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The best new movies on Netflix in June

Netflix brings home some of Oscar’s most honored movies, along with a trove of quality documentaries

Jurassic Park (1993)

Chances are, when June hits, you’re not going to want to be indoors streaming movies. We get that—but so does Netflix. That’s why they’re upping the ante: This month, the streaming service supplies some of the worthiest Oscar winners in recent decades, including this year’s Best Picture, Spotlight. You could also have a summer blockbuster party on your couch and fire up Jurassic Park, Steven Spielberg’s now-classic 1993 original and one of the best summer movies of all time. Accept no substitutes. Check out these five best new movies on Netflix.

Best new movies on Netflix in June

Palio (2015)

Imagine a horse race that’s part Kentucky Derby and part Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome, and you’ll have a good idea what Italy’s Palio di Siena is all about. Director Cosima Spender’s handsome and mirthfully hilarious doc unpacks Siena’s most treasured biannual blood sport, bridging the gap between the Palio’s 17th-century origins and the colorful, merciless personalities who keep it alive today.

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Jurassic Park (1993)

Steven Spielberg’s dinosaur epic is a work of clockwork precision, the last of his “perfect” movies (along with the same year’s Schindler’s List) before a move into more idiosyncratic and personal territory. It’s endlessly quotable (“That is one big pile of shit”) and tons of fun. More than 20 years later, Jurassic Park still packs a wallop and a sense of physicality that today’s computerized blockbusters have somewhat lost.

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Spotlight (2015)

Bring on all the comparisons to All the President’s Men you can muster. This quietly shocking journalism thriller—about The Boston Globe’s real-life exposure of child abuse in the local Catholic archdiocese—earns them and more. Still, it’s an achievement like nothing else, an ensemble film that subtly stresses the interconnectedness of coworkers and citizens to the higher cause of truth-telling.

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Janis: Little Girl Blue (2015)

Amy Berg’s deeply sympathetic documentary on Janis Joplin—a singer whose shredded wail tapped reservoirs of pain—gets so much right, it feels like a major act of cultural excavation. We get a glimpse of the high-school-aged subject’s report card (mostly Cs and Ds) and a thorough sense of the tomboyish rebel who found her way to San Francisco’s burgeoning Haight-Ashbury scene.

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Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007)

The Great Cate (Blanchett) earned two Oscar nominations for playing the Virgin Queen in two separate films, 1998’s Elizabeth and this one—a feat never achieved by any another female actor. But geeky statistics aside, we’re crazy about the fire she brings to the role, especially the way Blanchett shows up in royal drag to bark about how “my bitches wear my collars!” Don’t get on her slappy side.

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And here’s everything coming in June, by date:

Available June 1
7 Chinese Brothers (2015)
72 Cutest Animals: Season 1
72 Dangerous Places: Season 1
A Walk to Remember (2002)
Big Stone Gap (2014)
Bob Ross: Beauty is Everywhere (1990)
Breaking the Magician's Code: Magic's Biggest Secrets Finally Revealed: Season 1-2
Cold in July (2014)
Conspiracy Theory: Did We Land On The Moon? (2001)
Cuba: The Forgotten Revolution (2015)
(Dis)Honesty: The Truth About Lies (2015)
El Libro de Piedra (1969)
Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007)
Extraordinary Tales (2015)
The Fear of 13 (2015)
Gabo: The Creation of Gabriel García Márquez (2015)
Gentlemen and Gangsters: Season 1
The Good Witch: Season 1
The Great Alone (2015)
Hadwin's Judgement (2015)
J. Edgar (2011)
Jaco (2015)
Janis: Little Girl Blue (2015)
Jurassic Park (1993)
Jurassic Park III (2001)
Lion Heart (2013)
The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997)
Meadowland (2015)
The Odd Couple II (1998)
Off Camera: Series 1
Pokémon the Movie: Hoopa and the Clash of Ages (2015)
Pokémon: XY: Kalos Quest: Season 2
Portrait of a Serial Monogamist (2015)
The Resurrection of Jake the Snake (2015)
Rock the Kasbah (2015)
Sam Klemke's Time Machine (2015)
Second Coming (2014)
Tab Hunter Confidential (2015)
UFOs: The Best Evidence Ever (Caught on Tape) (1997)
Underdogs (2013)
What Our Fathers Did: A Nazi Legacy (2015)
Wildlike (2014)

Available June 2
Beauty & the Beast: Season 3
Pretty Little Liars: Season 6

Available June 3
Bo Burnham: Make Happy - NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Available June 6
Darkweb (2015)

Available June 7
Every Thing Will Be Fine (2015)
Jarhead 3: The Seige (2016)

Available June 10
LEGO Friends: The Power of Friendship: Season 2 - NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Voltron: Legendary Defender: Season 1 - NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Available June 11
Me Him Her (2016)
Scandal: Season 5

Available June 12
Already Tomorrow in Hong Kong (2015)

Available June 14
The League: Season 7

Available June 15
After The Spill (2015)
Boom Bust Boom (2016)
The Giver (2014)
In the Shadow of the Moon (2007)
Naz & Maalik (2015)
Night Owls (2015)
Poverty, Inc. (2014)
Top Spin (2015)
TransFatty Lives (2015)

Available June 16
Being Mary Jane: Season 3
Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Season 3
The Unborn (2009)

Available June 17
All Hail King Julien: Season 3 - NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Orange is the New Black: Season 4 - NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Available June 18
Cedar Cove: Season 3
Grey's Anatomy: Season 12

Available June 19
Bunk'd: Season 1
I Am Thor (2015)

Available June 20
Life Story: Series 1
The Making of Life Story

Available June 21
Best Friends Whenever: Season 1

Available June 22
Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (2014)
Spotlight (2015)

Available June 24
Dragons: Race to the Edge: Season 3 - NETFLIX ORIGINAL
The Fundamentals of Caring (2016) - NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Available June 27
Cronies (2015)

Available June 29
Life (2015)

Available June 30
A Very Secret Service: Season 1 - NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Palio (2015)
(T)ERROR (2015)