Galore Recommended Movies to See This Week: June 17th
Looking to hit the theater for a cute date with bae or a girl’s night out at the movies? Planning on staying in but need help figuring out what doesn’t suck on Netflix? Here are Galore’s picks for what to see this week in theaters and on Netflix.
Dope – June 18
Malcom, played by newcomer Shameik Moore, is a geek with perfect grades and high hopes for Harvard, but he and his two best friends, Diggy (Kiersey Clemons) and Jib (Tony Revolori), live in Inglewood where they have more to worry about, like gangs and getting jumped on their walk home from school. Malcolm shines as he fearlessly does his own thing, keeping up with good grades, donning a high fade and funky, bright nineties hip hop garb. When he and his friends end up at an underground party, they get mixed up in the risky business of Los Angeles and must figure their way out without damaging their chance to get into college.
Dope looks to be a colorful, playful take on the classic teen comedy about the good kids getting mixed up in dangerous business on their quest to find excitement and discovery. Aside from the three newcomers starring, the film has quite the star studded cast with A$AP Rocky in his big screen debut, Victoria’s Secret model Chanel Iman, Forest Whitaker, Workaholics’ Blake Anderson, Zoë Kravitz and rappers Tyga, Casey Veggies and Vince Staples. The film was one of the most buzzed about this past Sundance in the U.S. Dramatic Competition and was selected to close the Directors’ Fortnight section at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival. It opens all over North America on June 18th.
Eden – June 19th
At the height of the French electronic music wave of the nineties, Paul (Félix de Givry) a teenager in the underground music scene in Paris, forms a DJ duo with his best friend called Cheers. Based on the experiences of director Mia Hansen-Løve’s brother Sven, we watch as Paul plunges into the euphoric nightlife scene and experiences fame, but it is short lived. The film begins with the “French touch” generation from 1992 and follows characters up to the present while showcasing the acts from the generation that ultimately became international successes like Daft Punk, Dimitri from Paris and Cassius. The film opens in limited release on June 19th.
Backstreet Boys: Show’Em What You’re Made Of – June 16th
“What do you do when you’re a full grown man in a boy band?” asks one of the members of the best selling boy band in history, Backstreet Boys. Having sold more than 130 million records, making them more successful than The Jackson 5 and New Kids on the Block, Backstreet Boys experienced a fantastic career, but it didn’t last forever. This 2015 documentary film chronicles the entire career of the group from their slow start getting signed in 1994 to blowing up in Europe a few years later to their 1999-2002 streak of immense fame and fortune worldwide to their struggle to keep making music, spending time in the hometown of each member and focusing on the problems that occurred throughout the band’s past up to their present. Looks to be the perfect throwback flick for a night in for fans of the Boys when it lands on Netflix on June 16th.
Beyond the Lights – June 24th
Hot new musical artist Noni (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) who has just won a Billboard Music Award and is set for stardom is overcome by pressure and attempts suicide. When she is saved by a young police officer, Kaz Nicol (Nate Parker) the two are drawn close and fall for each other despite what everyone else has to say. Sounds like a modern take on the classic tale of forbidden love, but this time around it ends up for the better. The film isn’t just full of creatively cool names (Noni and Kaz… really?), it features cameos by Minnie Driver, Danny Glover and Machine Gun Kelly as well as an Academy Award nominated original song. Also, Noni has Pinterest-worthy purple hair that looks sick. If you’re looking for a moody romance, this might just be for you. Give it a try when it hits Netflix on June 24th.