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The best new movies on Netflix in May

Too many choices on Netflix? The perfect date movie awaits, as well as a chatty WWII classic from Quentin Tarantino.
Inglourious Basterds
Inglourious Basterds
By Time Out contributors and Joshua Rothkopf |

These days, Netflix is doing an amazing job with its original programming—from everyone’s favorite obsession, Stranger Things, to a new season of The Get Down. They’re even going to produce the next Martin Scorsese movie, The Irishman, a gangster film starring Robert De Niro. That said, the streaming service’s rotating monthly selection has some strong movie options, mixed in among the huge catalog. Let us do the work for you. We’ve found an essential documentary about America’s decaying nuclear arsenal, a smarter-than-usual Marvel movie and even a sappy romance that we know you’ll secretly want to watch with your honey.

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Best new movies on Netflix

Movies, Action and adventure

Chocolat (2000)

Remember how Miramax got a reputation for unleashing sappy, saccharine feel-good foreign-lite films? This movie was Exhibit A: It’s about a woman (Juliette Binoche) whose cocoa shop unleashes a torrent of small-town passion. We’d be derelict of duty if we didn’t warn you to keep an insulin shot handy. Chocolat is also pretty much the perfect date movie—and in Netflix’s couch-bound context, that counts for something.

Movies, Documentary

Command and Control (2016)

Eric Schlosser’s 2013 nonfiction exposé, a Pulitzer finalist, was a terrifying chronicle of “broken arrows,” the military’s designation for accidents involving nuclear bombs—and one 1980 mishap involving a socket wrench that almost resulted in a mushroom cloud over Arkansas. The doc version, streamlined yet effective, goes deep into the Dr. Strangelove–ian folly that, years after the Cold War, we must maintain or suffer civilization-ending consequences.

Movies, Action and adventure

Doctor Strange (2016)

Our hero, Dr. Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch), a New York supersurgeon more interested in fame and fortune, is a brittle, unlikable snob, played by the Imitation Game star as Sherlock Holmes with a sports car and slightly improved interpersonal skills. Luckily, the visuals compensate: From hurtling 2001–inspired intergalactic excursions to Inception-style city-folding antics, this Marvel film has a freewheeling, gravity-defying buoyancy that’s beautiful to behold.

Movies, Action and adventure

Inglourious Basterds (2009)

Quentin Tarantino makes the WWII film his own: violent, verbose and endlessly entertaining. There's plenty of bloodshed, but this gloriously demented pulp fiction is more about the destructive power of words. In QT's universe, the right turn of phrase—especially when tripping from the tongue of Nazi colonel Hans Landa (Christoph Waltz, in an Oscar-winning turn)—can kill both body and spirit.

Movies, Drama

Lovesong (2016)

So Yong Kim’s latest—like Carol made on an indie budget—is split in two exquisite halves. In the first part, we meet Sarah (Riley Keough, doing her best work to date), the forlorn mother of a three-year-old; her husband is a distant presence on Skype. She takes the opportunity to go on a mini road trip with Mindy (Jena Malone), an impulsive bleached-blond friend. In the film’s second half, the two characters have roughly swapped social positions—Mindy is about to get married—but their sexual attraction remains a palpable thing.


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

Available May 1
American Experience: The Big Burn (2014)
American Experience: The Boys of '36 (2017)
Anvil! The Story of Anvil (2008)
Blood on the Mountain (2016)
Chaahat (1996)
Chocolat (2000)
Decanted (2016)
Don't Think Twice (2016)
Drifter (2017)
Forrest Gump (1994)
Happy Feet (2006)
Love (2015)
Losing Sight of Shore (2017)
Malibu's Most Wanted (2003)
Nerdland (2016)
Raja Hindustani (1996)
Richard Pryor: Icon (2014)
Under Arrest: Season 5 (2016)

Available May 2
Bodyguards: Secret Lives from the Watchtower (2016)
Hija De La Laguna (2015)
Maria Bamford: Old Baby—NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Two Lovers and a Bear (2016)

Available May 5
Chelsea: Season 2 (streaming every Friday)—NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Handsome: A Netflix Mystery Movie—NETFLIX ORIGINAL FILM
Kazoops!: Season 3—NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Spirit: Riding Free: Season 1—NETFLIX ORIGINAL
The Last Kingdom: Season 2—NETFLIX ORIGINAL
The Mars Generation—NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Available May 6
Cold War 2 (2016)
When the Bough Breaks (2017)

Available May 7
LoveTrue (2016)
Stake Land II (2016)
The Host (2013)

Available May 8
Beyond the Gates (2016)
Hunter Gatherer (2016)

Available May 9
Norm Macdonald: Hitler's Dog, Gossip & Trickery—NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Queen of the South: Season 1 (2016)
All We Had (2016)

Available May 10
El apóstata (2015)
The Adventure Club (2016)

Available May 11
Switched at Birth: Season 5 (2017)
The Fosters: Season 4 (2016)

Available May 12
All Hail King Julien: Exiled: Season 1—NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Anne with an E: Season 1—NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Master of None: Season 2—NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Available May 15
Command and Control (2016)
Cave (2016)
Lovesong (2016)
Sherlock: Series 4 (2016)
The Intent (2016)

Available May 16
Tracy Morgan: Staying Alive—NETFLIX ORIGINAL
The Break-Up (2006)
The Place Beyond the Pines (2012)

Available May 18
Royal Pains: Season 8 (2016)
Riverdale: Season 1 (2016)

Available May 19
The Keepers: Season 1—NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Season 3—NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Available May 21
What's With Wheat (2017)

Available May 22
Inglourious Basterds (2009)
They Call Us Monsters (2017)

Available May 23
Hasan Minhaj: Homecoming King—NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Dig Two Graves (2014)

Available May 24
Southpaw (2015)

Available May 26
Believe (2016)
Bloodline: Season 3—NETFLIX ORIGINAL
I am Jane Doe (2017)
Joshua: Teenager vs. Superpower—NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Available May 28
Bunk'd: Season 2 (2016)

Available May 29
Forever Pure (2016)
A New High (2015)

Available May 30
F is for Family: Season 2—NETFLIX ORIGINAL
House of Cards: Season 5—NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Doctor Strange (2016)
Sarah Silverman A Speck of Dust—NETFLIX ORIGINAL

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