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The best films coming to Netflix UK this June

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Now that exam season is (hopefully) over for everyone, it might be time to catch up on your Netflix binging. Thankfully this summer month brings with it a fresh batch of must-watch film content to satisfy all your needs and cravings.

1. Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami (2017) – 1st June

An expectedly fascinating documentary about the iconic Grace Jones, this film weaves together her personal and public life, exposing her different facets: warm, funny, but also fierce and persistent. Performances are interspaced with intimate footage to create a full and sprawling picture of the artist’s life.

This film is also a refreshing reminder that any documentary about a female singer need not paint her as a tormented victim.

2. The Edge of Seventeen (2016) – 2nd June

An affecting coming-of-age drama-comedy film starring Hailee Steinfeld and Woody Harrelson. It’s an honest and funny portrayal of girl teenagehood, as Nadine struggles with suicidal thoughts, growing up, and seeing her best friend date her brother. The story is deftly handled, and though another teen movie might sound boring, this one’s director actually looks beyond ‘the teenager’ as a marketable brand.

A smart, refreshingly truthful comedy, this was made for the summer.

3. Ghostbusters (2016) – 7th June

Of course the sexist trolls did their best to sink this all-female reboot (just look at the like to dislike ratio on the YouTube trailer), but let that be an extra incentive to watch this film if you haven’t already. Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones and Kristen Wiig are hilarious and talented comedians in their own rights, but put them all together and you’re bound to get something special.

Though uneven, it’s a highly entertaining crowd-pleaser, and an easy watch when the days are a little too warm.

4. Alex Strangelove (2018) – 8th June

A Netflix original to satisfy your post-Love, Simon needs, this LGBT romance follows a high school senior planning to lose his virginity to his girlfriend. That is, until meeting a handsome kid from the other side of town makes him start to question his sexuality.

This looks to be a light-hearted and funny coming-out story, and one to watch.

5. Set It Up (2018) – 15th June

Another Netflix original, light romantic comedy to fill your month. This one is about two assistants who secretly play match-maker to their respective bosses, so as to get them off their backs.

It can’t be bad if they landed both Lucy Liu and Taye Diggs!

6. Star Trek: Beyond (2016) – 21st June

This most recent Star Trek film is a bright and entertaining addition to the franchise. As always funny, exciting and pretty ridiculous, with Idris Elba and Sofia Boutella co-starring as the baddies, and once again Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban and Zoe Saldana filling the main cast, what’s not to love?

Put on some Beastie Boys and let’s go on a summer adventure.

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