HBO Max launched in May, bringing a new major streaming service to the table and adding yet another library to endlessly scroll through while you try to find a movie to watch. With Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, Disney Plus, etc. constantly cycling content, it can be hard to find something for your movie night. We’re here to help.
A bunch of great films are being added to streaming services this month, from campy classics (Blacula, Dirty Dancing) to moody new films of the last few years (Ad Astra, Lady Bird.) We’ve got three excellent literary adaptations (Clueless, She’s the Man, The Iron Giant), two films starring Brad Pitt (Thelma and Louise, Ad Astra again) and one landmark film at the intersection of two 90s cinema movements (The Watermelon Woman.) Any one of them is worth watching in June.
Alicia Silverstone stars as Cher Horowitz in Amy Heckerling’s beloved adaptation of Jane Austen’s Emma. Cher is a wealthy popular girl who can’t help herself from meddling in othe people’s lives. She plays matchmaker for her teachers and for her best friend Dionne (Stacey Dash), and gives the “tragically unhip” Tai Frasier (Brittany Murphy) a makeover, but her plans tend to backfire. When Tai becomes more popular than Cher, for example, Tai hits Cher with the best insult of all time: “You’re a virgin who can’t drive.” Come for the iconic fashions and one-liners, stay for the sweet (if slightly incestuous) relationship with a young Paul Rudd.
If the only thing you remember about Dirty Dancing is the actual dirty dancing (and, of course, “Nobody puts Baby in a corner!”) it’s worth a rewatch. Written by Eleanor Bergstein and loosely based on her own childhood as a teenage dancer, Dirty Dancing deals with abortion, classism, and oppressive gender roles. And yes, there are plenty of fun dance numbers.