While June may be coming to an end, Prime Video and Hulu have plenty of fan-favorite movies to watch this weekend. Here are our recommendations.
As June 2022 enters its final weekend and July rapidly approaches, summer is officially in full swing. But Hulu and Prime Video have plenty of programming to keep audiences cool. The two premium streaming services have a number of fan-favorite movies coming and going from their respective libraries this month, making this weekend the perfect chance to give them a rewatch or experience them for the first time.
And CBR is here to recommend which movies audiences should check out as they’re contemplating what to put on over the weekend. Here are CBR’s recommendations for the best and biggest movies and television series to binge this weekend.
It’s quickly feeling like filmmaker and actor Taika Waititi is everywhere in Hollywood these days, either behind the camera or on screen. From a supporting role in Lightyear to his return to the Marvel Cinematic Universe helming next month’s Thor: Love and Thunder, Waititi is one of the most visible figures in the entertainment industry today. The director’s Academy Award-winning movie Jojo Rabbit is available to stream on Hulu, with the tragi-comedy highlighting the filmmaker’s skills in an impressive variety of capacities.
Loosely adapting Christine Leunens’ novel Caging Skies, Jojo Rabbit follows a young German boy named Jojo Beltzer in the final days of World War II. As the Nazi government becomes desperate in the face of the Allied advance, the youth get conscripted to make a last stand, while Jojo discovers his mother is hiding a Jewish girl from persecution. A comedy with heartbreaking stakes about the cost of war and the end of innocence, Jojo Rabbit stands as one of Waititi’s finest films to date.
There is no sport that perhaps better suits the summertime than baseball, and the great American pastime has been explored in a number of acclaimed films. One of the most celebrated is 1989’s Field of Dreams, starring Kevin Costner and Ray Liotta in a story that blends the ephemeral and timeless qualities of the sport. Field of Dreams is available to stream on Prime Video but will leave the subscription-based library at the end of June.
Costner portrays unassuming Iowa farmer and family man Ray Kinsella, who hears a mysterious voice informing him to build a baseball diamond in the middle of his cornfield. Complying with the strange request, Kinsella finds himself greeting a myriad of spectral baseball players from the sport’s early days, including disgraced White Sox player Shoeless Joe Jackson, portrayed by Liotta. For the ultimate cinematic exploration into the magical side of baseball and one of the late Liotta’s most memorable roles, Field of Dreams is a must-watch movie.
One of Amazon’s biggest recent acquisitions was MGM, the studio behind such iconic franchises as James Bond, with Prime Video steadily adding the long-running film series to its library. One movie leaving the service at the end of the month — likely a temporary move due to licensing — is 1995’s Goldeneye. The film marked Pierce Brosnan’s fan-favorite debut as the British super-spy, as 007 faces the specter of the Cold War from familiar foes.
From its high dive down the sheer face of a dam to Bond’s destructive rampage through St. Petersburg driving a tank, Goldeneye remains the high water mark of Brosnan’s tenure as 007. The movie completely reinvigorated the venerable franchise for a new generation, proving to audiences that Bond was not a relic confined to the Cold War era in which he got introduced. Still holding up nearly thirty years later, Goldeneye showcases James Bond at his best and is perfect for a rewatch.
While Jason Segel, Kristen Bell and Mila Kunis have starred in a string of romantic comedies, the trio was perhaps never better in the genre than in 2008’s Forgetting Sarah Marshall. The film and its 2010 spinoff Get Him to the Greek are set to leave Hulu at the end of June, making this weekend the last chance to enjoy both. And with both movies diving into the hilarious hijinks associated with heartbreak, the two films are perfectly paired for a quick double feature night.
Forgetting Sarah Marshall stars Segel as a television composer named Peter, who is dumped by his TV star girlfriend Sarah, played by Bell. Deciding to take an impromptu vacation to deal with his breakup blues, Peter runs into Sarah and her new rock star boyfriend, Aldous Snow, played by Russell Brand. Get Him to the Greek sees Snow relapse in the face of his own high-profile breakup, with publicist Aaron Green (Jonah Hill) tasked with bringing Snow to a comeback gig in Los Angeles at all costs.
From Baby Driver to Last Night in Soho, filmmaker Edgar Wright has crafted a number of popular films that engage the audience with stylishly slick sensibilities. The movie that kickstarted Wright’s transition to the big screen is 2004’s Shaun of the Dead, a romantic comedy with zombies, now available to stream on Prime Video. And more than launching Wright’s successful career, the horror-comedy also brought actors Simon Pegg and Nick Frost into the public eye.
Lifelong slacker Shaun finds himself dumped by his longtime girlfriend, Liz, for his lack of ambition. While Shaun is desperate to win Liz back, he finds London has become overrun by zombies, leading him and his friends to seek refuge at their local pub. Showcasing the frenetic filmmaking style that Wright would continue to hone across his career, Shaun of the Dead is one of the best blends of horror and comedy and remains one of Wright’s finest movies nearly twenty years later.
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