Watchlist: Best Movies and TV Shows to Catch in May

A guide to having a good time from the comfort of your couch or seats at your local cinema.

This month, the stars align for us moviegoers, as in, we’re getting treated with films and TV shows with overwhelmingly stacked casts. Screen legends like the recent Oscar winner Michelle Yeoh, Patricia Arquette, and Arnold Schwarzenegger in his first-ever small-screen role all return to the forefront of entertainment, reclaiming the spotlight for your viewing pleasure.

Ed Sheeran: The Sum Of It All

Premieres 3 May on Disney+ Hotstar

Another musical genius is headed to Disney+ Hotstar. Ed Sheeran: The Sum Of It All chronicles Ed Sheeran’s journey as an artiste, from a child with a stutter to one of the world’s biggest pop stars today. The four-part docuseries features never-before-seen personal archive, unfiltered interviews with his wife and loved ones, intimate performances, and more.

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Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story

Premieres 4 May on Netflix

The royal romance in the Bridgerton series continues, this time focusing on Queen Charlotte’s rise to power. The new season positions the young Queen as a strong-willed maiden who turns into a fearless leader as she spearheads a societal shift upon her marriage to King George. Her great love story will lead to generations of change in the Bridgerton world, as we know it.

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Premieres 5 May on Apple TV+

If you enjoy claustrophobic thrillers in the same vein as 10 Cloverfield Lane, chances are you’ll love Silo. The dystopian drama series is set in a colony of the last ten thousand people on Earth as they take shelter in their mile-deep home that protects them from the deadly world beyond. But things are not always what they seem as Juliette finds out the truth behind a loved one’s murder.

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Knights of the Zodiac

Premieres 11 May in cinemas

Adapted from Masami Kurumada’s Saint Seiya manga, Knights of the Zodiac revolves around the impetuous Seiya who lives his life in the squared circle while he searches for his abducted sister. This live-action fantasy film kicks into high gear when he unknowingly taps into his mystical powers, leading him to a reincarnated goddess who needs his protection.

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High Desert

Premieres 17 May on Apple TV+

One of the year’s most anticipated dark comedies, High Desert, is just around the corner. The eight-episode series sees Patricia Arquette’s Peggy attempts to turn over a new leaf after years of addiction problems. Struck by the epiphany after the passing of her mother, with whom she lived in the small desert town of Yucca Valley, Peggy decides to become a private investigator.

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XO, Kitty

Premieres 18 May on Netflix

Still not over the To All the Boys trilogy? Fret not, there’s a spin-off show coming to Netflix soon. In this new installation, Lara Jean’s younger sister Kitty Song Covey takes the spotlight and moves halfway across the world to reunite with her long-distance boyfriend. But things take a turn for the worse when the teen matchmaker learns that her beau belongs to another.

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American Born Chinese

Premieres 24 May on Disney+ Hotstar

Michelle Yeoh’s first acting credit following her Oscar win is here and it sounds like a blast. American Born Chinese looks into the challenges faced by a teenager whose life is turned upside down when he befriends the son of a mythological god. It’s a story of self-acceptance accompanied by impressive visual effects, an electrifying score, and jaw-dropping action sequences.

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Premieres 24 May on Apple TV+

You know you’re in for a laugh-out-loud treat when you have Rose Byrne and Seth Rogen at the centre of a show. Platonic is a 10-episode comedy series that follows two former best friends, now approaching midlife, who are brought back together by devastating news. The reunion sees the pair slowly spiral out of control, which in turn hysterically destabilises their lives.

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Premieres 25 May on Netflix

Arnold Schwarzenegger still got it. In this Mr. & Mrs Smith-esque series, the veteran actor plays a father who discovers that his daughter, like him, has secretly been working as CIA Operative and they are now forced to team up as partners. The eight-episode show tackles universal family dynamics set against a global backdrop of spies, action, and humour.

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