From romantic comedies to the latest Marvel Cinematic Universe entries, here are five great watches on Disney+ and Paramount+ this weekend.
While June is most known for being Pride Month, the beginning of summer also marks Juneteenth — the holiday recognizing the emancipation of enslaved Black people on June 19, 1865. In turn, it’s important to not only recognize the cultural significance of the holiday but also celebrate the achievements oppressed groups have made throughout the years. With content celebrating these milestones alongside other streaming content on Paramount+ and Disney+, here are five watches for the weekend.
Phase Four may be coming to a close in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but there’s always room for rewatches. And now, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is on Disney+ along with the other Phase Four content. With so much of the multiverse lore getting tied into the Doctor Strange sequel, a second watch will be helpful for those looking to fill in the gaps.
When Doctor Strange comes across a mysterious super-powered teen named America Chavez, his life is once again uprooted in a fight to save not only one universe but multiple. Facing Wanda Maximoff as she fully embraces the villainous side of the Scarlet Witch, Strange and Chavez will have to get creative in order to defeat what could be the world’s biggest threat yet.
Now more than ever, it’s crucial to recognize the stories of members of the Black community achieving greatness, and Rise is just one example of such a story. Now available to stream on Disney+, Rise tells the tale of three brothers who became the first trio of siblings to be NBA champions. Immigrants from Nigeria to Greece, the Antetokounmpo family struggled to provide for their five children while obtaining citizenship — that is, until brothers Giannis, Thanasis and Kostas discovered their incredible gifts in basketball.
When one thinks of romantic comedies, How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days is sure to be high on the list. Starring Matthew McConaughey and Kate Hudson, this movie achieved both critical and audience acclaim, most notably commending the chemistry between the two leads. Witty, heartwarming and well-written, How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days is currently streaming on Paramount+.
Andie Anderson lives for her advice column and her doting fans, though she believes she needs to push her boundaries in order to reach new levels of success; thus, she comes up with a plan to write an article on how to make a man leave a woman in just ten days. Unfortunately for her, the man she chooses as her test subject happens to be so confident in his charisma that he claims he can make any woman fall in love with him in ten days. Chaos ensues, but one thing is certain — neither party is aware they have met their ultimate challenger.
Another important entry in celebration of Juneteenth and the progress of civil rights is Selma, the harrowing true story of the fight for the end of discrimination against Black people in the South. Following Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, Selma is both epic and educational.
Though legally, the South became desegregated in 1964, prejudice and deep-seated racism were still rampant, making it difficult for Black people to vote. While King and his followers faced heavy, even violent, opposition, the civil rights advocates were unfailing and unafraid, resulting in President Johnson passing the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Gritty and sobering, Selma puts into perspective not only how difficult that time period was for Black Americans but also how recent it was.
The Scream franchise is in a renaissance right now, with the latest Scream flick releasing earlier in 2022 and another slated to release next year. As new slasher content is emerging, now is the perfect time for fans of the original series to return to Scream 4, the most recent predecessor to the new film. Though critically, Scream 4 fell short for some audiences, it remains a fun watch that expands the lore and worldbuilding of the beloved series.
Years after the events of the original Scream, Sidney Prescott copes with the past Ghostface killings by writing a book geared to inspire independence and self-realization. But during her tour, Sidney ends up back in the fated town of Woodsboro. And while she reconnects with old friends, a familiar masked killer lurks in the shadows, ready and waiting to strike.
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