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    35 Of The Best Movies To Stream On Amazon Prime In June

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    1. Lady Bird (2017)


    Greta Gerwig's solo-directorial debut is several things at once: a coming-of-age story, a letting-go story, a friendship story, a love letter to Sacramento — and that's not even getting into its subthemes of class, religion, and sexuality. The mere fact that Gerwig pulls off a cohesive film with all of these competing storylines is astonishing. But that she does it while also breathing new life into Dave Matthews' "Crash Into Me," is, quite frankly, in-fyooor-iating in the best sense of the word. Stop dragging your feet and queue up this hella tight, infinitely rewatchable film that'll probably make you want to call your mom.

    Watch here.

    2. Young Adult (2011)

    Paramount Pictures

    Did you enjoy Tully and its sneakily profound moments of dark comedy? If so, we recommend streaming Young Adult, the most overlooked of the Jason Reitman–Diablo Cody spiritual trilogy (the third being Juno). Like Tully, the film centers around Charlize Theron and features at least one cringey drink-spilled-on-shirt sequence in which her patience is put to the ultimate test. Unlike Tully, Theron plays an entertainingly unlikable YA writer hung up on the idea of rekindling things with her high school sweetheart.

    Watch here.

    3. The Disaster Artist (2017)

    New Line Cinema

    This James Franco showcase, which you may have watched over your seatmate's shoulder on a recent Delta flight (or maybe that was just me), is now yours to stream for free with Prime. It retells the story of the truly unclassifiable oddball Tommy Wiseau (known for directing and starring in the trainwreck-turned-cult-classic film The Room) and his full-hearted pursuit of fame in Los Angeles, despite some quite obvious limitations along the way, including, well, talent.

    Watch here.

    4. Paterson (2016)

    K5 International

    Whether or not you stan Jim Jarmusch, you are certain to find something to appreciate about this quiet little gem of a film. Maybe it's that Adam Driver plays a poetry-writing bus driver who lives in Paterson, New Jersey, and is named Paterson. Or, that he has a very adorable (Cannes-winning!) bulldog sidekick. Or, that The Good Place's William Jackson Harper makes an appearance in a small but memorable supporting role. Listen, we could go on but we're taking up your precious streaming time.

    Watch here.

    5. Arrival (2016)

    Paramount Pictures

    If you're looking for some great face-acting from Amy Adams, a non-linear story about aliens that is also somehow about the power of language, or even just a good excuse to cry (while a Max Richter tune swells in the background), this one's for you! Denis Villeneuve's film, which follows a linguist (Adams) as she attempts to build a common language with an alien species that has inexplicably landed on American soil, is packed with ideas that subvert the genre of sci-fi. If only we could travel back in time and give Adams the Oscar nomination she rightfully deserved.

    Watch here.

    6. The Wizard of Oz (1939)


    Sure, you know this story like the back of your hand. The real question is: Did you know that it is easily streamable on Amazon Prime? That's right, the still-horrifying experience of flying monkeys and the still-chill-inducing experience of hearing Judy Garland belt out "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" can be yours any time of the day, should you choose to accept.

    Watch here.

    7. The Fits (2015)

    La Biennale di Venezia

    Writer-director Anna Rose Holmer achieved some kind of magic with this quiet but assured debut film, a coming-of-age story that rests on the shoulders of an 11-year-old tomboy named Toni (played to perfection by Royalty Hightower). She spends her days boxing in the shadow of her brother at an inner-city community center gym but when she becomes aware of a group of high school girls practicing for drill team nearby, her focus begins to wander, and little by little the true meaning underlying the film (and title) comes to fruition.

    Watch here.

    8. The Florida Project (2017)

    June Pictures

    Drake called this one the best of the year! He wasn't wrong! Sean Baker's beautiful and beautiful-to-look-at film features two breakout stars to watch — Brooklynn Prince, the precocious lead child actor, and Bria Vinaite, who Baker discovered and casted in her first-ever role through Instagram. Also, there's Willem Dafoe in his Oscar-nominated role as the mensch-y motel groundskeeper who will destroy your soda can if you cross him.

    Baker's other two masterpieces, Tangerine and Starlet are also worth watching if you know what's good for you! Tangerine is available to rent for $3.99 and Starlet is available for $2.99.

    Watch here.

    9. Space Jam (1996)

    Warner Bros.

    Before he was a noted predator and cult leader, R. Kelly gave millennials the soundtrack of their childhoods with the hit "I Believe I Can Fly." Though more than two decades have passed, Space Jam, the colorful NBA-Looney Tunes crossover, remains embedded in our culture and popularly revisited in film trivia. With new, wiser eyes, we can't promise that you'll still love this film, but at the very least, you'll develop a retroactive appreciation for the unlikely marriage that was Seinfeld's Wayne Knight and some of basketball's then all-stars Michael Jordan and Charles Barkley.

    Watch here.

    10. Good Time (2017)

    Rhea Films

    You might not exactly have a good time watching this neon-adorned, tedious drama, but that's not to say it isn't worthwhile. The Safdie brothers, who also directed Heaven Knows What — the superior Safdie film IMHO, streaming on Netflix or available to rent on Amazon for $2.99 — are known for depicting the gritty underbelly of New York City and the people (usually played by non-actors) who populate it. For Good Time, the brothers make a big pivot by bringing on an A-lister (and two other Oscar-nominated actors in small, supporting roles) to carry the story. But Robert Pattinson does not let his star power get in the way — he is criminally good in the role! Criminally bad in the film itself, though.

    Stray reminder that Adam Sandler is set to star in the next Safdie brothers film...which should be an experience.

    Watch here.

    11. King of Comedy (1982)

    20th Century Fox

    This seems like a good segue to mention that Martin Scorsese — who the Safdie brothers have drawn comparisons to and who also signed on to produce the aforementioned Adam Sandler film — has a classic crime film, King of Comedy, currently streaming on Prime. Buckle in for a wild ride of delusional, fame-obsessed Robert De Niro stalking and kidnapping his comedy idol, Jerry Lewis. Come for the suspense, stay for De Niro's hypebeast wardrobe.

    Watch here.

    12. Drugstore Cowboy (1989)

    International Video Entertainment

    From the director of Good Will Hunting and the much-less-seen (but equally iconic) My Private Idaho is a Pacific Northwest tale that follows the exploits of four pill-popping bandits as they go to great lengths, robbing drugstores and hospitals, to feed their addiction. Roger Ebert raved about this film when it was released in 1989, calling it "one of the best films in the long tradition of American outlaw road movies." If you're itching for a powerhouse Matt Dillon performance that is not Crash — which is decidedly not on this list but is streaming on Prime — then Drugstore Cowboy is for you.

    Watch here.

    13. American Honey (2016)

    Film4 Productions

    In a similar vein: Your problematic fave and style icon Shia LaBeouf stars in Andrea Arnold's dreamy outlaw road movie (with an endlessly listenable soundtrack) as a salesperson who convinces Sasha Lane (a very good newcomer you should pay attention to) to join his van full of rural misfits and drifters for an easy buck. American Honey is the type of naturalistic, fly-on-the-wall film you sort of just sink into — and despite its occasionally unnerving twists and turns, you might just feel disappointed to leave this world behind when the credits roll.

    Watch here.

    14. Anomalisa (2015)

    HanWay Films

    If you are: interested in hearing Jennifer Jason Leigh perform a deeply melancholic cover of "Girls Just Want to Have Fun," someone with a vague interest in Charlie Kaufman (best known for his screenplays Eternal Sunshine, Being John Malkovich, and Adaptation) or just someone interested in witnessing a true master of animation at work, Anomalisa should be the first on your to-watch list. There are moments in this short, immaculately designed film that make you forget that what you're watching is an ensemble of stop-motion puppets and not real-life actors — and that's part of what makes this film exploring human intimacy and desire so successful.

    Watch here.

    15. A Ghost Story (2017)

    ‎Sailor Bear

    Rooney Mara ate her first-ever pie (a vegan and gluten-free one, in case you were wondering) for this role! This is the sort of Bravery and Immersion we talk about when we talk about Tour De Force Acting. But we shouldn't reduce this immensely powerful movie about grief and what happens to our loved ones when they depart from life as we know it, to pie — it is just the cherry on top. Much like the titular ghost played by a faceless Casey Affleck, this film has haunted me every day since my first watch.

    Watch here.

    16. Winter's Bone (2010)

    Anonymous Content

    This surprise Sundance hit from director Debra Granik — whose most recent film, Leave No Trace, hits theaters in a limited release this month — features Jennifer Lawrence in her career-making role as a 17-year-old girl who sets out on a journey through the snowy Ozarks to track down her meth-dealing father. Watching Winter's Bone is to long for the quieter, pre-David O. Russell days, when Lawrence commanded our attention not with big or whimsical performances but through the power of her restraint.

    Watch here.

    17. There Will Be Blood (2007)


    Remember the days of taking Daniel Day-Lewis's acting career for granted? Let us bask in the naïveté of 2007, when we thought we had at least another hundred years of Day-Lewis performances on the horizon by queueing up this dense Paul Thomas Anderson film with an unnerving Jonny Greenwood score. Ah, to be young again.

    Watch here.

    18. The Salesman (2016)

    Arte France Cinema

    Perhaps you missed this foreign-language film submission from Iran last year when it was in theaters — but did catch some of the political controversy that surrounded it in media coverage. As a refresher: Its director Asghar Farhadi boycotted the Oscars ceremony following President Trump's immigrant ban, so when the film won the Foreign Language category, a powerful statement was made in his stead. See for yourself the masterful command of cinema that earned this the big prize of the night and solidified Farhadi (The Past, A Separation) as one of the greatest working directors in the game.

    Watch here.

    19. Stop Making Sense (1984)

    Arnold Stiefel Company

    My dad had this playing on the television set every single day of my childhood, and now it is available for me to stream every day of my adulthood (or until it sadly and inevitably is taken down from Prime). Jonathan Demme, the recently departed director of Silence of the Lambs, Philadelphia, and Rachel Getting Married, is the engine behind this riotous, iconic Talking Heads showcase.

    Watch here.

    20. 20th Century Women (2016)

    Annapurna Pictures

    Speaking of Talking Heads, the art-pop band is at the heart of Mike Mills's 2016 coming-of-age film that explores themes of feminism, motherhood, and sexuality. Lucas Jade Zumann, Mills's lovable stand-in in this semi-autobiographic follow-up to Beginners, is your new favorite teen. He's joined by an ensemble of intensely likable humans including Greta Gerwig, Annette Bening, Elle Fanning, and Billy Crudup. A must-watch entry in the category now shared by Lady Bird of Films That'll Make You Want To Call Your Mom.

    Watch here.

    21. Dirty Dancing (1987)

    Great American Films

    Chase the bad taste that was left in your mouth from ABC's failed Dirty Dancing reboot with a revisit of the original classic, now streaming on Amazon Prime. Or, if it's your first-ever watch, proceed with caution, knowing that Roger Ebert once said of this by-the-book, guilty-pleasure film that it "[would] be a decent movie if it had allowed itself to be about anything."

    Watch here.

    22. The Big Sick (2017)

    FilmNation Entertainment

    No, you probably do not need one more person to recommend The Big Sick to you! By now, you have made the deliberate decision to opt out of this pitch-perfect, misty-eyed comedy starring Ray Romano in his best dramatic role to date (remember Vinyl, lol?). But we are here to hound you anyway on your life choices. What are you doing? And why have you decided that this Oscar-nominated film with important themes of cultural identity, family, love, loss (and a whole lotta lols) can wait? Queue this dang thing up.

    Watch here.

    23. It Comes at Night (2017)

    ‎Animal Kingdom

    If you liked A Quiet Place (and it seems like a lot of people did), then you might also like last summer's similarly dystopian paranoia-thriller from A24 featuring the intense, shifty-eye performances of Joel Edgerton, Christopher Abbott, Carmen Ejogo, and Riley Keough. While you're at it, you should also check out Trey Edward Shults's superbly dark previous film Krisha (also streaming on Prime!) about a holiday dinner gone awry.

    Watch here.

    24. His Girl Friday (1940)

    Columbia Pictures

    Publishers, writers, and editors to the front: This highly quotable newsroom romcom from the '40s starring Rosalind Russell as reporter Hildy Johnson and Cary Grant as her ex-husband and, oof, editor, is exactly the kinda fast-talking screwball content that's been missing from your life. Your deadline for viewing: EOD.

    Watch here.

    25. Brad's Status (2017)

    Plan B Entertainment

    This cringe-comedy from the brain of Mike White (Enlightened, School of Rock) follows a father (Ben Stiller) and his wise-beyond-his-years, deadpan son (Austin Abrams) on a college tour that unearths complicated feelings of paternal jealousy, longing, and other Quintessentially Ben Stiller feelings. You might be surprised by how much this film tugs at your heartstrings — given how much time you spend wanting to shout, "Retire, bitch!!!" in Stiller's face.

    Watch here.

    26. Election (1999)

    MTV Films

    Much has changed since 1999 when Alexander Payne's film Election was first released, and these changes — most notably, within our political climate — have made this dark satire about the American electoral system feel both eerie and all-knowing in retrospect. Reese Witherspoon (in perhaps her most beloved type-A role to date) plays Tracy Flick, a high school student eager to win her class election — but undercut by a slimy faculty member with a bone to pick named Jim McAllister (Matthew Broderick).

    Watch here.

    27. I'm Not Your Negro (2016)

    Velvet Film

    This powerful, essential documentary has received much critical acclaim (and an Oscar nomination to boot), but don't settle for secondhand recaps and reviews now that it's readily available to stream for Prime subscribers. Drawing from the rich life and work of novelist/playwright/activist James Baldwin — and guided by the commanding voice-over narration of Samuel Jackson — I'm Not Your Negro presents a much-needed statement on race and how white supremacy has manifested itself in America's DNA.

    Watch here.

    28. Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)


    It's 1961 in New York City and Llewyn (played by a pre-Star Wars Oscar Isaac), is — like many of the Coen brothers antiheroes before him — a deadbeat without a clear road map for the rest of his life. Will his passion for folk music ever amount to anything? Does he have what it takes to be a good Cat Dad? And why is Justin Timberlake here? These are just a few of the many questions Inside llewyn Davis sets out to answer. Fare thee well to the next few hours of your life as you stream the shit outta this melancholic slow burn of a film.

    Watch here.

    29. The Handmaiden (2016)

    Moho Film

    Did you miss this spiraling erotic thriller from Korean director Park Chan-wook of Oldboy fame? You're not alone. While it earned raves from critics at the time of release — notably for its positive representation of female sexual desire — many missed the chance to see it in its limited theatrical release. The time is now, folks!

    Watch here.

    30. The Witch (2015)

    Pulse Films

    An essential watch in the category of Arthouse Horror — which is now apparently a genre, thanks in no small part to the success of It Follows. The film centers around a banished Puritan family and the looming threat of an adjacent forest-dwelling witch that sends them, one by one, into a downward, blood-splattered, and possessed-goat spiral.

    Watch here.

    31. Moonlight (2016)

    Plan B Entertainment

    The film that rightfully beat out La La Land (sorry!) for Oscars gold last year is an important and beautifully crafted work of independent queer cinema that deserves to be celebrated not just at the Dolby Theater but at home, on your laptop, in your quiet little sanctuary. Remembering that this film not only exists (with a cast entirely populated with POC and a queer black character at its center), but has broken through into mainstream culture in the way that it has, is the fuel that will keep you going and thinking positively about the world.

    Watch here.

    32. Short Term 12 (2013)

    Animal Kingdom

    So, you've seen Room and The Glass Castle, and thought, "Damn, I could use some more Brie Larson"? Give this emotional lil' Larson vehicle a watch. It finds the twentysomething as a supervisor of a residential treatment facility struggling to watch over troubled youth while her relationship with her coworker and boyfriend takes a hit. We should also mention that her boyfriend is played by John Gallagher Jr. (10 Cloverfield Lane [also available to stream on Prime], Olive Kitteridge) and is joined by coworker Rami Malek, who needs no introduction now, but probably did when the film premiered five summers ago.

    Watch here.

    33. Blue Velvet (1986)


    Looking to fill the void that the Twin Peaks reboot starring Laura Dern and Kyle MacLachlan left in your life? How about returning to this divisive David Lynch film from 1986 that reunites Dern and MacLachlan for a dizzying investigation into how a severed ear wound up sitting in an abandoned field.

    Watch here.

    34. Manchester by the Sea (2016)

    Pearl Street Films

    Say what you will about this punishingly sad movie involving a cagey Bostonian in a Carhartt jacket who is haunted by his past (or about Casey Affleck, who, by all means, deserves things said about him) but this is also a very funny and human film with moments of levity that hit you when you're least expecting it. When it comes to screenplays, there is no one quite like Kenneth Lonergan, king of overlapping, whip-smart dialogue.

    Watch here.

    35. Click (2006)

    Revolution Studios

    Hear us out: This is exactly the kind of satisfying mess you should treat yourself to on a rainy Saturday night when you're with a few buds, wasted, and have nowhere to be. Bed Bath and Beyond will never be the same thanks to the fictional workaholic architect played by Adam Sandler and the godly figure of Beyond played by Christopher Walken who gifts him a time-traveling remote. If you're looking to go the extra mile, consider watching as a double feature with the Adam Sandler-helmed Punch Drunk Love.

    Watch here.

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