The best shows and movies to stream in June
Posted June 8, 2016
With kids out of school, summer gives families more time to spend together and more time for streaming new shows and movies. Luckily, June has a plethora of great movies and shows to watch across platforms — with or without the kids.
Here are just a few of the movies and TV shows available on various streaming platforms in June:
June 1, Hulu
This 1979 classic based on the 1941 children's novel is fit for the whole family. Alec Ramsey is a normal American kid traveling with his father when he becomes shipwrecked on a deserted island. Left to fend for himself, Alec's only interaction is with a stranded Arabian horse who he forms a deep bond with. Quiet and understated, with gorgeous music and unforgettable performances from Teri Garr and Mickey Rooney, this film is the antidote to noisy, overwrought and violent superhero blockbusters parents may be sick of.
For parents who need something to tide the kids over until this summer's major family features like "Finding Dory" or "Pete's Dragon" come out, look no further than this tale of acceptance and friendship from Disney Animation Studios. On the surface, this is a simple buddy comedy between two unlikely friends, a rabbit police officer and a fox con artist. But the movie is really about accepting the differences of others and the dangers of judging a book by its cover.
June 11, Hulu
Great for families with teens, this documentary follows the eventful youth of Nobel Peace Prize laureate Malala Yousefzai, a Pakistani teen who was shot by the Taliban for attending school at age 15 and, incredibly, survived. Now 18, Yousefzai's incredible sacrifice has caught the attention of education advocates around the world as she and her family have used her experience as a torch to illuminate the importance of education for girls all over the world.
June 27, PBS
In this gut-wrenching, Oscar-nominated documentary, an Indonesian optometrist confronts the men responsible for the murder of his brother during the little-known Indonesian genocide of 1965. Middle-aged optometrist Adi Rukun gains access to the men responsible for the destruction of his family by giving them eye exams and casually questioning them about their acts — to chilling effect. Definitely not for kids, but powerful for anyone who cares about world events, this film is a harrowing look at the power of forgiveness and what justice means in a society where unspeakable crimes go unpunished.
May 27, Netflix
Although this second season of Netflix's original and gorgeous look at the drivers of food culture debuted at the end of May, it's likely many people may have missed it in the hubub of Memorial Day weekend. As a documentary-style profile of famous chefs and their most iconic dishes, "Chef's Table" somehow manages to take the stuffiness out of fine dining and make it remarkably, engrossingly human. Hearing the stories behind famous dishes as well as heartbreaking personal stories from the chefs' hardscrabble lives gives the dishes dimension beyond their hefty price tags. Case in point: In the first and perhaps most enthralling episode of season 2, viewers are introduced to Grant Achatz, the famous Chicago chef who made his name with his restaurant, Alinea, just before cancer took his sense of taste away from him.
June 6, Amazon Prime
Want to know where fate left the Crawley family since their journey to preserve their aristocratic way of life began with the sinking of the Titanic? The entire show will now be available for fans new and old to relive their favorite moments with their favorite characters.
June 12, Hulu
Most Americans know of the O.J. Simpson trial, once called "the trial of the century" when it began in 1995. But not everyone remembers or knows much about Simpson before or after he was acquitted for the murder of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown, and her friend, Ronald Goldman. In this five-part miniseries from ESPN, filmmakers delve into Simpson as well as the social and political atmosphere that made his trial and acquittal such a seminal event in American history.
June 13, Amazon Prime
This runaway hit show from USA Network finally comes to streaming almost a year after it began making headlines as a terrific techno-thriller. Without getting too technical or spoiling anything, the series follows social misanthrope, engineer and hacker Elliott Alderson on his anarchist quest to erase all debt choking the American economy by hacking into a large corporation.