Coming and Going on HBO Now in May 2017

Robert De Niro is Bernie Madoff in the HBO original film by Barry Levinson

Robert De Niro is Bernie Madoff in The Wizard of Lies, an HBO original movie about the infamous Ponzi scheme directed by Barry Levinson. It’s the channel’s marquee offering for May, a month that also features the debuts of the original documentaries Warning: This Drug May Kill You, a look into the opioid epidemic, and Mommy Dead and Dearest, the true crime story of Dee Dee and Gypsy Rose Blanchard. And HBO will showcase the winning short films from its Asian Pacific American Visionaries Short Film Competition and HBO Access program.

New films arriving in May include Clint Eastwood’s Sully with Tom Hanks, Legend with Tom Hardy as the twin gangster brothers Ron and Reggie Kray, and Jason Bourne with Matt Damon.

Among the older films returning to HBO next month are Oscar winner Tender Mercies and Good Will Hunting, Frank Miller’s Sin City featuring alternate cuts of the film, Steve Martin in The Man with Two Brains, Bill Murray in Quick Change, and Clint Eastwood in Joe Kidd, High Plains Drifter, The Eiger Sanction, and The Beguiled, just in time for Sofia Coppola’s remake.

Leaving at the end of the month are the smart-aleck superhero movie Deadpool with Ryan Reynolds, Joy with Jennifer Lawrence, Gods of Egypt, Ride Along 2, and the classic King Arthur epic Excalibur.

Here’s the complete calendar of what’s coming to HBO Now, HBO Go, and HBO On Demand in May—original programming, first run movies, and films from the past couple of decades—and what’s leaving.

Original Programming:
Warning: This Drug May Kill You (5/1)
Chris Gethard: Career Suicide (5/6)
Alien: Convent: HBO First Look (5/10)
Mommy Dead and Dearest (5/15)
Juanes Concert Film (5/19)
The Wizard of Lies (5/20)
The Mummy: HBO First Look (5/29)

Season Finale:
Animals (5/19)

HBO Asian Pacific American Visionaries Short Film Competition Winners:
Monday (5/1)
Wonderland (5/1)
Toenail (5/1)

HBOAccess Winners:
F**ked Up (5/12)
Lady Bouncer (5/12)
Manic (5/12)

Theatrical Premieres:
Legend (2015) (5/3)
Sully (2016) (5/6)
Jason Bourne (2016) (5/13)
Storks (2016) (5/27)

2500KM (2016 (5/1)
El Corredor (AKA The Runner) (2009) (5/1)
Entonces Nosotros (AKA About Us) (2016) (5/12)
La Luz Incidente (AKA Incident Light) (2015) (5/26)

Starting May 1:
15 Minutes (2001)
Aliens in the Attic (2009)
Appaloosa (2008)
Babylon A.D. (2008)
The Beguiled (1971)
The Borne Ultimatum (2007)
Caught in the Crossfire (2010)
Dying Young (1991)
The Eiger Sanction (1975)
Frank Miller’s Sin City* (2005)
Good Will Hunting (1997)
High Plains Drifter (1973)
Inventing the Abbots (1997)
Joe Kidd (1972)
Macarthur (1977)
The Man with Two Brains (1983)
Nothing But Trouble (1991)
Notorious (2009)
On Deadly Ground (1994)
Quick Change (1990)
Scream 2 (1997)
Scream 3 (2000)
The Sweetest Thing** (2002)
Tender Mercies (1983)
*Frank Miller’s Sin City includes four additional cuts told from the points of view of each individual character (confirm description with scheduling)
**Extended Cut also available

Last Chance to Catch:
Shanghai Noon (2000) (ends 5/6)

Ending May 31:
Being There (1979)
The Brothers Grimm (2005)
Castaway (2000)
Deadpool (2015)
Dr. Dolittle 2 (2001)
Excalibur (1981)
Gods of Egypt (2016)
Gotcha! (1985)
The Green Mile (1999)
Insidious: Chapter 3 (2015)
Joy (2015)
License to Wed (2007)
Matchstick Men (2003)
Miracle on 34th Street (1947)
Mr. Right (2016)
Racing Stripes (2005)
Ride Along 2 (2016)
Poltergeist (2015)
P.S. I Love You (2007)
The Sand Pebbles (1966)
A Serious Man (2009)
The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2 (2008)
The Sixth Sense (1999)

Dates are subject to change without notice.

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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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