Tuesday, 31 May 2022

Road 96: PS5 Review

Road 96: PS5 Review

Developed by DigixArt
Published by DigixArt
Platform: PS5

The point and click procedural is as old a gaming conceit as ever there was.

But Road 96 is simply about trying to take that mechanic and turn it into something different - and it's successful if not quite bold enough to fully stand out.
Road 96: PS5 Review


Set in the fictional world of Petria, the title is essentially an escape room game (on a larger scale) that sees you pitted against the authorities of a faceless world and dictatorship. You can choose either to influence a local election in Petria - or basically make a run for it.

There may be a set story within here, but it's the characters within that make Road 96 a game that's worth playing. From differing interactions based on every choice you make, Road 96 is determined to ensure that each option is worth playing out and also thinking properly about.
Road 96: PS5 Review


Dialogues and mini games make up the most of Road 96's indie feel - and while they may seem piecemeal to reviews like this, the insight they provide in the game makes every choice and result feel palpable.

There's an occasional feel of repetition here, but ultimately, Road 96 is worth travelling on and appreciating for trying to do something different in the gaming space.

Monday, 30 May 2022

What's on Neon in June

What's on Neon in June

It's another busy month of streaming on Neon.

Here's everything coming to Neon in June.
What's on Neon in June


RETURNING SERIES 
Love Island

Love Island is back for its eighth sizzling series, as a brand new host of singletons seek to find their perfect match. Laura Whitmore is at the helm as the Islanders do their best to flirt, date, couple up and try and avoid being 'dumped from the iconic Love Island villa. With new arrivals, heads may turn, while others will prove their true feelings, all narrated by the inimitable voice of Love Island, lain Stirling. From romance and heart-to-hearts to betrayal and broken hearts, there's never a dull moment in this ultimate search for love. 

LOVE ISLAND UK S8 COMING IN JUNE 

Westworld S4 

HBO's Emmy®-winning sci-fi drama series Westworld returns for its fourth season. A dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial intelligence and the birth of a new form of life on Earth. 
Starring: Evan Rachel Wood (True Blood), Thandiwe Newton (Line of Duty), Jeffrey Wright (Boardwalk Empire), Tessa Thompson (Thor: Ragnarok), Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad), Luke Hemsworth, Angela Sarafyan, and Ed Harris (The Truman Show). 
WESTWORLD S4 AVAILABLE FROM JUNE 27 

THE RISING 

Neve Kelly discovers she is dead. She's scared and confused by this new existence. But, when she realises she has been murdered, she's furious. She's determined to find her killer and get justice, believing that it was someone she knew. 

Starring: Clara Rugaard, Emily Taaffe (War & Peace), Matthew McNulty (Domina), Nenda Neururer, and Solly McLeod. 
THE RISING AVAILABLE JUNE 6 

The Lazarus Project 

George wakes up one day reliving a day from his past, with some notable exceptions – his success at work and his marriage to the love of his life seem to never have happened. He is convinced he has lost his mind but then is recruited into a secret organisation called The Lazarus Project, which has the power to turn back time whenever the world is under threat of extinction. Together they must fight to stop a notorious criminal from destroying the world. 
Starring: Paapa Essiedu (1 May Destroy You), Anjli Mohindra (Bodyguard), Tom Burke (C.B. Strike) and Caroline Quentin (Doc Martin). 
THE LAZARUS PROJECT AVAILABLE JUNE 26 

Irma Vep 
Mira, an American movie star disillusioned by her career and a recent breakup, travels to France to star as Irma Vep in a remake of the French silent film classic, Les Vampires. Set against the backdrop of a lurid crime thriller, Mira struggles as the distinctions between herself and the character she plays begin to blur and merge. 
Starring: Alicia Vikander (Tomb Raider), Vincent Macaigne, Jeanne Balibar, Fala Chen (Shang-Chi), Adria Arjona (True Detective), and Tom Sturridge (The Boat That Rocked). 
IRMA VEP AVAILABLE FROM JUNE 14 

THE BABY 
 
HBO ORIGINAL 
Natasha, the remaining holdout of her 30 something friend group without a partner or children, unexpectedly finds herself with a baby. Controlling, manipulative, and incredibly cute, the baby quickly upends Natasha's unencumbered lifestyle. Sharp and darkly-funny, this genre bending horror-comedy series examines society's unspoken - and often terrifying - rules surrounding motherhood. Starring: Michelle De Swarte (The Duchess), Amira Ghazalla, and Tanya Reynolds (Sex Education). 

THE BABY AVAILABLE JUNE 20 

Pivoting 

After the death of the fourth member of their group, Amy, Jodie, and Sarah are faced with the reality that life is short. They make a series of impulsive, ill-advised, and self-indulgent decisions, strengthening their bond and proving that it's never too late to screw up your life in the pursuit of happiness. Starring: Eliza Coupe (Scrubs), Ginnifer Goodwin (Why Women Kill), and Maggie Q (Designated Survivor). 
PIVOTING AVAILABLE JUNE 3 

THE KINGS OF NAPA 
The wine business has brought the King family success and acclaim, but following the patriarch's sudden exit from the company, his three children must grapple for the reigns to the kingdom, to their own power, wealth, and legacy. Starring: Ebonee Noel, Bridgette Pierce, Karen LeBlanc, Ashlee Brian and Devika Parikh. 
THE KINGS OF NAPA AVAILABLE JUNE 10 

ALL AMERICAN HOMECOMING
A young adult sports drama set against the backdrop of Bringston University, where Black excellence is a way of life. Follows Simone, a young tennis hopeful, and Damon, an elite baseball player from Chicago as they contend with the high stakes of college sports. Starring: Geffri Maya and Peyton Alex Smith. 
ALL AMERICAN: HOMECOMING AVAILABLE JUNE 25 

ANIMAL KINGDOM
In Animal Kingdom's sixth and final season, the Cody boys discover that they can't outrun their pasts. With their empire expanding, a cold case investigation sets off a series of events that will put the entire family in jeopardy. Starring: Shawn Hatosy, Ben Robson, Jake Weary and Finn Cole. 

ANIMAL KINGDOM S6 AVAILABLE FROM JUNE 20 

IN THE DARK

After accounting for her wrongdoings and turning herself in, Murphy faces the possibility of doing a lengthy stint behind bars. But, considering the chaotic circumstances surrounding her, will the charges be able to stick? One thing's for certain, Murphy and her group will need to do serious work on their interpersonal relationships if they're to move forward. Starring: Perry Mattfeld, Brooke Markham, and Morgan Krantz. 

IN THE DARK S4 AVAILABLE FROM JUNE 8 

THE GOLDBERGS
The Goldbergs, everyone's favourite '80s family is back and radder than ever. Before there were parenting blogs, trophies for showing up, and peanut allergies, there was a simpler time called the ''80s. For geeky Adam these were his wonder years and he faced them armed with a video camera to capture all the crazy. Starring: Wendi McLendon-Covey, Sean Giambrone, Troy Gentile, Hayley Orrantia and Jeff Garlin. 

THE GOLDBERGS AVAILABLE JUNE 17


COMING TO MOVIES 
THE ADDAMS FAMILY 2 AVAILABLE JUNE 23 

Morticia and Gomez are distraught that their children are growing up, skipping family dinners, and totally consumed with ‘scream time'. To reclaim their bond, they decide to cram Wednesday, Pugsley, Uncle Fester, and the crew into their 'haunted camper and hit the road 
for one last family vacation. Featuring the voices of: Oscar Isaac, Charlize Theron, Chloë Grace Moretz, Nick Kroll, Snoop Dogg, Bette Midler and Bill Hader. 


HOUSE OF GUCCI 
When Patrizia Reggiani, an outsider from humble beginnings, marries into the Gucci family, her unbridled ambition begins to unravel the family legacy and triggers a reckless spiral of betrayal, decadence, revenge - and ultimately murder. Starring: Lady Gaga and Adam Driver. 
HOUSE OF GUCCI AVAILABLE JUNE 16 

NO SUDDEN MOVE
In 1954 Detroit, small-time criminals are hired to steal a document. When their heist goes horribly wrong, their search for who hired them - and for what purpose - sends them wending through all echelons of the race torn, rapidly changing city to uncover what's really going on. Starring: Don Cheadle and Benicio Del Toro. 

NO SUDDEN MOVE AVAILABLE JUNE 3 

LAST NIGHT IN SOHO

An aspiring fashion designer is mysteriously able to enter the 1960s, where she encounters a dazzling wannabe singer. However, the glamour is not all it appears to be, and the dreams of the past start to crack and splinter into something far darker. Starring: Thomasin McKenzie and Anya Taylor-Joy. 

LAST NIGHT IN SOHO AVAILABLE JUNE 24 

JOE BELL
The story of a working-class Oregonian father who pays tribute to his teenage son, Jadin, by embarking on a self-reflective walk across America to speak to heartland citizens about the real and terrifying costs of bullying, after his son committed suicide when he was tormented for being gay. Starring: Mark Wahlberg and Connie Britton. 

JOE BELL AVAILABLE JUNE 6 

DEAR EVAN HANSEN 
Evan Hansen is an anxious, isolated high-school student who's aching for understanding and belonging amid the chaos and cruelty of the social media age. He soon embarks on a journey of self-discovery when a letter he wrote for a writing exercise falls into the hands of a grieving couple whose son took his own life. Starring: Ben Platt and Kaitlyn Dever. 
DEAR EVAN HANSEN AVAILABLE JUNE 23 

THE CARD COUNTER 
William Tell, an ex-military interrogator turned gambler, attempts to guide a young man out for retribution against a mutual enemy, but keeping him on the straight-and-narrow 
proves impossible, and drags William back into his dark past. Starring: Oscar Isaac and Tiffany Haddish. 
THE CARD COUNTER AVAILABLE JUNE 18  

ABOVE SUSPICION
A young woman, desperate to escape a seedy life of crime and drugs in a small coal mining town, believes her bad luck may finally be changing when an FBI agent recruits her as his informant for a high-profile case. Based on the true story of one of the most notorious crimes in FBI history. Starring: Emilia Clarke, Thora Birch and Jack Huston. 

ABOVE SUSPICION AVAILABLE JUNE 1 

I USED TO GO HERE
After being asked to speak at her alma mater by her former professor, an author finds herself enmeshed in the lives of a group of college students. Starring: Gillian Jacobs and Jemaine Clement. 

I USED TO GO HERE AVAILABLE JUNE 1 

BLITHE SPIRIT 
A married writer with writer's block consults a spiritualist medium who accidentally evokes the spirit of his first wife while performing a seance. Starring: Dan Stevens, Judi Dench and Isla Fisher. 

BLITHE SPIRIT AVAILABLE JUNE 4 

WILD MOUNTAIN THYME
Headstrong farmer Rosemary Muldoon has her heart set on winning her neighbour Anthony Reilly's love. The problem is Anthony seems to have inherited a family curse, and remains oblivious to his beautiful admirer. Starring: Emily Blunt and Jamie Dornan. 

WILD MOUNTAIN THYME AVAILABLE JUNE 5 

Sunday, 29 May 2022

Obi Wan Kenobi: Review

Obi Wan Kenobi: Review

Streaming now on Disney+

It can be a hard task taking a beloved character and putting them in their spinoff series.
Obi Wan Kenobi: Review


On the one hand, their established journey in canon makes it impossible to massively deviate from their laid-out characteristics or put them in mortal peril, knowing they survive for their later escapades. But on the other, it offers a chance to deepen their existence, flesh out holes that have been pointed out through the years, and for the actors involved, a chance to extend their range with the benefit of hindsight.

As The Mandalorian successfully proved, a well-grounded story and ideas can work incredibly well in the Star Wars Universe; but The Book of Boba Fett was less successful, a series that, while executed well, didn't quite feel essential and maybe robbed the character of some of its advocacy.

Obi Wan Kenobi sees Ewan McGregor return to the role that he took in during the prequel series, back in 1999.

Set 10 years after the wholesale slaughter of the Jedi under Order 66 and the rise of the Empire, the Jedi are continually hunted. Hiding out on Tatooine, Kenobi is living life as a fishmonger, laying low and trying not to get involved in anything. When Imperial Inquisitors head to Tatooine, Kenobi finds himself resistant to being drawn out of his exile -but his hand is forced when a young Princess Leia is kidnapped and he's asked to help bring her back....
Obi Wan Kenobi: Review


Of the two episodes already released, Obi Wan Kenobi makes a good argument for McGregor's deeply rich acting skills, while not quite delivering a narrative punch early on. The limited event series is only 6 episodes long, and while the first is in no hurry to get anywhere quick in its hour-long premiere, settling for Lawrence of Arabia style scenes and Kenobi demonstrating what a funk he's in, haunted by memories, the second ups the pace a little - even if the drama is somewhat robbed because ultimately you know what Kenobi and Leia's fates are.

There's gravity, grief and trauma in McGregor's turn, and it makes his Kenobi a compelling watch. Certainly, the action's upped in the second episode, a 45 minute romp that feels beholden to Blade Runner style vistas and urban grime, quickly wrenching viewers out of the familiar sandy edges.

Yet, Obi Wan Kenobi needs to rely on its side characters to truly help a spinoff. Mando and Grogu were unknowns, who became lodged in the collective Star Wars conscience thanks to a buddy dynamic and decent storytelling. Kenobi and Leia try to recapture some of that magic to middling success, but it's left to an impetuous Inquisitor Reva (Moses Ingram) and Kumail Nanjiani's trickster / comedy element to create the wider universe. And this early on, in a third of the episodes played, it's fair to say that they help, but are still too on the sidelines to feel like they've made a major impact just yet.

Ultimately, Obi Wan Kenobi is heading to a Anakin Skywalker Darth Vader and Obi Wan Kenobi reunion. That's no bad thing, but it remains to be seen if that will simply be fan service or something deeper for the mythology. At the moment, the jury's out on that one, but the ride is certainly solid enough to be worth getting on board with.

Obi Wan Kenobi is streaming now on Disney+, with new episodes dropping on Wednesdays.

Saturday, 28 May 2022

Whānau Mārama: New Zealand International Film Festival announces NZ features to screen at NZIFF 2022

Whānau Mārama: New Zealand International Film Festival announces NZ features to screen at NZIFF 2022

Making their feature film directorial debuts are Nina Nawalowalo with A Boy Called Piano – The Story of Fa'amoana John Luafutu, and Welby Ings with Punch.

Adapted from the stage to the screen, A Boy Called Piano is an incredibly moving documentary detailing the remarkable story of Fa’amoana’s time as a state ward in the 1960’s and the intergenerational impacts of these experiences. The film was recently awarded Best Feature Documentary at the Montreal Independent Film Festival.
Whānau Mārama: New Zealand International Film Festival announces NZ features to screen at NZIFF 2022


Punch, shot against the black sand backdrop of Tāmaki Makaurau’s West Coast beaches, has its world premiere at NZIFF 2022. This contemporary coming-of-age story set in small-town New Zealand stars Academy Award-nominee Tim Roth and newcomers Jordan Oosterhof and Conan Hayes.

Veteran independent documentary-maker Costa Botes (Forgotten Silver, Act of Kindness, Angie) returns to the festival with the world premiere of observational documentary When the Cows Come Home, charting the unusual life of musician, journalist, artist and cow whisperer, Andrew Johnstone. Interviewing Johnstone and family and friends involved in the various phases of Johnstone’s evolution, it seems as though Botes, himself a one-man production company, has found a kindred spirit in this offbeat bohemian.

Also making its world premiere at the festival is Geoff Dixon – Portraits of Us from filmmakers Glenis Giles and Clare O'Leary. The film is an intimate deep-dive into the world of New Zealand-born Australian-based visual artist Geoff Dixon whose work confronts the fragility of the natural world and seeks to raise awareness of issues of climate change and endangered species.

Anthology films Kāinga and We Are Still Here will treat audiences to the immense talents of a pool of filmmakers, bringing together a raft of Pan-Asian and Indigenous filmmakers respectively.

The final film of the trilogy that includes critically acclaimed films Waru (NZIFF 2017) and Vai (2019), Kāinga features stories written and directed by 11 Kiwi Pan-Asian female filmmakers from Māori Chinese Aotearoa, China, Philippines, India, Iran, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Myanmar and Tamil Eelam descent that chronicle the diverse, ever-changing experiences of Asians trying to make Aotearoa New Zealand their home.

Conceived as a cinematic response to the 250th anniversary of James Cook’s arrival in the South Pacific, We Are Still Here interweaves eight stories from 10 New Zealand, Australia and South Pacific directors that traverse 1000 years, from past, present, and future. The films explore stories of kinship, loss, grief, and resilience and show the strength of love and hope to overcome shared traumas that First Nations people have continued to face.

“We’re always proud to showcase homegrown cinema in the festival and it’s an honour to share this world-class Kiwi line-up to audiences around Aotearoa this winter,” says NZIFF General Manager Sally Woodfield.

“We encourage New Zealanders to experience these beautifully crafted films on the big screen and support local filmmakers.”

NZIFF will also present Auckland premieres of a few films from its 2021 programme that weren’t able to screen in the city last year, including Shirley Horrocks’ Juliet Gerrard: Science in Dark Times, planetarium audio-visual experience Path 99 (screening at Auckland’s Stardome Observatory) and the colourised version of Florian Habicht’s modern cult classic Woodenhead (NZIFF 2003).

More New Zealand feature films will be announced when the full festival programme is revealed in July.

NZIFF opens in Auckland on Thursday 28 July, followed by Wellington on the following Thursday, 4 August, Christchurch on 5 August and Dunedin on 11 August. The remaining centres will span August. Aotearoa New Zealand films screening at NZIFF 2022 are proudly supported by Resene.
 
NZ films to screen at NZIFF 2022 so far:

New Zealand Premiere: A Boy Called Piano – The Story of Fa'amoana John Luafutu
Dir: Nina Nawalowalo

A Boy Called Piano – The Story of Fa’amoana John Luafutu tells the remarkable story of Fa’amoana’s time as a state ward in the 1960’s and the intergenerational impacts of these experiences. Growing from the long-term collaboration with the Luafutu Aiga, the film blends dramatised sequences and powerful interviews with beautiful aerial and underwater photography, translating Nina Nawalowalo’s celebrated visual storytelling to the screen for the first time.

 
World Premiere: Geoff Dixon: Portraits of Us
Dir: Glenis Giles and Clare O’Leary

From filmmakers Glenis Giles and Clare O'Leary comes documentary Geoff Dixon – Portraits of Us, an intimate deep-dive into the world of New Zealand-born Australian-based visual artist Geoff Dixon whose work confronts the fragility of the natural world and seeks to raise awareness of issues of climate change and endangered species.

 
Auckland Premiere: Juliet Gerrard: Science in Dark Times
Dir: Shirley Horrocks

Science in Dark Times follows the work of a remarkable woman, Dame Juliet Gerrard, Jacinda Ardern's Chief Science Advisor, through three years of dramatic crises, including the Whakaari White Island eruption and the unfolding of the Covid-19 pandemic. The film is making its Auckland premiere following its world premiere in Wellington as part of NZIFF 2021.

 
World Premiere: Kāinga
Dir: Michelle Ang, Ghazaleh Golbakhsh, HASH, Nahyeon Lee, Angeline Loo, Asuka Sylvie,  Yamin Tun, Julie Zhu

Following the success of Waru (NZIFF 2017) and Vai (2019), the trilogy completes with Kāinga, with 11 Pan-Asian female filmmakers crafting unique stories chronicling the diverse, ever-changing experiences of Asians trying to make Aotearoa New Zealand their home. The stories, set in the same house across several decades, explore the historical connection to tangata whenua, feelings of isolation, community support in lieu of family, home precarity, excitement about making home, longing to be “back home”, being othered at home, and finally claiming home.

 
Auckland Premiere: Path 99
Dir: Grayson Cooke, Dugal McKinnon

Screening at Auckland’s Stardome Observatory & Planetarium, Path 99 combines planetarium immersion with an enveloping electronic soundtrack, showing us how, now more than ever, it is crucial that we all have our heads in the clouds. Using information discarded as “invalid data” by geoscientists, media artist Grayson Cooke and composer Dugal McKinnon concoct a full spectrum audio-visual experience of a continent’s shifting weather systems. The film is making its Auckland premiere following its world premiere screening in Wellington as part of NZIFF 2021.

 
World Premiere: Punch
Dir: Welby Ings

A contemporary film about love, loyalty and liberation, Punch centres on Jim, a teenage boxer in a small town. He is a golden boy, preparing for a fight that will elevate him to an early professional status. His father Stan, a demanding coach and a notorious alcoholic, has given everything to see his son escape the brutality of his small world. As Jim begins to rethink why he is fighting, his life tangles with outcast takatāpui Māori schoolmate, Whetu. In a world that pretends that being gay is accepted, this film peels back the veneer of tolerance to show what exists under the surface. As Jim stumbles towards discovering what it really is to be a gay man, he is forced to see that strength has little to do with heroism.

 
New Zealand Premiere: We Are Still Here
Dir: Beck Cole, Danielle MacLean, Dena Curtis, Tim Worrall, Richard Curtis, Miki Magasiva, Mario Gaoa, Chantelle Burgoyne, Tracey Rigney, Renae Maihi

We Are Still Here is a unique Indigenous film that interweaves eight powerful stories from 10 Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific directors. Conceived as a cinematic response to the 250th anniversary of James Cook’s arrival in this region, We Are Still Here traverses 1000 years from past, present, and future, exploring stories of kinship, loss, grief, and resilience and showing the strength of love and hope to overcome shared traumas that Indigenous people from Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific have continued to face.

 
World Premiere: When the Cows Come Home
Dir: Costa Botes

Veteran independent documentary-maker Costa Botes returns with an observational documentary charting the unusual life of musician, journalist, artist and cow whisperer, Andrew Johnstone. Opening on the Johnstone family farm in Cambridge, When the Cows Come Home, Johnstone is enthusiastic to expound his views on animal husbandry and bovine communication, before the film walks us back through the events that have shaped the farmer-philosopher — from personal family tragedy to warring with Catholic school authorities, innovating in Hamilton’s nascent music scene to creating guerrilla art installations; Johnstone’s life has had a truly idiosyncratic trajectory. Mental health issues may have seen him retreat to life on the farm, but the film makes clear its subject’s restless inquisitiveness is far from being put out to pasture.   

 
Auckland Premiere: Woodenhead
Dir: Florian Habicht

At last Auckland audiences will get to see a colourised version of Florian Habicht’s debut feature, Woodenhead (NZIFF 2003) following its premiere in Wellington at NZIFF 2021. Filmed in Northland’s lush forests and spartan hill country, Woodenhead conjures a unique, fairy-tale-like realm. Gert, an innocent rubbish-dump worker, is charged with the task of delivering Princess Plum, the ethereal daughter of his master Hugo, to her wedding in Maidenwood. Their journey through the grandeur of New Zealand’s landscape is beset with strange events.

 
 


Friday, 27 May 2022

What's on Netflix in June

What's on Netflix in June

As we head into winter, grab your blankets, hot chocolates and get cosy as you snuggle up on the couch to watch this month’s new hits! 

What's on Netflix in June

 

Spiderhead (June 17)

Headlining this month is Spiderhead, starring the one and only Chris Hemsworth alongside Miles Teller. Based on The New Yorker short story ‘Escape from Spiderhead’ by George Saunders, the film is a genre-bending psychological and darkly funny thriller about a scientist who performs experiments on inmates in exchange for commuted sentences. Spiderhead was filmed throughout Queensland, Australia featuring beautiful scenic shots of the Whitsundays and Gold Coast.

 

Interceptor (June 3)

Action fans, strap in, because Interceptor is going to knock your socks off! The film stars Elsa Pataky as the last officer standing on a remote missile defense base battling for her life against a coordinated terrorist attack. Directed by Australian author Mathew Reilly who is making his directorial debut and co-wrote the film with fellow Australian Stuart Beattie, the film was shot in Sydney with Pataky’s husband Chris Hemsworth as Executive Producer.

 

Surviving Summer (June  3)

The Australian content continues with tween drama series, Surviving Summer! The 10 episode series follows rebellious American teen Summer Torres who finds family, friendship and the perfect wave after landing in the tiny Australian surfing town of Shorehaven on the Great Ocean Road in Victoria.

 

God’s Favorite Idiot (June 15)

For the comedy fans, God’s Favorite Idiot tells the story of a sweet soul on a mission from God. Starring Melissa McCarthy alongside husband, writer and creator Ben Falcone, the film was shot in New South Wales. 

 

Iron Chef: Quest for an Iron Legend (June 15)

Now to satisfy your food cravings, we bring to you Iron Chef: Quest for an Iron Legend, where food stars including Australian Curtis Stone compete against Iron Chef icons. The pressing question is, who will win the gold knife and Iron Chef Legend title?

 

Borgen - Power & Glory (June 2)

If you’re looking for a classic political drama, Borgen - Power & Glory follows Foreign Minister Birgitte Nyborg, who finds her career in jeopardy when a dispute over oil in Greenland threatens to become an international crisis. The series explores some of the biggest issues of our time, including the struggle for power and what power does to people, the relevance of the Danish Realm in the modern world, the superpowers’ battle for control of the Arctic – and not least, the climate crisis.

 

Halftime (June 14)

A fan of celebrity culture? New documentary Halftime offers an intimate peek behind the curtain at global superstar Jennifer Lopez. The film reveals the grit and determination that makes Jennifer Lopez such an icon, from her performances onscreen and on stages around the world, to her Super Bowl Halftime show and Presidential inauguration.


ORIGINAL SERIES


Borgen - Power & Glory (02/06/2022)

Foreign Minister Birgitte Nyborg finds her career in jeopardy when a dispute over oil in Greenland threatens to become an international crisis.


As the Crow Flies (03/06/2022)

A prominent news host watches her glitzy life unravel when an ambitious intern begins to sabotage her at work and sow discord in her marriage.


The Perfect Mother (03/06/2022)

Convinced of her daughter's innocence in a homicide, a devoted mother soon uncovers unsettling truths as the line between victim and perpetrator blurs.


Two Summers (03/06/2022)

A close circle of friends reunites for a lavish holiday — decades after one of them was the victim of a sexual assault committed by others in the group.


Floor Is Lava: Season 2 (03/06/2022)

The obstacles have changed but don't worry — the floor is just as red and bubbly as you remember. New this season: a very slippery volcano.


Baby Fever (08/06/2022)

In this rom-com, a fertility doctor who drunkenly inseminates herself with her ex-boyfriend's sperm tries to woo him back after becoming pregnant.


Rhythm + Flow France (Weekly episodes from 09/06/2022)

Episodes 1-4 (09/06/2022)

Episodes  5-7 (16/06/2022)

Episode 8 (23/06/2022) 

French rappers freestyle, battle and write their way to a game-changing 100,000 euro prize in a music competition series judged by Niska, Shay and SCH.


First Kill (10/06/2022)

Falling in love is tricky for teens Juliette and Calliope: One's a vampire, the other's a vampire hunter — and both are ready to make their first kill.


Intimacy (10/06/2022)

A leaked sex video of a promising politician serves as the catalyst for this story of four women treading the fine line between public and private life.


Maldivas (15/06/2022)

A young woman leaves a small town and moves to a condo in Rio de Janeiro to find her mother, but a suspicious fire puts her in a murder investigation.


Iron Chef: Quest for an Iron Legend (15/06/2022)

Rising food stars face off with Iron Chef icons. Only the very best goes to the battle royale finale to win the gold knife and Iron Chef Legend title.


God's Favorite Idiot (15/06/2022)

Melissa McCarthy stars alongside husband, writer and creator Ben Falcone in this comedy series about a sweet soul on a mission from God.


Love & Anarchy: Season 2 (16/06/2022)

After receiving heartbreaking news, Sofie's reluctance to deal with her grief sends her life, career and relationship with Max into a tailspin.


The War Next-door: Season 2 (17/06/2022)

The family-feud comedy series returns for a new season.


She: Season 2 (17/06/2022)

After swearing loyalty to kingpin Nayak, Bhumi explores her sexual liberation – and her dark side – as she treads the line between duty and desire.


You Don't Know Me (17/06/2022)

When all the evidence points towards his guilt, a man on trial for murder uses his closing argument to recount his love affair with a mysterious woman.


Alchemy of Souls (18/06/2022)

A powerful sorceress in a blind woman's body encounters a man from a prestigious family, who wants her help to change his destiny.


Snowflake Mountain (22/06/2022)

Two wilderness experts set out to encourage ten spoiled young adults to become more self-sufficient by roughing it in the great outdoors.


The Umbrella Academy: Season 3 (22/06/2022)

The Emmy-nominated series about a dysfunctional family of superheroes returns for a new season.


First Class (23/06/2022)

Step into the lives of a group of wealthy friends from Barcelona who share a love of over-the-top fashion, luxurious parties and exclusive events.


Queen (23/06/2022)

After a 50 year absence, a renowned Parisian tailor and drag queen returns to his hometown in Poland to make amends with his daughter.


Money Heist: Korea - Joint Economic Area (24/06/2022)

Thieves overtake the mint of a unified Korea. With hostages trapped inside, the police must stop them — as well as the shadowy mastermind behind it all.


Man Vs Bee (24/06/2022)

British comedian Rowan Atkinson ("Mr. Bean") stars in this almost silent comedy about a house sitter's war with a bee.


Cafe Minamdang (27/06/2022)

A new series about a suspicious café — and its equally suspicious patrons.


Extraordinary Attorney Woo (29/06/2022)

A brilliant young attorney with Asperger's syndrome struggles with social interactions.


Pirate Gold of Adak Island (29/06/2022)

An elite team of experienced treasure hunters come to a remote island in the Alaskan wilderness in search of buried pirate gold worth millions.


The Upshaws: Season 2 Part 1 (29/06/2022)

The family comedy from Wanda Sykes and Mike Epps returns with new episodes.


NETFLIX FILM


Interceptor (03/06/2022)

The last officer standing on a remote missile defense base wages the battle of her life against terrorists aiming 16 stolen nuclear weapons at the US.


Hustle (08/06/2022)

When a down-on-his-luck basketball scout finds a potential superstar in Spain, he sets out to prove they both have what it takes to make it in the NBA.


Trees of Peace (10/06/2022)

Four women from different backgrounds forge an unbreakable sisterhood while trapped and in hiding during the genocide in Rwanda. Inspired by true events.


Chickenhare and the Hamster of Darkness (10/06/2022)

A brave young animal explorer teams up with two trusty friends to find a powerful artifact before his greedy uncle can get his paws on it.


Heart Parade (15/06/2022)

To save her job, a dog-fearing, career-minded woman must travel to Kraków, where she meets a charming widower, his son and their four-legged best friend.


The Wrath of God (15/06/2022)

Convinced the tragic deaths of her loved ones were orchestrated by a famous novelist she worked for, Luciana turns to a journalist to expose the truth.


Centauro (15/06/2022)

To clear his son's mother's debt to a cartel, a superbike racer becomes a drug courier, risking his chances of going pro — and jeopardising his own life.


Collision (16/06/2022)

A cheerleading stunt gone wrong landed her in a 20-year coma. Now she's 37, newly awake and ready to live out her high school dream: becoming prom queen.


Spiderhead (17/06/2022)

In the near future, two convicts confront their pasts in a facility run by a visionary who gives them emotion-altering drugs. Starring Chris Hemsworth.


Doom Of Love (20/06/2022)

On the heels of bankruptcy, an ad businessman falls for a singer at a yoga retreat and joins her on a journey of self-realisation.


Love & Gelato (22/06/2022)

Lina makes a promise to her sick mother that she'll spend the summer before college in Rome, where she falls for the city, the people — and the gelato.


The Man from Toronto (24/06/2022)

A case of mistaken identity forces a bumbling entrepreneur to team up with a notorious assassin known as The Man from Toronto in hopes of staying alive.


Glamour Girls (24/06/2022)


Blasted (28/06/2022)

Blasted follows childhood friends Sebastian (Axel Bøyum) and Mikkel (Fredrik Skogsrud), who are reunited for Sebastian’s bachelor party. While Mikkel never matured past being a teenage laser tag-prodigy, Sebastian has grown into a career-obsessed workaholic, who’s using the party to schmooze a potential client. But when the bachelor party stumbles head-first into an alien invasion, it’s up to Mikkel and Sebastian to reunite as the kick-ass lasertag duo they once were and fight back.


Silverstar (29/06/2022)

Whitestar's offspring — the spirited young horse Silverstar — meets his match with Esmee, a spirited teen who longs to break free and forge her own path.


Beauty (29/06/2022)

A young singer on the brink of a promising career finds herself torn between a domineering family, industry pressures and her love for her girlfriend.


NETFLIX COMEDY SPECIALS


Yuri Marçal: Honest Mistake (02/06/2022)

From sharing his unique views on family, race and religion to detailing an online rift that blew up, Brazilian comedian Yuri Marçal isn't holding back.


Bill Burr Presents: Friends Who Kill (06/06/2022)

Bill Burr Presents: Friends Who Kill, a showcase featuring stand-ups curated by Burr. Featuring: Michelle Wolf, Jimmy Carr, Steph Tolev, Joe Bartnick, Jeff Ross, Dave Attell, Ian Edwards,Dean Delray, Jessica Kirson, Ronny Chieng.


That’s My Time with David Letterman (07/06/2022)

That’s My Time with David Letterman, each of the six episodes spotlights one comedian, including a 5-minute stand-up set and conversation with Letterman. Featuring Rosebud Baker, Phil Wang, Sam Morril, Brian Simpson, Robin Tran, Naomi Ekperigin.


Stand Out: An LGBTQ+ Celebration (09/06/2022)

Stand Out: An LGBTQ+ Celebration is the largest-ever gathering of LGBTQ+ comics.  The historic celebration featured some of the best in LGBTQ+ comedy legends, and emerging talent hosted by Billy Eichner. Highlights included icon Ani DiFranco introducing Margaret Cho, Sarah Paulson introducing Tig Notaro, Lily Tomlin introducing Sandra Bernhard, Lena Waithe introducing Wanda Sykes, and Rosie O’Donnell closing the night and inviting the rest of the performers joining her on stage for a NEW rendition of Cyndi Lauper’s hit Girls Just Want to Have Fun, GAYS Just Want to Have Fun. Other incredible talent who performed throughout the night included Bob the Drag Queen, Eddie Izzard, Solomon Georgio, Sam Jay, River Butcher, Patti Harrison, Matteo Lane, Marsha Warfield, Mae Martin, Judy Gold, Joel Kim Booster, James Adomian, Guy Branum, Gina Yashere, Trixie Mattel, Scott Thompson, and Todd Glass. Stand Out is produced by Page Hurwitz,  Wanda Sykes (Push It Productions), Brian Graden and Dave Mace (Brian Graden Media).


Dirty Daddy: The Bob Saget Tribute (10/06/2022)

A new special event straight from the Netflix Is a Joke comedy festival.


Amy Schumer's Parental Advisory (11/06/2022)

Amy Schumer's Parental Advisory, a showcase featuring stand-ups curated by  Schumer. Featuring Lil Rel Howery, Chris Distefano, Christina P, Ron Funches , Rachel Feinstein, Jaye McBride.


Pete Davidson Presents: The Best Friends (13/06/2022)

Pete Davidson Presents: The Best Friends, a multi-comic special hosted and curated by Davidson.  Featuring Giulio Gallarotti, Neko White , Carly Aquilino, Joey Gay, Derek Gaines , Jordan Rock , Dave Sirus.


Jane Fonda & Lily Tomlin: Ladies Night Live (14/06/2022)

Jane Fonda & Lily Tomlin: Ladies Night Live, Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda introduce an all-female lineup of comedians. Featuring Michelle Buteau, Cristela Alonzo, Margaret Cho, Heather McMahan, Tracey Ashley, Anjelah Johnson-Reyes, Iliza Shlesinger.


Snoop Dogg's F*cn Around Comedy Special (16/06/2022)

Snoop Dogg’s F*cn Around Comedy Special, original comedy from Snoop, along with sets from legendary black comedians performing at the festival.


Joel Kim Booster: Psychosexual (21/06/2022)

Filmed at Catch One in Los Angeles, Joel Kim Booster makes his Netflix comedy special debut with Psychosexual. In a uniquely crafted three set act, Booster discusses learning the cultural nuances of being Asian as he gets older, shares his preference for threesomes with tips for successful masturbation and his fascination for human sexuality and much more.


Bruna Louise: Demolition (22/06/2022)

A new comedy special from Bruna Louise.


Best of the Fest (23/06/2022)

Best of the Festival, highlights from throughout the 11-day Netflix Is A Joke: The Festival.


Cristela Alonzo: Middle Classy (28/06/2022)

With more money and a smile big enough to show off her hard earned new teeth, Cristela is living the American Dream. She hilariously shares the joys of aging in her fourties, her first ever experience with a gyno, and the importance of family. Cristela Alonzo: Middle Classy premieres globally on Netflix on June 28th, 2022.


NETFLIX DOCUMENTARIES 



Mr. Good: Cop or Crook? (03/06/2022)

In this riveting docuseries, when Norway's top cop is suspected of drug trafficking, investigators must ask: Is he a good officer or a major criminal?


Gladbeck: The Hostage Crisis (08/06/2022)

In August 1988, two armed bank robbers keep German police at bay for 54 hours during a hostage-taking drama that ends in a shootout and three deaths.


Keep Sweet: Pray and Obey (08/06/2022)

This docuseries examines the rise of Warren Jeffs in the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and his shocking criminal case.


Halftime (14/06/2022)

Global superstar Jennifer Lopez reflects on her multifaceted career and the pressure of life in the spotlight in this intimate documentary.


Web of Make Believe: Death, Lies and the Internet (15/06/2022)

Conspiracy. Fraud. Violence. Murder. What starts out virtual can get real all too quickly — and when the web is worldwide, so are the consequences.


Sing, Dance, Act: Kabuki featuring Toma Ikuta (16/05/2022)

Drama, heritage, soul; Actor Toma Ikuta trains for his first kabuki theatre performance with his long-time friend, kabuki actor Matsuya Onoe.


The Martha Mitchell Effect (17/06/2022)

This documentary profiles the Cabinet wife who spoke out during Watergate — and the Nixon administration's campaign to gaslight her into silence.


Civil (19/06/2022)

This documentary follows maverick civil rights lawyer Ben Crump as he goes to trial to seek justice for the deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor.


The Future Of (21/06/2022)

With the help of industry experts, this innovative docuseries examines new and emerging technological trends to imagine revolutionary possibilities.


The Hidden Lives of Pets (22/06/2022)

Bow wows and purr-fect pets! Meet amazing creatures from around the world and dig into the latest science on our animal friends' senses and skills.


NETFLIX KIDS & FAMILY


Surviving Summer (03/06/2022)

Expelled from school and exiled to Australia, a rebel New York teen makes waves among a young surfer's inner circle — and leaves a mess in her wake.


Action Pack: Season 2 (06/06/2022)

Superheroes Clay, Wren, Treena and Watts are back to make new friends, set things right and get any villain to play nice in their town of Hope Springs!


Charlie's Colorforms City: Mighty Movie Adventures (13/06/2022)

Charlie creates fun stories using different shapes, and he needs your help! Come along for kid-friendly adventures here, there — and everywhere.


Charlie's Colorforms City: Miss Weather and Friends (13/06/2022)

Charlie creates fun stories using different shapes, and he needs your help! Come along for kid-friendly adventures here, there — and everywhere.


Karma's World Music Videos: Season 2 (16/06/2022)

From a best friend anthem to a brainy bop, this collection of tunes from Karma shows her singing, shining and freestyling alongside friends and family.


Dead End: Paranormal Park (16/06/2022)

Teens Barney and Norma become fast friends and help each other through tough times — while having tonnes of spooky fun working at a haunted theme park!


Angry Birds: Summer Madness: Season 2 (24/06/2022)

Sparks and feathers fly when a teenage Red, Chuck, Bomb and Stella spend a wild summer together with other Angry Birds at Camp Splinterwood!


Chip and Potato: Chip’s Holiday (27/06/2022)

Falling coconuts are putting a damper on Chip and Potato’s pugtastic vacation! With the help of a friendly tamarin and a new friend, they hatch a plan to get a puggy good sleep.


Sharkdog: Season 2 (30/06/2022)

Sharkdog and his human pals return for a new season filled with adventures.


NETFLIX  ANIME


SPRIGGAN (18/06/2022)

An ancient alien civilization's relics on Earth hold dangerous powers. The ARCAM corporation's Spriggan agents must keep them out of the wrong hands.


BASTARD‼ -Heavy Metal, Dark Fantasy- (30/06/2022)

Dark Schneider, a powerful wizard sealed in the body of a boy, embarks on a quest to conquer the world, accompanied by new friends and old enemies.


LICENSED HIGHLIGHTS


How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days (01/06/2022)

A player bets his co-workers he can make a woman fall in love with him in just 10 days. But he bets on the wrong girl -- a writer with her own agenda.


Inception (01/06/2022)

A troubled thief who extracts secrets from people's dreams takes one last job: leading a dangerous mission to plant an idea in a target's subconscious.


American Pie 2 (01/06/2022)

Jim, Oz, Kevin and Stifler are back -- and hornier than ever! After their first year of college, they reunite and rent a beach house for the summer.

Thursday, 26 May 2022

How To Please A Woman: Movie Review

How To Please A Woman: Movie Review

Cast: Sally Phillips, Erik Thomson, Alexander England, Josh Thomson
Director: Renee Webster

There's a truth rarely universally acknowledged on screen in Australian director Renee Webster's low key comedy drama about a 50 something woman looking for more in her life.

How To Please A Woman: Movie Review

There's also a very cliched and unoriginal line in it as well - namely that men abhor cleaning and are universally rubbish at it.

Smack the Pony's comedy star Sally Phillips is Gina, a frustrated woman whose loveless marriage is dwindling, and who's the only one to be made redundant from her work. When her friends decide to get her a stripper for a significant birthday, a thoroughly exhausted Gina exhorts the shirtless Tom (England) to simply clean her house to fill up his allocated two hour time with her after he asks her what she truly desires.

However, Gina hits on the possibility of this being an idea for a new business - a topless cleaning service where the staff may also sleep with the clients....

How To Please A Woman certainly has a risky premise - inadvertently validating prostitution and it may certainly be accused of being a little light in the inherent comedy of the idea, preferring to deliver relatively flat oneliners instead of gut-bustingly hilarious moments. There is a feeling that at one point, the film's about to take on The Full Monty with a warehouse setting and male dancing, but wisely, How To Please A Woman veers away quickly from the easy route, and settles for something more complex, restrained and frustrated women-centric.

How To Please A Woman: Movie Review

Thankfully, a wonderfully restrained Phillips is what makes How To Please A Woman work. There's a quiet air of desperation at play here, an addition to the pantheon of desperate older women who want their voices heard and their desires met. It's not as if Gina is a major addition to that canon, merely that a combination of subtle writing and understated performance make a potent mix.

Certainly, there's one clever scene that plays to the riskier edges of How To Please A Woman, so teased within the film's trailer. But outside of Phillips and Thomson, there really aren't any other strong enough characters to shine through here sadly. Even NZ's Josh Thomson is reduced to a role that makes him a mockery and one which, disappointingly, could vaguely be accused of a bit of racial stereotyping.

Ultimately, while How To Please A Woman isn't the gutbusting chick flick you'd be expecting, that's to its strength - because what emerges is a film that's lowkey enough to catch you unawares and well executed enough to be an amiable night out.

Wednesday, 25 May 2022

Top Gun: Maverick: Movie Review

Top Gun: Maverick: Movie Review

Cast: Tom Cruise, Miles Teller, Val Kilmer, Jennifer Connelly, 
Director: Joseph Kosinski

As narratively hollow as blockbusters come, but a spectacle like cinema has been crying out for for years, Top Gun: Maverick poses somewhat of a conundrum.
Top Gun: Maverick: Movie Review


As a sequel to the 1986 film, it finds Cruise's Maverick swept up in the regrets of the past, while trying to take on the future. the future here being training a group of elite fighter pilots for a dangerous - and possibly suicidal - mission to destroy a nondescript nuclear threat, housed within a mountain.

He's training the elite of the elite - and included in their number is Rooster (Teller), the son of his former wingman Goose....

There's no denying that the plot isn't really the thing which propels Top Gun: Maverick along. Sure, it's a catalyst for endless scenes of broing and of planes in the sky, but it's got little flesh on it, and it's to the credit of those involved that there are some moments that truly land for this flick.

But it's also telling that a short sequence involving Val Kilmer's Iceman and Cruise's Maverick that packs more of the emotional heft than any of the moments which punctuate the continual feeling you are in an extended advert for the Royal Navy air force.
Top Gun: Maverick: Movie Review


There's also a touch of Maverick being a relic of the past, with a drone programme shutting down his test ventures, and an antagonistic relationship between Cruise and Hamm's character that's reminiscent of Bruno Kirby and Robin Williams in Good Morning, Vietnam - but all of these touches aren't really what the film's interested in pursuing.

There are moments of reflection, snippets of a past haunting Maverick - but it's roundly drowned out by chiselled jaws, toned bodies and aerial sequences. Talking of those, it's to Kosinski's credit that they are so kinetic, so thrilling and adrenaline-inducing that they're probably the sole raison d'etre for this film. Taking you inside the cockpit and getting you into the forefront of the action is immersive and engaging - and it's these sequences which pour some lifeblood into the film itself.

Cruise is reflective and as watchable as ever, inhabiting a skin that he's clearly relaxed in; of the rest of the cast, aside from a bit more depth to Teller and the aforementioned Kilmer cameo, there's little depth to be found. There's a younger more headstrong arrogant Top Gun pilot in the group who's clearly supposed to be the Maverick of the gang, a token female, a token newcomer to the group and some other hotheads who largely fade away into insignificance as the story goes on. Connelly is there to be alluring and little else, which feels like a waste in all honesty.

But at the centre of it all, thanks solely to the aerial scenes, there's a viscerally thrilling experience that cries out to be seen on the biggest screen possible. If 1986's Top Gun existed to sign people up, then this sequel clearly knows that it wants to do that again - it's just a crying shame that the story doesn't have a bit more depth to elevate it into the stratosphere.

Tuesday, 24 May 2022

What's on Prime Video in June

What's on Prime Video in June

June sees another big month on Prime Video as The Boys return for a third season.

Here's everything that's streaming on Prime Video in the month of June.
The Boys Season 3


Laser Eyes, Full Hearts, F*ck Supes! The Boys are back and after a year of calm with a very subdued Homelander, and Butcher working for the government, both men are itching to turn this peace and quiet into blood and bone. Kiwis Karl Urban and Antony Starr go head-to-head in the third season of The Boys, June 3. 

Prime Video has just the shows to keep you company on those cold wintry nights this June; coming-of-age drama, The Summer I Turned Pretty, tells the story of first love, first heartbreak, and the magic of that one perfect summer; psychological thriller Chloe follows Becky, whose obsession with the picture-perfect lives on Instagram sees her assume a new identity that is far more exciting and addictive than the "no-one" she is as Becky.  

Canadian comedy series The Lake, follows recently divorced gay man, Justin as he tries to reconnect with his daughter by bringing her to the house he summered as a boy. But when he discovers it has been taken over by his stepsister Maisy-May (Julia Stiles) things do not go to plan; In My Fake Boyfriend Andrew (Keiynan Lonsdale) has a major problem, he can’t stay away from the toxic boyfriend who just dumped him, but his meddling friends (Dylan Sprouse and Sarah Hyland) decide to help him by creating “Cristiano,” a perfect fake boyfriend on social media…perfect idea right??? 

COMING TO AMAZON PRIME VIDEO AOTEAROA THIS JUNE 
 
THE BOYS SEASON 3
AVAILABLE EXCLUSIVELY FROM FRIDAY 3 JUNE 

It’s been a year of calm. Homelander’s subdued. Butcher works for the government, supervised by Hughie of all people. But both men itch to turn this peace and quiet into blood and bone. So when The Boys learn of a mysterious Anti-Supe weapon, it sends them crashing into the Seven, starting a war, and chasing the legend of the first Superhero: Soldier Boy. The Boys is a fun and irreverent take on what happens when superheroes—who are as popular as celebrities, as influential as politicians, and as revered as gods—abuse their superpowers rather than use them for good. Intent on stopping the corrupt superheroes, The Boys, a group of vigilantes, continue their heroic quest to expose the truth about The Seven and Vought—the multibillion-dollar conglomerate that manages the superheroes and covers up their dirty secrets. It’s the seemingly powerless against the super powerful.

The Boys S3 stars Karl Urban, Jack Quaid, Antony Starr, Erin Moriarty, Dominique McElligott, Jessie T. Usher, Laz Alonso, Chace Crawford, Tomer Capone, Karen Fukuhara, Nathan Mitchell, Colby Minifie, Claudia Doumit, and Jensen Ackles.
 
THE SUMMER I TURNED PRETTY 
AVAILABLE EXCLUSIVELY FROM FRIDAY 17 JUNE 
The Summer I Turned Pretty


The Summer I Turned Pretty is a multigenerational drama that hinges on a love triangle between one girl and two brothers, the ever-evolving relationship between mothers and their children, and the enduring power of strong female friendship. It is a coming-of-age story about first love, first heartbreak, and the magic of that one perfect summer. The Prime Video series is led by showrunners Jenny Han, who also wrote the pilot, and Gabrielle Stanton. Han, Stanton, and Karen Rosenfelt serve as executive producers, along with Hope Hartman, Mads Hansen, and Nne Ebong for wiip. The series is a co-production of Amazon Studios and wiip.

The Summer I Turned Pretty stars Lola Tung, Jackie Chung, Rachel Blanchard, Christopher Briney, Gavin Casalegno, Sean Kaufman, Alfredo Narciso, Minnie Mills, Colin Ferguson and Tom Everett Scott. 


CHLOE
AVAILABLE EXCLUSIVELY FROM FRIDAY 24 JUNE 

Chloe is a psychological thriller that follows Becky Green (Erin Doherty), who is obsessed with stalking her childhood friend Chloe Fairbourne’s (Poppy Gilbert) perfectly curated social media presence. Chloe’s charmed life, adoring husband, and circle of high-achieving friends are always just a click away, and Becky can’t resist peering into a world that contrasts so starkly with her own, as she cares for her mother, who has early onset dementia. When Chloe suddenly dies, Becky assumes a new identity and infiltrates the enviable lives of Chloe's closest friends to find out what happened to her. Through her alter-ego Sasha, Becky becomes a powerful, transgressive heroine; a popular, well-connected “someone” with a life–and loves–that are far more exciting and addictive than the “no-one” she is as Becky. However, the pretense soon obscures and conflates reality, and she discovers Chloe’s real life had not been nearly as perfect as it was portrayed online. As Becky gets deeper into her con, and Chloe’s inner circle, she risks losing herself completely in the game she is playing.
 
Chloe stars Erin Doherty, Billy Howle, Pippa Bennett-Warner, Jack Farthing, Brandon Micheal Hall, and Poppy Gilbert

THE LAKE 
AVAILABLE EXCLUSIVELY FROM FRIDAY 17 JUNE 

The series follows Justin (Jordan Gavaris), a gay divorcee, as he returns from living abroad after a break-up with his long-term partner, in the hope of reconnecting with the biological daughter that he gave up for adoption in his teens. His plans to create new memories with his city-loving daughter Billie (Shamoun) at the idyllic lake from his childhood go awry when he finds out his father left the family cottage to his "picture-perfect" stepsister, Maisy-May (Julia Stiles). 

The Lake stars Emily Roman, Jordan Gavaris, Julia Stiles, Madison Shamoun, Terry Chen, Jared Scott, Travis Nelson and Natalie Lisinska. 
 
MY FAKE BOYFRIEND
AVAILABLE  FROM FRIDAY 10 JUNE 

Andrew (Keiynan Lonsdale) has a major problem: He can’t stay away from the toxic boyfriend who just dumped him. His meddling friends (Dylan Sprouse and Sarah Hyland) decide to help him by creating “Cristiano,” a perfect fake boyfriend on social media. Problem solved, right? Wrong! As Cristiano goes viral and becomes a worldwide sensation, Andrew meets his real-life dream guy, Rafi, a charming restaurant owner. Now, Andrew must find a way to put an end to the fake fling, evade his jealous ex, and win Rafi’s heart in this fun and hilarious comedy about the crazy things we do for love.

My Fake Boyfriend stars Keiynan Lonsdale, Dylan Sprouse, and Sarah Hyland

AINBO: SPIRIT OF THE AMAZON
AVAILABLE  FROM WEDNESDAY 8 JUNE

A girl was born and grew up in the deepest jungle of the Amazon, Colonia, that rests on the back of the most powerful Mother Spirit in the Amazon, Turtle Motelo Mama. One day she discovers that her homeland is being threatened and realizes that there are other humans in the world besides her people. As she fights to save her paradise against the greed and exploitation of children, logging, and illegal mining, she begins to struggle to reverse this destruction and impending evil of the Yucuruna, the darkness that lives in the Amazon. Guided by her mother's spirit, Ainbo is determined to save her land and save her people before it's too late.

Ainbo: Spirit Of The Amazon stars Lola Raie, Naomi Serrano, Dino Andrade. 

JUNE 2022 FULL TITLES (IN DATE ORDER)

Lego Jurassic World: The Legend Of Isla Nubla S1 1/06/22 (TV) 
Lego Ninjago S2-S3 1/06/22 (TV)
Lego Jurassic World: The Secret Exhibit Part 1 1/06/22 (TV)
Lego Jurassic World: The Secret Exhibit Part 2 1/06/22 (TV)
Lego Jurassic World: Double Trouble Special 1 1/06/22 (TV)
Lego Jurassic World: Double Trouble Special 2 1/06/22
Lego City Adventure S2 1/06/22 (TV)
Time Is Up 1/06/22 (MOVIE) 
Joe Bell 1/06/22 (MOVIE) 
Chicago Med S5 1/06/22 (TV)
Chicago Pd S7 1/06/22 (TV) 
Chicago Fire S8 1/06/22 (TV) 
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit S21 1/06/22 (TV) 
Friends With Benefits 1/06/22 (MOVIE)
Juniper 2/06/22 (MOVIE)
The Imitation Game 2/06/22 (MOVIE) 
The Boys S3 3/06/22 (TV)
Prime Rewind: Inside The Boys S2 3/06/22 (TV)
Ainbo: Amazon Princess 8/06/22 (MOVIE) 
Backstage With Katherine Ryan S1 9/06/22 (TV) 
My Fake Boyfriend 10/06/22 (MOVIE) 
Fairfax S2 10/06/22 (TV) 
A Simple Favour 12/06/22 (MOVIE) 
Underworld: Blood Wars 15/06/22 (MOVIE)
Bad Boys II 15/06/22 (MOVIE)
Her (2013) 15/06/22 (MOVIE)
Total Recall (2012) 15/06/22 (MOVIE)
A Knight's Tale 15/06/22 (MOVIE)
Underworld (2003) 15/06/22 (MOVIE)
Underworld: Rise Of The Lycans 15/06/22 (MOVIE)
Underworld Evolution 15/06/22 (MOVIE)
Gangs Of New York 16/06/22 (MOVIE)
The Card Counter 16/06/22 (MOVIE) 
The Summer I Turned Pretty S1 17/06/22 (TV) 
The Pogmentary: Born Ready S1 17/06/22 (TV) 
The Lake 17/06/22 (TV)
2 Guns (2013) 22/06/22 (MOVIE)
Last Night In Soho 23/06/22 (MOVIE)
Dear Evan Hansen 23/06/22 (MOVIE) 
Chloe 24/06/22 (TV)
Bad Teacher (2011) 29/06/22 (MOVIE)
Sicario 29/06/22 (MOVIE) 
Miss Congeniality 30/06/22 (MOVIE) 
Miss Congeniality 2 30/06/22 (MOVIE) 
The Smurfs 2 30/06/22 (MOVIE)
Step Brothers 30/06/22 (MOVIE)

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