If you’re looking to Netflix and nerd out, you’re in luck next month: June 2018 has a number of new offerings that will satisfy your biggest stan cravings and compulsions to comment about stuff on the internet. There's something for everyone: for baking fans, the second season of Netflix Original, Nailed It, makes its debut; while fans of spandex will rejoice for GLOW season two; Tarzan swings onto the streaming service for the Disney heads in the back; comic book fans get a new season of Luke Cage, season five of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and Thor: Ragnarok; those looking for laughs get the eighth season of Portlandia; history buffs can take their pick between The King’s Speech and He Named Me Malala (or just watch both); and on top of all that there are some catch-all faves like Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist and Star Wars: The Last Jedi. There’s never been a better month for staying in. While everyone else is outside enjoying what will likely be the hottest summer on record, you can hole up with these gems, all new to Netflix in June 2018. Below you'll find a list of what's landing on the service once the calendar changes, including a few highlights we recommend.
Just Friends (2005)
Ryan Reynolds' nascent talents have been on full display as early as National Lampoon's Van Wilder. And even though his turn as the glowed-up object of Amy Smart's spurned affections in Just Friends wasn't as satisfying as, say, the profoundly problematic Monty from Waiting..., he makes this romantic comedy, with standout supporting roles by Anna Faris and Chris Klein, totally a movie you should play more than around Christmastime.
You'll know whether or not this movie is for you from the most cursory of descriptions: America porn. Kurt Russell sports an incredible haircut as US Men's Hockey coach Herb Brooks in Disney's version of the 1980 Winter Olympics's "Miracle on Ice." It's not as good of a hockey movie as Slap Shot, Mystery, Alaska, or any of The Mighty Ducks, but it's still well worth a puck (sorry).
Taking Lives (2004)
Angelina Jolie gets her hands dirty as an FBI profiler in D.J. Caruso's whodunit thriller about a serial killer who literally takes the lives of his victims by becoming them. Buried early aughts treasures abound, including Ethan Hawke and Kiefer Sutherland, blockbuster cinematography by Amir Mokri, and an original score by Philip Glass, but what really makes this one worth watching is an unforgettable performance by a then-unknown Paul Dano.
The Departed (2006)
Hate on Leonardo DiCaprio all you want, he's fucking great in this Scorsese remake of a Korean crime drama. And if he would have gotten the Academy Award for Best Actor back in 2007, maybe we could have avoided The Revenant entirely.
Step Up 2: The Streets (2008)
So what if Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan aren't in the sequel to Touchstone's 2006 romantic dance movie (rodance movie?). Step Up 2: The Streets has a great title, and blowout performances by relative-unknowns Briana Evigan and Robert Hoffman still proudly hold up the mantle borne of films like Footloose and Save the Last Dance.
Following in the heavily-trodden footsteps of George of the Jungle (1997) and Mighty Joe Young (1998), Disney's 37th animated feature film is mostly remembered for having original songs by Phil Collins. At the time, it was also the most-expensive animated film ever, costing Disney a whopping $130 million to produce. It was, however, totally worth it because Collins won an Oscar and a Golden Globe for "You'll Be in My Heart," and shared a Grammy for the soundtrack with producer Mark Mancina.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017)
A lot of angry, lonely, and sad people on the internet had a problem with the fact that Disney's first foray into the Star Wars universe had a female Jedi and a black Stormtrooper. The only legitimate criticism, however, should have come from the way it follows the original Star Wars movie a bit too closely to really feel all that original. That said, the original Star Wars trilogy isn't on Netflix for some reason, while The Last Jedi is. So suck it up, you babies.
Other stuff hitting Netflix in June...
6/1 Blue Jasmine (2013), He Named Me Malala (2015), National Treasure (2004), Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist (2008), Rumor Has It (2005)
6/2 The King’s Speech (2010)
6/5 Marvel Studios’ Thor: Ragnarok (2017)
6/8 Alex Strangelove (2018) Marcella: Season 2 (2018) Sense8: The Series Finale (2018) The Staircase (2018)
6/10 Portlandia: Season 8 (2018)
6/15 Set It Up (2018), The Ranch: Part 5 (2018), Voltron: Legendary Defender: Season 6 (2018)
6/16 Grey's Anatomy: Season 14 (2017) In Bruges (2008)
6/17 Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Season 5 (2017)
6/22 Marvel's Luke Cage: Season 2 (2018)
6/23 Room (2015)
6/25 Hotel Transylvania: The Series: Season 1 (2017)
6/29 GLOW: Season 2 (2018), Nailed It: Season 2 (2018)
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