This month's notable theatrical releases
Below, our editors have selected 10 interesting films debuting this month, listed in alphabetical order.
Dope Watch trailer(s)
R Drama/Comedy | June 19 | Directed by Rick Famuyiwa
The fourth and best feature from writer-director Rick Famuyiwa looks at the lives of Malcolm (Shameik Moore) and his friends Jib (Tony Revolori) and Diggy (Kiersey Clemons) as they try to survive as geeks in the dangerous Inglewood, CA neighborhood known as The Bottoms. Unfortunately, a chance invitation to an underground party and a bag of drugs puts them in danger of messing up the lives they’ve worked hard to maintain. This over-stuffed comedy—more House Party than Boyz n the Hood—co-stars Zoë Kravitz, Blake Anderson, Chanel Iman and A$AP Rocky. The film earned good reviews at Sundance in January, with the notable exception being a well-written take down by Grantland’s Wesley Morris.
Eden Watch trailer(s)
R Foreign/Drama | June 19 | Directed by Mia Hansen-Løve
Mia Hansen-Løve’s last two films, Father of My Children and Goodbye First Love, were critical successes, and her latest, a based-on-real-events, two-decade-spanning look at the life and loves (Greta Gerwig, Laura Smet, Pauline Etienne) of a French DJ (Felix de Givry), earned good reviews when it premiered in Toronto last year. For the first time, Hansen-Løve (with the help of her co-writer and DJ brother Sven) places an intimate story within a larger cultural movement, weaving within the narrative the rise of a French duo that become known as Daft Punk.
Inside Out Watch trailer(s)
PG Animation/Family | June 19 | Directed by Pete Docter and Ronaldo Del Carmen
Last year was the first since 2005 that Pixar did not release a film, but the animation studio is making up for it 2015 with a pair of new titles: The Good Dinosaur (planned for November 25) and this month’s Inside Out. Set inside the mind of an 11-year-old girl named Riley (Kaitlyn Dias), the latest from director Pete Docter (Up, Monsters, Inc.) focuses on the adventures of her emotions: Joy (voiced by Amy Poehler), Fear (Bill Hader), Anger (Lewis Black), Disgust (Mindy Kaling) and Sadness (Phyllis Smith). According to critics who saw the film at its Cannes premiere last month, Pixar is back in fine form after the relatively disappointing run of Cars 2, Brave and Monsters University.
Jurassic World Watch trailer(s)
PG-13 Action-Adventure/Sci-fi | June 12 | Directed by Colin Trevorrow
Also by this director:
72 Safety Not Guaranteed (2012)
The fourth film in the Jurassic Park franchise takes place 22 years after the events of the original Jurassic Park. Isla Nublar is a fully functioning dinosaur theme park, but corporate greed has resulted in humans playing god once again and creating a dinosaur hybrid called Indominus Rex. This does not bode well for the park's employees (Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Irrfan Khan, Vincent D’Onofrio) or its paying customers. Colin Trevorrow (Safety Not Guaranteed), who announced this week that he would not return to the franchise, directs a cast that also includes Ty Simpkins, Nick Robinson, Jake Johnson, Omar Sy, BD Wong, and Judy Greer. Early word is that it could be the best of the sequels, but that’s not saying much considering the tepid critical receptions for The Lost World: Jurassic Park and Jurassic Park III.
Love & Mercy Watch trailer(s)
PG-13 Drama | June 5 | Directed by Bill Pohlad
Paul Dano and John Cusack play young and old versions of the Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson in this unique biopic from producer turned director Bill Pohlad. The script from Oren Moverman and Michael Alan Lerner jumps between the reclusive songwriter’s life in the Sixties, looking at his success with Pet Sounds and his eventual nervous breakdown, to the '80s, when he met the woman who would become his second wife and help him get out from under the control of controversial therapist Dr. Eugene Landy, played by Paul Giamatti.
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl Watch trailer(s)
PG-13 Drama | June 12 | Directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon
Also by this director:
47 The Town That Dreaded Sundown (2014)
It’s all right there in movie’s title. Thomas Mann (Project X) plays Greg Gaines (he's the “me”), a movie-obsessed senior in high school whose only friend is his cinephile buddy, Earl (RJ Cyler). That is, until his mother (Connie Britton) forces him to hang out with Rachel (Olivia Cooke), who is battling leukemia. Directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon from Jesse Andrew’s adaptation of his own novel, Me and Earl earned some of the best reviews at this year's Sundance festival, where it swept the top awards from the festival jury (Grand Jury Prize) and festival attendees (the Audience Award). Not all critics fell for the film’s mix of whimsy and heartache, but The Playlist believes it will “headlock even the most cynical-hearted viewer and turn him or her into emotional mush.”
The Overnight Watch trailer(s)
R Comedy | June 19 | Directed by Patrick Brice
Writer-director Patrick Brice’s comedy explores what happens when a recently relocated Seattle couple (Adam Scott and Taylor Schilling) agree to attend a playdate with their kids at the house of an eccentric Los Angeles couple (Jason Schwartzman and Judith Godreche). As the night continues and the kids are put to bed, much more is revealed (so much more that prosthetics are used for certain appendages). With good reviews from its premiere at this year’s Sundance Film Festival and a talented comedic cast, The Overnight appears to be the awkward sex-comedy to see in June.
A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence Watch trailer(s)
NR Foreign/Drama/Comedy | June 3 | Directed by Roy Andersson
Following Songs from the Second Floor and You, the Living, Swedish director Roy Andersson’s latest is the final part of what the director has called his trilogy “on being a human being.” Like the previous two films, the director continues to use long, static takes with deep focus to capture his vignettes of dark, absurdist comedy. The film won the Golden Lion (the top prize) in Venice last year, but while early reviews have been very good, some critics have claimed it doesn’t quite reach the heights of the first two films.
Spy Watch trailer(s)
R Action/Comedy | June 5 | Directed by Paul Feig
Also by this director:
Following Bridesmaids and The Heat, Melissa McCarthy and director Paul Feig are together again in this spoof of the spy genre. McCarthy plays Susan Cooper (whose name was the original title of the film), a valuable but desk-bound CIA analyst who is thrust into the field to infiltrate the world of a deadly arms dealer. Jude Law plays a James Bond-like agent, and Jason Statham puts a clever comedic spin on his usual tough-guy role. Reviews from the film’s premiere at SXSW were excellent, and the strong supporting cast includes Rose Byrne, Allison Janney, Bobby Cannavale, and Miranda Hart.
The Tribe Watch trailer(s)
NR Foreign/Drama | June 17 | Directed by Miroslav Slaboshpitsky
Set in a Ukrainian boarding school for the deaf, Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy's daring feature debut uses only sign language—without any subtitles or voiceover—to tell its story, providing a truly unique movie experience in the process. The story follows Sergey, a new student, who falls in with the tribe, a student gang dealing in crime and prostitution. After passing their hazing rituals, he takes part in several robberies and begins to work his way up the chain of command. At the 2014 Cannes Film Festival, The Tribe won the Critics’ Week Grand Prize; however, viewers should be prepared for a difficult watch—not so much in determining what’s going on, but in the film’s controversial depictions of teens having explicit sex and committing brutal acts of violence.
What do you think?
Which films are you looking forward to this month? Let us know in the comments section below. For a complete, updated listing of all upcoming film releases by date, including films arriving later in 2015, visit our Movie Calendar.