These Are the Best Films and TV Shows Dropping in June
The summer months are getting hotter.
As we enter into the prime months of summer, all the heavy hitter blockbusters start to make their way onto the big screen. Lined up for June is the latest chapter in the DC Universe with Wonder Woman along with indie flick It Comes at Night from powerhouse distributors A24. Tupac’s highly-anticipated biopic All Eyez on Me also hits the large screen. Over on the small screen, favorites like Orange Is the New Black and Fear the Walking Dead make their return. Check out the list below for some of the must-see releases to the more under the radar films to look forward to in June.
Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie – June 2
Based on the Dav Pilkey’s best-selling book series of the same name, the film follows a pair of imaginative pranksters voiced by Kevin Hart and Ed Helms, who hypnotize their principal into thinking he’s an eccentric underpants flaunting caped crusader. Created by DreamWorks Animation, the film hits theaters globally on June 2.
Wonder Woman – June 2
The heroine of the DC Comic Universe finally gets her much-deserved spotlight. Starring Gal Gadot as the Amazonian princess Diana Prince, the films takes a look at Wonder Woman’s origins and her fight for peace during World War II. Directed by Patty Jenkins, the film also stars Chris Pine as love interest Steve Trevor and Robin Wright as General Antiope. So far Wonder Woman is the highest-rated superhero film in the DC Universe and tied with Iron Man.
The Mummy – June 9
The Mummy reboot stars Tom Cruise as Nick Morton who finds himself waking up in an unknown facility after a mid-flight ambush. When Nick and his partner come under attack, the battle accidentally unearths Ahmanet, a betrayed Egyptian princess who was entombed under the desert for thousands of years. Morton then must prevent the mummy from wreaking havoc. The film also stars Russell Crowe, Annabelle Wallis and Jake Johnson.
It Comes at Night – June 9
Distributed by powerhouse A24, It Comes at Night is full of ominous imagery like creepy paintings, angry spirits, a woods-stalking wolf, and a red door, all telling us something bad is going to happen. The film centers on a group stuck in an eerie house in the woods — presumably far away from help or cell service — who face an unseen threat; one that potentially manifests as a disease or bodily possession that could destroy the group from within. Joel Edgerton takes top billing as a father trying to protect his wife and son from what awaits outside. The film also stars Riley Keough, Christopher Abbott, Kelvin Harrison Jr. and Carmen Ejogo
47 Meters Down – June 16
Centering around two vacationing sisters, 47 Meters Down sees sisters Lisa (Mandy Moore) and Kate (Claire Holt) battle for their lives in the deep ocean. What starts out as a routine cage shark diving trip turns into their worst nightmares. 47 Meters Down is set to hit theaters on June 16.
All Eyez on Me – June 16
All Eyez on Me takes a look into the untold story of prolific rapper, actor, poet and activist Tupac Shakur from his early days to becoming one of the world’s most recognized influential voices. Along with his family struggles and his move to join Death Row Records with Suge Knight, the film will also emphasize the relationship between Shakur and The Notorious B.I.G.
Score: A Film Music Documentary – June 16
Director Matt Schrader aims to put a spotlight on the art of film music with his upcoming documentary Score: A Film Music Documentary. Featuring industry heavyweights like Hans Zimmer, John Williams, Danny Elfman, Quincy Jones, Randy Newman, the late James Horner, and more, the docu will take a look at each of their creative processes while exploring the making of some of the most iconic scores in cinematic history.
Kill Switch – June 16
One summer indie flick comes in the form of Kill Switch. Directed by first-time filmmaker Tim Smit, Dan Stevens — of Legion fame — stars as a pilot trying to save his family and the world when an energy experiment using parallel universes goes wrong. The movie looks to combine first person viewpoints, coming straight out of action games.
Once Upon a Time in Venice – June 16
Bruce Willis‘s latest project Once Upon a Time in Venice sees the action hero taking notes from John Wick. The action comedy follows Willis’s character as a Los Angeles private investigator who gets caught up with some dangerous shenanigans after they steal his dog, and it looks like Willis holds nothing back. The film also stars Jason Momoa — of Game of Thrones fame — John Goodman, Thomas Middleditch, Famke Janssen and Adam Goldberg.
Transformers: The Last Knight – June 21
The robots in disguise are coming back to the big screen this summer for its fifth installment. Michael Bay remains attached to the project and it seems there is more than meets the eye. The film sees the humans pitted against the Transformers with Optimus Prime gone. Starring Anthony Hopkins, Mark Wahlberg, Laura Haddock and our favorite aliens, Transformers: The Last Knight hits theaters at the end of the month.
Baby Driver – June 28
Directed by Edgar Wright — the genius behind such hits as Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz — Baby Driver marks Wright’s first film since 2013’s The World’s End. The new project centres around a getaway driver played by Ansel Elgort, in deep trouble when a bank heist goes wrong. Baby Driver made its world premiere at SXSW and also stars Jamie Foxx, Jon Hamm and Kevin Spacey.
Okja – June 28
From the directer who brought us Snowpiercer and The Host, Joon-ho Bong returns in full force with this Netflix original movie. The story follows a South Korean girl, Mija (Seo-hyun Ahn), as she tries to stop a company from taking Okja, “a very shy and introverted animal” from her. Okja is Mija’s best friend, but in the eyes of most people, a monster. The ensemble includes Tilda Swindon, Jake Gyllenhaal, Paul Dano and Lily Collins.
David Lynch: The Art Life – June 29
Having already seen a limited release back in March, David Lynch: The Art Life makes its way to Amazon Video at the end of the month. Taking a look at award-winning director/producer/writer, David Lynch has crafted the sort of career most artists can only dream of. The documentary helmed by Jon Nguyen is comprised of numerous interviews and traces back to the early life and career of the Twin Peaks creator. The 71-year-old legend even narrates the film.
The Beguiled – June 30
Sofia Coppola is back with a new adaptation on Thomas P. Cullinan’s novel A Painted Devil. The story centers around an injured Union soldier imprisoned in a Confederate girls’ boarding school who cons his way into the lonely hearts of the women. Unlike the 1971 film version starring Clint Eastwood, Coppola’s version will be told through the females’ point of view. The adaptation will star Elle Fanning, Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst, Angourie Rice and Colin Farrell as the injured soldier. And if that’s not enough, Sofia Coppola won Best Director at Cannes 2017 for the film.
The Little Hours – June 30
Definitely not for the faint of heart, The Little Hours has set out to poke fun at Catholicism. Having already made its debut at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, the R-rated comedy stars Alison Brie and Aubrey Plaza as raunchy, sex-crazed nuns, while Dave Franco plays a handsome new laborer named Masseto. Based on a bawdy tale from the 14-century Italian collection The Decameron, The Little Hours has already been condemned by the Catholics as “pure trash.” All you heathens can catch the film when its drops in theaters on June 30.
Fear the Walking Dead – June 4
The third season of Fear the Walking Dead will mark showrunner Dave Erickson’s — who also created The Walking Dead — last, though he’ll remain on as an executive producer. The new season see the characters struggling to survive with new faces joining the AMC drama. A two-hour premiere is slated for June 4,
I’m Dying Up Here – June 4
Produced by Jim Carrey, I’m Dying Up Here takes a look at the young comedians vying for attention during the standup boom of the 1970s, before the Internet and viral videos made it easy to get their material seen. From stand alone on stage to getting a shot on The Jonny Carson Show, the drama explores how the comedians were able to rise through the ranks. Look for the show to hit Showtime on June 4 at 10 p.m. EST.
Orange is the New Black – June 9
Popular prison drama Orange is the New Black returns to Netflix for its fifth season and it looks like it will pick up right where it left off. Season five will take a major departure from previous seasons as it’s set to focus solely on the three days following the events of last year’s finale. Catch all 13 episodes when they drop on June 9.
Orphan Black – June 10
The final season of Orphan Black promises to be the best and most intense one yet. The season will see Helena on a murderous rampage with more clones appearing. Tune into BBC America for the fifth and final season on June 10.
The Mist – June 22
Based on Stephen King‘s 1980 novella The Mist — and already gracing the silver screen back in 2007 — the new series is set to keep you on the edge of your seats on a weekly basis. The terrifying television series sees residents as they battle a mysterious mist that rolls into their town. Look for The Mist to hit Spike on June 22.
G.L.O.W. – June 23
Taking place in the ’80s, G.L.O.W. stars Alison Brie as an out-of-work actress living in Los Angeles who soon finds a chance at stardom in the weird world of female wrestling. Marc Maron plays the role of Sam Sylvia, a washed-up director of “B” movies who tries to lead the group of women to fame.
Preacher – June 25
Returning this month to AMC is the Seth Rogen-, Evan Goldberg-, and Sam Catlin-helmed Preacher. Picking off where it left off last season, season two sees West Texas preacher Jesse Custer hitting the road along with his ex-girlfriend, Tulip, and Irish vampire Cassidy on a search to find God. The 13-episode second season of Preacher premieres June 25.
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