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Your Top 10 shows and movies to watch this weekend June 12 to 14

With so many streaming options at home, it’s tough to figure out what to watch on a Friday or Saturday night. Whether you’re with friends, family, or a loved one, here are ten suggestions to please most everyone. Sit back, relax, and enjoy these shows!

King of Staten Island (Amazon, Apple TV + more)
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From the director of Trainwreck, Knocked Up, & The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Pete Davidson stars in Judd Apatow”s “King of Staten Island.” Rolling Stone called it, “Hilarious and Heartfelt.” Awards Circuit said it’s, “Judd Apatow’s Best Film Yet!” It’s a semi-autobiographical comedy-drama about Pete Davidson growing up in Staten Island. He loses his father during 9/11 and ends up entering
the world of stand up comedy.

Artemis Fowl (Disney+)
Disney spent upwards of $125 million on this family-oriented fantasy film. Artemis Fowl is a 12-year-old criminal mastermind. The child genius engages in an epic battle against powerful underground fairies who may have something to do with his father’s disappearance. Actor and director, Kenneth Branagh, who portrayed Hamlet in the 1996 film, helms the adventurous movie. His work on the film adaptation of Henry V earned him Academy Award nominations for Best Actor and Best Director. Artemis Fowl is played by the grandson of actor Robert Shaw from Jaws. The newcomer’s name is Ferdia Shaw. The action drama co-stars Josh Gad (voice of Olaf in Frozen) and Colin Farrell as Artemis’s Dad.

Trail By Media (Netflix)
“Trial By Media” was a Top 5 selection on Netflix. The court of public opinion is often what influences juries at a trial. Co-produced by George Clooney, if you love true crime, look no further than “Trial By Media.” The six episode series presents various high-profile cases. They range from the unforgettable Jenny Jones made-for-Court TV murder trials to King Richard, the CEO of a healthcare empire who turned to the gospel to influence jurors in his case involving fraud.

Central Park 5 (Amazon)
New York in the 1980’s was a divided city. “Central Park 5” is an eye-opening documentary that looks at the 1989 case of five black and Latino teenagers who were convicted of abusing a white woman in Central Park. After having spent between 6 and 13 years each in prison, someone confessed to the crime. Featuring modern-day interviews with the five individuals wrongly accused of the crime, it is a perfect viewing for learning about the #blacklivesmatter movement and why it’s so important. It’s FREE to view with Amazon Prime.

Upload (Amazon)
From the guy who brought you “The Office,” and “Parks and Recreation,” “Upload” is a sci-fi comedy about a young man who experiences a virtual afterlife. It’s often funny and absurd. A great escape for these trying times! Episodes run about 30 minutes. With just 10 to watch, it’s a super show to binge on a slow weekend.

History 101 (Netflix)
Craving bite-size history lessons on scientific breakthroughs, social movements and world-changing discoveries? This info-tainment show covers a slew of topics from fast food to robots. Every episode clocks in under 25 minutes, so it’s a quick view. I found Fast Food (Epsiode 1) to be highly enjoyable!

Control Z (Netflix)
If you liked “13 Reasons Why,” you’ll love “Control Z!” Watch what happens when a hacker begins releasing students’ secrets to the entire high school. If the only way to protect your own secrets was to betray a friend, how far would you go?

The Lovebirds (Netflix)
Every happy couple has one moment that defines their relationship. When this couple unintentionally gets in the middle of a murder mystery, it takes them from one hilarious extreme to another. They must figure out how they, and their relationship, can survive the night. Issa Rae & Kumail Nanjiani star in this rom-com crime caper. It’s a perfect stay-at-home movie for older teens to adults.

The Dark Knight in Dolby Atmos (Fat Cats Mesa)
Batman (Christian Bale) raises the stakes in his war on crime. With the help of Lieutenant Jim Gordon (Gary Oldman) and District Attorney Harvey Dent (Aaron Eckhart), Batman sets out to dismantle the remaining criminal organizations that plague the city streets. The partnership proves to be effective, but they soon find themselves prey to a reign of chaos unleashed by a rising criminal mastermind known to the terrified citizens of Gotham as ‘The Joker’ (Heath Ledger). Actor Heath Ledger won a Best Supporting Role at the Oscars for his portrayal of ‘The Joker.’ “The Dark Knight” is one of the Top 12 grossing movies of all-time. Seeing it on the big screen AND in Dolby Atmos which transports you into the story with moving audio that flows all around you with breathtaking realism is an experience. Fat Cats in Mesa offers both!

Jurassic Park (Fat Cats Mesa / Gilbert)
Originally released this week back in 1993, the sci-fi adventure, directed by Steven Spielberg, went on to make over a billion dollars at the box office worldwide. It was the highest grossing film of that year. Additionally, the movie won more than twenty awards, including three Academy Awards for visual effects and sound. A fifth sequel, “Jurassic World: Dominion” is scheduled for the big screen sometime next year. It’s always fun to experience these films in movie theaters.

Jeff Kode

Jeff Kode has previously written articles for The Arizona Republic, as well as other publications including Echo Magazine and IONAZ Magazine. He is an enthusiastic movie lover, and enjoys discovering new music. He was previously on air middays with his own show The Sugar Rush, 6-9 am on The Morning Beat with Steve and Jeff, and can now be heard during the afternoon drive 3 to 5 pm at 88.7 The Pulse.