What to watch on Netflix Canada in May 2018

NOW critics pick the best movies and TV shows joining the streaming service’s library this month


WHAT WE CAN’T WAIT TO WATCH

Ali Wong: Hard Knock Wife 

The follow-up to comic Ali Wong’s 2016 hit Baby Cobra was taped over two nights in Toronto last September, so there’s a chance you’ll recognize the interiors of the Winter Garden or spot a friend in the audience. Pregnant with her second child, Wong revisits her popular (and quotable) material on womanhood, marriage, sex and careers. While her jokes are raunchy, Wong still manages to cleverly subvert feminist ideals and Asian stereotypes. Her views on childbirth and the first year of motherhood might make you cringe, but at least it gives you a reason to watch Hard Knock Wife with the one who birthed you when it drops on Mother’s Day. May 13

Dear White People: Volume 2

Racial tensions are still raging on the campus of Winchester University in the second season of showrunner Justin Simien’s satirical series. The first round polarized NOW critics, and it looks like the environment around radio host Sam White (Logan Browning) is only growing more divisive. Her ex Gabe (John Patrick Amedori) is making a documentary called Am I Racist?, she’s being harassed by a racist troll and the bon mots are coming fast and furious. May 4

Tig Notaro: Happy To Be Here

The cancellation of her Amazon show One Mississippi should give the famously deadpan comic Notaro plenty of material for her latest stand-up special: as we learned from the documentary Tig, adversity only makes her funnier. But not that much adversity she’s still cancer-free and raising twins with her wife Stephanie Allyne, which should also make for some interesting stories. May 22

The Rachel Divide

Netflix faced a huge backlash when it announced Laura Brownson’s documentary about Rachel Dolezal – the white woman who famously pretends to be Black and identifies as “transracial” – would be premiering at the end of April. A lot of ink has been spilled debating, dissecting and mocking Dolezal so what could this film possibly add to the conversations about race and privilege people are so sick of having? Execs have defended the film as a thoughtful deep-dive into Dolezal’s life and childhood as well as race in America. The doc premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and, predictably, critics are divided. April 27 

Evil Genius: The True Story of America’s Most Diabolical Bank Heist

The producers behind sleeper hit series Wild Wild Country have another wild show hitting Netflix in May. The four-part Evil Genius recounts a chilling true-crime incident known as the “pizza collar bomb heist.” In 2003, middle-aged Pennsylvania pizza delivery driver Brian Wells died after an explosive device he said had been attached to his neck as part of a bank robbery plot detonated. It would take five years, and many twists and turns, before authorities solved the case. In other words, it’s the stuff Netflix documentary series are made of. May 11

Anon

Netflix hasn’t knocked a sci-fi film or TV series out of the park despite pumping big budgets and marketing into movies such as Bright, Mute, Altered Carbon and Lost In Space. Critics might be scornful, but apparently audiences are tuning in because here comes this Andrew Niccol-directed sci-fi thriller starring Amanda Seyfried, Clive Owen and Colm Feore. The film takes place in a future where privacy no longer exists (or is that the present?) and a detective (Owen) who has his eyeballs hacked turns to a mysterious woman (Seyfried) for help. May 4

Hari Kondabolu: Warn Your Relatives

Now that Kondabolu’s documentary The Problem With Apu helped prod Simpsons actor Hank Azaria to confess he’d be happy to step aside from voicing the South Asian character, the timing couldn’t be better for a new Kondabolu stand-up special. Last year’s JFL42 audiences got a taste of the show, which combines the personal and the political, and includes a great anecdote about being heckled by Tracy Morgan. May 8

John Mulaney: Kid Gorgeous At Radio City

Baby-faced stand-up Mulaney is having a moment, riding his absurdist George St. Geegland character from Oh, Hello to Broadway, voicing the anxious Andrew in the animated comedy Big Mouth (both of which were collaborations with his pal Nick Kroll) and hosting a great episode of Saturday Night Live a few weeks ago. And somewhere in there he found the time to do the Kid Gorgeous stand-up tour, captured for our pleasure in his latest Netflix special of “stories, observations [and] random grievances.” What more could anyone ask for? May 1

Steve Martin & Martin Short: An Evening You Will Forget For The Rest Of Your Life 

Comedy legends and good friends Steve Martin and Martin Short have been doing the live show circuit for a few years now (they played Casino Rama in 2016). The Three Amigos co-stars tell showbiz and personal stories, do comedy bits and play music – banjo player Martin’s band the Steep Canyon Rangers are featured. They don’t get huge roles in films these days, so it’s good to see that age hasn’t affected their ability to entertain. May 25

The Rain

The Fog, The Mist and now… The Rain. The latest precipitation-related horror comes from Denmark and stars Alba August and Lucas Lynggaard Tønnesen as siblings who have been living in a bunker for six years in order to evade virus-infected downpours. The teens emerge and join a group of survivors searching the dystopian Scandinavian landscape for answers. May 4

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SOLID BETS

mother! 

If you missed Darren Aronofsky’s dizzying, deviously clever allegory at TIFF and in theatres, well, you’re not alone. Plenty of people were scared off by the ambiguous marketing, which did a great job of hiding the film’s ambitious conceit, but made it look like a horror movie, which is not really a fair sell. All you need to know is that mother! is Aronofsky’s most ambitious mode since The Fountain, with Jennifer Lawrence trying to keep her house in order as Javier Bardem keeps welcoming more and more chaos into it. Turn off your phone, dim the lights and give it your full attention. May 28

Coco

Disney•Pixar’s gorgeous, weird comedy follows a young singer (voiced by Anthony Gonzalez) into the underworld to seek the blessing of Mexico’s greatest entertainer and slowly evolves into a delightfully odd quest narrative, featuring a surprisingly moving performance from Gael García Bernal as a hapless spirit named Héctor and a couple of really sharp Frida Kahlo jokes. It’s so enthralling that you won’t even notice the emotional currents building steadily and powerfully underneath until it wallops you with them. Have some Kleenex handy. May 29

Friends With Money

If you can get over the plot point about Jennifer Aniston’s character being single and cash-strapped, this funny ensemble comedy by Nicole Holofcener makes great viewing, especially now that there’s awareness about the need for female-driven films. Made in 2006, it stars Aniston as a maid surrounded by well-off friends, including characters played by Joan Cusack, Catherine Keener and Frances McDormand. All of them are superb, especially McDormand as a woman frustrated with getting older and her sexually ambiguous husband. May 1

Full list of new titles available in May, by date:

TV SHOWS

May 1

iZombie (season four)

PJ Masks (season one)

Pocoyo & Cars 

Pocoyo & The Space Circus 

Pocoyo Carnival 

Pocoyo Halloween: Space Halloween

Pocoyo Halloween: Spooky Movies 

Pocoyo Special Sports

May 2 

The 100 (season five)

Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments (season three, weekly episodes)

 The World’s Most Extraordinary Homes (season one)

May 3 

Riverdale (season two, weekly episodes)

Star (season two, weekly episodes)

May 4

A Little Help With Carol Burnett

Busted! (season one, weekly episodes) 

Dear White People: Volume 2 

Kong: King of the Apes (season two) 

My Next Guest Needs No Introduction With David Letterman: Tina Fey 

The Rain (season one) 

May 5

Dynasty (season one) 

May 6

The Joel McHale Show With Joel McHale (weekly episodes May 6 and May 13)

May 7

Mike Tyson Mysteries (season three, weekly episodes)

May 11

Bill Nye Saves The World (season three) 

Evil Genius: The True Story of America’s Most Diabolical Bank Heist 

Spirit Riding Free (season five)

The Who Was? Show (season one)

May 15

Animal Intervention (season one) 

Brain Games (season two) 

Call The Midwife (series seven) 

Crimes Against Nature (season one) 

Disaster Earth (season one) 

Doomsday Preppers (season one)

How Big Can It Get (season one) 

Inside Cocaine Wars (season one) 

Unusual Cultures (season one)

May 21

Brooklyn Nine-Nine (season five) 

May 22

Men On A Mission: 2018 

Mob Psycho 100 (season one) 

Terrace House: Opening New Doors (part two)

May 23

Explained (weekly episodes)

May 24

Fauda (season two) 

May 25

The Toys That Made Us (season two)

May 30 

Animal Kingdom (season two) 

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (season four)

May 31 

My Next Guest Needs No Introduction With David Letterman: Howard Stern

MOVIES

May 1

27: Gone Too Soon 

28 Days 

47 Ronin 

The Angry Birds Movie

Bram Stoker’s Dracula 

Coffee For All 

Captain Corelli’s Mandolin 

The Carter Effect 

CIA: Comrade In America 

Darc

Did You Hear About The Morgans? 

Dragonfly  

Duck Butter 

Erin Brockovich 

Food On The Go 

Friends With Money 

Honey 

Honey 2 

How High 

Jeepers Creepers 3 

John Mulaney: Kid Gorgeous At Radio City

Life 

My Girl 

My Perfect Romance 

The Other Boleyn Girl 

Patch Adams 

Pilgrimage 

Please Give

Seven Years In Tibet 

Sometimes 

Stephanie 

The Thirteenth Floor 

May 4

Anon 

End Game 

The Exception

Forgive Us Our Debts 

Manhunt 

May 5

Pup Star: World Tour 

May 7 

Danny Collins 

May 8

Hari Kondabolu: Warn Your Relatives 

May 11

Central Intelligence 

The Kissing Booth 

May 13

Ali Wong: Hard Knock Wife

May 14

Hello, My Name Is Doris  

May 16

A Cinderella Story: If The Shoe Fits 

May 17

The Little Prince 

May 18

Cargo

Catching Feelings

The Foreigner

The Legend Of Tarzan 

May 19

Beatriz At Dinner 

May 21

Money Monster 

May 22

Tig Notaro Happy To Be Here

May 25

24 Hours to Live 

Ibiza 

Steve Martin And Martin Short: An Evening You Will Forget For The Rest Of Your Life

Trollhunters: Part 3 

May 26

Sara’s Notebook 

May 27

The Break With Michelle Wolf (weekly episodes from May 27) 

May 28

mother! 

May 29 

Disney•Pixar’s Coco 

LAST CALL

TV series and movies leaving Netflix this month.

May 1

Collateral 

Cool Runnings 

In The Heart Of The Sea 

Mean Girls 

May 2

Billy Madison 

Planes 

Tangled  

May 4 

Old School 

May 7

The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air (seasons one to six)

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