New on Netflix Instant | May 2013

May the Fourth be with you!

Yep, it's the first time in nearly a decade that the anticipation is building for a new set of Star Wars flicks. This time, there's a decent chance they won't suck.

Regardless, this month Netflix has some star power that is sure to top the mas-star of remakes himself, J.J. Abrams.

The continually updated list of May's movies on Netflix Instant is below. Also, you do know about our Pick of the Day, right? 

Sweet streams!

The Cabin in the Woods

In this surprising spin on a classic horror setup, five friends arrive at a secluded cabin with clear instructions for their anticipated mountain getaway. But when the rigid rules are broken, punishment is swift -- and everyone will pay.

Director: Drew Goddard
Starring: Kristin Connolly, Chris Hemsworth

 

A.K.A Cassius Clay

Filmed a few years before the famous 1974 "Rumble in the Jungle," this documentary looks at Muhammad Ali's career during the 1960s. Beginning with his emergence as an up-and-coming boxer, the film uses archival footage -- some quite rare -- and interviews to trace the legendary fighter's career up to his 1967 suspension for defying the draft. Malcolm X, Joe Louis and -- naturally -- Ali himself comment on his dazzling career in the ring.

Director: Jim Jacobs
Starring: Muhammad Ali

 

John Dies at the End

Promising a trip that transcends time and space, a drug called Soy Sauce is sweeping the landscape -- and quietly robbing users of their humanity. Now, it's up to a couple of slackers to stop the psychotropic invasion before it's too late.

Director: Don Coscarelli
Starring: Chase Williamson, Rob Mayes

 

The Accused

Jodie Foster won an Oscar for her portrayal of Sarah Tobias in this fact-based drama. After being raped by three men in a local bar, Sarah, enraged at the light sentence her attackers receive, persuades attorney Kathryn Murphy (Kelly McGillis) to press charges against the men who cheered on the attack. But it won't be easy: Sarah has a shady past that could be used against her in court.

Director: Jonathan Kaplan
Starring: Jodie Foster, Kelly McGillis

 

Beowulf

Robert Zemeckis directs this film adaptation of the longest surviving Anglo-Saxon poem, an epic tale concerning a 6th-century Scandinavian warrior named Beowulf and his mission to slay the manlike ogre Grendel, a descendant of Cain.

Director: Robert Zemeckis
Starring: Ray Winston, Anthony Hopkins

 

Chinatown

With a suspicious femme fatale bankrolling his snooping, private eye J.J. Gittes uncovers intricate dirty dealings in the Los Angeles waterworks and gets his nose slashed for his trouble in director Roman Polanski's complex neonoir classic.

Director: Roman Polanski
Starring: Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway

 

Day Watch

To protect his son, who has come under the dark side's control, Anton (Konstantin Khabensky) seeks an ancient artifact that threatens to upset an uneasy peace with the light side -- putting Moscow at risk for a devastating cataclysm. Anton finds himself in the middle of a mythic conflict between the forces of light and dark in this sequel to Night Watch, the surprise supernatural hit thriller from Russia.

Director: Timur Bekmambetov
Starring: Konstantin Khabensky

 

Defiance

In this action-packed drama based on an extraordinary true story, four brothers fight back against Nazi soldiers and create a hidden community in the woods of Belarus to protect more than 1,000 Jewish refugees during World War II.

Director: Edward Zwick
Starring: Daniel Craig, Liev Schrieber

 

Pulp Fiction

Weaving together three stories featuring a burger-loving hit man, his philosophical partner and a washed-up boxer, Quentin Tarantino influenced a generation of filmmakers with this crime caper's stylized, over-the-top violence and dark comic spirit.

Director: Quentin Tarantino
Starring: John Travolta, Bruce Willis

 

Sgt. Bilko

This feature-length adaptation of the classic series stars Steve Martin as Sgt. Bilko, a lovable scam artist whose money-making operations are threatened when his nemesis shows up at the Army base seeking revenge.

Director: Jonathan Lynn
Starring: Steve Martin, Dan Aykroyd

 

Tomb Raider

English aristocrat Lara Croft, skilled in hand-to-hand combat, must recover antiquities lost in a secret society. She meets her match in the evil Powell, who's in search of a powerful relic.

Director: Simon West
Starring: Angelina Jolie

 

Futurama [Seasons 1 - 9]

Pizza boy Philip J. Fry awakens in the 31st century after 1,000 years of cryogenic preservation in this animated series. After he gets a job at an interplanetary delivery service, Fry embarks on ridiculous escapades to make sense of his predicament.

Director: Matt Groening
Starring: Billy West, Katey Sagal

 

Hit & Run

Determined to get his fiancée to Los Angeles to take advantage of an amazing opportunity, Charlie Bronson breaks out of the witness protection program to drive her -- and soon the two are being chased by the feds and Charlie's old gangster buddies.

Director: Dax Shepard
Starring: Dax Shepard, Kristen Bell

 

House at the End of the Street

Moving to a new town proves even more stressful for a teenage girl when she learns that the house next door was the site of a double murder. But after making friends with the victims' son, she realizes there may be more to the story.

Director: Mark Tonderai
Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Max Thieriot

 

The Dictator

This outlandish comedy chronicles the glorious efforts of despotic General Aladeen, dictator of the Republic of Wadiya, to oppress his people and fight democracy. Helping the tyrant maintain his rule at all costs is an all-female security force.

Director: Larry Charles
Starring: Sacha Baron Cohen, Anna Faris

 

Leaving Las Vegas

An alcoholic moves to Las Vegas to drink himself to death and meets a prostitute who comes to love him, without trying to upset his nihilistic agenda. The marginalized couple cling to each other despite the direness of their individual circumstances.

Director: Mike Figgis
Starring: Nicolas Cage, Elisabeth Shue