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Coming to Netflix in May

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A new month means new movies and shows to stream on Netflix. Gone are the days when you needed to pay for an expensive ticket to see a movie or wait around for the one night per week that your favorite show aired. As far as the movies and shows are concerned, there has never been a better time than the present. There are a few titles hitting Netflix in May that are highly anticipated and expected to be huge hits. So grab your favorite snack, cozy up in bed, and check out these fresh releases:

War Machine

War Machine is a Netflix original movie starring Brad Pitt that will be available for streaming on May 26. The film is based on Michael Hastings’ book “The Operators: The Wild and Terrifying Inside story of America’s War in Afghanistan”. The film is fiction, but Brad Pitt’s character is based on General Stanley McChrystal, the top Commander of American forces in Afghanistan. General McChrystal was fired after Michael Hastings wrote an expose for Rolling Stone in which McChrystal was quoted criticizing the Obama administration for which he worked. Hastings portrayal of “The Runaway General” was an article that changed history. War Machine is a wild and terrifying look at the politics of war. The trailer paints a grim picture of an overzealous general thrown into the fire, attempting to manage the “lost cause” of a war that many liken to Vietnam. “Show everyone a nice lookin’ set of graphs,” he is told in the trailer. “Finish this thing.” The film will be an entertaining, yet eerily truthful depiction of what can happen behind the scenes of a disastrous war in a foreign land.

Master of None

The first season of the Netflix original series starring (and created by) Aziz Ansari was a hilarious 10 episodes that captured the essence of young life in a big city. Ansari plays a 30-year-old actor living in New York City as he navigates through the ups and downs of his relationships, family, and career. The show feels genuine (Ansari’s real-life parents, Shoukath and Fatima, make regular appearances) and the scenarios Dev encounters are always comical and relatable. Viewers fell in love with watching the romance between Dev and Rachel unfold in all of its charming authenticity.  The bromance between Dev and his best friends Arnold and Brian also plays a big part in the show.

The final episode of Season 1 detailed the breakup of Dev and Rachel: The frightening feeling of the impending “next step”, an explosive argument about the future, and a disastrous game that involved assigning a percentage to the odds of staying together forever. Before Rachel leaves Dev and moves to Japan, she explains that, “The time in our life to do crazy shit is winding down and I don’t want to wake up one day and see that the window is already closed.” The episode ends with Dev walking through the airport, apparently catching a flight to Japan in order to win Rachel back. Once he boards his flight, viewers discover that Dev is not, in fact, traveling to Japan. He is moving to Italy on a whim. Season 2 (available on May 12) will undoubtedly include more romance and bromance in Italy with the truthful humor that is delivered so well by Ansari and the rest of the cast.

Lauren lives in OB with her French bulldog, Elvis Presley. She loves laughter and the great outdoors. You can contact her at lauren@sdentertainer.com.

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