Movie Preview: 10 Films to See in June

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  • Publish Date: June 3, 2014

This month's key theatrical releases

Below, our editors have selected the 10 most notable films debuting this month, listed in alphabetical order.

22 Jump Street Watch green-band trailer Watch red-band trailer
R Action/Comedy | June 13 | Directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller

Also by this director:

82 The LEGO Movie (2014)
69 21 Jump Street (2012)
66 Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (2009)

Phil Lord and Chris Miller will put their incredibly strong track record on the line with this sequel to their big-screen reboot of the TV series that put Johnny Depp’s face on teen mags everywhere. This time, Jenko and Schmidt (a returning Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill) head to college (and spring break) to take down another drug ring. Expect plenty of knowing references to the repetitive nature of sequels as Ice Cube, Nick Offerman, Rob Riggle, and Dave Franco return as well.

Borgman Watch trailer
NR Foreign/Thriller | June 6 (limited) | Directed by Alex van Warmerdam

When it premiered at Cannes last year, writer-director Alex van Warmerdam's Borgman was the first Dutch film to play in competition in 38 years. The surreal story follows the mysterious title character, who is driven from his underground forest dwelling to the doorstep of a bourgeois family with whom he seeks refuge. As the unpredictable story unfolds, Borgman, with the help of two accomplices and some mysterious dark powers, gains influence over the family, leading some critics to compare the film to Michael Haneke's Funny Games.

Edge of Tomorrow Watch trailer Watch IMAX trailer Watch final trailer
PG-13 Action/Sci-fi | June 6 | Directed by Doug Liman

Also by this director:

69 Fair Game (2010)
35 Jumper (2008)
55 Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005)
68 The Bourne Identity (2002)
72 Go (1999)
71 Swingers (1996)

Doug Liman, returning to the more action-packed filmmaking of The Bourne Identity and Mr. & Mrs. Smith, directs this adaptation of Hiroshi Sakuraska’s sci-fi novel All You Need Is Kill (also the film's original title). Tom Cruise stars as an Army officer who has never seen combat but is sent to the front lines in a war against alien invaders. When he is killed, he becomes stuck in a time loop and must repeatedly relive the battle, dying each time but becoming a better fighter along the way. (It's Groundhog Day with more combat and fewer laughs.) Eventually, he teams up with Emily Blunt’s special forces soldier Rita Vrataski, who knows what he’s going through. Early reviews have been pretty good for Cruise’s latest summer sci-fi blockbuster. But will that be enough to lure audiences into theaters after Oblivion disappointed last year?

The Fault in Our Stars Watch trailer
PG-13 Drama | June 6 | Directed by Josh Boone

Also by this director:

49 Stuck in Love (2013)

This adaptation of John Green’s best-selling 2012 novel stars Shailene Woodley as Hazel and her Divergent castmate (and brother in that film) Ansel Elgort as Gus. The two teens are fellow cancer patients who meet at a support group, where they fall in love. Josh Boone directs from a script by Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber, who worked on another YA story starring Woodley, The Spectacular Now. Laura Dern and Sam Trammell co-star as Hazel’s parents, Nat Wolff plays Augustus’ friend Isaac, and Mike Birbiglia plays the chipper support group leader. Expect plenty of tears in theaters everywhere.

How to Train Your Dragon 2 Watch trailer
PG Animation/Family | June 13 | Directed by Dean DeBlois

Also by this director:

74 How to Train Your Dragon (2010)
73 Lilo & Stitch (2002)

After its premiere at Cannes, some critics were quick to claim this animated sequel superior to the original, high praise considering the critical and box office success of 2010’s How to Train Your Dragon. The story picks up with Vikings and dragons living in harmony, and Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) and Toothless happily charting new territories and discovering a secret ice cave with hundreds of wild dragons being cared for by Hiccup’s long-lost mother (Cate Blanchett). A new threat emerges in the form of dragon hunter Drago Bludvist (voiced by Djimon Hounsou) as writer-director Dean DeBlois (returning without co-writer-director Chris Sanders, who moved on to do The Croods) ups the stakes for Hiccup, Toothless, Astrid (America Ferrera), and the other residents of Berk.

Jersey Boys Watch trailer
R Musical/Drama | June 20 | Directed by Clint Eastwood

Also by this director (last 10 films):

59 J. Edgar (2011)
56 Hereafter (2010)
74 Invictus (2009)
72 Gran Torino (2008)
63 Changeling (2008)
89 Letters from Iwo Jima (2006)
79 Flags of Our Fathers (2006)
86 Million Dollar Baby (2004)
84 Mystic River (2003)
64 Blood Work (2002)

The importance of music in Clint Eastwood’s life and films (he is a jazz pianist and composer, has scored many of own films, and directed Bird, a biopic on jazz saxophonist Charlie Parker) is well documented, but he has never directed a musical. That changes this month with his adaptation of Jersey Boys, the Tony award-winning jukebox musical about the rise and fall of 1960s rock group the Four Seasons. Instead of casting a movie star, Eastwood opted to have John Lloyd Young reprise his Tony-winning role as Frankie Valli. He’ll be joined by Erich Bergen, Michael Lomenda, and Vincent Piazza, as well as Christopher Walken as mobster Angelo 'Gyp' DeCarlo.

Obvious Child Watch trailer
R Comedy | June 6 (limited) | Directed by Gillian Robespierre

Writer-director Gillian Robespierre’s debut feature stars Jenny Slate as a comedian who is dumped by her boyfriend, gets pregnant from a one-night stand, and contemplates abortion. Don’t worry; it’s a comedy. And a good one at that; Obvious Child earned positive reviews from critics when it premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. The supporting cast includes Jake Lacy (The Office), Gaby Hoffman, Richard Kind, Gabe Liedman and David Cross.

The Rover Watch trailer
R Drama | June 13 (limited) / June 20 (wide) | Directed by David Michôd

Also by this director:

83 Animal Kingdom (2010)

Director David Michôd’s follow-up to his acclaimed debut feature Animal Kingdom is set 10 years after the collapse of society and follows Guy Pearce as he tracks down the the gang who stole his car, with the reluctant help of a wounded man (Robert Pattinson) left behind after the theft. Michôd wrote the screenplay based on an original story idea he developed with Joel Edgerton. When it premiered at the Cannes Film Festival last month, The Rover received a mixed reaction from critics, with Film.com finding it “dark, dreary and dull,” but CineVue calling it “excellent.”

Snowpiercer Watch green-band trailer Watch red-band trailer
R Sci-fi | June 27 (limited) | Directed by Bong Joon-ho

Also by this director:

79 Mother (2010)
85 The Host (2007)
82 Memories of Murder (2005)

It has been a long road to American theaters for Bong Joon-ho’s stylized sci-fi epic, but it will finally open this month, and—somewhat surprisingly—in its original form. The Weinstein Company had considered trimming 20 minutes and adding voiceover, but finally agreed to release Snowpiercer as is, just in fewer theaters than originally planned. The film, an adaptation of the French graphic novel Le Transperceneige in which humanity takes refuge on a train that remains in perpetual motion after a new Ice Age wipes out most life on the planet, stars Chris Evans, Tilda Swinton, Octavia Spencer, John Hurt, Jamie Bell, Alison Pill, Ed Harris, Ewen Bremner, and Kang-ho Song.

They Came Together Watch trailer
R Comedy | June 27 (limited) | Directed by David Wain

Also by this director:

53 Wanderlust (2012)
60 Role Models (2008)
50 The Ten (2007)
42 Wet Hot American Summer (2001)

Co-written by David Wain and Michael Showalter and directed by Wain, 2001’s Wet Hot American Summer was not an instant hit, but the comedy's cult following grew quickly and to a point where Variety recently reported that Netflix is considering making a 10-episode prequel to the film. Will their latest follow a similar path to success, or could it be one of the sneaky hits of the summer? They Came Together, a winking takedown of romantic comedies, stars Paul Rudd and Amy Poehler as the central couple, who are destined to be together despite the many obstacles they must overcome. (For one thing, he’s a candy company executive threatening to close down her mom-and-pop candy store.) Solid early reviews out of Sundance are a good sign, and the supporting cast is strong, with Michael Ian Black, Ken Marino, Ellie Kemper, Jason Mantzoukas, Bill Hader, Jack McBrayer, Ed Helms, Adam Scott, Christopher Meloni, and Cobie Smulders among the many familiar faces.

All notable June film releases by date

June 6 June 13 June 20 June 27
Borgman *
Edge of Tomorrow
The Fault in Our Stars
The Moment *
Obvious Child *
Ping Pong Summer *
The Sacrament *
Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon*
Trust Me *
Willow Creek *
22 Jump Street
All Cheerleaders Die *
A Coffee in Berlin *
Hellion *
How to Train Your Dragon 2
Lullaby *
Policeman *
The Rover *
The Signal *
Code Black *
Coherence *
Jersey Boys
Le Chef *
The Rover (expanding)
Think Like a Man Too
Third Person *
Venus in Fur *
Nothing Bad Can Happen*
Snowpiercer *
They Came Together *
Transformers: Age of Extinction
Whitey: United States of America v. James J. Bulger *
Yves Saint Laurent (Wed)*
 

* Limited release

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