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Best new movies and shows on Netflix: May 2015
Netflix highlights this month include a Jane Fonda-Lily Tomlin reunion, one of the greatest music documentaries ever made and the timeless, hilarious Reese Witherspoon in Legally Blonde.
This movie opened in 2013 and seems all the more relevant today, given that it depicts the final day in the life of Oakland, California, man Oscar Grant before his shooting death at the hands of transit police on New Years Day, 2009. Its a powerful film that reclaims Grants story from the headlines, finding the man beneath the story. May 12. (Credit: The Weinstein Company)
'The Last Waltz'
Theres so much great music on display in Martin Scorseses iconic depiction of The Bands final show, in San Francisco on Thanksgiving Day 1976, that you could watch it on an endless loop and never grow tired. I Shall Be Released, Up On Cripple Creek, The Night They Drove Dixie Down. The list goes on. Eric Clapton. Paul Butterfield. Bob Dylan. Joni Mitchell. This is what a concert documentary should be. May 1. (Credit: United Artists Films)
The greatest test of a quality actor is whether they are capable of transitioning with ease between disparate genres. This laugh-out-loud, slyly smart comedy took Reese Witherspoons career to that rarefied level. The sequel, Red, White and Blonde, also finds its way to Netflix in May. Stick with the first one. May 1. (Credit: MGM)
'Jimi: All is By My Side'
Andre Benjamin scored positive reviews for playing the legendary Jimi Hendrix in this biopic about the years before his debut albums release, written and directed by the Oscar-winning 12 Years a Slave screenwriter John Ridley. May 1. (Credit: Darko Entertainment)
Its about zombie beavers, for heavens sake, so it earns its place in the realm of Netflix streaming oddities (and, believe me, there are lots). What else is there to say? May 19. (Credit: Armory Films)
Quentin Tarantino turned his eye for violent, pulp-y kitsch onto World War II with this strange and, frankly, overrated Jewish revenge fantasy, but there are a lot of memorable moments and the great, Oscar winning Christoph Waltz. May 22. (Credit: Universal Pictures)
This is not an unofficial sequel to Boyhood, but an acclaimed movie in its own right: A French drama that played at Sundance and Cannes, about a teenage girl who tries to change her life by making friends with a new group in Paris. May 19. (Credit: Hold Up Films)
'Grace and Frankie'
We havent seen this Netflix series but it stars Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin about women becoming friends after their husbands leave them for each other, so its gotta be pretty good right? May 8. (Credit: Netflix)
'No No: A Dockumentary'
Its not so easy to throw a no-hitter. The feat is relatively rare. Its especially not easy to throw one, I would imagine, while high on LSD. But thats exactly what Doc Ellis, the Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher profiled in this documentary, did in 1970. May 1. (Credit: Sundance Institute)
The great Laika Studios (Coraline etc.) earned an Oscar nomination for this 2014 feature about a boy trying to save the trolls who raised him. It lost to Big Hero 6, but really, in our hearts, the unjustly snubbed The Lego Movie. May 23. (Credit: Laika Entertainment)