Coming Up in June (2016)

It seems like the box office has already been taken over by Captain America: Civil War, but there’s two months of summer coming up. Is there anything you think could take on Marvel? Anything you want to see anyway?

June 3

Me Before You

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Louisa Clark (Emilia Clarke) is a small-town girl who has a hard time holding down a job. She is hired to take care of Will (Sam Claflin), a quadriplegic who is angry at the world after his motorcycle accident. After a rocky start, their friendship starts to grow, and their relationship changes from hate to like to love. Drama. Rated PG-13 for thematic elements and some suggestive material. Likelihood I’ll go see it: Now normally this would look extremely cliche, but I do really like these actors and the story could be kinda cute. I haven’t read the book yet (yes this one is book-based) but I could overlook that for this one I think. 

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows

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As Shredder (Brian Tee) joins forces with the mad scientist Baxter Stockman (Tyler Perry) and henchmen Bebop (Gary Anthony Williams) and Rocksteady (Stephen Farrelly) to take over the world, the Turtles prepare to face their greatest nemesis of all- the notorious Krang. Action, Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy, Sci-Fi. Rated PG-13 for sci-fi action and violence. Likelihood I’ll go see it: Despite how the first one looked (ridiculous) most everything in this movie actually looks like it could be good (as long as they explain that weird alien moment that looks like it belongs in a different movie). If only we could get Judith Hoag back. 

Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping

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When it becomes clear that his newest solo album is a complete failure, pop/rap superstar Conner4Real (Andy Samberg) decides to do everything in his power to maintain his celebrity status- namely reuniting with his old rap group, The Style Boyz. Comedy, Music. Rated R for some graphic nudity, language throughout, sexual content and drug use. Likelihood I’ll go see it: While I’m sure this is a funny comment on popstars in this day and age (namely one with the initials JB, if the trailer is anything to go by), I can make most of these comments for free. Skip. 

Approaching the Unknown

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Captain William Stanaforth (Mark Strong) is on a one-way solo mission to begin the process of colonizing Mars. But first he must face insurmountable odds, life and death decisions, and the chance of losing everything to make the greatest discoveries. Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller. Rated R for language. Likelihood I’ll go see it: On the one hand, these space movies are starting to seem a little overdone. On the other hand, Mark Strong. And the premise looks like it could be original enough. I’ll give it a maybe. 

Andron

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A group of people are plunged into a claustrophobic maze where they must fight for survival as the whole world watches from the futuristic, outside world. Action, Sci-Fi. Rated R for language and some violence. Likelihood I’ll go see it: It basically looks like The Hunger Games mixed with The Maze Runner for adults, with no love triangle. Something new, please. 

Housefull 3

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When a father doesn’t want his three daughters to get married, three men must try and convince him that they are good enough for his daughters. Comedy, Romance. Not Yet Rated. Likelihood I’ll go see it: I don’t think this one will be coming anywhere near me, but I don’t think I’d see it even if it was…

The Wailing

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A stranger arrives in a remote village in South Korea just before a mysterious illness begins to spread. A policeman is drawn to the incident and forced to solve the mystery in order to save his daughter before the symptoms take her over. Mystery, Thriller. Not Yet Rated. Likelihood I’ll go see it: This is another one that probably won’t make it anywhere near me, but I’m actually a little sad about this one. 

The Fits

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While training at the gym, 11-year-old tomboy Toni starts to assimilate with a dance team after becoming entranced by their power and confidence. When a mysterious outbreak of fainting spells begin to plague the team, Toni’s quest for acceptance becomes twisted. Drama. Not Yet Rated. Likelihood I’ll go see it: This one seems interesting, though you won’t understand anything based on what the trailer gives you. I’ll keep an eye out for it. 

June 10

Warcraft

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The peaceful realm of Azeroth faces war as its civilization faces an orc invasion attempting to escape their own dying homeland. Two heroes from opposing sides must decide to band together to decide the fate of their families, homelands and people. Action, Adventure, Fantasy. Rated PG-13 for extended sequences of intense fantasy violence. Likelihood I’ll go see it: Visually it looks stunning, story wise it seems a little bland. We’ll see how it goes. 

Now You See Me 2

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The Four Horsemen resurface a year after outwitting the FBI and are forcibly recruited by a tech genius (Daniel Radcliffe) to pull off their most impossible heist yet. Their only hope is to pull one last stunt to clear their names and reveal the mastermind behind it all. Action, Comedy, Thriller. Rated PG-13 for violence and some language. Likelihood I’ll go see it: I loved the first one, and honestly who doesn’t appreciate the irony of Daniel Radcliffe in a movie about magicians? I’m definitely here. 

The Conjuring 2

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Lorraine (Vera Farmiga) and Ed (Patrick Wilson) Warren are called to a case in North London to help a single mother raising four children in a house that is being plagued by malicious spirits. Horror. Rated R for terror and horror violence. Likelihood I’ll go see it: Now the first movie is one of the few recent horror movies that has actually been a good one, so I will see this one with high hopes. They were slightly lowered by Annabelle (2014) but stilling hoping this one will be more like its predecessor. 

Genius

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A chronicle of the time of Max Perkins (Colin Firth) as a book editor at Scribner, where he oversaw the works of Thomas Wolfe, Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald and many more. Biography, Drama. Rated PG-13 for some thematic elements and suggestive content. Likelihood I’ll go see it: Now this is the kind of thing you know is made in the hopes of winning some Academy Awards, but I do like Colin Firth and it does look interesting. I might wait for cheaper tickets but it still looks worth a see. 

King Jack

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Jack (Charlie Plummer) is a fifteen-year-old boy stuck in a run-down town, trapped in a feud with a violent bully and facing another bout of summer school. He is less than pleased when his aunt falls ill and his younger cousin comes to stay. Over the course of a weekend Jack must watch out for his cousin as he comes to terms with finding happiness in bleak surroundings. Adventure. Not Yet Rated. Likelihood I’ll go see it: Looks like the usual coming-of-age story, but it seems sweet. Perhaps I’ll give it a look if it comes around. 

Careful What You Wish For

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Doug Martin (Nick Jonas) gets more than he bargained for when he starts an affair with the wife of an investment banker at his summer cabin. Soon a suspicious death and substantial life insurance policy envelope him in scandal. Drama, Thriller. Rated R for some sexual content/nudity and language. Likelihood I’ll go see it: While I’m laughing at Nick Jonas trying to do a serious movie, it sounds like the usual affair movie that ‘stars’ try to do as a jump start. Skip. 

Puerto Ricans in Paris

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Two Puerto Rican NYPD detectives head to Paris to track down a stolen handbag before it spawns thousands of cheaper replicas on the black market. Comedy. Rated R for language, including some sexual references. Likelihood I’ll go see it: Definitely not my kind of funny, but it also doesn’t look that funny even if it was my kind of funny. 

June 15

Range 15

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A group of veterans wake up after a night of partying to find that the zombie apocalypse has hit the United States. Together they must fight there way across the country to deliver the cure to the only scientists who can restore order before it’s too late. Comedy, Horror. Not Yet Rated. Likelihood I’ll go see it: Most of these horror parodies just make me feel bad for liking horror movies. Skip. 

June 17

Finding Dory

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Our favorite, forgetful fish seeks to be reunited with her parents and ends up in a marine institute. On her journey, all her friends learn a few things about the real meaning of family. Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family. Rated PG for mild thematic elements. Likelihood I’ll go see it: Who am I kidding, I’m a big kid at heart. I want to see Dory find her Mom and Dad. Plus I really want to see what the hidden message about Sea World is going to be. 

Central Intelligence

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After he reunites with an old high school friend (Dwayne Johnson) through Facebook, a mild-mannered accountant (Kevin Hart) is lured into the world of the CIA. Comedy, Crime. Rated PG-13 for crude and suggestive humor, some nudity, action violence and brief strong language. Likelihood I’ll go see it: Since it seems that Kevin Hart doesn’t know how to play/be in any other kind of movie, you know going in it will be stupid-funny. Nothing I’m too interested in. 

Tickled

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Journalist David Farrier stumbles upon a mysterious tickling competition online and decides to use it as a piece. As he delves deeper, he comes up against resistance, but that won’t stop him from getting to the bottom of this stranger-than-fiction story. Documentary. Rated R for language. Likelihood I’ll go see it: I have no idea what this movie is aiming to be, but it has sufficiently peaked my interest. 

No Stranger Than Love

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Lucy Sherrington (Allison Brie) is the sweetheart of the town who finally thinks she’s found love- until the guy she’s with falls down a hole and no one can figure out where he went. Comedy, Romance. Rated R for language. Likelihood I’ll go see it: This movie seems…odd. Just odd. I’m not sure how I’m feeling about it. 

June 24

Independence Day: Resurgence

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Two decades after the Independence Day invasion, the nations of Earth have used recovered alien technology to build a defense program to protect the planet. But nothing could have prepared them for the advanced and unprecedented force of the aliens’ next strike. Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi. Rated PG-13 for sci-fi violence, action and destruction throughout, and brief strong language. Likelihood I’ll go see it: While it’s obviously a ‘destroy everything’ summer movie, it also throws in some Jeff Goldblum quips. I’m game. 

The Neon Demon

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When aspiring model Jesse (Elle Fanning) moves to Los Angles, her youth and vitality are devoured by the group of beauty-obsessed women who are willing to do whatever it takes to get what she has. The thing is, she is willing to do what it takes to keep it. Horror, Thriller. Rated R for disturbing content, bloody images, graphic nudity, a scene of aberrant sexuality, and language. Likelihood I’ll go see it: This looks very much Black Swan-esque. I’m intrigued. 

Free State of Jones

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As the Civil War divides the nation, poor farmer Newt Knight (Matthew McConaughey) leads a rebellion of farmers and local slaves in the South to secede from the Confederacy and create the Free State of Jones. Action, Biography, Drama, History, War. Rated R for brutal battle scenes and disturbing graphic images. Likelihood I’ll go see it: I am very interested if for no other reason than that I was not taught this in History class and I really want to know how it ends. 

Wiener-Dog

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The chronicles of the life of a wiener dog that makes its way through four different owners, travels the country and spreads comfort and joy to those around it. Comedy. Rated R for language and some disturbing content. Likelihood I’ll go see it: Looks mostly like an artsy dog film to make me cry, but not like I’ll enjoy it in a Marley and Me kind of way. Pass. 

Hunt for the Wilderpeople

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A national manhunt is ordered for a rebellious kid and his foster uncle when they go missing in the wild New Zealand bush. Comedy, Drama. Rated PG-13 for thematic elements including violent content and for some language. Likelihood I’ll go see it: The trailer was actually pretty funny. I’m willing to try it. 

The Duel

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A Texas Ranger (Liam Hemsworth) investigates a series of unexplained deaths in a town called Helena that is run by a man called The Preacher (Woody Harrelson). Drama, Western. Rated R for strong violence and language. Likelihood I’ll go see it: You would think that the title would explain pretty much everything since it’s a Western, but the Woody Harrelson role seems interesting. May be up for this. 

The Call Up

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A group of online gamers is invited to try a state-of-the-art virtual reality video game that turns sinister when the gamers realize that they literally are playing for their lives. Action, Sci-Fi. Not Yet Rated. Likelihood I’ll go see it: I feel like I’ve seen this premise before. A thousand times. So yawwwwwwn. 

June 29

The Shallows

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A mere 200 yards from shore, surfer Nancy (Blake Lively) is attacked by a great white shark. The short journey to safety becomes the ultimate contest of wills that requires al of her ingenuity, resourcefulness and fortitude. Drama, Horror, Thriller. Rated PG-13 for shark violence and brief language, frightening/intense images. Likelihood I’ll go see it: Though I am amused by this attempt to make sharks frightening again, I do think it would be an interesting movie. If for nothing else than to see how much better Jaws seems in comparison.

So, out of these 29 movies, are there any you are interested in? Which would you like to see reviewed before you spend your money? Let me know in the comments, on Facebook or on Twitter!

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