As we get closer and closer to summer, temperatures all over will continue to rise. In many places, that means time spent outside will be lessened in favor of indoor activities because air conditioning is a wonderful thing.
While basking in the cool air technology provides, a great way to pass the time is to catch up on everything Netflix. Just as sure as May will replace April on the calendar, the streaming service’s lineup will also change.
What is on the way and what is heading out?
First, here’s what’s coming:
Every now and then a movie comes along that just tugs at everyone’s heart strings. “Coco,” by Disney Pixar, was one of them. It also tugs at guitar strings, as the story follows a young boy, Miguel (voiced by Anthony Gonzalez) who feels like he is destined to play music but is part of a family who has banned music from their lives.
Not willing to settle for that, he goes on a mysterious journey that leads him to the Land of the Dead, where he sets out to find his great-great grandfather, the greatest musician in the history of Mexico. He meets many skeletal dead people along the way, including a man named Hector (voiced by Gael Garcia Bernal) who tries to help Miguel reach his grandfather.
Along the way, Miguel learns more about his family than he ever imagined in this critically acclaimed film, which earned a 97 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes with an average grade of 8.2 out of 10.
Cargo (Netflix Original)
What wouldn’t a father do for his child? That’s the backdrop of “Cargo,” which follows a father (played by Martin Freeman) who is trying to get his baby daughter to safety in a world that has been ravaged by a zombie apocalypse. Worse, the father, Andy, was infected and will at some point in the future turn into a zombie himself.
But before that happens, he sets out to bring his daughter to safety, wherever that may be in the Australian outback. In the process he comes across many different people, some of whose intentions are hardly pure.
In all, this feature-length version of a short with the same name, is more than anything, a story about humanity and the human connection, as a world where you can’t trust people — even when you most need to — is one that makes things very, very difficult.
If you are looking for a laugh, this movie is for you. “Shrek,” which came out in 2001, is one of those rare animated comedies that can really appeal to all generations.
A star-studded cast that includes Mike Myers, Cameron Diaz, Eddie Murphy and John Lithgow helped to tell the tale of an ogre who was able to find love in the most unlikeliest of places. With a unique way of poking fun at all sorts of popular fairy tales and stories, this movie provides laugh after laugh after laugh.
Shrek was so popular it spawned multiple sequels, all of which were also funny (but none of which are currently on Netflix). At least you can watch the movie that started it all.
That’s not all, of course. Other notable newcomers include “The 40-year-old Virgin” and “Scream 2,” a pair of sequels that could not be more different in terms of what types of movies they are.
Another Netflix Original, “The Rain,” is a Danish film about life after a rain-born virus wipes out most of the population. It follows a pair of young siblings who try to survive as they continue to look for safety.
New seasons of “Bill Nye Saves the World,” “Inspector Gadget” and “The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” will also drop in May.
Here’s what else is arriving in May
- 27: Gone Too Soon
- A Life of Its Own: The Truth About Medical Marijuana
- Barbie Dreamhouse Adventures: Season 1
- Beautiful Girls
- 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)
- Mr. Woodcock
- My Perfect Romance
- Pocoyo & Cars
- Pocoyo & The Space Circus
- Queens of Comedy: Season 1
- Reasonable Doubt
- Red Dragon
- Scream 2
- Simon: Season 1
- Sliding Doors
- Sometimes (Netflix Original)
- The Bourne Ultimatum
- The Carter Effect
- The Clapper
- The Reaping
- The Strange Name Movie
- Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc-V: Season 2
- A Little Help with Carol Burnett (Netflix Original)
- Anon (Netflix Original)
- Busted!: Season 1 (Netflix Original)
- Dear White People: Volume 2 (Netflix Original)
- End Game (Netflix Original)
- Forgive Us Our Debts (Netflix Original)
- Kong: King of the Apes: Season 2 (Netflix Original)
- Lo más sencillo es complicarlo todo
- Manhunt (Netflix Original)
- My Next Guest Needs No Introduction With David Letterman: Tina Fey (Netflix Original)
- No Estoy Loca
- The Rain: Season 1 (Netflix Original)
- Faces Places
- The Joel McHale Show with Joel McHale (Streaming every Sunday – Season 1 Finale on May 13) (Netflix Original)
- Hari Kondabolu: Warn Your Relatives (Netflix Original)
- Dirty Girl
- Bill Nye Saves the World: Season 3 (Netflix Original)
- Evil Genius: the True Story of America’s Most Diabolical Bank Heist (Netflix Original)
- Spirit Riding Free: Season 5 (Netflix Original)
- The Kissing Booth (Netflix Original)
- The Who Was? Show: Season 1 (Netflix Original)
- Ali Wong: Hard Knock Wife (Netflix Original)
- The Phantom of the Opera
- Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce: Season 4
- Grand Designs: Seasons 13 – 14
- Only God Forgives
- The Game 365: Seasons 15 – 16
- Mamma Mia!
- The 40-Year-Old Virgin
- The Kingdom
- Cargo (Netflix Original)
- Catching Feelings (Netflix Original)
- Inspector Gadget: Season 4 (Netflix Original)
- Bridge to Terabithia
- Disney’s Scandal: Season 7
- Small Town Crime
- Some Kind of Beautiful
- Señora Acero: Season 4
- 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)
- Explained (Netflix Original)
- Fauda: Season 2 (Netflix Original)
- Survivors Guide to Prison
- Ibiza (Netflix Original)
- 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)
- Sara’s Notebook (Netflix Original)
- The Break with Michelle Wolf (Netflix Original)
- Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Season 4 (Netflix Original)
- Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story
- My Next Guest Needs No Introduction With David Letterman: Howard Stern (Netflix Original)
Here is what’s leaving Netflix in May
- Bridget Jones’s Diary
- Charlotte’s Web
- Field of Dreams
- Ocean’s Eleven
- Silent Hill
- The Exorcism of Emily Rose
- The Hurt Locker
- To Rome With Love
- To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar
- 12 Dates of Christmas
- Beauty & the Briefcase
- Cadet Kelly
- Camp Rock
- Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam
- Cow Belles
- Disney’s The Cheetah Girls
- Disney’s The Cheetah Girls 2
- Disney’s The Cheetah Girls: One World
- Geek Charming
- Good Luck Charlie: It’s Christmas
- Hello Sister, Goodbye Life
- High School Musical
- High School Musical 2
- Jump In!
- Lemonade Mouth
- Little Einsteins: Seasons 1 – 2
- My Fake Fiancé
- Phineas and Ferb the Movie: Across the 2nd Dimension
- Phineas and Ferb: Seasons 1 – 4
- Princess Protection Program
- Princess: A Modern Fairytale
- Read It and Weep
- Revenge of the Bridesmaids
- Sharpay’s Fabulous Adventure
- Special Agent Oso: Seasons 1 – 2
- Teen Spirit
- The Secret Life of the American Teenager: Seasons 1 – 5
- Wendy Wu: Homecoming Warrior
- Wizards of Waverly Place: The Movie
- The Host
- Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby
- Disney’s The Jungle Book
New Netflix changes you need to know about right now
While plenty successful, Netflix does not plan to rest on any laurels. The coming months will see some differences, some of which may go unnoticed but still have an impact on the Netflix experience. Click here for the changes you need to know now.