We at EPIX take pride in the fact that all of our employees are major movie buffs. Below we have some movies picked by our staff that we think everyone can sit back, relax, and enjoy this June!
Kaitlin F. – The Current
Beauty through both cinematography and story- The Current tells the tales of some very incredible individuals that are utilizing the powerful and soothing capabilities of the ocean to overcome disability. These stories of extreme perseverance inspire fight and strength to all who watch. Dive into the uncharted waters of the ocean with Bethany Hamilton the “soul surfer” and hear how people like her have incited humble strength in athletes such as Olympic Medalist Missy Franklin. Bring some tissues and some smiles for this moving piece of art.
Mike R. – Blue Velvet
Before TWIN PEAKS there was this… a wonderfully bizarre and intense trip down the rabbit hole from legendary writer/director (and co-creator of Twin Peaks) David Lynch. The film is full of more twists and turns than a pretzel factory but it’s the late great Dennis Hopper who steals the show as Frank Booth, a psychopath like no other fueled by Pabst Blue Ribbon and amyl nitrite. Believe me; you have never seen a villain like this before. Hopper’s performance is one for the ages and worth the price of admission alone. Get ready!
Steven K. – Defiance
Set in WWII, Defiance is the true story of the Bielski brothers, Polish Jews avoiding Nazi persecution and seeking vengeance for their slain parents. They seek refuge with Soviet rebels in the middle of the Belarusian forest, and there they build and lead a community of thousands of Jewish men, women and children struggling to survive. This movie has plenty of epic battle scenes, but the focus is not on the guns, gore and glory. Defiance is about brotherhood and community. The Bielskis were brave men who fought to keep one another alive and to protect the lives and traditions of their people. Defiance shows us that even in the darkness of war, the human spirit is triumphant!
Graham W. – Amar’e Stoudemire In The Moment
Well folks, basketball season is over but the excitement doesn’t have to end! Become immersed in the life and times of New York Knicks’ star, Amar’e Stoudemire. Amar’e’s struggle is real. His talent is raw. And his story is unmatched. Get your b-ball fix TONIGHT with Amar’e Stoudemire: In the Moment.
Matt S. – Night Falls on Manhattan
Andy Garcia portrays Sean Casey, an uncompromising cop turned Manhattan District Attorney, who prosecutes a high-profile case involving a drug raid where three police officers are killed. After an investigation from Internal Affairs, new information is brought to light that tests Casey’s morals and integrity. Featuring strong performances by Ian Holm (Lord of the Rings), Richard Dreyfuss (Jaws), and James Gandolfini (The Sopranos) and directed by Sidney Lumet (Dog Day Afternoon, Serpico) from his screenplay, Night Falls on Manhattan is a gritty crime drama that tackles the inner workings of the justice system in New York City.
Derek S. – World War Z
This zombie apocalypse makes Rick Grime’s adventure’s look like paradise. What makes this film different from The Walking Dead (besides the massive amounts of super fast zombies) is it takes place all over the world. Instead of seeing a small area in the Southeastern United States affected, World War Z shows how the world can be impacted by a pandemic. Throw Brad Pitt into this world and you have the makings of a blockbuster hit.
Victoria L. – Leap of Faith
Steve Martin plays a con artists posing as a Faith Healer who preforms “miracles“ with the help of some of his dishonest lackeys – played by Meatloaf and a young Philip Syemour Hoffman. Martin gives one of his best performances here, with his smooth talkin’ and even smoother dance moves during show stopping Evangelic numbers all set to an exuberant gospel choir (glittery disco ball jacket included). Can Martin successfully scam this small Midwestern town? Or will a higher power intervene?
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