Watchlist: 10 Best Movies and TV Shows to Catch in May

Bring on the Mother's Day madness.

Mothers are coming out in full force this month and we all know why. From the resurgence of Bollywood legend Manisha Koirala in a Netflix super series to the return of chick-flick Anne Hathaway in a movie supposedly based on Harry Styles fanfic, our Watchlist this month is endowed with new camp classics. So, inject a little drama into your life and check out our list of movies and TV shows to watch this May.

Heeramandi: The Diamond Bazaar

Premieres 1st May on Netflix

Sanjay Leela Bhansali, the visionary behind Bajirao Mastani and Devdas, returns with another sweeping epic that is Heeramandi: The Diamond Bazaar. Set against the backdrop of pre-independence India, this eight-episode series kicks into gear when Mallikajaan’s influence over an exclusive house of courtesans in the district of Heeramandi is threatened by Fareedan, the daughter of her late nemesis.

Watch the trailer here.


Premieres 1st May in Cinemas

Teenagers find sinister-looking tarot cards. Teenagers disregard the cardinal rule of Tarot readings. Teenagers die. While its all-too-familiar premise may dissuade some from flocking to the theatres, Tarot is still worth betting on if only for its ingenuity in reading the elements of astrology through the lens of horror. The atmospheric visuals and sound design are equally noteworthy.

Watch the trailer here.

The Idea of You

Premieres 2nd May on Prime Video

Going back to her rom-com roots, Anne Hathaway stars in The Idea of You as a 40-year-old art purveyor and single mother Solène. The story unfolds when she crosses paths with a 24-year-old heartthrob singer Hayes Campbell at the Coachella Music Festival. Striking up a romance with a pop star, however, proves to be challenging as her life is now subjected to constant public scrutiny.

Watch the trailer here.

The Fall Guy

Premieres 2nd May in Cinemas

As it turns out, his job is not just beach. Ryan Gosling gets shot at and blown up in a film that highlights the unsung heroes of moviemaking: the stunt performers. In The Fall Guy, Gosling’s rough-hewn stuntman Colt Seavers is forced to come out of his retirement after the star of the movie goes missing. It isn’t long before he realises that he’s in over his head as he’s pushed into the world of crime. 

Watch the trailer here.

Dark Matter

Premieres 8th May on Apple TV+

Up for a mind-bending, Inception-esque viewing experience? This nine-episode, sci-fi thriller is not to be missed. Starring Joel Edgerton and Jennifer Connelly, Dark Matter follows physicist Jason Dessen who is kidnapped and sent to live an alternate version of his life. Struggling to put the pieces together, he is soon confronted with the realisation that the culprit behind the chaos is himself.

Watch the trailer here.

Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes

Premieres 9th May in Cinemas

There’s no monkey business when it comes to the Planet of the Apes franchise and the latest chapter in this series says as much. Set in a distant future, decades after Caesar’s reign, the apes and the humans are increasingly at odds with each other, especially with a new tyrannical ape leader at the helm. But one young ape looks to turn things around as he learns that everything is not what it seems.

Watch the trailer here.

Uncle Samsik

Premieres 15th May on Disney+ Hotstar

Song Kang-ho is booked and busy. In the latest drama series set in 1960s South Korea, the actor plays Pak Doochill, also known as Uncle Samsik, who is described as a shady fixer who will stop at nothing when it comes to serving his paymaster. Seeing potential in Kim San, he forges an alliance with the young idealist to turn the country into an industrial nation and reap the benefits.

Watch the trailer here.

Bridgerton (Season 3 Part 1)

Premieres 16th May on Netflix

Your favourite 19th-century Gossip Girl is headed back to the small screen, shifting its focus to Lady Whistledown herself, Penelope Featherington. Letting go of her infatuation with Colin Bridgerton, she decides to take a husband. Alas, her desire is thwarted by her lack of confidence—a problem that Colin soon offers to remedy, in the hope of winning back her friendship.

Watch the trailer here.

Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga

Premieres 23rd May in Cinemas

Another cinema extravaganza set to tear up the screen this month is Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga. Narrating the origin story of Furiosa, the dynamite character from Mad Max: Fury Road, the blockbuster brings us back to when she was taken away from the Green Place of Many Mothers. Finding herself in the Biker Horde led by the Warlord Dementus, Furiosa must fight to find her way home.

Watch the trailer here.

How to Make Millions Before Grandma Dies

Premieres 30th May in Cinemas

Giving a new meaning to the age-old proverb “time is money”, this tender Thai drama follows M who puts his dream to be a game caster on hold to care for his terminally ill grandmother. The motivation behind the gesture, however, is far from wholesome as he is merely eyeing a multimillion-dollar inheritance. Little does he know, he is not the only one trying to secure the bag.

Watch the trailer here.