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Ten Films and TV Shows You Need to Stream This Month

Cancel your plans tonight to get stuck into the latest season of 'The Handmaid's Tale' and 'Black Mirror', and a charming new rom-com with an ultra-sensual Keanu Reeves.
By Sarah Ward
June 07, 2019
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Ten Films and TV Shows You Need to Stream This Month

Cancel your plans tonight to get stuck into the latest season of 'The Handmaid's Tale' and 'Black Mirror', and a charming new rom-com with an ultra-sensual Keanu Reeves.
By Sarah Ward
June 07, 2019
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Not all that long ago, the idea of getting cosy on your couch, clicking a few buttons, and having thousands of films and television shows at your fingertips seemed like something out of science fiction. Now, it's just an ordinary night — whether you're gathering the gang for a stay-at-home shindig, cuddling up to your significant other or shutting the world out for some much needed me-time.

Of course, given the wealth of options to choose from, there's nothing ordinary about making a date with your chosen streaming platform. The question isn't "should I stay in?" — it's "what on earth should I watch?". Hundreds of titles are added to Australia's online viewing services each and every month, all vying for a spot on your must-see list. And, so you don't spend 45 minutes scrolling and then being too tired to actually commit to watching anything, we're here to help. From the latest and greatest to old favourites, here are our picks for your streaming queue for June.

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NEW STUFF TO WATCH NOW

BLACK MIRROR

The brilliance of Black Mirror has always stemmed from a grim reality. No matter which futuristic technologies the show's episodes ponder, or how each nightmarish premise plays out, the results are only every a couple of steps away from our present-day experience. With the three-instalment fifth season trifling with the interpersonal ramifications of virtual reality, the growing malevolence of social media and the companies behind it, and the thin line between entertainment and commodification, that truth once again proves accurate. Featuring stellar work by Anthony Mackie, Andrew Scott, Angourie Rice and Miley Cyrus — the latter as a pop star singing peppy versions of Nine Inch Nails songs —  this run of episodes doesn't hit the heights of previous seasons, but it still succeeds where the show always has: in reflecting where humanity is headed.

Black Mirror's fifth season is available to stream now on Netflix.

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THE HANDMAID'S TALE

If your June viewing slate wasn't already bleak enough with Black Mirror, then The Handmaid's Tale is here to ramp up the tension, existential distress and all-round worry about living in a dystopian society. Much has changed since the show first brought Margaret Atwood's 1985 novel to the small screen just two years ago, as the titular red-clad women keep doing what they can to fight back against their subjugation. They're not going to stop, either, no matter what Gilead forces upon them. The biggest change has come from within the series' plucky heroine, June (Elisabeth Moss), with her eventful path continuing in the third season; however, the series has been slowly expanding its morally complex web — and keeping everyone riveted in the process.

The first three episodes of The Handmaid's Tale's fifth season (plus all of season two) are available to stream now on SBS On Demand, with new episodes added weekly. 

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CUSTODY

One of the best films to release in Australian cinemas in 2018, Custody isn't easy viewing, nor should it be. The devastating French drama unpacks the lives of a family divided, as Miriam Besson (Léa Drucker) and her kids Joséphine (Mathilde Auneveux) and Julien (Thomas Gioria) leave their abusive husband and father Antoine (Denis Ménochet), but are still stuck living in perpetual fear. A masterful exercise in intensity and empathy from a storytelling, structure, style and performance perspective, the crushing feature earned filmmaker Xavier Legrand the best director award at the Venice Film Festival — all for his directorial debut. This is gripping viewing from the first scene, which follows a terse exchange in front of a judge, and only gets more compelling from there.

Custody is available to stream on Stan

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THE PERFECTION

With Get Out and now The Perfection, Allison Williams appears to have an on-screen type, playing ambitious women who'll do whatever it takes to get what they want, including getting their hands dirty. But this Netflix horror film doesn't just throw the Girls star into familiar territory and ask her to follow in her own footsteps, even if that's how it initially seems. Williams plays cello prodigy Charlotte Willmore, who, after her career is cut short, befriends her replacement Lizzie (Logan Browning) during a trip to China. Where the narrative twists and turns from there is best discovered by watching, but filmmaker Richard Shepard has made a feistily immersive genre piece with thrills, body horror and a timely statement.

The Perfection is available to stream on Netflix.

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FOSSE/VERDON

The director and choreographer behind Cabaret and All That Jazz, Bob Fosse's achievements are many, including winning an Oscar, Emmy and Tony all in the same year. A prolific Broadway performer who earned just as much acclaim — and four Tony awards of her own — Gwen Verdon was his collaborator, muse and wife, although theirs was a tumultuous story. That's the showbiz drama unfurled in Fosse/Verdon, which boasts Sam Rockwell as Fosse, Michelle Williams as Verdon, and even Hamilton's Lin-Manuel Miranda as Roy Scheider. Unsurprisingly, the performance-driven eight-episode series is full of razzle, dazzle, interpersonal drama and excellent portrayals. Also unsurprisingly, it'll add plenty of 70s musicals to your watch list afterwards.

The first two episodes of Fosse/Verdon are available to stream on Foxtel Now, with new episodes added weekly. 

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ALWAYS BE MY MAYBE

It's a little unfair to say that Always Be My Maybe is worth watching for Keanu Reeves. He's not the film's star, with those honours going to writers and comedians Ali Wong and Randall Park; however, he's an unmissable force of nature not only playing the man who could thwart the movie's central romance, but also playing a heightened, exaggerated, ultra sensual version of himself. Yes, it's as glorious as it sounds. Always Be My Maybe is never as entertainingly chaotic when Reeves isn't around, but it's a charming, topical rom-com from start to finish, albeit one that hits familiar genre beats. A little charisma goes a long way, however, and Wong and Park (and Reeves, obviously) have it in spades in a movie that also marks the film directorial debut of Don't Trust the Bitch in Apartment 23's Nahnatchka Khan.

Always Be My Maybe is available to stream on Netflix

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ONES TO WATCH OUT FOR LATER IN THE MONTH

BIG LITTLE LIES

A second season of Big Little Lies was never meant to happen. Starring Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Laura Dern, Shailene Woodley, Zoe Kravitz, Adam Scott and Alexander Skarsgard, the initial seven episodes thoroughly covered Liane Moriarty's best-selling book of the same name, with the show designed as a stand-alone mini-series. But viewers, and that huge cast, just can't get enough of a good thing, resulting in another seven-episode run that ups the stakes by casually adding Meryl Streep. As you do. If you agonised over every development the first time around as the show's Monterey-based women attempted to cover up their big and little lies and dramas, expect to do just that again — charting the aftermath of a public death will do that.

Big Little Lies will be available to stream on Foxtel Now from Monday, June 10, with new episodes dropping weekly.

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MADELINE'S MADELINE

Another 2018 big-screen highlight finally making its way to home entertainment, Madeline's Madeline is, ostensibly, a coming-of-age film. Its titular protagonist (Helena Howard) is an awkward teen who struggles at home, as well as with her mental health, then finds something she's been missing when she joins an experimental theatre group. But, as directed by Josephine Decker, this film is also so much more — an expressive, experiential whirlwind that conveys what's its like to be in Madeline's head, and to see the world from her perspective, in a truly vivid and visceral manner. Molly Parker and Miranda July also feature, but thanks to her fearless and committed lead performance, this is Howard's film and her deposit on future stardom.

Madeline's Madeline will be available to stream on SBS On Demand from Saturday, June 15.

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CULT CLASSICS TO REVISIT AND REDISCOVER

HANNIBAL

Everyone's favourite cannibal has been a pop culture staple for decades now, first appearing in Thomas Harris' books, then making the leap to the movies, and then hitting the small screen. In the process, the notorious Hannibal Lecter has become almost synonymous with Anthony Hopkins, thanks to the latter's Oscar-winning performance in The Silence of the Lambs. Still, Mads Mikkelsen gave him a run for his money in three-season TV series Hannibal. If you like your crime tales with plenty of horror, the show delivers. If you like compelling face-offs, as brought to life by a stellar cast that also includes Hugh Dancy, Laurence Fishburne and Gillian Anderson, it delivers that as well. Hannibal will always sit in the 'gone too soon' TV pile, although there's been ample talk of a revival.

All three seasons of Hannibal are available to stream now on Amazon Prime Video.

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THE WITCHES

Before Netflix turns Roald Dahl's amazing bibliography into a slate of animated specials, it's letting fans revisit the memorable 1990 version of The Witches. Almost three decades on, it's still a twisted delight led by Anjelica Huston at her gleefully wicked best, and it still remains as worthy a listing on filmmaker Nicolas Roeg's resume as Walkabout, Don't Look Now and The Man Who Fell to Earth. Indeed, it's a tale of transformation, evil and hijinks that never gets old, especially if you're feeling mighty nostalgic. This blast from the past also counts as preparation, with another live-action version hitting cinemas in 2020 starring Anne Hathaway as the Grand High Witch.

The Witches will be available to stream on Netflix from Saturday, June 15.

Published on June 07, 2019 by Sarah Ward

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