STREAMTOWN — Summer is here, movie theaters are still closed due to COVID-19, and no new movies are coming out. Thankfully, however, there is a solid batch of new titles heading to streaming services in June to make your movie-night-in a little more enjoyable.
Here is a list of the best new titles in June from Netflix, Disney+, Hulu and Amazon Prime:
"Clueless" (available now)
This 1995 teen comedy may seem silly, but it’s one of the most clever and funny adaptations of Jane Austen’s classic "Emma" and it still worth a watch 25 years later. (Yes, this movie is 25 years old.)
"Twister" (available now)
First things first, "Twister" isn’t necessarily a good movie, but it is an entertaining one — and that’s what we need right about now.
The premise is ridiculous, the acting hit-or-miss at best, and there’s a flying cow; but this movie is all about shutting your brain down for 90 minutes and just letting the tornadoes do their thing. "Twister" is now available to distract you on Netflix.
"Baby Mama" (available June 16)
If you want to enjoy a few laughs during your movie night, Netflix has you covered with "Baby Mama."
The film stars Tina Fey and Amy Poehler and is just the right amount of absurd and hilarious. If you’ve seen it, you probably want to watch it again; if you haven’t, you should do yourself a favor. Also, it’s got a great small role from Steve Martin that is both funny and aggravating.
"Artemis Fowl" (available June 12)
Disney planned on releasing their big-budget adaptation "Artemis Fowl" in theaters to the tune of millions of dollars, but 2020 had other plans.
Instead of postponing the release, the movie giant has decided to release the new movie on Disney+ this month. This is exciting because even if you don’t have much interest in the film, it’s still something new and fresh while the theaters are shut down.
"Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief" (available June 26)
Not many people saw "Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief" when it was released in 2010. Even fewer went to go see the sequel, and that’s why we never got the whole series.
While this movie is no "Harry Potter," it’s a pretty fun movie night for the family and it’s headed to Disney+ this month.
"Tarzan" (available June 26)
Disney+ has a robust library, but the company is still trying to get the licensing rights back for some of its classics.
The 1999 animated film "Tarzan" use to be in that category but that ends this month. Your kids can start watching this one on repeat starting soon.
"Dirty Dancing" (available now)
For all those children of the 1980s, this one's for you. Thanks to Hulu streaming, your guilty pleasure, "Dirty Dancing," you can remember why nobody puts Baby in the corner.
Just promise me if you try to do that move in your kitchen or backyard (you know the one I’m talking about), please be careful. Patrick Swayze knew what he was doing; I'm not sure you do.
"October Sky" (available now)
I am an absolute sucker for the 1999 film "October Sky." I have seen it a dozen times and will watch it at least a dozen more.
There is so much heart in this movie that it’s hard not to fall in love immediately. It includes great performances, solid jokes and more inspiration than you can shake a stick at. This is a movie everyone should see, and it’s now on Hulu.
"A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood" (available now)
If you have not seen "A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood" then you need to do yourself a favor and watch it this month on Hulu.
This movie will leave you feeling warm and fuzzy inside, and not in a cheesy or overly dramatic way. It’s a beautiful movie in its message, execution and tone.
"Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol" (available June 30)
If you’re anything like me, then you are pumped that "Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol" is headed to Hulu.
I get giddy every time a new "M:I" movie is headed to the theater, and "Ghost Protocol" is one of the best. It also boasts the heart-stopping scene on the side of the Burj Kalifa.
Amazon Prime Video
"How to Train Your Dragon" (available now)
The "How to Train Your Dragon" series is one of the best animated trilogies out there and, for my money, the first one is still the best. The movie is great for the whole family. With it streaming on Amazon Prime, it could be your next movie night.
"The Natural" (available now)
Missing baseball? I sure am, but I can get a little of that void filled now that the Robert Redford classic, "The Natural," is streaming on Amazon Prime. The movie is a bit corny at times, but it’s the ultimate underdog tale and a great feel-good movie. I feel like we can use that right now.
"Knives Out" (available June 12)
I thought 2019 was a fantastic year for film. Maybe the movie gods knew we were going to get hosed in 2020 so they made 2019 a special one.
One of the movies that made my favorites list in 2019 — which wasn’t easy to do — was "Knives Out." The whodunnit takes the genre and flips it on its head, finding a new way to tell the story — and it is a blast from start to finish. The characters are rich and the performances enthralling.
"Knives Out" knows how to pull the rug out from under you while making you laugh and gasp along the way. Now you can catch the murderer time and again on Amazon Prime Video when the movie starts streaming this month.