It’s a pretty slim month overall in May 2015 for Netflix Instant Streaming movies. There are a number of solid TV shows getting their release, including a number of Netflix Originals, but in terms of movies it’s pretty slim. That being said, there are some and I have to give you a list! So here’s our list of the best movies and shows being released on Netflix Instant in May 2015!
The Last Waltz (1978)
Martin Scorsese’s incredible documentary chronicling the final concert by The Band. Featuring some incredible performances and plenty of cameos from some of the biggest names in the history of rock, and music in general. Probably one of the easier great films Scorsese ever made. Just ride the music.
Legally Blonde (2001)
It’s not Oscar winning cinema, but Reese Witherspoon made plenty of money and got a decent cult following for Legally blonde, a film about a sorority queen not known for her intellect, who goes to law school to get her man back, and ends up having a talent for it. Silly, but fun for some.
Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde (2003)
This is what they do when they have success with a comedy. They make another one. The sequel to Legally Blonde was far worse, despite retained Reese Witherspoon, but it makes the list simply because fans of the first would want to know.
The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio (2005)
A little known film starring Julianne Moore as a woman who is living a boring life with her disrespectful drunk of a husband (Woody Harrelson) when she ends up gaining fame for crafting some world renown jingles and product branding lines, much to everyone’s surprise. Not amazing, but a decent little film to take up a Sunday afternoon.
Shameless Season 10 (2012)
The UK version of the popular Showtime show, had a fantastic and long run in it’s homeland, and obviously sparked the creation of the US version. Well worth a watch is this hilarious show about a mess of a working class family and their ridiculous exploits. Especially for UK comedy fans.
Jimi: All Is by My Side (2013)
Andre Benjamin (of Outkast) stars the title character in this biopic about the beginnings of rock legend Jimi Hendrix. Also stars Hayley Atwell and Imogen Poots, and definitely snuck up on people, with very little advertising or fan fare.
Longmire Season 3 (2014)
This is another less known but entertaining procedural, with a modern Western twist. It stars Robert Taylor as Walt Longmire, a Wyoming sheriff who recently lost his wife, and must learn to deal with his grief as he continues to deal with his past transgressions and the stress of the job. I was surprised at just how much I enjoyed this show through the first couple seasons.
Royal Pains Season 6 (2014)
This sneaky little drama is about a disgraced doctor who finds himself working his magic for the rich, famous and irresponsible whenever their needs arise. It’s quite a unique concept, and it’ll be interesting to see where it goes.
Grace & Frankie (2015)
Another Netflix original, Grace & Frankie is actually quite star studded, with Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin playing a couple of older married women, whose husbands actually fall in love with each other. It’s a bizarre and potentially hilarious situation, and with veteran stars Martin Sheen and Sam Waterston also on board, there is plenty of great acting to be done.
The Adventures of Puss in Boots Season 1
Everybody’s favorite swashbuckling feline, of Shrek fame, gets his own time to shine once again, courtesy of Netflix. Youngsters and Shrek fans, be sure to check it out.
The Liberator (2013)
Edgar Ramirez stars in this historical epic about 18th century Venezuelan aristocrat Simón Bolívar who fights to free his country from the Spanish. Not great, but for historical enthusiasts it may be worth a look.
Fruitvale Station (2013)
One of the must sees on this relatively thin Netflix slate, is Ryan Coogler’s true story about Oscar Grant, a man who fought to change his life after spending time in prison, and was tragically killed by law enforcement despite being innocent during an altercation on the subway. A tragic story which is even more relevant with the news we see all over in recent years.
The Universe (2007) (Full Series)
An interesting and well made documentary series about, well, the Universe! It’s interesting stuff for science fans, and fans of interesting things in general.
Hoarders (2009) (Full Series)
A show that I can’t watch personally, because of the cringe worthy content, but it’s an eye opening examination of a real life problem felt by many.
American Restoration (2010) (Full Series)
Former ‘Pawn Star’ Rick Dale continues his escapades in his own show that is a nice blend of restoration, bargain hunting and history.
Duck Dynasty (2012) (Full Series)
One of the most inexplicably popular shows of all time, this show follows a family who make duck calls, with great success, and their fun loving, beard having fellas, as well as their loving family. It’s ridiculously funny, and quite heartwarming at times.
Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown Season 4 (2014)
Quite simply one of the best travel shows on television, it is much riskier and more revealing than most. A must see for everyone and anyone interested in travel and the world we haven’t seen for ourselves.
A fantastic and eye opening film about a young black girl in the low income portions of Paris, who joins a gang and begins to take her life in alarming directions, that lead to her growing up fast.
In the same vein as Sharknado, this ridiculous and insanely gory horror film about human eating monster beavers is hilarious and blood filled fun for those who enjoy this kind of nonsense.
Between Season 1 (2015)
Yet another Netflix original, and while I’m actually skeptical about this one, the premise is sure to draw many in. It revolves around a town that has been the victim of an illness which kills anyone over the age of 21. It sounds original, but really isn’t, but that being said it could be successful if executed well.
Inglourious Basterds (2009)
Perhaps the cream of the crop in May, Quentin Tarantino’s comedy action thriller is packed with stars like Brad Pitt and Christoph Waltz (who won an Oscar for his role), and follows a group of Nazi-killing soldiers who head out on a mission to kill Hitler and one of his highest generals. It’s full of classic dialogue and memorable scenes, as well as a ton of violence.
Jen Kirkman: I’m Gonna Die Alone (And I Feel Fine) (2015)
Well loved comedian Jen Kirkman brings a Netflix exclusive comedy special that is sure to be full of laughs and her particular brand of humor.
The Boxtrolls (2014)
A decent little animated feature from Focus Features, about a group of strange troll like creatures who are a little mischievous but also kind and harmless. When an evil doer plans to eradicate them, they reach out to humans for some help.
Graceland Seasons 1-2 (2013)
A USA hit show about a group of young undercover cops and agents who are forced to take on tough missions while giving up much of their normal lives. It was recently renewed for season 3.
Hot Girls Wanted (2015)
An eye opening documentary about the troubles young girls have getting pulled into the sex trade. Produced by Parks and Rec star Rashida Jones.