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This May on Hulu begins with a mysterious egg and ends with the story of a legendary punk guitarist. What falls between those two looks pretty promising too, including an indie drama featuring Tim Roth and a much-loved Eighties sitcom. But let’s start with that egg.
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Hatching (May 6)
The 2022 Sundance Film Festival played host to a bunch of creative horror films and streaming services have benefitted in the months that followed. On the heels of last month’s premiere of Fresh, the online dating thriller that takes a chilling turn, comes this darkly comic Finnish film about a girl who finds an egg and brings it home to unexpected results better left unspoiled.
Candy (May 9)
In this true crime-inspired miniseries, Jessica Biel stars as Candy Montgomery, a Texas woman who stood trial for murder after killing her best friend Betty Gore (Melanie Lynskey) with an axe. But is the truth more complicated than it first appears?
Conversations With Friends (May 15)
Hulu’s Normal People, an adaptation of Sally Rooney’s novel of the same name, was a big hit so it’s no surprise to see the service going deeper into Rooney’s bibliography with this adaptation of her debut novel. Alison Oliver, Sasha Lane, Joe Always, and Jemima Kirke co-star as a quartet of friends whose lives get tangled together.
Sundown (May 17)
Tim Roth’s elusive performance anchors this new Michel Franco film in which Roth plays Neil, a wealthy man vacationing in Mexico who starts behaving strangely after receiving word of his mother’s death. Why — or even who he really is — doesn’t become clearer until later but suffice it to say nothing is quite what it first appears to be.
The Deep End (May 19)
Documentarian Amy Berg has developed a specialty investigating allegations of abuse in behind-closed-doors settings, be it the Catholic Church or the home of Marilyn Manson. Freeform, where The Deep End is set to premiere as it arrives on Hulu, is being tight in providing details about Berg’s latest project, a four-part investigation into what the show is calling “one of today’s most controversial spiritual teachers and her dedicated followers.” Sounds intriguing and disturbing.
The Valet (May 20)
French filmmaker Francis Veber has inspired Hollywood remakes of his farcical comedies since the 1970s and The Valet carries on a tradition shared by everything from The Birdcage to My Father the Hero. Here Samara Weaving plays a Hollywood star who asks her valet (Eugenio Derbez) to pose as her lover in an attempt to avoid some bad press. Complications undoubtedly ensue.
American Underdog: The Kurt Warner Story (May 20)
Zachary Levi stars in this inspirational sports film as Kurt Warner, who ignored rejection as he followed an unlikely path to become a Super Bowl-winning Hall of Fame quarterback for the St. Louis Rams. Anna Paquin co-stars as Brenda, the wife who never stops believing in him no matter how much adversity they face.
227 (May 23)
Fans of Eighties sitcoms will welcome the arrival of 227, a slice-of-life comedy focusing on the residents of a primarily Black apartment building in Washington DC that ran on NBC for five seasons. Marla Gibbs heads a cast that includes Jackée Harry and a just-starting-out Regina King in her first big role.
Look at Me: XXXtentacion (May 26)
Named after its subject’s breakthrough single, Look at Me explores the short, troubled, influential life of XXXtentacion, a genre-blurring artist catapulted to fame by Soundcloud who was dogged by criminal trials and accusations of domestic violence before his violent death. Director Sabaah Folayan (Whose Streets?) attempts to tell his story by talking to those who knew him best.
Pistol (May 31)
Steve Jones’ memoir Lonely Boy: Tales from a Sex Pistol serves as the basis for this six-part miniseries starring Toby Wallace as Jones, the guitarist that gave the Sex Pistols its slashing sound. Danny Boyle directs a cast that includes Maisie Williams as influential London punk scenester Jordan.