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The best selection of movies and TV series seem to be released during the summer, and the 2021 lineup from the most popular streaming services is sure to offer something for everyone.
Netflix is bringing back one of its most popular franchises by offering up the next chapter in “The Kissing Booth” trilogy, along with a gender-swapped remake of the 1999 teen comedy, “She’s All That.” The upcoming “He’s All That” stars TikTok influencer Addison Rae as she kicks off her acting career, playing a girl on a mission to transform one of the most unpopular guys in high school into the prom king.
Amazon Prime Video is bringing its own star-studded series “Nine Perfect Strangers” to screens, and stars Nicole Kidman and Melissa McCarthy. The suspenseful drama series is based on the book of the same title, by Liane Moriarty, who also penned “Big Little Lies” and helped turn the novel into a smash hit for HBO.
Best movies and series to watch on Netflix
As the first woman of colour to become chair of a major university, this film follows Dr. Ji-Yoon Kim (Sandra Oh) as she tries to meet the many demands and expectations of a failing English department. Streams August 20.
It’s the summer before Elle (Joey King) heads to college, and she’s facing the hardest decision of her life: whether to move across the country with her dreamy boyfriend Noah (Jacob Elordi) or fulfill her lifelong promise to go to college with her BFF Lee (Joel Courtney). Streams August 11.
Reimagining the 1999 teen classic “She’s All That”, this film follows an influencer (Addison Rae) who accepts a challenge to turn the school’s biggest loser (Tanner Buchanan) into prom king. Streams August 27.
In this thriller series, family man Nick Brewer is abducted in a crime with a sinister online twist. Eight different points of view provide clues to the perpetrator of a gruesome crime fuelled by social media, while those closest to him race to uncover who is behind it and why. Streams August 25.
Best movies and series to watch on Amazon Prime Video
Based on The New York Times best-selling book by author Liane Moriarty, “Nine Perfect Strangers” takes place at a high-end wellness resort that promises healing and transformation for a group of stressed-out city dwellers. Watching over them during this 10-day retreat is the resort’s director, Masha (Kidman), a woman on a mission to reinvigorate their tired minds and bodies. However, these nine “perfect” strangers have no idea what is about to hit them. Streams August 20.
Inspired by The New York Times column of the same name, the Amazon Original Series “Modern Love” returns for season two with a star-studded cast and new stories of love and relationships in all their complexities and beauty. The series stars “Game of Thrones” star Kit Harington, Lucy Boynton, Anna Paquin and Garrett Hedlund. Streams August 13.
Best movies and series to watch on Disney+
In this raunchy comedy, strait-laced Marcus and Emily (Lil Rel Howery, Yvonne Orji) are befriended by thrill-seeking party-goers Ron and Kyla (John Cena, Meredith Hagner) at a resort in Mexico. Living in the moment, the usually level-headed couple lets loose to enjoy a week of uninhibited fun with their new “vacation friends.” Streams August 27.
Three strangers (Steve Martin, Martin Short and Selena Gomez) who share an obsession with true crime, suddenly find themselves wrapped up in a murder investigation. When a grisly death occurs inside their exclusive Upper West Side apartment building, the trio employs their precise knowledge of true crime to uncover complex secrets of their neighbours. Streams August 31.
Best movies and series to watch on Paramount+
In this high-octane sci-fi action film, “Infinite” delves into the concept of reincarnation through characters who must use memories and skills from past lives to ensure the fate of the future. The film stars Mark Wahlberg, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Jason Mantzoukas. Streams August 11.
Best movies and series to watch on Apple TV+
“Mr. Corman” follows Josh Corman (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), an artist at heart but not by trade. A career in music hasn’t panned out, and he teaches fifth grade at a public school in the San Fernando Valley. He knows he has a lot to be thankful for, but finds himself struggling nevertheless through anxiety, loneliness, and a sinking suspicion that he sucks as a person. Streams August 11.
Best movies and series to watch on Crave
A sequel to 2017’s “Kong: Skull Island” and 2019’s “Godzilla: King of the Monsters”, the latest installment follows King Kong as he is transported out of his containment zone after Godzilla resurfaces. Streams August 20.
Following the economic collapse of a company town in rural Nevada, Fern (Frances McDormand) packs her van and sets off on the road exploring a life outside of conventional society, as a modern-day nomad. McDormand won an Oscar for Best Actress for her role in the film. Streaming August 13.