Summer Movies- June brings Turtles, Orcs, and Dory

June brings us the next round of summer movies, doling out some big name sequels, a couple of dramatic films, and a big videogame adaptation. Once again, big special effects features look to drive the box office, along with a new animated offering from Pixar. The following list are the major releases set for this month, and not a complete listing of everything that may hit theaters in your area. So, grab some popcorn, and let’s head off to this month’s list!

JUNE 3

Me Before You
This romantic drama follows a young woman in a small town (Game of Thrones’ Emilia Clarke) who takes care of a recently paralyzed man (Sam Claflin) and forms a bond with him. Based on the novel of the same name by Jojo Moyes, who also wrote the screenplay.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows
Raphael (Alan Ritchson), Michelangelo (Noel Fisher), Donatello (Jeremy Howard), and Leonardo (Pete Ploszek) are back, along with their sidekick reporter April O’Neil (Megan Fox), to face a new threat. This time the Turtles are joined by Casey Jones (Arrow’s Stephen Amell), with the action being directed by Dave Green (Earth to Echo). Expect plenty of silly jokes and explosions.

Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping
This musical comedy stars Andy Samberg as a former boy band member who tries to maintain his celebrity status after the failure of his solo album. Also starring Imogen Poots (Need for Speed), Martin Sheen (The Amazing Spider-Man), Maya Rudolph (Ideocracy), Bill Hader (Inside Out), and Sarah Silverman (A Million Ways to Die in the West).

JUNE 10

Warcraft
The popular MMO World of Warcraft gets translated to the big screen under the auspices of director Duncan Jones (Source Code). The film sees the peaceful realm of Azeroth on the brink of war as invading orc armies flee their dying home, setting two heroes on a collision course. The action fantasy adventure stars Travis Fimmel (Vikings), Paula Patton (2 Guns), Ben Foster (The Finest Hours), Dominic Cooper (Preacher), and Toby Kebbell (Fantastic Four).

Now You See Me 2
The Four Horsemen return as the magicians are recruited by a tech genius to pull off an impossible heist. Returning cast members Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Dave Franco, Mark Ruffalo, Michael Caine, and Morgan Freeman are joined by newcomers Lizzy Caplan and Daniel Radcliffe. The movie is directed by Jon M. Chu (G.I. Joe: Retaliation).

The Conjuring 2: the Endfield Experiment
The Warrens are back in this horror sequel, this case taking them to London to aid a single mother of four beset by malicious spirits. James Wan returns from the first film as director along with Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson as Lorraine and Ed Warren. The horror flick also stars Franka Potente (The Bourne Supremacy) and David Thewlis (Professor Lupin from the Harry Potter movies).

JUNE 17

Finding Dory
The lovable blue tang fish is back, this time in search of her own loved ones. The Pixar sequel to 2003’s Finding Nemo brings back cast members Ellen DeGeneres and Albert Brooks along with new characters voiced by Idris Elba, Kate McKinnon, Dominic West, Diane Keaton, Bill Hader, and Ed O’Neill.

Central Intelligence
The action comedy pairs Dwayne Johnson (San Andreas) and Kevin Hart (Ride Along) as a CIA agent and an accountant drawn into a plot of international intrigue.

JUNE 24

Independence Day: Resurgence
The aliens are back again to threaten Earth, and once again David Levinson (Jeff Goldblum) has to find a way to stop them. Roland Emmerich returns as director from the 1996 hit film along with cast members Judd Hirsch, Bill Pullman, Viveca A. Fox, and Brent Spiner. Joining them in the fight are Liam Hemsworth, William Fichtner, Joey King, and Sela Ward.

Free State of Jones
The historical biographical drama follows a poor farmer (Matthew McConaughey) from Mississippi leading a group of rebels against the Confederate army during the Civil War. Gary Ross (The Hunger Games) directs, and the film also stars Keri Russell (The Americans), Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Jupiter Ascending), and Mahershala Ali (Luke Cage).

JUNE 29

The Shallows
Blake Lively stars as a surfer menaced by a great white shark a mere 200 yards from shore in this thriller directed by Jaume Collet-Serra (Orphan).

And that wraps up what’s coming in June. What will you be seeing? Let us know in the comments below. Until then, enjoy your popcorn and your time in your local cinema! (And remember to turn off those cell phones…)

Thomas Juretus

Born in 1963. Enjoy videogames, movies, comics- anything that tells a story. Have written three novels (The Zarchler Chronicles Book One: The Cassandra Crisis, Shalgroth The Zarchler Chronicles: Book Two, Madman's War The Zarchler Chronicles: Book Three) all published and available through PublishAmerica. Currently working on my fourth book, a sci-fi/murder mystery.

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