New on Netflix, May 2016

Bloodline, Grace & Frankie, Marseille on Netflix in May

What’s new on Netflix in May? The return of one of my favorite shows, “Bloodline,” as well as “Mako Mermaids,” “Marseille” and “Chef’s Table.” Let’s take a look at all the new Netflix titles in May.


A Study in Sherlock (2016). Mark Gatiss, who co-created the “Sherlock” TV series and plays Mycroft Holmes, discusses the show with Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman and others in the cast.

Admiral (2015). In the 1600s, when the Netherlands is under attack by the British navy and on the verge of civil war, a Dutch admiral is his country’s only hope. Stars Charles Dance, Rutger Hauer and Daniel Brocklebank.

Ava’s Possessions (2015, R). Carol Kane and Jemima Kirke star in this thriller about a young woman who joins a support group for survivors of demonic possession. Her goal? To help her recover from a recent exorcism and expose her repressed memories.

Bring It On (2000, PG-13). Kirsten Dunst and Eliza Dushku star in this comedy about the captain of a decorated cheerleading squad who attempts to lead her crew to its sixth consecutive national title.

Bring It On: All or Nothing (2006, PG-13). Hayden Panettiere and Solange Knowles star in this sequel that finds cheer captain Britney working to have her squad earn a coveted spot in singing sensation Rihanna’s video. But she must think fast when the plan is derailed.

Easy Living: Seasons 1-3. Drowning in debt and shackled to a spendthrift wife, family man Tapio takes dodgy jobs from career criminal Eki in order to keep his family afloat.

El Crítico (2013). Rafael Spregelburd and Dolores Fonzi star in this dramedy about a pretentious film critic who despises romantic comedies and then realizes that his life is turning into one when he falls for a free-spirited woman.

FernGully 2: The Magical Rescue (1998, G). When poachers capture their baby animal friends, the rain forest fairies of Ferngully must brave the perils of civilization to rescue them.

Finger of God (2007). This documentary finds filmmaker Darren Wilson setting out to document God’s presence in today’s world. But he has no idea what he’ll find or where the journey will take him.

Gary Gulman: It’s About Time (2016). Gary Gulman tackles topics like extreme laziness, Hitler and the joys and pitfalls of shopping at Trader Joe’s with his typical neurotic bewilderment.

Great Expectations (1998, R). This modernization of Charles Dickens’ classic story finds the hapless Finn (Ethan Hawke) as a painter in New York pursuing his unrequited and haughty childhood love Estella (Gwyneth Paltrow).

I Am Road Comic (2014). In his follow-up to “I Am Comic,” filmmaker Jordan Brady books himself a weekend gig and interviews fellow comedians about why they go on the road. T.J. Miller, Doug Benson, Judah Friedlander and W. Kamau Bell are featured.

Jesus Town, USA (2014). For 88 years, a small Oklahoma town has staged a passion play on a bizarre reproduction of Jerusalem built into the Wichita foothills. This lighthearted documentary chronicles the journey of a 100-strong amateur cast, a dozen horses, and devout community grappling with questions of tradition, legacy, and what it means to be a community.

Just Friends (2005, PG-13). Years after high school, a once-portly nice guy comes home for the holidays and reunites with a former crush he still has feelings for. Stars Ryan Reynolds, Amy Smart and Anna Faris.

Kevin Hart Presents Keith Robinson: Back of The Bus Funny (2015). It’s everything you might expect from the man who taught Kevin Hart how to be a comedian. Keith Robinson brings his in-your-face style to everything from the moment he stopped liking his own son to the real reason why Obama was elected.

Kevin Hart Presents Lil Rel: RELevent (2015). In Lil Rel Howery’s first hour-long special, he talks about everything from his upbringing to raising his own children to getting roasted by teenagers on public transportation, all with his signature high-energy delivery. A natural performer, Lil Rel proves that he can hold his own when it comes to all the relevant issues.

Kevin Hart Presents: Plastic Cup Boyz (2015). Comedy trio the Plastic Cup Boyz take the stage at San Diego’s House of Blues for a wild night of standup, sketches and more.

LoliRock: Season 1 (2014, Not Rated; Ok for Kids 7+). LoliRock is a French animated TV series that follows the journey of young Iris, a spirited teenage girl with a beautiful voice and an unending desire to help others. When Iris joins the girl group LoliRock, her life is changed forever, as a new world of music, mysteries and magical powers is revealed.

My Last Day Without You (2011). During a brief trip to New York on business, German executive Niklas meets a young female musician who exposes a new side of the city to him. Stars Nicole Beharie, Reg E. Cathey, and Robert Clohessy.

The Nutty Professor (1996, PG-13). Humiliated while trying to impress a pretty grad student, portly professor Sherman Klump takes a massive dose of his new weight loss potion. Stars Eddie Murphy and Jada Pinkett Smith.

Off the Map (2013). Four friends in middle school – Federico, Paula, Graciela and Fabián – decide to skip class and sneak in to the school basement. Meanwhile upstairs, the Teacher and the Principal discover five kids are missing and warn their parents, who react in different ways, hence revealing conflicts of their own.

Palm Trees in the Snow (2015). This Spanish drama centers on an accidental discovery of a long lost letter, which drives Clarence (Adriana Ugarte) to travel from the snowy mountains of Spain to Africa, to visit the land where her father Jacobo and uncle Kilian spent most of their youth, the island of Fernando Poo. Once there, she unearths a secret forbidden love story framed within turbulent historical circumstances that have repercussions in her present-day life.

Pleasantville (1998, PG-13). Teens David and Jennifer get sucked into the black-and-white world of a 1950s TV sitcom. But Jennifer’s attitude literally brings color into the show. Directed by Gary Ross, this dramedy stars Tobey Maguire, Reese Witherspoon, Jeff Daniels, William H. Macy and Joan Allen.

Shark Lake (2015, Not Rated). Dolph Lundgren and Sara Lane stars in this thriller about an exotic animal dealer who accidentally lets a bull shark loose in Lake Tahoe. Of course, the ravenous creature wreaks havoc on the peaceful town.

She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry (2014). This documentary takes an inspiring look at the brilliant, outrageous women who spearheaded the 1960s women’s movement which still resonates with those who face gender inequality.

Sixteen Candles (1984, PG). This classic John Hughes comedy stars Molly Ringwald as Samantha, a teenager whose family has forgotten her sixteenth birthday. The day would be perfect if only Jake Ryan (Michael Schoeffling) would look her way. Also stars Anthony Michael Hall and Justin Henry.

Sugar Coated (2015). This documentary directed by Michele Hozer investigates the history of the food industry’s use of sugar, its health impact on society and the politics of the “new tobacco.”

Terra (2015). Set in the American Southwest and China, this eco-thriller follows a team of environmental scientists handpicked by a billionaire recluse who are tasked with exposing crimes against the planet and restoring balance between nature and man.

Things We Lost in the Fire (2007, R). Attempting to piece her life back together after losing her husband in a tragic incident, grieving widow Audrey (Halle Berry) turns to an unlikely ally: her husband’s childhood friend Jerry (Benicio Del Toro), an emotionally wrecked heroin addict. Also stars David Duchovny.

To Catch a Thief, Netflix
To Catch a Thief

To Catch a Thief (1955, PG). This classic movie directed by Alfred Hitchcock stars Cary Grant as a reformed jewel thief suspected in a series of heists in the hotels of the French Riviera. He sets out to clear himself and catch the real thief. Grace Kelly also stars in this gorgeous, must-see film.

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers: Runnin’ Down a Dream (2007). Directed by cinema legend Peter Bogdanovich, this documentary explores the history of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, including Petty’s famous collaborations and notorious clashes with the record industry.

Who’s Driving Doug (2016). When a college student with muscular dystrophy agrees to let a slacker be his new driver, they set off on a reckless road trip to Las Vegas. Stars Breaking Bad’s RJ Mitte and Daphne Zuniga.


The Replacements (2000, PG-13). In the wake of a player’s strike, an old-guard coach drafts a team of gridiron misfits and losers as replacements for the Washington Sentinels. Stars Keanu Reeves and Gene Hackman.


Submerged (2015). When the kidnapping of a controversial corporate figure’s daughter goes awry, her limo careens off a bridge, leaving the survivors trapped underwater. Stars Jonathan Bennett, Talulah Riley and Rosa Salazar.


The Keeping Room (2015, R). With the men of their clan all fighting or lost on the battlefield, three Southern women face the sinister attentions of two Union Army deserters who are pillaging the landscape ahead of the main forces in this taut Civil War drama. Stars Brit Marling, Hailee Steinfeld and Sam Worthington.

Shanghai Knights (2003, PG-13). Dynamic duo Chon Wang (Jackie Chan) and Roy O’Bannon (Owen Wilson) are in London to avenge the murder of Chon’s father, but take on an even bigger case involving the royals.


Fourth Man Out (2015). A young mechanic comes out to his extremely straight best friends. Once they get used to the idea, they’re determined to help him find the right guy. Stars Parker Young, Evan Todd and Chord Overstreet.

Marseille – NETFLIX ORIGINAL. Gerard Depardieu stars as Robert Taro, the mayor of Marseille for 25 years. Now he faces a merciless election against his young, ambitious former protégé. Also stars Benoit Magimel and Nadia Fares. Check out the trailer.


Ali Wong: Baby Cobra – NETFLIX ORIGINAL. Unapologetic and nasty mom-to-be Ali Wong desperately wanted a conventional life. Baby Cobra is Wong’s hilarious journey of how hard she worked to find Mr. Perfect, get married, buy a house and have a baby. But it all didn’t exactly turn out how she planned. Check out the trailer.

Baby Daddy: Season 5 (TV-14). This ABC Family series stars Jean-Luc Bilodeau as Ben, a 20-something bachelor bartender who unexpectedly becomes a parent when an ex-girlfriend drops off a baby girl. With help from friends and family, he steps into the role of dad.

Grace and Frankie: Season 2 – NETFLIX ORIGINAL (TV-MA). Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin co star as two women forced to reinvent their lives in this funny, honest, Emmy-nominated Netflix original series.

Young & Hungry: Season 3 (TV-14). This ABC Family series stars Emil Osment as a female food blogger who’s hired as a personal chef by a young tech tycoon and faces a new menu of challenges, both inside and outside of the kitchen.


The Chosen Ones (2015). Young Ulises falls in love with teen Sofia, even as he is forced to lure her into his family’s prostitution ring. Now he’ll do anything to rescue her.


A Stand Up Guy (2015). When his outrageous open-mic standup comedy routine goes viral, low-rent mobster-in-hiding Sammy gets a lot of attention he seriously doesn’t want.


Eisenstein in Guanajuato (2015). In 1931, famed Soviet director Sergei Eisenstein’s trip to make a film about Mexico’s history becomes a journey of personal and creative awakening.

Chelsea, Netflix
Chelsea on Netflix


Chelsea – NETFLIX ORIGINAL. It’s not her first talk show, but it is a first of its kind. Ideas, people and places that fascinate Chelsea Handler, three times a week, all in her unique style.

Goosebumps (2015, PG). None too happy about moving to a small Maryland town, teen Zach Cooper (Dylan Minnette) finds his outlook changing after meeting the gorgeous girl next door, Hannah Stine (Odeya Rush). but her reclusive father (Jack Black) happens to be hiding a big secret.

They Look Like People (2015). While visiting an old friend in New York City, a man begins receiving eerie phone calls that warn him something evil is about to happen.


Bleeding Heart (2015). A yoga instructor reunited with her long-lost biological sister is determined to save her from an abusive boyfriend and a life of prostitution. Stars Jessica Biel and Zosia Mamet.


We Are Still Here (2015). In this horror-thriller, a couple recovering from their son’s death finds themselves haunted by vengeful spirits when they move to a rural town that holds a horrifying secret. Stars Barbara Crampton and Andrew Sensenig.

Yo Soy la Salsa (2014). More than a genre, the salsa was a cultural movement that arose in a time of need for strengthening the Latino culture. It spread across the world with such force that 50 years later, it’s still moving the feet of dancers in the most inhospitable corners world. At the heart of the movement is the figure of Johnny Pacheco, known as one of the great musical veterans responsible for salsa.


American Dad!: Season 10 (TV-14). This animated comedy from Seth MacFarlane follows a conservative CIA agent and his eccentric brood, which includes a talking goldfish with the brain of an East German athlete.

Kindergarten Cop 2 (2016, PG-13). Assigned to recover sensitive stolen data, a gruff FBI agent (Dolph Lundgren) goes undercover as a kindergarten teacher, but the school’s liberal, politically correct environment is more than he bargained for.

Slasher: Season 1 (2016). Although her parents were murdered just moments before she was removed from her mother’s womb, Sarah Bennett is all grown up and ready to leave the past behind. But when she and her hubby return to the family home, history begins to repeat itself. Katie McGrath and Brandon Jay McLaren star in this Canadian-American TV thriller series.


A Girl Like Her (2015, PG-13). Amid South Brookdale High School’s social scene, sophomore Jessica Burns (Lexi Ainsworth) suffers unrelenting harassment by class queen Avery Keller (Hunter King). But with help from best friend Brian Slater (Jimmy Bennett), Jessica turns the tables on her tormentor.


Benders: Season 1 (2015). Though their amateur ice-hockey squad comes up short on skills, Paul Rosenberg and his teammates are united — not only by their passion for the sport but by an almost equal passion for drinking beer. Stars Andrew Schulz, Lindsey Broad and Chris Distefano.


Lady Dynamite: Season 1 – NETFLIX ORIGINAL. Comedian Maria Bamford stars in a series inspired by her own life. It’s the sometimes surreal story of a woman who loses – and then finds – her life’s purpose.


David and Goliath (2015, PG). This epic drama is drawn from Biblical accounts of King David’s life. While the army of Israel cowers before the taunts of hulking Philistine giant Goliath (Jerry Sokolosky), young shepherd David (Miles Sloman) finds the courage and faith to meet him in combat.

The Letters (2014, PG). Letters written by Mother Teresa (Juliet Stevenson) to a spiritual adviser reveal her inner struggles as she devotes herself to helping the poor in India. Also stars Max von Sydow and Rutger Hauer.

The Ouija Experiment 2: Theatre of Death (2015). A group of unsuspecting theatre goers are trapped after a ravenous spirit is resurrected and released from a Ouija board. Stars Shanon Snedden, Nicole Holt and Jessica Willis.


Electricity (2014). This is an Alice in Wonderland drama for the modern day – an extraordinary hallucinatory journey seen through the eyes of a young woman with epilepsy as she searches for her long lost brother. Star Paul Anderson, Agyness Deyn and Christian Cooke.


Graceland: Season 3. 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. Daniel Sunjata, Aaron Tveit, Vanessa Ferlito and Brandon Jay McLaren star in this USA Network TV series.

The Last Man on the Moon (2016). In this artful blend of memoir and documentary, former Apollo astronaut Gene Cernan looks back on the glory days of NASA’s lunar landings and his unique distinction of being the last man to stand on the moon.


Bloodline: Season 2 – NETFLIX ORIGINAL (TV-MA). When the black sheep son of a respected family threatens to expose dark secrets from their past, sibling loyalties are put to the test. Kyle Chandler, Ben Mendelsohn, Linda Cardellini, Norbert Leo Butz and Sissy Spacek star in this dark Netflix series – one of my favorites in recent years.

Chef’s Table: Season 2, Part 1 – NETFLIX ORIGINAL. Find out what’s inside the kitchens and minds of six international culinary stars in this Netflix original docu-series.

The Do-Over (2016, TV-MA) – NETFLIX ORIGINAL. The life of a bank manager is turned upside down when a friend from his past manipulates him into faking his own death and taking off on an adventure. Stars Adam Sandler, David Spade, Paula Patton, and Nick Swardson. Check out the trailer (warning: strong language and adult content!).

Mako Mermaids: Season 4 – NETFLIX ORIGINAL (TV-G). This “H2O” sequel follows Zac, a boy who accidentally turns into a merman and threatens the existence of three young mermaids who guard Mako Island. Click here for more info about season four.


Hell on Wheels: Season 5 (TV-14). Former Confederate soldier Cullen Bohannon sets out on a quest to find his wife’s killer as post-Civil War America struggles to rebuild its identity. This AMC TV series stars Anson Mount, Colm Meaney and Robin McLeavy.

Jane Boursaw is the film critic and editor-in-chief of Reel Life With Jane. Contact her at All images used with permission of Netflix and the distributors.






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