Sunday 26 May 2019

Chernobyl, Wine Country, Extremely Wicked... - what's new to Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and Sky/NOW TV for May

Your streaming schedule sorted...

Nuclear fallout: Emily Watson and Jared Harris in Chernobyl
Nuclear fallout: Emily Watson and Jared Harris in Chernobyl
Chernobyl also stars Irish actress Jessie Buckley
A picture of domestic bliss: Zac Efron, Macie Carmosino and Lily Collins in Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, and Vile
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

We've trawled the streaming schedules so you don't have to and there are some particularly good offerings this month including new series Chernobyl from Sky, and Zac Efron in Netflix's new Ted Bundy film, Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile, and Amy Poehler's new comedy Wine Country, also on Netflix. Documentary-wise there's the excellent RBG, ReMastered and Tiny House Nation while Leonardo DiCaprio and Carey Mulligan feature in The Great Gatsby. Here's your day-by-day breakdown...

MAY 1

Knock Down the House, Netflix

Netflix documentary - This rousing documentary follows four extraordinary women—Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Amy Vilela, Cori Bush, and Paula Jean Swearengin—who take on the congressional establishment by mounting grassroots campaigns and building a movement during a time of historic volatility in American politics.

 

Snowpiercer, Netflix

Chris Evans, Song Kang-ho, Tilda Swinton, Jamie BGell, Octavia Spencer, Go Ah-sung, John Hurt and Ed Harris star in this English language South Korean/Czech sci-fi about a revolt  aboard a train housing the last of humanity after an attempt to right climate change goes horribly wrong and results in a new Snowball Earth.  Directed by Bong Joon-ho.

 

The Railway Man, Netflix

Colin Firth, Nicole Kidman, Jeremy Irvine and Stellan Skarsgard star in this 2013 drama set in a Japanese POW camp during WWII and adapted from Eric Lomax’s 1995 autobiography.

 

The Great Gatsby, Netflix

Baz Lurhman’s 2013 adaptation of the 1925 F Scott Fitzgerald novel stars Leonardo Di Caprio as Jay Gatsby, Tobey Maguire as Nick Carraway and Carey Mulligan as Daisy Buchanan and has been criticised for focusing on style over substance.  But boy is it beautiful thanks to a budget exceeding $100m.

 

MAY 3

Flinch, Netflix

In this Netflix original series people are subjected to all kinds of terrifying, shocking, and funny trials of endurance.  If they flinch things do not end well for them.

 

Despite Everything, Netflix

In this Netflix film four sisters discover a shocking family secret following their mother's death and set out to discover the truth. 

 

The Last Summer, Netflix

Young adult film set during the final summer before a group of friends head to college, with all the trials and tribulations that presents.

 

Dead to Me, Neflix

A dark single camera comedy series about a powerful friendship that blossoms between a tightly wound widow and a free spirit with a shocking secret.  Christina Applegate and Linda Cardellini star in the series which was created by Liz Feldman who also executive produced alongside Will Ferrell, Adam McKay, and Jessica Elbaum.

 

Undercover, Netflix

Original series - A major ecstasy producer living in luxury on the Dutch-Belgian border faces big changes with two undercover agents begin moving in on his operation.

 

Alles ist gut, Netflix

A woman sexually assaulted by her new boss's brother-in-law tries to move on as if nothing happened, but the night weighs heavily on her mind and body in this film.

 

All In My Family, Netflix

Documentarian Hao Wu charts how he built a family in America and had to face the dilemma of introducing his same sex partner and their children to his traditional parents and relatives in China.

 

MAY 3

Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, and Vile, Sky Cinema Premiere/NOW TV and theatres

Zac Efron has been receiving rave reviews for his performance as real-life serial killer Ted Bundy in this film told from the perspective of Bundy’s girlfriend, played by Lily Collins.  Directed by Joe Berlinger, who also helmed Netflix’s documentary series Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes.

Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile review: 'Zac Efron gives an extraordinary turn in an ordinary film' 

 

MAY 7

Chernobyl, Sky Atlantic/NOW TV

Sky Atlantic’s new series goes beyond the 1986 nuclear disaster itself and looks at the events leading up to that tragic day.  Craig Mazin, writer and exec producer explains, “As the story of Chernobyl unfolds, you will discover the culture of lies that led to the disaster. You will experience the incredible lengths required to stop a total nuclear meltdown. You will learn just how close and just how much of the entire European continent came to becoming completely uninhabitable. But above all, you will witness the true stories of the heroes of Chernobyl as they fought an unprecedented war against an invisible enemy, even as their own government betrayed them.”

Go behind the scenes on the set of Sky’s new series Chernobyl with stars Emily Watson and Jared Harris  

MAY 8

Lucifer, season 4, Netflix

Back for a fourth series, we see Chloe struggling to come to terms with Lucifer's disturbing revelation as a rogue priest sets out to stop a long-rumoured prophecy.

 

MAY 9

Tiny House Nation, Netflix

This new series revolves around the trend in the US housing market for buyers opting to achieve financial freedom by downsizing, in some cases to spaces no larger than 300 square feet.  Hosts John Weisbarth and Zack Giffin travel across America to show ingenious small dwellings and their creative inhabitants. They also help families design and construct their own dream mini-homes.

 

MAY 10

Wine Country, Netflix

Amy Poehler directs this comedy about a group of long time friends who meet up on a holiday to Napa Valley.  Rachel Dratch, Paula Pell, Emily Spivey and Maya Rudolph star.  Tina Fey, Jason Schwartzman and Cherry Jones alsp appear.

 

Sneaky Pete, season 3, Amazon Prime Video

Giovanni Ribisi is back as con man Marius Josipovic who has assumed the identity of his ex-cellmate Peter and uses Pete’s estranged family to try to escape his past.  In season three all the members of the Sneaky Pete family explore their identities, their purpose and where they belong.  It’s a dangerous journey.  All new episodes of season 3 land on May 10.

 

The Society, Netflix

New series of ten episodes about a group of teenagers who are mysteriously transported to a facsimile of their wealthy New England town without any trace of their parents. As they struggle to figure out what has happened to them and how to get home, they must establish order and form alliances if they want to survive.

 

Remastered: The Lion’s Share, Netflix

The excellent ReMastered documentary features high profile, in-depth stories about music’s impact on society, as told by critically acclaimed directors.  After discovering the family of Solomon Linda, the writer of ‘The Lion Sleeps Tonight’, a reporter tries to help them fight for fair compensation.

 

Shéhérazade, Netflix

Fresh out of prison and forced to fend for himself on the streets of Marseille, 17-year-old Zac falls in love with young prostitute Shéhérazade.

 

MAY 13

The Wife, Netflix

Glenn Close is superb in this taut drama as the wife of a world-famous author.  They head to Stockholm where he is set to receive the Novel Prize in Literature but all is not as it seems with these two and their lives begin to unravel.

 

MAY 14

The Fate of the Furious, Netflix

The eighth instalment in the series is the first outing for the F&F family following the tragic death of star Paul Walker.  However, Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Chris ‘Ludacris’ Bridges, Scott Eastwood, Nathalie Emmanuel, Elsa Pataky, Kurt Russell and Charlize Theron all show up for a film without much of a storyline but plenty of the OTT action sequences you’ve come to expect.

 

MAY 15

RBG, Netflix

Excellent documentary about the life and career of US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg, who fought sexism and prejudice when she graduated from the 50s and tried to practice law.  In 1970 she began a campaign to tackle discrimination on the basis of sex and won five of six cases regarding gender discrimination before the US Supreme Court and remains there at the age of 85.  She later became the second female justice ever appointed to the US Supreme Court.A remarkable woman and a fascinating documentary.

 

MAY 16

Shaun of the Dead, Netflix

The first in Edgar Wright’s brilliant Three Flavours Cornetto trilogy is a hilarious horror comedy set in a zombie apocalypse and starring the wonderful Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. 

 

MAY 17

The Rain, season 2, Netflix

Trapped in the Zone, Simone and her friends must find a cure for the virus Rasmus is carrying before it kills him - and the rest of humanity.

 

MAY 23

Riviera, season 2, Sky Atlantic/NOW TV

Julia Stiles’ Georgina Clios returns to the French Riviera, where tensions are mounting following the explosive end to the first season. This time around she meets her match with the Eltham family who will descend upon the Cote D’Azur with their own tangled web of lies and secrets. Poppy Delevingne, Juliet Stevenson and Jack Fox join the cast.

 

MAY 24

What/If, Netflix

Renee Zellweger stars in this new thriller series with the first season narrative focusing on two struggling newlyweds who accept a powerful women’s ethically questionable proposition for money.

 

After Maria, Netflix

Documentary short following Puerto Rican families who are currently living in FEMA hotels around New York City and are facing getting kicked out or going back to Puerto Rico.  They want to maintain their identity but assert their American citizenship, but many people see them as illegal immigrants and want them to leave.

 

MAY 27

Baby Driver, Netflix

Edgar Wright’s action flick stars Ansel Elgort as a getaway driver hoping to escape to normal life with his girlfriend (Lily James).  But, of course, it’s not that easy.  Also starring Kevin Spacey, Jon Hamm, Eiza Gonzalez, Jamie Foxx and Jon Bernthal.

 

MAY 31

Good Omens, season 2, Amazon Prime Video

Based on the novel by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman, the series follows a fussy Angel (Michael Sheen) and a demon (David Tennant) who are enjoying their time on Eart and forced to form an alliance to stop Armageddon by locating the Antichrist, an 11-year-old boy oblivious to his destiny. Michael McKean, Miranda Richardson, and Jack Whitehall also star.

 

When They See Us, Netflix

A four part limited series from director Ava Duverney that continues themes from her documentary THE 13th, her exploration of the criminal justice system through the true case of the Central Park Five - 5 young teenagers who were wrongfully accused and convicted of rape.

 

How to Sell Drugs Online (Fast), Netflix

What if a teenager built up a drugs empire from his bedroom in Leipzig?  This new series is inspired by real events.

 

Killer Ratings, Netflix

The true-life story of a Brazilian TV host who literally killed for ratings - and used his crime TV show to cover up the truth.

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