9 shows and movies to binge-watch on Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Disney+ Hotstar this May
Hope you're ready with popcorn in your comfiest PJs for May's binge marathon
Get ready to have your eyes and attention glued to emotional dramas, some fierce action, and new seasons of your favourite shows.
Ad Astra on Hotstar
Out on: May 5
When a mysterious life-threatening event strikes Earth, astronaut Roy McBride (played by Brad Pitt) goes on a dangerous mission across an unforgiving solar system to uncover the truth about his missing father (played by Tommy Lee Jones) and his doomed expedition that now, 30 years later, threatens the universe. The movie draws a deeply emotional parallel between the void left by an absent parent and the endless nothingness of space.
Becoming on Netflix
Out on: May 6
For those of you who have just finished reading the book, get ready to take the visual journey with the former First Lady of the United States and a forever feminist crush to a lot of us. Her poise, intelligence and grit will inspire, as it always has. And for those of you who haven’t, you can thank us later for the recommendation.
The Goldfinch on Amazon Prime
Out on: May 8
An adaptation of Donna Tarrtt’s 2013 Pulitzer-winning novel, directed by John Crowley, the movie has a stellar A-List cast starring the likes of Ansel Elgort, Oakes Fegley, Aneurin Barnard, Finn Wolfhard, Sarah Paulson, Luke Wilson, Jeffrey Wright and a cameo by Nicole Kidman. However, if you’ve read the book and are coming with the expectation of a brilliantly summarised visual adaptation, you may be disappointed.
Jumanji: The Next Level on Amazon Prime
Out on: May 10
The sequel sees the comeback of the core cast along with the addition of DeVito, Glover, and Awkwafina. It is definitely funnier and more engaging as the characters return to a changed game where they have to rescue their gang in arid deserts and snowy mountains.
Schitt’s Creek on Netflix
Out on: May 14
Regarded as one of the most underrated and funniest sitcoms by people who simply love Schitt’s Creek, the show is a riot through and through (starting with its title itself). With brilliant performances by Eugene Levy, Catherine O’Hara, Daniel Levy, Annie Murphy, Emily Hampshire, Jenn Robertson, and Chris Elliott. The show is steady paced, extremely layered, and has one of the best casts in comedy TV shows.
Pataal Lok S1 on Amazon Prime
Out on: May 15
Murder, mayhem, and a journey to the hell, this Anushka Sharma-produced neo-noir series is a crime drama revolving around Inspector Hathi Ram Chaudhary, a Delhi cop working on the assassination attempt of a well-known journalist. The case turns out to be a incredibly multi-fangled where ever revelation is devious and confusing.
Lucy in the Sky on Netflix
Out on: May 19
You know how everyday can life can feel mundane after you have just returned from a NASA mission, right? Well, after star astronaut Lucy Cola (played by Natalie Portman) returns to earth, her everyday life feels too small which leads to her engaging in a love triangle that threatens her career and her sanity.
Cast: Natalie Portman, Jon Hamm, Zazie Beetz, Dan Stevens, Pearl Amanda Dickson, Ellen Burstyn, Nick Offerman
Homecoming S2 on Amazon Prime
Out on: May 22
This chilling and thrilling podcast of an eponymous podcast is back with its second season. Starring Janelle Monáe in the lead role, the second season is a fresh new mystery with her character waking up in a drifting boat in a lake, except that she doesn’t recall how she got there. An ensuing search for her identity will lead her into the heart of the Geist Group, the wellness company behind the Homecoming Initiative.
Betaal on Netflix
Out on: May 24
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With only the first look released, this one is already slated to garner views in millions. Produced by SRK’s Red Chillies Entertainment, the series is set in a remote village which becomes the stage for battle between a two-century-old Betaal, a British Indian Army officer, and his battalion of zombie redcoats and the Indian police. The series stars Viineet Kumar, Aahana Kumra, Suchitra Pillai, Jitendra Joshi, Manjiri Pupala, and Syna Anand and is directed by Ghoul director Patrick Graham.