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Top 10 new streaming movies and TV shows to watch: May 2022

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The best of what’s new on Netflix, Hulu, HBO Max, Disney Plus, and more.

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Sarma Melengels in “Bad Vegan: Fame. Fraud. Fugitives.” Netflix

Although the song is nearly 30 years old, Bruce Springsteen’s “57 Channels (And Nothin’ On)” epitomizes the struggle viewers face today. With hundreds of cable channels, dozens of streaming services, and countless on-demand titles, trying to decide what to watch can seem like an endless ordeal.

This is where we come to. Each month, Boston.com recommends ten must-watch movies and TV shows available on streaming platforms like Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, Disney+, HBO Max, and more.

Many of the recommendations are for new shows, while others are for under-the-radar releases you may have missed or classics that are about to leave the streaming service at the end of the month.

Do you have a new favorite movie or show that you think we should know about? Let us know in the comments, or send me an email [email protected]. Looking for more great streaming options? Check out previous versions of our must-see list here.

“Batman”

Do we really need another Batman movie? In the past 20 years, we’ve seen “Catwoman”, “Batman Begins”, “The Dark Knight”, “The Dark Knight Rises”, “Batman v. Superman”, “Justice League”, “Suicide Squad” and “The Lego Batman Movie” — not to mention the indie movie “Joker” in which Bruce Wayne’s shadow looms large. However, there is something to be said about watching Robert Pattinson (“Twilight”) take on the role of Caped Crusader, alongside new Riddler (Paul Dano, “There Will Be Blood”), Catwoman (Zoe Kravitz, “Mad Max”). : Fury Road”), Commissioner Gordon (Jeffrey Wright, “Westworld”) and several Gotham City players. Each Batman movie reflects the world in which it was made, and director Matt Reeves (“Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” finds a way to To tell the same old story in a contemporary style.

How to watch: “The Batman” is broadcasting on HBO Max.

“side”

Paul Giamatti and director Alexander Payne recently finished filming “The Holdovers” in Massachusetts, as the middle school drama marked the couple’s first collaboration since the Academy Award-winning film Sideways. While we wait for “The Holdovers” to debut in 2023, why not open the bottle and settle in with this friendly 2004 comedy, chronicling a country wine road trip shared by two friends (Giamatti and Thomas Haden Church). As the late Roger Ebert said in his review of the four-star film, “What Happens During the Seven Days adds up to the best human comedy of the year—comedy, because it’s funny and human, because it’s surprisingly touching.”

How to watch: “Sideways” is broadcast on Amazon Prime Video.

“Spencer”

Director Pablo Larren didn’t find as much success in awards season with “Spencer” as he did with “Jackie,” his previous historical movie starring Natalie Portman as Jackie O. But Kristen Stewart (“Twilight”) managed to secure an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress for her role as Princess Diana, bringing out the late princess’s accent and demeanor in a film that puts her front and center like a real-life queen to British audiences.

How to watch: “Spencer” is streaming on Hulu.

“Titan”

We will warn in advance that “Titane” is not for everyone. The body-horror thriller “Titane” begins with a young girl strapped to her skull by a titanium plate after a car accident. Soon, she avoids her parents and begins to show a strange connection to a car. Saying anything else might run the risk of spoiling the movie, but rest assured that Julia Ducornu, who won a director’s prize at the Cannes Film Festival for the film, made a movie unlike any she’s seen before, and one you’ll never see before. Soon forgotten.

How to watch: “Titane” is broadcast on Hulu.

“Better”

Early reviews of the long-awaited sequel “Top Gun: Maverick” were overwhelmingly positive ahead of its May 27 release, so now is the perfect time to revisit the macho Girls of the Flies at the original 1986 Tony Scott Center. A little matters about the plot of this drama. Marine-centric: Drinking into the atmosphere of Maverick (Tom Cruise), Oz (Anthony Edwards), Iceman (Val Kilmer), and a dozen other officers he likewise nicknames the Rolling Jets, Rolling Ladies, and Cracking Wisdom is enough entertainment.

How to watch: “Top Gun” is streaming on Netflix.

Bad vegan: fame. scam. fugitives.”

Netflix has perfected the true crime genre, captivating audiences with colorful characters and the likes of “Tiger King” and “Fyre.” Chris Smith, who was instrumental in making both of the aforementioned Netflix successes, is back with “Bad Vegan,” a four-part documentary about New York City restaurant star Sarma Melengelis, who is led to ruin by her fraudulent husband. Smith is strategic in structuring the story, casting Melngailis as a sympathetic character even while you dare question how foolish she was to think her husband needed stolen millions to make their dog immortal, among other ridiculous requests.

How to watch: Bad Vegan is streaming on Netflix.

“Children in the hall”

It’s been nearly three decades since the influential drawing group The Kids in the Hall eponymous took off the airwaves, but the classic skits and phrases from the show’s five seasons have survived among comedy geeks to this day. Now Dave Foley, Bruce McCulloch, Kevin MacDonald, Mark McKinney, and Scott Thompson are back with an eight-episode revival on Amazon Prime, and despite the long hiatus, the quintet has once again produced a deeply satirical and most importantly outrageously funny show. Or you could go see this movie about this newspaper mogul with Orson Welles – what was he called again?

How to watch: “The Kids in the Hall” is broadcast on Amazon Prime Video.

“moon knight”

Marvel found a way to trap even the most stubborn bastions of its ultimate cultural appropriation with Moon Knight, casting Oscar Isaac (“Ex Machina”) as an unknown 1970s superhero with dissociative identity disorder. The show jumped between America, England and ancient Egypt leaves him at the mercy of the villains played by the great F. Murray Abraham (“Amadeus”) and Ethan Hawke (“Training Day”).

How to watch: “Moon Knight” is broadcast on Disney Plus.

“Russian Doll”

After a stellar first season that was warmly received by critics and audiences, the second season of Natasha Lyon’s ‘Russian Doll’ comedy series seems to have missed the cultural zeitgeist this time around, and quickly slipped off the top ten on Netflix just days after its release. debut in April. Keep in mind that this is an enthusiastic call for a reset, because it would be a shame if the show’s second season—co-created by Leon, Leslie Hedland, and Burlington-born Amy Poehler—was the last.

How to watch: “Russian Doll” is streaming on Netflix.

“The Time Traveler’s Wife”

Speaking of time episodes, HBO is unveiling a major time travel series this weekend with a TV adaptation of “The Time Traveler’s Wife,” based on the beloved 2003 debut novel by Audrey Niveniger and a 2009 adaptation of the same name. This time around, Rose Leslie (“Game of Thrones”) plays Claire, who must find a way to stay connected to her husband Henry (Theo James, “Divergent”) as she meets him at different ages and stages in his life, building an equally multigenerational story. Endearing and mind-bending.

How to watch: The Time Traveler’s Wife premieres May 15 and will be broadcast on HBO Max.

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