Top 10 New Streaming Movies and TV Shows to Watch: May 2022

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Sarma Melngailis a "Bad Vegan: Fame. Amounted to. Refugees."

Sarma Melngailis in Bad Vegan: Fame. Amounted to. Refugees.” Netflix

Although the song is nearly 30 years old, Bruce Springsteen’s “57 Channels (And Nothin’ On)” encapsulates the issues viewers are facing today. With hundreds of cable channels, dozens of streaming services, and countless on-demand titles, deciding what to watch can feel like an endless ordeal.

This is where we come in. Each month, Boston.com recommends 10 must-see movies and TV shows available on streaming platforms like Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, Disney+, HBO Max and more.

Many recommendations are for new shows, while others target under-the-radar releases you may have missed or classics that will be leaving a streaming service at the end of the month.

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

“The Batman”

Do we really need another Batman movie? Over the past 20 years we’ve edited Catwoman, Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises, Batman v. Superman”, “Justice League”, “Suicide Squad” and much more “The Lego Batman Movie” – not to mention a standalone “Joker” film in which the shadow of Bruce Wayne looms tall. And yet there is something to be said for watching Robert Pattinson (“Twilight”) alongside a brand new Riddler (Paul Dano, “There Will Be Blood”), Catwoman (Zoe Kravitz, “Mad Max: Fury Road”), Commissioner Gordon (Jeffrey Wright, “Westworld”) and many more Gotham City repertoire players. Every Batman film reflects the world in which it was shot, and director Matt Reeves (“Dawn of the Planet of the Apes”) finds a way to tell the same ancient story in a refreshingly contemporary way.

How to see: The Batman is streaming on HBO Max.

“Sideways”

Paul Giamatti and director Alexander Payne recently wrapped up filming in Massachusetts on The Holdovers, the prep-school drama marking the pair’s first collaboration since the Oscar-winning Sideways. While we await The Holdovers’ projected debut in 2023, why not uncork a bottle and settle in with this 2004 buddy comedy that chronicles a road trip through wine country that two friends (Giamatti and Thomas Haden church) share. As the late Roger Ebert put it in his four-star review of the 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 moving.” “

How to see: “Sideways” will be streamed on Amazon Prime Video.

“Spencer”

Director Pablo Larrain didn’t have quite as much success this awards season with Spencer as he did with Jackie, his previous historical biopic starring Natalie Portman as Jackie O. But Kristen Stewart (“Twilight”) managed to garner a well-deserved hit Oscar-nominated Best Actress as Princess Diana, who perfectly encapsulates the late Princess’ dialect and idiosyncrasies in a film that puts her in the spotlight for the British public as much as the Queen Royal was in real life.

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

“Titanium”

We warn upfront that Titane isn’t for everyone. The provocative body horror film Titane begins with a young girl who is fitted with a titanium plate in her skull after a car accident. Soon after, she avoids her parents and exhibits a bizarre connection to a car. Saying more risks spoiling the film, but rest assured that Julia Ducournau, who won the director’s award at the Cannes Film Festival for the film, created a film unlike anything you’ve seen before , and one you won’t see will soon forget.

How to see: Titane is streaming on Hulu.

“Top Gun”

Initial reviews for the long-awaited sequel, Top Gun: Maverick, were overwhelmingly positive ahead of its May 27 release, so now’s the perfect time to revisit the cute macho flyboys at the heart of Tony Scott’s 1986 original . Little things about the plot of this Navy-centric action-drama: The vibes of Maverick (Tom Cruise), Goose (Anthony Edwards), Iceman (Val Kilmer), and a dozen other officers with similar nicknames taxiing planes, cuddling ladies, and cracking wise is entertainment enough.

How to see: Top Gun is streaming on Netflix.

“Bad Vegan: Fame. Amounted to. Refugees.”

Netflix has mastered the true crime genre, captivating audiences with colorful characters and shameless crooks like Tiger King and Fyre. Chris Smith, who was involved in the above two Netflix hits, is back with Bad Vegan, a four-part documentary about New York superstar restaurateur Sarma Melngailis, whose husband led her to bankruptcy. Smith is strategic in structuring the story, portraying Melngailis as a likable character while making you wonder how stupid she had to be to think her husband needed stolen millions to buy their dog, among other absurd demands to make immortal.

How to see: Bad Vegan is streaming on Netflix.

“The Children in the Hall”

It’s been almost three decades since the eponymous show by influential sketch group The Kids in the Hall left the airwaves, but classic skits and catchphrases from the show’s five seasons still endure among comedy nerds to this day. Now Dave Foley, Bruce McCulloch, Kevin McDonald, Mark McKinney and Scott Thompson are back on Amazon Prime with an eight-episode revival, and despite the lengthy hiatus, the quintet have once again produced a show that’s deeply satirical, and most importantly, outrageous fun. Or you could watch the film about this newspaper tycoon starring Orson Welles – what’s his name?

How to see: The Kids in the Hall will stream on Amazon Prime Video.

“Moon Knight”

Marvel has found a way with Moon Knight to seduce even the most die-hard opponents of its outright cultural takeover by casting Oscar Isaac (Ex Machina) as a little-known 1970s superhero suffering from dissociative identity disorder. The show-jump between America, England and ancient Egypt leaves him at the mercy of the villains played by the greats F. Murray Abraham (“Amadeus”) and Ethan Hawke (“Training Day”).

How to see: Moon Knight streams on Disney Plus.

“Russian Doll”

After a stellar first season that was enthusiastically received by critics and audiences alike, the second season of Natasha Lyonne’s time-loop comedy Russian Doll seems to have missed the cultural zeitgeist this time around, quickly falling out of the top 10 just days later from Netflix debut in April. Consider this an impassioned plea to tune in again, because it would be a shame if the show’s second season – co-created by Lyonne, Leslye Headland and Burlington native Amy Poehler – was its last.

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

“The wife of the time traveler”

Speaking of time warps, HBO unveils a major time travel series this weekend with the TV adaptation of The Time Traveler’s Wife, based on Audrey Niffenegger’s popular 2003 debut novel and 2009 film adaptation of the same name. This time around, Rose Leslie (“Game of Thrones”) plays Clare, who must find a way to remain attached to her husband Henry (Theo James, “Divergent”) as she meets him at different ages and stages in his life. Building a cross-generational narrative that’s equal parts stunning and endearing.

How to see: The Time Traveler’s Wife premieres May 15 and streams on HBO Max.

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Lindsay Lowe

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