Welcome to Stream And Stream Again, a monthly column highlighting films and TV series new to streaming catalogs that are of special interest to The A.V. Club’s staff—and hopefully to you, our readers. Here are five new titles streaming this June.
If you’re a regular reader of this site—or any film site, no judgements here—we assume you’ve already heard a lot about Lady Bird, Greta Gerwig’s delicate, heartfelt, Oscar-nominated directorial debut starring Saoirse Ronan as a teenager who dreams of escaping her dreary Catholic-school life and escaping to New York City in early-2000s Sacramento. So we’ll skip the persuasive bit, and let you know that you can cue up Lady Bird’s voicemail for her mom any time you need a good cry starting June 3 on Amazon Prime.
Speaking of Oscar nominees, Three Billboards Outside Of Ebbing, Missouri proved controversial on the awards circuit this winter. But director Martin McDonagh’s feature debut In Bruges—which makes its Netflix debut on June 6—is a crowd-pleaser, with dialogue as explosive as a trash can full of fireworks and an appealingly irritable performance from Colin Farrell, then in the early stages of his attempt to branch out from bland Hollywood leading roles.
Director Kelly Reichardt has described her 1994 feature debut River Of Grass as “a road movie without the road, a love story without the love, and a crime story without the crime,” all of which go a long way towards describing Reichardt’s captivating, minimalistic style of cinema in general. A new collection of Reichardt’s first four films—River Of Grass, Old Joy, Wendy And Lucy, and Meek’s Cutoff—on FilmStruck serve as an introductory course to the underappreciated indie master, along with an extended video interview with Reichardt about her work.
Documentarian Zachary Heinzerling made his feature-film debut with 2013's Cutie And The Boxer, a documentary on the lives of Ushio and Noriko Shinohara, a Japanese couple still living the starving-artist lifestyle in New York City well into their 80s. The result is less depressing than that description makes it sound, examining the creative process and the gender dynamics of who gets to be a genius and who doesn’t.
If Cronenbergian body horror and arch ‘80s retro aesthetics are more your thing, Shudder recently played host to the streaming debut of Sequence Break, the inaugural directorial effort from horror-movie mainstay Graham Skipper. Chase Williamson stars as a socially inept video-game mechanic who gets rather literally sucked into a mysterious new game that shows up without warning at the arcade where he works. Beer and Atari T-shirts recommended.