En español | It’s time to pull out your watch list calendars and put in some pins, because Netflix just released its June bounty and we’ve got the must-watch new arrivals. Get ready to catch them while they’re hot, and scroll down for a new feature — the best Netflix movies that are leaving this month. Last-chance fun! When it comes to Netflix, our critics have you covered coming ... and going!
Coming June 1
Black Holes: The Edge of All We Know
What are the brightest, darkest and most mysterious objects in the universe? Black holes, which bend space-time so violently that if you looked at one up close, you’d see the back of your own head. Take a closer look — but not too close.
Watch it: Black Holes: The Edge of All We Know
Happy Endings, Seasons 1-3
What to do now that the Friends reunion is over? Discover this similar series about friends in Chicago, with an equally eminent cast: Elisha Cuthbert, Zachary Knighton, Eliza Coupe, Adam Pally, Damon Wayans Jr. and Casey Wilson.
Watch it: Happy Endings
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I Am Sam (2002)
Most critics hated this tearjerker about a single dad (Sean Penn), with a mental age of 7, trying to retain custody of his daughter (Dakota Fanning), despite its all-star cast (Michelle Pfeiffer, Dianne Wiest, Loretta Devine, Richard Schiff, Laura Dern) and delightful Beatles-covers soundtrack. But 86 percent of viewers loved it.
Watch it: I Am Sam
The Best Man (1999)
Spike Lee’s cousin Malcolm Lee’s hit about old college pals gathered for a wedding that erupts into comic drama is so popular, the Peacock network just paid its brilliant cast (Morris Chestnut, Melissa De Sousa, Taye Diggs, Regina Hall, Terrence Howard, Sanaa Lathan, Nia Long and Harold Perrineau) over a million bucks apiece to reboot it as a limited series. See the original and find out why the fuss.
Watch it: The Best Man
The Big Lebowski (1998)
In the Coen brothers’ most beloved cult hit, Jeff Bridges plays The Dude, a slacker mistaken for a millionaire in trouble with the mob. His bowling pals John Goodman and Steve Buscemi support him, but he gets no help from the millionaire’s minion (Philip Seymour Hoffman) or the nihilists out to get him (Peter Stormare and Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers).
Watch it: The Big Lebowski
Coming June 11
Lupin, Part 2
Don’t miss this suspenseful, mirthful, utterly wonderful thriller-comedy about France’s most-wanted gentleman thief (Omar Sy), out to avenge the downfall of his late father at the hands of rich guys who aren’t half as clever.
Watch it: Lupin, Part 2
Coming June 17
Silver Linings Playbook (2012)
Director David O. Russell gave himself and his cast a huge career boost with this tale of a bipolar guy (Bradley Cooper) who lives with his football-obsessed folks (Robert De Niro, Jacki Weaver) and gets recruited for a dance contest by a high-strung widow (Jennifer Lawrence).
Coming June 18
Based on Matthew Logelin’s best seller Two Kisses for Maddy: A Memoir of Loss & Love, it’s the story of a new dad whose wife dies 27 hours after giving birth, so he raises his daughter alone. With Kevin Hart as Matthew and Alfre Woodard as his mother-in-law.
Watch it: Fatherhood
Coming June 25
The Ice Road (2021)
When a Canadian diamond mine collapses, who could possibly lead the high-risk miners-rescue mission across a frozen (but unreliable) ocean? The biggest big-rig ice road driver of them all — Liam Neeson!
Watch it: The Ice Road
Last Chance Must-Sees
Leaving Netflix June 10
Portlandia, Seasons 1-8
The dream of the ’90s is over! So watch Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein’s hilarious spoof of Portland, Oregon’s retro-eccentric pop culture now.
Watch it: Portlandia
Leaving Netflix June 27
Tales of the City, Season 1
In 1993, the biggest hit drama in PBS history was Armistead Maupin’s miniseries about a young woman (Laura Linney in her star-making role) who falls in love with 1976 San Francisco, especially her cannabis-happy landlady (Olympia Dukakis). Binge it, then catch up with the characters in the 2019 sequel.
Watch it: Tales of the City, Season 1
Leaving Netflix June 30
Back to the Future I, II, III
If Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) could time-trip from 1985 to 1955 in the first Back to the Future movie, it’s high time we all tripped from 2021 to 1985 to see it again. If pressed for time, skip the dull second one and watch the third, where Doc’s DeLorean takes him to the 1885 Wild West.
Bonnie and Clyde (1967)
In a classic that jolted ’60s Hollywood awake, Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway lead a bumbling but stylish gang of bank robbers (Gene Hackman, Michael J. Pollard and Estelle Parsons) to their doom — and folk-hero immortality.
Watch it: Bonnie and Clyde
Twin Peaks, Seasons 1-2
In the weirdest hit show TV ever saw, FBI man Kyle MacLachlan savors damn fine pie and coffee and hunts Laura Palmer’s killer. “I have no idea where this will lead us, but I have a definite feeling it will be a place both wonderful and strange,” he accurately says.
Watch it: Twin Peaks
The Twilight Zone, Seasons 1-5
Rod Serling’s eerie supernatural anthology series with a social conscience spawned half a century’s worth of reboots, but nothing ever topped the original that first aired in 1963.
Watch it: The Twilight Zone
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (2011)
Plutocrat Christopher Plummer recruits disgraced reporter Daniel Craig to solve a cold-case murder, with help from relentless, scarily tattooed vigilante computer whiz Rooney Mara.
Watch it: The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
Tim Appelo is AARP’s film and TV critic. Previously, he was Amazon’s entertainment editor, Entertainment Weekly’s video critic, and a writer for The Hollywood Reporter, People, MTV, LA Weekly and The Village Voice.