People are stuck at home and the streaming business is booming, but Netflix isn’t front-loading its release schedule in order to seize the moment (a small mercy, given the amount of content the streamer still has in its pipeline). If anything, this month’s slate of new titles is actually a bit softer than usual on the film side of things, as a small clutch of original features and licensed modern classics round out a May roster that will be remembered for high-profile new series like “Hollywood” and “The Eddy.”
But that doesn’t mean there’s nothing to see here — not when the new additions include Alice Wu’s newly minted Tribeca winner “The Half of It,” a new film by “Black Panther” co-writer Joe Robert Cole, and the American streaming debut of a little movie called “Uncut Gems.” (It went straight to Netflix in most other parts of the world, but anyone who saw the Safdie brothers’ hit in theaters knows we got the better end of that deal). Throw in a curious David Fincher epic and the quintessential summer blockbuster and there should be more than enough to keep subscribers happy in between episodes of “Too Hot to Handle.”
Here are the seven best movies new to Netflix this May.