Uncertainty remains in the air, even after the world is slowly reopening amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. Even when things seem to be returning to normal, there is no assurance that June is going to look any different from May. This is why The New York Times compiled a list of the best movies and TV shows coming to major streaming platforms in June.
Netflix's most exciting addition is Spike Lee's latest movie Da 5 Bloods, which will be added to the platform starting June 12. Lee's new movie is about a group of black veterans who visit their old battleground in order to gain closure on a traumatic time of their lives, while seeking a buried treasure. The screenplay was originally intended to feature white soldiers, but Spike Lee worked with his award-winning collaborator from BlacKKKlansman to re-shape the narrative. Some of the cast members of the movie include Delroy Lindo, Clarke Peters, Isiah Whitlock Jr., and Chadwick Boseman. In the film, Lee and Wilmott explore the legacy of America's time in Vietnam and how it affected the people who fought the war. Apart from this exciting release, the following titles will be arriving to Netflix during the Month of June:
As of June 4, Hulu began streaming the award- winning BBC Three series In My Skin. The creator of the series, Kayleigh Llewellyn, explores the struggles of her adolescence, through the character of a Welsh teenager named Bethan, who is struggling with hardships related to peer approval and her sexual awakening. While dealing with the problems of being a teenager, the protagonist is also avoiding her violent and alcoholic father and taking care of her mother who has bipolar disorder. The show explores the way in which children live complicated lives under the facades that they have built in order to appear cool and composed. The director, Lucy Forbes, worked with Llewellyn in order to convey this theme by giving the protagonist small victories, as well as moments of fun, while she navigates her life as a teenager.
The platform also welcomed the movie Shirley as of June 5. In this film, Elisabeth Moss interprets the author Shirley Jackson as a depressive recluse who is dealing with her deteriorating marriage to Bennington College professor Stanley Hyman, played by Michael Stuhlbarg. The movie was adapted by the screenwriter Sarah Gubbings, and it offers a predominantly fictional account of the author's life through the perspective of Rose (played by Odessa Young), the wife of another faculty member who becomes the writer's secondhand man. The movie investigates the ways in which the rituals of privilege and academia fail to make a mentally ill woman lose control.
Coming to Amazon starting on June 19, the suspense film 7500 is about a pilot who is forced to make life-or-death decisions to save the lives of his passengers and crew after his commercial flight is overtaken by terrorists. The pilot, who is struggling to monitor the situation through a limited-perspective security camera, is played by Joseph Gordon Levitt. The film was directed by the award-winning director Patrick Vollrath. In this movie, he tells a simple story in a confined environment, while providing an intense character study of the protagonist as he is calculating the best way to keep everyone in the aircraft alive.
As of June 7, HBO began streaming the drama I May Destroy You, by the British playwright and poet Michaela Coel Broke. The half-hour drama is about a popular libertine writer called Arabella Coel, who undergoes a dramatic personality change after she is drugged and assaulted in a night out with friends. The series has 12 parts, and it includes the stories of the libertine writer's sexually adventurous peers, as well as scenes where she deals with the trauma of her assault. The show involves bleak and hard themes, which may make it hard to watch, but it will definitely stir up important conversations.
Finally, Disney+ will stream an adaptation of the first book of the series Artemis Fowl on June 12. The series, which is often compared to Harry Potter, due to its portrayal of a magical world of elves and fairies, has taken 20 years to become adapted to the big screen. The COVID-19 pandemic has made it possible for the adaptation to hit the small screen in June. The movie was directed by Kenneth Branagh and Ferdia Shaw, and it serves as an introduction to the magical universe of the series that was inspired by Irish folklore.