Alright folks, April showers are slowing down to a dribble and May flowers are about to bloom. And, of course, we all know what that means…it means my birthday is coming up. I’m just going to go ahead and assume that all you loyal readers have already sent me birthday cards filled with sweet, sweaty cash. Aside from me making it another year on this planet, May also means that new movies and shows are coming to Netflix. So, let’s forget that you once again didn’t get me anything this year or even get me a cake and let’s check out the new arrivals that will be available to stream.
Let’s get started!
Bring It On (May 1st) – Spirit fingers, everyone! I’m not going to deny that there is an underlying charm to this tale about cheerleaders facing off in some championships. The story is pretty by-the-books but the performances are decent and there’s some fairly workable gags littered throughout. It’s not a favorite of mine but it has some moments. I’d say Check It Out.
Just Friends (May 1st) – This comedy sees Ryan Reynolds do the impossible—be awkward, fat and not getting the girl. Of course, you can’t keep Reynolds that way and the story follows how he became a womanizer and how he reunites with the woman he was head-over-heels in love with when he was younger but only ended up her friend. It’s not the best comedy out there but I won’t deny how hysterical Reynolds is in his role. I’d say Check It Out.
The Nutty Professor (May 1st) – Eddie Murphy pulls out all the stops and delivers the laughs in this remake of the Jerry Lewis film. The sequel may not have been the best but this movie still cracks me up whenever I watch it and it is just awesome seeing Murphy play an entire family. To me, this is a Must See comedy.
Pleasantville (May 1st) – Terrifically creative, visually beautiful and completed with a great blend of wit, humor and heart. Overall, it’s just a great film and I definitely put this one on the Must See list.
Sixteen Candles (May 1st) – “Classic” gets thrown around a lot but there’s no debate in my book if one applies that term to this John Hughes tale about a young girl’s sweet sixteen birthday. There are tons of iconic scenes, absolutely sweet and hilarious moments and the cast is just perfect. This movie pretty much helped define an era and a generation so it is definitely a Must See!
The Replacements (May 2nd) – Keanu Reeves stars in this feature about replacement players in the game of football after a strike hits the sport. I’m not really a sports man (sports confuse and frighten me) but there are moments that definitely made me chuckle in this one. I’d say Check It Out.
Shanghai Knights (May 4th) – This sequel to Shanghai Noon is a return to the comedy Western featuring Owen Wilson and Jackie Chan. This time, their adventure takes them to England. Critics and audiences dug this one but I wasn’t the biggest fan—in fact, I almost fell asleep watching it with my buddies in college. Still, watching it later (and not almost falling asleep this time), the film definitely has some charm and fun moments. I’d say Check It Out.
Goosebumps (May 11th) – Jack Black stars as R.L. Stine and sees all the monsters and creeps created by the author come to life and try to take over a small town. I really enjoyed this film. It has a great story, a lot of funny moments and the performances are fantastic, especially from Black. It really captures the spirit of the popular books. This one is a Must See.
We Are Still Here (May 15th) – Critics and audiences raved about this sleeper hit horror film about a haunted house that demands sacrifices every 30 years. However, all I saw in the film was hype. I watched it and found a film poorly acted, terribly edited, weakly filmed and entirely devoid of any kind of decent scares. I don’t honestly see the appeal of this film and, for me, this one is a big Skip.
Additional Films (That I Haven’t Seen) Released in May
A Study in Sherlock (2016)
Ava’s Possessions (2015)
Bring It On: All or Nothing (2006)
El Crítico (2013)
Ferngully 2: The Magical Rescue (1998)
Finger of God (2007)
Gary Gulman: It’s About Time (2016)
Great Expectations (1998)
I Am Road Comic (2014)
Jesus Town, USA (2014)
Kevin Hart Presents Keith Robinson: Back of the Bus Funny (2015)
Kevin Hart Presents Lil Rel: RELevent (2015)
Kevin Hart Presents: Plastic Cup Boyz (2015)
My Last Day Without You (2011)
Off the Map (2013)
Palm Trees in the Snow (2015)
Shark Lake (2015)
She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry (2014)
Sugar Coated (2015)
Things We Lost in the Fire (2007)
To Catch a Thief (1955)
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers: Runnin’ Down a Dream (2007)
Who’s Driving Doug (2016)
The Keeping Room (2015)
Fourth Man Out (2015)
Ali Wong: Baby Cobra
The Chosen Ones (2015)
A Stand Up Guy (2015)
Eisentein in Guanajuato (2015)
They Look Like People (2015)
Bleeding Heart (2015)
Yo Soy la Salsa (2014)
Kindergarten Cop 2 (2016)
A Girl Like Her (2015)
David and Goliath (2015)
The Letters (2014)
The Ouija Experiment 2: Theatre of Death (2015)
The Last Man on the Moon (2016)
The Do-Over (2016)
And there you have it! Not a whole lot of special mentions coming this month but, overall, a decent addition to Netflix’s library. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go wait by my mailbox and see if any of you loyal readers have sent me sacks of cash for the anniversary of my birth. Alright, my friends, go forth and stream! I’ll see you next month!
Rev. Ron was once bitten by a radioactive spider but the only power he got was a very big medical bill. Aside from being a failed Spider-Man, he’s also a wannabe movie critic and you can read some of his reviews on his blog at RevRonMovies.BlogSpot.com. You can also follow him on Twitter (@RevRonster) where he laments over the fact that Marvel and Sony didn’t even bother asking him if he would want to play the new Spider-Man.