A new month arrives with new expectations and, of course, new content in turn, for the past few years and especially in the time of the pandemic, which resulted in Lockdown and increases in streaming numbers. The OTT platforms have geared themselves up to bring in the most amount of content possible to make their name and break their game in the online streaming space. While the new and already existing platforms do their best, the oldest player in the game has not backed down yet either. Netflix still remains one of the top OTT platforms to turn to despite the completion, and it will continue its expansion in May.
From classic films like Back To The Future Trilogy and Resident Evil: Extinction to brand new Netflix Orignal films such as Zack Snyder’s Army of Dead and Amy Addams starring The Woman In The Window. From animated classics like The Land Before Time to Netflix Orginal animation Love, Deaths and Robots. Plus, of course, the big Netflix Orignal names like Lucifer as well returning for a new run. The May of 2021 is stacked for Netflix. So with no further adieu, let’s take a look at it.
Back to the Future Trilogy
Back to the Future is the sci-fi comedy franchise created by Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale. A pop culture phenomenon that impacts the entertainment world even today. It follows the adventures of Marty Mcfly as he travels back and forth in time with the help of an eccentric scientist’s time machine. In order to save the inevitable end of his fate.
The first film in the trilogy sees Marty McFly going back in time to make his parents fall in love. So that he can return back to his time and save his existence. The second film in the trilogy sees Marty going back in time to pose as Dr. Emmett’s son and help him to prevent his imprisonment. The final film sees Marty going back to the times of Wild Wild West to bring back Dr. Emmett, who has decided to stay there after falling in love.
Barney and Friends: Seasons 13-14
The long-running children series starring the kids’ favorite purple dinosaur, Barney returning. The show sees kids joining Barney as he teaches them a number of things in quite a fun way. Let it be with singing, dancing or some sports activity. Learning has never been more fun. Thus, Netflix brings in the thirteenth as well as the fourteenth season on its OTT space.
Justin Kelly directed the 2018 biographical dram JT LeRoy follows the story of Savannah Knoop. A woman who spent six years as celebrated author JT LeRoy. A made-up person derived from her sister-in-law. The movie takes cues from the memoir Girl Boy Girl: How I Became JT Leroy by Savannah Knoop. It stars Kristen Stewart taking the lead in the role of Savannah Knoop. She is joined by Laura Dern, Kelvin Harrison Jr., Diane Kruger, James Jagger, Dave Brown, Jim Sturgess, and Courtney Love.
The Land Before Time
Universal Pictures brings in the animated film The Land Before Time, directed by Don Bluth, telling stories of a bunch of cute dinosaurs. It follows the story of an orphaned dinosaur named Littlefoot (Apatosaurus) who finds himself alone. Only until he meets Cera (Triceratops), Ducky (Saurolophus), Petrie (Pteranodon), and Spike (Stegosaurus). Throughout the film, they embark on a number of challenges, from raising a Tyrannosaurus to meeting aliens overcoming the challenges together.
The Land Before Time II: The Great Valley Adventure
A sequel to the Universal Pictures animated film of the same name. The Land Before Time II: The Great Valley Adventure is directed by Roy Allen Smith. It continues the story of Littlefoot and his friends as they discover an egg outside their territory. Upon finding out its Tyrannosaurus, the friends decided to raise it secretly away from everyone.
The Lovely Bones
Peter Jackson’s 2000 Supernatural thriller The Lovely Bones follows the story of a 14-year-old girl named Susie. After being murdered, her soul believes she has unfinished business and returns to the earth. In turn to watch over her family as well as reveal the murderer to them. The Lovely Bones is produced by Paramount Pictures and stars Mark Wahlberg, Rachel Weisz, Susan Sarandon, Stanley Tucci, Michael Imperioli, and Saoirse Ronan in the lead roles.
Roger Michell’s highly acclaimed romantic comedy, Notting Hill, stars Julia Roberts, Hugh Grant, Rhys Ifans, Emma Chambers, Tim McInnerny, Gina McKee, and Hugh Bonneville in the lead roles. It follows the story of a British bookseller who bumps into Anna, an American high-profile celebrity. Upon meeting and getting to know each other, they fall in love, but the relationship doesn’t go that easy. The difference in social statuses causes their relation to stumble and go through ups and downs.
The Pelican Brief
The 1993 legal thriller directed by Alan J. Pakula follows the story of a law student named Darby Shaw. The killings of two Supreme Court Judges by a man named Kamel are proved by her through a theory. Upon realizing this, she finds herself in danger, chased by thugs and murderers. The Pelican Brief stars Julia Roberts taking on the role of Darby Shaw. She is joined by the likes of Denzel Washington as Washington Herald reporter Gray Grantham.
Resident Evil: Afterlife
The fourth installment into the Resident Evil franchise. Resident Evil: Afterlife takes the cues from the video game of the same name. It also marks the return of the director Paul W. S. Anderson after directing the first film in the franchise. The film follows Alice leading her group to a safe place in Alaska. But the group is put into battle for life after realizing that the place is a trap to lure people to get infected by T-virus. Resident Evil: Afterlife stars Milla Jovovich, Ali Larter, Kim Coates, Shawn Roberts, Spencer Locke, Boris Kodjoe, and Wentworth Miller.
Resident Evil: Extinction
The third installment into the Resident Evil franchise before the events of Afterlife. Directed by Russell Mulcahy, the movie follows Alice and her group battling the evil Umbrella Corp throughout the Mojave desert. In the hope of finding the safe haven which is intended to be across in Alaska. Resident Evil: Extinction takes cues from the story from the video game of the same name. It stars Milla Jovovich, Ali Larter, Oded Fehr, Iain Glen, Ashanti, and Mike Epps.
The 1983 Al Pacino classic directed by Brian De Palma, Scarface follows the story of Tony Montana building a drug empire in Miami with the help of his close friend Manny. But as his empire grows and he becomes the drug lord. In turn, his enemies grow as well as his ego and pride which step by step starts destroying Montana on the very thing he is built upon.
The 1995 military sci-fi film directed by Roland Emmerich, Stargate, follows the story of Colonel Jack O’Neill. A retired commander is brought out of his retirement for a secret mission to Planet Abydos discovered through an interstellar teleportation device from Egypt. The planet leads the commander to people who look like ancient Egyptians and worship the god Ra.
The Sweetest Thing
Alexandre Rockwell’s 2020 teen family drama The Sweetest Thing follows the story of two siblings. When living in a stressful and struggling life with an alcoholic father and negligent mother becomes overwhelming. The brothers decide to forget life and run away from home, hoping to find a better life elsewhere. The Sweetest Things stars Lana Rockwell, Nina Rockwell, and Jabari Watkins in the lead roles.
The Whole Nine Yards
Jonathan Lynn’s crime comedy-drama from 2000, The Whole Nine Yards, follows the story of Nicholas Oseransky. A regular dentist in Canada finds himself in trouble when a new neighbor Jimmy Tudeski moves in. Even though the trouble doesn’t brew in, only until Nicholas realizes Jimmy is indeed a contract killer on the hunt.
Zack and Miri Make a Porno
Kevin Smith’s 2008 sex comedy Zack and Miri Make a Porno or simply Zack and Miri stars Seth Rogen and Elizabeth Banks in the lead roles. It follows best friends Zack and Miri. When the besties find themselves in a financial crisis, they move on to make the difficult decision of making an adult film in order to earn some bucks for a living.
Ruben Fleischer’s 2009 zombie comedy follows the story of a world where two months have passed since a rare disease made its way. Since then, Columbus, an introverted college kid is trying to make his way to Ohio. In the hope of reuniting with his parents and find some haven. On his way, he meets very aggressive Tallahassee and sisters Wichita and Little Rock. Thus, surviving the apocalypse together and finding family in each other.
Hoarders: Season 11
Originally A&E’s reality shows. Hoarders follow two people about to lose everything in each episode. It showcases how people are not ready to part with even the tiniest possessions resulting in their place becoming a junk of garbage. This, in turn, also calling in for different diseases and a need for professional help to clean up before acts such as eviction, kids being taken away, or even jail time for the sufferer takes place.
Selena: The Series: Part 2
Selena: The Series concludes the story of established Tejano singer Selena. Her rise to fame and the family problems she is bound to face with that. The second part of the Netflix Original is bound to see an in-depth look into Selena’s fan club and how her affair with one of her bandmates, Chris Perez, affects her relationship with her family. How did the singing sensation handle the balance? All in Selena: The Series: Part 2.
Trash Truck: Season 2
The American computer-animated show created by Max Keane for Netflix. Trash Truck follows the story of a six-year-old kid Hank along with his best friend, a giant trash truck. Both get along on various adventures in their day-to-day life helping people and befriending animals.
The Sons of Sam: A Descent Into Darkness
A Netflix Orignal crime docu-series showcasing the views of journalist Maury Terry. He believes that killer David Berkowitz didn’t have a motive to kill. All the mess behind Sons of Sam Murders comes from a dark place, much like a Satanic Cult. What was the cost of this in-depth investigation for Maury Terry? All covered in The Sons Of Sam: A Descent Into Darkness.
Dead Man Down
The 2013 neo-noir crime drama directed by Niels Arden Oplev and starring Colin Farrell, Noomi Rapace, Dominic Cooper, and Terrence Howard in lead roles. Dead Man Down follows the story of two different individuals Victor and Beatrice. Completely strangers at first but upon bumping into each other in New York and realizing they have one common enemy. Their stars align, and they join forces together with one common goal now.
A fully-fledged second season to Netflix Original Thai-language mystery drama. Girl From Nowhere follows the story of a girl named Nano. A quite mysterious one away from everyone as she is bound to know everyone’s secrets. She has transferred to a number of schools. The newest institution she has joined leads her to reveal a number of lies and misdeeds of students whenever they try to cross with her until a boy gets linked with Nano resulting in her taking the revelations far ahead.
The second season of Girl From Nowhere has teased a new boyfriend of Nano, new teachers, and new friends as well. There is more blood, violence, and gore. Furthermore, Nano isn’t alone coming up with revelations as her boyfriend will be teaming up with her.
Steven S. DeKnight’s brand new superhero show for Netflix arrives. DeKnight takes cues from the comic book series by Mark Millar and Frank Quitely. Jupiter’s Legacy tells the story of the world’s first superhero starting in 1930, who has grown old by time. Now in the present, it’s time for them to pass the torch to a younger generation of superheroes.
The 2003 biographical drama directed by Patty Jenkins, Monster, is based on the serial killer Aileen Wuornos. She was a prostitute known for seven of her male clients between 1989 and 1990 before being executed in 2002. The film follows Aileen moving to Florida and falling in love with Selby Wall, But as the prostitution carries on, there comes a time when a man named John attempts to brutalize her. This, in turn, leads Aileen to take bold steps and kill him and give up prostitution. When legal means don’t help her, Aileen continues the ways and eventually becomes a serial killer.
Based on the Vox Media show Explained, another Netflix Orignal in the same series arrives titled “Money Explained.” This Netflix Orignal Limited Series focuses on the very thing we use and work hard to earn in order to satisfy our needs. Money and its various forms from credit cards, casinos, scams, and loans.
A brand new Netflix Orignal sitcom joining the likes of Country Comfort this year. The Upshaws follows the story of a working-class black family. Their day-to-day struggles and challenges trying to fit into Indiana Strives for a better home. Thus, trying to mark a success on their names.
Alexandre Aja directed Netflix Orignal film Oxygen is a sci-fi thriller starring Mélanie Laurent, Mathieu Amalric and Malik Zidi. According to the official premise, the movie follows the story of a young woman who wakes up trapped in a medical cryo unit. With no memory of her past on who she is and where she came from, and how she landed in the unit. Plus, with no one around, she battles figuring a way out of the unit as she runs out of Oxygen by the time.
Dance of the Forty One
Another Netflix Orignal film, Dance of the Forty One, is a David Pablos directorial, which is a Mexican political romantic drama. It premiered at the 2020 Morelia Film Festival. The movie is based on a real-life story of an early 20th-century scandal from Mexican society. According to the official premise of the film, it sees a gay congressman marrying the Mexican president’s daughter. Things go upside down when he is seen dancing around with a young man at a secret club. Thus, breaking out a big scandal.
A fourth season to the Netflix Original Anime Castlevania arrives. The official plot of the series follows the story of a Vampire, Hunter Trevor Belmont. In a world overrun by Demons causing people to live in fear. Belmont picks up his weapons to go head-on with Dracula himself, who runs this new world aided by magician Sypha Belnades and Dracula’s dhampir son Alucard.
2004 Matthew Vaughn, Layer Cake is a British Crime drama starring Daniel Craig in the lead. The movie follows the story of a London-based drug dealer who wishes to quit the business and move on with life. But the world has something else for him when he is trapped with a job to rescue the daughter of a trade magnate. Plus, also retrieve two million pounds worth of ecstasy pills.
The Netflix Orignal animated anthology series Love, Death & Robots returns with a second season. The series showcases a new short story, every episode unique and with a tone of its own. Plus generalized differently. The stories can be sci-fi, romantic, drama, horror, and crime as well. Each story varies and comes on its own. Some stories are original, while some are selected from the already existing popular short films giving them life in an animated form.
Haunted: Season 3
A new season for Netflix Orginal horror docu-series Haunted. The series follows real people, friends, and family coming down to tell their horror experiences and stories. The show talks with them and reenacts events they describe to telling stories from around the world recreated through their past.
The Woman in the Window
A Joe Wright directorial starring Amy Adams, The Woman in the Window tells the story of a doctor suffering from agoraphobia after a recent car accident. This led her to separate from her husband and their nine-year-old daughter. She spends days drinking, playing chess, and talking to her therapist, stalking her neighbors through her window. Until one day she sees something unusual. Is this an illusion or a real-life event?
Jungle Beat: The Movie
2020 Mauritian animated film Brent Dawes sees the characters of the television series Jungle Beat taking a new turn. The story of the film follows the animals of a jungle waking up to a new discovery. They figure out that they can speak much like the humans and communicate with each other. Getting in-depth of the discovery makes them realize that there are aliens in the jungle who are the reason behind this phenomenon.
A second season to the Netflix Orignal Thriller Who Killed Sara? The series follows the story of Alex, who is released after serving 18 years in prison with the accusation of murdering his own sister. Now he is hell-bent on figuring the case out on his own and bring out the real culprits involved in the murder.
Special: Season 2
A second season for the Netflix Original comedy series based on Ryan O’Connell’s memoir I’m Special: And Other Lies We Tell Ourselves (2015). The show follows the story of a gay man named Ryan with verbal palsy. The show sees Ryan reinventing himself by rewriting his identity and living the life he dreamed of. He transitions his life, learning from his mistakes and figures.
Spy Kids: All the Time in the World
The fourth and final installment of the Spy Kids franchise is the Spy Kids: All the Time in the World. The film follows the story of Marissa and her family, accompanied by twin stepchildren who don’t like her much. Only until they realize she is an ex-agent and is called back to work to stop the evil Timekeeper. In no time, Marissa agrees to take help from them, forming a new team altogether.
A Zack Snyder directorial Army of the Dead sees a zombie outbreak coming to life in Las Vegas. While the whole world is on the run, a group of mercenaries led by Scott Ward makes Vegas their quarantine zone as they rob the city altogether. Zack Snyder’s Army of the Dead will release on Netflix altogether with a simultaneous release in selected theatres in the United States.
Netflix’s original animated sci-fi series is based on Jurassic Park books with the third season for Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous. Created by Zack Stentz, the show follows Darius Bowman and his new friends he met on the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity at Camp Cretaceous on Isla Nublar. A paradise to meet a number of dinosaur species. But things go upside down when the dinosaurs are broke free, and everyone finds themselves looking for safe haven on the island of Isla Nublar.
Nail Bomber: Manhunt
A Netflix original docu-series telling the story of 1999 London bombings that targeted the minorities over the course of three weekends. The targeted communities included the city’s Black, Bengali, and LGBTQ+ communities. A bone-chilling experience captured and revisited showcasing the race to find the extremists behind the brutal act.
High on the Hog: How African American Cuisine Transformed America
Another Netflix original docu-series, High on the Hog, follows Chef and writer Stephen Satterfield who believes Black Food is American food. He dives deep into his research tracing the origins of American food from Africa to Texas. A feel good-concept for a food docu-series taking a look at issues of racism, class disparity, and labor.
Baggio: The Divine Ponytail
A Netflix Original docu-series following the 22-year career of soccer star Roberto Baggio. Right from his difficult days during his debut to winning the FIFA Player of the Century polls and joining the FIFA World Cup Dream Team. The docu-series sees the transition of Baggio into a full-fledged football star.
Blue Miracle is a biographical drama that oversees the story of Casa Hogar. In order to save themselves from Orphanage, the Mexican boys home join hands with a washed-up boat captain in the hope of winning the world’s biggest fishing tournament. Thus winning enough amount to save their home. Blue Miracle stars Jimmy Gonzales, Dennis Quaid, and Anthony Gonzalez in the lead roles.
2012 Megan Griffiths directorial Eden follows the story of the titular character who is a free-spirited high school girl. Life is fun until she finds herself trapped in a sex-trafficking racket which she can’t escape anymore. Coming in the circle with fate, she decides to challenge the circumstances in order to stay alive and set herself free.
A final trip with the Los Angeles’ devil Lucifer Morningstar comes along with the second part of the fifth season. There are a lot of questions to answer as the final half of season five is teased about being the beautiful family story for not only the titular character but also the supporting ones, including Detective Chloe Decker, Amenadiel, Mazikeen, Dr. Linda, and many more.
A fully-fledged third season for the Netflix Orignal The Kominsky Method arrives. The show follows the story of acting coach Sandy Kominsky far from his glorious acting days. Thus witnessing his transition in the city of Los Angeles, which is known for its youth and beauty. Created by Chuck Lorre, the show stars Michael Douglas, Alan Arkin, Sarah Baker, Nancy Travis, and Kathleen Turner in lead roles.
Dog Gone Trouble
Dog Gone Trouble or simple Trouble is a computer-animated comedy by Kevin Johnson. It follows the story of a dog named Trouble. In order to break free from his owner’s greedy children, Trouble needs to step out of his comfort zone and experience what living in the real world means.
Dirty John: The Betty Broderick Story
A crime anthology created by Alexandra Cunningham. Dirty John: The Betty Broderick Story is the second installment of the anthology. It showcases a story that sees love being twisted and, in turn, becoming a manipulation and murder altogether. Resulting in the ruckus. Dirty John: The Betty Broderick Story stars Amanda Peet as Betty Broderick, Christian Slater as Dan Broderick, and Rachel Keller as Linda Kolkena in the lead roles.