The first of May brings a flood of popular releases from the last few decades, such as the 2001 Reese Witherspoon comedy “Legally Blonde,” David Lynch’s dark and brilliant 1986 drama “Blue Velvet,” and the recent 2014 documentary “Beyond Clueless,” a look at the history of teen movies hosted by Fairuza Balk. It’s the beginning of a varied and fun week of Netflix releases.
May 1 continues with the third season of the former A&E drama “Longmire.” Netflix picked the show up after its cancellation, and a fourth season is currently produced, making now the perfect time to catch up.
The first of May also brings treats for music lovers: the return of the anarchic 1981 musical-comedy “The Blues Brothers,” starring John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd as a pair of brothers on a mission from God. Also arriving is the legendary 1978 concert “The Last Waltz,” the Martin Scorsese-directed document of the last concert ever by The Band. “The Last Waltz” features an amazing roster of talent, including Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, Neil Young, Joni Mitchell and many, many more.
The week continues with a strong variety of releases, with the highlight being the latest high-profile Netflix original series “Grace & Frankie.” In keeping with the tradition of earlier series like “House of Cards,” “Bloodline” and “Orange is the New Black,” “Grace & Frankie” boasts a remarkable cast, led by Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, Sam Waterston and Martin Sheen. The story revolves around the bond Fonda and Tomlin form after their husbands fall in love with each other. View the cast and crew of “Grace and Frankie” in the accompanying slideshow.
View the full list of new Netflix releases below:
A Man Called Peter (1955)
Richard Todd, Jean Peters, Marjorie Rambeau, Jill Esmond, Les Tremayne, Robert Burton
Based on a true story, this drama centers on young Scotsman Peter Marshall, who travels to America and eventually becomes chaplain of the U.S. Senate.
Anna Karenina (1948)
Vivien Leigh, Ralph Richardson, Kieron Moore, Hugh Dempster, Mary Kerridge, Marie Lohr
When a debonair army officer sweeps a married a Russian noblewoman off her feet, the resulting scandal destroys her societal standing.
Author! Author! (1982)
Al Pacino, Dyan Cannon, Tuesday Weld, Bob Dishy, Bob Elliott, Ray Goulding
Before playwright Ivan Travalian can attend to his flailing career, he must deal with the unraveling threads of his personal life.
Beyond Clueless (2014)
Among Hollywood’s landmark creations, the teen movie — in all its wild and crazy variations — is celebrated in this expansive look at the genre. Fairuza Balk surveys assorted facets of adolescent drama, from budding sexuality to modern urban angst.
Blue Velvet (1986)
Isabella Rossellini, Kyle MacLachlan, Dennis Hopper, Laura Dern, Hope Lange, Dean Stockwell
An innocent man gets mixed up in a small-town murder mystery involving a kinky nightclub singer and a kidnapper with a penchant for snorting helium.
Jeremy Northam, Lucy Liu, Nigel Bennett, Timothy Webber, David Hewlett, Kari Matchett
An average joe enters the world of corporate espionage, spying on rival companies. It’s all very exciting until he realizes he’s being used as a pawn.
Double Whammy (2001)
Denis Leary, Elizabeth Hurley, Luis Guzmán, Victor Argo, Chris Noth, Donald Faison
A down-on-his-luck detective is humiliated when injury prevents him from stopping a murder at a restaurant, and a 6-year-old saves the day instead
Hero and the Terror (1988)
Chuck Norris, Brynn Thayer, Steve James, Jack O’Halloran, Jeffrey Kramer, Ron O’Neal
When a vicious serial killer escapes from jail, the homicide detective who brought him down years ago gets the chance to defend his reputation.
Kate Winslet, Hugh Bonneville, Judi Dench, Jim Broadbent, Eleanor Bron, Angela Morant
Once l’enfant terrible of the literary world in 1950s Britain, Iris Murdoch faces the onset of Alzheimer’s and the loss of memories of her young self.
Kiss of Death (1995)
David Caruso, Samuel L. Jackson, Nicolas Cage, Helen Hunt, Kathryn Erbe, Stanley Tucci
An ex-con tries to distance himself from his past but reluctantly agrees to help his loser cousin with one last heist that goes terribly wrong.
Leap of Faith (1992)
Steve Martin, Debra Winger, Lolita Davidovich, Liam Neeson, Lukas Haas, Meat Loaf
Reverend Jonas lines his pockets with the faith of generous believers. But when he gets stranded in a small town, Jonas falls for an affirmed skeptic.
Legally Blonde (2001)
Reese Witherspoon, Luke Wilson, Selma Blair, Matthew Davis, Victor Garber, Jennifer Coolidge
To win back her Harvard-bound former beau, Valley girl Elle Woods enrolls at the university’s law school — and ends up excelling in the legal arts.
Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde (2003)
Reese Witherspoon, Sally Field, Regina King, Jennifer Coolidge, Bruce McGill, Dana Ivey
After being fired by her law firm because of her opposition to animal testing, perky aspiring attorney Elle Woods takes her fight to Washington, D.C.
Léon: The Professional (1994)
Jean Reno, Natalie Portman, Gary Oldman, Danny Aiello, Peter Appel, Willi One Blood
Léon, a hit man in New York, becomes the unwilling custodian of Mathilda, a vengeful 12-year-old whose family was wiped out by a crooked DEA agent.
Longmire: Season 3
This contemporary crime thriller focuses on a Wyoming sheriff who’s rebuilding his life and career following the death of his wife.
Mad Hot Ballroom (2005)
Heather Berman, Emma Therese Biegacki, Paul Daggett, Graciela Daniele, Pierre Dulaine, Tara Devon Gallagher
Ballroom dancing goes from lame to cool for a group of students in this documentary, which follows a group of 11-year-olds as they learn to dance.
No No: A Dockumentary (2014)
This absorbing documentary looks at the stormy career of Pittsburgh Pirates ace Dock Ellis, who threw a no-hitter June 12, 1970, while high on LSD.
Jason Patric, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Sam Elliott, Max Perlich, Gregg Allman, Tony Frank
Jason Patric and Jennifer Jason Leigh star in this drama as undercover narcotics agents who become lovers when they partner up to infiltrate the Texas drug scene and bring down a suspected drug lord.
Glenn Ford, Michael Burns, Dana Wynter, Jay Silverheels, Harry Townes, John Larch
Glenn Ford stars in this Western as Santee, a bounty hunter who ends up taking pity on Jody, the son of a man he recently killed.
Shameless: Series 10
Unemployed Frank Gallagher — a single father of eight kids — attempts to keep sane, often with a little help from a bottle.
The Blues Brothers (1980)
John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, James Brown, Cab Calloway, Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin
A pair of two-bit crooks go on a quest to save the Catholic orphanage where they were raised by reuniting their former band for a charity gig.
The Last Waltz (1978)
The Band, Rick Danko, Robbie Robertson, Richard Manuel, Levon Helm, Garth Hudson
Director Martin Scorcese captures the legendary final concert by The Band, staged at San Francisco’s Winterland arena on Thanksgiving Day 1976.
The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio (2005)
Julianne Moore, Woody Harrelson, Laura Dern, Trevor Morgan, Ellary Porterfield, Simon Reynolds
With 10 children to feed, housewife Evelyn is used to being resourceful. But when clipping coupons won’t cut it, she’s forced to rely on creativity.
Nick Cannon, Roselyn Sanchez, Cheech Marin, Kelly Hu, Adrian Young, Art Bonilla
A 24-year-old detective with schoolboy good looks goes on an undercover assignment at an elite private school where the students are up to no good.
Wes Craven’s New Nightmare (1994)
Heather Langenkamp, Robert Englund, Miko Hughes, Wes Craven, Jeffrey John Davis, Matt Winston
Freddy’s back … and he’s badder than ever! Nancy, the historical nemesis of the man with the satanic snarl and pitchfork fingers, discovers that a new monstrous demon has taken on Freddy’s persona.
Witnesses: Season 1
A young female detective is put in charge of a case and must delve into her partner’s mysterious past in order to solve it.
Lalaloopsy: Festival of Sugary Sweets (2015)
It’s up to the Lalaloopsy friends to save the day when a sugar shortage threatens to sour the mood at the annual Festival of Sugary Sweets.
LeapFrog Letter Factory Adventures: Amazing Word Explorers (2015)
Leap and his pals go camping and play games that teach kids how words rhyme, how to make different words by swapping letters and how to tell a story.
Anita Hill galvanized the nation with her appearance before the U.S. Senate in the hearings related to Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas.
D.L. Hughley: Clear (2014)
Legendary comedian D.L. Hughley takes the stage at the Regency Ballroom in San Francisco for his new hilarious stand up special, Clear. In this uproarious performance, Hughley riffs on everything from the value of having nosy white neighbors to Colorado legalizing marijuana.
Royal Pains: Season 6
Dr. Hank Lawson unexpectedly gets a career upgrade as a freelance physician treating New
York’s aristocratic upper crust in their posh Hamptons homes.
A Few Best Men (2011)
Xavier Samuel, Kris Marshall, Kevin Bishop, Laura Brent, Tim Draxl, Rebel Wilson
A would-be groom sees his wedding day turn into a fiasco when his terminally pubescent best friends, a drug dealer and a male sheep enter the picture.
The Longest Week (2014)
Jason Bateman, Billy Crudup, Olivia Wilde, Jenny Slate, Tony Roberts, Barry Primus
Conrad is kicked out and cut off at the age of 40, he crashes with his old friend and falls in love with his friend’s girlfriend.
Grace & Frankie: Season 1 – NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin co-star as two women forced to reinvent their lives in this funny, honest new Netflix Original series. Elegant, proper Grace and freewheeling, eccentric Frankie aren’t friends, even though their husbands Robert and Sol (Martin Sheen and Sam Waterston) have been law partners for decades. But when Robert and Sol announce that they’re leaving their wives for each other, the two women start to bond in ways they never expected.
Puss in Boots: Season 1 (5 additional episodes) – NETFLIX ORIGINAL
The world’s greatest feline fighter, lover and milk connoisseur is back in this original series filled with daring adventures, great boots, and laugh-out-loud fun! The entire family will be entranced by Puss’ fantastical CG world filled with new characters, exotic locations and mystical tales that make up the stuff of legends. There’s nothing that can get in this celebrated swashbuckling kitty’s way…except maybe a hairball.
Tyler Perry’s A Madea Christmas (2013)
Tyler Perry, Kathy Najimy, Chad Michael Murray, Anna Maria Horsford, Tika Sumpter, Eric Lively
A couple tries to impress their daughter’s rich beau, but the plan hits a snag when the maid’s family — including the indomitable Madea — shows up.