New Movies: June 2020

We’re back again with another guide to some of the best movies you can now stream at home for free using your library card!


THE PANAMA PAPERS

MetascoreThe Panama Papers charts the story of the massive data leak that exposed the largest global corruption scandal in history. Hundreds of journalists around the globe worked in secret, at great personal risk, to reveal a scandal involving corrupt power brokers, the uber rich, elected officials, dictators, cartel bosses, athletes and celebrities who had used the Panamanian law firm of Mossack Fonseca to hide their money for any number of illegal reasons. The reports detailed tax evasion, fraud, cronyism, bribing government officials, election meddling, and murder. The investigation proved that the system is rigged, and cracked the vault of well-kept secrets and ill-gotten wealth, revealing vast and coordinated corruption among the world’s elite. The significance for the average, tax paying, law-abiding citizen is enormous; with the leaks showing that at least $32 trillion was hiding in more than 80 tax havens in 2010 alone. But breaking the story was only the beginning. There was immediate blowback from many of the named and accused, who are using every tactic imaginable to silence the journalists.

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The Panama Papers serves as a reminder of the important work reporters do in fighting abuses of power and the way that work is evolving in an increasingly fractured global landscape.” – Katie Walsh, Los Angeles Times

“The most critical element of Winter’s documentary is not the scandal itself, but the fact that hundreds of journalists from around the world were able to work together to expose this corruption, despite the consequences, and their egos.” – Lorry Kitka, Film Threat

The Panama Papers captures and celebrates a different concentration of power: that of the journalists who’ve begun to band together by thinking globally, following the money as it travels — and does its best to hide — around the world.” – Own Gleiberman, Variety

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INFINITY BABY

MetascoreOwing to a genetic mix-up involving stem cell research, the recently founded company Infinity Baby, run by the garrulous Neo (Nick Offerman), is able to offer a service for aspiring parents who never want to leave the baby bubble – infants that do not age. Ben (Kieran Culkin), a serial monogamist who says he wants to find the right woman but is always looking for the next one, and his competent pals Larry (Kevin Corrigan) and Malcolm (Martin Starr), are hired to market the service to those keen to nurture. While Ben swipes through his smart phone looking for his next partner, Malcolm and Larry end up having more time with one of the timeless toddlers than we might have imagined. Does having a baby automatically confer some level of maturity? Will Ben’s mom, the sarcastic and demanding Hester (Megan Mullally), approve of Ben’s new girlfriend (Trieste Dunn)? Will Malcolm recover from a disastrous accident with kitchen cleaner? The answers to these questions and more await in Byington’s heady and hilarious potpourri.

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Infinity Baby hits its modern targets with plenty of bite, not unlike the way Mike Judge’s Idiocracy did a decade ago.” – Eric Kohn, IndieWire

“It’s an extremely funny and caustic film, but when it tempers that with moments of humanity, that is where the film shines.” – Josh Kupecki, Austin Chronicle

“Not everyone will be able to enjoy the film’s journey and message, but for those whose tastes match director Bob Byington’s vision, it’s worth seeing.” – Andrea Thompson, Cultured Vultures

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DRIVEWAYS

MetascoreKathy (Hong Chau), a single mother, travels with her shy eight-year-old son Cody (Lucas Jaye) to Kathy’s late sister’s house which they plan to clean and sell. As Kathy realizes how little she knew about her sister, Cody develops an unlikely friendship with Del (Brian Dennehy), the Korean War vet and widower who lives next door. Over the course of a summer, and with Del’s encouragement, Cody develops the courage to come out of his shell and, along with his mother, finds a new place to call home.

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“It’s dumb to measure the worth of anything by its ability to make you cry, but by the end of Driveways the feelings of the characters spill over into your own experience of watching a small, very quiet, very powerful 83-minute short story of a movie.” – Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune

Driveways is surprising at every turn. It’s a modest and gentle story about a boy who feels out of place, and the weak ties he forms that gradually become strong ones.” – Alissa Wilkinson, Vox

“On its own, Driveways would be a sweet, understated masterpiece, simply told, of human connection. But with the death of longtime distinguished stage and movie actor Brian Dennehy on April 15, director Andrew Ahn allows us to say a proper goodbye to the big fella, who gets the final six minutes of the movie all to himself.” – G. Allen Johnson, San Francisco Chronicle

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STONEWALL

MetascoreIn 1969, Danny Winters (Jeremy Irvine) is forced to leave behind friends and loved ones when he is kicked out of his parent’s home and flees to New York. Alone in Greenwich Village, homeless and destitute, he befriends a group of street kids who soon introduce him to the local watering hole The Stonewall Inn; however, this shady, mafia-run club is far from a safe-haven. As Danny and his friends experience discrimination, endure atrocities and are repeatedly harassed by the police, we see a rage begin to build. This emotion runs through Danny and the entire community of young gays, lesbians and drag queens who populate the Stonewall Inn and erupts in a storm of anger. With the toss of a single brick, a riot ensues and a crusade for equality is born.

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“This is an OK movie about a serious subject and an important milestone in the road to gay freedom and equality.” – Bill Zwecker, Chicago Sun-Times

“If the resulting drama, Stonewall, seldom escapes its cliches or cookie-cutter characters, it also recounts a political origin story in relatable, often affecting terms.” – David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter

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WINTER’S BONE

MetascoreThis tense, naturalistic thriller follows 17-year-old Ree Dolly as she confronts the local criminal underworld and the harsh Ozark wilderness in order to track down her father, who has put up the family homestead for his bail. Featuring a star-making performance by Jennifer Lawrence, Winter’s Bone is sure to be one of the most-critically acclaimed films of the year.

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“Spectacular for its humanity, austere beauty and heart-stopping urgency.” – Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal

“Every so often a film gets under our skin with its haunting authenticity, reinforcing our faith in the wonderfully transporting power of cinematic storytelling. Winter’s Bone is unquestionably that film.” – Claudia Puig, USA Today

“It’s those noir bones that give this social-realist drama its punch, as if Humphrey Bogart had been recast as a 17-year-old girl and dropped into the poorest corner of America.” – Ty Burr, Boston Globe

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STRAY

MetascoreIn a cold and remote landscape, two strangers struggle to repair their broken pasts. A young man is on parole after serving time for attempting to murder the man who killed his girlfriend in a hit and run. A woman is released from a psychiatric facility far from her homeland. These two damaged strangers cross paths in the mountains in winter and fall into a complex intimate relationship, putting to the test their capacity to trust and heal.

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“It is an iceberg of a film – what appears above the surface barely scratches at the behemoth of emotion lurking within.” – Tom Augustine, New Zealand Herald

“…for those who are willing to try something a bit different, Stray may be a rewarding experience.” – Nicolás Delgadillo, Cultured Vultures

“It’s terrifically bracing to watch a character study that doesn’t patronise its audience.” – Amanda Jane Robinson, Flicks.co.nz

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TEEN SPIRIT

MetascoreViolet (Elle Fanning) is a shy teenager who dreams of escaping her small town and pursuing her passion to sing. With the help of an unlikely mentor, she enters a local singing competition that will test her integrity, talent and ambition.

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“Minghella’s incredible directorial debut is a technicolor, neon-drenched fever dream. It is told with remarkable visual prowess, jaw-dropping editing, a soundtrack to die for, career-best performances from its central cast, and most importantly, heart. This is not to be missed.” – Bobby LePire, Film Threat

Teen Spirit, Max Minghella’s sweet and touching directing debut, is both proudly clichéd and refreshingly different.” – Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times

“Minghella does a fine job of capturing the essence of the 21st century talent competition show and all its corny, addictive allure.” – Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times

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AFTER CLASS

metascoreA NYC Professor (Justin Long) spends the week reconnecting with his family while defending his reputation over controversial behavior at his college. Meanwhile, his family is determined to make an around-the-clock effort to support their matriarch, Agatha (Lynn Cohen), when she’s admitted to New York’s Presbyterian Hospital and is expected to die within a few days. No one’s handling this particularly well and, to make matters worse, each family member is struggling with other problems of their own. Agatha’s daughter, Diane (Fran Drescher) is fully unprepared for a life without her mother, and oddly enough, she ends up finding comfort in an unexpected place… her ex-husband.

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“Time and again during After Class, Schechter makes pinpoint-accurate choices that are even more impressive when, after it’s done, you replay the movie in your mind, and you realize what an exceptional piece of work it is.” – Joe Leydon, Variety

“Schechter’s ideas remain strong through all of the confusion, and Long’s performance stands out due to its subtlety.” – Michael Frank, The Playlist

“We’ve seen many versions of this kind of story before, but there’s something so spot-on and involving about the film, written and directed by Daniel Schechter — and performed with such a lived-in rhythm by its talented cast — that it proves surprisingly refreshing.” – Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times

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THE BLACKOUT

MetascoreAn unexplained phenomenon turns the earth into complete darkness. However, a small area in Eastern Europe is the only location that still has electricity. When military forces venture outside, they find corpses everywhere. Now it’s a battle against time to find out who is behind all this.

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“[B]edevils with a population consuming reset laced with existential philosophies and the ups and downs of human nature set up behind the curtain of an impressive visual menagerie of brilliantly detailed special effects on the… grandest of scales.” – It’s Bloggin’ Evil

“[It’s] like Stargate crossed with Resident Evil. With a touch of The Matrix and The Raid thrown in for good measure.” – Voices From the Balcony

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I HATE THE MAN IN MY BASEMENT

MetascoreLonely and isolated, Claude is still grieving the murder of his wife. When he’s reluctantly coerced by his obnoxious co-worker to join him for some salsa lessons, Claude develops an unexpected crush on his instructor Kyra. Unfortunately, he’s not sure how to move forward with this budding romance since he still has an unconventional situation in his basement.

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“…the two leads have good chemistry and realistically portray their characters.” – Carey-Ann Pawsey, Orca Sound

“…a fun thrill ride…” – Alan Ng, Film Threat

“Dustin Cook’s intelligent script finds humour in the most difficult places even whilst denying viewers easy rewards. The characters are complex and intriguing, inhabiting a world in which nothing is fair.” – Jennie Kermode, Eye for Film

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AGE OUT

MetascoreFresh out of foster care at age 18, a young drifter turns to petty crime to survive, and discovers an impossible love in an unlikely friend.

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“Utilizing the style he honed as Terrence Malick’s editor and on his directorial debut The Better Angels, Edwards supplies Richie’s inner turmoil through poetic imagery.” – Jared Mobarak, The Film Stage

Age Out stands beyond the shadow cast by these artists; it is its own strong film and, whatever flaws it might have, deserves a much more visible release than it is getting.” – John DeFore, The Hollywood Reporter

“As with The Better Angels, Edwards’ new movie is magnificently impressionistic, with Colin Stetson’s rhythmic score and Jeff Bierman’s sun-dappled cinematography making Richie’s life seem as wondrous as it is hard.” – Noel Murray, Los Angeles Times

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GOODBYE SOLO

MetascoreOn the lonely roads of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, two men forge an improbable friendship that will change both of their lives forever. Solo is a Senegalese cab driver working to provide a better life for his young family. William is a tough Southern good ol‘ boy with a lifetime of regrets. One man‘s American dream is just beginning, while the other‘s is quickly winding down. But despite their differences, both men soon realize they need each other more than either is willing to admit. Through this unlikely but unforgettable friendship, Goodbye Solo deftly explores the passing of a generation as well as the rapidly changing face of America.

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“Wherever you live, when this film opens, it will be the best film in town.” – Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

“Grace is also what defines Mr. Bahrani’s filmmaking. I can’t think of anything else to call the quality of exquisite attention, wry humor and wide-awake intelligence that informs every frame of this almost perfect film.” – A.O. Scott, New York Times

Goodbye Solo is visually simple and stunning, especially the haunting nightscapes of Solo’s perambulations. But more important, Goodbye Solo is driven by deep feeling and sensitivity. Don’t miss it.” – Ann Hornaday, Washington Post

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1985

metascoreAdrian (Cory Michael Smith), a closeted young man, returns to his Texas hometown for Christmas during the first wave of the AIDS crisis. Burdened with an unspeakable tragedy in New York, Adrian reconnects with his brother (Aidan Langford) and estranged childhood friend (Jamie Chung), as he struggles to divulge his dire circumstances to his religious parents (Virginia Madsen and Michael Chiklis).

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“Cory Michael Smith’s performance as Adrian is a quiet marvel in a movie that’s superbly acted all around. The film’s intimate consideration of still-enormous issues is intelligent, surprising and emotionally resonant.” – Glenn Kenny, New York Times

“Chiklis is first-rate as Adrian’s tough, deceptively aware Vietnam-vet father, while Madsen’s gentle, luminous portrayal of a deeply adoring mother is heartbreakingly authentic — and utterly award-worthy.” – Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times

“Malaysian-born writer-director Yen Tan shoots stylishly in black and white 16mm, each frame a tasteful photograph. What’s most skilful, though, is the way he succeeds in complicating archetypes.” – Simran Hans, The Observer

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