Weekend View Queue: 'Da 5 Bloods' and More

Juneteenth, the first day of summer, and Father's Day. Here are some streaming platform movie recommendations to compliment this busy weekend!

Chuck Walton

By Chuck Walton

The cast of "Da 5 Bloods."

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    Ad Astra

    Brad Pitt in "Ad Astra."

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    HBO Max Pick: Ad Astra (2019)

    It wasn't as heralded as Brad Pitt's other 2019 film "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood," but "Ad Astra" is an incredible sci-fi slow burn that details the mission of Pitt's astronaut to the outer edges of the galaxy to confront his long-assumed dead father. The action comes in bursts, but the film's real impact is the navigation of Pitt's psyche, his identity, his regrets and his humanity.

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    Ad Astra

    PG-13

    Thriller

    September 20, 2019

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    Da 5 Bloods

    The stars of "Da 5 Bloods."

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    Netflix Pick: Da 5 Bloods (2020)

    Filmmaker Spike Lee returns with an impassioned, incendiary and highly emotional tale about black Vietnam veterans who return to the country to retrieve their fallen comrade and a hidden cache of gold. It's an epic tour-de-force and one of Spike's very best films. The entire cast is phenomenal, but viewers will be blown away by underrated actor Delroy Lindo's performance as a severely traumatized vet. It's a must-watch film that should be viewed asap by Netflix subscribers, and perfect for Juneteenth viewing.

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    Da 5 Bloods

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    War

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    Crawl

    Barry Pepper and Kaya Scodelario in "Crawl."

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    Amazon Prime Video Pick: Crawl (2019)

    This modest horror thriller was a bit of a surprise at last summer's box office. Directed with maximum efficiency by genre maestro Alexandre Aja ("The Hills Have Eyes," "Piranha 3D"), it's a big or small screen roller coaster ride that follows a resourceful millennial's attempts to locate her missing dad in the middle of a Florida hurricane. Causing all sorts of complications are some nasty, over-sized, man-eating alligators. It's "Jaws" for the 21st century, and a fun way to ring in the summer.

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    Crawl

    R

    Horror

    July 12, 2019

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    Out of Sight

    Jennifer Lopez and George Clooney in "Out of Sight."

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    Hulu Pick: Out of Sight (1998)

    As far as cinematic J-Lo offerings go, this one's right at the top, above the glorious B-movie "Anaconda" and on par with "Hustlers" and "Selena." She stars here as a federal agent kidnapped by George Clooney's ever-charming and just-escaped inmate/bank robber. Stuck together in the trunk of a car, they begin an unlikely flirtation that leads to further romantic hijinks. Still, they've both got a job to do, on opposites sides of the law. This late '90s sly crime caper comedy is one of the best efforts from all-around filmmaking genius Steven Soderbergh.

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    Out of Sight

    R

    Crime Drama

    June 26, 1998

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Chuck Walton

Chuck is an editor/writer who's worked for NCM, Fandango, Movies.com, MediaTrip, Hollywood.com and Newsweek. His favorite movie is "Jaws." He's definitely a dog guy.

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