STREAM TOWN — May is here, which means the trees are blooming, gardens are coming to life, and there are fresh titles on our favorite streaming services.
There are lots of new titles out there this May, but some are better than others. I'm here to let you know about some of the best ones.
Here are the 16 best new streaming titles in May:
"Back to the Future" trilogy
If "Back to the Future" ever shows up on a streaming service, I will always pick it as one of the best new titles. The first film is one of my all-time favorite movies. It will always be in my top five films no matter what. Others may shift and move around it, but that one is a constant.
The second and third movies leave a little to be desired when compared to the first, but it's still a super fun trilogy. You can now have an awesome weekend watching all three movies.
I am not always a huge fan of political thrillers, but I love the underappreciated "State of Play." The 2009 film has a great cast including Russell Crowe, Rachel McAdams, Ben Affleck, Helen Mirren and Jason Bateman.
The movie is chock-full of twists and turns; it makes for an exciting movie night.
This one is a guilty pleasure, and I refuse to apologize for it. The 1994 sci-fi adventure film "Stargate" is not everyone's taste; but for my money, it's an entertaining flick that fits right in with the over-the-top chaos that was early 1990s action movies. I will be watching this on Netflix very soon.
I wasn't sure what to expect from "I Am Legend" when I walked into the theater back in 2007, but whatever it was it wasn't what I got. It was so much more.
The movie is loud, yet pensive. Exciting, yet understated. Scary, yet beautiful. It is a film all its own, and one that I've seen numerous times. I own the movie, but now I don't need to find it in my stacks of discs and can just pull it up on Hulu.
Here's another guilty pleasure for you. The 2010 movie "The A-Team" is based off the 1980s TV series of the same name, and it's absurd, silly and not a great movie — but it is a fun one. This is for those looking for an evening of turning your brain off for a couple of hours and having a goofy smile on your face.
If that sounds like the kind of night you're looking for, then I have good news for you if you have Hulu.
I'm a sucker for James Bond movies, and I have really enjoyed most of Daniel Craig's outings as the master spy. My favorite of his efforts is a tie between "Casino Royale" and "Skyfall," and the latter is now on Hulu.
This movie has a style and rhythm to it that sticks with me. Even though the finale kind of devolves into a sequel to "Home Alone," I still really enjoy this Bond movie and I'm glad I can watch it as I wait for "No Time to Die" to finally release.
Hulu added a lot of great titles in May, but my favorite of the bunch may be "Warrior." The 2011 film stars Joel Edgerton and Tom Hardy and is not as well known as it should be. The movie tells the story of two brothers battling in an MMA tournament and fighting for more than a win in the octagon.
I am not much of an MMA fan, but I love this movie. It's a quiet family drama with excellent acting that just so happens to revolve around MMA. This one is well worth a watch.
Amazon Prime Video
When I saw "Hidalgo" for the first time it had just released on video, and I think a friend of mine picked it up at Blockbuster. I had never heard of the movie and wasn't sure what I was about to watch. What I ended up watching was a highly entertaining and intriguing story about a cowboy competing in a horse race across the Arabian desert.
This movie was so much more than I was expecting, and I'm excited to share it with others now that it's streaming on Amazon Prime Video.
What do you want me to say here? "The Sixth Sense" is an all-time classic. If you haven't seen it, then where have you been? And if you don't know the twist, I have to assume you have just avoided other humans for the past 20 years.
This movie still holds up two decades later; and like "I Am Legend," I don't have to go fish this one out of the movie bin in my closet. I can just turn it on thanks to Amazon Prime.
This is likely a nostalgic pick for me, but I can't help myself. "Wild Hearts Can't Be Broken" will always remind me of being 8 years old, watching it in the theater in Idaho Falls with my cousins, and not wanting to admit how much I liked it. It's now on Disney+, and I'll be watching it with my family.
I have yet to see Disney's newest live-action flick, but "Cruella" will land on Disney+ and theaters later this month. You'll have to pay $30 extra to stream the movie at home, but that would still be cheaper than taking the whole family to the theater.
"17 Again" may not have been made for my demographic, but they got me. The movie is a silly and predictable comedy, but it makes me laugh every time I see it and that's all I can really ask of a comedy. For those finding themselves in a surprising position like myself when it comes to this movie, I have good news: "17 Again" is now streaming on HBO Max.
"Tenet" was a movie I enjoyed the first time and really appreciated the second time. I am a huge fan of Christopher Nolan, but "Tenet" is likely his least accessible movie — and that's saying something.
This heady and time-bending James Bond-esque spy thriller is not for everyone. The movie is complicated and tough to follow at times. But if you've seen it once and aren't sure about it, I invite you to give it another viewing on HBO Max. The second time through, the movie honestly gets much better.
Many would-be 2020 movies fell victim to the COVID-19 pandemic, which is still going in 2021.
One of those is "The Personal History of David Copperfield." The film is based on the Charles Dickens classic and was mainly forgotten thanks to COVID-19 messing with its release. This fun and unique take on the classic tale is now available on HBO Max, and it's something new for you during a time when that is hard to come by.