What’s On Tap? Streaming Recommendations for June 24th

Taking a different approach from our typical singular cinematic recommendations, we have searched through some of the largest streaming services available to hand-pick several quality choices for your weekend entertainment. Don’t like the spotlight recommendations? Not to worry, we provided a few others you can click on and review yourself.

You’ve made it to Friday, everyone. Time to put your feet up, grab the remote, and see what’s on tap!

Netflix

I Know That Voice

Seldom seen and often heard, the voice actors behind “Futurama,” “Spongebob Squarepants” and many other animated shows discuss their amusing craft. (via Netflix)

Seeking A Friend For The End of the World

As an asteroid hurtles toward Earth, a man sets out to reunite with his high school sweetheart. But a woman who tags along complicates things. (via Netflix)

Life (TV)

Exonerated after 12 years in prison, a former LAPD cop has his life and job restored, but he brings a new Zen attitude to his work. (via Netflix)

Other films of interest: Valley of Love, Night Watch, and The Fundamentals of Caring

Amazon Prime

Ex Machina

Caleb Smith (Domhnall Gleeson), a programmer at an Internet-search giant, wins a competition to spend a week at the private mountain estae of the company’s brilliant and reclusive CEO, Nathan Bateman (Oscar Isaac). Upon his arrival, Caleb learns that Nathan has chosen him to be the human component in a Turing Test-charging him with evaluating the capabilities, and ultimately the consciousness, of Nathan’s latest experiment in artifical intelligence. That experiment is Ava (Alicia Vikander), a breathetaking A.I. whose emotional intelligence proves more sophisticated – and more deceptive – than the two men could have imagined. (via Ex Machina’s official website)

Mr. Robot, Season One (TV)

MR. ROBOT follows Elliot (Rami Malek, “The Pacific”), a young programmer who works as a cyber-security engineer by day and as a vigilante hacker by night.  Elliot finds himself at a crossroads when the mysterious leader (Christian Slater, “The Adderall Diaries”) of an underground hacker group recruits him to destroy the firm he is paid to protect.  Compelled by his personal beliefs, Elliot struggles to resist the chance to take down the multinational CEOs he believes are running (and ruining) the world. (via USA Network)

Torchwood: Miracle Day (TV miniseries)

People all over the world stop dying. Day after day, the phenomenon continues. Only Torchwood seems to hold the answers. CIA agents Rex Matheson and Esther Drummond investigate the only two surviving members of the Torchwood team. But they soon find themselves on the same side, fighting the greatest threat to humanity ever known – humanity itself. (via Amazon Prime)

Other films of interest: Spy Kids, Gattaca, and Mad Max

Hulu

Dear White People

At core, ‘Dear White People’ is a highly entertaining film that presents excellent satire at some points, and dramatic instances at others. The film follows the lives of four young African-American students as they do their best to discover their identity while dealing with the various race -related issues and politics at the place of their study. The focus comes on the Armstrong Dormitory that becomes the victim of housing randomization process, in an effort to usurp the house which has long been a safe haven for the African-American minority of the college. All these events, combined with many other, lead to racial tensions in the lives of Sam, Troy, Coco and Lionel. The African-American student union does its best to fight back all such initiatives, the school paper does its best to get some scoop from the events and a producer of s reality shows does his best to get the most entertaining footage of the drama. (via Dear White People)

Donald Glover: Weirdo (Stand-Up)

With his unique brand of storytelling, Donald Glover (Community) brings down the house in his hysterical stand-up special. (via Hulu)

The Voices

A dark comedy about a likable guy (Ryan Reynolds) pursuing his office crush with the help of his evil talking pets – but things turn sinister when she stands him up for a date. (via Hulu)

Other films of interest: 4:44 Last Day On Earth, Beverly Hills Cop II, and Highlander I/Highlander II

HBO

Frailty

Bill Paxton’s directorial debut is an ultra-chilling horror film in which he stars as a mentally unraveled father who enlists his two young sons in helping do God’s work as requested of him by an angel–to kill people who are really demons. Matthew McConaughey plays the grown-up version of one of the boys who reveals the terrifying truth behind the series of murders to a stumped FBI agent (Powers Boothe). (via HBO)

Alpha Dog

It was a tale of youth gone wild–and over the edge. Based on the sordid true story of a young L.A. drug dealer who murdered a teen in cold blood, this stylish crime drama chronicles the events that led up to the slaying. (via HBO)

Cloak & Dagger

A whiz at computer games, 11-year-old Davey Osborne also has a very lively imagination. Stumbling upon a real espionage plot, he calls on an imaginary hero to help him retrieve vital coded documents from the enemy. (via HBO)

Other films of interest: Wish I Was Here, The Intern, and Independence Day

Showtime

Sleeping With Other People

Twelve years after a one-night stand in college, two New Yorkers (Alison Brie and Jason Sudeikis) meet by chance and discover they each have the same problem: because of their monogamy-challenged ways, neither can maintain a relationship. Determined to stay friends despite their mutual attraction, they make a pact to keep it platonic, a deal that proves easier said than done. Amanda Peet, Adam Scott and Natasha Lyonne co-star. (via Showtime)

Cockneys Vs. Zombies

When contractors to an East London building site unlock a 350-year old vault full of seriously hungry zombies, it’s up to the Cockney McGuire’s – and their bumbling mates Mental Mickey and Davey Tuppance – to save the hostages, their grandfather, and East London from zombie Armageddon in this British comedy. (via Showtime)

Lucky Number Slevin

A simple case of mistaken identity lands a smart-aleck hero named Slevin (Josh Hartnett) in the middle of a New York gang war where nobody is who he or she seems to be. Bruce Willis, Lucy Liu, Morgan Freeman, Ben Kingsley and Stanley Tucci costar in this crackling puzzle of a thriller from director Paul McGuigan. (via Showtime)

Other films of interest: Up In The Air, Kentucky Fried Movie, and Sneakers

iTunes

Everybody Wants Some!!

In the vein of Richard Linklater’s cult classic Dazed and Confused, EVERYBODY WANTS SOME is a comedy set in the world of 1980 college life following a group of friends as they navigate their way through the freedoms and responsibilities of unsupervised adulthood. Get ready for the best weekend ever. (via iTunes)

10 Cloverfield Lane

Outside is dangerous…inside is terrifying in the heart-pounding new thriller from producer J.J. Abrams. After a catastrophic car crash, a young woman (Mary Elizabeth Winstead, A Good Day to Die Hard) wakes up in a survivalist’s (John Goodman, Argo) underground bunker. He claims to have saved her from an apocalyptic attack that has left the outside world uninhabitable. But, as his increasingly suspicious actions lead her to question his motives, she’ll have to escape in order to discover the truth. (via iTunes)

Midnight Special

A father (Michael Shannon) goes on the run to protect his young son, Alton (Jaeden Lieberher), and uncover the truth behind the boy’s special powers. What starts as a race from religious extremists and local law enforcement quickly escalates to a nationwide manhunt involving the highest levels of the Federal Government. Ultimately his father risks everything to protect Alton and help fulfill a destiny that could change the world forever, in this genre–defying film as supernatural as it is intimately human. (via iTunes)

Other films of interest: 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi, The Call Up, and The Invitation.

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