Summer arrives in June, and Netflix’s film selection this month reflects that. For the month of June, the streaming service has introduced numerous new films to watch, including classics as well as some of its more recent originals. “Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy,” “Mission: Impossible,” “The Amazing Spider-Man,” “The Hurt Locker,” and “Titanic” are among the films that didn’t make the cut for this list but are still available on Netflix in June.
The films that follow provide something for everyone, from poignant dramas with ups and downs to animated flicks that nonetheless impart valuable lessons and even an inspirational sports picture.
Discover or re-discover the finest new Netflix movies this month by reading on.
“Steel Magnolias” complements “Hustle” and “We Are Marshall” in terms of triumphs and tragedies, with a wonderful cast of powerful female actresses. Shelby Eatenton (Julia Roberts) is approaching her wedding day, and M’Lynn (Sally Field) is her mother. Truvy Jones (Dolly Parton) is getting ready to style the ladies’ hair with the help of Annelle Dupuy Desoto, a new girl in town and aspiring beautician (Daryl Hannah). Shelby has diabetes, and her storyline intersects with that of her mother and the other women in their close circle, and she faces some challenges. “Steel Magnolias,” far from being a fun “chick flick,” is one of many films that highlights how strong women can be when they establish tight ties with one another.
We are Marshall
“We Are Marshall” is a classic story of loss and sadness set against the glorious sport of football, and it ranks among “Remember the Titans” and “Rudy” as must-see football movies. After losing practically their entire starting lineup and coaching staff in a plane crash, Coach Jack Lengyel (Matthew McConaughey) is hired to reconstruct the majority of a fallen football team. 75 people died in the 1970 plane disaster, and Lengyel, along with Red Dawson (Matthew Fox), senior Nate Ruffin (Anthony Macki), who was disabled and thus didn’t travel with the rest of the squad on that tragic flight, and President Dedmon, are desperate to find out what happened (David Straitharn). The Thundering Herd recruits a diverse group of freshmen to form a tenacious squad that triumphs over adversity while also lifting the spirits of the little town of Huntington, West Virginia.
Buster Moon (voiced by Matthew McConaughey), an ambitious dreamer and koala bear, and his band of gifted singers return in the sequel to 2016’s “Sing” for fresh adventures. In the first film, Moon discovered his passion for theatre and decided to save his local theatre from closure by organising a singing competition that drew talent from all over town.
Moon summons Jonny the gorilla (Taron Egerton), mother pig Rosita (Reese Witherspoon), sidekick pig Guther (Nick Kroll), shy elephant Meena (Tori Kelly), and rocker porcupine Ash (Scarlett Johansson) to Redshore City so they can perform their Alice-in-Wonderland-inspired singing show at the Crystal theatre, which is owned by literal wolf Mr. Crystal (Bobby Canavale). Moon and his ensemble are told they aren’t good enough by a talent scout (Chelsea Peretti), and Crystal barely hears them before pressing the red X-factor-style buzzer that eliminates them from consideration.
Gunther starts talking about his idea for a sci-fi space musical starring recluse musician Clay Calloway (Bono), and Crystal believes they can put on the show if they get Calloway, so Moon does everything he can to persuade the lion to return to the limelight. With a terrific music that includes several U2 oldies as well as a brand new original song from the band, “Sing 2” will warm hearts and possibly even bring tears to eyes.
The latest instalment in Adam Sandler’s apparently never-ending association with Netflix is also one of the best. Instead of a frivolous comedy (like “Hubie Halloween”), “Hustle” is a sports drama starring Sandler as a washed-up scout with coaching ambitions who meets an unexpected phenom with a checkered background in Spain (played by actual NBA player Juancho Hernangómez). It’s fine that “Hustle” doesn’t exactly break new ground.
It’s poignant and motivating, and it’s wonderfully shot and edited, with great performances from Sandler and Hernangómez, as well as Queen Latifah, Robert Duvall, and Ben Foster (as Sandler’s boss) (as his workplace nemesis). There are also lots of cameos by NBA stars past and present (Anthony Edwards is fantastic as Hernangómez’s on-court opponent), thanks to LeBron James’ involvement as a producer. What else do you require?
Netflix is a great place to start. Jennifer Lopez’s documentary “Halftime,” which will premiere on June 14, will follow the actress and singer as she navigates her way to stardom. Lopez, who is known for her meticulous choreography as well as her career acting in rom coms and other more tabloid-y topics such as her dating history, gives an inside look at what it’s like to be her and the challenges she faced in completing big projects like her historic Super Bowl halftime performance in February 2020.
Lopez’s beau, Ben Affleck, appears in the documentary, which includes footage of Lopez rehearsing her concerts, hanging out with her kids, and discussing her performances. Following the success of “Marry Me,” which reminded people of JLo’s brilliance, this documentary is sure to increase Jenny’s admiration.
Director Joseph Kosinski currently has the hottest movie in the world with “Top Gun: Maverick,” and he may soon have the top streaming movie with “Spiderhead,” which will be released on Netflix on June 17th. (Given that the sequel to “Top Gun” was completed years ago, it’s easy to see how he could fit in another film.) “Spiderhead” is unmistakably a pandemic film, a single-location thriller with a small cast and a focus on huge concepts and a lavish set.
This, however, isn’t a flaw; it’s a feature. Miles Teller plays a prisoner who volunteers for a more lenient sentence at a covert facility where mood-altering drug is being tested; Jurnee Smollett plays his crush. Chris Hemsworth plays the beautiful scientist conducting the tests, bringing some of the fire he brought to the underappreciated “Bad Times at the El Royale.” The less you know about “Spiderhead,” based on George Saunders’ short story that first appeared in the New Yorker, the better.
Love & Gelato
The Italian-language film adaption of this romance story, loosely based on Jenna Evans Welch’s book “Love & Gelato,” will be released on Netflix on June 22. Lina (Susannah Skaggs) promises her mother, who is diagnosed with cancer in the novel, that she will visit Rome. Lina is a bright young lady who is about to begin her academic career.
She meets Lorenzo, “Ren” (Tobia De Angelis) in Italy and feels a connection with him. She also falls in love with the nation, the food, and other aspects of it, as she learns more about herself and her history and future. “Love & Gelato” will follow the trend of Young Adult summer book adaption films that have begun to emerge, such as Netflix’s “Along for the Ride,” which premiered in May.