June is a big month for new movies, and we’ll find everything from the next installment of the “Insidious” series to thrillers “Jurassic World” and “Big Game.”
Here’s a sneak peek at the biggest movies due out in June. Note that release dates may change.
INSIDIOUS CHAPTER 3
PG-13 for violence, frightening images, some language and thematic elements | In Theaters 6/5 | Ok for Kids 14+ | Focus Features | Reel Preview: 3.5 of 5 Reels.
Ready for some scary shenanigans? This newest chapter in the terrifying horror series is written and directed by franchise co-creator Leigh Whannell. The chilling prequel, set before the haunting of the Lambert family, reveals how gifted psychic Elise Rainier (Lin Shaye) reluctantly agrees to use her ability to contact the dead in order to help a teenage girl (Stefanie Scott) who has been targeted by a dangerous supernatural entity. And you just know bad things are going to happen.
Not yet rated; likely PG-13 | In Theaters 6/12 (3D/2D/IMAX) | Ok for Kids 13+ | Universal | Reel Preview: 5 of 5 Reels.
The park is open! The “Jurassic World” park, that is. Steven Spielberg returns to executive produce the long-awaited next installment of his groundbreaking Jurassic Park series. Set 22 years after the horrific events of the original “Jurassic Park,” Colin Trevorrow directs this sci-fi terror adventure based on the novel “Jurassic Park” by Michael Crichton.
Isla Nublar, an island located off Central America’s Pacific Coast near Costa Rica, now features a fully functioning dinosaur theme park, Jurassic World, as originally envisioned by John Hammond. The new park is owned by the Masrani Global Corporation, so you just KNOW they’re always looking at the revenue. Owen Grady (Chris Pratt), a member of the park’s on-site staff, conducts behavioral research on a group of Velociraptors known as Blue, Charlie, Delta and Echo.
At the corporation’s request, the park’s geneticists create a genetically modified hybrid mutant dinosaur, known as Indominus Rex, to boost visitor attendance. Never mind that the creature cannibalized its own sibling. Claire Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howard) is the park’s operations manager, and her nephews, Zach (Nick Robinson) and Gray (Ty Simpkins), are visiting the island when the hybrid escapes and are subsequently caught up in its deadly rampage. Who will survive?!
PG for mild thematic elements and some action | In Theaters 6/19 | Ok for Kids 6+ | Disney Pixar | Reel Preview: 5 of 5 Reels.
Growing up can be a bumpy road, and it’s no exception for Riley (Kaitlyn Dias), an 11-year-old girl who’s uprooted from her Midwest life when her father starts a new job in San Francisco. Like all of us, Riley is guided by her emotions – Joy (Amy Poehler), Fear (Bill Hader), Anger (Lewis Black), Disgust (Mindy Kaling) and Sadness (Phyllis Smith).
The emotions live in Headquarters, the control center inside Riley’s mind, where they help advise her through everyday life, but of course, chaos ensues. Although Joy, Riley’s main and most important emotion, tries to keep things positive, the emotions conflict on how best to navigate a new city, house and school.
Directed by Pixar veteran Pete Docter (“Up” and “Monsters, Inc.” are among his many credits), this movie also features the voices of Diane Lane, Kyle MacLachlan, Richard Kind and Paula Poundstone.
PG-13 for sequences of intense action and violence, and some language | In Theaters 6/26 | Ok for Kids 13+ | Relativity Media | Reel Preview: 4 of 5 Reels.
In the rugged countryside of Finland, young 13-year-old Oskari (the amazing Onni Tommila) embarks on a traditional quest to prove himself by spending 24 hours alone in the wild, armed with only a bow and arrow. After witnessing a spectacular plane crash, he discovers the escape pod from Air Force One, containing the President of the United States (Samuel L. Jackson).
When they realize a group of kidnappers is hot on their trail with the intention of taking the President, this unlikely duo must escape their hunters as they search for the American Special Forces team sent out to find them. Jalmari Helander directs this action-thriller, which also stars Jim Broadbent, Ted Levine, Victor Garber, Felicity Huffman, Ray Stevenson and Mehmet Kurtulus.
PG for action violence, peril, brief language and some thematic elements | In Theaters 6/26 | Ok for Kids 8+ | Warner Bros. | Reel Preview: 3.5 of 5 Reels.
Max is a precision-trained military dog who serves on the frontlines in Afghanistan alongside his handler, U.S. Marine Kyle Wincott (Robbie Amell). But when things go terribly wrong on maneuvers, Kyle is mortally wounded and Max, traumatized by the loss of his best friend, is unable to remain in service.
Shipped stateside, the only human he seems willing to connect with is Kyle’s teenage brother, Justin (Josh Wiggins). But Justin has issues of his own, such as living up to his father’s expectations, and Max may be Justin’s only chance to discover what really happened to his brother that day on the front. As Justin’s growing trust in Max helps the four-legged veteran revert back to his heroic self, and as the pair race against time to unravel the mystery, they find more excitement—and danger— than they bargained for.
Directed by Boaz Yakin, this family movie also stars Lauren Graham, Thomas Haden Church and Jay Hernandez.
What do you think about these movies due out in June? Sound off in the comments section below!
JANE’S REEL RATING SYSTEM
One Reel – Even the Force can’t save it.
Two Reels – Coulda been a contender.
Three Reels – Something to talk about.
Four Reels – You want the truth? Great flick!
Five Reels – Wow! The stuff dreams are made of.
Jane Boursaw is a well-known film critic and editor-in-chief of Reel Life With Jane. Images used with permission of the studios and distributors.