What to Watch on HBO Max in May - 'Tenet' and More

From "Tenet" to the return of "WW84," HBO Max will get you lost in time next month. Here's what to watch on HBO Max in May.

By Matt Lissauer

What to Watch on HBO Max - John David Washington in "Tenet."

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Some of 2020's biggest releases are making their way to HBO Max. From Christopher Nolan's "Tenet" to "Greenland," a disaster flick with heart. And yes even "Wonder Woman 1984" is flying back to the platform later in the month. Read on for our three picks coming to the platform, and what to watch from the full list of modern hits and nostalgic gems coming to HBO Max in May. Happy streaming!

Tenet - May 1

Much to the likely chagrin of director Christopher Nolan, the movie that was to herald a return to cinema after a months-long closure of theaters during the pandemic is now making its streaming debut. The time-trippy espionage thriller might not have quelled people's COVID concerns, nor was it that "Inception" sequel that people thought. But it did get people talking like all Nolan films do. After streaming it, if you still have questions, we do our best to explain the ending here.

Tenet

Action / 2020 / PG-13

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Those Who Wish Me Dead - May 14th

Angelina Jolie gets your adrenaline pumping with this survival thriller from actor/writer/director Taylor Sheridan ("Wind River"). After a boy (Finn Little) witnesses the murder of his father in the woods, veteran fire warden Hannah (Jolie) gives him shelter. However, the two are soon on the run, as the killers set the forest ablaze to smoke them out. Like all of Warner Bros' releases this year, "Those Who Wish Me Dead" will hit theaters and HBO Max on the same date. Certainly, Jolie is here to give us some well-needed heart-pounding action as the summer movie season kicks off.

Those Who Wish Me Dead

Thriller / 2021 / R

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The Personal History of David Copperfield - May 15

Armando Iannucci ("The Death of Stalin") brings his wit and satire to the classic story of David Copperfield. No, we're not talking about the famed magician. This is a retelling of the classic Charles Dickens novel. Dev Patel stars as the titular character, who traces his interesting life with us. Copperfield was actually thought to be a version of Dickens himself. "Personal History" had a positive reception when it premiered at the 2019 Toronto Film Festival. COVID, unfortunately, put a dent in its release plans, and ultimately its visibility to the general public. But the film did earn Patel a Golden Globe nod this year. Believe us -- this is worth a watch.

The Personal History of David Copperfield

Comedy Drama / 2019 / PG

What to Watch on HBO Max - May's Classic Hits & Modern Premieres

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For those looking for some classics and modern gems, HBO Max will have you covered all month. Along with "Tenet," you can look for the streaming debuts of Gerard Butler's disaster flick "Greenland" on May 8th and the streaming return of "Wonder Woman 1984" on May 14th.

If all you want to watch this month is classics, HBO Max should be your destination. Look for classic Jim Carrey comedies like "Dumb & Dumber" and "The Cable Guy." You can take in Ridley Scott's true military thriller "Black Hawk Down," or get some action levity with the entire "Rush Hour" trilogy. And if you just want to sit back and take a master class in filmmaking then you can look no further than Stanley Kubrick's historical drama "Barry Lyndon," Quentin Tarantino's blaxploitation throwback "Jackie Brown," Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins' 1961 Best Picture winner "West Side Story," or Robert Aldrich's wartime classic "The Dirty Dozen," starring Lee Marvin and a killer 1960s ensemble.

What to Watch on HBO Max - Complete List of May Premieres
May 1 (A-M)
  • 17 Again (2009) - 5/1
  • Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (2012) - 5/1 (HBO)
  • Anaconda (1997) - 5/1
  • Anger Management (2003) - 5/1 (HBO)
  • Baby Boom (1987) - 5/1 (HBO)
  • Barry Lyndon (1975) - 5/1
  • Black Hawk Down (2001) - 5/1
  • The Cable Guy (1996) - 5/1
  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005) - 5/1
  • Cursed (2005) - 5/1 (HBO)
  • Daddy Day Care (2003) - 5/1
  • Darkest Hour (2017) - 5/1 (HBO)
  • Darkness (2004) - 5/1 (HBO)
  • The Dirty Dozen (1967) - 5/1
  • Dumb & Dumber (1994) - 5/1
  • Employee of the Month (2006) - 5/1 (HBO)
  • Firehouse Dog (2007) - 5/1 (HBO)
  • Flight of the Intruder (1991) - 5/1 (HBO)
  • Free Willy (1993) - 5/1
  • Frida (2002) - 5/1 (HBO)
  • Generation Por Que? (HBO) (2021) - 5/1
  • God's Not Dead (2014) - 5/1 (HBO)
  • Good Morning, Vietnam (1987) - 5/1
  • Happy Feet (2006) - 5/1
  • Happy Feet Two (2011) - 5/1
  • Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man (1991) - 5/1 (HBO)
  • Hercules (1983) - 5/1 (HBO)
  • Igby Goes Down (2002) - 5/1 (HBO)
  • Igor (2008) - 5/1 (HBO)
  • Insomnia (2002) - 5/1 (HBO)
  • The Interview (2014) - 5/1
  • Jackie Brown (1997) - 5/1
  • Kansas (1988) - 5/1 (HBO)
  • Magic Mike (2012) - 5/1
  • Menace II Society (1993) - 5/1
  • Michael (1996) - 5/1 (HBO)
  • Mortal Kombat (1995) - 5/1
  • Movie 43 (2013) - 5/1 (HBO)
  • Muriel's Wedding (1995) - 5/1 (HBO)
  • My Baby's Daddy (2004) - 5/1 (HBO)
  • Mystery Date (1991) - 5/1 (HBO)
May 1 (N-Z)
  • Norbit (2007) - 5/1 (HBO)
  • Para Rosa (For Rosa) (2020) - 5/1 (HBO)
  • Precious (2009) - 5/1 (HBO)
  • Rabid (1977) - 5/1 (HBO)
  • Romance & Cigarettes (2007) - 5/1 (HBO)
  • Rosewater (2014) - 5/1 (HBO)
  • Rudy (1993) - 5/1
  • Rush Hour (1998) - 5/1
  • Rush Hour 2 (2001) - 5/1
  • Rush Hour 3 (2007) - 5/1
  • Save the Last Dance (2001) - 5/1 (HBO)
  • Save the Last Dance 2 (2006) - 5/1 (HBO)
  • Senseless (1998) - 5/1 (HBO)
  • Separate Tables (1958) - 5/1 (HBO)
  • Serpico (1974) - 5/1 (HBO)
  • Serving Sara (2002) - 5/1 (HBO)
  • Summer Rental (1985) - 5/1 (HBO)
  • Tenet (2020) - 5/1 (HBO) - Premiere
  • The Debt (2010) - 5/1 (HBO)
  • The Immigrant (2014) - 5/1 (HBO)
  • The Kingdom (2007) - 5/1 (HBO)
  • The Last of the Finest (1990) - 5/1 (HBO)
  • The Perfect Man (2005) - 5/1 (HBO)
  • The Tuxedo (2002) - 5/1 (HBO)
  • The Wings of the Dove (1997) - 5/1 (HBO)
  • The Witches of Eastwick (1987) - 5/1 (HBO)
  • Tomcats (2001) - 5/1 (HBO)
  • Trust Me (2014) - 5/1 (HBO)
  • Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection (2012) - 5/1
  • Varsity Blues (1999) - 5/1 (HBO)
  • Welcome to Sarajevo (1997) - 5/1 (HBO)
  • When Harry Met Sally (1989) - 5/1
  • Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971) - 5/1
  • Won't You Be My Neighbor? (2018) - 5/1 (HBO)
  • Words and Pictures (2014) - 5/1 (HBO)
Week of May 2
  • 300: Rise of an Empire (2014) - 5/3
  • Hunger (2008) - 5/6
  • Take Me Out to the Ball Game (1949) - 5/6
  • West Side Story (1961) - 5/6
  • La Boda De Rosa (Rosa's Wedding) (2020) - 5/7 (HBO)
  • Greenland (2020) - 5/8 (HBO) - Premiere
Week of May 9
  • Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) - 5/13 (HBO) - Premiere
  • Those Who Wish Me Dead (2021) - 5/14 - HBO Max Exclusive
  • The Personal History of David Copperfield (2020) - 5/15 (HBO) - Premiere
Week of May 23
  • Cinderella Man (2005) - 5/25 (HBO)
  • Curious George (2006) - 5/26 (HBO)

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Matt Lissauer

Matt Lissauer is a writer & data manager for Noovie. When he is not busy writing listicles, Matt is enjoying life in New Jersey with his lovely wife and three kids.

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