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Indulge in some guilt-free binge watching this May

May box office movies

The Informer is about an undercover special ops agent whose life takes a dramatic turn after he agrees to go to jail to protect his identity and save the lives of his wife and daughter. Except that things don’t exactly go to plan once he’s in jail… A solid, entertaining action-thriller.

This love story has the heart swells of The Notebook, the unexpected twists of a Nicholas Sparks novel, and the anguish of The Fault in our Stars … In I Still Believe you’ll be taken on the true life journey of love and loss of Christian music star Jeremy Camp.

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In this strange but true story, Garrett Hedlund plays a young white man who is persecuted after leaving the Ku Klux Klan he was raised in, but finds shelter with a forgiving black reverend, Forest Whitaker in Burden. This based-on-fact drama is intent on delivering a passionate message about the power of love to defeat hate – and it does.

Game of Thrones star, Emilia Clarke features in Above Suspicion, a crime thriller that’s based on the true story of a newly married FBI agent who starts an illicit affair with an impoverished local woman. She sees in him her means of escape – instead, it’s a ticket to disaster for both of them. This scandal shook the foundations of America’s top law enforcement agency, ending in the first-ever conviction of an FBI agent for murder.

Golden Globe and Emmy winner, Bruce Willis, and Chad Michael Murray star in Survive the Night. This film follows a disgraced doctor and his family who are held hostage at their home by criminals on the run when a robbery gone awry requires them to seek immediate medical attention.

M-Net

Hawaii’s best private investigator is back on the case in the action-packed second season of the revitalised Magnum PI. This season, Thomas Magnum takes on a series of exciting and challenging new assignments with the help of his trusted friends.

Based on Elena Ferrante’s second book of her four-part series, My Brilliant Friend: The Story of a New Name, follows Elena and Lila’s journey into adulthood as they weather romance, heartbreak, success and betrayal.

Netflix

Directed by Alice Wu, The Half of It is a coming-of-age dramedy film about a shy student named Ellie who helps a fellow student out with his crush, but she ends up falling for his crush too.

Set in three parallel narratives All Day and a Night follows a young criminal after his arrival in prison as he looks back on the days preceding his arrest, and the circumstances of his childhood, to find clues to his way forward in life and his survival. A powerful film from Black Panther co-writer Joe Robert Cole.

Hollywood, a limited series from Ryan Murphy, follows a group of aspiring actors and filmmakers in post-World War II Hollywood as they try to make it in Tinseltown — no matter the cost.

The Eddy is an 8-episode drama that takes place in the vibrant multicultural neighbourhoods of modern-day Paris. Once a celebrated jazz pianist in New York, Elliot Udo is now the co-owner of struggling club, The Eddy, where he manages the house band fronted by lead singer and on-again-off-again girlfriend, Maja.

In Trial by Media, a true-crime documentary series, history’s most dramatic trials are examined with an emphasis on how the media may have impacted the verdicts.

The big Netflix comedy series of 2020 is finally here with Steve Carrell returning for his first TV sitcom since The Office, in Space Force. Throughout the first 10 episodes, he’ll be joining up with Greg Daniels in creating another workplace comedy, this time aimed at the US Space Force regiment. This series receives our one-to-watch of the month with a huge line-up of stars.

Showmax

A seemingly confident comedy writer, wife and mom comically exposes her inner immaturity and neuroses through unexpected life situations in I’m Sorry season 2.

HBO’s The Plot Against America season 1 is about a working-class Jewish family in New Jersey that watches the political rise of aviator-hero and xenophobic populist Charles Lindbergh, as he becomes president and turns the nation toward fascism. This six-part re-imagining of history is based on the Philip Roth novel of the same name.

From writer David E. Kelley (Big Little Lies) and director Susanne Bier (The Night Manager), HBO’s The Undoing season 1 series focuses on Nicole Kidman’s Grace Fraser, a successful therapist and her devoted husband, Jonathan (Hugh Grant), and their young son who attends an elite private school in New York City. A chasm opens in Grace’s seemingly perfect life – a violent death, a missing spouse and a chain of terrible revelations.

Seven kids’ shows to stream right now

  1. Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom (Showmax)
  2. Wild Kratts (Netflix)
  3. Kiri and Lou (Showmax)
  4. Pablo (Showmax)
  5. Find Me in Paris (Showmax)
  6. KC Undercover (Showmax)
  7. Nailed It! (Netflix)

Five blockbuster movies to stream:

  1. Green Book
  2. Rocketman
  3. A Simple Favor
  4. Midnight Sun
  5. First Man

* Compiled by Rialien Furstenberg

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