What's New on HBO Max in May 2021

What’s New on HBO Max in May 2021


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Last summer, director Christopher Nolan had the hubris to think that Tenet was a movie people would risk their lives to see. The first major blockbuster to open in theaters following the start of the pandemic, it was also… the last major blockbuster to open in theaters, after it kinda bombed. But this month it is coming to HBO Max—dropping inauspiciously onto a streaming service like so many other would-be mega-hits of 2020. The circle is complete. Everything is still terrible.

Except Tenet, maybe? I haven’t seen it yet (as I have not been keen to sit in a theater at any point post-March 11, 2020). Certainly the reviews were all over the map; it’s either another brilliant mindfuck on the level of Inception, or an incomprehensible disaster. (Though speaking of incomprehensible, the muffled sound mix is one thing everyone seems to hate mutually.) I’m excited to watch and find out where I fall when it arrives on May 1; the only thing I know for sure right now is that Robert Pattinson looks good in those suits. And I have to appreciate his beauty, because Nolan doesn’t like to give women prominent or interesting roles in his movies. Yeah, I said it.

HBO Max’s big simultaneous streaming/theatrical release for the month is Those Who Wish Me Dead (May 14), the Angelina Jolie-fighting-wildfires movie with the artsy title and the fantastic trailer:

In other news, Adventure Time fans can enjoy the next installment of Distant Lands, that show’s sequel/coda miniseries, and fans of therapy will thrill at the surprise appearance of a fourth season of In Treatment, even though it features an entirely new cast and creative team. Plus, if you missed Wonder Woman 1984 during its brief release window in December, it’s now coming back to join the rest of the DCEU in its permanent-ish streaming home.

Here’s the list of everything coming to (and leaving) HBO Max in May 2021. Titles with (HBO) next to them are available on HBO and HBO Max; everything else is exclusive to HBO Max.

What’s coming to HBO Max in February 2021

Coming soon (no date announced)

  • Gomorrah, Season 4 (Max Original)
  • Oslo, (HBO Original Film)

Arriving May 1

  • 17 Again, 2009
  • Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, 2012 (HBO)
  • Anaconda, 1997
  • Anger Management, 2003 (HBO)
  • Baby Boom, 1987 (HBO)
  • Barry Lyndon, 1975
  • Black Hawk Down, 2001
  • The Cable Guy, 1996
  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, 2005
  • Cursed, 2005 (HBO)
  • Daddy Day Care, 2003
  • Darkest Hour, 2017 (HBO)
  • Darkness, 2004 (Extended Version) (HBO)
  • The Dirty Dozen, 1967
  • Dumb & Dumber, 1994
  • Employee Of The Month, 2006 (HBO)
  • Firehouse Dog, 2007 (HBO)
  • Flight of the Intruder, 1991 (HBO)
  • Free Willy, 1993
  • Frida, 2002 (HBO)
  • Generation Por Que? (HBO)
  • God’s Not Dead, 2014 (HBO)
  • Good Morning, Vietnam, 1987 (HBO)
  • Happy Feet Two, 2011
  • Happy Feet, 2006
  • Harley Davidson And The Marlboro Man, 1991 (HBO)
  • Hercules, 1983 (HBO)
  • Igby Goes Down, 2002 (HBO)
  • Igor, 2008 (HBO)
  • Insomnia, 2002 (HBO)
  • The Interview, 2014
  • Jackie Brown, 1997
  • Kansas, 1988 (HBO)
  • Magic Mike, 2012
  • Menace II Society, 1993
  • Michael, 1996 (HBO)
  • Mortal Kombat, 1995
  • Movie 43, 2013 (HBO)
  • Muriel’s Wedding, 1995 (HBO)
  • My Baby’s Daddy, 2004 (HBO)
  • Mystery Date, 1991 (HBO)
  • Norbit, 2007 (HBO)
  • Para Rosa (For Rosa) (HBO)
  • Precious, 2009 (HBO)
  • Rabid, 1977 (HBO)
  • Romance & Cigarettes, 2007 (HBO)
  • Rosewater, 2014 (HBO)
  • Rudy, 1993
  • Rush Hour 2, 2001
  • Rush Hour 3, 2007
  • Rush Hour, 1998
  • Save The Last Dance, 2001 (HBO)
  • Save The Last Dance 2, 2006 (HBO)
  • Senseless, 1998 (HBO)
  • Separate Tables, 1958 (HBO)
  • Serpico, 1974 (HBO)
  • Serving Sara, 2002 (HBO)
  • Summer Rental, 1985 (HBO)
  • Tenet, 2020 (HBO)
  • The Debt, 2010 (HBO)
  • The Immigrant, 2014 (HBO)
  • The Kingdom, 2007 (HBO)
  • The Last Of The Finest, 1990 (HBO)
  • The Perfect Man, 2005 (HBO)
  • The Tuxedo, 2002 (HBO)
  • The Wings Of The Dove, 1997 (HBO)
  • The Witches Of Eastwick, 1987 (HBO)
  • Tomcats, 2001 (HBO)
  • Trust Me, 2014 (HBO)
  • Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Witness Protection, 2012
  • Varsity Blues, 1999 (HBO)
  • Welcome To Sarajevo, 1997 (HBO)
  • When Harry Met Sally, 1989
  • Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, 1971
  • Won’t You Be My Neighbor?, 2018 (HBO)
  • Words And Pictures, 2014 (HBO)

Arriving May 2

Arriving May 3

  • 300: Rise of an Empire, 2014
  • Pray, Obey, Kill — HBO Docu-Series Finale

Arriving May 6

  • Hunger, 2008
  • Legendary: Season 2 (Max Original)
  • Take Me Out To The Ball Game, 1949
  • That Damn Michael Che — Max Original Series Premiere
  • West Side Story — TCM CFF Opening Night, 1961

Arriving May 7

  • La Boda De Rosa (Rosa’s Wedding) (HBO)

Arriving May 8

  • Greenland, 2020 (HBO)
  • Re:ZERO — Starting Life in Another World: Season 2, (Subtitled, Episodes 14-25) (Crunchyroll Collection)

Arriving May 9

Arriving May 10

  • Jujutsu Kaisen: Season 1, (Subtitled, Episodes 13-24) (Crunchyroll Collection)
  • Race for the White House: Season 2
  • The Crime of the Century — Two-Part Documentary Premiere (HBO)

Arriving May 13

  • Hacks — Max Original Series Premiere
  • Wonder Woman 1984 — 2020 (HBO)

Arriving May 14

  • Those Who Wish Me Dead — Warner Bros. Film Premiere, 2021

Arriving May 15

  • The Personal History Of David Copperfield, 2020 (HBO)
  • The Nevers: Part 1 Finale (HBO)

Arriving May 19

Arriving May 20

  • Adventure Time: Distant Lands – Together Again — Max Original
  • The Big Shot with Bethenny — Max Original Season Finale
  • Ellen’s Next Great Designer — Max Original Season Finale
  • Territorio (Close Quarters) (HBO)
  • This Is Life with Lisa Ling: Season 7

Arriving May 23

  • In Treatment: Season 4 Premiere (HBO)

Arriving May 25

  • Cinderella Man, 2005 (HBO)
  • Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel (HBO)

Arriving May 26

  • Curious George, 2006 (HBO)

Arriving May 28

  • A Black Lady Sketch Show: Season 2 Finale (HBO)

Arriving May 30

  • Mare of Easttown: Limited Series Finale (HBO)

Leaving HBO Max in May 2021

Leaving May 11

Leaving May 13

  • Bullitt, 1968
  • The Searchers, 1956
  • Take Me Out To The Ball Game, 1949
  • West Side Story, 1961

Leaving May 16

  • Annabelle Comes Home, 2019 (HBO)

Leaving May 23

Leaving May 28

  • The Operative, 2019 (HBO)

Leaving May 31

  • All About My Mother, 1999
  • All the President’s Men, 1976
  • Amistad, 1997 (HBO)
  • The Avengers, 1998
  • The Beguiled, 2017 (HBO)
  • The Bishop’s Wife, 1947
  • Black Christmas, 2019 (HBO)
  • The Blind Side, 2009 (HBO)
  • Blood Work, 2002
  • Blue Streak, 1999
  • Bombshell, 1933
  • The Book Of Henry, 2011 (HBO)
  • Book Of Shadows: The Blair Witch 2, 2000
  • The Bridges Of Madison County, 1995
  • Butterfield 8, 1960
  • Captain Blood, 1935
  • Cat On A Hot Tin Roof, 1958
  • Cats, 2019 (HBO)
  • The Cider House Rules, 1999 (HBO)
  • Cinema Paradiso, 1990 (Director’s Cut) (HBO)
  • Cradle 2 The Grave, 2003
  • Critical Care, 1997 (HBO)
  • Cruel Intentions, 1999 (HBO)
  • The Dancer Upstairs, 2003 (HBO)
  • Dangerous Liaisons, 1988
  • The Dead Don’t Die, 2019 (HBO)
  • The Dead Pool, 1988
  • Death Becomes Her, 1992 (HBO)
  • Defending Your Life, 1991
  • Dirty Dancing, 1987 (HBO)
  • Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights, 2004 (HBO)
  • Dolores Claiborne, 1995
  • Doubt, 2008 (HBO)
  • Downhill, 2020 (HBO)
  • Driving Miss Daisy, 1989
  • Drop Dead Gorgeous, 1999
  • East Of Eden, 1955
  • Emma, 1996 (HBO)
  • Emma., 2020 (HBO)
  • A Face In The Crowd, 1957
  • Father Of The Bride, 1950
  • Flipped, 2010
  • Giant, 1956
  • Heartbreak Ridge, 1986
  • Hot Fuzz, 2007 (HBO)
  • Hunger, 2008
  • Jaws, 1975 (HBO)
  • Jaws 2, 1978 (HBO)
  • Jetsons: The Movie, 1990 (HBO)
  • Justice League: Gods And Monsters, 2015
  • A Kiss Before Dying, 1991 (HBO)
  • The Last King Of Scotland, 2006 (HBO)
  • The Last Kiss, 2006 (HBO)
  • Lego: Justice League: Attack Of The Legion Of Doom!, 2015
  • Life As We Know It, 2010
  • Life With Father, 1947
  • Little Women, 1949
  • Living Out Loud, 1998
  • The Long Kiss Goodnight, 1996
  • Magnum Force, 1973
  • March Of The Penguins, 2005
  • The Matrix Reloaded, 2003
  • The Matrix Revolutions, 2003
  • The Matrix, 1999
  • Maverick, 1994
  • Misery, 1990 (HBO)
  • Mortal Kombat, 1995
  • Mortal Kombat Annihilation, 1997
  • Mortal Kombat Legends: Scorpion’s Revenge, 2020
  • Nell, 1994 (HBO)
  • Never, Rarely, Sometimes, Always, 2020 (HBO)
  • Papillon, 1973
  • A Patch Of Blue, 1965
  • Phantom, 2013 (HBO)
  • Phantom Thread, 2017 (HBO)
  • Project X, 2012 (Extended Version) (HBO)
  • Ray, 2004 (HBO)
  • Richie Rich (Movie), 1994
  • A Room With A View, 1986 (HBO)
  • Sanctum, 2011 (HBO)
  • Scream, 1996
  • Scream 2, 1997
  • Scream 3, 2000
  • Se7En, 1995
  • Selena, 1997
  • Shaun Of The Dead, 2004 (HBO)
  • Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows, 2011 (HBO)
  • Skyline, 2010 (HBO)
  • Snakes On A Plane, 2006
  • Snow White And The Huntsman, 2012 (Unrated Version) (HBO)
  • Stuart Little, 1999
  • Stuart Little 2, 2002
  • The Thin Man, 1934
  • Tightrope, 1984
  • True Grit, 2010 (HBO)
  • Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Big Happy Family, 2011
  • Unforgiven, 1992
  • Veronica Mars, 2014
  • Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story, 2007
  • Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf?, 1966
  • X-Men: Dark Phoenix, 2019 (HBO)
  • X-Men: First Class, 2011 (HBO)
  • You Can’t Take It With You, 1938



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