Every month, streaming services in Australia add a new batch of movies and TV shows to its library. Here are our picks for June.
‘The Last Days of American Crime’
Based on a graphic novel by Rick Remender and Greg Tocchini, this techno-thriller is set in a not-too-distant authoritarian future, in which the government is about to deploy a technology that will automatically subdue and punish anyone who breaks the law. Édgar Ramirez plays a criminal who takes advantage of the narrow window before the crackdown to pull off a heist. “The Last Days of American Crime” was directed by Olivier Megaton, best-known for “Transporter 3” and “Taken 2,” so expect a movie that honors the story’s comic book roots, emphasizing tough-guy poses and explosive action.
‘Queer Eye’ Season 5
The Fab Five head to Philadelphia for the latest batch of “Queer Eye” episodes. As with the earlier seasons, this new run is about how people everywhere — regardless of age, race, religion or sexual orientation — sometimes need help to realize how special they actually are.
‘Da 5 Bloods’
The Oscar-winning “BlacKkKlansman” partnership of director Spike Lee and screenwriter Kevin Willmott re-teams for “Da 5 Bloods,” an offbeat war film that Lee and Willmott adapted from a Danny Bilson and Paul De Meo screenplay. Delroy Lindo leads a powerhouse cast (which includes Clarke Peters, Isiah Whitlock Jr., Giancarlo Esposito and Chadwick Boseman) in a movie about Vietnam veterans who return to their old battleground to search for buried treasure and the remains of a fallen comrade. As is Lee’s way, the quest-plot in “Da 5 Bloods” opens up into a larger exploration of America’s complicated history with international intervention and race relations.
Earlier this year, Netflix debuted a British mini-series based on the American crime novelist Harlan Coben’s thriller “The Stranger.” Now Netflix is offering another European adaptation of a Coben book. The Polish mini-series “The Woods” is about a criminal prosecutor who gets a tip about a case from 25 years ago, involving the disappearance and possible murder of his sister. The story is classic Coben, dealing with sudden twists of fate and the lingering pain of a violent past.
‘Floor Is Lava’
The description of this new reality competition on Netflix’s own website includes the words, “Yes, really,” which should be some indication of the absurdity of the show’s premise. Based on the popular rainy-day children’s game — in which kids hop between pieces of furniture as they try to avoid touching the ground — “Floor Is Lava” will have teams trying to cross an elaborate obstacle course, in which the floor has been replaced by an unnervingly fiery red liquid. Yes, really.
The title of the documentary “Athlete A” refers to the anonymous U.S. gymnast who helped bring down Larry Nassar, the doctor accused of sexually assaulting over 500 women while working with the nation’s Olympic and World Championships teams. The scandal came to light in part thanks to the efforts of the investigative journalists at the newspaper The Indianapolis Star. This film follows the reporters after their initial story was published in 2016, covering the pushback and cover-ups they faced along the way.
In what promises to be one of the strangest cooking competitions on TV, the contestants are judged for their ability to turn common ingredients into tasty, eye-catching meals. As an added twist, they have to “forage” for the components of their dishes, on a set designed to look like a rainbow-colored fantasyland, where nearly everything around them is edible — and potentially useful.
‘Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga’
Don’t let the title fool you into thinking this is a documentary about Eurovision. While that would be cool, this film is a comedy co-starring and co-written by Will Ferrell. He and Rachel McAdams play an Icelandic art-pop duo, chosen to perform at the annual international contest and struggling with the pressures and expectations that come with the honor. Judging by the fake music video released to promote this film — a dreamy number called “Volcano Man” — Ferrell and company intend to gently spoof the theatrical pretensions of Eurovision without dishonoring what makes its participants so awesome.
‘Pride & Prejudice’
Given how varied and successful the careers of director Joe Wright and actress Keira Knightley have been since they worked together on “Pride & Prejudice,” it’s easy to forget what a daring move this 2005 Jane Austen adaptation was for both of them. Wright was a novice filmmaker back then, applying an unexpectedly flashy visual style to a literary classic; Knightley was a former child actress best known for appearing in pricey blockbusters. Together they created something refreshingly new, which pointed to the remarkable work they’d continue to do — together and apart — for the next 15 years.
Director Brian De Palma and screenwriter Oliver Stone’s 1983 remake of the classic 1932 gangster picture “Scarface” sparked controversy back then, criticized for its over-the-top vulgarity and violence and for its seeming glorification of greedy, cocaine-fueled criminals. But nearly everything about “Scarface” that seemed excessive at the time also made it a favorite of younger film buffs and a generation of emerging rappers — two groups who eventually helped popularize its grandiose vision. Universal Pictures recently announced plans for yet another “Scarface” remake, to be directed by Luca Guadagnino from a Joel and Ethan Coen screenplay. But even with those talented filmmakers involved, it’ll be hard to compete with one of the most beloved and bravura crime movies.
“Blade Runner: The Final Cut” (June 1), “Boogie Nights” (June 1), “Moonlight” (June 1), “Fuller House” Season 5, Part 2 (June 2), “Spelling the Dream” (June 3), “Baki: The Great Raitai Tournament Saga” (June 4), “Can You Hear Me” (June 4), “It: Chapter 2” (June 4), “Choked: Paisa Bolta Hai” (June 5), “13 Reasons Why” Season 4 (June 5), “Curon” (June 10), “Lenox Hill” (June 10), “Reality Z” (June 10), “Dating Around” Season 2 (June 12), “F is for Family” Season 4 (June 12), “Kipo and the Age of Wonderbeasts” Season 2 (June 12), “The Search” (June 12), “Marcella” Season 3 (June 14), “Mr. Iglesias” Part 2 (June 17), “The Order” Season 2 (June 18), “A Whisker Away” (June 18), “Babies” Part 2 (June 19), “Father Soldier Son” (June 19), “Feel the Beat” (June 19), “Girls from Ipanema” Season 2 (June 19), “Lost Bullet” (June 19), “One-Way to Tomorrow” (June 19), “The Politician” Season 2 (June 19), “Wasp Network” (June 19), “Eric André: Legalize Everything” (June 23), “Nobody Knows I’m Here” (June 24), “Amar y vivir” (June 26), “Home Game” (June 26), “Adú” (June 30), “The Big Lebowski” (June 30), “BNA” (June 30).
The Argentine screenwriter and director Armando Bó — who won an Oscar for co-writing the Best Picture “Birdman” — brings his talents to television for “El Presidente,” a dramedy based on the scandal that rocked international football. Andrès Parra plays Sergio Jadue, the Chilean soccer boss whose ambition led to him getting stung in a massive bribery investigation. Aimed at both sports fans and true crime buffs, this stylish series helps explain how corruption became commonplace at one of global athletics’ most powerful governing agencies.
‘LOL: Last One Laughing Australia’
Based on the Japanese series “Documental,” this six-part series is part game show, part reality series, part comedy special. Rebel Wilson is the host, standing watch as ten of Australia’s funniest comedians (Nick Cody, Joel Creasey, Anne Edmonds, Nazeem Hussain, Dilruk Jayasinha, Ed Kavalee, Becky Lucas, Sam Simmons, Frank Woodley and Susie Youssef) are locked in a room while trying to make each other laugh. The one who lasts longest without chuckling wins a cash prize and — perhaps more important — the respect of their broken colleagues.
More of a character study than a thriller, “7500” stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt as a commercial airline pilot whose ordinary European commercial flight gets disrupted by a terrorist hijacking. The writer-director Patrick Vollrath (making an impressive feature filmmaking debut) includes plenty of moments of tense action, but he isn’t really aiming for anything sensationalistic. Instead he focuses mainly on the face of his hero, who has a limited perspective from the cockpit. As the pressure mounts, he scrambles to piece together whatever information he can, so that he can land his plane safely and with minimal loss of life.
“Packed to the Rafters” Seasons 1-6 (June 1), “The Farewell” (June 4), “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” Seasons 1-13 (June 5).
‘The Other Two’
In this smart and charming sitcom, Drew Tarver and Heléne Yorke play Cary and Brooke Dubek, two siblings whose struggles to make it in New York — as an actor and a dancer, respectively — get more complicated when their teenage brother Chase becomes an overnight YouTube sensation. Created by Chris Kelly and Sarah Schneider (the former co-head writers for “Saturday Night Live”), this show is less about sibling rivalry than it is about how strong family ties help people survive showbiz craziness.
‘Yellowstone’ Season 3
Through its first two seasons, “Yellowstone” has found a large audience with its mix of slam-bang western violence and sordid, soapy melodrama. Led by Kevin Costner’s quietly commanding performance as the dictatorial land baron John Dutton, the show has offered the reliably entertaining spectacle of rugged-looking men and women betraying each other in stunningly beautiful surroundings. Josh Holloway of “Lost” fame joins the party in season three, playing a hotshot hedge-fund manager who wants to invest millions in Montana — whether or not his interests align with the powerful Dutton family.
Also arriving: “RuPaul Drag Race All Stars” Season 5 (June 6), “The Baker and the Beauty” (June 9), “The Last O.G.” (June 10), “The Bold Type” Season 4, Part 2 (June 12), “Geordie Shore” Seasons 17-19 (June 12), “Bridesmaids” (June 13), “Schapelle” (June 23), “Knocked Up” (June 27) “Black Monday” Season 2, Part 2 (June 28), “Young Girls of Rochefort” (June 30).