May’s 6 most underrated movies, and where to watch them: From the best of Amitabh Bachchan to the deliciously pissed off character of Nicole Kidman

May entertained Film Twitter with the instant classic Everything Everywhere All at Once, while the general populace was captivated by the long-awaited Top Gun: Maverick. However, neither of these two films – brilliant in every way – can make it onto this list.

The goal here, as always, is to highlight gems that might have slipped through streaming’s widened cracks, unfairly overlooked despite being exactly the kind of thing audiences might enjoy. This month we have the jaw-dropping new animated short from a recent Oscar winner, the first attempt at big-budget filmmaking by a contemporary American auteur, the unique debut of a young comic as a director and one of the finest films of the late period perhaps the greatest in the country. male star.

You can check out the list of underrated top picks for January, February, March and April by clicking on it

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The title card for Emergency.

Emergency lures viewers in with the promise of a raunchy Superbad-style comedy, but subverts all expectations when it turns into one of the most resounding genre commentaries on the run this side of a Jordan Peele movie. .


Jibaro’s title card, which was released as part of Love, Death & Robots.

Director Alberto Mielgo was previously on this list for his labor of love The Windshield Wiper (which ultimately won an Oscar), and his follow-up is equally jaw-droppingly original. Part of the latest batch of Love, Death & Robots episodes – this one features a film directed by one of the show’s executive producers, David Fincher himself – Jibaro is a feminist fable about a deaf conquistador who meets a banshee-like woman deep within. the Peruvian rainforest.

The Northman — Available to rent and purchase in the US on Apple TV, Google Play, YouTube

The title card for The Northman.

Other directors are hoping indie success may translate into a Marvel gig, but Robert Eggers took every last drop of the goodwill he earned with The VVitch and The Lighthouse and threatened to burn it all down with his nearly $100 million Viking revenge epic The Northman. Starring Alexander Skarsgard in a role he was born to play, The Northman features truly remarkable fight choreography, mind-blowing visuals, and gives Nicole Kidman a character so delightful, it’s no wonder she has it. eat.

On the Count of Three — Available to rent and purchase in the US on Apple TV, Google Play, YouTube, Amazon

The title card for On the Count of Three.

A pitch-black comedy about two suicidal best friends who decide to hang out, On the Count of Three is a remarkable debut from comedian Jerrod Carmichael. He was also on this list last month, for his stand-up special Rothaniel. Starring himself and Christopher Abbott, On the Count of Three premiered in competition at the Sundance Film Festival last year, alongside eventual Best Picture Oscar winner CODA.

Jhund — ZEE5

The title card for Jhund.

Exuberant, inspiring and featuring some of Amitabh Bachchan’s finest late-period work, director Nagraj Manjule’s sports drama about a group of slum children trained to represent India in football has bombed at box office, but it was more shocking to see it open to radio silence on streaming. It’s the best film of its kind since Slumdog Millionaire, and features a transcendent post-interval scene that has the power to reduce even the most ruthless viewers to a slobbery mess.

The Outfit – Available to stream in the US on Peacock Premium, and also available to rent and purchase on Apple TV, Google Play, YouTube, Amazon

The Outfit title screen.

Among the best examples of what the filmmakers have been able to achieve despite pandemic restrictions, The Outfit is a devilishly plotted thread about a British tailor who becomes embroiled in a gang brawl in post-war Chicago. Starring a gorgeous Mark Rylance, the single-location thriller piles on twist upon twist as it fashions John Wick-level world-building and a main character that could easily spawn a franchise.

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