This month's notable theatrical releases
Below, our editors have selected the most interesting films debuting this month, listed in alphabetical order.
American Animals Watch trailer(s)
Drama | June 1 | Directed by Bart Layton
Bart Layton’s debut narrative feature dramatizes the “Transy Book Heist” of 2004, when four Kentucky college students attempted to steal millions of dollars in rare books. Retaining some of the documentary flourishes from his award-winning The Imposter, Layton casts Evan Peters, Barry Keoghan, Blake Jenner, and Jared Abrahamson to play the college kids, but he also has their real-life, current-day counterparts appear with them and comment on their actions. Strong reviews out of Sundance make this one of two heist movies to see this month.
Drama | June 1 | Directed by Simon Baker
Actor Simon Baker (The Mentalist) makes his feature directing debut with this adaptation of Tim Winton’s 2008 coming-of-age novel. Set in Western Australia, the film follows Bruce "Pikelet" Pike and his best friend Loonie as they grow up in the 1970s and learn about surfing from former professional Sando (Baker), who’s known for pushing the limits when he’s riding. Elizabeth Debicki plays Sando’s wife, an American whose knee injury ended her career as a freestyle skier. The film’s strong reviews point towards Baker’s ability to get excellent performances from everyone, especially his young actors, and to create a wonderful sense of place through location shooting and impressive water photography.
Custody Watch trailer(s)
Foreign/Drama | June 29 | Directed by Xavier Legrand
Winner of the Silver Lion at the 2017 Venice Film Festival for best director and the Lion of the Future Luigi De Laurentiis Award for a Debut Film, Xavier Legrand’s family drama about a father who continues to terrorize his family after his wife and children have left him is a surprisingly intense cinematic experience. Denis Ménochet (the farmer at the beginning of Inglourious Basterds) and Léa Drucker (The Blue Room) star as the warring parents.
En el Septimo Dia (On the Seventh Day)
Drama | June 8 | Directed by Jim McKay
The latest from writer-director Jim McKay (Our Song) tells the story of José, a bicycle delivery man and one of many undocumented workers living in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. In addition to being hard-working, José is the captain of his soccer team. They play every Sunday, but when his boss demands that José works on a Sunday, it coincides with the league championship. Will he put his job at risk and support his teammates, or will he acquiesce to his boss’s request?
Hearts Beat Loud Watch trailer(s)
Drama/Music | June 8 | Directed by Brett Haley
Writer-director Brett Haley’s fourth feature, following I’ll See You in My Dreams and The Hero, is an affectionate look at the relationship between single dad Frank (Nick Offerman) and his daughter Sam (Kiersey Clemons), who’s heading off to college soon. Connecting through their shard love of music, they form a band and write a song that becomes a minor Spotify hit. It’s another heartfelt indie drama from Haley, with four original songs from Keegan DeWitt and a strong supporting cast that includes Ted Danson, Toni Collette, Sasha Lane, and Blythe Danner.
Hereditary Watch trailer(s)
Drama/Thriller/Horror | June 8 | Directed by Ari Aster
One of the best-reviewed films of this year’s Sundance comes from the festival's Midnight section. Writer-director Ari Aster’s debut feature stars Toni Collett as Annie, an artist who works with miniatures (used to great effect by Aster), a wife who’s married to Gabriel Byrne’s Steve, and a mother to a teenager (Alex Wolff) and his younger sister (Milly Shapiro). After Annie’s mother dies, a terror takes hold of the family, and that terror has spooked every critic who has seen the film.
Incredibles 2 Watch trailer(s)
Animation/Family | June 15 | Directed by Brad Bird
Brad Bird’s sequel to Pixar's hit The Incredibles picks up immediately after the end of the first film. The Parr family (Bob, Helen, Violet, Dash, and Jack-Jack) must deal with The Underminer, but they face a bigger challenge when Helen/Elastigirl goes off to save the world, leaving Bob/Mr. Incredible in charge of the family, including a barely controllable Jack-Jack. Luckily the wonderful Edna Mode (voiced by Bird) lends a hand. Samuel L. Jackson returns as Lucius Best/Frozone, and Bob Odenkirk joins the voice cast as Winston Deavor, a tycoon who wants to bring respectability back to superheroes.
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom Watch trailer(s)
Sci-fi/Action-adventure | June 22 | Directed by Juan Antonio Bayona
Four years after the events of Jurassic World, Owen (Chris Pratt) and Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard) return to Isla Nublar in an attempt to rescue the remaining dinosaurs from destruction. However, that’s just the beginning of a plot that involves Owen’s beloved Blue and the creation of the “most dangerous creature that ever walked the Earth.” Directed by J.A. Bayona (A Monster Calls), this fifth movie in the series features Rafe Spall, James Cromwell, Ted Levine, Justice Smith, and Toby Jones, as well as the return of Jeff Goldblum.
Leave No Trace Watch trailer(s)
Drama | June 29 | Directed by Debra Granik
This adaptation of Peter Rock’s book about a father (Ben Foster) and his teenage daughter (Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie) who struggle to adapt to society after living in the wilderness together is writer-director Debra Granik’s first narrative feature since winning the Grand Jury Prize and Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival for Winter’s Bone. Critics have praised the lead performances and Granik’s subtle direction.
Ocean's 8 Watch trailer(s)
Comedy/Thriller | June 8 | Directed by Gary Ross
Sandra Bullock plays Debbie Ocean, Danny Ocean’s sister, in this spin-off from Stephen Soderbergh’s successful Ocean’s franchise. Soderbergh’s friend, director Gary Ross (The Hunger Games), steps into the director’s chair for this heist, which finds Bullock putting together a crew of Cate Blanchett, Mindy Kaling, Sarah Paulson, Helena Bonham Carter, Awkwafina, and Rihanna to steal diamonds at the Met Gala. Anne Hathaway, Richard Armitage, and James Corden also star in what fans of the series hope is an improvement on Ocean’s Twelve and Ocean’s Thirteen.
Sicario: Day of the Soldado Watch trailer(s)
Action/Thriller | June 29 | Directed by Stefano Sollima
The director (Denis Villeneuve) and lead actor (Emily Blunt) of 2015’s Sicario are not back for this sequel, but Josh Brolin and Benicio del Toro are. Written by original screenwriter Taylor Sheridan and directed by Stefano Sollima, Sicario: Day of the Soldado pits Brolin’s Matt Graver and del Toro’s Alejandro against each other after a mission goes bad and Alejandro decides to protect the daughter (Isabela Moner) of a Mexican kingpin. Despite the remaining talent, losing Villeneuve’s direction and Blunt’s combination of strength and vulnerability might be too much to overcome.
Three Identical Strangers Watch trailer(s)
Documentary | June 29 | Directed by Tim Wardle
In 1980, three strangers—Bobby Shafran, Eddy Galland, and David Kellman—discovered that they were identical triplets separated at birth. Their tale makes them momentarily famous, but Tim Wardle’s documentary reveals the tragedy behind their joyful reunion. It’s a film that also has several surprises, so you may want to avoid reading up on the full story before walking into the theater.
Won’t You Be My Neighbor? Watch trailer(s)
Documentary | June 8 | Directed by Morgan Neville
Early reviews are good for 20 Feet From Stardom and Best of Enemies director Morgan Neville’s profile of Fred Rogers. Neville tracks Rogers’ transition from Presbyterian minister to television host, highlighting his ability to tackle difficult subjects on Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, the beloved children's show that bore his name from 1968-2001. This nostalgic look back at a time when civility existed on TV screens could be the perfect antidote to the current state or the world.
What do you think?
Which films are you looking forward to this month? Let us know in the comments section below. For a complete, updated listing of all upcoming film releases by date, including films arriving later in 2018, visit our Movie Calendar.