Prepare yourself for a whole host of introspective and compelling documentaries if you are looking to Netflix to fill the gap left by the absence of decent primetime fare.
In terms of usual Hollywood offerings such as blockbusters, romcoms and fluffy timekillers, summer on the streaming giant begins with a bit of a whimper as Netflix brings in a bevy of meh with few interesting titles to choose from. Pics such as Groundhog Day, Ghost and Wayne’s World take leave of the streaming service, Netflix has opted to replace them with A Walk to Remember and a few of the lesser Jurassic Park films.
On the bright side, there are many, many interesting docs on the horizon to help with the lack of selection on the movie front. Covering everything from underappreciated geniuses in the music industry to an in-depth look at the economy using hand puppets, this month on Netflix is all about nonfiction.
Also, a new season of Orange is the New Black and new series such as Voltron do their best to help out with the June gloom on the TV viewing schedule.
7 Chinese Brothers (2015)
Dry comedy about a slacker played Jason Schwartzman who falls for his boss.
72 Cutest Animals (Season 1)
So, this happened. Good news for people who leave the TV on for their dog or unmotivated stoners who lost the remote control. Cute animals for all!
72 Dangerous Places To Live (Season 1)
If cute widdle fuzzy faces ain’t your bag, here is another choice in mindless entertainment to get your mind off the fact that the pizza guy knows that you are stoned.
A Walk to Remember (2002)
“Mandy Moore’s Less Depressing Take On The Notebook,” but set in an alternative reality where popular people in high school scorn Mandy Moore.
Big Stone Gap (2014)
A romantic comedy starring Ashley Judd who plays a spinster harboring a deep dark secret. She falls for Patrick Wilson, the small town stud, and is friends with Whoopie Goldberg, who offer sage advice.
Bob Ross: Beauty is Everywhere (1990)
The painter version of your Spirit Animal is now available on Netflix for people who want to paint or have trouble sleeping without the calming lull of his hypnotic voice.
Breaking the Magician’s Code: Magic’s Biggest Secrets Finally Revealed (Seasons 1 & 2)
Finally figure out what happened to the milk poured in a newspaper funnel. Or your popularity and social skills.
Cold in July (2014)
Michael C. Hall plays a Texas family man who must deal with the aftermath of a vengeful Sam Shepard after the killing of a home intruder.
Conspiracy Theory: Did We Land On The Moon? (2001)
Seriously? Because this was on Fox, I can only imagine they were trying to milk the X-Files audience for as much as they could.
Cuba: The Forgotten Revolution (2015)
An examination of revolutionaries Frank Pais and Juan Antonio Echeverria and their critical roles in overthrowing dictator Fulgencio Batista y Zaldíva.
(Dis)Honesty: The Truth About Lies (2015)
Behavioral scientist Dan Ariely takes a deep dive into the impact of lies and lying.
El Libro de Piedra (The Book of Stone) (1969)
A wonderfully creepy little Mexican horror film from the ‘60s about a little girl whose imaginary friend Hugo begins to creep out her high society family.
Highly recommend checking out this little beauty of a movie.
Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007)
Cate Blanchett returns to the role that made her a household name in the continuing saga of the Virgin Queen, with this look into her later life. Almost 35% of it might have actually happened.
Extraordinary Tales (2015)
Animated anthology of Edgar Allen Poe tales narrated by the masters of horror, including Christopher Lee, Guillermo Del Toro and the archived voice work of Bela Lugosi.
The Fear of 13 (2015)
Brit doc that examines the life of Nick Yarris, a man who spent 21 years on death row in Pennsylvania.
Gabo: The Creation of Gabriel García Márquez (2015)
A look into the life and writings of one of the greatest voices of this generation.
The Good Witch (Season 1)
Hallmark Channel’s attempt at spooky with this mother-daughter series about witches.
The Great Alone (2015)
A look at the life, struggles and comeback of professional dog sled racer Lance Mackey.
Hadwin’s Judgement (2015)
Based on the novel, a look into the life of Grant Hadwin, who made a 180 degree turn when he evolved from expert logger to environmental activist.
J. Edgar (2011)
Before Leonardo DiCaprio took home the golden guy in 2016, he had many failed attempts at Oscar. In this one, he played J. Edgar Hoover, the most feared man in America who was hiding a few hundred secrets of his own.
Docu spotlights the life of Jaco Pastorius, modern musician and bass player extraordinaire whose influence on jazz music helped shape new generations of artists.
Janis: Little Girl Blue (2015)
A look at the career highs of Janis Joplin, who died too young but not before she left her mark on on modern music.
Jurassic Park (1993)
Steven Spielberg’s summer opus about dinosaurs running amok. One of the greatest summer blockbusters of all time thanks to great special effects, amazing storytelling and Jeff Goldblum.
Jurassic Park III (2001)
Director Joe Johnston offers his attempt to go back to the dino well as Dr. Alan Grant returns to head a rescue mission.
The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997)
Like Jurassic Park, but keep Jeff Goldblum and remove the great storytelling aspect.
Luke Wilson and Olivia Wilde play grieving parents still reeling from the abduction of their son.
The Odd Couple II (1998)
Neil Simon continues the comedy antics of Oscar and Felix as comedy legends Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon return to their iconic roles.
Off Camera with Sam Jones (Season 1)
Photog and director Jones interviews artists, actors, filmmakers, athletes and visionaries in this inquisitive show. Guests include Robert Downy Jr., Tony Hawk, Judd Apatow and Sarah Silverman, to name a few.
Pokémon the Movie: Hoopa and the Clash of Ages (2015)
Pokémon: XY: Kalos Quest: Season 2
For fans of the enduring little pocket monsters, enjoy.
Portrait of a Serial Monogamist (2015)
A middle age woman leaves her longtime partner to pursue a younger woman.
The Resurrection of Jake the Snake Roberts (2015)
A look at the rise and fall of the popular wrestler, who attempts to reclaim his place in the world and his family.
Rock the Kasbah (2015)
Bill Murray plays a music manager who finds his last chance in a Pashtun teen with a set of golden pipes.
Sam Klemke’s Time Machine (2015)
Art project in which filmmaker Sam Klemke filmed and narrated every year of his life starting in 1977.
Second Coming (2014)
Idris Elba stars as a man whose family life becomes chaotic after the unexpected pregnancy of his wife.
Tab Hunter Confidential (2015)
Introspective docu into the life of ‘50s teen idol Tab Hunter, the beloved matinee idol and closeted gay man whose secrets threatened his every move.
UFOs: The Best Evidence Ever (Caught on Tape) (1997)
Following the frenzy of E.T. fans looking to capture evidence of their beliefs on film.
DB Sweeney plays a high school football coach who looks to inspire a rag tag team of misfits into star players. Also known as “Every Other Football Film Ever Made.”
What Our Fathers Did: A Nazi Legacy (2015)
The sons of Nazi war criminals travel to Europe to examine the past and talk about the awful legacies left by their fathers.
Teen girl finds herself at odds with the Alaskan wilderness and must depend on the gruff loner with a heart of gold to help her get home.
Beauty & the Beast (Season 3)
The CW reboot’s final season.
Hibana: Spark (Netflix original series)
“A dramatic series about friendship and conflict between two comedians who search for meaning in life and comedy. Based on the prize-winning book.”
Pretty Little Liars: Season 6
Sixth season of the teen drama.
Bo Burnham: Make Happy (Netflix original)
Funnyman gets Netflix special.
Every Thing Will Be Fine (2015)
James Franco stars in this drama about a writer who attempts to recover from a car accident in which he caused the death of a child.
Jarhead 3: The Seige (2016)
A far cry from the original Jarhead film, this third time out is a brainless actioner centered on marines who must battle militant terrorists in an effort to save the day.
LEGO Friends: The Power of Friendship (Netflix original series, Season 2)
The Lego franchise continues to take aim at the girl market with a second season of saccharine sweet toons.
Voltron: Legendary Defender (Netflix original series)
Netflix teams with Dreamworks Animation to return Voltron to the airwaves. It is very possible that they are doing God’s work.
Me Him Her (2016)
Writer-director Max Landis follows the antics of hipster Corey, who moves out to La-La Land to help his famous friend come out of the closet.
Scandal (Season 5)
Fifth season of the hit series starring Kerry Washington as a political fixer.
Already Tomorrow in Hong Kong (2015)
Romcom about an American ex-pat who falls for a Chinese-American exec.
The League (Season 7)
Continue to follow the lives of your favorite fantasy football league in this seventh (?!?!) outing.
After The Spill (2015)
Environmental docu about the effect of Hurricane Katrina and the sinking of Deepwater Horizon on the Gulf Coast.
Boom Bust Boom (2016)
Monty Pythoner, history lover and all-around genius Terry Jones teams with economist Theo Kocken to offer a unique look at the history and reasons for economic crashes.
The Giver (2014)
Based on the best-seller by Lois Lowry, this big screen adaptation of the young adult novel is yet another entry into the crowded field of “dystopian society that only a teen can fix” genre. Stars Meryl Streep, Jeff Bridges and Taylor Swift.
In the Shadow of the Moon (2007)
Docu on the history of NASA with interviews from the surviving astronauts who began with the program during its infancy in the Kennedy days.
Naz & Maalik (2015)
The touching story of two closeted Muslim teens who must come to terms with their religion, sexuality and the hostility of their environment in a post-9/11 Brooklyn.
Night Owls (2015)
Man discovers that his one-night stand is actually the mentally unstable former lover of his boss.
Poverty, Inc. (2014)
A reflective and enlightening docu about the convoluted system of providing foreign aid to countries in need.
Top Spin (2015)
Documentary on competitive ping-pong players as the narrative follows a trio of teens who battle it out for the win.
TransFatty Lives (2015)
After he is diagnosed with ALS and given only 2-4 years to live,, filmmaker/DJ/podcaster opts to turn the camera onto himself, offering a portrait of a man determined to live his best life.
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (Season 3)
Marvel’s small screen entry into pop culture dominance takes a turn for a third time, bring the story of the gov agency while tying in its big screen counterparts.
The Unborn (2009)
A woman falls victim to a family curse as she is haunted by a Dybbuk, a malicious ghost looking to find a way into the mortal world. Gary Oldman makes an appearance as a rabbi.
All Hail King Julien (Netflix original series; Season 3)
The fuzzy folks from Madagascar return for a third outing.
Orange is the New Black (Netflix original series; Season 4)
The inmates of Litchfield prison have returned, and this time their guarded digs are more crowded than ever as the ladies must learn to live in overcrowded (and potentially dangerous) conditions.
Cedar Cove (Season 3)
Hallmark’s first original series based on the book series of the same name. Your mom loves it.
Grey’s Anatomy (Season 12)
Still on, huh?
Bunk’d (Season 1)
Spin off of the Disney Channel hit Jesse, tween aimed comedy follows a trio of siblings as they adapt to life at summer camp.
I Am Thor (2015)
Documentary on bodybuilder John Mikl Thor, the “Legendary Rock Warrior” who fronted the heavy metal outfit Thor in the ‘80s and ‘70s.
Life Story (Season 1)
The Making of Life Story
Narrated by David Attenborough, this six-part Brit series documents the changes in the lives of different animals and species. Pair it with The Making of Life Story, which offers a look behind the scenes of the making of the unique nature series.
Best Friends Whenever (Season 1)
Disney Channel series about best buddies who are given the ability to travel through time.
Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (2014)
Frank Miller’s dark and gritty creation returns to the big screen, but can’t hold a candle to the original pic despite an all-star cast.
Best Picture winner that follows the exploits of the Spotlight investigative reporting team of the Boston Globe who uncovered a massive scandal and cover up regarding child molestation in the Catholic Church. Brilliant cast includes Michael Keaton, Mark Ruffalo, Rachel McAdams and Liev Schreiber.
Dragons: Race to the Edge (Netflix original series; Season 3)
Third season of the TV version of How To Train Your Dragon continues the adventures of Hiccup and Toothless.
The Fundamentals of Caring (2016) (Netflix original movie)
Dramedy starring Paul Rudd and Selena Gomez follows a disillusioned writer who changes careers to become a caregiver.
Justin Time GO! (Netflix original series)
Spin-off of the Annie Award winning series about a rambunctious six-year-old.
Spike Lee produced pic about a young man caught between cultures when he finds his friends at odds with each other.
Anton Corbijn helms this bio that focuses on the budding friendship between Time magazine photographer Dennis Stock and rising star James Dean (played by Robert Pattinson).
A Very Secret Service (Netflix original series)
Part Kingsmen, part The Office, this comedy series follows the trials and tribulations of a new agent as he enters the French Secret Service.
Documentary about the Palio, the oldest horse race in the world where cheating, bribery and secret alliances are just a part of the race as the horses.
The first documentary to follow an active counterterrorism investigation by the FBI.