Coming to Netflix: May 2021
Netflix is adding plenty of classic films this month, including the Back to the Future trilogy. Film buffs can also look forward to The Woman in the Window, starring Amy Adams and originally slated for a pre-covid theatrical release.
Aliens Stole My Body Rod and the Galactic Patrol are searching for his father, who’s been abducted by aliens. Then the aliens steal Rod’s body… PG, Grade: C-
Back to the Future When Marty McFly accidentally travels back in time, he winds up in high school with George and Lorraine, the teens who would grow up to be his parents. But when Lorraine develops a crush on him, Marty has to change her mind before his future disappears completely. PG, Grade: B-
Back to the Future II Having saved his parents’ marriage back in 1955, Marty must now travel into the future to save his kids. But changing the future also changes the past and Marty’s in serious trouble. PG, Grade: B-
Back to the Future IIIDoc Brown has disappeared and Marty finally tracks him down in the Wild West. Doc is besotted with the local schoolma’am but is going to have to face off against Buford “Mad Dog” Tannen before they can return to the 1990s. PG, Grade: B-
Due DateDesperate to get home before his wife delivers their child, Peter catches a ride with Ethan, but the hapless helper isn’t exactly a quick ticket home. Restricted, Content details only
Fun with Dick and Jane When unexpected unemployment renders the Harpers incapable of paying their bills, they decide to start new careers in crime. PG-13, Grade: C
G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra The theft of any top secret weapon is a serious security problem. But when that weapon contains nanomites, microscopic creatures that can chew through a city, it’s up to Duke to save the day. Again. PG-13, Grade: D+
Green ZoneMatt Damon stars as an American soldier who wants to find out if rumors of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq are true, so he starts a perilous investigation in Baghdad and the regions around. Restricted, Content details only.
Love Happens A self help author has a secret: although he preaches emotional wellness, he’s using alcohol to mask his grief over the death of his wife. Then he runs into a quirky florist and it looks like he might be able to hope for happiness again. PG-13, Grade: B-
Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted Everyone’s favorite escaped zoo animals are back, now going undercover on a circus train traveling across Europe. Mayhem ensues. PG, Grade: B-
Never Back Down Set up by a beautiful girl, Jake is badly beaten at a party. So he swears revenge and starts training in Mixed Martial Arts. PG-13, Grade: D-
Notting Hill In a reverse Cinderella story, a diffident bookstore owner in London meets a glamorous Hollywood movie star. Their mutual interest in each other has them wondering if they can merge their wildly divergent worlds.. PG-13, Grade: C-
Open Season In this animated tale, Boog the bear and Elliott, the one-antlered deer have had a wild night out in the woods that has not been well received at home. Now banished to the deep woods, they need to find their way back to safety before hunting season begins. PG, Grade: B
Resident Evil: Afterlife This video game adaptation sees the protagonist setting off to find survivors of a fearsome virus and to kill any who are carrying the infection. (Not exactly covid-friendly, is it?) Restricted, Content details only.
Resident Evil: Extinction A genetically enhanced woman heads out with other survivors to hunt down a zombie-creating virus. Restricted, Content details only.
StargateWhen a strange artifact found in Egypt turns out to be an interstellar teleportation device, a group of explorers depart for unknown worlds. PG-13, Grade: B-
State of Play: Russell Crowe stars as a reporter who links together two murders and the suicide of a congressman’s mistress. As he follows the clues, he uncovers surprising revelations about corruption, foreign policy, and the military. PG-13, Grade: C+
The Darkest Hour: When invisible alien invaders attack Moscow, a group of American tourists fight to survive. PG-13, Grade: C+
The Land Before Time When an earthquake destroys their world, a group of animated dinosaurs band together to find a new home. G, Grade: B
The Land Before Time II: The Great Valley Adventure This straight to video sequel sees the dinosaurs living happily in their valley oasis, that is, until the youngsters disobey their parents and wind up on a perilous journey. G, Grade: B-
The Lovely Bones The Salmons are struggling with their grief for their 14 year old daughter who disappeared mysteriously. Meanwhile, their daughter is in the afterlife, wishing she could tell them who murdered her. PG-13, Grade: C-
The Yeti AdventuresUsing the diary of a missing explorer, Simon, Nelly, and Tenzig are trying to prove that Yeti really do exist. (Our review will be published on release date.) Unrated
Your Highness When the fiancée of Prince Fabious is kidnapped, he and his stoner brother Thadeous go on a quest to win her back. Restricted, Content details only
ZombielandWith the world over-run by zombies, the few survivors band together for protection – and to kill as many zombies as they can. Restricted, Content details only.
Dead Man Down An aggrieved woman seduces a hit man into helping her assassinate a crime boss. Restricted, Content details only.
Time to Dance In this Indian musical, a dancer fears that her career is over after a serious injury. But she hasn’t counted on her partner’s determination. Netflix Original Unrated
Monster: A gifted Black teen with a rosy future gets caught up in a robbery and is subsequently charged with murder. Now he’s got to prove his innocence or spend his life in prison. Netflix Original Restricted
Sleepless: When his son goes missing, a desperate police officer uses all of his contacts to help get his boy back. Restricted, Content details only.
Super Me: Sang Yu has an unusual gift – he can bring treasures from his dreams into real life. But dreams aren’t a safe place for him. Every time he falls asleep he dreams that he’s being killed by a demon. And now a gangster is after him in real life. Netflix Original. Chinese. Unrated
Oxygen: A woman wakes up to find herself in a cryogenic chamber with no memory of how she got in there. What she does know is that she needs to find a way out before the oxygen’s all gone. Netflix Original. French. TV-MA
I Am All Girls Desperate to bring an end to a child sex trafficking syndicate, a special crimes investigator works with a serial killer. Netflix Original. TV-MA
The Woman in the Window This remake of Alfred Hitchcock’s classic, Rear Window, tilts the formula closer to psychological horror than whodunnit. Amy Adams stars as an agoraphobic woman obsessed with her new neighbors. When she watches them, she sees an act of violence and is drawn into their lives. Netflix Original Restricted
SleightA desperate young street magician adds dealing drugs to his bag of tricks in an attempt to provide for his sister. Restricted, Content details only.
SabotageArnold Schwarzenegger stars as a DEA agent trying to bring down a drug cartel. Restricted, Content details only
Spy Kids: All the Time in the World This is no wicked stepmother – she’s a spying stepmother. When Marissa gets called into action, her stepkids wind up helping to stop the villain Timekeeper. PG, Grade: B-
Army of the Dead With Las Vegas overrun by zombies, a group of thieves make a risky plan to pull of a heist in the middle of the dead zone. Netflix Original. Restricted
HomeAfter relocating unwilling humans to another planet, the color-changing Boov have taken over planet earth. When Oh inadvertently invites hostile aliens to his housewarming planet, he’s persona non grata with his fellow Boov. Going on the run in this animated adventure, he soon falls in with one of the few surviving humans, a girl who is trying to find her mother. PG, Grade: B-
Blue Miracle When their orphanage is nearly destroyed in a flood, a group of Mexican orphans enter a fishing competition to raise enough money to save their home. Unrated
Dog Gone Trouble In this animated movie, a spoiled dog named Trouble has to cope with changes in his life when his devoted owner dies. Unrated