The Must-See Movies and TV Shows Dropping in June
May has come and gone, blessing us with another Star Wars Story and Josh Brolin comic book portrayal. We’ve officially entered the blockbuster season — a time in which a cornucopia of hot releases will flood the cinemas. This month’s offering includes the next installment in the Jurassic World saga, as well as The Incredibles sequel 10 years in the making. We’ve also got Brolin once again putting his foot down on the neck of summer 2018 with Sicario 2: Soldado alongside the return of the brutal Alejandro played by Benicio del Toro.
Over on the TV side, we’ve got the return of cult classic anime series Fooly Cooly and two Marvel-based titles. One is the return of Luke Cage as he smacks up crooks in Harlem, while Cloak & Dagger focuses on young love and the developments of superpowers. Check out the list below for some of the must-see releases to the more under the radar films and TV shows to look forward to in June.
Upgrade – June 1
Upgrade revolves around the story of a “technophobe” who aims to avenge his wife’s murder and cure his own paralysis with an experimental, dangerous computer chip implant known as STEM. But it’s artificial intelligence takes control of its user, committing acts of violence not necessarily under the person’s control.
Why it’s worth your time: It looks like Limitless had a baby with Crank and gave birth to Upgrade. The intelligence/dual consciousness angle is interesting as well. The fact that it’s also a Blumhouse production leads me to believe those themes will be explored in a dark tone, despite its high-octane approach.
American Animals – June 1
The flick is based on a true story of four young Kentucky men who tried to pull off one of the most reckless art heists in American history. Determined to break away from their mundane lives, the four concoct a daring plan for the perfect robbery, only to realize the plan has taken on a life of its own.
Why it’s worth your time: This heist flick looks like it has a lot of laughs in it and the documentary approach is a refreshing change of pace for a film of this genre.
Ocean’s 8 – June 8
Ocean’s 8 is a spin-off of the Ocean‘s franchise and sees Danny’s sister (Sandra Bullock) alongside an all-female crew setting their thieving sights on the Met Gala. Their plot is to steal $150 million USD worth of jewelry from the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute.
Why it’s worth your time: It’s the fourth installment in the well-beloved franchise, introducing a cast of brand new characters and further expanding the Ocean‘s universe. With Matt Damon confirmed to return, it’s speculated that a cameo from another Ocean‘s character is to happen as well. Fingers crossed for George Clooney.
Hereditary – June 8
After the matriarch of the Graham family passes away, secrets of their ancestry begin to haunt them, culminating in the inheritance of a sinister force that begins to tear them apart. The youngest Graham has some sort of connection to a malevolent spirit that has been described as similar to Regan in The Exorcist.
Why it’s worth your time: This A24 flick had a lot of buzz circulating around it during Sundance Film Festival. Plus A24 has been killing it lately with releases like Room, Ex Machina, and The Witch, and this appears to be its next homerun production. It also features breathtaking direction and cinematography in the trailer to whet your horror genre appetite.
Won’t You Be My Neighbor? – June 8
This documentary focuses on Rogers’s eponymous television show, as well as his participation in the lives of children as a role model. Included in the documentary will be interviews and never-before-seen footage of Rogers being a shining example of great moral compass both on and off the screen.
Why it’s worth your time: Tom Hanks will be playing Mr. Rogers in an upcoming biopic that’ll be interesting to stack up against this documentary exploring the real man’s character versus his Hollywood portrayal. It will also be fascinating to watch such a wholesome figure become such a big part of pop culture, especially since other wholesome figures these days are outed for being not so squeaky clean.