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MoviesRecapsJune 2019 Movie Preview

Keith NoakesJune 1, 2019

With summer now in full swing, it’s time for more blockbusters to start rolling in though not as many as the loaded month of May. Since Avengers: Endgame appears to be slowing down, June has a few possible candidates to rest at the top of the box office for at least a little while (Dark Phoenix, Men In Black International, The Secret Life of Pets 2). The month also features several Sundance film releases that may also attract some interest (I Am Mother, Late Night, The Tomorrow Man). Welcome to our June 2019 movie preview, where we let you know about the noteworthy releases of the month and follow them up with 5 top picks. Hope to see you at the movies!

Noteworthy Releases

The Cold Blue – June 6th (HBO)

A tribute to one of the world’s great filmmakers and the men of the 8th Air Force who flew mission after suicidal mission in the Second World War. (IMDb)

Directed by Erik Nelson.

Dark Phoenix – June 7th (Theatrical)

Jean Grey begins to develop incredible powers that corrupt and turn her into a Dark Phoenix. Now the X-Men will have to decide if the life of a team member is worth more than all the people living in the world. (IMDb)

Written and directed by Simon Kinberg.

Starring Sophie Turner, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, and Jessica Chastain.

Framing John DeLorean – June 7th (Theatrical)

Who was the real John DeLorean? To some, he was a renegade visionary who revolutionized the automobile industry. To others, he was the ultimate con man. (IMDb)

Directed by Don Argott and Sheena M. Joyce. Written by Dan Greeney and Alexandra Orton.

Starring Alec Bladwin, Morena Bacarin, and Josh Charles.

Late Night – June 7th (Theatrical)

A late-night talk show host suspects that she may soon be losing her long-running show. (IMDb)

Directed by Nisha Ganatra. Written by Mindy Kaling.

Starring Emma Thompson, Mindy Kaling, John Lithgow, and Denis O’Hare.

Pavarotti – June 7th (Theatrical)

A look at the life and work of opera legend Luciano Pavarotti. (IMDb)

Directed by Ron Howard. Written by Mark Monroe.

Featuring Luciano Pavarotti.

The Black Godfather – June 7th (Netflix)

Follows the life of Clarence Avant, the ultimate, uncensored mentor and behind-the-scenes rainmaker in music, film, TV and politics. (IMDb)

Directed by Reginald Hudlin.

Featuring Clarence Avant.

The Secret Life of Pets 2 – June 7th (Theatrical)

Continuing the story of Max and his pet friends, following their secret lives after their owners leave them for work or school each day. (IMDb)

Directed by Chris Renaud and Jonathan del Val. Written by Brian Lynch.

Featuring the voices of Patton Oswalt, Kevin Hart, Eric Stonestreet, Jenny Slate, Tiffany Haddish, Lake Bell, Dana Carvey, Bobby Moynihan, Hannibal Buress, and Harrison Ford.

The Souvenir – June 7th (Theatrical)

A young film student in the early 80s becomes romantically involved with a complicated and untrustworthy man. (IMDb)

Written and directed by Joanna Hogg.

Starring Honor Swinton Byrne, Tom Burke, and Tilda Swinton.

Wild Nights with Emily – June 7th (Theatrical)

Dramatization of the little known side of the writer Emily Dickinson’s life, in particular, her relationship with another woman. (IMDb)

Written and directed by Madeleine Olnek.

Starring Molly Shannon, Amy Seimetz, Susan Ziegler, and Brett Gelman.

Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese – June 12th (Netflix)

Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese’ captures the troubled spirit of America in 1975 and the joyous music that Dylan performed during the fall of that year. Part documentary, part concert film, part fever dream, ‘Rolling Thunder’ is a one of a kind experience, from master filmmaker Martin Scorsese. (Netflix)

Directed by Martin Scorsese.

Starring Bob Dylan, Allen Ginsberg, and Patti Smith.

Men In Black International – June 14th (Theatrical)

The Men in Black have always protected the Earth from the scum of the universe. In this new adventure, they tackle their biggest threat to date: a mole in the Men in Black organization. (IMDb)

Directed by F. Gary Gray. Written by Matt Holloway and Art Marcum.

Starring Chris Hemsworth, Tessa Thompson, Liam Neeson, Emma Thompson, and the voice of Kumail Nanjiani.

Murder Mystery – June 14th (Netflix)

A New York cop and his wife go on a European vacation to reinvigorate the spark in their marriage, but end up getting framed and on the run for the death of an elderly billionaire. (IMDb)

Directed by Kyle Newacheck. Written by James Vanderbilt.

Starring Adam Sandler, Jennifer Aniston, Luke Evans, Gemma Arterton, and Terrence Stamp.

Shaft (2019) – June 14th (Theatrical)

John Shaft Jr., a cyber security expert with a degree from MIT, enlists his family’s help to uncover the truth behind his best friend’s untimely death. (IMDb)

Directed by Tim Story. Written by Kenya Barris and Alex Barnow.

Starring Samuel L. Jackson, Jessie T. Usher, Regina Hall, and Richard Roundtree.

The Tomorrow Man – June 14th (Theatrical)

Ed Hemsler spends his life preparing for a disaster that may never come. Ronnie Meisner spends her life shopping for things she may never use. In a small. These two people will try to find love. (IMDb)

Written and directed by Noble Jones.

Starring John Lithgow and Blythe Danner.

Beats – June 19th – (Netflix)

A young talented guy who suffered from the lost of his sister meet a disoriented manager who try to back on track in his musical career. (IMDb)

Directed by Chris Robinson. Written by Miles Orion Feldsott.

Starring Anthony Anderson, Emayatzy Corinealdi, Paul Walter Hauser.

The Edge of Democracy – June 19th (Netflix)

The 2nd Brazilian’s Impeachment, starred by Dilma Rousseff, of Partido dos Trabalhadores (PT). (IMDb)

Directed by Petra Costa. Written by Costa, Carol Pires, David Barker, and Moara Passoni.

Featuring Dilma Rousseff, Michel Temer, and Eduardo Cunha.

Anna – June 21st (Theatrical)

Beneath Anna Poliatova’s striking beauty lies a secret that will unleash her indelible strength and skill to become one of the world’s most feared government assassins. (IMDb)

Written and directed by Luc Besson.

Starring Sasha Luss, Helen Mirren, Luke Evans, and Cillian Murphy.

Dogman – June 21st (Theatrical)

A timid dog groomer living in a poor suburb sells cocaine on the side and stays out of trouble, while trying to deal with his unstable, violent acquaintance who is a menace to the whole neighborhood. (IMDb)

Directed by Matteo Garrone. Written by Garrone, Ugo Chiti, Massimo Gaudioso.

Starring Marcello Fonte, Edoardo Pesce, and Nunzia Schiano.

Wild Rose – June 21st (Theatrical)

A musician from Glasgow dreams of becoming a Nashville star. (IMDb)

Directed by Tom Harper. Written by Nicole Taylor.

Starring Jessie Buckley, Julie Walters, and Sophie Okonedo.

True Justice: Bryan Stevenson’s Fight for Equality – June 26th – (HBO)

A look at how Alabama attorney Bryan Stevenson struggles to create more fairness in the legal system. (IMDb)

Directed George Kunhardt, Peter W. Kunhardt, and Teddy Kumhardt.

Featuring Bryan Stevenson.

Annabelle Comes Home – June 26th (Theatrical)

Determined to keep Annabelle from wreaking more havoc, demonologists Ed and Lorraine Warren bring the possessed doll to the locked artifacts room in their home, placing her “safely” behind sacred glass and enlisting a priest’s holy blessing. But an unholy night of horror awaits as Annabelle awakens the evil spirits in the room, who all set their sights on a new target-the Warrens’ ten-year-old daughter, Judy, and her friends. (Warner Bros.)

Written and directed by Gary Dauberman.

Starring Mckenna Grace, Madison Iseman, Vera Farmiga, and Patrick Wilson


Dan’s Keith’s Top Five Picks of the Month

5) Child’s Play – June 21st (Theatrical)

A mother gives her son a toy doll for his birthday, unaware of its more sinister nature. (IMDb)

Directed by Lars Klevberg. Written by Tyler Burton Smith.

Starring Aubrey Plaza, Brian Tyree Henry, Gabriel Bateman, and the voice of Mark Hamill.

Why You Should See It: You know you’re only seeing this for Mark Hamill as Chucky.

4) Toy Story 4 – June 21st (Theatrical)

When a new toy called “Forky” joins Woody and the gang, a road trip alongside old and new friends reveals how big the world can be for a toy. (IMDb)

Directed by Josh Cooley. Written by Stephany Folsom and Andrew Stanton.

Featuring the voices of Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Tony Hale, Bonnie Hunt, Joan Cusack, Annie Potts, Keegan-Michael Key, Jordan Peele, and Keanu Reeves.

Why You Should See It: When you thought it was over after Toy Story 3, here’s another adventure for Woody, Buzz, and the rest of the gang. Whatever this film means to the series as a whole remains to be seen but until then, welcome back!

3) Yesterday – June 28th (Theatrical)

A struggling musician realizes he’s the only person on Earth who can remember The Beatles after waking up in an alternate timeline where they never existed. (IMDb)

Directed by Danny Boyle. Written by Richard Curtis.

Starring Himesh Patel, Lilly James, and Kate McKinnon.

Why You Should See It: Beatles fans rejoice! This love letter to the music of the famed group gives you more appreciation of how timeless their music has become. Along with beautiful imagery, an obviously great soundtrack, and a star-making lead performance, this looks to be another hit.

2) I Am Mother – June 7th (Netflix)

A teenage girl is raised underground by a kindly robot “Mother” — designed to repopulate the earth following the extinction of humankind. But their unique bond is threatened when an inexplicable stranger arrives with alarming news. (IMDb)

Directed by Grant Sputore. Written by Michael Lloyd Green.

Starring Hillary Swank, Clara Rugaard, and the voice of Rose Byrne.

Why You Should See It: After making a splash at Sundance earlier this year, this indie Ex Machina esque sci-fi looks to make a splash on Netflix. At first glance, this looks nothing like an indie film so it will be interesting to see if it can pull it off. Don’t watch the trailer though.

1) The Dead Don’t Die – June 14th (Theatrical)

The peaceful town of Centerville finds itself battling a zombie horde as the dead start rising from their graves. (IMDb)

Written and directed by Jim Jarmusch.

Starring Bill Murray, Adam Driver, Tilda Swinton, and Chloë Sevigny.

Why You Should See It: Who doesn’t want a deadpan zombie film with plenty of style and a great cast?


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