Premium streaming service Sundance Now is going to have a busy summer. The June slate is out and it features a number of movies and some interesting new original series on the way as well. Good news for those looking to see something new by the time the summer hits. Sundance Now will even be giving people a 30 day trial to check out the service using the special code: SUNDANCENOW30.
Take a look at what is coming up.
Monday, June 1
Academy Award-winning psychological thriller focusing on three women of different generations whose lives are interconnected by the novel Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf: Clarissa Vaughan (Meryl Streep, Out of Africa), a New Yorker preparing an award party for her AIDS-stricken long-time friend Richard (Ed Harris,The Truman Show) in 2001; Laura Brown (Julianne Moore, Still Alice), a pregnant 1950s housewife in an unhappy marriage with a young son; and Virginia Woolf (Nicole Kidman, Moulin Rouge!) herself in 1920s England, who is struggling with depression and mental illness while trying to write her novel. Also starring John C. Reilly (Chicago), Jeff Daniels (The Squid and the Whale), Miranda Richardson (The Crying Game), Allison Janney (The Help), Toni Collette (Little Miss Sunshine), Claire Danes (My So-Called Life), Stephen Dillane (Game of Thrones), Margo Martindale (August: Osage County) and Eileen Atkins (Doc Martin). (2002)
A weekend getaway for four couples takes a sharp turn when one of the couples discovers the entire trip was orchestrated to host an intervention on their marriage. Starring Cobie Smulders (How I Met Your Mother), Melanie Lynskey (Togetherness), Jason Ritter (Freddy vs. Jason), Natasha Lyonne (Orange is the New Black), Cleo DuVall (Argo), Ben Schwartz (Parks and Recreation), Alia Shawkat (Arrested Development) and Vincent Piazza (Jersey Boys). (2016)
THE ILLUSIONIST (L’illusionniste)
Academy Award-nominated French-British animated film following a French illusionist who finds himself out of work and travels to Scotland where he meets a young woman. Their ensuing adventure changes both of their lives forever. (2010)
THREE DAYS IN JUNE: The Story of the D-Day Forecast
On the 75th anniversary of the epic D-Day landings, this documentary uncovers the incredible story of Ireland’s unknown, but critical role in WWII and how, in the summer of 1944, the timing of the D-Day landings came to hinge on readings taken by a 21-year-old girl in a tiny remote weather station on Europe’s most westerly headland. (2019)
Thursday, June 4
LIAR, Season 2, Ep 1 (Streaming Exclusive)
Spoilers for Season 1: Three weeks after his disappearance, Andrew’s (Ioan Gruffudd, Fantastic Four) body is found on the Kent marshes. His throat slit; it’s declared a murder. Laura (Joanne Froggatt, Downton Abbey), meanwhile, is trying to move on from her ordeal. Also starring Katherine Kelly (Cheat).
BAD MOTHERS, Ep 5 (Sundance Now Exclusive)
“Sharp dialogue and excellent cast… a fun watch” – Decider
“Australia’s version of Desperate Housewives” – The Sydney Morning Herald
Another episode of the addicting Australian drama. Sarah (Tess Haubrich, Treadstone) and Kyle (Don Hany, East West 101) unearth some family secrets that could solve Charlotte’s murder. Bindy’s (Shalom Brune-Franklin, The Heart Guy) mission to improve Maddie’s (Mandy McElhinney, Love Child) love life has unexpected consequences.
SANCTUARY, Ep 7 (Sundance Now Exclusive)
“Satisfying” – The Wall Street Journal
“Deliciously creepy” – TV Insider
“Expect plenty of twists and turns” – Anglophenia
“Dramatically compelling… feels like Stephen King, or maybe The Handmaid’s Tale” – TV Worth Watching
Another episode of the suspenseful psychological thriller. Dr. Silva (Philip Arditti, The Danish Girl) asks Dr. Fisher (Matthew Modine, Stranger Things) to reveal which inmates are actually the secret embedded researchers, as he wants to know their opinions on Siri’s recent change in behavior. To avoid compromising them, Dr. Fisher proposes to conduct those interviews by himself.
Monday, June 8
A biopic about the life of Celine Dion. The film chronicles Dion’s life from a young girl singing in her father’s club, right through her career as a worldwide successful singer to the present day. Starring Christine Ghawi (Who is KK Downey?) as Celine Dion and Jodelle Ferland (Case 39) as a young Celine. (2008)
THE BOYS OF BUCHENWALD
A documentary that examines how the child survivors of the Buchenwald concentration camp had to assimilate themselves back into normal society after having experienced the brutality of the Holocaust. Featuring interviews with the survivors, including Elie Wiesel. (2002)
7 CHINESE BROTHERS
Sharing a small apartment with his sleepy French bulldog (Jason Schwartzman’s real life pet), Larry (Schwartzman, Rushmore), an unmotivated misanthropic thirty-something slacker outcast lands a job at a Quick Lube to be close to the shop’s beautiful manager Lupe (Eleanore Pienta, See You Next Tuesday). (Film, 2015)
Thousands of miles apart, three young migrants, one each in Canada, Colombia and Mexico undergo mental, emotional and physicals transformations in order to survive the violence in a new and unfair living situation. Features dialogue in English, French, Spanish, Tagalog and Mazahua. Starring Jembie Almazan, Jonathan Diaz Angulo and Bernardo Garnica Cruz. (Film, 2016)
THE SEARCH FOR ONE-EYE JIMMY
Set in Brooklyn, where recent film school graduate Les (Holt McCallany, Mindhunter) is attempting to make a documentary about his old neighborhood. When he learns the whole community is grieving over the strange disappearance of young Jimmy Hoyt, Les begins looking into the mystery, filming as he goes. Also starring Michael Badalucco (Léon: The Professional), Nicholas Turturro (The Longest Yard), Steve Buscemi (Fargo), Samuel L. Jackson (Pulp Fiction) and John Turturro (The Name of the Rose). (Film, 1994)
Tuesday, June 9
TALES OF THE GRIM SLEEPER
Master documentary provocateur Nick Broomfield (Aileen: Life and Death of a Serial Killer, Biggie & Tupac) digs into the case of the notorious serial killer known as the Grim Sleeper, who terrorized South Central Los Angeles over a span of twenty-five years. (Documentary, 2014)
Thursday, June 11
THE FALL, Season 1
A psychological thriller examining the lives of two hunters – one is a serial killer (Jamie Dornan, Fifty Shades of Grey) who preys on victims in and around Belfast, Northern Ireland, and the other is a female detective (Gillian Anderson, The X-Files) drafted from the London Metropolitan Police to catch him. (5 EPS)
LIAR S2, Ep 2 (Streaming Exclusive)
Feeling the full force of DI Renton’s investigation, Laura looks to those closest to her for support. But when suspicions fall on Ian, Laura is left questioning who she can trust.
BAD MOTHERS, Ep 6 (Sundance Now Exclusive)
Sarah gets closer to Kyle, until a shocking development changes everything. Maddie’s life spirals out of control as her custody battle with Jesse heats up.
SANCTUARY, Ep 8 – FINALE (Sundance Now Exclusive)
Margot meets Dr. Fisher in his office and tells him that she is convinced that Hel is telling the truth. Dr. Fisher pretends not to be convinced; despite all the clues she reveals to him. She advises him to call the police to get proper proof of Hel/Siri’s identity.
Monday, June 15
Ned (Liev Schrieber, Spotlight) is a man under pressure. As a scriptwriter, his boss (Eddie Izzard, Ocean’s Thirteen) is pushing him to add extra shocks into his latest project. As a husband, he is coping with his stressed-out wife (Helen Hunt, As Good as It Gets) and her sick, alcoholic father (Brian Dennehy, First Blood). As a father, he is worried about his gay son (Ezra Miller, The Perks of Being a Wallflower) coming out. When he is assigned a provocative free spirit (Carla Gugino, Watchmen) as a writing partner, he is forced to examine whether the life he has is really the life he wants. Also starring David Harbour (Stranger Things). (2010)
THE POOL (Foreign Language)
Winner of the Special Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival, The Pool is the story of Venkatesh (Venkatesh Chavan), an impoverished hotel worker in India who becomes obsessed with a swimming pool in the opulent hills of Panjim, Goa, India. His life gets turned upside-down when he attempts to meet the mysterious family who lives at the house. (2007)
LOS ANGELES PLAYS ITSELF
A video essay by Thom Andersen, exploring the way Los Angeles has been presented in movies. Andersen argues that the influence of Hollywood overshadows Los Angeles and is one of the reasons the city’s name is frequently abbreviated. (2003)
DEATH OF A SALESMAN
Golden Globe-winning adaptation of the play of the same name by Arthur Miller. An aging salesman (Dustin Hoffman, Tootsie) recognizes the emptiness of his life and tries to fix it. Also starring Kate Reid (The Andromeda Strain), John Malkovich (In the Line of Fire), Stephen Lang (Avatar) and Charles Durning (Dog Day Afternoon). (1985)
Thursday, June 18
THE BUREAU, Season 5, Ep 1 (Sundance Now Exclusive Premiere)
“The French answer to Homeland, but with more subtlety and less cry face” – SBS
“Focusing on the human toll of espionage, but with enough cutting-edge gadgetry and au courant storylines to keep things provocative” – The New York Times
“A brilliant extended piece of spycraft… each episode is an immersive experience” – Vanity Fair
“The series practicing the best spycraft… Intricately plotted” – Vulture
Eight months after Malotru’s alleged death at the hands of Russian separatists, Le Figaro publishes an article according to which the CIA murdered him with the consent of the DGSE. The news causes panic among DGSE agents and illegal immigrants. Cesar (“Pacemaker”) continues his mission within the Russian intelligence service, the FSB. He learns of Malotru’s death and, like other illegal immigrants, panics.
LIAR S2, Ep 3 (Streaming Exclusive)
Haunted by nightmares of Andrew and harassed by journalists who lurk outside her flat, Laura’s world begins to turn in on her.
BAD MOTHERS, Ep 7 (Sundance Now Exclusive)
Sarah is caught in the crossfire between Anton and Kyle, now that her husband is out of jail. Bindy is conned by the father of her child. Maddie takes a major risk with her love life.
Monday, June 22
VIDAL SASSOON: The Movie
This first-time, deeply intimate look into the life of Vidal Sassoon, from his early days in an orphanage, to his time as a soldier, his beginnings on Bond Street, and ultimately, the revolution he caused, which continues to this day. Filmed over the course of three years, this documentary features unprecedented access to Vidal, candid interviews with former staff, family members, reporters and historians. Together they explore the life and legacy of the most influential hairdresser in the world, whose influence far outreaches the industry he changed forever. Millions revere the legend, yet so few know the man. (2011)
TERRIBLY HAPPY (Foreign Language)
Academy Award-winning writer Diablo Cody (Juno) writes and directs this hilarious tale of innocence lost and paradise found. After a nearly fatal accident, Lamb Mannerheim (Julianne Hough, Rock of Ages) realizes that the world is much bigger than her small, God-fearing Montana town. Armed with a fat insurance payout and a checklist of sins, there’s only one place for her first taste of temptation. Las Vegas! With the help of a few new friends (Russell Brand, Arthur and Octavia Spencer, Hidden Figures) this wide-eyed, innocent girl will have to survive the bright lights and seedy bars of “Sin City.” Academy Award winner Holly Hunter (The Piano) and Nick Offerman (Parks and Recreation) also star.
BAFTA Award-nominated film based on the play of the same name by Julian Mitchell. Another Country is loosely based on the life of the spy and double agent Guy Burgess, who would become better known as one of the Cambridge Spies. Starring Rupert Everett (My Best Friend’s Wedding), Colin Firth (A Single Man)in his feature film debut, and Cary Elwes (The Princess Bride). (1984)
Thursday, June 25
THE BUREAU, S5 Ep 2
Malotru wakes up in a military hospital near Moscow. One of the FSB executives, Karlov, announces to him that he has been naturalized Russian, and that he now bears the name of Pavel Lebedev. It must cooperate with the Russian intelligence services by providing them with information on the methods of the DGSE.
LIAR, S2, Ep 4 (Streaming Exclusive)
As the investigation takes a shocking turn, secrets rise to the surface. Will Laura’s past catch up with her, just as Andrew’s did?
BAD MOTHERS, Ep 8 – FINALE (Sundance Now Exclusive)
The Bad Mothers hatch a risky plan to trap Charlotte’s killer and prove Anton’s innocence. With her husband facing a health crisis, Danielle is shocked to discover she is pregnant. Bindy helps Sam win back his job in the police force.
BEING HUMAN, Season 4
Based on the popular BBC show of the same name, this Canadian supernatural horror comedy-drama follows three twentysomethings sharing a house and trying to live a normal life in Boston, despite being a ghost (Meaghan Rath, New Girl, Hawaii Five-0), a werewolf (Sam Huntington, Jungle 2 Jungle, Good Girls) and a vampire (Sam Witwer, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Supergirl). (13 Eps, Available all at once)
Monday, June 29
SURVIVING SANDY HOOK
Three families talk about their experiences after the Sandy Hook tragedy. (2015)