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.