Every month there are a slew of new movies available to watch on Netflix. This month there are reportedly 65 new movies coming to the streaming giant, but of course those include older movies that Netflix just acquired rights to, such as Back to The Future (including Part II and III), The Land Before Time, State of Play, The Pelican Brief, etc. Glad to see Notting Hill will be coming to Netflix, so I know I’ll be rewatching that! I’m also curious to check out older films I’ve missed, like Zombieland, The Lovely Bones, Mystic River, maybe even Scarface!
Now, for this post I’m only posting 10 brand new films that haven’t been released on streaming previously, even if some of them have actually premiered at film festivals. I’m glad to see a few of female-led films and those directed by women. A bunch of these are international films from South Africa, Mexico, Germany, Netherlands, China, and Italy. There are something for everyone here, so here we go:
The Woman in the Window
An agoraphobic woman living alone in New York begins spying on her new neighbors, only to witness a disturbing act of violence.
Release Date: May 14th
Running Time: 1hr 40min
It’s been ages since I saw Amy Adams in something (her brief appearance in #TheSnyderCut of Justice League doesn’t count! Love a good mystery. This one looks really intriguing, it’s got a heavy Hitchcock vibe, esp. Rear Window. Great ensemble cast too with Gary Oldman, Julianne Moore and Anthony Mackie.
A woman wakes in a cryogenic chamber with no recollection of how she got there, and must find a way out before running out of air.
Release Date: May 12th
Running Time: 1hr 40min
This looks like an intense survivalist sci-fi drama. I like Melanie Laurent so she’s the reason I’ll watch this one, though even watching the trailer makes me feel a bit claustrophobic.
I Am All Girls
A special crimes investigator forms an unlikely bond with a serial killer to bring down a global child sex trafficking syndicate.
Release Date: May 14th
Running Time: 1hr 47min
Per Deadline, this film is based on real events that happened in South Africa in the 1980s. A detective forming an unlikely bond with a serial killer to bring down a notorious human trafficking ring involving powerful politicians is quite a story. The trailer is pretty intense, definitely not for the faint of heart.
Army of the Dead
Following a zombie outbreak in Las Vegas, a group of mercenaries take the ultimate gamble, venturing into the quarantine zone to pull off the greatest heist ever attempted.
Release Date: May 21st
Running Time: 2hr 28min
So Netflix apparently took over this Zack Snyder project from Warner Bros. I actually haven’t seen Snyder’s directorial debut Dawn of the Dead (2004) but this one is NOT a follow up of that movie. Instead of being a global zombie outbreak, this one is contained in Vegas. It’s also not based on any of George A. Romero’s work.
A smart, likable, 17-year-old film student from Harlem sees his world turned upside down when he’s charged with a murder. We follow his dramatic journey through a complex legal battle.
Release Date: May 7th
Running Time: 1hr 38min
Boy, this film took a long time to get distribution! It won the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance back in 2018. It has a good ensemble cast: John David Washington, Jennifer Ehle, Jeffrey Wright and Kelvin Harrison Jr. who’s been in Luce, Waves, The Trial of the Chicago 7, etc. I’m curious if this one offers something different from the run-of-the-mill legal drama.
The incredible true story of Casa Hogar, the Mexican boys home that entered the world’s biggest fishing tournament to save their orphanage.
Release Date: May 27th
Running Time: 1hr 35min
Seems that Dennis Quaid is drawn to feel-good, inspirational family flicks. This one is inspired by true events and star mostly Mexican cast. Sounds like a good one to watch with the whole family.
And Tomorrow the Entire World
(Und morgen die ganze Welt)
How far one is willing to go for the sake of one’s political commitment.
Release Date: May 6th
Running Time: 1hr 51min
A politically-charged drama involving young students in Germany trying to counter the rise of the political right. This film was Germany’s Official submission for Oscar’s ‘Best International Feature Film’ category this year. Per IMDb, the title’s taken from the national-socialist propaganda song Es zittern die morschen Knochen, specifically the line that says “Today Germany belongs to us, tomorrow the entire world.” Eerily enough, Nazi sympathizers are still relevant to this day even in the United States.
A ruthless Ferry Bouman is sent to his native region of Brabant by his boss Brink to avenge an attack on their gang. When he meets the lovely Danielle and old family feuds resurface, Brabant starts to pierce his steel armor.
Release Date: May 14th
Running Time: 1hr 46min
A Dutch gangster thriller set in 2006 that looks quite violent from the trailer. Starring acclaimed Dutch actor Frank Lammers looks like the splitting image of Oliver Platt. This film explores the early years of Ferry Bouman, the drug lord character in the hit Belgian-Dutch crime thriller Undercover.
(Qi Huan Zhi Lv)
SANG Yu is so exhausted from trying to stay awake. Every time he closes his eyes, a demon chases and kills him in his dreams. One night SANG realizes he has a special power: he can bring treasures from his dreams into reality. Almost overnight, he becomes a rich man. But his wealth also attracts the attention of a ruthless gangster.
Release Date: May 9th
Running Time: 1hr 42min
The trailer for this fantasy Chinese movie looks like a lot of fun, featuring some gorgeous neon-lit cinematography. Nice to see an action comedy for a change, and this looks pretty darn entertaining!
Baggio: The Divine Ponytail
Biographical film about Italian footballer Roberto Baggio, a man who inspired entire generations to play football. A unique footballer, capable of thrilling fans all over the world.
Release Date: May 26th
Running Time: 1hr 31min
I’ve never heard of Robert Baggio before but apparently he’s an Italian football icon. Per Britannica, widely considered one of the greatest forwards in his country’s storied football history. Ever since Ted Lasso, I’m actually more open-minded about sports-themed movies now, ahah.
9 thoughts on “10 New Netflix Original Movies To Watch in May 2021”
There’s only 2 I’m intrigued to watch. Army of the Dead and Oxygen. I had interest towards The Woman in the Window when I heard the film was to be scored by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross but then came those re-shoots and the score was scrapped as both Reznor and Ross weren’t happy with the results as it reminded them of the same experience they had with Bird Box which they didn’t like.
Bummer about Reznor/Ross not scoring The Woman in the Window. I’m still curious about the movie though, I hope it’s a good one!
Army of the Dead looks like a fun zombie movie, hopefully Snyder can actually make something worth watching again. I love his remake of Dawn of the Dead, after I saw that film I thought Snyder was going to be one of my favorite directors. Boy was I wrong. Lol! I’ll also watch Oxygen and The Woman in the Window.
I’m a fan of Zombieland and Mystic River. I don’t know if I can recommend Scarface to you since it’s quite violent.
Ivan has been bugging me to watch Zombieland for ages so I think I should just watch it 😆 Yeah I hope Army of the Dead is more watchable than the Justice League flick!!
Thank you for this list! I set reminders for a few of these. I really enjoyed The Woman in the Window as a book, but I’m afraid it won’t translate to screen well.
I’ve added the release dates to the post! I’m really curious to see The Woman in the Window because of Amy Adams and how similar it seems to Rear Window (at a glance) so hopefully it’ll be an adequate adaptation!
Thank you for writing this list Ruth! I struggle so much to keep up with new Netflix releases so this is perfect. I’ve been looking forward to The Woman in the Window for a while now but Super Me sounds like so much fun!
I always struggle what to watch on Netflix too, so I’ve added the actual release dates in the post. Super Me sounds like fun indeed, that comes out in May 9 🙂
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