What to watch on Crave in June 2021

Including Betty season 2, The Witches, Veneno and the TIFF hit Night Of The Kings


NOW critics pick the best titles coming to Canadian streaming platform Crave in June 2021, including Betty season 2, Miranda July’s Kajillionaire and a David Cronenberg classic.

Betty (season 2)

The first season of Crystal Moselle’s TV adaptation of her movie Skate Kitchen was slightly painful to watch at the height of the COVID first wave – teen girls skating around NYC in summertime with abandon, getting high, getting into trouble. That casualness ultimately made the show so winning, but with life approaching something resembling “normal,” here’s hoping season 2 doesn’t feel as distantly wistful. The cast of skaters-turned-amateur actors is wearing face masks this time around, so the pandemic is part of the story, and with the cast entering adulthood there will surely be enough drama to distract us. June 11

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The Witches

Anne Hathaway vamps it up in Robert Zemeckis’s adaptation of Roald Dahl’s book, taking over from Angelica Huston in first movie version from 1990. Hathaway sneers, slithers and tries to stomp out children who she turns into mice with committed glee. But more importantly, the movie also finds a charming young Black lead in Jahzir Bruno, who stars opposite Octavia Spencer as his hero’s grandmother. Together they throw a little hot sauce in Dahl’s brew. The movie doesn’t make a big deal about inclusivity, nor does it push any messaging to derail this formulaically fun family entertainment. Instead, it applies a light hand to acknowledge the weight of that casting. Wary of the danger afoot, Spencer’s grandma pulls her ward from their modest home and heads to an expensive hotel. She explains that witches like to prey on kids that no one pays attention to, as she retreats from a vulnerable Black community to a wealthy white bubble for safety. That says all that needs to be said. June 25

A scene from Veneno

Veneno

The acclaimed Spanish miniseries about Cristina Ortiz Rodríguez, aka “La Veneno,” is hitting Crave just in time for Pride Month. After appearing on late-night TV, Rodríguez became a pop culture icon in Spain in the 1990s and one of the first trans women to break into the country’s media mainstream at the time. The biopic covers her childhood, rise to fame and the turbulent years prior to her untimely death at age 52. The show has become a cult hit outside Spain since it began rolling out last fall. June 24

A scene from Kajillionaire
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Kajillionaire

Director Miranda July’s movie about a family of small-time crooks living a principled life off the grid who are nonetheless obsessed with money is a sly comedy full of metaphorical sight gags, philosophical questions and complex layers. Full of snappy dialogue and muted pastels, Kajillionaire cleverly uses comedic mise en scene, symbolism and sight gags to pose deeper questions about money, values and what shapes our world views. The movie mainly revolves around Evan Rachel Wood’s coming of age as a relationship with a new friend (Gina Rodriguez) casts her scheming parents (Richard Jenkins, Debra Winger) in a new light. The final climactic shot is a head-trip. June 11

The Night Of The Kings

Night Of The Kings

Director Philippe Lacôte’s Canadian co-produced second feature was a hit on the festival circuit last year thanks to its genre-defying, One Thousand And One Night-inspired story about a man who lands in Côte d’Ivoire’s largest prison, MACA, and must spend the night telling a story to survive. Partly based on the filmmaker’s own experiences visiting MACA to see his political prisoner mother as well as stories from a friend who served time there, the movie explores the creation of culture, oral history and how the past infuses the present. June 4

A gun pushes through a TV screen in Videodrome

Videodrome

With news that Toronto director David Cronenberg is returning to body horror for his next film, why not catch up on Videodrome, his 1983 cult body horror classic about consumerism, technology media and mind control? (Still timely themes!) Influenced by Marshall McLuhan, it was the director’s first Hollywood film and features some now-iconic special makeup effects by Rick Baker. June 11

The full list of new titles available on Crave in June 2021 by date is below. 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

The Bold And The Beautiful (season 34, episodes 163-167)

June 2

The Handmaid’s Tale (season 4, episode 8)

June 3

Dark Side Of The Ring (season 3A, episode 5)

Legendary (season 2, episodes 7-8)+

Hacks (season 1, episodes 7-8)+

June 4

Jets Legends (season 1, episodes 4-5)

Most Ridiculous (season 4)

MTV’s Celebrity Bumps: Famous And Pregnant (season 1)

MTV’s True Life Crime (season 1)

Pause With Same Jay (season 1, episode 3)+

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

Step Up: High Water (season 2, episode 4)*

Wow! Wow! Wubbzy (season 2)*

June 5

RuPaul’s Drag Race Down Under (season 1, episode 6)

June 6

Black Monday (season 3, episode 3)

The Chi (season 4, episode 3)

Flatbush Misdemeanors (season 1, episode 3)

The Girlfriend Experience (season 3, episode 7)*

In Treatment (season 4, episodes 9-10)+

The Kings, (season 1, episode 1)

Last Week Tonight With John Oliver (season 8, episode 14)+

Run The World (season 1, episode 4)*

Ziwe (season 1, episode 5)

June 7

Axios (season 4, episode 10)+

In Treatment (season 4, episodes 11-12)+

June 8

The Bold And The Beautiful (season 34, episodes 168-172)

June 9

The Handmaid’s Tale (season 4, episode 9)

June 10

Dark Side Of The Ring (season 3A, episode 6)

Legendary (season 2, episodes 9-10)+

Hacks (season 1, episodes 9-10)+

June 11

Betty (season 2, episode 1)+

Gossip Girl (seasons 1-6)

JB Smoove: That’s How I Dooz It

Jets Legend (season 1, episodes 6-7)

MTV’s Deliciousness (season 2B)

MTV’s Teen Mom: Young And Pregnant (seasons 1-2)

Pause With Same Jay (season 1, episode 4)+

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

Step Up: High Water (season 2, episode 5)*

June 12

RuPaul’s Drag Race Down Under (season 1, episode 7)

June 13

Black Monday (season 3, episode 4)

Blindspotting (season 1, episode 1)*

The Chi (season 4, episode 4)

Flatbush Misdemeanors (season 1, episode 4)

The Girlfriend Experience (season 3, episode 8)*

In Treatment (season 4, episodes 13-14)+

The Kings, (season 1, episode 2)

Last Week Tonight With John Oliver (season 8, episode 15)+

Run The World (season 1, episode 5)*

Ziwe (season 1, episode 6)

June 14

Axios (season 4, episode 11)+

In Treatment (season 4, episodes 15-24)+

June 16

The Handmaid’s Tale (season 4, episode 10)

June 17

Dark Side Of The Ring (season 3A, episode 7)

Genera+tion (season 1, episodes 9-11)+

June 18

Betty (season 2, episode 2)+

Domina (season 1)

Jets Legend (season 1, episodes 8-9)

Pause. With Sam Jay (season 1, episode 5)+

Real Time With Bill Maher (season 19, episode 20)+

The Rookie (season 3)

Step Up: High Water (season 2, episode 6)*

Wipeout (season 1, episodes 6-10)

June 19

RuPaul’s Drag Race Down Under (season 1, episode 7)

June 20

Black Monday (season 3, episode 5)

Blindspotting (season 1, episode 2)*

The Chi (season 4, episode 5)

Desus & Mero (season 3, episode 26)

Flatbush Misdemeanors (season 1, episode 5)

The Girlfriend Experience (season 3, episodes 9-10)*

The Kings, (season 1, episode 3)

June 21

Axios (season 4, episode 12)+

I’ll Be Gone In The Dark (special episode)+

Last Week Tonight With John Oliver (season 8, episode 16)+

June 22

The Bold And The Beautiful (season 34, episodes 173-177)

June 24

Dark Side Of The Ring (season 3A, episode 8)

Desus & Mero (season 3, episode 27)

Genera+tion (season 1, episodes 12-13)+

RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars (season 6, episode 1)

Veneno (season 1)+

June 25

Betty (season 2, episode 3)+

Catfish: The TV Show UK (season 1)

Deutschland ’89

Jets Legends (season 1, episode 10)

Pause. With Sam Jay (season 1, episode 6)+

Real Time With Bill Maher (season 19, episode 21)+

Step Up: High Water (season 2, episode 7)*

June 26

Bosch (season 7)

June 27

Black Monday (season 3, episode 6)

Blindspotting (season 1, episode 3)*

The Chi (season 4, episode 6)

Desus & Mero (season 3, episode 27)

Flatbush Misdemeanors (season 1, episode 6)

Last Week Tonight With John Oliver (season 8, episode 17)+

The Kings, (season 1, episode 4)

Run The World (season 1, episode 6)*

June 29

The Bold And The Beautiful (season 34, episodes 178-182)

Movies

June 1

Carol*

Hedwig And The Angry Inch*

June 2

Jump, Darling+

Passchendaele*

June 4

Cats & Dogs 3: Paws Unite+

Milk*

Menace II Society*

Miss Hokusai*

The Night Of Kings+

Non Stop*

Oblivion*

Passenger 57*

Supernova+

Twilight*

Twilight Saga: The New Moon*

Twilight Saga: The Eclipse*

Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part I*

Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part II*

June 9

Boys Vs Girls+

The Croods: A New Age+

Kajillionaire+

The Kid Detective+

The Snow Walker*

Videodrome+

June 11

Belle*

The Expendables 2 *

The Expendables 3*

The Pianist*

Silk Road*

June 15

Revolution Rent+

June 16

The Trotsky*

June 18

About A Boy*

Boy And The World*

Fatale*

First Blood*

The Full Monty*

Meet The Parents*

Meet The Fockers*

Little Fockers*

The Little Things+

Rambo: First Blood Part II*

Rambo III

Terminator 2: Judgment Day*

The United States Vs. Billie Holiday+

June 23

Lie With me*

June 25

Another Round+

The Devil Wears Prada+

Fair Game*

Hologram For A King*

New York Minute*

Rio+

Rio 2+

Wedding Crashers*

The Witches+

June 28

The Holy Game

June 29

The Legend Of The Underground+

June 30

Tom At The Farm*

Last call

The following titles are leaving Crave in June 2021.

June 7

Ask Dr. Ruth

June 11

Change And Action: Racism In Canada

June 13

Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw

The Sun Is Also A Star  

June 14

Remember

June 15

Cold Case Hammarskjold  

Ode To Joy

Think Like A Man Too

June 20

Shooter (seasons 1-3)

June 24

Believer  

The Parting Glass

June 26

Hot Coffee  

Ride Along

June 27

The Amazing Race Canada (season 4)

June 30

Abominable

The Art Of Racing In The Rain

Barton Fink  

The Birds

Dazed And Confused  

A Dog’s Journey

Dr. Strangelove Or: How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Bomb  

The Fall Of The American Empire

Fantastic Four  

Fantastic Four: Rise Of The Silver Surfer  

Frenzy (June 30)

Good Boys  

Guarding Tess  

Hop  

Juno

Knocked Up  

A League Of Their Own

The Man Who Knew Too Much

Marnie  

Once Upon A Time In Mexico

Panic Room  

The People Vs. Larry Flynt

Places In The Heart  

Psycho (1960)  

Rear Window  

Riot Girls  

Rope  

Saboteur  

Shawdow Of A Doubt  

The Souvenir

Spirit Unforgettable  

Stuber  

This Changes Everything

True Romance

Vertigo

Updated (May 28, 2021): This post has been updated to include the addition of a special episode of I’ll Be Gone In The Dark on June 21 and season 6 of RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars. Season 1 of Intergalactic has been removed from the Crave schedule in June.

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