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Streaming Guide: Movies and TV shows to watch on May 31

Check out the shows and films you can stream on Amazon Prime Video, Netflix, Disney+ Hotstar, SonyLIV, ZEE5, ALTBalaji, MX Player, Voot Select, Apple TV+ and more.

Written by Kshitij Rawat , Antara Chakraborthy | New Delhi | Updated: May 31, 2020 8:27:56 pm
streaming guide What We Do in the Shadows is streaming on Disney+ Hotstar. (Photo: FX)

The web medium has become a blessing for viewers during the lockdown. With cinema halls shut and television surviving on reruns, OTT platforms are providing something for everyone.

Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Voot Select, ZEE5, Disney Plus Hotstar, MX Player and SonyLIV are currently the frontrunners in the digital space. With each one upping their game, there is no dearth of options to indulge in.

Adding to the race is the various Bollywood films which are now eyeing a direct digital release, starting with Amitabh Bachchan-Ayushmann Khurrana starrer Gulabo Sitabo on June 12. Shakuntala Devi and Gunjan Saxena will also arrive on the web in the weeks ahead.

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Here, we recommend web series, TV shows, movies and documentaries which you can watch on several streaming platforms.

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20:27 (IST)31 May 2020
I Know This Much Is True: Disney+ Hotstar

Mark Ruffalo stars in I Know This Much Is True in a double role of twin brothers. The official synopsis of the HBO mini-series reads, “Based on the 1998 bestselling novel by Wally Lamb, adapted and directed by Derek Cianfrance, this limited series follows the parallel lives of identical twin brothers, played by Mark Ruffalo. A family saga, it tells a story of betrayal, sacrifice and forgiveness set against the backdrop of 20th-century America.”

20:06 (IST)31 May 2020
Servant: Apple TV+

Servant is a twist-filled, psychological thriller from M. Night Shyamalan. The series follows a Philadelphia couple in mourning after an unspeakable tragedy creates a rift in their marriage and opens the door for a mysterious force to enter their home.

19:42 (IST)31 May 2020
Tokyo Ghoul: Netflix

A dark fantasy anime, Tokyo Ghoul explores a world where ghouls live in secrecy alongside human beings. The ghouls are essentially creatures who look and behave like humans but they have to eat human meat to survive. As you can imagine, the show is visceral and grotesque but it is also one of a kind. And if you move past the violence and gore, there is actually a very touching storyline that explores humanity in all of its grey shades.

19:20 (IST)31 May 2020
Ani Kay Hava: MX Player

Written and directed by Murramba fame Varun Narvekar, Ani Kay Hava, starring Priya Bapat and Umesh Kamat, Ani Kay Hava is a happy slice of life love story of a married middle class couple based in Pune. Stretched into two seasons, the show is about how the two love each other and dream together and yet have rollercoaster emotional moments.

18:51 (IST)31 May 2020
Achanak (1973): Amazon Prime Video, Sony LIV

Based on the infamous 1958 murder case KM Nanavati vs State of Maharashtra, Achanak had Vinod Khanna in the lead role. In the 90-minute song-less film, Gulzar tried to give the most debated case of free India his own interpretation and came up with an engaging courtroom drama.

18:25 (IST)31 May 2020
Dave Chappelle’s Equanimity and Bird Revelation: Netflix

Dave Chappelle is America’s master comedian, actor and writer. He is also pretty controversial. Dave brings all of these aspects of his personality to the table in his special titled Dave Chappelle: Equanimity and Bird Revelation. In these two sets, Chapelle throws light on the Trump election, the #MeToo movement and his big break from show business. Engaging from start to finish.

17:28 (IST)31 May 2020
Damini: Amazon Prime Video

One of the finest women-centric movies made in Bollywood, Damini starred Meenakshi Sheshadri, Rishi Kapoor and Sunny Deol among others. Helmed by Rajkumar Santoshi, the film told the story of Damini, who went all out against the system to seek justice.

17:00 (IST)31 May 2020
Luck by Chance: Netflix

In this realistic, engaging film about Bollywood and movie-making, Rishi Kapoor played the archetypal Bollywood producer Romy Rolly who comes off looking as a torchbearer of nepotism. Hilarious and real, Rishi’s performance floored critics. Farhan Akhtar and Konkona Sen Sharma also star.

16:09 (IST)31 May 2020
Epicenter: 24 Hours in Wuhan: Docubay

The documentary film Epicenter: 24 Hours in Wuhan chronicles Chinese city Wuhan’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic in its initial days. For those who do not know, Wuhan is now considered to be the place from where the novel coronavirus originated.

15:56 (IST)31 May 2020
Barry: Disney+ Hotstar

Bill Hader's titular character is an ex-United States Marine who now works as a ruthless hitman in the Midwest, but he does not like his job. He goes to Los Angeles on an 'assignment' and ends up in a community of people looking to making an entry into Los Angeles's theatre scene.

15:31 (IST)31 May 2020
The Shape of Water: Disney+ Hotstar

Guillermo del Toro's Oscar-winning feature The Shape of Water twists the traditional beauty-and-the-beast story and in the process tells a story that is gorgeous both visually and musically.

15:11 (IST)31 May 2020
A Series of Unfortunate Events: Netflix

This show is based on the children book series of the same name and follows two young siblings as they try to protect themselves and their fortune from the devilish Count Olaf (played with a menacing glee by the inimitable Neil Patrick Harris). The series is the right mix of horror and comedy and you scarcely mind the improbability of the events unfolding before you, since it is incredibly entertaining.

14:47 (IST)31 May 2020
Thappad: Amazon Prime Video

The Indian Express film critic Shubhra Gupta gave Taapsee Pannu starrer Thappad 3.5 stars. She wrote, "Thappad resonates, as it is meant to. Because the director shows, without mincing any words (sometimes too many, and too explicatory), just how patriarchy is handed down from one generation to another, and how women are equally complicit. After that fateful slap, in full view of family and guests, Amrita responds by self-soothing, and when that doesn’t work, by expecting her own family, including her mother (Shah) and her brother and his girl-friend (Grewal), plus, of course, her father, to be supportive. No surprise that it is her mother who baulks, and talks about the importance of ‘rishtey nibhana’, and ‘wohi tumhara ghar hai’. After marriage, the ‘maayka’ is no longer the girl’s by right. It is a place where she can visit and stay for a while. A traditional Indian girl in a traditional Indian marriage can never go back home again." Read more.

14:05 (IST)31 May 2020
Bad Education: Disney+ Hotstar

Hugh Jackman and Allison Janney play the roles of school superintendent Dr Frank A Tassone and district official Pamela Gluckin, respectively. The two are accused of embezzlement of hundreds of thousands of dollars from district funds. Their job is to bury the accusation and keep it from going public.

13:42 (IST)31 May 2020
Bates Motel: Amazon Prime Video

A prequel of the classic Alfred Hitchcock film, Bates Motel tells the story of Normal Bates from when he was a kid. The acting is superb, both by Freddie Highmore as Norman Bates and Vera Farmiga as his mother Norma Bates. There is uneasy, almost incestuous tension between the duo and that is the biggest strength of this show. Sometimes scary and sometimes creepy, Bates Motel is a worthy prequel.

13:21 (IST)31 May 2020
Elementary: Amazon Prime Video

Elementary is a contemporary retelling of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's character Sherlock Holmes starring Jonny Lee Miller as Sherlock Holmes and Lucy Liu as Dr. Joan Watson. The show follows Holmes, a recovering drug addict and former consultant to Scotland Yard, as he assists the New York City Police Department in solving crimes, where he is joined by Dr Watson.

12:55 (IST)31 May 2020
The Night Manager: Amazon Prime Video

Based on the 1993 novel of the same name by John le Carré, this miniseries has two great actors: Hugh Laurie and Tom Hiddleston. It is a espionage drama and is engaging throughout its run.

12:40 (IST)31 May 2020
What We Do in the Shadows: Disney+ Hotstar

FX's horror comedy TV series What We Do in the Shadows revolves around the vampires’ clumsy and hilarious attempts to adjust to the modern world and with, ahem, people who eat food to sustain themselves instead. Helping them in the adjustment process is Guillermo, Nandor’s harried familiar who, due to lack of money or career opportunities, is stuck with the vampires who can consume him anytime they wish. Yep, it is all very crazy and also downright amazing.

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16:34 (IST)28 May 2020
Brooklyn Nine Nine: Netflix

A sitcom about a bunch of police officers in a New York precinct, Brooklyn Nine-Nine is continuously funny. The performances are great, and the uniquely written characters never let you get bored.

16:05 (IST)28 May 2020
The Cabin in the Woods: Netflix

Helmed by Drew Goddard and co-written by him and Joss Whedon, The Cabin in the Woods is a subversive horror film that takes the hackneyed remote forest cabin premise of so many horror films and turns it on its head. The result is a smartly written and acted movie. Chris Hemsworth plays the role of Curt Vaughan, who is one of the college students who go on a vacation to that forest cabin.

While Amazon Prime Video's recent show Paatal Lok continues to receive audience adulation, Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Anurag Kashyap's ZEE5 film Ghoomketu did not find many takers. Today, Raktanchal, featuring Kranti Prakash Jha and Nikitin Dheer, will begin streaming on MX Player. Apart from this, Abhishek Banerjee's Bengali debut Kaali 2 will premiere on ZEE5.