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What's in and out of Netflix this May

What's in and out of Netflix this May
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May is upon us. While the flowers have bloomed and days are starting to heat up, Netflix, as per usual each month, brings another whole batch of new content of movies, TV shows and original programming that should keep everyone happy indoors and in the shade.

Departures too are aplenty so make sure you catch your favorites before they march off. This May, we'll say goodbye to the Jurassic Park trilogy, Stephen King classics like "Cujo" and "Thinner," the rock biopic "The Doors," and entire runs of TV shows like "Good Luck Charlie," "Scrubs" and "Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown."

Thankfully, May also ushers in a ton of great new content to keep us entertained.

War Machine (2017)

Making its debut this month is "War Machine," a Netflix Original film based on the 2012 non-fiction book "The Operators: The Wild & Terrifying Inside Story of America’s War in Afghanistan" by late American journalist Michael Hastings.

This politically-charged but comical dark satire tells the story of General Dan McMahon as he is tasked to take control of the war in Afghanistan and bring it to a close. Mixing together a potent concoction of fictional parody and historical reality, it gives a winking glimpse at the complex American machinery of war and how it deals with the vagaries of an "unwinnable war."

The film stars Brad Pitt, Ben Kingsley, Anthony Michael Hall, Scoot McNairy and is directed by David Michôd.

"War Machine" marches in on May 26.

The Place Beyond the Pines (2013)

The critically acclaimed crime drama, "The Place Beyond the Pines" is a meticulously crafted epic tale that explores themes of fatherhood, destiny, legacy and regret.

Told as a triptych spanning 15 years with a beautifully-shot Schenectady, New York as the backdrop, this film, as directed by Derek Cianfrance, tackles the tragic consequences of one's actions that can ripple through generations, seemingly beyond anyone's control.

"The Place Beyond the Pines" features riveting performances by Ryan Gosling and Bradley Cooper.

This melodramatic saga starts on May 16, If you're one who misses the days when film-as-art was still the thing, this is a gem you don't want to miss.

Marvel's Doctor Strange (2016)

The Disney/Marvel Netflix treat for May is the film adaptation of the beloved mystic superhero "Doctor Strange."

Based on the Marvel comic book character of the same name, the movie chronicles the origins of the Sorcerer Supreme, from his days as a brilliant neurosurgeon to the fateful car accident that ended his career but led him to the gates of Kamar-Taj.

Under the tutelage of the Ancient One, he learns how to wield the powers of the mystic arts and don the magical Cloak of Levitation but in exchange, Strange gets drawn into an age-old battle that can utterly destroy the universe.

This superhero flick stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Rachel McAdams, Tilda Swinton, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Mads Mikkelsen and Benedict Wong.

"Doctor Strange" will start casting spells on May 30.

Other notable additions include the second season of the Netflix late-night talk show "experiment" "Chelsea," seasons two of Netflix Originals "Sense8" and "Master of None" and the debut of crime comedy "Handsome," another Netflix Original film.

Don't forget to check out classics like "The Host," "Forrest Gump," "Chocolat" and family-favorite "Happy Feet" too.

Arriving on Netflix in May

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)
  • In the Shadow of Iris
  • 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)

May 2

  • Bodyguards: Secret Lives from the Watchtower (2016)
  • Hija De La Laguna (2015)
  • Maria Bamford: Old Baby
  • Two Lovers and a Bear (2016)

May 5

  • Chelsea: Season 2
  • Handsome: A Netflix Mystery Movie
  • Kazoops!: Season 3
  • Sense8: Season 2
  • Simplemente Manu NNa
  • Spirit: Riding Free: Season 1
  • The Last Kingdom: Season 2
  • The Mars Generation

May 6

  • Cold War 2 (2016)
  • When the Bough Breaks (2017)

May 7

  • LoveTrue (2016)
  • Stake Land II (2016)
  • The Host (2013)

May 8

  • Beyond the Gates (2016)
  • Hunter Gatherer (2016)

May 9

  • Norm Macdonald: Hitler's Dog, Gossip & Trickery
  • Queen of the South: Season 1 (2016)
  • All We Had (2016)

May 10

  • El apóstata (2015)
  • The Adventure Club (2016)

May 11

  • Switched at Birth: Season 5 (2017)
  • The Fosters: Season 4 (2016)

May 12

  • All Hail King Julien: Exiled: Season 1
  • Anne with an E: Season 1
  • Get Me Roger Stone
  • Master of None: Season 2
  • Mindhorn
  • Sahara

May 15

  • Command and Control (2016)
  • Cave (2016)
  • Lovesong (2016)
  • Sherlock: Series 4 (2016)
  • The Intent (2016)

May 16

  • Tracy Morgan: Staying Alive
  • The Break-Up (2006)
  • The Place Beyond the Pines (2012)

May 18

  • Royal Pains: Season 8 (2016)
  • Riverdale: Season 1 (2016)

May 19

  • BLAME!
  • Laerte-se
  • The Keepers: Season 1
  • Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Season 3

May 21

  • What's With Wheat (2017)

May 22

  • Inglourious Basterds (2009)
  • They Call Us Monsters (2017)

May 23

  • Hasan Minhaj: Homecoming King
  • Dig Two Graves (2014)

May 24

  • Southpaw (2015)

May 26

  • Believe (2016)
  • Bloodline: Season 3
  • I am Jane Doe (2017)
  • Joshua: Teenager vs. Superpower
  • War Machine

May 28

  • Bunk'd: Season 2 (2016)

May 29

  • Forever Pure (2016)
  • A New High (2015)

May 30

  • F is for Family: Season 2
  • House of Cards: Season 5
  • Marvel's Doctor Strange (2016)
  • Masterminds
  • Sarah Silverman A Speck of Dust

Leaving Netflix in May

May 1

  • 11 Blocks
  • Alfie
  • Bang Bang!
  • Black Mamba: Kiss of Death
  • Cujo
  • Doomsdays
  • Fantastic Four
  • FernGully 2: The Magical Rescue
  • Flicka: Country Pride
  • Garfield's Fun Fest
  • Invincible
  • Jetsons: The Movie
  • Jurassic Park III
  • Jurassic Park
  • The Lost World: Jurassic Park
  • Paulie
  • Samurai Headhunters
  • Stephen King's Thinner
  • Tales from the Darkside: The Movie
  • The Doors
  • The Real Beauty and the Beast
  • The Seven Dwarfs of Auschwitz
  • The Sons of Katie Elder
  • The Wedding Planner
  • Things We Lost in the Fire
  • To Catch a Thief
  • Treblinka: Hitler's Killing Machine
  • Truly Strange
  • Turf War: Lions and Hippos
  • Van Wilder: Freshman Year
  • Venom Islands
  • World War II Spy School

May 2

  • Good Luck Charlie: Season 1 – 4
  • Kickin’ It: Season 1 – 3
  • Scrubs: Season 1 – 9

May 5

  • Amapola
  • Flubber
  • Grosse Pointe Blank
  • The Recruit
  • What About Bob?

May 7

  • American Dad! Season 7
  • Bob’s Burgers: Season 2

May 11

  • American Dad! Season 8

May 15

  • Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown: Season 1 – 5

May 17

  • American Dad! Season 9 & 10

May 19

  • Step Up

May 26

  • Graceland: Season 1 – 3
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