Alright movie lovers, time for something new! In addition to our full roundups, we thought it might be fun to do a list of the best new (and old) movies and shows to stream in Canada this June. That way, you can leave the wading through dozens of titles up to us. Well, as long as you trust our judgement (but we have seen The Seventh Seal and 8 1/2, so we’re pretty much on the same level as Martin Scorsese).
Anyway, here are the best movies and shows to stream in Canada this June, separated by each platform.
The Last Duel (June 17th)
The newest project from legendary director Ridley Scott, which focuses on, you guessed it, a duel between a knight (Matt Damon) and his former friend (Adam Driver). It got great reviews, but ended up being a box-office flop. Great if you you’re into historical dramas, whether it’s Andrei Rublev or Rashomon.
Drive My Car (June 24th)
We’ll admit we were hesitant about watching this movie, between its length (just under 3 hours) and the plot (Japanese Driving Miss Daisy or something??) Boy, were we happy when we finally took the time to see it, as it is easily one of the best foreign-language films we’ve seen since Parasite. Even among this list of the best things to stream in Canada, this is right up at the top.
The French Dispatch (June 24th)
While not our favourite Wes Anderson movie, it’s hard to deny that The French Dispatch is a great option if you’re in the mood for something zany. More or less an anthology, the movie features memorable characters, great set design, and even a romance between Frances McDormand and Timothee Chalamet.
Westworld (June 26th)
It’s been over two years since the last season ended, so naturally, the excitement about the new season of Westworld is sky-high. Highly worth checking out, especially since it means you can revisit the first season beforehand, which is right up there with the best first seasons of any shows.
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Obi-Wan Kenobi (Weekly until June 22nd)
Speaking of highly-rated shows to watch, Obi-Wan Kenobi actually became the most-watched series premiere of any show on Disney+ so far. Taking place after the events of Revenge of the Sith, the show follows Obi-Wan (with Ewan McGregor returning to the role) as he seeks out a kidnapped Princess Leia.
Atlanta – Season 3 (June 8th)
If you thought two years was a long wait between seasons, four must knock your socks off. This acclaimed FX series from Donald Glover has gone a slightly different route for its penultimate season, mixing in some anthology episodes with the ongoing narratives. It’s a fun switch up, and we’re fans of the idea.
Under the Banner of Heaven (June 8th)
What can we say? Disney+ struck gold with their deal with FX. Based on a nonfiction book by Jon Krakauer, the series focuses on a detective who uncovers the, uh, rocky past of a Mormon community. We have a feeling that it’ll land among other heavyweights in the detective show world, plus, it doesn’t hurt that it was filmed right here in Canada!
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (June 22nd)
Heyo, it’s Marvel time! While we have to wait a little longer to watch Morbius at home (shucks!), the latest high-octane instalment of the MCU is arriving on Disney+ later this month. We’re expecting big ideas and big performances, not least of which comes from Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff, who is maybe one of our favourite characters out there.
Norm Macdonald: Nothing Special (Now streaming)
This came out at the end of May, but we’re tossing it in this list. An absolute comedy legend, Norm Macdonald secretly recorded a final special at the end of his life, and this is no doubt one of the most ambivalent ‘comedy shows’ you’ll ever watch.
Hustle (June 8th)
We’ve watched just about every movie that Adam Sandler has touched (yes, including Jack & Jill, which is horrific). And while this sports drama might not have the same intensity as Uncut Gems, we still have high hopes for Sandler being able to mix a more serious role with his legitimate love of basketball.
The Umbrella Academy: Season 3 (June 22nd)
Another show that had a multi-year hiatus between seasons, The Umbrella Academy has proven that not all superhero stories have been thought up. The quirky, time-traveling, superpowered main characters are each interesting in their own way, and together, they make for a supremely binge-worthy series.
The Man from Toronto (June 24th)
A little light-hearted action movie? Sounds like a great Friday night. Starring Kevin Hart and Woody Harrelson, this movie is a classic ‘mixed-up identities’ tale that has time and time again proven to be a solid premise. Add in the fact that it was also filmed around Toronto and we think it’ll be worth a watch.
The Boys: Season 3 (New Episodes every Friday)
There’s been a lot of superhero content in this list of the best movies and shows to stream in Canada this June. If you’re done with all that, then it’s time to start up The Boys, a violent, over-the-top look at true antiheroes, and the idea of power’s ability to corrupt. Thankfully, there are a few laughs to be had as well.
The Kids in the Hall (Now Streaming)
Another show that came out in May, but is no doubt worth checking out. The revival of one of Canada’s most iconic sketch comedy shows, that doubles as a true return to form for practically all of the original cast. If you just want to laugh this month, full stop, then this is our pick.
’Round Midnight (Now Streaming)
Film buff time! This often-overlooked platform is a gold mine for lesser known movies and cult classics of years gone by. First up- this 1986 movie which follows a jazz musician as he leaves New York for Paris to find a more accepting crowd. Made all the better with an original score from Herbie Hancock.
LGBTQ+ Shorts (Now Streaming)
Meanwhile, the platform has rounded up some of the best shorts representing the LGBTQ+ experience throughout the decades. From 1982 to 2020, take a trip down memory lane through the lens of queer protagonists from all walks of life.
Atlantis (Now Streaming)
In a nutshell, this movie is prescient. Filmed in 2019, it depicts a post-apocalyptic love story in 2025, which is when the director imagined the end of a Russia-Ukraine war. Yeah, maybe a little too one-the-nose for right now, but that only adds to its weight.
And Then We Danced (Now Streaming)
Also in the realm of ‘movies for movie lovers’, MUBI has no shortage of incredible options to check out. First up is this Georgian film focused on the lives of two (technically three) dancers, each vying for a spot in the National Georgian Ensemble.
The Act of Killing (Now Streaming)
One of the most wild documentaries ever made, full stop. In it, the filmmaker asks the perpetrators of genocide to re-enact their acts during the 1965 uprising against the then-communist government and supposed sympathizers. It is not a documentary to be taken lightly, but it is worth the watch if you can handle it.
The General (Now Streaming)
We all know that Buster Keaton is an absolute legend in the world of cinema, and this is a great example of his work. While considered slapstick comedy at the time, the absolute insanity of some of the stunts he pulled off during his career is well and truly leagues ahead of most special effects of today. If there’s one person we think Tom Cruise is trying to beat, it’s this guy.
There you have it, folks! Or picks for the best movies and shows to stream in Canada this June. Hopefully a couple of them pique your interest. If not? Well, see you next month!
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