New movies in June include several fun sequels, including “Finding Nemo,” “Independence Day: Resurgence” and a new “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” movie. Here’s a sneak peek at all the new movies in theaters in June. Note that release dates are subject to change.
ME BEFORE YOU
Rated PG-13 for thematic elements and some suggestive material | In Theaters 6/3 | Ok for Kids 13+ | Warner Bros. | Reel Preview: 4 of 5 Reels
Based on the bestselling novel by Jojo Moyes, this movie stars Emilia Clarke (“Game of Thrones”) and Sam Claflin (“The Hunger Games”), under the direction of Thea Sharrock, making her feature film directorial debut. Louisa “Lou” Clark (Clarke) lives in a quaint town in the English countryside. With no clear direction in her life, the quirky and creative 26-year-old goes from one job to the next in order to help her tight-knit family make ends meet. Her normally cheery outlook is put to the test, however, when she faces her newest career challenge. Taking a job at the local “castle,” she becomes caregiver and companion to Will Traynor (Claflin), a wealthy young banker who became wheelchair bound in an accident two years prior. No longer the adventurous soul he once was, the now cynical Will has all but given up – until Lou shows him that life is worth living.
TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: OUT OF THE SHADOWS
Not yet rated; likely PG or PG-13 | In Theaters 6/3 | Ok for Kids 10+ | Paramount | Reel Preview: 3 of 5 Reels
Cowabunga! This sequel to the 2014 film is based on the pizza-loving Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles characters created by Peter Laird and Kevin Eastman. Directed by David Green (“Earth to Echo”) and produced by Michael Bay (“Transformers”), the story finds the Turtles in conflict with T.C.R.I. scientist Dr. Baxter Stockman (Tyler Perry), the Foot Clan and The Shredder (Brian Tee), who’s hired Stockman to create mutants of his own. Meanwhile, an invasion above New York City is led by the Dimension X inhabitant known as Krang. The Turtles are joined in the fight by Splinter (Tony Shalhoub) and their human friends April O’Neil (Megan Fox), Vern Fenwick (Will Arnett) and the vigilante Casey Jones (Stephen Amell).
POPSTAR: NEVER STOP NEVER STOPPING
Rated R for some graphic nudity, language throughout, sexual content and drug use | In Theaters 6/3 | Ok for Kids 17+ | Universal | Reel Preview: 3.5 of 5 Reels
This comedy is headlined by musical digital-shorts superstars Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone, collectively known as The Lonely Island. The story goes behind the scenes as singer/rapper Conner4Real (Samberg) faces a crisis of popularity after his sophomore album flops, leaving his fans, sycophants and rivals all wondering what to do when he’s no longer the dopest star of all. Directed by Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone, this movie also stars Bill Hader, Will Arnett and Will Forte.
THE CONJURING 2
Not yet rated; likely PG-13 | In Theaters 6/10 | Ok for Kids 14+ | New Line/Warner Bros. | Reel Preview: 3.5 of 5 Reels
Reprising their roles, Oscar nominee Vera Farmiga (“Bates Motel”) and Patrick Wilson (“Insidious”), star as famed paranormal investigators Lorraine and Ed Warren. In one of their most terrifying cases, they travel to north London to help a single mother raising four children alone in a house plagued by malicious spirits. Directed by James Wan, this thriller also stars David Thewlis and Frances O’Connor.
Rated PG-13 for extended sequences of intense fantasy violence | In Theaters 6/10 (2D, 3D, IMAX 3D)| Ok for Kids 13+ | Legendary Pictures | Reel Preview: 4 of 5 Reels
“Warcraft” is a 3D epic adventure of world-colliding conflict based on Blizzard Entertainment’s gamer universe. Directed by Duncan Jones (“Moon,” “Source Code”) and written by Charles Leavitt and Duncan Jones, the film stars Travis Fimmel, Paula Patton, Ben Foster, Dominic Cooper and Toby Kebbell. The world of Azeroth stands on the brink of war as its civilization, led by the humans, face a fearsome race of invaders: orc warriors fleeing their dying world of Draenor to find their place in another. As a gateway known as the Dark Portal opens to connect the two worlds, the humans face destruction while the orcs face extinction. The leaders of both groups are sent on a collision course that will decide the fate of their families, their people and their home
NOW YOU SEE ME 2
Not yet rated; likely PG-13 | In Theaters 6/10 | Ok for Kids 13+ | Legendary Summit/Lionsgate | Reel Preview: 4 of 5 Reels
The Four Horsemen (Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Dave Franco and Lizzy Caplan) return for a second mind-bending adventure, elevating the limits of stage illusion to new heights and taking them around the globe. One year after outwitting the FBI and winning the public’s adulation with their Robin Hood-style magic spectacles, the illusionists resurface for a comeback performance in hopes of exposing the unethical practices of a tech magnate. The man behind their vanishing act is none other than Walter Mabry (Daniel Radcliffe), a tech prodigy who threatens the Horsemen into pulling off their most impossible heist yet. Their only hope is to perform one last unprecedented stunt to clear their names and reveal the mastermind behind it all. Directed by Jon Chu, this movie also stars Morgan Freeman, Mark Ruffalo and Michael Caine.
Not yet rated; Likely G or PG | In Theaters 6/17 (2D, 3D, IMAX) | Ok for Kids 6+ | Disney Pixar | Reel Preview: 5 of 5 Reels
This sweet Disney Pixar movie centers on Dory, the loveable memory-challenged Blue Tang fish, as she searches for answers about her past. The story takes place six months after “Finding Nemo,” as Dory suddenly recalls her childhood memories, including something about “the jewel of Monterey, California.” Thus, she sets off to find her family, accompanied by friends Nemo and Marlin. When Dory arrives at the Monterey Marine Life Institute, she meets Bailey, a white beluga whale; Destiny, a whale shark; and Hank, an octopus, who becomes her guide. Directed by Andrew Stanton and Angus MacLane, this movie features the voice cast of Ellen DeGeneres, Ed O’Neill, Ty Burrell, Albert Brooks and Kaitlin Olson.
Not yet rated; Likely PG-13 | In Theaters 6/17 | Ok for Kids 14+ | New Line/Warner Bros. | Reel Preview: 3 of 5 Reels
This action comedy follows a one-time bullied geek who grew up to be a lethal CIA agent (Dwayne Johnson), coming home for his high school reunion. Claiming to be on a top-secret case, he enlists the help of the former “big man on campus” (Kevin Hart), now an accountant who misses his glory days. But before the staid numbers-cruncher realizes what he’s getting into, it’s too late to get out. His increasingly unpredictable new friend drags him through a world of shoot-outs, double-crosses and espionage that could get them both killed in more ways than he can count.
INDEPENDENCE DAY: RESURGENCE
Not yet rated; likely PG-13 | In Theaters 6/24 (2D, 3D, IMAX 3D) | 20th Century Fox | Reel Preview: 4 of 5 Reels
After 1996’s “Independence Day” redefined the event movie genre, this next epic chapter continues the sci-fi thrills. Taking place 20 years after the events of the first film, the international community has recovered and the United Nations has created the Earth Space Defense (ESD), a united global defense program that serves as Earth’s early warning system. It’s also our main defense force, using technology salvaged from remains of the alien forces. However, the aliens were able to send a distress signal to their other battalions before their final defeat, while others went into hiding elsewhere around the world. The aliens in deep space received the signal and sent a larger battle fleet, threatening the human race yet again. Only the ingenuity of a few brave men and women can bring our world back from the brink of extinction. Directed by the king of the blockbusters Roland Emmerich, this movie stars Liam Hemsworth, Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman, Judd Hirsch and Vivica A. Fox.
FREE STATE OF JONES
Not yet rated; likely PG-13 or R | In Theaters 6/24 | STX Entertainment | Reel Preview: 4 of 5 Reels
Directed by four-time Oscar nominee Gary Ross (“The Hunger Games”) and starring Oscar winner Matthew McConaughey, this action-drama is set during the Civil War and tells the story of defiant Southern farmer, Newt Knight, and his extraordinary armed rebellion against the Confederacy. Banding together with other small farmers and local slaves, Knight launched an uprising that led Jones County, Mississippi to secede from the Confederacy, creating a Free State of Jones. Knight continued his struggle into Reconstruction, distinguishing him as a compelling, if controversial, figure of defiance long beyond the War. This movie also stars Keri Russell, Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Mahershala Ali.
Not yet rated; likely PG-13 | In Theaters 6/24 | Sony | Reel Preview: 4 of 5 Reels
This taut thriller stars Blake Lively as Nancy, a woman who’s surfing alone on a secluded beach when she’s attacked by a great white shark and stranded just a short distance from shore. Though she’s only 200 yards from her survival, getting there proves the ultimate contest of wills. It’s “Jaws” for a new generation. Directed by Jaume Collet-Serra, this movie also stars Oscar Jaenada.
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.
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