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What new movies are coming out in June?

If May was the appetizer for the 2023 summer movie season, the first course is already here. June is packed with many of the most anticipated movies of the year. Spider-Man and Batman will face off at the box office, but there’s also a potential horror hit, a new Pixar movie, and the swan song of one of cinema’s most iconic characters. These are the new movies to watch in theaters and streaming in June 2023.

“Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse” (June 2)

Alright, let’s do it one more time. 2018’s “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” gets a highly-anticipated follow-up with “Across the Spider-Verse,” which sees Miles Morales and Gwen Stacy take on a new villain, The Spot. They also meet up with a team of other Spider-People, the Spider Society. “But when the heroes clash over how to handle a new threat, Miles faces off against the other spiders and must set out alone to save the ones he loves most,” according to the synopsis. “Across the Spider-Verse” was announced as the first part of a two-parter, and the second part, “Beyond the Spider-Verse,” is slated for a March 2024 release. Fingers crossed that with great talent comes a great sequel. .

“The Bogeyman” (June 2)

Will the 2023 horror streak continue with a new Stephen King adaptation? Based on King’s short story, “The Boogeyman” follows a high school student (Sophie Thatcher) and her sister (Vivien Lyra Blair) who recently lost her mother. Her father is a therapist, and “when a desperate patient shows up unexpectedly at his home seeking help, he leaves behind a terrifying supernatural entity that preys on families and feeds on the suffering of its victims,” ​​according to the synopsis. . The film, which comes from “Host” director Rob Savage, has received solid reviews, with Slashfilm’s Ben Pearson. calling him a “highly effective” horror film that “could be this year’s ‘Smile’.” Great, and just when our nightmares finally stopped.

“Past Lives” (June 2)

“Everything Everywhere All at Once” proved that Oscar favorites don’t have to open in the fall. So could “Past Lives” be the first best picture nominee of the year? Greta Lee and Teo Yoo star in this romantic drama as childhood sweethearts who reunite after many years, “Before Sunset” style, and reflect on what a relationship could have been. Early reviews have been rave, with some pundits calling “Past Lives” an early Oscar favorite. The film is also being released by A24, which distributed “Everything Everywhere.” Movies that break our hearts by imagining what our lives could have been like are becoming the studio’s bread and butter.

“Transformers: Rise of the Beasts” (June 9)

For years, the “Transformers” movies were some of the lowest-rated blockbusters in Hollywood, but then a funny thing happened: Michael Bay handed the reins to another director with the 2018 spin-off “Bumblebee,” and to critics. they love me. So can “Transformers: Rise of the Beasts” maintain that quality? This latest installment is something of a sequel to “Bumblebee,” set in 1994 and centered on a former military electronics expert played by Anthony Ramos. Dominique Fishback also stars, while Michelle Yeoh and Pete Davidson voice Transformers. With “Creed II” director Steven Caple Jr. behind the camera, will the series slip back into mediocrity or is there more to it than meets the eye?

“Asteroid City” (June 16)

Get ready for Wes Anderson’s most Wes Anderson movie yet. Set in 1955, the acclaimed filmmaker’s latest takes place at a Junior Stargazer convention, which is “organized to bring together students and parents from across the country for fellowship and academic competition,” but is “spectacularly interrupted by world-changing events.” , according to the synopsis, specifically, an alien invasion. The cast is ridiculously stacked even for Anderson, as it includes Adrien Brody, Steve Carell, Bryan Cranston, Tom Hanks, Scarlett Johansson, Edward Norton, Margot Robbie, and Jason Schwartzman. As AI generated Wes Anderson parody videos are flooding Twitter, check this out as a reminder that there’s nothing like the real thing.

“The Blackening” (June 16)

One of the most infamous and unfortunate horror tropes of all time is the idea that the black character is often the first to die. But what happens in a slasher movie where the entire cast is black? “We can’t all die first,” goes the witty catchphrase of “The Blackening.” From Tim’s Story (“Ride Along”), the horror-comedy centers on a group of friends terrorized by a masked killer when they travel to a cabin in the woods for Juneteenth. The cast includes Grace Byers, Jermaine Fowler, and Jay Pharoah. According to Joe Lipsett of Bloody Disgusting, the film “fuses social commentary on the black experience in contemporary America with slasher conventions in a highly entertaining way.”

“The Flash” (June 16)

No summer movie is more dependent on audiences not Googling its star’s name than “The Flash.” The DC superhero movie comes after much controversy due to the repeated arrests of star Ezra Miller, which may be part of why marketing has emphasized Michael Keaton’s return as Batman. In the movie, Flash travels through time to save his mother, but it has unintended consequences and he meets an alternate universe Batman. Ben Affleck also returns as Batman, while Sasha Calle makes her Supergirl debut. Everyone from Tom Cruise to Stephen King has been praising the film, which DC Studios co-CEO James Gunn boldly claimed is “one of the best superhero movies I’ve ever seen.” But given Miller’s criminal allegations, the actor may soon be leaving DC in the blink of an eye.

“Elementary” (June 16)

Pixar needs a win. The animation studio had four consecutive movies halted by the pandemic, with “Soul,” “Luca” and “Turning Red” going straight to Disney+ for free. Then the studio’s first movie in theaters, “Lightyear,” disappointed financially. So, did Disney dilute the Pixar brand by downloading these movies on streaming, and if so, can the studio recover? We may find out with “Elemental”, which takes place in a city where the elements of fire, water, earth and air coexist. When Ember, a fire element, develops a friendship with Wade, a water element, it “challenges their beliefs about the world they live in,” according to Disney. Will all the elements come together or will Pixar shut down once again?

“Extraction 2” (June 16)

Chris Pratt has been dominating 2023 thanks to “The Super Mario Bros. Movie” and “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3,” but here comes Chris Hemsworth to take the lead in Chris’s wars. Nine months after the end of Netflix’s hit action flick “Extraction,” Hemsworth’s Tyler Rake returns “from the brink of death” for a new mission: “to save the imprisoned family of a ruthless gangster,” according to Netflix. Director Sam Hargrave returns, telling Netflix’s Tudum that the sequel will “dig into the backstory” of Hemsworth’s character. Joe Russo also returned to write the script, though based on some of his recent feedback, don’t be surprised if the third movie is credited to both him and ChatGPT.

“No hard feelings” (June 23)

J. Law is back to revive the sex comedy. Jennifer Lawrence stars in this raunchy comedy as a woman hired by the parents of a 19-year-old boy to date him and break out of his shell before college. Andrew Barth Feldman plays the teenager Lawrence tries to seduce, while Matthew Broderick and Laura Benanti play Lawrence’s parents. It looks like the kind of old-school comedy we don’t see much in theaters these days, and it continues Lawrence’s stride into the spotlight. This marks the first time she has led a film not distributed by a streaming service since 2019’s “Dark Phoenix.” May the odds always be in her favor.

“Ruby Gillman, Teenage Kraken” (June 30)

Disney isn’t the only studio taking audiences under the sea this summer. This DreamWorks animated film centers on a teenager, Ruby Gillman, who discovers that she “is a direct descendant of the Kraken warrior queens and is destined to inherit the throne,” according to Universal. “Ruby will finally have to accept who she is and do something big to protect the ones she loves the most.” Lana Condor voices Ruby, Toni Collette voices her mother, and Jane Fonda plays her grandmother. DreamWorks comes from the acclaimed “Puss in Boots: The Last Wish”, so “Ruby Gillman, Teenage Kraken” could be a candidate to become one of the best movies whose title can sing with the theme “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”. “. .

“Indiana Jones and the Dial of Fate” (June 30)

Get ready for Indiana Jones’s last crusade, this time for real. Harrison Ford is hanging the whip on him with “Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny,” which the 80-year-old actor promised will be the last time he plays the iconic archaeologist. Set in 1969 during the space race, the movie sees Indy team up with his goddaughter, played by Phoebe Waller-Bridge (“Fleabag”), to take on Jürgen Voller (Mads Mikkelsen), a former Nazi now working for NASA. This is the first “Indiana Jones” film not directed by Steven Spielberg, as James Mangold (“Logan”) has taken over directing duties. Fortunately, however, John Williams returned to compose the score. Let’s hope Mangold was able to get this finisher in shape.