Summer 2020’s must-see quarantine movies

Find some of the summer’s best films on your favorite streaming platforms.


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Joshua Flores, Staff Writer

The summer of 2020 has not been a fantastic one for the film industry. Due to the coronavirus, theaters have been shut down globally, making weekend outings to the theater an impossibility. But for avid movie-goers, the following films can be found at either your local drive-in or on your favorite streaming platforms. While the theaters have been closed, there is still plenty of time to catch up on all the movies you might have missed over the summer. 


“Eurovision” is one of the summer’s funniest and oddest releases. Currently on Netflix, this story revolves around Lars, played by Will Ferrell, and his best friend Sigrit, played by Rachel McAdams, and their dreams at stardom, specifically to be recognized for their singing abilities. Absurd like many of Ferrell’s other works, “Eurovision” is both confusing and charming, making it the perfect feel-good movie to anyone looking for light-hearted content and plenty of surprises along the way. 

Chemical Hearts” 

Starring Riverdale’s Lili Reinhart, this young adult romance focuses on love through a unique and often dark lens. While YA material is often bogged down by overly romanticized material and stories that feel too good to be true, “Chemical Hearts” seems to challenge the genre and provide a narrative that feels painfully realistic. Speaking to lost love and the impact adolescent relationships have on a person is fully explored. For those in need of a good cry, this Amazon original movie will not disappoint.

The King of Staten Island

“The King of Staten Island” explores the story of Scott Carlin, portrayed by Pete Davidson, as he navigates life after the death of his father, a New York firefighter. This movie tackles some of the most tragic components of human experiences with a dark humor that is impossible not to admire. Based on true events, this movie is surprisingly well-written and delves into a variety of important topics, including addiction, mental illness, divorce, death and grief. From tattoo art to family, “The King of Staten Island” is a diverse movie, one that inspires and leaves audiences laughing constantly. Crude and touching, “The King of Staten Island” is a difficult watch, yet worthwhile. Available on either Amazon Prime or iTunes, this movie is worth the rental fee, providing a feel-good, emotional film that is worthy of the big screen.

The Rental” 

Looking for a good scare this fall? “The Rental” follows a group of young adults who embark on a vacation that is anything but relaxing. While their rental home resides on the edge of a beautiful coast, their trip suddenly turns murderous as an intruder hunts and stalks the group, leaving them at the mercy of a complete stranger. Desperate for an escape and hoping to make it out alive, the group must work together or die alone in this psychological horror drama. Fans of Halloween may not be able to participate in their favorite spooky traditions, this movie is certain to bring back some of the scares and frights back into the Halloween season. Whether it be at the drive-in or rented from iTunes, this horror movie is sure to keep audiences spooked for hours on end. 

Artemis Fowl” 

Based on the best-selling book series by Eoin Colfer, “Artemis Fowl” is a nostalgic return to the violence, mystery and fantastical world of “Artemis Fowl” that so many have read and enjoyed throughout the years. While the special effects are mediocre and reviews for this Disney film have not been fantastic, this movie is a light-hearted, intriguing fantasy thriller that both kids and adults are certain to enjoy. Not as serious or as quality as some of the other movies released to streaming this summer, “Artemis Fowl” is fast-paced, explosive and simply a fun watch. For a casual and enjoyable movie watching experience, check out “Artemis Fowl” on Disney+ alongside your other childhood favorites on the streaming service. 

Palm Springs” 

This “Groundhog’s Day”-esque Hulu release is anything but stale. From Andy Samburg’s hilarious and occasionally moving performance, this comedy delves into both the crude and emotional. At first glance, “Palm Springs” may seem like a recycled, cliche comedy, but at heart, this movie speaks to loss, relationships and one’s purpose and destiny. A bit long and confusing, this comedy may not surpass expectations, but it is certainly an enjoyable film. Located in sunny California, this movie provides plenty of laughs, a touching romance and memories of what summers by the pool looked like before quarantine. 

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