What’s New on Showtime: May 2018

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Benedict Cumberbatch in Patrick Melrose. Photo: Ollie Upton/Ollie Upton/SHOWTIME

At the beginning of (and during) every month, Showtime adds new movies and TV shows to its library. Below, you’ll find our recommendations for May 2018. For more comprehensive coverage of the best titles available on Showtime and elsewhere, check out Vulture’s What to Stream Now hub, which is updated throughout the month.

This Month’s Highlights

Available September 4

Because it’s Benedict Cumberbatch: Patrick Melrose

Showtime’s newest mini-series is based on the Patrick Melrose series of novels by British author Edward St. Aubyn. A semi-autobiographical body of work loosely based on St. Aubyn’s life growing up in dysfunctional wealth, Patrick Melrose will adapt one novel per episode, starring Benedict Cumberbatch as the titular Melrose. From the looks of it, Cumberbatch is having a hell of a time playing an inebriated burnout as he crashes face-first through life, with a supporting cast that includes Allison Williams, Hugo Weaving, and Blythe Danner to boot. Available May 12.

Available September 1

Because it’s a great monster movie: Cloverfield

One of the weirder things to happen in Hollywood over the last few years is the sudden transformation of Cloverfield from a one-off monster movie with a clever marketing campaign to a stealth franchise of sci-fi thrillers. All that franchise-y sheen unfortunately detracts from what the original 2008 movie was: a clever, straightforward monster film from a director, Matt Reeves, who would prove to be uncommonly good at crafting thoughtful blockbusters when he took over the Planet of the Apes reboot. Revisit it now that it’s on Showtime; you’ll have a great time. Available May 25.

Available September 20

Because it’s as sweet as it is funny: 50/50

A dramedy that nails the balance between both the comedy and drama sides of the equation, 50/50 is a warm, humane delight — which might be a weird thing to say about a movie that deals with cancer, but that’s kind of the point. Loosely based on the experiences of writer Will Reiser, a friend of Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg’s, 50/50 follows Adam (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), a radio journalist in his late 20s who discovers he has cancer and must start undergoing chemotherapy. Helping him through his transition to treatment life is his best friend Kyle (Rogen), and the bulk of the film centers on their relationship as they joke and weather the storm together. Available May 1.

Full List

Available May 1

50/50
• Assault on Precinct 13
• Bigfoot and the Burtons
Children of Men
Cloverfield
• College (2008)
• Festival in Cannes
• The Flying Scotsman
• The Haunting
• I, Daniel Blake
• Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work
• The Killer Inside Me
• King Arthur
• Looking for Eric
• Man on a Ledge
• S.W.A.T.: Firefight
Silent Hill
• Skinwalkers
• Stealth
Terms of Endearment
• This Isn’t Funny
The White King

Available May 4

Margin Call
• The Gunman

Available May 5

The Promise

Available May 6

I’m Dying Up Here: Season two premiere

Available May 7

Shanghai Noon

Available May 8

The Host

Available May 11

Kevin Smith: Silent But Deadly

Available May 12

Patrick Melrose: Series premiere
• Ghost in the Shell (2017)

Available May 25

Rebel in the Rye

Available May 27

The Fourth Estate

Available May 30

Bowling for Columbine

What’s New on Showtime: May 2018