Here are some of the most exciting new releases in movies, TV, books, comics, music and more on the horizon in May. As always, release dates are subject to change without notice.

“Knock Down the House” (Netflix). This excellent documentary, which follows four women — Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Cori Bush, Paula Jean Swearengin and Amy Vilela — as they mount grassroots campaigns during the 2018 midterms, was greeted with rapturous audiences during South by Southwest Film. (May 1)

“Long Shot.” This movie was greeted with slightly more mixed, but still vaguely positive, reviews at SXSW. Starring Seth Rogen as a journalist who runs into his old babysitter (Charlize Theron), now one of the most powerful women in the world. (May 3)

Bad Religion, “Age of Unreason” (Epitaph). First album in six years and 17th overall from this old school punk rock outfit. I am fairly sure they are not fans of the president. (May 3)

Big Thief, “U.F.O.F.” (4AD). Third album from this Brooklyn indie rock outfit which happens to sound very Brooklyn and very 4AD at the same time. The name means “Unidentified Flying Object Friend.” Aww. … (May 3)

L7, “Scatter the Rats” (Blackheart). Their first album in 20 years. Yes, you are that old. (May 3)

Vampire Weekend, “Father of the Bride” (Columbia). First new album in six years following “Modern Vampires of the City,” which everyone just loved. Also the group's first album since multi-instrumentalist and producer Rostam Batmanglij bounced. (May 3)

Free Comic Book Day. This annual comics retail celebration is usually timed to coincide with opening weekend of the summer’s first big comic book movie. But “Avengers: Endgame” opened April 26, shattering many box office records and making more than $1 billion its first weekend. Welp. (May 4)

“Chernobyl” (HBO). This five-part miniseries dramatizes the 1986 nuclear explosion near Kiev that reshaped the way the world thinks about nuclear energy (and the Soviet Union in general, perhaps). It is old-school, downer British drama, and it is excellent. (May 6)

“No Walls and the Recurring Dream: A Memoir” by Ani DiFranco (Viking). Like her music, dislike her music, whatever. This lady did virtually everything in her career her way, and here is the memoir to tell you how she did it and why. (May 7)

“Pokémon: Detective Pikachu." How weird is it that this live action/CGI kids’ movie looks ... kind of great. With Justice Smith as the kid who can understand Pokemon language and Ryan Reynolds as the voice of the Pikachu he can hear. (May 10)

Ciara, “Beauty Marks” (Beauty Marks Entertainment). Guests include Kelly Rowland, Macklemore and Tekno. The single “Thinkin Bout You” has some serious '90s R&B vibes. (May 10)

The Get Up Kids, “Problems” (Polyvinyl). The first album in eight years from this pop-punk crew. Someone is ready to get those 30-something nostalgia tour dollars! (May 10)

Mavis Staples, “We Get By” (ANTI-/Epitaph). Ben Harper writes and produces for the soul/gospel legend. (May 10)

“Wu-Tang: Of Mics and Men” (Showtime). Filmmaker/Ego Trip co-savant Sacha Jenkins directs a four-party docuseries on the greatest hip-hop group of all time. This looks spectacular. (May 10)

"The Bachelorette" (ABC). This is still totally a thing, and everyone you know watches it. (May 13)

“Once More We Saw Stars: A Memoir” by Jayson Greene (Knopf). Writer/journalist Jayson Greene’s memoir about the accidental 2015 death of his 2-year old daughter and his family’s journey forward has been universally well-regarded. (May 14)

"Fleabag" (Amazon). Whoo-hoo! Finally, America gets season two of Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s fantastic comedy. (May 17)

“John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum.” According to the ad, Keanu needs guns ... lots of guns. I was not wild about the first of these but absolutely loved the second. So bring on the bullet ballet! (May 17)

The Heavy, “Sons” (BMG Rights Management). The new album from the folks who brought you the brilliant and utterly inescapable “How You Like Me Now?” (Also that song was from 2009, no kidding.) (May 17)

Imperial Wax, “Gastwerk Saboteurs” (Saustex). A musical answer to the question, “How were the surviving members of the final iteration of the Fall going to get on without Mark E. Smith?” By finding a guy named Sam Curran who ... kind of sounds like a much younger Mark. Huh. (May 17)

Interpol, “A Fine Mess” (Matador). A five-song EP produced by Dave Fridmann. Man, I love EPs. (May 17)

Jimmie Vaughan, “Baby, Please Come Home” (The Last Music Company). The Austinite's first solo album since 2011. (May 17)

"Game of Thrones." The six-episode final season comes to an end. (May 19)

“What/If” (Netflix). Renée Zellweger stars in this 10-episode drama about “the ripple effects of what happens when acceptable people start doing unacceptable things.” (May 24)

Justin Townes Earle, “The Saint of Lost Causes” (New West). New album from a dude who has escaped his dad’s shadow pretty well, all things considered. (May 24)

“Deadwood: The Movie” (HBO). The extremely long-awaited film tying up the loose ends left by the still-amazing series' premature departure. (May 31)

“Good Omens” (Amazon). Neil Gaiman, co-author of the 1990 novel of the same name, show-runs this six-episode show about the end of the world. (May 31)

“When They See Us.” (Netflix). Ava DuVernay’s first TV series examines the hideous case of the Central Park Five, a shameful moment in American jurisprudence. With Felicity Huffman, Vera Farmiga, John Leguizamo and Michael K. Williams. (May 31)

“Godzilla: King of the Monsters.” Yeah, buddy. He’s back. And it’s time to breathe some fire. (May 31)

“Rocketman.” Yeah, buddy. Elton John is back (in a biopic). And it’s time to ... write lots of songs and party like a madman (on the water). (May 31)