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12 new movies hitting theatres in June

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Thor Diakow Jun 01, 2017 1:48 am 1,421

Females are a force to be reckoned with this month at the box office.

Leading the charge, Gal Gadot grabs her Lasso of Truth for the long-awaited Wonder Woman movie. Scarlett Johansson takes a pack of former college friends on a heinous adventure after a bachelorette party goes awry in Rough Night. And, acclaimed filmmaker Sofia Coppola is back with a sultry southern Civil War drama.

Other highlights in the coming days include plenty of family fare, a Tupac Shakur biopic, and yet another Transformers flick.

Check out our jam-packed preview of what’s in store at the theatres in June.

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Wonder Woman

The wait is over. After more than 75 years, the Amazon princess, who first appeared in comics way back in 1941, finally hits the big screen. Israeli model-turned actress Gal Gadot plays the iconic Diana Prince. The fierce warrior leaves her island paradise of Themyscira, after a military pilot (Chris Pine) washes ashore, and embarks on a mission to try and stop World War I. Directed by Patty Jenkins (Monster), the movie also features Robin Wright, Danny Huston, and David Thewlis. Here’s hoping this will temporarily silence the DC haters and misogynistic internet trolls.

Release Date: June 2

Rating: PG

Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie

Let the potty humour with heart fly! Dav Pilkey’s beloved children’s novel series gets a 3D animated adaptation thanks to DreamWorks. Elementary school pranksters Harold (Silicon Valley‘s Thomas Middleditch) and George (Kevin Hart) hypnotize their mean principal (Ed Helms) into thinking he’s a dimwitted, underwear-clad superhero. Other vocal talents include Kristen Schaal, Jordan Peele, and Nick Kroll as, wait for it, Professor Poopypants. An added bonus, the flick’s theme song was written and performed by none other than “Weird Al” Yankovic.

Release Date: June 2

Rating: G

The Mummy

The Mummy gets a spooky reboot but you won’t see Brendan Fraser this time around. Tom Cruise must help stop an ancient malevolent princess (Sofia Boutella) from unleashing her powers on the planet. Watch for Russell Crowe as Dr. Jekyll (aka Mr. Hyde) and comic relief courtesy of New Girl‘s Jake Johnson. This scary fantasy adventure promises plenty of spectacular action and trademark Tom Cruise running. The movie is notable as it marks Universal’s first instalment in the studio’s newly-announced Dark Universe film series.

Release Date: June 9

Rating: PG

It Comes at Night

Award-winning filmmaker Trey Edward Shults follows up his debut feature Krisha with the psychological horror thriller It Comes at Night. A man (Joel Edgerton) learns an evil presence is stalking his desolate family home, while a mysterious unnatural threat is terrorizing society. His tenuous domestic order is put to the test following the arrival of a desperate young family seeking refuge. The film also stars Christopher Abbott, Carmen Ejogo, and Riley Keough.

Release Date: June 9

Rating: 14A

Cars 3

Following 2011’s forgettable sequel, Pixar is hoping third time’s a charm for Lightning McQueen and the rest of his auto crew. Following a terrible crash, McQueen (Owen Wilson) must prove to a new generation that he’s still the best race car in the world. An impressive vocal cast includes Armie Hammer, Kerry Washington, Nathan Fillion, and Bonnie Hunt. For those keeping track, this is the eighteenth Pixar flick.

Release Date: June 16

Rating: G

All Eyez on Me

Attempting to cash in on the nostalgic success of 2015’s Straight Outta Compton, All Eyez on Me chronicles the meteoric rise and dramatic fall of late ‘90s rapper Tupac Shakur. Demetrius Shipp Jr. plays the iconic figure in his feature debut. The biographical drama was directed by Benny Boom (Next Day Air) and features Kat Graham as Jada Pinkett and The Walking Dead’s Lauren Cohan.

Release Date: June 16

Rating: 14A

Rough Night

A star-studded female ensemble, including Scarlett Johansson, Zoë Kravitz, and Kate McKinnon, bring some R-rated laughs to the big screen in Rough Night. Five best friends from college reunite, after a decade, for a debaucherous bachelorette party in Miami. Things quickly go awry when they accidentally kill a male stripper. In a market saturated with dumb male comedies, this could be a refreshing escape, in line with 2011’s Bridesmaids, that pushes the edgy envelope. Hopefully, this dark comedy amounts to more than just a female version of The Hangover.

Release Date: June 16

Rating: 14A

Transformers: The Last Knight

Yes, they’re still making these. The Bayhem continues in the FIFTH instalment of the manic movie series based on those formerly cool ‘80s toys from Hasbro. Mark Wahlberg and Stanley Tucci (featured in the the last one) return, along with Josh Duhamel and John Turturro (who starred in the first three movies); it’s like the reunion nobody asked for. The plot revolves around a war between humans and Transformers and a key to saving mankind that is buried in the past. Director Michael Bay has gone on record to say this will be his final one in the franchise; hopefully nobody takes over the reins.

Release Date: June 23

Rating: PG

The Beguiled

Fresh from her best director win at Cannes (the first woman to win the prize in 56 years), filmmaker Sofia Coppola (The Virgin Suicides, Lost in Translation) returns with a Civil War drama full of sexual tension and bitter rivals. A wounded soldier (Colin Farrell) is taken in by a Virginia girl’s school run by Nicole Kidman; it doesn’t take long for things to get hot and heavy. Expect a few plot twists along the way. Elle Fanning and Kirsten Dunst also star in the film, which is based on the Thomas P. Cullinan novel and was made into a 1971 movie with Clint Eastwood.

Release Date: June 30

Rating: 14A

The House

A comedy duo of epic proportions ensues in The House. Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler play a married couple who spend their daughter’s (Ryan Simpkins) college fund and set up an illegal casino in their neighbour’s basement to recoup the funds. An R-rating, mixed with the talents of co-stars Rob Huebel, Jason Mantzoukas, Nick Kroll, and Allison Tolman, will hopefully make this a delightfully hilarious comedic romp.

Release Date: June 30

Rating: 14A

Baby Driver

Acclaimed British director Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World) returns with a musically-charged, adrenaline-pumping thrill ride. A getaway driver (Ansel Elgort) is coerced into working for a crime boss (Kevin Spacey) on ‘one last job’ to save his life. Expect some sweet tunes to factor heavily as Elgort’s character has social issues and relies on a personal playlist to help him do his dirty work. Watch for a stellar supporting cast including Jamie Foxx, Lily James, Jon Bernthal, and Jon Hamm.

Release Date: June 30

Rating: 14A

Despicable Me 3

Gru is back for a third time! Tackling dual roles, Steve Carell returns to voice the bad guy-turned Anti-Villain League agent AND his long lost twin brother Dru in this animated family comedy. The pair team up to take on Balthazar Bratt (South Park’s Trey Parker), a former child star obsessed with the character he played in the ’80s, who is bent on world domination. Jenny Slate, Kristen Wiig, Miranda Cosgrove, Russell Brand, Steve Coogan, and veteran Julie Andrews round out some of the other vocal talents.

Release Date: June 30

Rating: G


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Thor Diakow
Thor Diakow is a national film critic, producer for Breakfast Television Vancouver on City, and frequent contributor to Rogers Radio.

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