Netflix is making it rain original content this weekend, with ten new TV shows and movies to wrap your peepers around. (Count ’em!) There are also a handful of licensed films that are definitely worth getting the popcorn out for. Here’s the full list.
Tonight’s highlights include the horror anthology Slasher: Solstice, season 2 of She’s Gotta Have It, new thriller series WHAT / IF and the teen sci-fi adventure Rim of the World directed by McG of Charlies Angels fame.
Our pick for third-party movies this weekend is Clint Eastwood’s Gran Torino – it’s kind of a thinking man’s Death Wish with Eastwood at his stony-faced best. You should also check out the Alan Turing WW2 biopic The Imitation Game.
You can check out the full list complete with trailers and synopses below.
New Netflix TV Shows
Slasher: Solstice (23 May)
Rampaging serial killers leave carnage in their wake as their next victims fight to stay alive in this horror anthology series.
High Seas (24 May)
Mysterious deaths aboard a luxurious ship traveling from Spain to Rio de Janeiro in the 1940s reveal secrets surrounding two sisters traveling together.
She’s Gotta Have It: Season 2 (24 May)
Romantic turmoil, artistic challenges and an eye-opening trip to Puerto Rico set Nola Darling on a new course.
WHAT / IF (24 May)
A raw, voyeuristic examination of acceptable people doing unacceptable things– A conflict driven series of high stakes morality plays with a first season narrative focusing on two struggling newlyweds who accept a powerful woman’s ethically perilous proposition to secure a badly needed financial windfall.
New Netflix Movies
Joy (24 May)
Joy is a young Nigerian woman, caught in the vicious cycle of sex trafficking. She works in this merciless system of exploitation to pay off debts to her exploiter Madame and supporting her family in Nigeria.
Rim of the World (24 May)
Four misfit campers must band together and conquer their fears in order to save the world during an alien invasion.
The Perfection (24 May)
A troubled musical prodigy (Allison Williams) seeks out the new star pupil (Logan Browning) of her former school with shocking consequences in this elegant and terrifying suspense ride, the most buzzed-about movie at last year’s Fantastic Fest.
Miss Congeniality (22 May)
An F.B.I. Agent must go undercover in the Miss United States beauty pageant to prevent a group from bombing the event.
My Big Fat Greek Wedding (22 May)
A young Greek woman falls in love with a non-Greek and struggles to get her family to accept him while she comes to terms with her heritage and cultural identity.
Gran Torino (22 May)
Disgruntled Korean War veteran Walt Kowalski sets out to reform his neighbour, a Hmong teenager who tried to steal Kowalski’s prized possession: a 1972 Gran Torino.
American Sniper (22 May)
Navy S.E.A.L. sniper Chris Kyle’s pinpoint accuracy saves countless lives on the battlefield and turns him into a legend. Back home to his wife and kids after four tours of duty, however, Chris finds that it is the war he can’t leave behind.
The Imitation Game (22 May)
During World War II, the English mathematical genius Alan Turing tries to crack the German Enigma code with help from fellow mathematicians.
Netflix Documentary & Comedy
A Tale of Two Kitchens (22 May)
Two countries, two restaurants, one vision. At Gabriela Cámara’s acclaimed Contramar in Mexico City, the welcoming, uniformed waiters are as beloved by diners as the menu featuring fresh, local seafood caught within 24 hours. The entire staff sees themselves as part of an extended family. Meanwhile at Cala in San Francisco, Cámara hires staff from different backgrounds and cultures, including ex-felons and ex-addicts, who view the work as an important opportunity to grow as individuals. A Tale of Two Kitchens explores the ways in which a restaurant can serve as a place of both dignity and community.
After Maria (24 May)
Short following families in Puerto Rico who are currently living in FEMA hotels around New York City. Their stories will unfold observationally over the course of the next month as they face the extreme situation of getting kicked out of the hotel or are forced to go back to Puerto Rico. Many people see these families as illegal immigrants and don’t want them here. We follow these families as they try to maintain their Puerto Rican identity, but assert their American citizenship.
Netflix Kids & Anime
Free Birds (22 May)
Two turkeys from opposite sides of the tracks must put aside their differences and team up to travel back in time to change the course of history, and get Turkeys off the Thanksgiving menu for good.
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