Coming Attractions: Streaming in May 2024

Jeff Daniels is “A Man in Full” (Netflix, 5/2), an Atlanta real estate mogul who finds himself on verge of losing his business and his status, in the limited series adapted from the novel by Tom Wolfe. Producer David E. Kelly scripts the entire series and Diane Lane, William Jackson Harper, and Bill Camp costar.

“Shardlake” (Hulu, 5/1), a limited series based on the novel by C.J. Sansom, stars Arthur Huges as a lawyer sent by Thomas Cromwell (Sean Bean) to investigate the murder of a commissioner at a remote monastery in 16th century England. It’s a medieval murder mystery!

The limited series “The Tattooist of Auschwitz” (Peacock, 5/2), inspired by the real-life story of two Jewish Holocaust survivors, stars Harvey Keitel an aging widower who, 60 years after he was liberated from Auschwitz, tells his story to a novice writer (Melanie Lynskey).

Jerry Seinfeld directs and stars in “Unfrosted” (Netflix, 5/3), a comic (and freely adapted) take on the cutthroat race between cereal rivals Kellogs and Post to create the first instant breakfast pastry: the Pop-Tart. Melissa McCarthy, Hugh Grant, and Amy Schumer costar.

Anne Hathaway plays a single mother who falls for a handsome and much younger pop star (Nicholas Galitzine) in the romantic drama “The Idea of You” (Prime Video, 5/2).

A physicist and family man (Joel Edgerton) is abducted and pulled into an alternate reality and fights to find his way back home in the science fiction thriller “Dark Matter” (Apple TV+, 5/8). Based on the bestselling novel by Blake Crouch, the limited series costars Jennifer Connelly and Alice Braga.

Ncuti Gatwa is the 15th Doctor and Millie Gibson is his new companion, Ruby Sunday, in the new season of “Doctor Who” (Disney+, 5/10), under the creative guidance of Russell T. Davies, returning to the series he reinvented for the 21st century.

Jennifer Lopez heads into deep space to capture a renegade robot in “Atlas” (Netflix, 5/24). The science fiction thriller costars Simu Liu, Sterling K. Brown, Lana Parrilla, and Mark Strong.


Romantic comedy returns in “Anyone But You” (now streaming) with Sidney Sweeney and Glenn Powell and “Mother of the Bride” (5/9) with Brooke Shields.

“Bodkin: Season 1” (5/9), a comic take on the true crime genre, stars Will Forte as a podcaster chasing a story in a small Irish town.

The limited series “Eric” (5/30) stars Benedict Cumberbatch as a puppeteer for a children’s TV show who spirals into guilt and delusion after his son goes missing.

The third season of the hit romantic drama “Bridgerton” takes on the romance between Penelope Featherington (Nicola Coughlan) and Colin Bridgerton (Luke Newton).

International passport: “Beautiful Rebel” (5/2) dramatizes the life Italian rock icon Gianna Nannini and the animated fantasy “My Oni Girl” (5/24) arrives from Japan.


In “Turtles All the Way Down” (5/2), a teenager (Isabela Merced) struggling with OCD gets involved with the disappearance of a reclusive billionaire.

The newly restored “Stop Making Sense” (5/3) makes its streaming debut to celebrate its 40th Anniversary.

Zac Efron stars in “The Iron Claw” (5/10), based on the tragic true story of the Von Erich wrestling family in the 1980s.

The new spin-off series “Pretty Little Liars: Summer School” (5/9) stars Bailee Madison and Chandler Kinney.

The musical comedy “Home Sweet Rome!: Season !” (5/16) sends a California teenager (Kensington Tallman) to Italy with her dad and Italian pop sensation stepmom.


“The Killing Kind: Season 1” (5/14), based on Jane Casey’s best-selling book of the same name, is a thriller starring Emma Appleton as a brilliant barrister and Colin Morgan as a manipulative client.

International passport: the lives of a group successful women are shaken when a former classmate returns 25 years after disappearing in a high school trip in the Spanish series “Past Lies: Season 1” (5/10)  and Mads Mikkelson stars in the award-winning historical drama “The Promised Land” (5/30) from Denmark.

The documentary “The Contestant” (5/2) chronicles the bizarre reality show that became a phenomenon in Japan and “Lainey Wilson: Bell Bottom Country” (5/29) profiles the country music sensation.

Prime Video

The reality series “The GOAT” (5/6) pits reality TV celebrities in competition for the title of “Greatest of All Time” and “The 1% Club” (5/23) is a quiz show that pits 100 contestants in challenges of logic, reasoning skills, and common sense.

The Academy of Country Music Awards streams live on May 16.

Josh Brolin returns for the second season of “Outer Range” (5/16) and “The Outlaws” (5/31) returns for a third season.


“Star Wars: Tales of the Empire” (5/4) is a new animated series in the franchise.

Unavailable in any form for decades, the original 1970 Beatles documentary “Let It Be” (5/8) has been restored and remastered by Peter Jackson. Also arriving are the new documentaries “The Beach Boys” (5/24) and “Jim Henson: Idea Man” (5/31).

Apple TV+

André Holland headlines the limited series “The Big Cigar” (5/17), a caper inspired by a true story surrounding Black Panther founder Huey Newton.


Kingsley Ben-Adir stars as the reggae icon in “Bob Marley: One Love” (now streaming).

The documentary “Kiss the Future” (5/7) looks at how an underground community in Sarajevo used art and music to affect change during the Bosnian war.

Also debuting are season five of “The Chi” (5/10) and the third and final season of “Evil” (5/23).


The road movie comedy “Drive-Away Dolls” (now streaming) from Ethan Coen stars Margaret Qualley and Geraldine Viswanathan as best friends pursued by criminals and Justice Smith and David Alan Grier star in “The American Society of Magical Negroes” (5/3), a satire that takes a turn into romantic comedy.

A second season of the British rock comedy “We Are Lady Parts” (5/30) arrives after three years.

“Eurovision Song Contest” streams live from Europe beginning May 11.

Other services

Rachel Ziegler and Tom Blyth star in “The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes” (Starz, 5/14), the prequel to the hit dystopian film series.

Action thriller “The Beekeeper” and musical biopic “Bob Marley: One Love” are now streaming on MGM+.

Juliette Binoche and Benoit Magimel star in the epicurean drama “The Taste of Things” (AMC+ and Acorn TV, 5/10), which was France’s entry at the Academy Awards.

From Australia comes the crime thriller “Scrubland” (Sundance Now, 5/2) and the courtroom drama “The Truth” (AMC+, 5/27) arrives from Israel.

An animator haunted by loss finds her film taking on a terrifying life of its own in the horror film “Stopmotion” (Shudder, 5/31).

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Sean Axmaker is a Seattle film critic and writer. He writes the weekly newspaper column Stream On Demand and the companion website, and his work appears at, Turner Classic Movies online, The Film Noir Foundation, and Parallax View.

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