The Best Movies and TV Shows New on Netflix Canada in June

‘Beats’
Starts streaming: June 19

Last year, Netflix released “The Kindergarten Teacher,” a troubling drama featuring Maggie Gyllenhaal as a Staten Island teacher who identifies one of her students as a poetry prodigy and goes to great lengths to introduce his talent to the wider world. The new film “Beats” has a similar premise, with Anthony Anderson starring as a high school guard and former music manager who takes an agoraphobic hip-hop savant (Khalil Everage) under his wing, but appears to take it in a more inspirational direction. Shot on location on Chicago’s South Side, “Beats” celebrates a teenager’s musical talents while reflecting on the lasting trauma of a violent tragedy in his past.

‘The Edge of Democracy’
Starts streaming: June 19

Anyone curious about how Brazil came to elect its current far-right president, Jair Bolsonaro, will find some context in Petra Costa’s widely admired documentary “The Edge of Democracy,” which ties the country’s volatile politics to institutional rot and the meddling of Western superpowers. The film starts with the rise of Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva (popularly known simply as Lula), a former steelworker and activist who won the presidency in 2002 and sought to lift working-class Brazilians out of poverty. His successor, Dilma Rousseff, ran into trouble when sensationalized reports of corruption started finding their way into the mainstream. Costa contends that the forces behind Rousseff’s political demise are a threat to Brazil’s fragile democracy.

‘Le Chant du Loup’
Starts streaming: June 20

Submarine thrillers are a reliable source of exploitable tensions: men in close quarters, depth charges dropped from above, the crushing squeeze of water pressure from below. In France’s $23 million contribution to the subgenre that has brought us “Das Boot” and “The Hunt for Red October,” the focus is on barely perceptible signs of trouble. “Le Chant du Loup,” which translates as “The Wolf’s Call,” descends inside a French attack sub assigned with rescuing a special forces unit off the Syrian coast. The success of the mission relies heavily on a “golden ear” (Francois Civil) whose job is to listen closely to sonar to determine the specific pings that might foretell their doom.

‘Black Mirror’: Season 5
Starts streaming: June 5

Binge-watching Charlie Brooker’s science fiction series has become a Netflix tradition, even as the quality of his tech-dystopian anthology has gradually dipped to the wrong side of “varied.” The fifth season consists of only three episodes, each with recognizable faces in the lead: “Rachel, Jack and Ashley Too” casts Miley Cyrus as a singer and the voice of a cute companion robot that takes on an insidious life of its own. “Striking Vipers” stars Anthony Mackie and Nicole Beharie as a couple whose efforts to start a family are undermined by Mackie’s character’s furtive use of reality-altering nodes he attaches to his temples. “Smithereens,” with Andrew Scott and Topher Grace, toys with the idea of GPS and other navigational technology punishing people for their reliance on it.

‘The Chef Show’
Starts streaming: June 7

Good food and conversation have been continuing passions for Jon Favreau, from his IFC round-table show “Dinner for Five” to his 2014 comedy-drama “Chef,” in which he starred as a culinary wizard who gives up his post at a popular Los Angeles restaurant to open a humble food truck with his son. The celebrity chef Roy Choi served as Favreau’s mentor on “Chef,” and now the two have teamed up again for “The Chef Show,” which travels to dining spots across the country and brings in some of Favreau’s many friends in the entertainment industry. Several members of Favreau’s Marvel family make an appearance, including Gwyneth Paltrow, Robert Downey Jr., Tom Holland and Kevin Feige, and the ubiquitous David Chang pops in for a cameo, too.

‘Tales of the City’
Starts streaming: June 7

Armistead Maupin’s “Tales of the City” novels were adapted into a television mini-series 26 years ago and proved to be a minor sensation for PBS, bolstered by controversy over the show’s explicitness and notions of unconventional families. Now Netflix has brought back three of the original cast members — Laura Linney, Olympia Dukakis and Paul Gross — for a 10-episode sequel that brings Mary Ann (Linney) back to 28 Barbary Lane in San Francisco, where Anna Madrigal (Dukakis) presides over a bustling queer community. Ellen Page has the lead role as Mary Ann’s daughter, and L.G.B.T.Q. perspectives are represented on both sides of the camera, all following the lead of the show runner Lauren Morelli, one of the main writers on “Orange Is the New Black.”

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