Sequels, Season 2 and Cinematic Universe Expansions are the hottest titles this week. There’s the return of a Marvel fan favorite, some highly intricate historical pieces, and the chance to see all four of the wives of Sex and the city back on screen (albeit in separate shows).
What to watch on Netflix
One of Netflix’s most successful original films is getting a sequel like Extraction 2 hits the screens this week. Chris Hemsworth returns as Tyler Rake, a former Australian special forces operator turned black market mercenary, joined by his handler (Golshifteh Farahani) and her crew (Adam Bessa). This time they are contracted to rescue the family of a dangerous Georgian gangster from a prison in a remote snowy landscape. The Russo Brothers return as writer-producers, so you know this movie will be thrilling, action-packed, and more massive than your average streaming fare. Extraction 2 premieres on Friday, June 16.
Kim Cattrall stars as the Miranda Priestly of the cosmetics world Glamorous. This dramedy takes from The devil wears Prada in more ways than one, as it follows Marco, a strange, gender-nonconforming young man as he tries to match his influencer aspirations with the realities of his downward career trajectory. So if Cattrall’s makeup mogul asks him to be an intern, it’s a no-brainer. But something strange is going on in the company: although the company looks like it should be booming, it is on the brink of collapse and there are a few suspects for this corporate ineptitude. Glamorous premieres on Thursday, June 22.
What to watch on Hulu
Knight tells the true story of Joseph Bologne, the illegitimate son of an enslaved woman and a white slave owner who, thanks to his unparalleled musical talents, achieved great success at the court of Marie Antoinette. A “sumptuous footnote to black history”, the film follows Bologne from his Caribbean childhood to his Parisian school days, weaving the complex social web in which he found himself on the eve of the French Revolution. Kevin Harrison Jr. stars as the Chevalier, while Samara Weaving, Lucy Boynton and Minnie Driver fill the French court. Knight premieres on Friday, June 16.
Last summer’s breakout drama returns for a second season The bear trying to heat things up in the kitchen. Jeremy Allen White has been critically acclaimed for his role as Carmy, a gourmet chef who returns to his hometown of Chicago to run his late brother’s struggling sandwich shop. At the end of the first season, Carmy was looking for a fresh start for himself and his kitchen crew, so hopefully things are looking good for Ayo Edebiri’s Sydney and Ebon Moss-Bachrach’s Richie. Season 2 of The bear premieres on Thursday, June 22.
What to watch on Amazon Prime
A romantic drama that is quite heartwarming despite its heartbreaking premise, Spoiler alert draws from TV journalist Michael Ausiello’s memoir about his fourteen-year relationship with a man who succumbed to a rare form of cancer. You know the end from the beginning, but that doesn’t make the journey any less rewarding. Jim Parsons shows new range as Michael, while Ben Aldridge is more than capable as his old lover. Sally Field and Bill Irwin work wonders as in-laws, and Strange eye‘s Antoni Porowski appears as the other man. Spoiler alert streams from Friday 16 June.
Filmmaker James Gray tells the story of his childhood as a Jewish boy in 1980s Queens Armageddon time. It is a time of great social unrest as the class divide begins to widen, exacerbating the problems of racism and anti-Semitism already ingrained in the city. On the surface, the film might seem like a nostalgic look back at times gone by, but it offers quite the refutation of that kind of sentimentality. Jeremy Strong and Anne Hathaway walk a fine line as strict yet pragmatic parents, while Anthony Hopkins is sure to make you cry. Armageddon time streams from Tuesday 20 June.
What to watch on Max
And just like that…
And so it’s time for season 2 of And just like that…! Carrie, Miranda and Charlotte (and Samantha, possibly) are all coming back to start your summer streaming off right. Each of the ladies is dealing with something different: Carrie has her podcast and many relationship issues, Miranda travels across the country supporting her new lover, and Charlotte struggles to get back to work while being an active mom. Plus, Carrie has a new old flame to rekindle with Aidan Shaw coming back into the picture. Expect a lot of drama and a lot of great new outfits. Season 2 of And just like that… premieres on Wednesday, June 22.
What to watch on Disney Plus
Samuel L. Jackson returns as Nick Fury in Marvel’s latest streaming adventure, Secret invasion. The series stars Jackson’s Fury in the MCU for the first time, following the former SHIELD director as he discovers a plot involving the return of the shape-shifting bad guys from Captain Marvel while considering his own past. Marvel castmates such as Ben Mendelsohn, Cobie Smulders, Martin Freeman and Don Cheadle also return to help foil the emerging alien conspiracy, while newcomers include Emilia Clarke, Olivia Colman, Dermot Mulroney and Kingsley Ben-Adir. Secret invasion premieres on Wednesday, June 21.
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