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The best new movies on Netflix in May

Summer can’t come soon enough, and Netflix feels our restlessness: The month of May brings the great outdoors—and ABBA

By Time Out contributors and Joshua Rothkopf

These days, Netflix is killing it with its original programming, from the well-received returns of Stranger Things and Black Mirror, to the harrowing Mudbound and the Oscar-winning Icarus. That said, Netflix’s rotating monthly selection contains some gems mixed in among the new content. Let us do the work for you. We’ve found five relatively recent movies of note, perfect for a low-maintenance night at home. So fire up that thumb. There’s viewing to do.

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Best new movies on Netflix

The Bourne Ultimatum (2007)

Movies Action and adventure

No one is cutting action sequences as explosively as director Paul Greengrass (United 93). Moreover, in telling the story of a betrayed American spy come home for answers, this chapter in the Bourne saga was the political film of its year. You don’t need to see the previous installments—just commit.

Bridge to Terabithia (2007)


Remarkably, this is the rare kids’ film that evokes the feeling of childhood as actually experienced by children—there’s no shortage of wonder and discovery, but it’s tempered by the everyday grind of bullying school kids, unjust punishments, busy parents and (yes) unexplainable tragedy.

Olhares Lugares

Faces Places (2017)

Movies Documentary

We hate thinking about this film as Agnès Varda’s valedictory sign-off—can’t she just continue to make charming documentaries forever? The energy on display here belies her 89 years. Made in collaboration with Banksy-like street artist JR, Faces Places is a joyful work that leaves you wanting to connect with strangers.

Mamma Mia (2008)
Photograph: Universal Pictures

Mamma Mia! (2008)

Movies Romance

Should one catch up with this film adaptation of the popular Broadway musical (with Meryl Streep crooning) before the sequel comes out this July? ABBA-solutely! And in the privacy of your own home, who knows what kind of audience participation to expect?


Only God Forgives (2013)

Movies Drama

Ryan Gosling does his patented “Hey, girl” brooding act as an American drug runner who invites the retributive ire of a sword-wielding cop. Nicolas Winding Refn directed Gosling in the mind-blowing L.A. crime movie Drive and while that one’s superior to this, it’s still a stylish way to pass some time on the couch.

And here’s everything coming in May, by date:

Available May 1
Barbie Dreamhouse Adventures: Season 1
Beautiful Girls
The Bourne Ultimatum
The Carter Effect
The Clapper
God’s Own Country
Hachi: A Dog’s Tale
Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay
Hellboy II: The Golden Army
High School Musical 3: Senior Year
John Mulaney: Kid Gorgeous Live at Radio City—NETFLIX ORIGINAL
A Life of Its Own: The Truth About Medical Marijuana
Mr. Woodcock
My Perfect Romance
Pocoyo & Cars
Pocoyo & The Space Circus
Queens of Comedy: Season 1
The Reaping
Reasonable Doubt
Red Dragon
Scream 2
Simon: Season 1
Sliding Doors
The Strange Name Movie
27: Gone Too Soon
Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc-V: Season 2

Available May 2

Available May 4
Busted!: Season 1—NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Dear White People: Volume 2—NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Forgive Us Our Debts—NETFLIX FILM
Kong: King of the Apes: Season 2—NETFLIX ORIGINAL
A Little Help with Carol Burnett—NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Lo más sencillo es complicarlo todo
My Next Guest Needs No Introduction With David Letterman: Tina Fey—NETFLIX ORIGINAL
No Estoy Loca

Available May 5
Faces Places

Available May 6
The Joel McHale Show with Joel McHale—NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Available May 8
Hari Kondabolu: Warn Your Relatives—NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Available May 9
Dirty Girl

Available May 11
Bill Nye Saves the World: Season 3—NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Evil Genius: the True Story of America's Most Diabolical Bank Heist—NETFLIX ORIGINAL
The Kissing Booth—NETFLIX FILM
Spirit Riding Free: Season 5—NETFLIX ORIGINAL
The Who Was? Show: Season 1—NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Available May 13
Ali Wong: Hard Knock Wife—NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Available May 14
The Phantom of the Opera

Available May 15
The Game 365: Seasons 15 - 16
Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce: Season 4
Grand Designs: Seasons 13 - 14
Only God Forgives

Available May 16
The 40-Year-Old Virgin
The Kingdom
Mamma Mia!

Available May 18
Catching Feelings—NETFLIX FILM
Inspector Gadget: Season 4—NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Available May 19
Bridge to Terabithia
Scandal: Season 7
Small Town Crime

Available May 20
Some Kind of Beautiful

Available May 21
Señora Acero: Season 4

Available May 22
Mob Psycho 100: Season 1—NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Shooter: Season 2
Terrace House: Opening New Doors: Part 2—NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Tig Notaro Happy To Be Here—NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Available May 23

Available May 24

Available May 25
Steve Martin and Martin Short: An Evening You Will Forget for the Rest of Your Life—NETFLIX ORIGINAL
The Toys That Made Us: Season 2—NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Trollhunters: Part 3—NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Available May 26
Sara’s Notebook—NETFLIX FILM

Available May 27
The Break with Michelle Wolf—NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Available May 29

Available May 30
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Season 4—NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Available May 31
Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story
My Next Guest Needs No Introduction With David Letterman: Howard Stern—NETFLIX ORIGINAL

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