With Memorial Day weekend come and gone, summer is officially here. That is, until it’s officially officially here on June 20th. Either way, while most people are out in the increasingly hot weather, us true movie lovers are inside with the shades drawn and the air conditioning on at least medium. In order to keep out of the sun, here’s a look at just a bit of what’s new to stream during the month of June.
Take 5: Justice In America
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A Sundance original series that explores some of the most controversial issues of today’s world. While they’re only five minutes in length, these sobering examinations of life in America now, told through the eyes of everyday people, pack a huge wallop in a short runtime.
To Die For
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Written by comedy legend Buck Henry and directed by Gus Van Sant, this mockumentary-style movie, based on a real-life story, looks at Suzanne Storm (Nicole Kidman) and her dreams of becoming a big-time news anchor. As she starts to climb the ladder, soon her ambitions get the best of her, and she manipulates a group of high school kids into doing the unthinkable, proving she’s willing to stop at nothing until she achieves her goal.
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Directed and co-written by Silicon Valley creator Mike Judge, this cult classic follows Joe Bauer (Luke Wilson), the world’s most average man who wakes up 500 years in a future. But instead of finding an advanced society on the verge of utopia, Joe finds the opposite: a world overrun by mouth-breathing simpletons. Now the smartest man alive, Joe struggles to bring logic and common sense back to the world. *Insert joke about how now it’s really a documentary.*
Power (Season 4)
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One of Starz original series, Power, examines the life of James St. Patrick (Omari Hardwick), nicknamed “Ghost,” a nightclub owner who’s willing to stop at nothing to become a major player in New York City’s tumultuous drug game. Produced by rapper 50 Cent, the show has managed to impress both fans and critics with each new season, with the upcoming fourth looking premiering on June 25th to be the best one yet.
And don’t forget to check out Bryan Fuller’s visionary series American Gods, which airs a new episode every Sunday night. Adapted from Neil Gaiman’s seminal 2001 novel, the acclaimed series has already been renewed for a second season.
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Mel Brooks’ immortal classic about a descendent of the infamous Dr. Frankenstein (Gene Wilder), the film fuses Brooks’ distinct sense of comedy while evoking the classic aesthetic of the Universal monster movies of the 1930s. An excellent choice for those wanting to laugh, or if you’re looking for an unconventional way to prime for the upcoming “dark universe” reboot, which will kick off with The Mummy later this summer.
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One of the most revered war movies of all time, Francis Ford Coppola reimagines the Joseph Conrad novella Heart of Darkness as a Vietnam parable. Following Captain Willard (Martin Sheen) as he hitches a ride on a Navy vote deep into the jungle to assassinate Colonel Kurtz (Marlon Brando), a solider who’s gone AWOL, and now believes he’s become a god. For true cinephiles, both the classic 1979 version, as well as the recut Redux version, are available to stream.
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Years before he helped redefine the caped crusader in Tim Burtons’ 1989 Batman movie, Michael Keaton was known as a comedic actor. And Mr. Mom was one of his breakout roles, playing an out-of-work engineer who stays home to be a house husband while his wife, Caroline (Teri Garr) lands a job at a big-time marketing firm. 1983 was a simpler time.
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The movie that launched not only a franchise, but the now-ubiquitous catchphrase “There can be only one.” Christopher Lambert stars as Conor Macleod, a member of a race of immortals, (the titular Highlanders) who battle with one another over the course of centuries. With past-and-present storylines interwoven, Conor seeks to defeat Kurgan (Clancy Brown), an immortal who strives to be the last one left, granting him the power of knowledge and the ability to enslave the human race.
Bajillion Dollar Propertie$ Season 3
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An ensemble cost of comedy icons comes together to parody the semi-scripted reality show about the world of high-cost realty. Focusing on a group of realtors face off against one-another to sell the most properties in order to be made partner of Platinum Realty.