New on Netflix in May is a Jimi Hendrix biopic, “Longmire” Season 3, the much-anticipated “Mako Mermaids” Season 3, and Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin in a new Netflix Original series titled “Grace & Frankie,” about two women who are forced to reinvent their lives. Let’s take a look at all the new titles hitting Netflix in May.
Available May 1:
Beyond Clueless (2014). Among Hollywood’s landmark creations, the teen movie in all its wild and crazy variations is celebrated in this expansive look at the genre. Fairuza Balk surveys assorted facets of adolescent drama, from budding sexuality to modern urban angst.
Jimi: All Is by My Side (2013). André Benjamin stars as Jimi Hendrix in this biopic that chronicles his rise to fame and the personal demons he battled along the way.
Legally Blonde (2001). To win back her Harvard-bound former beau, Valley girl Elle Woods (Reese Witherspoon) enrolls at the university’s law school and ends up excelling in the legal arts.
Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde (2003). After being fired by her law firm because of her opposition to animal testing, perky aspiring attorney Elle Woods (Reese Witherspoon) takes her fight to Washington, D.C.
Longmire: Season 3. This contemporary crime thriller focuses on a Wyoming sheriff (Robert Taylor) who’s rebuilding his life and career following the death of his wife. Based on the book series by Craig Johnson.
No No: A Dockumentary (2014). This absorbing documentary looks at the stormy career of Pittsburgh Pirates ace Dock Ellis, who threw a no-hitter June 12, 1970, while high on LSD.
Shameless: Series 10. Chatsworth’s low-rent escapades continue as Frank finally lands a job, Shane operates an illegal still, and Jamie faces a paternity problem.
The Last Waltz (1978). Director Martin Scorsese captures the legendary final concert by The Band, staged at San Francisco’s Winterland arena on Thanksgiving Day 1976.
The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio (2005). With 10 children to feed, housewife Evelyn is used to being resourceful. But when clipping coupons won’t cut it, she’s forced to rely on creativity.
Underclassman (2015). A 24-year-old detective with schoolboy good looks goes on an undercover assignment at an elite private school where the students are up to no good.
Witnesses: Season 1. A young female detective is put in charge of a case and must delve into her partner’s mysterious past in order to solve it.
Available May 2:
Lalaloopsy: Festival of Sugary Sweets (2015). It’s up to the Lalaloopsy friends to save the day when a sugar shortage threatens to sour the mood at the annual Festival of Sugary Sweets.
LeapFrog Letter Factory Adventures: Amazing Word Explorers (2015). Leap and his pals go camping and play games that teach kids how words rhyme, how to make different words by swapping letters, and how to tell a story.
Available May 3:
Anita (2013). Anita Hill galvanized the nation with her appearance before the U.S. Senate in the hearings related to Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas. This documentary takes a look at the woman who ignited a political firestorm about sexual harassment, race, power and politics that still resonates 20 years later.
D.L. Hughley: Clear (2014). Legendary comedian D.L. Hughley takes the stage at the Regency Ballroom in San Francisco for this hilarious new stand-up special, in which he riffs on everything from the value of having nosy white neighbors to Colorado legalizing marijuana.
Royal Pains: Season 6. Dr. Hank Lawson unexpectedly gets a career upgrade as a freelance physician treating New York’s aristocratic upper crust in their posh Hamptons homes.
Available May 5:
A Few Best Men (2011). A would-be groom sees his wedding day turn into a fiasco when his terminally pubescent best friends, a drug dealer and a male sheep enter the picture.
Available May 6:
The Longest Week (2014). When Conrad is kicked out and cut off at the age of 40, he crashes with his old friend and falls in love with his friend’s girlfriend.
Available May 8:
Grace & Frankie. Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin co-star as two women forced to reinvent their lives in this funny, honest new Netflix Original series. Elegant, proper Grace and freewheeling, eccentric Frankie aren’t friends, even though their husbands Robert and Sol (Martin Sheen and Sam Waterston) have been law partners for decades. But when Robert and Sol announce that they’re leaving their wives for each other, the two women start to bond in ways they never expected.
Puss in Boots: Season 1 (5 additional episodes). The world’s greatest feline fighter, lover and milk connoisseur is back in this original series filled with daring adventures, great boots, and laugh-out-loud fun! The whole family will be entranced by Puss’ fantastical CG world filled with new characters, exotic locations and mystical tales that make up the stuff of legends. There’s nothing that can get in this celebrated swashbuckling kitty’s way…except maybe a hairball.
Tyler Perry’s A Madea Christmas (2013). A couple tries to impress their daughter’s rich beau, but the plan hits a snag when the maid’s family, including the indomitable Madea, shows up.
Available May 9:
Jinn (2014). An earthly crisis prompts a race of beings called the Jinn, who’ve walked invisibly among us since the beginning of time, to make themselves known.
The Liberator (2013). Édgar Ramírez stars as 19th century revolutionary Simón Bolívar in this epic chronicle of the charismatic leader’s personal evolution.
Available May 12:
Extraterrestrial (2014). Looking to party hearty over the weekend, five young friends head to a woodland cabin, oblivious to the strange disappearances that have been plaguing the area. After seeing a fiery object crash nearby, the kids investigate — but come to regret it.
Fruitvale Station (2013). This dramatic rendering of a real-life tragedy recounts the final hours of Oscar Grant, shot by San Francisco transit police on New Year’s Day, 2009.
Magical Universe (2013). Documentarian Jeremy Workman trains an intriguing lens on endearing 88-year-old Al Carbee, who spends each day constructing and photographing intricate dioramas featuring an American icon: the Barbie doll.
Available May 13:
The Identical (2014). Separated at birth, musically gifted twin brothers take very different paths, until the pop star and his struggling sibling finally collide.
Available May 14:
American Restoration (new collection). Artist and restoration expert Rick Dale works with his family members and quirky employees to rejuvenate antique pieces that have lost their luster.
Counting Cars (new collection). Danny Koker and his crew at the Las Vegas-based Count’s Kustoms use their talents to restore and customize a wide range of cars and motorcycles.
Dance Moms (new collection). A group of young dancers’ mothers spar with each other and no-nonsense teacher and studio owner Abby Lee Miller in this drama-filled reality show.
Duck Dynasty (new collection). Follow the ups and downs of life for the Robertson family, who created a business empire in the Louisiana bayou with their line of duck calls and decoys.
Hoarders (new collection). This reality series reveals the lives of extreme hoarders, following their progress as they get help for their disorder and have their homes cleaned.
Modern Marvels (new collection). Blending facts with humor, this series explores history-changing technology, from wonders of construction and war machinery to everyday power tools.
The Universe (new collection). Using CGI graphics, data and interviews with scientists, this series explores questions and topics about our solar system and beyond.
Available May 15:
Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown: Season 4. This CNN original series follows chef Anthony Bourdain as he travels to extraordinary locations around the globe to sample a variety of local cuisines.
CyberSeniors (2014). This heartwarming documentary follows a group of senior citizens as they discover the world of the Internet through the guidance of teenage mentors. When 89-year-old Shura decides to create a YouTube cooking video, it sets off a spirited video competition for the most “views” as the cyberseniors’ hidden talents and competitive spirits are revealed. In short, beautiful things that can happen when generation gaps are bridged.
Dawg Fight (2015). A raw, uncensored look into brutal bare-knuckle backyard fights in West Perrine, a suburban ghetto south of Miami. In the face of perpetual violence and overwhelming unemployment, Dhafir “Dada 5000” Harris, an iconic backyard fighter, organizes illegal unsanctioned fighting events that provide young men — many who are convicted felons — a way to make money, build structure and gain self respect as they try to fight their way to a better life for themselves and their families.
Give Me Shelter (2014). This documentary raises awareness for important animal issues around the world, uncovering the most prevalent issues in the animal world through the eyes of people dedicating their lives to them.
Granite Flats: Season 13. Almost a year after Hershel Jenkins was released from jail, mystery is still a permanent resident in Granite Flats, Colorado. From small concerns plaguing the citizens of the small town to ongoing FBI investigations, Arthur, Timmy, and Madeline are eager to put their developing detective skills to the test.
Available May 16:
First Period (2013). This cross-dressing comedy follows a new girl and an outcast as the most awkward girls in high school. Together, they set out to take over the annual talent contest and win over the whole school.
Available May 17:
Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast (2015). Return to Pixie Hollow for this heartwarming adventure from Disney. An ancient myth of a fabled creature sparks the curiosity of Tinker Bell and her friend Fawn, an animal fairy who’s not afraid to break the rules to help an animal in need. But this creature, massive and wondrous with glowing green eyes, is not welcome in Pixie Hollow, and the scout fairies are determined to capture the mysterious beast. Fawn, who sees a tender heart beneath his gruff exterior, must convince Tink and her fairy friends to risk everything to rescue the NeverBeast.
Available May 19:
Before I Disappear (2014). As he’s about to commit suicide, downcast Richie is interrupted by his estranged sister asking him to babysit her daughter. When events force Richie to spend more time with his niece than expected, she prompts him to reassess his dark views of life.
Girlhood (2014). Fed up with her abusive family situation, lack of school prospects and the “boys’ law” in the neighborhood, Marieme, a teenage girl in Paris, starts a new life after meeting a group of three free-spirited girls. She changes her name and her style, drops out of school and starts stealing to be accepted into the group. When her home situation becomes unbearable, Marieme seeks solace in an older man who promises her money and protection. Realizing this sort of lifestyle will never result in the freedom and independence she truly desires, she finally decides to take matters into her own hands. With dazzling visuals and music, this is a powerful and inspiring coming of age story.
Zombeavers (2014). This action-packed horror comedy follows three college girls vacationing at a lakeside cabin whose carefree fun comes to an abrupt end when toxic zombie beavers try to eat them.
Available May 21:
Between: Season 1. It’s the story of a town under siege from a mysterious disease that has wiped out everybody older than 21. The series explores the power vacuum that results when a government has quarantined a 10-mile diameter area and left the inhabitants to fend for themselves. (The show will air six episodes, one episode every Thursday at 8:30pm PT, starting 5/21.)
Available May 22:
H20 Mermaid Adventures (2015). Emma, Cleo and Rikki are exploring Mako Island, a mysterious volcanic island off limits to visitors, when they fall into an underground cavern with a beautiful natural lake. The three teenagers can’t resist diving in, and while they’re swimming around, they’re overcome by a sweet drowsiness and they forget everything. Night falls, and magical light rains down on them as they bathe. Suddenly, they turn into mermaids. Back on dry land, they realize this strange spell has turned their lives upside down for good: whenever they touch water, they transform into mermaids! As if they don’t have enough problems as teenagers, now they have to learn to live with this secret. Luckily, they can count on their friendship, as well as all their new underwater friends, to help them adjust to their new lives.
Inglourious Basterds (2009). A Jewish cinema owner in occupied Paris is forced to host a Nazi premiere, where a group of American soldiers called the Basterds plans a faceoff. Quentin Tarantino directs, with Brad Pitt, Diane Kruger, Christoph Waltz and Michael Fassbender co-starring.
Jen Kirkman: I’m Gonna Die Alone (And I Feel Fine) (2015). A Netflix comedy special featuring renowned storyteller Jen Kirkman, best known for her appearances on “Chelsea Lately” and the award-winning web series “Drunk History.”
Richie Rich: Season 2. Richie Rich is just a normal kid, except that he has a trillion dollars! After turning his uneaten vegetables into green energy, he becomes an overnight success and moves into a cool mansion with his dad, jealous sister, two best friends…and a robot maid. His new life is a nonstop roller coaster ride filled with high tech gadgets and extraordinary adventures.
The Other One: The Long, Strange Trip of Bob Weir. This chronicle of Bob Weir highlights his brotherhood with Jerry Garcia and his success as a member of one of the world’s most influential bands.
Transporter: The Series: Season 1 (2012). This action series picks up where the “Transporter” films left off, following driver-for-hire Frank Martin on his dangerous missions around the world.
Available May 23:
Antarctica: A Year on Ice (2013). Spending long stretches in Antarctica for more than a decade, documentarian Anthony Powell uses his camera to capture the extremes of human and animal existence, as well as the polar landscape’s icy beauty.
The Boxtrolls (2014). In this animated feature film, young orphan Eggs lives in an underground cave with his adoptive family: a band of impish creatures called Boxtrolls. When a malicious exterminator sets out to destroy them, they look to Eggs and a plucky rich girl for help.
Available May 24:
Love and Honor (2013). Dalton, serving in Vietnam, gets a “Dear John” letter and turns a week’s furlough into a desperate (and illegal) trip home to win back his girl.
Welcome to the Punch (2013). A retired thief and his longtime foe, a police detective, reluctantly join forces when they realize an ongoing conspiracy threatens them both.
Available May 26:
Graceland: Seasons 12. Joining forces in their undercover efforts, a group of agents from the FBI, DEA and U.S. Customs move into a beachfront house in Southern California.
Available May 27:
Before I Go to Sleep (2014). After surviving a brutal assault, a woman (Nicole Kidman) awakens each morning incapable of remembering anything about her past, including the previous day.
Available May 29:
Mako Mermaids Season 3. A pod of mermaids who once called Mako home have had their lives turned upside down by a merman who developed a connection with the island, posing a threat to their existence. As the mermaids struggle to take back his powers, they discover that his connection with Mako isn’t quite an accident. New mermaids and mermen are met along the way, and some are even created!
Hot Girls Wanted (2015). Amateur porn is a magnet for young women escaping small towns and seeking adventure. This documentary follows the lives of several young women as they experience the highs and lows of the business. In the past decade, the proliferation of the Internet has brought significant shifts in the way porn is produced and consumed. Today, for many teenage girls, porn carries fewer taboos than it did for their parents’ generation. Filmmakers Jill Bauer and Ronna Gradus explore this uncharted territory with great sensitivity, focusing on 19-year-old Tressa, eager to leave her small town life in search of freedom and fame. With the click of a mouse she transforms from A student to fledgling amateur actress. But as she and some of her new friends fall deeper into the darker corners of the Internet, and as new faces arrive daily, they’re forced to reconsider an increasingly dubious line of work. Backed by Kinsey Institute researchers and an acclaimed team of producers, including actress Rashida Jones (“Parks and Recreation”), the directors expose the complicated reality behind this often unchecked amateur porn industry.
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