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What's Streaming? Best New Releases Coming Your Way This Month
With new streaming services launching seemingly every other day, it’s almost impossible to keep track of all the new movies and TV shows popping up each month. With that in mind, we’ll be running down the top new streaming picks debuting each and every month to help you avoid those endless late-night sessions of mindless scrolling.
Summer may be right around the corner, but the flood of new movies and TV shows hitting streaming services this June guarantees that you’ll still have plenty of couch time in the weeks ahead.
June brings some of this year’s biggest blockbuster films to HBO Max, including Lin-Manuel Miranda’s long-awaited In the Heights (June 11) and The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It (June 4). (Both films will also be released in theaters on the same day, a hybrid release model that Warner Brothers will continue throughout the year.)
Other exciting debuts include the first season of Marvel’s Loki on Disney+ (premiering June 9), Pixar’s Luca (Disney+, June 18), and the return of Paris’ snazziest thief with Lupin Part 2 (Netflix, June 11).
This month’s streaming picks are available via Netflix, Hulu, Disney+, HBO Max/Crave, Amazon Prime Video, FXX, and Shudder.
Loki Season One
After WandaVision and The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, the Marvel Cinematic Universe continues to expand on Disney+ with everyone’s favorite cosmic prankster, Loki. Tom Hiddleston reprises his role as Thor’s adopted brother from the Marvel films in this new series that spins off from the events of Avengers: Endgame. After creating an alternate version of himself, Loki is brought before the Time Variance Authority and given a choice – he can be wiped from existence, or help save the timeline against a greater evil. A time-traveling heist caper that finally focuses on Hiddleston’s scene-stealing performances in the Marvel films, Loki promises to be unlike anything we’ve seen from the MCU to date. The first episode of Loki Season One debuts on Disney+ on June 9th, with new episodes dropping each Wednesday.
The latest Pixar animated film arrives straight to Disney+ this month and will be available as part of your regular subscriber package (not as the $30 “Premium Access” add-on the studio has used in the past). In what looks almost like a child-friendly version of Call Me by Your Name, Luca focuses on a young boy of the same name enjoying the summer in a small town by the Italian Riviera. His summer is filled with adventures with his new best friend, but Luca has a deeply-held secret – he’s a sea monster, and must keep his true identity secret. A coming-of-age story crossed with a classic monster tale, Luca looks like a beautiful (and likely heartbreaking) animated feature that should enchant kids while hitting their parents deep in the feels. Luca debuts on Disney+ on June 18.
Dave Season Two
Dave was one of the most hilarious and unexpectedly touching TV debuts last year, and hopes are high that this upcoming season continues the show’s mix of offbeat humor and deeply realized characters. Starring Dave Burd (aka the rapper Lil Dicky) and based on his experiences breaking into the hip hop industry, the show follows the emerging rapper Dave (Burd) and his real-life sidekick/hype-man GaTa (Davionte Ganter) as they navigate Dave’s career and quest to become a breakout rap star. Part of the fun of the first season was spotting the real-life celebrity cameos, and the second season keeps that up with an incredible list of guest stars including Kendall Jenner, Hailey Bieber, Doja Cat, J Balvin, Lil Nas X, Kevin Hart, and many more. Dave Season Two premieres on FXX on June 16 at 10:00 pm ET/PT.
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The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It
The third Conjuring film and the eighth (!) in the overall Conjuring universe franchise, The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It moves away from the haunted house trope of the earlier films in the series and focuses on a real-life true crime case from the ‘80s. Based off the 1981 Connecticut trial of Arne Cheyenne Johnson — the first known US court case where a defendant blamed demonic possession for the crime – the film features the return of paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren (Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga) who become embroiled in the landmark case with sure-to-be spooky results. Given how obsessed with true crime most of us have become (thank you, Serial and Netflix!) this one should resonate far beyond the usual diehard horror crowd. The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It lands on HBO Max on June 4.
In the Heights
Lin-Manuel Miranda follows up the zeitgeist-gripping Hamilton with In the Heights, a musical set in the predominately Dominican neighborhood of New York City’s Washington Heights. Based on the Tony Award-winning stage production, In the Heights is finally seeing the light of day after being pushed back a full year due to the pandemic. Directed by Jon M. Chu (Crazy Rich Asians) and starring Anthony Ramos, Corey Hawkins, Leslie Grace, and Melissa Barrera, the inspiring and life-affirming film is just what we all need after the last year. You’re guaranteed to be humming the soundtrack for the entire summer. In the Heights premieres on HBO Max on June 11.
Broad City’s Ilana Glazer returns to the screen in the upcoming horror film False Positive, which looks like a modern-day twist on Rosemary’s Baby. The film’s plot has been kept fairly hush-hush, but Ilana Glazer starring in a full-on horror movie is already enough of an elevator pitch to get us excited (Glazer also developed the story, co-wrote the script, and serves as a producer on the film). Directed by John Lee (of MTV’s demented Wonder Showzen) and co-starring Justin Theroux and Pierce Brosnan, False Positive looks like a dread-inducing good time. False Positive arrives on Hulu on June 25.
Sweet Tooth Season One
Based on the acclaimed comic series by Jeff Lemire, Sweet Tooth takes place ten years after a mysterious incident known as “The Great Crumble,” which led to the appearance of part-human / part-animal creatures known as “hybrids.” Hunted and feared by the human population, the hybrids exist on the fringes of society. After living out in the woods for a decade, a young deer-human hybrid named Gus (Christian Convery) develops an unexpected bond with a grizzled human hunter named Jepperd (Nonso Anozie), which leads them on a dangerous adventure to uncover the truth about Gus’ history and Jepperd’s past. This might just be one of the sleeper hits of the summer. Sweet Tooth Season One debuts on Netflix on June 4.
Lupin Part 2
Incroyable! Paris’ wittiest cat burglar returns in Lupin Part 2, the continuation of one of the most entertaining Netflix shows in recent memory. Starring Omar Sy as Assane Diop, a thief who models himself on the “gentleman burglar” Arsène Lupin, the first “season” was a thrilling mix of intricately-plotted heists and emotional family drama that ended on a stomach-churning cliff-hanger. But knowing Assane, things are never quite as insurmountable as they may seem. Lupin Part 2 arrives on Netflix on June 11.
Kevin Hart is back with a very different film this summer. Based on the 2011 memoir Two Kisses for Maddy: A Memoir of Loss and Love by Matthew Logelin, Hart stars as a recently widowed father struggling to raise his young daughter on his own after the death of his wife. The film co-stars Lil Rel Howery, Alfre Woodard, and Paul Reiser. Written and directed by Paul Weitz (About a Boy), Fatherhood looks to be Hart’s most open and vulnerable performance yet. Fatherhood hits Netflix on June 18.
The Ice Road
Obvious similarities to Liam Neeson’s 2019 film Cold Pursuit aside (maybe Neeson really likes filming in northern climates?), The Ice Road looks like another intense addition to the actor’s surprising late-career reinvention as an action star. This time around, Neeson stars as an ice driver who attempts to rescue workers trapped in a collapsed diamond mine in the Canadian wilderness before the waters thaw. Co-starring Laurence Fishburne, the film comes from writer-director Jonathan Hensleigh (Die Hard with a Vengeance, Armageddon), which should elevate it above some of Neeson’s recent action misfires. The Ice Road skates onto Netflix on June 25.
Times are tough all around, so when down-on-his-luck Isaac (Jonathan French) is asked to take a job watching over his landlord’s niece, Olga (Leila Sykes), at a secluded cabin for a few days, he begrudgingly agrees. However, things immediately begin to go south when he discovers he will need to wear a chained leather harness at all times to ensure he can’t access certain areas of the house. Once he’s strapped in and left alone with the clearly disturbed Olga, the duo embark on a terrifying game of cat-and-mouse in this tense and surrealistic horror debut from Irish filmmaker Damian Mc Carthy. Caveat debuts on Shudder on June 3.
What Was Streaming Last Month?
Below you’ll find our top streaming picks for May 2021, ranging from the highly anticipated new animated Star Wars show The Bad Batch to filmmaker Zack Snyder’s return to zombie horror with the upcoming Army of the Dead.
This month’s streaming picks are available via Netflix, Hulu, Disney+, HBO Max/Crave, Amazon Prime Video, and Shudder.
Jupiter's Legacy: Season 1
Every child worries about living up to the expectations and legacy of their parents, but what if your family were made up of superheroes? That’s the pitch behind Jupiter’s Legacy, a sprawling new series that follows two generations of superhero teams – the original beloved team from the 1930s, and their superpowered offspring who want to chart their own paths through life. Based on the comics saga by Mark Millar and Frank Quitely, the show features Josh Duhamel and Leslie Bibb as superpowered parents, alongside Ben Daniels, Elena Kampouris, Andrew Horton, Mike Wade, Matt Lanter, and Ian Quinlan. After years of comic book movies ruling pop culture, this looks like a fresh spin on superheroes that should also appeal to those who want some drama and pathos with their comic action. The first season of Jupiter’s Legacy debuts on Netflix on May 7.
The Woman in the Window
Based on the blockbuster novel by A.J. Finn, The Woman in the Window is finally making its way to viewers two years after its originally planned release date. The psychological thriller stars Amy Adams as Dr. Anna Fox, a child psychologist turned agoraphobic alcoholic who spends her days inside her New York City condo. When her neighbor disappears, Anna begins to suspect foul play, leading her down a dangerous road to the truth. With an incredible cast including Gary Oldman, Brian Tyree Henry, and The Falcon and the Winter Soldier co-stars Anthony Mackie and Wyatt Russell, this contemporary spin on Hitchcock’s Rear Window looks like a perfect way to kill a Friday night. The Woman in the Window arrives on Netflix on May 14.
Army of the Dead
After the recent release of Zack Snyder’s Justice League, Snyder is back with Army of the Dead, an action-horror mash-up that harkens back to the filmmaker’s kinetic 2004 take on Dawn of the Dead. Described as a “zombie heist action film,” the story focuses on a group of mercenaries that plan to rob a Las Vegas casino…in the middle of a zombie outbreak. Directed and co-written by Snyder, Army of the Dead features a stacked cast including Dave Bautista, Ella Purnell, and comedian Tig Notaro in an unexpected role as a no-nonsense helicopter pilot. If that wasn’t enough to grab your attention, the trailer also features zombified tigers and horses on the attack – what else do you need from a movie night? Army of the Dead bites its way onto Netflix on May 21.
Master of None Season 3
Aziz Ansari’s acclaimed Netflix show Master of None finally returns this May after a four-year hiatus, but with a very different focus. Ansari doesn’t appear at all in the trailer for the upcoming season, which centers on the relationship between fan-favorites Lena Waithe and Naomi Ackie’s characters (Waithe also co-wrote this season). While Ansari’s character Dev may or may not appear in the new 5-episode run, Ansari directed and co-write the upcoming season, so it should still retain his distinctive comedic voice and visual flair. Netflix describes the new season as “Fleeting romantic highs meet crushing personal losses while existential questions of love and living are raised,” so be ready for the show to continue to tackle some heavy issues with heart and humor when it finally returns. Season 3 of Master of None arrives on Netflix on May 23
Shrill Season 3
Saturday Night Live’s Aidy Bryant returns for the third and final season of the hilarious and heartfelt Hulu show Shrill. Based on Lindy West’s Shrill: Notes From a Loud Woman, the show stars Bryant as Annie, a woman trying to make it as a journalist in Portland while dealing with frustrating relationships, unwelcome comments about her weight, her involved parents, and an intense and often cruel boss (played to absolute cutting perfection by Hedwig and the Angry Inch’s John Cameron Mitchell). The show really began hitting its stride in its second season so it’s a shame it’s ending so soon. Hopefully, these final 8 episodes will find a way to wrap things up nicely for Annie (and fans). Shrill Season 3 debuts on Hulu on May 7.
Star Wars: The Bad Batch Season 1
After Grogo/Baby Yoda stole the world’s heart in The Mandalorian, the next (of many) upcoming Star Wars shows to hit the Disney+ streaming service is The Bad Batch, an animated spin-off from the widely successful Clone Wars series. The Bad Batch focuses on a group of “elite and experimental clones” making their way through the galaxy in the aftermath of the events of The Clone Wars. The epic trailer for the series boasts incredible computer animation and enough exciting action-packed sequences to get even the most jaded Star Wars fans cheering from the couch. The first season of Star Wars: The Bad Batch kicks off on Disney+ with a 70-minute episode on May 4, with new episodes dropping each Friday as of May 7.
While most viewers of Disney’s animated classic 101 Dalmatians weren’t necessarily chomping at the bit to delve into the backstory of the film’s iconic villain, the trailer for Cruella sure looks like a blast. The live-action prequel follows the early life of noted dog-hater Cruella de Vil, here known as Estella (Emma Stone), a young woman out to make her name in the UK fashion world amidst the burgeoning ‘70s punk explosion. Directed by Craig Gillespie (I, Tonya), the film certainly looks different from most Disney live-action features, and is only the second Disney film to receive a PG-13 rating (for “violence”) so this one’s bark just might match its bite. Cruella debuts as a “Premier Access” purchase via Disney+ (for $29.99) on May 28.
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Those Who Wish Me Dead
A wilderness survival thriller starring Angelina Jolie, Those Who Wish Me Dead looks like an intense white-knuckle ride. Directed by Tyler Sheridan (Yellowstone), the film revolves around a teenage boy who witnesses his father’s murder near a large national forest. With his father’s assassins hot on his tail, he runs into a smoke jumper and survivalist expert (Jolie) who shelters him in her lookout tower. As the assassins set fire to the forest to smoke them out, the pair has to somehow navigate through the towering blaze while also staying ahead of the assassins determined to take them out. Sheridan has written some of the best thrillers in recent years (Sicario, Wind River), and this looks like another edge-of-your-seat experience. We’re all here for the return of Angelina Jolie as an action star. Those Who Wish Me Dead premieres on HBO Max on May 14.
The Underground Railroad
Director Barry Jenkins (Moonlight) adapts Colson Whitehead’s celebrated novel The Underground Railroad in this upcoming 10-episode series on Amazon Prime Video. Whitehead’s novel envisions The Underground Railroad — the secret organization of safe houses and hidden routes used to move enslaved African-Americans to safety in the 1800’s — as an actual railroad, complete with engineers and conductors. The show follows the journey of Cora (newcomer Thuso Mbedu), who escapes from a plantation in Georgia in search of freedom via The Underground Railroad, while being pursued by a determined bounty hunter (Joel Edgerton). The show also stars Chase W. Dillon, Lily Rabe, and William Jackson Harper. With Whitehead’s moving book as a foundation and Jenkins’ incredible knack for tone and visuals, this looks like a knockout. The Underground Railroad takes off on Amazon Prime Video on May 14.
PG: Psycho Goreman
If you miss the days of gory practical makeup effects and rubber-suit monsters, watching PG: Psycho Goreman will feel like unearthing a long-lost ‘80s horror classic. Written and directed by Steven Kostanski, the film revolves around a young brother and sister (Owen Myre and Nita-Josee Hanna) who discover a gem that controls the titular Psycho Goreman (Matthew Ninaber), a bloodthirsty alien intent on taking over the universe. A fun and wildly violent mash-up of E.T and Hellraiser, the film somehow manages to be a touching coming-of-age tale while also featuring some of the most visceral and bloody effects in years. PG: Psycho Goreman crash lands onto Shudder on May 20.