- Words Louis Rabinowitz
June at the movies promises blockbusters like Jurassic World and Lightyear and indie treats like Men and Dashcam. Let us guide you through what the month has to offer...
Men (1st June)
Things are about to get creepy in here. Alex Garlan’s long-awaited next film takes place in a bucolic English setting where Harper (Jessie Buckley) seeks refuge after the death of her abusive husband. Unfortunately, what awaits her on her break is a sea of malicious and creepy men. Oh, and they’re all played by Rory Kinnear, even the kids.
Dashcam (3rd June)
Rob Savage made waves back in 2020 with his surprisingly effective pandemic era Zoom horror movie, Host. He’s back now with another film that skewers our troubled times, but at least he gets to go outside this time. Dashcam takes place behind the wheel during a livestream which turns very, very sour indeed.
Hustle (8th June)
Real cinephiles know that when Adam Sandler does a serious role, you sit up and listen. Even realer cinephiles may know that Sandler is a passionate fan of basketball. In Hustle, he takes a serious role as a basketball scout. Time will tell if it’s a slam dunk, but it certainly has a good shot from the three-point line.
Jurassic World Dominion (10th June)
Director Colin Trevorrow has said this film asks one question – if dinosaurs lived among us, would it be safe? It’s a good question, with difficult answers. In any case, this Jurassic finale is set to be a dino spectacular, bringing together protagonists Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard with the old guard of Laura Dern, Sam Neill and Jeff Goldblum.
Cha Cha Real Smooth (17th June)
Cooper Raiff’s directorial debut, called either Shithouse or Freshman Year depending on the country, was a hidden Gen Z gem caught in the riptide of COVID-era disruptions. His follow-up looks set to reach a much wider audience, having been picked up by Apple TV+ for a record fee. Starring Raiff and Dakota Johnson, Cha Cha Real Smooth follows the age-old tale of a bar mitzvah party starter’s entanglement with a single mother and her daughter.
Lightyear (17th June)
To infinity, and… you know how it goes. There has been significant confusion about precisely what Pixar’s Lightyear is, but it’s been clarified that this is the film that, in-universe, inspired the famous toy from Toy Story. With that settled, kick back and enjoy the spacefaring adventures of the real-fictioal Buzz Lightyear (Chris Evans) and his army of cute sidekicks. Not confusing at all.
Elvis (24th June)
Biopics are back (again!). In Elvis, master of maximalism Baz Luhrmann takes on the story of Elvis Presley (Austin Butler) and his tempestuous relationship with his mentor Colonel Tom Parker (Tom Hanks). Running at 160 minutes, it’s sure to be wildly elaborate and very dramatic, if absolutely nothing else.
The Black Phone (24th June)
After a stint directing Doctor Strange for Marvel, Scott Derrickson returns to his horror roots with this low-budget creeper, starring Ethan Hawke as a sinister child kidnapper and newcomer Mason Thames as the kid who aims to fight back against his captor.