Netflix’s June lineup continues to reflect the difficulties of keeping people entertained in the aftermath of a pandemic; the content drought should subside as the summer wears on, but for now subscribers will have to make do with a grab bag of library titles, left-field curiosities, and low-wattage star vehicles that have yet to screen for critics. That being said, some of those library titles are worth revisiting (“Killing Them Softly” comes to mind), while others have never really gone out of style (“The Best Man”).
And while the streaming giant may not have another “Army of the Dead”-sized blockbuster in the chamber quite yet (“The Ice Road,” a Liam Neeson movie that basically sounds like “Wages of Fear” but slippy, is probably the closest thing to it), Netflix is getting into the spirit of the season with a handful of popcorn movies that might have ruled the multiplex in a saner year. That’s especially true of an animated family comedy like “Wish Dragon,” which boasts voice performances by Jackie Chan, John Cho, and Constance Wu and was slated for theatrical release before Sony Pictures Animation sold it off to the highest bidder. The Kevin Hart dramedy “Fatherhood,” the post-apocalyptic thriller “Awake” (with Gina Rodriguez), and the star-studded cartoon “America: The Motion Picture” also have decent potential to pop, but we’ll have to wait and see if they’re good enough to make an impression.
For now, here are the seven best movies coming to Netflix this June.