Ten movies to watch in June
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Including Lin-Manuel Miranda’s In the Heights, Dream Horse, and Peter Rabbit 2, these are the must-see movies this month.
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In the heights
This year promises two musicals about the life of immigrants in New York. In December, there’s Steven Spielberg’s version of the classic West Side Story. And in the meantime, we’ve got In the Heights, adapted from the hip-hop-infused Broadway show, Tony Winner, by Lin-Manuel Miranda (Hamilton) and Quiara Alegria Hudes, and directed by John M Chu (Crazy Rich Asians). The film takes place over three hot summer days in Washington Heights, a bustling Manhattan neighborhood threatened by gentrification. This adaptation “strikes equally with delight and relief,” writes David Ehrlich in IndieWire. “This is such a magical and confident musical that even its missteps seem like great ideas.” The question now is whether even Spielberg himself will be able to reach the same heights.
Released June 11 in US and Canada and June 18 in UK and Ireland
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F9 / Fast and Furious 9
Vin Diesel is back as Dominic Toretto in the tenth blockbuster Fast & Furious (if you include the spin-off, Hobbs & Shaw), and this time the villain is … his own long-lost brother (John Cena). ! Yes, even though Dom has been talking about the importance of family for the last half-dozen episodes of the show, it turns out he had a brother he never mentioned from the start. Yet it’s this heroic disregard for logic and plausibility that makes the Fast & Furious franchise so much fun. The first movie was a low-budget crime thriller about illegal street racers, but the sequels got bigger and dumber each time. F9 (in the US) or Fast & Furious 9 (in the UK) is a global cyber spy extravaganza touting appearances by Charlize Theron, Helen Mirren, Kurt Russell and – I’m not kidding – a car flying in space. âFor the public that wants its 2021 return to the multiplex to be big, strong and exciting action,â Alonso Duralde says in The Wrap, âF9 makes cars go fast, jump high and generally do the impossible. , but it’s also ridiculously exhilarating. “
Released June 24 in UK and Ireland and June 25 in US and Canada
Jan Vokes (Toni Collette) runs a boutique in a small, underprivileged town in Wales. Business is slow, so when she catches an accountant (Damian Lewis) discussing the profitability of horse racing, she has the kind of idea that British comedy dramas are made. She will form a union with her friends and together they will use what little money they have to raise and train their own racehorse. Can these brave newcomers compete with the tycoons who dominate the sport? And can Collette and Lewis get some convincing Welsh accents? It might sound like a stretch, but Dream Horse is based on a true story that has already been the subject of a blockbuster documentary. “Beautifully shot and filled with lively, well-acted characters,” Rich Cline tells Shadows on the Wall, “it’s a warm and engaging story that will appeal to anyone who has struggled to hold on to a dream.”
Released June 4 in UK and Ireland and June 10 in Australia
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Zola has to be the first film to use the credit “based on tweets from”. The tweets in question – all 148 – were posted one night in October 2015 by A’Ziah “Zola” King. They told the breathtaking story of how King, a waitress from Detroit, agreed to take a trip to Florida with a woman she had just met. The plan was that they would make their fortune by pole dancing, but King was deceived, exploited, and endangered instead. The Hustlers-meets-Spring-Breakers adaptation of his Twitter feed, directed by Janicza Bravo, stars Taylour Paige as Zola and Riley Keough as his new acquaintance Stefanie. It’s “a frank and extremely funny tale of a wild weekend,” Hannah Strong writes in Little White Lies, “approaching sex trafficking in a new and daring way as well as examining the racial tension between Zola and Stefanie “.
Released June 30 in the US and Canada
Unrelated to Keanu Reeves’ 2018 thriller of the same name, Siberia is the sixth collaboration between Abel Ferrara (Bad Lieutenant, King of New York) and her regular leading man, Willem Dafoe. It’s also their craziest, weirdest movie to date – and that says a lot. Dafoe plays a loner who harnesses his dog sled to a team of huskies and sets off in the Siberian snow. Not wild and weird enough for you? Well, he also travels through his own dreams and memories. Guy Lodge writes in Variety that the film is “a beautiful, messy, at times hilarious hike in a geographic and psychological nature that will delight some and mystify many others.” This is a must see for those who like their cinema to be philosophical and surreal. But be warned: “Those who need a standard A-to-B narrative would be better off checking it out.”
Released June 18 in the United States
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The Sparks Brothers
Sparks has been called “your favorite band’s favorite band”: the Los Angeles art-pop duo may not be mainstream stars, but their bizarre genius has wowed and influenced musicians for decades. And not just musicians. One of their biggest fans is Edgar Wright, the director of Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, and the upcoming Last Night in Soho. Interviewing Sparks themselves (brothers Ron and Russell Mael) along with Sparks aficionados such as Beck, Jason Schwartzman and Neil Gaiman, he made an enthusiastic and quirky enough film about the band’s 50-year career and 25 albums. “Wright knows some people won’t want to watch a long documentary about a band they’ve never heard of,” Jordan Hoffman says in The Guardian, “so it’s safe to keep it fun and alive at every turn possible.” Sparks might just be your own favorite band in the end.
Released June 18 in US and June 24 in Australia
Peter Rabbit 2
Critics weren’t too fond of 2018’s Peter Rabbit, a mix of live-action and animation that owed less to Beatrix Potter’s charming picture books than to the slapstick violence of a Bugs Bunny cartoon. . But audiences were more enthusiastic, so here’s the inevitable sequel, starring Rose Byrne and Domhnall Gleeson as the newlyweds (live-action), and James Corden as the (animated) bunny who agreed to stop flying. their vegetables. Co-writer-director Will Gluck picks up on the postmodern humor of the first film, with jokes about Corden’s voice boredom and American directors spoiling beloved British books. And this time, even the critics are happy with it. “Much better than Peter’s 2018 release,” says Sarah Cartland of Caution Spoilers, “[the film is] colorful and visually appealing, and the comic book’s timing is impeccable. “
Released June 9 in the Netherlands, June 10 in Denmark, and June 18 in the US and Canada
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FranÃ§ois Ozon, the prolific and genre-leaping French writer-director, returns to his roots – and perhaps his own adolescence – with an adaptation of Aidan Chambers’ groundbreaking coming-of-age novel, Dance On My Grave. His young lovers are Alexis (FÃ©lix Lefebvre), 16, and David (Benjamin Voisin), 18, who saves him from drowning when his boat capsizes off the Normandy coast in 1985. Critics have compared that of Ozon. nostalgic recreation of a sunny summer adventure at Call Me By Your Name. But in that case, as Alexis’ voiceover warns us, David doesn’t have long to live, so the mystery of his death hangs over their time together. Boyd van Hoeij of The Hollywood Reporter praises “an often awkward and a little painful to watch but also heartfelt and truthful story about adolescence in a way seldom seen in films about teens directed by American directors. ‘middle age”.
Released June 18 in the United States
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In 2008, Matthew Logelin’s wife Liz passed away suddenly, 27 hours after giving birth to their daughter Madeleine. Logelin recounted the ordeal on his blog, then in a book, Two Kisses For Maddy: A Memoir of Love and Loss. Now the book has been turned into Fatherhood, a comedy-drama about the challenges of being a widower and a single parent. For a while the film was due to star Channing Tatum, but the role of Matt eventually went to Kevin Hart. It’s an intriguing start for an actor specializing in high-volume comedy, but director and co-writer Paul Weitz is on familiar ground, having dealt with parenthood in About A Boy and Being Flynn. Fun fact: Fatherhood is âbrought to you byâ Barack and Michelle Obama’s production company, Higher Ground.
On Netflix from June 18
A low-key alternative to the anthropomorphic antics of Peter Rabbit 2, Victor Kossakovsky’s black-and-white documentary shows everyday life on a farm from an animal perspective, with no shots of humans and no dialogue except grunts. The heroine of the film is Gunda, a sow with a litter of baby piglets. His co-stars include a one-legged chicken and a herd of cows. Shot with art over several months, Kossakovsky’s film is “beautiful,” “hilarious” and “sublime,” Jessica Kiang told The Los Angeles Times. And that would be relaxing, too, if we didn’t already know the ultimate fate of the cute piglets. âBeyond its value as a meditation on the captivity and cruelty of animals, and its implicit insistence on an ethical reassessment of our relationship to cattle, this is a film that pays attention to things that we have long neglected and to the interludes that we have forgotten how to see. “
Released June 11 in the UK and June 17 in the Netherlands
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