The 2019 summer movie season is upon us! There’s something for everyone this month that include a few blockbuster flicks, comedy and horror. Here are six movies you won’t want to miss in June.
Director: Simon Kinberg
Starring: Sophie Turner, Jennifer Lawrence and James McAvoy
Official Synopsis: Jean Grey begins to develop incredible powers that corrupt and turn her into Dark Phoenix. Now the X-Men will have to decide if the life of a team member is worth more than all the people living in the world.
Why watch it: “Dark Phoenix” represents a peak in the X-Men franchise. It’s the 12th film in the entire series and the seventh and final film in the primary storyline.
Sophie Turner and Jessica Chastain are serving villainy realness and it’s going to be the kind of ultimate conflict that summer blockbusters are built around. Another fine example of the comic genre!
“Dark Phoenix” hits theaters on June 7!
Director: Nisha Ganatra
Starring: Emma Thompson and Mindy Kaling
Official Synopsis: A late-night talk-show host suspects that she may soon lose her long-running show.
Why watch it: First of all, any film written by Mindy Kaling is destined to be a good time. Secondly, just look at how Emma Thompson and Mindy Kaling play off of each other in the trailer! There are some delicious “The Devil Wears Prada” vibes happening here and I’m 100% on board.
The trailer promises some laughs as well as some social commentary. Hard to ignore!
“Late Night” opens in selected theaters on June 7. See it everywhere on June 14!
“The Dead Don’t Die”
Director: Jim Jarmusch
Starring: Bill Murray, Adam Driver and Chloe Sevigny
Official Synopsis: The peaceful town of Centerville finds itself battling a zombie horde as the dead start rising from their graves.
Why watch it: Star-studded cast. Totally campy lookin’. Reminiscent of all the gory delights of other zombie comedies like “Zombieland.”
To put it plainly: “The Dead Don’t Die” just looks like too much fun.
“The Dead Don’t Die” rises on June 14.
“Men in Black: International”
Director: F. Gary Gray
Starring: Tessa Thompson and Chris Hemsworth
Official Synopsis: The Men in Black have always protected the Earth from the scum of the universe. In this new adventure, they tackle their biggest threat to date: a mole in the Men in Black organization.
Why watch it: “Thor: Ragnarok” dream team Tessa Thompson and Chris Hemsworth are back for another fun space adventure. Goddamn, it works on that premise alone.
It has been a while since we’ve visited with the Men in Black, and the trailer teases a lot of fun and some cheeky Marvel references here and there. The nostalgia factor combined with this team-up makes “MIB” a must see!
“Men in Black: International” saves the world on June 14!
“Toy Story 4”
Director: Josh Cooley
Starring: Tom Hanks, Tony Hale, Tim Allen and Annie Potts
Official Synopsis: When a new toy called “Forky” joins Woody and the gang, a road trip alongside old and new friends reveals how big the world can be for a toy.
Why watch it: We can always rely on the “Toy Story” films to deliver on the laughs, the feels and the cutting edge of beautiful animation. It’s both a fresh adventure and a familiar face. On that merit alone, “Toy Story 4” is worth seeing.
What’s especially exciting is finally getting a movie where we see the toys interacting in a new environment, with a new child to love. Also, “Toy Story 4” is rumored to be the very last of the films. Can’t miss that!
The gang returns in “Toy Story 4” on June 21.
Director: Lars Klevberg
Starring: Mark Hamill, Aubrey Plaza and Tim Matheson
Official Synopsis: A mother gives her son a toy doll for his birthday, unaware of its more sinister nature.
Why watch it: I love a good horror classic and I love Mark Hamill.
A good summer horror is always welcome and a remake of a favorite is definitely an exciting development. “Child’s Play” looks like a fun adaptation of the original concept into the modern era. Even though Aubrey Plaza is still way too young to be playing anybody’s mother, can’t deny that I’m excited to hear Mark Hamill bring his special brand of wicked to Chucky.
“Child’s Play” comes home on June 21.
Which of these summer titles are you most excited about? Did we miss any? Let us know in the comments!
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Caitlin is a lean, mean writing machine based in Austin, TX. Her love of film began when she was shown “Rosemary’s Baby” way too early in life. Bylines include The Financial Diet and Film Inquiry. Caitlin is a member of the Online Association of Female Film Critics and the Women Film Critics Circle.