernGully 2: The Magical Rescue (1998)

A sequel to the toon with a pro-environment morality tale, but sans the charm, the quality and the theatrical release. This time the bad guys are killing baby animals, which for a kids’ cartoon is basically on par with Hitler.

Finger of God (2007)

A documentary about miracles. Sadly does not include the Juggalos views on magnets.

Great Expectations (1998)

Before she was lecturing online mothers how to concoct $250 protein shakes and where to buy $45 red lipstick, Gwyneth Paltrow used to act. The Iron Man eye candy and Ethan Hawke star in Alfonso Cuaron’s very loose adaptation of the classic tale by Charles Dickens.

I Am Road Comic (2014)

Filmmaker Jordan Brady asks fellow funnymen why they live life out of a suitcase as he explores the life of a working comedian.

Jesus Town, USA (2014)

A documentary about a small town whose annual pageant is thrown into turmoil when the actor played the son of God actually follows a different path.

Just Friends (2005)

Before he was Deadpool, Ryan Reynolds couldn’t pick a project to save his life. Or he had severe gambling debts. Whatever the case, this was part of a string of stinkers about a nerd getting hot and returning home to get the girl.

Kevin Hart Presents Keith Robinson: Back of The Bus Funny (2015)

Comedy from the man who taught Kevin Hart everything he knows. His slice-of-life storytelling includes a scathing look at everything from Obama to his own children.

Kevin Hart Presents Lil Rel: RELevent (2015)

Comedian talks about getting bullied on school buses, the perils of fatherhood and the dangers of high handed taxi drivers.

Kevin Hart Presents: Plastic Cup Boyz (2015)

Kevin Hart continues to share his good fortune as he shines a spotlight on the comedy trio as the play San Diego’s House of Blues.

LoliRock (Season 1)

French animated series that’s so adorably sweet you can practically smell the bubble gum from your TV. Show follows the adventures of an all-girl group who solve mysteries with rock and magic. Highly recommended for young ones and intoxicated adults.

My Last Day Without You (2011)

A German exec visiting the Big Apple on a business trip falls under the sway of a city siren who shows him how to live.

The Nutty Professor (1996)

Eddie Murphy plays Sherman Klump and practically every other role in this classic comedy remake that spawned one-too-many sequels.

Off the Map (2013)

What was supposed to be a spirited adventure of skipping school turns ugly when young friends battle teen angst.

Palm Trees in the Snow (2015)

Spanish romantic comedy based on the novel of the same name. Story follows Clarence, who discovers a letter that shines a light on a long-forgotten family mystery, causing her to pack her bags and head to Africa in search of the truth.

Pleasantville (1998)

Gary Ross’ brilliant satire of ‘50s culture what follows the exploits of siblings David and Jennifer, who find themselves living in a Leave It To Beaver style sitcom after the meddling of Don Knotts. Brilliant performances from Joan Allen and William H. Macy as well as great storytelling makes this a classic for the ages.

Shark Lake (2015)

Sharks eat people, even in Lake Tahoe. You’ve been warned.

She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry (2014)

A look at the women who spearheaded the women’s movement and feminism in the ‘60s.

Sixteen Candles (1984)

“Can I borrow your underpants for 10 minutes?”

The movie that introduced the world to Jake Ryan. Swoon.

Classic John Hughes tale of teen Samantha, whose family forgets her 16th birthday on the eve of her sister’s wedding.

Sugar Coated (2015)

Sticky sweet documentary that looks at our love affair with sugar and the food industry’s dependence on it for absolutely everything.

Things We Lost in the Fire (2007)

Halle Berry and Benicio Del Toro star in this drama about a widow who turns to a junkie for comfort during crisis.

To Catch a Thief (1955)

Alfred Hitchcock’s classic thriller starring Cary Grant and Grace Kelly as a reformed burgler who intends to nab a fellow thief in an effort to clear his name with his special lady.

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers: Runnin’ Down a Dream (2007)

Peter Bogdanovich’s directs this documentary that examines the thirty-year career of the legendary band.

Who’s Driving Doug (2016)

RJ Mitte of Breaking Bad fame stars in this drama about a two friends who set out on a road trip.

MAY 2

The Replacements (2000)

Keanu Reeves and Gene Hackman star in this sports comedy about a lovable group of misfits who take over a team during a player’s strike.

MAY 3

Submerged (2015)

After a botched kidnapping, friends struggle for survival in a sinking limo.

Trust me. That sentence was way more interesting than the movie.

MAY 4

The Keeping Room (2015)

A trio of Southern ladies must take up arms to fend off a pair of Union soldiers in this well-acted thriller set during the Civil War.

Shanghai Knights (2003)

Jackie Chan and Owen Wilson play Chon want and Roy O’Bannon, who travel across the Pond and find themselves entangled in a mystery involving the royals in the “Crime of the Century.”

MAY 5

Fourth Man Out (2015)

A young man comes out to his lifelong friends who find themselves wanted to help their buddy find “Mr. Right.”

Marseille (Netflix Original Series)

In the first original French series for Netflix, Gérard Depardieu stars as a long-serving mayor who finds himself in a bitter battle for power against his former protege.

MAY 6

Ali Wong: Baby Cobra

Ali Wong becomes the only comic to film a one-hour special while 7 months pregnant. Hormones fuel the fire of comedy as the sharp-tongued comic talks about her struggles.

Baby Daddy (Season 5)

Bartender Ben makes the startling discovery that sex leads to babies. Shockers.

Grace and Frankie (Season 2 – Netflix Original Series)

Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin return as jilted wives whose husbands leave them for each other.

Young & Hungry (Season 3)

Emily Osment stars as food blogger turned chef who is employed by a young tech millionaire for comedy hijinks.

MAY 8

The Chosen Ones (2015)

Mexican drama about a young teen girl who is forced into prostitution by her boyfriend’s family.

MAY 9

A Stand Up Guy (2015)

A mobster’s crack at comedy turns him into a viral sensation in this meh comedy starring Bob Saget and Michael Rapaport.

MAY 10

Eisenstein in Guanajuato (2015)

Dramedy about Soviet film director Sergei Eisenstein, who travels to Mexico to make his next epic after finding disappointment in Hollywood.

MAY 11

Chelsea (Netflix Original)

Lady Handler returns to the talk show format that made her famous.

Goosebumps (2015)

Jack Black stars in the feature film adaptation of the classic kiddie series that was a gateway drug into the horror genre for folks in their 30s.

They Look Like People (2015)

A man suspects that people are being turned into evil creatures and must decide if he can man up to save his longtime friend or run for his life.

MAY 12

Bleeding Heart (2015)

Jessica Biel plays a yoga instructor who attempts to save her sister (Zosia Mamet) from a life of prostitution and a deadbeat boyfriend.

MAY 15

We Are Still Here (2015)

Original and thrilling horror number that offers a fresh take on the haunted house story. A grieving couple become the target of spooky spirits when they move to a new town.

Yo Soy la Salsa (2014)

A look at the cultural impact of Salsa music on Latino culture and a deep dive into the life of Johnny Pacheco and his musical legacy.

MAY 17

American Dad! (Season 10)

Holy shit! This is still on TV?

Kindergarten Cop 2 (2016)

Dolph Lundgren stars in the long-delayed follow-up to the Ah-nold blockbuster about an burly FBI agent to poses as a kindergarten teacher in a politically correct hipster school.

Slasher (Season 1)

Chiller’s original series about a young woman with a violent past who seems to be experiencing extreme deja vu when homicidal maniacs begin to set up shop in her life.

MAY 18

A Girl Like Her (2015)

Based on a true story, the moc doc chronicles the life of Jessica Burns, who documents her experience with bullying after a former friend becomes her tormentor.

MAY 19

Benders (Season 1)

The one and only season of the IFC show that a group of hockey fanatics with limited skills but massive heart. And possible anger issues.

MAY 20

Lady Dynamite (Netflix Original Series)

Funnylady Maria Bamford stars in this original Netflix series inspired by her life and stand up routine.

MAY 22

David and Goliath (2015)

It’s the story from the Bible about the little guy taking on the big bully and sadly, not a remake of the preachy claymation show from the ‘70s.

The Letters (2014)

Drama that explore the life of Mother Teresa through her correspondence with her longtime friend Father Celeste.

MAY 23

Electricity (2014)

An interesting take on the “Alice in Wonderland” theme with a young woman who suffers from epilepsy at the center. In this take, young Alice in on the hunt for her long-lost brother, but her hallucinations make the journey difficult.

MAY 26

The Last Man on the Moon (2016)

A look at the tail end of the NASA’s space program that sent men to the moon, including interviews with Eugene Cernan, the last astronaut to walk the moon.

MAY 27

Holy hell, Netflix is packing one hell of punch for the end of May with a huge offering of original series. From a bitter family dramas to foodie porn to an Adam Sandler “comedy,” the streaming service is firmly planting itself a true force to be reckoned with.
Be wary, HBO. Netflix is comin’ for ya.

Bloodline (Season 2 – Netflix Original Series)

Chef’s Table (Season 2 – Netflix Original Series)

The Do-Over (2016) (Netflix Original)

Adam Sandler.  David Spade.

Mako Mermaids (Season 4 – Netflix Original Series)

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