What to watch on Crave in June 2020

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WHAT WE CAN’T WAIT TO WATCH

I May Destroy You

British writer/director/actor Michaela Coel’s latest series tackles sexual boundaries, consent, sexual assault, trauma and race – all zeitgeist-y issues. But if her great comedy series Chewing Gum is any indication, we’re expecting I May Destroy to be more cinematic than algorithmic. Coel stars as Araballa, a writer-turned-social media influencer who is drugged and sexually assaulted during a night on the town. The experience sends her careening both inwards and outwards, reassessing close relationships while amplifying her social media presence. Similar to Chewing Gum, I May Destroy You is inspired by autobiographical events. Chewing Gum introduced us to as a wonderfully expressive actor and astute social commentator. It’ll be interesting to see how this ambitious TV creator’s instincts play out in more classically dramatic material. June 7

RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars (season 5)

The popular reality series just wrapped season 12 by cleverly adapting its familiar format beats for quarantine times. Even through Drag Race has become much-needed comfort viewing during the pandemic, our self-isolation times inspired an ingenious finale. It felt like a shake-up this long-running watercooler show needed. Now, get ready for another one: season 5 of All Stars – filmed last June – is giving us another twist. The 10 returning fan favourites competing for the All Star crown will now have to square off against a roster of “lip-sync assassins.” Here’s hoping the the format change-up means the show won’t have to fall back on over-produced reality-TV drama to get us through the next two months of quarantine. June 5

Perry Mason

If you thought the world’s greatest criminal lawyer had died with Raymond Burr, think again: a new HBO miniseries is reviving Erle Stanley Gardner’s creation, and it’s got an awful lot of talent behind it – starting with producer Robert Downey Jr., who’d originally considered playing the role himself but wound up casting Matthew Rhys, fresh off The Americans, to play a younger, greener Perry in an origin story set in 1932 Los Angeles. And Rhys isn’t the only heavy hitter: the ensemble cast also features Tatiana Maslany, John Lithgow, Stephen Root, Lili Taylor, Juliet Rylance and Gayle Rankin, any one of whom could be anchoring a show of their own. June 21

I’ll Be Gone In The Dark

One of the sad things about Michelle McNamara’s riveting 2018 true crime book was the fact that the author didn’t live to see it published. Even more tragic? Just two months after it came out, the subject of the book – known as the Golden State Killer, a masked man who had invaded dozens of homes and raped and murdered 12 people in the 70s and 80s – was caught, in a way that McNamara had outlined in the book. Now Liz Garbus’s six-part doc covers the fascinating story, and no doubt will include footage from the arrest and imprisonment of the culprit. June 28

Welcome To Chechnya

It’s Pride Month and a few buzzy documentaries with queer subject matter that debuted at Sundance are now landing on streaming. One of them is How To Survive A Plague director David France’s look at the network of activists rescuing LGBTQ people from state-sanctioned violence in the reclusive Russian republic. The film picked up awards at Sundance and the Berlinale and uses face-swapping technology called “Deep Fake” to protect the identities of subjects. Toronto-based Rainbow Railroad is a major focus of the film. June 30

SOLID BETS

Ad Astra

Last year’s other great Brad Pitt performance is hiding in James Gray’s artful interplanetary riff on Apocalypse Now, which casts the erstwhile Cliff Booth as an astronaut traversing the solar system to find his missing father and (not incidentally) save all life on Earth. Gray’s gorgeous, sombre sci-fi drama rivals Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity for speculative realism and near-constant peril, but Pitt’s understated work turns a massive space epic into the tiny, vital story of a son travelling out into the infinite depths, searching for answers to questions he doesn’t even know he’s been asking. June 12 

Clemency

It’s hard to believe Alfre Woodard has spent much of her 40-year career being called underrated. In Clemency, she proves why she’s a talent that deserves leading roles, with a performance that doesn’t require many words but manages to be incredibly moving. Woodard stars as Bernadine, a cold prison warden whose numbness to the daily executions she oversees suddenly begins to dissipate, leaving her to confront just what her job has taken from her – emotionally and psychologically. Aldis Hodge memorably co-stars as the latest prisoner who has the misfortune of meeting her, and somehow manages to break her steely resolve. June 26

Lucy In The Sky

Here’s another movie about a lost astronaut – though almost all of the voyaging in Noah Hawley’s first feature is of the internal variety. Starring Natalie Portman as a character loosely inspired by Lisa Nowak, the NASA mission specialist who drove from Houston to Florida in 2007 to confront a colleague she believed to be her romantic rival, Lucy In The Sky is a study of a woman in crisis, and how her inability to fit back into life on Earth after two weeks in orbit puts her on a path to disaster. Hawley’s auterist flourishes can be a bit much, but Portman delivers one of her finest performances as the troubled hero; with the right breaks, this could have been an Oscar contender. Instead, audiences fixated on Hawley leaving out the more tabloidy aspects of the story… which was, of course, his entire point. June 5

Killing Eve (season 3)

If you don’t already consider Sandra Oh one of the greatest actors to hail from Toronto, it’s not too late to start into Killing Eve. Created by the great Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Fleabag, Run), Oh stars as the eponymous Eve Polastri, an intelligence operative hot on the hunt for Villanelle (the equally charming Jodie Comer), a potentially psychopathic assassin in a cat-and-mouse game with Eve. By the second season, there was a certain heat between the two, and it became unclear whether Eve was hoping to catch Villanelle to put her away or to keep her for herself. The third season feels a little less emotionally poignant (Waller-Bridge took a backseat in the writer’s room),but it still delivers on sufficiently savage drama. June 5

Full list of new titles available in June, by date. The + symbol indicates a TV show or movie that is only available on Crave+ . The * symbol indicates a TV show or movie that is only available with the Starz add-on.

TV SHOWS

June 1

Laurel Canyon (part 1)

June 4

Shelter In Place With Shane Smith (season 1, episode 11)

We’re Here (season 1, episode 6)+

June 5

Betty (season 1, episode 6)+

The Big Interview With Dan Rather (seasons 6-7)

Killing Eve (season 3)

Real Time With Bill Maher (season 18, episode 17)+

RuPaul’s Drag Race: All Stars (season 5, episode 1)

Trackers (season 1, episode 1)+

June 6

Yvonne Orji: Mamma I Made It!+

June 7

Billions (season 5, episode 6)

I Know This Much Is True (season 1, episode 5)+

Hightown (season 1, episode 4)*

Insecure (season 4, episode 9)+

I May Destroy You (season 1, episode 1)+

Last Week Tonight With John Oliver (season 7, episode 14)+

Penny Dreadful: City Of Angels (season 1, episode 7)

Vice (season 1, episode 11)

You Me Her (season 2)

June 8

Axios (season 3, episode 8)+

Laurel Canyon (part 2)

June 11

Shelter In Place With Shane Smith (season 1, episode 11)

June 12

Abby Hatcher (season 2)

RuPaul’s Drag Race: All Stars (season 5, episode 2)

Real Time With Bill Maher (season 18, episode 18)+

The Rookie (season 2)

Trackers (season 1, episode 2)+

June 14

Billions (season 5, episode 7)

Crossing Sword (season 1, episode 1)

Hightown (season 1, episode 5)*

I Know This Much Is True (season 1, episode 6)+

Insecure (season 4, episode 10)+

I May Destroy You (season 1, episode 2)+

Last Week Tonight With John Oliver (season 7, episode 15)+

Oggy And The Cockroaches (season 4)

Penny Dreadful: City Of Angels (season 1, episode 8)

Vice (season 1, episode 12)

June 19

Dog Tales Rescue (season 2)

Highway Thru Hell (season 4-5)

Real Time With Bill Maher (season 18, episode 19)+

RuPaul’s Drag Race: All Stars (season 5, episode 3)

Trackers (season 1, episode 3)+

June 21

The Chi (season 3, episode 1)

Hightown (season 1, episode 4)*

Perry Mason (season 1, episode 1)*

Last Week Tonight With John Oliver (season 7, episode 16)+

Penny Dreadful: City Of Angels (season 1, episode 9)

Vice (season 1, episode 13)

June 22

I May Destroy You (season 1, episode 3)+

Axios (season 3, episode 9)+

June 25

Crossing Swords (season 1, episode 2)

June 26

Cold Water Cowboys (season 4)

The D Cut

Real Time With Bill Maher (season 18, episode 20)+

RuPaul’s Drag Race: All Stars (season 5, episode 4)

Supa Strikas (season 7)

Trackers (season 1, episode 4)+

June 28

Black Monday (season 2, episode 7)

The Chi (season 3, episode 3)

I’ll Be Gone In The Dark (season 1, episode 1)+

Hightown (season 1, episode 4)*

Penny Dreadful: City Of Angels (season 1, episode 10)

Perry Mason (season 1, episode 2)+

Last Week Tonight With John Oliver (season 7, episode 17) +

June 29

I May Destroy You (season 1, episode 4)+

MOVIES

June 3

Rhymes For Young Ghouls*

June 4

The Kindness of Strangers+

June 5

Babe*

Babe: Pig In The City*

Couples Retreat*

The Dilemma*

Fight Club*

The Firm*

God And Monsters*

Lady Bird+

Lucy In The Sky+

Mia And The White Lion+

Michael Clayton*

Mr. And Mrs. Smith*

Scott Pilgrim Vs The World*

June 10

Whitewash*

June 11Canadian Strain+

June 12

Ad Astra+

The Ant Bully*

Billy Elliot*

Burn After Reading*

Corporate Animals+

Horrible Bosses*

The Notebook*

Ringside

Spy Game*

June 17

Who The Fuck Is Arthur Fogel?*

June 18

Bully, Coward, Victim: The Story Of Roy Cohn+

June 19

9 To 5*

The Fisher King*

Grand Isle+

The Good Liar+

I Still Believe*

Little Miss Sunshine*

Parenthood*

Twins+

June 24

Transhood+

June 26

Clemency+

Doctor Sleep+

The Fifth Element*

Frost/Nixon*

Ghostbusters*

Ghostbusters 2*

Spy*

Sudden Impact*

Upside Down*

June 30

Welcome To Chechyna+

LAST CHANCE

Movies and TV shows leaving Crave this month.

June 1

The Change-Up

June 2

The Voice (season 18)

June 4

Daytime Dives (season 1)

June 5

Eye On Juliet

June 6

60 Minutes Sports (season 4, episode 6)

June 7

Blood, Sweat & Tools (season 1, episode 9)

Erik Griffin: Amerikan Warrior

June 8

Teen Titans Go! To The Movies

Your Kids, Their Questions: A Your Morning Coronavirus Special

June 11

Never Steady, Never Still

Sicario 2: Day Of The Soldado

June 12

Backstabbing For Beginners

June 13

Wrecked (season 1-3)

June 14

Hedgehogs

June 15

The Long Dumb Road

The Meg

June 23

30 Minutes Or Less

Hotel Transylvania

Zombieland

June 27

The Domestics

June 29

Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again

Patient Zero

June 30

The Amazing Race Canada (season 3)

Arizona

Bang Bang Baby

BlacKkKlansman

Born In East L.A.

The Bridges Of Madison County

Bring It On

Capote

Citizen Jane: Battle For The City

Close Encounters Of The Third Kind: The Director’s Cut

The Colossal Failure Of The Modern Relationship

The Darkest Minds

A Daughter’s Revenge

Doing Money

Dolphin Tale

Donnie Brasco

Edge Of Water

The Girl King

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

The Good Shepherd

The Grey

Guidance

The Heat

Hedgehogs

Johnson Fmaily Vacation

Juggernaut

The Karate Kid (1984)

The Karate Kid (2010)

Megamind

The Other Guys

Pride & Prejudice

Prometheus

Ride With The Devil

Rise of The Guardians

Rogers Waters: The Wall

Search Party

Snakes On A Plane

The Social Network

That Burning Feeling

The Thing

Think Like A Man

Trumbo

The Unborn

Unfriended: The Dark Web

Uprooted (season 1)

 The Watch