I never wanted a school year to end so badly.
As a lifelong single mom, it’s not something I ever thought I’d say: pining for summer vacation, that time of erratic childcare and expensive camps that fill up in January, those working days in overheated offices while the kids manage to sleep late, watch TV and hint at the trip to a swimming pool. But that was before this school year, when the shadow of mass school shootings loomed. My child couldn’t get home from school fast enough.
But now what? Children are there all the time or about to be. Long hot days need to be filled with something. The family can stay up late, even on weekday evenings. After the pandemic lulls, moviegoers are starting to return to theaters again, but the summer blockbuster season has yet to officially begin (looking forward to you, “Jurassic World: Dominion”).
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Luckily, there’s a slew of new movies in the coming weeks, both streaming premieres and big-ticket movies from theaters finally arriving in your living room.
Prepare some popcorn, turn off the lights and stay up late. You have things to watch out for.
Friday, June 3
1 “The Northman” (Peacock)
A reinvention of the Viking history that inspired “Hamlet”, this film features a prince (Alexander Skarsgård) whose uncle violently murders his father, then kidnaps his mother. The prince grows up to be a Viking raider, then a seer reminds him of his oath of revenge. A friend of mine theorizes that this could be the origin story of Eric, Skarsgård’s character in “True Blood”; Eric’s last name is Northman, after all. Either way, it’s bloody, fierce, and finally available to stream. Anya Taylor-Joy, Nicole Kidman, Ethan Hawke, Björk and Willem Dafoe also star.
2 Hollywood Stargirl (Disney+)
Crafting a teen romance, “Hollywood Stargirl” is the sequel to the story of “Stargirl,” who once again moves in with her mother, but this time finds herself in a sunny place of music, friendship, and romance. love, where her dreams can still come true. Based on the bestselling YA novel of the same name, it’s a caring movie to watch with your kids.
3 “Fire Island” (Hulu)
Fire up your Pride with “Fire Island,” which takes Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice” to . . . Fire Island Pines, of course. This big-hearted, shirtless rom-com centers on two best friends determined to spend a record-breaking summer vacation in New York’s legendary queer hamlet. Joel Kim Booster stars in the story he wrote and executive produced, alongside “SNL” alum Bowen Yang, Margaret Cho and Conrad Ricamora. Andrew Ahn of “Spa Night” directs.
4 “Interceptor” (Netflix)
Assigned to a remote missile intercept station where nothing ever happens, you can imagine something finally happening to an army captain. Russian terrorists attack the Pacific Station, and unlucky for them, Steel Captain Collins (Elsa Pataky) is there. All nuclear is new again.
Monday, June 6
5 “A Sexplanation” (VOD)
A sex education documentary, “A Sexplanation” is funny, smart and necessary. Filmmaker and health journalist Alex Liu’s goal was to “talk honestly and even vulnerably about sex”. As Salon wrote, the documentary “is certainly a talking point” and an enthusiastic call for better, more comprehensive sex education for all.
Tuesday, June 7
6 “Everywhere Everywhere All At Once” (VOD)
“Everything Everywhere All at Once” has the distinction of being the only film loved by everyone I know who has seen it – not a single grumpy critic in the bunch. Michelle Yeoh stars as the woman who is destined to save the multiverse, even though she can’t manage her laundromat with her husband (played by ‘Goonies’ and ‘Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom’ star Ke Huy Quan) and estranged daughter (Stephanie Hsu). Find out what everyone’s talking about when the Multiverse movie is available to rent.
Wednesday, June 8
seven Hustle (Netflix)
Adam Sadler plays a scruffy, down-on-his-luck basketball scout who, overseas, finds a dynamite player with a difficult history and works to bring the player back to the United States and the NBA.
8 “The Janes” (HBO/Max)
“The Janes” is a documentary about an underground network of women who risked their freedom, their futures, and their lives to work tirelessly to connect people with abortions in the years before Roe V. Wade. An urgent film about the past, this documentary could also be our chilling future, thanks to the Supreme Court’s revelations about the end of safe and legal abortion.
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friday june 10
9 “Chickenhare and the Hamster of Darkness” (Netflix)
This kid-friendly animated film is a comedy adventure starring an adopted half-chicken, half-hare who embarks on an Indiana Jones-style quest with his friends to find the hamster of darkness and learns acceptance of yourself along the way. Let the summer begin!
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